Naming vehicles is silly. On the other hand, I’ve named blank sheets of paper for a long time, and occasionally make money at it. I named one ream of blank paper “Jumper.” Others pages became Belinda, Marcus, Malcom, Billy Billy Billy, The Magician who was learning electronics, Miss Pounder the exercise instructor who inadvertently taught math, Bruce the Duck who saved the day, the evil Nightsmoke, Pon, Braindead the Algebra Student, and many more. Naming things is kind of what I do. Continue reading →
If you neglect a writing project for too long the characters go feral on you. That voice you’d been following clams up. The path of the plot disappears into shadows and fog; the magic idea that twinkled and fluttered in your peripheral vision stiffens into a scrap of lifeless cardboard. Continue reading →
I haven’t checked in here for a while, but I’ve got excuses.
First, obviously, I’m lazy. That’s the one trait I seem to share with many great writers. I’d write a blog post about it, but that seems like kind of a bother. Continue reading →
Rand Paul is upset that people caught him using lines from Wikipedia and elsewhere as if they were his own. He feels like a victim and wishes he could just duel someone to settle it all. Or spend a couple days in detention after school, but certainly not his whole career. His words, I hasten to admit. Personally, I think most of what he did was harmless and we should cut him some slack. Continue reading →
The conservative movement has a tough challenge. It says “Buses are the problem. Buses are evil. All buses should be driven off a cliff.” Then it turns around and says, “OK, folks, please elect me to be your bus driver.”
From T. Jefferson to Madison, Hamilton et al
December 26, 1787
I’m still having trouble with the amendment the way you have it written. Granted, the “right to own rattlesnakes” seems harmless enough, and yes, throwing rattlesnakes at the British troops was key to overthrowing the King. History will never forget that. And yes, I can imagine a future government becoming so oppressive that we’d need to do it again. I’m the last guy who’d want to face a tyrannical government without his box of rattlesnakes. Plus there’s our tradition. We colonists have a long history of hunting with rattlesnakes as the British use falcons. Many of us love to collect snakes and find great satisfaction in cleaning them and launching them at targets. No one wants to limit our right to enjoy these simple country pleasures. Continue reading →
Mitt’s 47 percent blurtage reveals a huge and embarrassing problem. No, it’s not that he lacks empathy for voters whose cars must trudge up the stairs if they want to sleep in the upper garage. That’s old news. It’s not that he feels disdain for those of us whose greed failed to blossom the way it should have. I feel some disdain for myself too.
It’s that he might be a little dumb. Continue reading →
We get used to feeling like an older person gradually. Continue reading →
Mitt Romney made a ton of money. That’s his big credential for becoming President. Everyone asks the fair question “how much?” (The answer is about $250 million total. His current income from investments is about $85,000. That’s $85,000 per day). But many people have made lots of money. Mel Gibson’s net worth is almost twice Mitt’s, yet I’m not sure I want him negotiating in the Middle East. Rush Limbaugh’s net worth is $300 million– perhaps he could bring civility to Washington and end partisan gridlock. Madonna’s net worth is $650 million, Ozzy Ozbourne’s is $80 million, and Kim Kardashian’s is $35 million. Do we want any of them leading the Free World, with their trembling finger on the nuclear trigger? Continue reading →