Category: Rants


Sunlight of a Public Trial

Absolutely compelling entry at DailyKos about the sentencing of Ahmed Ressam, who was arrested at the Canada/Washington border on his way to bombing LAX airport. The judge’s comments are required reading: Despite the fact that Mr. Ressam is not an American citizen and despite the fact that he entered this country intent upon killing American ...


Rove, GOP vs. National Security

Kos sums up my attitude about Rove and the mindless GOP response. This isn’t about partisanship: our country is demonstrably less safe thanks to the Bush administration’s outing of a covert CIA agent and subsequent pattern of lies attempting to cover it up for two years. Given what we know of the case, we know ...


Disney, Gays, and Europe

As reported in an article at, Southern Baptists stopped boycotting Disney parks and products, which started because the company provides benefits to gay employees (Southern Baptists end Disney boycott over benefits to gay workers). The reasons sound pretty flimsy, such as, “We believe for the boycott to be effective, it had to have a ...


Misdirected Email

I frequently receive misdirected email intended for New England Coffee Company because they’re, while I’m Usually the emails are things like, “I need to order [X number of] pounds of [coffee blend name],” and I have a boilerplate response that I usually send back. One email today was a bit unexpected and funny ...


Murderball and Walter Reed Hospital

For my birthday on Monday, my wife took me to see Murderball, an excellent documentary about the sport of wheelchair rugby and the men who play it. The gist of the sport is that paraplegics and quadriplegics compete to move a ball down a basketball court and through a goal. They zoom around on heavily-modified ...


Bolton Nomination and the Politics of Getting One’s Way

I’ve been quiet lately about politics because, frankly, I overloaded myself a little (and because I had to buckle down for some deadlines). But I wanted to say something about the John Bolton nomination, which was delayed today until after the Senate recesses. ( Vote to end debate on Bolton fails.) If you’re not familiar, ...


Erasing Unfavorable Information

I know I give the Bush administration a hard time because, well, I think they’re doing a terrible job and are bad for the country. But I also recognize that a lot of people are trying to do the best they can, with the ultimate goal of helping the US – I just don’t think ...


Pregnancy Virus

Saw this link on CNN’s home page this morning: Britney Spears says she’s pregnant, who’s next? Wow, I didn’t realize pregnancy was so infectious! Good thing I haven’t spent any time around Britney lately. Who knows what I could contract?


Red ink falling out of favor with teachers

My mind reels. Apparently, using red ink to grade students’ papers is “too stressful,” so an elementary school in Connecticut has banned the color from teachers’ editing arsenals: Red ink falling out of favor with teachers (CNN). Are we raising children to be so coddled that they can’t handle the color red on their homework? Maybe ...


Early April Fools from Scientific American

From what appears to be an April Fools editorial by the editors of Scientific American, Okay, We Give Up: There’s no easy way to admit this. For years, helpful letter writers told us to stick to science. They pointed out that science and politics don’t mix. They said we should be more balanced in our ...