A couple of stories of people getting it right: 1. “Nun offers mercy, but robber gets jail“ Sister Muriel Curran faced the man who shoved her to the ground and ripped away her purse three years ago. She quoted Scripture. She thanked him for the guilty plea that spared her a trial. And she asked [Read More...]

Nuclear TFWOT

(That’s Thursday Flamewar Open Thread, of course.) So who said the following, and in response to whom? “It is not probably prudent … in today’s world to threaten to obliterate any other country and in many cases civilians resident in such a country.” [Read more...]

Election prediction

So yes, I voted this morning. Had I realized that the past six weeks would be like this I would never have complained so much in the past about our primary being too late to make any difference. Our polls close at 8 p.m. or, rather, when the last person in line by 8 p.m. [Read More...]

Cleaning the lake

Here is the passage I was looking for the other day when I instead stumbled onto that bit about cheese sandwiches. This is from Philip Gourevitch’s award-winning history and meditation, We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families. The desertion of Rwanda by the UN force was Hutu Power’s [Read More...]

Open thread

… I was reminded of a conversation I had with an American military intelligence officer who was having a supper of Jack Daniel’s and Coca Cola at a Kigali bar. “I heard you’re interested in genocide,” the American said. “Do you know what genocide is?” I asked him to tell me. “A cheese sandwich,” he [Read More...]

Old news

I want to link to a couple of items from today’s paper, so let me first reassure you that I’m not trying to turn into Will Bunch and don’t intend to make a daily dose of local news a regular feature. Neither of these stories, mind you, is anywhere near as important as this or [Read More...]

Perfectly safe

From today’s paper: “Bill would restrict voting to property owners.” Last week, [Republican State Rep. Deborah] Hudson introduced House Bill 358, a one-line bill that would restrict voting in school-tax referendums to those who actually pay the tax. Only citizens who live in the district and own property there would be allowed to vote in [Read More...]

The good old days

I remember back, waaay back — had to have been, maybe, January of aught-eight, so we’re talking 80, maybe even 90 days ago — participating in online discussions about the Democratic primaries. This will just sound crazy to you young ‘uns, but way back then, you could actually do that online without fisticuffs or weird, [Read More...]