"Hey, boss, I think I should be allowed to go home at 4 p.m. instead of 5. It's a matter of principle." "I pay you to work until 5, you want to stop getting paid at 4?" "No, I still want to get paid for working until 5 p.m. every day. But I want to [Read More...]

It's Christmas Eve, babe

  And because I post this every year, here's Anne Lamott's Advent Adventure:  So I called my Jesuit friend, Tom, who is a hopeless alcoholic of the worst sort, sober now for 22 years, someone who sometimes gets fat and wants to hang himself, so I trust him. I said, "Tell me a story about [Read More...]

Five golden rings and some Salem Lights

Every year at this time, PNC Bank tallies up the cost of all the gifts listed in "The 12 Days of Christmas." It's a charming annual exercise, even if most of us wouldn't ever consider ever giving or asking for a partridge in a pear tree as a Christmas present. I'm unclear on what all [Read More...]

One win; one loss

The United States Senate today voted to allow the president and the military to lift the bigoted "don't ask, don't tell" policy that for the past 17 years has required gay members of the military to lie about who they are. Republicans in the U.S. Senate today also blocked a vote on the DREAM act, [Read More...]

Good news and bad news

First, some good news: "Parks' residents buy out owner for $31 million." Residents of Country Lakes Villages (Palmetto, Fla.), a two-park manufactured home community, have completed their bid to buy their parks for $31 million. The homeowners bought the Palmetto property from [a Calif.] company that had owned it for 12 years. The California company [Read More...]

The indignation of the persecuted hegemon: An illustration

Sometimes you encounter a specimen of something that is such a perfect example that it's difficult to do more than just stand back and gawk, marveling at the sheer purity of the thing itself. We've discussed here the feigned offendedness of the IndigNation — those who seem addicted to and intoxicated by finding or manufacturing [Read More...]

Does it stink like rotten meat?

The House of Representatives passed the DREAM act. (The Senate, being the Senate, will probably never vote on the measure.) This originally bipartisan bill was first written by Sens. Dick Durbin and Richard Lugard and has been kicking around for about a decade. Columnist Ruben Navarette Jr. offers a useful summary: The bill targets young [Read More...]

Fix the deficit: Cure diabetes

It seems this week is when the self-appointed serious people have decided to discuss their grand schemes for long-term debt-reduction, so allow me to get in on the act. I do not share the conventional wisdom that this effort must entail something nasty and unpleasant. I think long-term debt- and deficit-reduction should, like short-term deficit-reduction, [Read More...]