Sweet Fanny Adams


I’m saddened by the passing of Harry Morgan, a great old character actor. I’m too young for Dragnet, but I’ve probably seen every episode of M*A*S*H at least twice. The remarkable thing about Morgan’s character, Col. Sherman T. Potter, was that you always knew he was swearing, but you never actually heard him swear. Col. [Read More...]

Books one doesn’t want to be seen reading

The girls got an early Christmas present yesterday — tickets to a big concert at the Spectrum II CoreStates Center First Union Center Wachovia Center big arena where the Sixers and Flyers play. For the chauffeur (me), that meant several hours in coffee shops and diners, which was good because I had a lot of [Read More...]

Confused Rhode Island Christianists sing secular song to defend Pagan symbol

I have long argued that perpetual offendedness leads to stupidity. This stupidity is not innate. It is willful, voluntary and chosen. But it’s also extreme. Those who have become addicted to indignation wind up divorced from reality, interacting with it only sporadically when in search of some new pretext onto which they can project the [Read More...]

One day, two good speeches

This was a very good speech. President Barack Obama, Osawatomie, Kan., Dec. 6, 2011 This is the defining issue of our time. This is a make-or-break moment for the middle class, and for all those who are fighting to get into the middle class. Because what’s at stake is whether this will be a country [Read More...]

An open letter to Rachel Held Evans

Dear Rachel Held Evans, I have noted with righteous worry and sanctified dismay your disrespect for one of our cherished Christian institutions. I refer, of course, to your recent criticisms of the Pious Online Open Letter. I had hoped that you would come to see the error of your ways so that I would not [Read More...]

Photos of J.P. Fielder, spokesman, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

J.P. Fielder, spokesman, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

“American politics made easy.” Washington state Sen. Joseph Zarelli provides a one-sentence explanation of how it all works. In Rick Perry’s newest ad, he announces that he’s “not ashamed to talk about my faith.” The Texas governor professes his devotion to the God of Abraham, Isaac and … and … oops. Michele Bachmann is a [Read More...]

Sunday favorites

2 Corinthians 8:8-15 I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others. For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might [Read More...]

Smart people saying smart things

Nick Hanauer: “Raise Taxes on Rich to Reward True Job Creators“ I’m a very rich person. As an entrepreneur and venture capitalist, I’ve started or helped get off the ground dozens of companies in industries including manufacturing, retail, medical services, the Internet and software. I founded the Internet media company aQuantive Inc., which was acquired [Read More...]