Archive for December 2014

A New Year's Wish

The old year ends, The new begins. We hope we leave Behind our sins.   The new begins, The old year ends. May Time and We Remain good friends.

"The Interview" Is a Poor Choice for Defending Free Expression

If ever a movie deserved prior censorship, The Interview would qualify.   I’m all for the 1st Amendment, but really, Mr. President, perhaps on this one you should have let Sony roll in its own bleep! By all accounts, the movie is dreadful.  (Read Variety’s scathing assessment)   It’s based on a fatuous premise, and, in this... Read more »

Carol of the Bills

  Fa la la la la, la la la la I’ve bought all the presents For family and friend. There’s a hole in my budget I’ll have to amend. I enjoy  the good cheer, But again apprehend: The best part of Christmas? It comes to an end. Fa la la la la, la la la... Read more »
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The Case Against Torture As a Function of National Security

  My wife doesn’t like to talk politics.  We seldom do.  And usually I’m on a soapbox doing my Patrick Henry impersonation. She listens and nods her head.  Until I’ve run out of words. This morning I brought up what many are talking about: the role torture has played since 9-11.  The Senate’s report has... Read more »

These Men Have the Hots for Sex

Science Headline: French researchers claim men with an appetite for spicy food are ‘alpha males’ with higher levels of testosterone. (The Telegraph) Men who savor spicy foods Are better for erotic moods. Purportedly a study has shown These males have more testosterone. On them a jalapeno acts Like sundry aphrodisiacs. So looking for a stallion,... Read more »

Storefront Verse, Or a Game of Names

  Yesterday I was driving north on Pulaski Road on my way to play pinochle at my aunt’s.    When I caught a glimpse of a store sign I’ve noticed many times before in passing.  ” Paco’s Tacos”. It got me thinking. Now there’s a good rhyme or reason for a post. How many others could... Read more »
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The Death of a Squirrel

  My mother in her old age  had a way with squirrels.  She loved to feed them,  scattering generous  pieces of bread  around the tree outside her kitchen window.  If memory serves me right—and it is some  years ago—I think a few of them even came up to her as she  offered them those  irresistible... Read more »

Henceforth a Pun Will Be a Hard Cell in China

From the Business section of today’s Tribune: “Warning of ‘cultural and linguistic chaos’ that comes from messing around with idiom, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, or SAPPRFT, is clamping down on wordplay in media and advertising, arguing pun control is necessary for everyone’s good.”  (Phil Rosenthal)   The Chinese may... Read more »