Paul’s Book Reviews (and a Plea to E-book Publishers)

“She got out of the car, a tall woman with long fair hair and a smell of flowers and lemons, plus a trace of another smell that reminded me of what happens only sometimes to the females in my world. What would that be like, having it turned on all the time? Probably drive you […]


Ham & Circuses: Friday Festivities

From the news desk of the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea Central News Agency:

Dancing Parties of Youth and Students Held Pyongyang, April 25 (KCNA)

Dancing parties of youth and students took place in different parts of the country Monday on the army day.

They began to the tune of “Long Live Generalissimo Kim Il […]


The More You Back Down, the Easier it Gets

I took my last US Air Force physical this morning. No, I’m no longer on active duty, but for the last 13 years I’ve gotten my medical care from USAF doctors at the Davis-Monthan AFB clinic here in Tucson. When I turn 65 later this year, I’ll go on Medicare like everyone else and will […]


Hey, We Weren’t All Like Him!

That Michigan state senator who wants to force foster children to wear only hand-me-downs because he personally “never had anything new”? Detroit journalist and blogger Nancy Nall has this to say about him:

Caswell is 61. He “never” had anything new. So why should anyone else? Look what it did for him: He graduated from […]


Where Threat Alerts Meet the Real World

From a USA Today article published 8/9/2004: “A year after the Sept. 11 attacks, the Justice Department obtained video surveillance tapes suggesting terrorists were targeting Las Vegas casinos but authorities never alerted the public as they discussed whether a warning might hurt tourism or increase the casinos’ legal liability, internal memos show.”

I blogged about […]


Keith Olbermann? Really?

Sometimes I break down and express political, social, or moral thoughts on this blog.

I don’t write about controversial subjects because I think I can change your mind. I do it to examine my assumptions and clarify my thinking. Most people I talk to have set views. They either get their news from Rachel Maddow […]


Banned Book News Roundup

What better way to start a banned book news roundup than with the American Library Association’s 2010 Most Frequently Challenged Books List? Here are the top ten:

1. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson 2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie 3. Brave New World, by […]


I’m Wayne Carini’s Frenemy

The other night I was watching a rerun of one of my favorite guy shows, Chasing Classic Cars. The host, Wayne Carrini, was helping some dude put together a world-class collection of desirable high-dollar cars: a rare Ferrari, an Auburn boat-tailed Speedster, a Mercedes-Benz 300SL. Although the show didn’t divulge any biographical details, we in […]