Follow the Money (Part II)

Remember my earlier post about following the money involved in catching, holding, processing, and deporting illegal immigrants in Arizona? And how much of that money finds its way to the private prison industry and associated private contractors?

I started following the money in May. Rachel Maddow started following it in August, quickly picking up on […]


Banned Book News Roundup

Maps? I love ’em! Well, maybe except for this one:

View Book Bans and Challenges, 2007-2010 in a larger map

The Pentagon has figured out a way to take a book out of circulation without actually banning it.

Here’s a good anti-censorship manifesto from the writer who was recently “disinvited” from a […]


Predicting the Horse Race

NPR, the only radio station I can stand listening to for more than five minutes in a row, is in full horse race mode as mid-term elections near, obsessing over poll numbers, and — what a surprise! — breathlessly advancing the mainstream media meme that Republican and Tea Party candidates are going to win big.



Paul’s DVD Reviews

“Son, I’ve played sick, drunk, divorced, and on the run. Bad Blake hasn’t missed a goddamn show in his whole fucking life.” — Jeff Bridges as Bad Blake in Crazy Heart (2009).

If you think I’ve been posting a lot of DVD reviews lately, you’re right. I’m doubling the frequency of DVD review posts in […]


I’m a Sucker for Car Shows

I went to the annual Tucson Classics car show at St. Gregory’s Preparatory School this morning. As usual, I couldn’t resist snapping a few photos. Last year I concentrated on classic grilles and engines; this year I thought I’d concentrate on automotive lore from rock’n’roll. Like this:

Son, you're gonna drive me to drinkin' […]


Gypsy Run: the After-Action Report

I’m back: 9 days, 2,700 miles, and one sore butt later, it’s time to say a few words about my motorcycle trip.

Rolling into San Francisco, Saturday, October 9th

When you ride a motorcycle, everyone wants to know what you do when it rains. The answer is: you keep riding.

Rain was a factor […]


Sizing Down for Small Screens

While I was off on my Gypsy Tour (about which I will soon be blogging), I checked out my blogs on my new Android cell phone. What I saw were two-inch by four-inch versions, so tiny you couldn’t read what was there . . . like looking through a telescope backwards.

I decided to do […]