Less of an issue

In today's lead editorial, The (Del.) News Journal argues that "Gov. McGreevey should resign his office immediately": The sudden resignation of New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey is not only a political bombshell, it is also a personal tragedy involving bad choices and badly flawed judgments. The fact that he is homosexual — or bisexual [Read More...]


Liechtenstein is the world's largest exporter of false teeth. That's my new favorite fact. I've been having trouble figuring out how to ease it into conversation. * * * "Stoned odyssey brings probation": the Delaware student who took a two-day, mushroom-induced pilgrimage to Connecticut driving other people's cars, has his day in court. After explaining [Read More...]

Pullin’ out of here to win

I'm from New Jersey, so I pretty much have to link to this — Bruce Springsteen's New York Times op-ed: … for the last 25 years I have always stayed one step away from partisan politics. Instead, I have been partisan about a set of ideals: economic justice, civil rights, a humane foreign policy, freedom [Read More...]


Bob Murphy broadcast New York Mets games from the team's inception in 1962 until his retirement at the end of last season. I have been listening to this man's voice my entire life. As a kid, I'd listen to Mets games in bed, with an earpiece plugged into my AM clock radio. The pitching staff [Read More...]

The Vision Thing 2

"Bush Outlines Re-election Agenda" is the headline MSNBC gives this AP article. Set aside the dubious use of the word "re-election" there and read the article itself. It makes no mention of a second-term "agenda." None. It contains no "outline." It doesn't even mention one or suggest that the president has an agenda that might [Read More...]

An M. Night ride

So before leaving work I read this article and realize that M. Night Shyamalan's new film The Village — which opens today — was filmed off of Cossart Road in Chadds Ford, Pa. That's a bit off the main road, but it's also about halfway between the newsroom and my apartment. Cossart Road is also [Read More...]


Every autumn, on the weekend after Halloween, thousands of people gather at a farm near Millsboro, Del., for the World Championship Punkin Chunkin. Among this crowd are the world's elite chunkers. They come from across the country and around the world, bringing with them an array of fearsome machines. Over the past two decades, this [Read More...]

Prime time vs. print

Bill Clinton gave a rousing speech last night at the Democratic Convention (transcript here). The former president again pointed out that, since leaving the White House, he has become a millionaire: For the first time ever when America was on a war footing, there were two huge tax cuts, nearly half of which went to [Read More...]