Secular Lent

I’m not really one for New Year’s as a holiday, or for New Year’s resolutions. But I do engage in a Lent-like bit of sacrifice of my own for six weeks at the beginning of each year just to keep my life in order.So starting Tuesday I’ll be “vegetarian” for 6 weeks. I put this…

A Grand Accident?

One of the common threads in all the eulogizing about President Ford has been how he was the right man to succeed Nixon and put the nation back together – in short how fortunate we supposedly were to have him hanging around in the wings when Agnew resigned. Here is a typical such paragraph: It…

Nifong Charged

Anyone following the Duke Rape case will no doubt know by now that Mike Nifong has been charged with ethics violations by the North Carolina State Bar. A copy of the complaint is available on Smoking Gun.There are a number of editorials in major newspapers applauding the decision and condemning Nifong’s general behavior and handling…

Headed South

 Home to North Carolina for a week or so tomorrow.  I’ll probably have occasion to post some, but not till after Christmas, and probably not every day.   Back in Bloomington and back to work on the 31st or thereabouts.Happy Chistmas!

Now that I’ve Seen Season One…

Yesterday I finished Lost Season 1.I think I’ll stick with my revised B+ rating. It has a lot going for it, but ultimately there’s no basis for calling it “great.”First the good things. The production values are firstrate. The acting (given the characters they have to go on) is good, the directing is very good,…

Tell Us What to Think

 Here’s a case of the academic namby-pambies if I’ve ever seen one: a professor in Nova Scotia has cancelled a debate on diversity because his opponent’s views are “too offensive to be voiced on campus.” “It’s all about providing a public stage for views which are considered by many Canadians as deeply, deeply offensive,” said…

Just Like That

Well whaddya know? Charges of rape in the Duke rape case have been dropped now that the accuser is no longer sure she was penetrated during the “attack.” Well, duh! You can’t get penetrated by your imagination, sweetie!Alright – I half apologize for that last comment. The case hasn’t gone to trial yet, and until…

Now THERE’S a thought!

 With the Republican Primary in 2008 looking increasingly likely to be a head-to-head between John “First Amendment?” McCain and Rudi “Due Process?” Giuliani, I was starting to wonder if there’d be anything to keep me interested. I mean, if Newsweek’s latest cover is to be believed, then the Dems face an even worse pair of…

It’s Japanimation, Damnit!

 Via Noah – behold, the Geek Hierarchy! Ok, not the most imaginative use of anyone’s photoshop skills, but good for a chuckle or two. (I especially like Heinlein fans outranking Piers Anthony fans. Right on! Speaking of which – I have Starship Troopers on tape for the ride home. In fact, I made it to…

Dion’s Dog

Another reason that Stephane Dion shouldn’t be Canada’s next prime minister: he has a dog. And see – Stephen Harper is a cat lover, so… OK, I’m not really taking that angle. It has more to do with what Dion named his dog. Yup: “Kyoto.” After the Protocol. (As if I could make this up!)It…