Amnesty at the DMV

Earlier this month (pre-layoff) I replaced the 65,000-mile tires on the Yaris, enabling me to pass inspection and get a shiny new sticker on my windshield. That sticker reads “4/12,” and not “6/12″ because my inspection was actually due by the end of April, not the beginning of June. In other words, I drove around [Read More...]

Just say no

(Note: This post from 2009 seems to have slipped through the cracks on the migration over here to Patheos so I’m reposting it here.) He took offense. It started out in college. You know, just experimenting with it. But he liked it. He liked how it made him feel. For a while it was just [Read More...]

Comment spam

The spam filters here seem to shield us from most of the inane, mechanically generated drivel that clogs the comment sections of blogs without antispam software. But a few items occasionally filter through the filter. I loved the awkward earnestness of this one: “Wow, you might say that the technology is very good! Photo, so [Read More...]

'I decided I was going to be the mayor for everybody'

This, from CNN, is a beautiful story about an impressive man, Paul Bridges, mayor of tiny Uvalda, Georgia: “Republican mayor in the South becomes unlikely advocate for immigrants.” Bridges is an unlikely soldier on the front lines of the nation’s immigration debate. The 58-year-old native Southerner describes himself as a conservative Republican. For years, he [Read More...]

If we can make it there …

This is a joyful Saturday night in New York after yesterday’s vote to legalize marriage equality for same-sex couples in the Empire State. My favorite reaction to that good news was Patrick Nielsen Hayden’s two-word summary/response: “Love wins.” And I commend Republican state Sen. Mark Grisanti for his very honest, and very American, explanation for [Read More...]

Peter Falk (1927-2011)

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Cut waste, create jobs, save money — what's not to like?

With 14 million Americans looking for employment, former President Bill Clinton offers his suggestions for “14 ways to put America back to work.” It’s a pretty good list. A few of these things were included in bits and patches and pieces in the original too-small Recovery Act but need to be done, as Clinton suggests, [Read More...]

Immigrant labor in Philly

The Philadelphia 76ers selected Nicola Vucevic with the 12th pick of the NBA draft yesterday. Vucevic played college ball at USC where, as a junior last year, he averaged 17.1 points per game and 10.3 rebounds. That’s a nice addition for the Sixers, though I’m not sure it will have much of an impact as [Read More...]