Django Unchained is about what it says in the title

Django Unchained is the only good movie I’ve seen about slavery. It’s the only good movie I’m even aware of about slavery. It’s important to say that at the outset, because the temptation with this movie is to assume that it isn’t about slavery at all, that like Inglourious Basterds it uses history as a…

The Cat-Nappers – a review

I could tell you the plot, but they’re all the same: Bertie Wooster finds himself tangled up in a sticky situation for no other crime than running into ridiculous people. In fact, several seemingly unconnected strands of sticky situation entangle him all at once. Just as things seem hopeless and Wooster is descending into panic,…

The Worst Article on Gun Control

There’s no way to know for sure, but I think Eugene Robinson’s On Guns, Take Action Now may be the worst mainstream press editorial to come out in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting. It’s simply got everything. (1) Insistent call to action before anyone has a chance to process anything? Check: We must…

Blood Brotherhood – Review

Blood Brotherhood was the first book by Robert Barnard I picked up, but the second I finished. Finding it on the shelf at the school where I was teaching 10 years ago was my introduction to Barnard, but circumstances intervened and I never made it to the end. As of this week, I know whodunnit.…

What it Costs vs. What you Get

Words of wisdom from Ben Franklin: They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. You’ve probably seen that a lot around the internet recently in response to the school shootings. You’ve probably also seen near-constant reminders from gun rights activists that the right to own…

Race was not a Factor

A friend on Facebook writes the following: What is it that has changed in our society to produce these horrible events? Is it some new source of anger and social detachment on the part of young white males that did not exist before? And Mother Jones isn’t helping: Forty four of the killers were white…

Talking about Gun Control

Tragically, there has been yet another mass shooting, making this the fifth this year. The link will actually show 7, but it depends on what you classify as a “mass shooting.” For it to count for the FBI, there have to be four deaths, not including the killer himself. However you count it, it’s a…