Paul’s DVD Reviews

“Good evening, Mr. Hunt. Thirty-six hours ago, there was a breach in our military’s communication network. Now, an emerging terror organization known as The Syndicate has control of our entire drone fleet. Their targets unknown. Your mission, should you choose to accept it… ” — Recorded voice in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Rise of the […]


Thursday Radio Bag

I grew up with radio, not so much with TV. I don’t think mom and dad got their first set until I was seven; one year later we went to Germany and left it behind. For the next three years all we had was American military radio, which broadcast old serials and sitcoms from the […]


Air-Minded: the One-Oh-Wonder

Time for another Air-Minded diary? Sure it is. This time let’s take a look at a Century Series fighter from the 1950s, the McDonnell F-101 Voodoo. There were three distinct variations of the Voodoo — a fighter-bomber, a tactical reconnaissance aircraft, and an air defense interceptor — but I’m going to concentrate on the interceptor, […]


You Can’t Read That!

You Can’t Read That! is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news roundups.


Here’s a good summary of the prejudices and fears behind Arizona’s ethnic studies ban and the removal of certain books from Tucson high school classes.


“I know up on top you are seeing great sights, […]


Beware the Bees of Sunday

I am “kind and broad-minded.” So says the fortune cookie that came with last night’s Thai takeout. The provenance is shaky at best (Thai food & fortune cookies?), and it’s not really a fortune, but I’ll take the compliment and answer, “Thank you, I try to be.”

I’m expecting a call from the Ducati dealer […]


Things I Wrestle With

Here, for Mother’s Day, a short and self-indulgent list of concerns:

Suspending hashing for the summer. Several years ago I founded a small family hare & hounds running group. Starting three years ago, we quit setting trail during the hottest months of summer. It was too hard to find volunteers to lay trail in 100+ […]


Paul’s Bag o’ Wednesday

What does that title even mean? Is the cat named Wednesday? Sure, why not? Let’s go with that.

My son can’t believe I haven’t said anything about the F-22’s oxygen problems, or about the two whistleblower Raptor pilots who appeared on 60 Minutes last weekend.

My first excuse comes easy: I know very little about […]


Paul’s Book Reviews: Fiction, Non-fiction, Essays, Novelized History

“I dreamt about Jews every night for years and years. Fortunately I have never met one….” — Umberto Eco, The Prague Cemetery

Red Plenty by Francis Spufford Not exactly a historical novel, more a novelized approach to writing history. The distinction is a real one. The history in question is that of the Soviet Union […]