Church & state

“State paid for trip when Palin told students to pray for pipeline“ Gov. Sarah Palin used state funds in June when she traveled from Juneau to Wasilla to speak to graduating evangelical students and urge them to fan out through Alaska “to make sure God’s will be done here.” State records show that Palin submitted [Read More...]

Hat vs. Hat

Some unintentional candor, revealing the speaker’s belief in an irreconcilable, binary opposition: “I want to thank my fellow Republicans as we take off our Republican hats and put on our American hats and say, America we are with you and we are going to care about these people in their time of need.” – Sen. [Read More...]

Favorite teachers

(I wrote the following before watching Barack Obama’s convention speech, so there aren’t any specific references to that speech here but, wow, there really probably should be.) Rick Perlstein recalls a famous anecdote about Adlai Stevenson and explains why it illustrates a dead end for Democrats: Adlai Stevenson, the Democratic presidential candidate in 1952 and [Read More...]

Not stopping for directions

[Read more...]


When I was a kid I had a Carl Yastrzemski model bat. Always felt sorry for the guy at Louisville Slugger who had to burn that name into the barrel. I’m always reminded of that bat when I see the heavy rotation ads for this product. That’s a positive connotation — who doesn’t like Carl [Read More...]

The Anarchists

“You’ve got that eternal idiotic idea that if anarchy came it would come from the poor. Why should it? The poor have been rebels, but they have never been anarchists; they have more interest than anyone else in there being some decent government. The poor man really has a stake in the country. The rich [Read More...]

Missed milestones

Due to my usual combination of forgetfulness and sloth, I failed to note the passing last week of three important milestones. 1. Negligent Irresponsibility Day Seven years ago on August 6, 2001, President George W. Bush received a presidential daily briefing entitled, “Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in U.S.” The memorandum noted that al-Qaida intended [Read More...]

The auteur

Imagine you are a filmmaker, an auteur who has just released a short film to the waiting public. Every image, every word was painstakingly chosen to convey a single message. This single-mindedness of theme is reflected in the tiniest details — down to the style and coloring of every letter that appears onscreen. You edit [Read More...]