Saying Goodbye to the 100-Year-Old Man

Today I went to the funeral of a friend, someone I’ve only known for about 5 years, but who was one of those quality people who brightens the life of everyone he comes into contact with. Ed lived just shy of 100 years. He saw 100 Christmases, 100 Halloweens, 100 summers and winters and falls. And up until a couple of weeks before his death, he was still driving his own car, still — IN INK — working crossword puzzles…. Read more

Lefty Pet Peeve

This picture was shared on Facebook with the caption, “Americas (sic) largest mass hanging of Indians.” Hey, I’m in. I’m on board. The LEAST you can say about the alleged incident is that it deserves to echo through history as one of our most shameful moments. It deserves to be remembered, reflected upon, regretted. As a compassionate, reasoning being — or so I like to think of myself — my first impulse is to find out more. This is something… Read more

Hillary, This Time You’re Goin’ Down! I Mean It! Really Really!

This bubbled up elsewhere, shared by someone I like. Tell you what I think: More than 20 years of investigations, accusations, smears, and innuendo have resulted in exactly zero charges. Is it because the fix is in, or is it because none of that stuff is true? Here’s the thing: If any of the accusations were true, Congressional Republicans — who hate Hillary and Bill with rabid passion, and who not long back CONTROLLED THE WHITE HOUSE AND BOTH HOUSES… Read more

Non-Sequitur: Dog Friends vs. Dog Owners

Someone once walked into my office with a basket of Chihuahua puppies. “Here, you want to hold one?” “Eww, no.” “What, you don’t like dogs?” “No, I LOVE dogs!” I threw up my hands and walked away. There was no way I was going to be able to explain why “loving dogs” and “feeling creeped out by Chihuahua puppies” could coexist in one person. I’ve realized that most people, even supposed dog lovers, don’t really have a feel for the… Read more

Short Stack #25

[ Could be some duplicates in here. I’m sorting through an archive of old stuff.  ] ——————— Yesterday, hackers uncovered a stash of nude pictures of a prominent American political figure. After viewing them, they quietly apologized to Dick Cheney and returned the photos with detailed advice on how to beef up his firewall. ——————— One day we will be able to upload human consciousness to computers, and achieve virtual immortality. Well, when I say “we,” I mean rich people,… Read more

Beta Culture: Legacy

[I’m afraid I’m not going to explain this very well. I have the idea in my head in a way that makes sense to me, but this post runs long because I’m having a problem getting the concept into words. I’m hoping readers can help me refine the idea into some simpler form that will be more easily understandable. Collaborative comments are welcome!] As I think I’ve said here in the past, I believe atheism is, in some ways, rather… Read more

LaVoy Finicum: Folk Hero Patriot, or Suicide By Cop?

Ha — If you root for neither team, both sets of fans will hate you. I said some time back I no longer consider myself a liberal, but rather a Rational Centrist. Certainly I’ve managed to piss off an ample number of liberal-trending people with my jaundiced view of modern feminism, and rejection of those liberal-heartstring-plucking outrage stories (Fort Lauderdale hates the homeless!, etc.) and memes constantly projected at us. But lately I seem to be equally good at pissing… Read more

Warriors Against Tyranny … or Not

I’ve thought many times that there should be a Handbook of Sudden Fame and Riches, a little something that would provide needed guidance to child actors, lottery winners and overnight-sensation rock stars. The basic idea of the thing would be “Yeah, this is all great and stuff, but how do you handle it all so as to survive and be sane and successful LATER?” For child actors, one of the lessons would be “This isn’t forever. Eventually you’ll be less… Read more

Gender Asymmetry, Again

I had a post a bit more than a year ago titled A Third Approach to Gender Equality. The heart of the post was the assertion that male and female humans have certain distinct characteristics separate from each other, and that taking those differences into account — through an overview that admits of something I call “gender asymmetry” — is necessary to develop approaches to equality. Men have advantages over women. For instance, men’s naturally greater strength and athletic ability…. Read more

Four Reasons I’m Voting for Hillary Clinton

Something interesting happened today and it opened my eyes to something I didn’t know I didn’t know. I was reading news headlines and came across one that said, basically, that Bernie Sanders was gaining on Hillary and might present a serious challenge. There’s been a steady flow of these stories since Bernie entered the race. For sensationalistic reasons — a tight race is more exciting to the yahoos — the news media insists on framing the competing campaigns as a… Read more