Vampires & crosses

It's a well-established fact that vampires can't abide crosses. There seems to be some confusion, however, as to why this is so. I should note here, before we go on, that I believe in vampire stories. I don't mean that I believe these stories are "literally" true — they're not that kind of story. But [Read More...]

Printing the legend

Here are two paragraphs from today's paper, from an article on an appointment to Delaware's Chancery Court — a unique legal body tailored to resolving corporate disputes: The court is considered one of the key reasons companies incorporate in the state. Delaware's incorporation franchise is a major moneymaker for the state, generating as much as [Read More...]


Crazy lady accuses Barney Frank of supporting Nazism. Frank responds. In the words of Montell Jordan, this is how we do it. How one responds to hateful, lying, self-righteous, self-deceiving, belligerent fools depends on one's role and one's relationship to particular fool in question. If this woman were your sister, mother, daughter, student, teacher, doctor, [Read More...]

The IndigNation

In an op-ed in Sunday's Washington Post, Rick Perlstein cuts to the chase. His piece is titled, "In America, Crazy Is a Pre-existing Condition." After surveying "birthers, health care hecklers" and other contemporary manifestations of "right-wing rage," Perlstein reminds us that there is nothing new under the sun and takes us on a survey of [Read More...]

Those pearls won't clutch themselves

B: You realize what you've done, don't you? A: Drawn a link between the spreading of malicious falsehoods and the practice commonly referred to as "lying"? B: Well, yes, that. That's not allowed. A: "Allowed?" B: Right. You can say, "Sarah Palin's statement is false," because, you know, it is. And you can say, "Sarah [Read More...]

It must be Job's fault

Ladies and gentlemen, Amanda Marcotte: Victim blamers are often also telling a story about how they personally will never be raped, or in this case, arrested unfairly for doing something totally legal.  To blame Gates for being stupid is to say, "I would never get arrested for breaking into my house, because I have the [Read More...]

Reporting the controversy

We've been thrown a lifeline, given an unexpected and probably undeserved second chance. The newspaper business is being swept away but here is an opportunity, if we have the sense to take it, to regain our footing and step back onto solid ground. And it comes from the unlikeliest of places. The YouTube clip shows [Read More...]

Stephen Carter has lost his mind

Fairness, in this case, requires us to note that Stephen Carter has often proven himself to be an intelligent and insightful commentator and also to note that it can be frighteningly easy for anyone to be caught off guard in the spontaneous give-and-take of a live interview and thus to find oneself saying something fairly [Read More...]