Friday Night Music: Spirits

I'm digging this song by the Strumbellas, a Canadian band that describes themselves as variously as "FolkPop, RockGrass, AltCountry". I heard it on the radio and had to check out the rest of the album, and I wasn't disappointed. The video even has an offbeat Halloween feel:What have you been listening to lately? … [Read more...]

Hello World

I've had some big announcements brewing, and here's the biggest. This is my son:If you think you missed something, you didn't - we deliberately didn't post on blogs or social media about the pregnancy. He was born on September 7 at 6:21 PM. Mother and baby are both healthy and well.Posting may be sporadic for the next few weeks, obviously. I have some reposts ready to go, and I'll check in and answer comments as I have the time.And now that this little secret is out of the bag, … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: September 3

• Michele Bachmann says Christian conservatives will never win another election if Hillary Clinton wins this one. From her mouth to God's ears!• On Radiolab this week, "The Girl Who Doesn't Exist": Alecia Faith Pennington escaped a conservative-Christian/sovereign-citizen homeschool cult, but her parents deliberately never got her a birth certificate, a Social Security number, or any other ID. How do you prove to the world that you exist?• Humanity is solving … [Read more...]

Friday Night Music: Criminal

I've mostly focused on newer stuff rather than nostalgia for these music posts. But reading about President Obama's 2016 summer playlist put me in mind of this '90s classic from Fiona Apple (which is now just over 20 years old, yikes): … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: July 30

• Yes, the Green Party nominee Jill Stein is an anti-vaxer. Since Stein is an actual doctor, this is especially inexcusable. Note that Hillary Clinton is the only remaining presidential candidate who's pro-vaccine.• In very good news, a federal court strikes down North Carolina's brazenly racist voter ID law. They didn't even try to disguise what they were doing:As the court explains, North Carolina passed its omnibus voting bill, SL 2013-381, almost immediately after the … [Read more...]

I Get Religious Mail: Trust in God, Go Hungry Anyway

The latest religious charity that's sent me a solicitation is Food for the Poor, Inc., a Christian nonprofit that serves poor and malnourished people in the Caribbean and Latin America. Click to see the letter [NOTE: possibly disturbing images of an emaciated infant]:As is standard for humanitarian charities, the letter describes the desperate poverty of the people they serve. Given that Haiti was one of the world's poorest countries even before the 2010 earthquake, I'm willing to … [Read more...]

Open Thread: Brexit

Well, who saw that coming?In a shock 52-48 vote, the United Kingdom has declared its intent to quit the European Union. The value of the pound is plummeting, world stock markets are cratering, and Prime Minister David Cameron, who allowed the referendum as a concession to right-wingers in his party, is quitting in humiliation.I admit, when I first heard about the referendum, I was sympathetic. It's easy to see why people are frustrated.The EU was formed with noble intentions: to end … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: June 19

• "As I went walking, I saw a sign there And on the sign it said: '© Ludlow Music, a subsidiary of the Richmond Organization, Member ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.' But on the other side it didn't say nothing, That side was made for you and me."• The Cool PopeTM says your marriage is invalid because you don't hate divorce enough, you bad, bad people.• A debilitating vaccine-caused injury is miraculously cured by hidden cameras. (My favorite part is her claim that the shot … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: June 4

I'm in Washington, D.C. this weekend. If you're here for the Reason Rally, come find me! Meanwhile, here are some worthwhile long reads:• Since she'll very likely be our next president, you ought to read this in-depth profile of Hillary Clinton, the candidate and the person. To understand why she is who she is, you have to understand the male entitlement, sexist double standards, and sheer hateful prejudice that have dogged her throughout the decades of her career in public … [Read more...]

What Should I Review After Atlas Shrugged?

All good things must come to an end! My marathon review of Atlas Shrugged, the project that's occupied my time for the last three years (!), is coming to a close.Next week I'll begin writing about Part III, Chapter X, which is the last chapter of the book. I plan to spend about a month going through that, then probably another month to review the third and final Atlas movie, and finally I'll post some closing thoughts about the book as a whole.This project has taken up so much of my time … [Read more...]