Man, Barack Obama stepped in it with his remarks about how business owners “didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” Criticism of the president is a frequent feature on my Facebook feed, but I had never seen anything like this morning. My friends, fans and acquaintances had caustic comments galore, sure, but the pictorial mockery was the most striking. I’ve included several examples of this mockery below. The only thing I did not see was an anti-Obama lolcat, but… Read more

Man this week is just hellish on the work front. I’ll put up 3 posts tomorrow or die trying. In the meantime, here’s one of my favorite songs ever, by the Crash Test Dummies, “The Ghosts That Haunt Me.” It’s about shelter from the storm — the haunted storm! If you listen and don’t like it, I’ll give you a full refund. Read more

Q: What do you get when you stump a vampire during a radio interview? (more…) Read more

How many of you are excited about the new Batman movie this week? I’m getting there. Wasn’t sure I’d see the first showing but then I found myself Saturday night watching The Dark Knight in a friend’s backyard. He has a whole projector set-up and so we disassembled it in his basement and put it back together outside. Slices of light that ran just over each side of the screen were finally stopped by a grove of evergreen trees in… Read more

This afternoon, I am reading through Kaya Oakes’s Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church. Oakes is a self-described progressive and a feminist. One of the questions she is constantly struggling to justify, to herself and to readers is, Why be Catholic? Oakes is a poet, so the effort is not completely futile. As Socrates said, poets have access to insights that they understand not, and can give us new ways of approaching those mysteries. But too often,… Read more

Last night in Bellingham, at Church of the Assumption, a couple renewed their vows on the 15th anniversary of their marriage. (Priest: “Will you accept children lovingly from God?” Wife, flanked by two young sons: “We did!”) The family also presented the gifts. This created logistical comedy gold. The mum and dad went in front with the hosts and wine and the sons carried the corporate collection in two-handled cloth basket between them. It was discovered too late that one… Read more

Turns out humans and dinosaurs did indeed roam the Earth at the same time, and I have definitive photographic evidence. Because of the shocking nature of this picture, I have tucked it away under an expanded link. Please shield your children’s eyes. (more…) Read more

To play you out for the week, I picked the Mountain Goats’ “No Children,” a ballad about a really, really bad marriage. Favorite line: “Our friends say it’s darkest before the sun rises / We’re pretty sure they’re all wrong.” Warning: If you ever find yourself working in an office with, say, a cute upbeat blonde Mormon, do not not play this for her. Read more

Never order wine at a Thai restaurant. Read more

I have a moral dilemma that involves grass — the legal kind. My Dad’s knees are not good, so I mow the grass at my parents’ place every week during the growing season. Actually, that’s not the whole truth of it. Better to say that Dad’s knees are bad and I used that as an excuse to talk him out of mowing the lawn, because I love mowing it. In Lynden, lawns are kind of a big deal. A well… Read more

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