An Unexpected Consequence of Unlimited Political Spending

Like most people, I have always been at least partially in awe of the super wealthy. Look at a guy like Warren Buffett, a.k.a. the “Wizard of Omaha,” “Oracle of Omaha,” or the “Sage of Omaha.” I mean, it is intuitively appealing to think that a guy like him — and by extension, the other […]

A Rare Justified Freakout

So, rightwingers are so prone to getting all worked up and made up shit, that it is tempting to dismiss all of their freakouts as just so much noise. But in this case, they have a point:

Al Armendariz, a mid-level official at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since 2009, resigned this week after conservatives […]

The Talent Myth

We all want to think that we are undervalued, or that at least we are worth every penny we’re paid. There is a natural impetus to believe that sort of thing, and, of course, in the aggregate it is probably close to true. Wages, ultimately, reflect supply and demand when looking at large numbers. But […]

Stewardesses aka Flight Attendants

Watch Pan Am, watch any period piece about the 1960s and 1970s, and you will find that the stewardesses from that period are inevitably imagined as young, attractive, flirtation, and adventurous. I have to admit, I can’t quite recall whether my own experience confirms this. I was a kid in the 1970s, and by the […]

Where Did All the Pretzels Go?

Is it just in my neck of the wood, or are pretzels increasingly hard to find? Sure, you can still get them in supermarkets, though I think the aisle space devoted to them has diminished. But in conveniences stores, drug stores, gas stations, etc., they are increasingly scarce.

One has to presume this is a […]

At the Movies With Justin Bieber

So I took my kids to see Arthur Christmas today. Cute movie, though not up to usual Aardman standards. I like the movie-going experience, on the whole, even though the prices are crazy and I’m not really a fan of 3D. But I swear, I almost lost it today. And the reason is two words: […]

About the USS Enterprise Videos

Good grief, people, chill out. Life on a carrier is hard. It is crowded. It is loud. The work hours are brutal.

You have an XO making so videos to lighten things up. Is he acting like the president of a frat? Yeah, maybe. Guess what, most of the crew is composed of college-aged kids, […]

Can I Still Order a Rum and Coke?

How about a Red Bull and vodka?  An Irish Coffee?

Schumer: Four Loko, similar drinks will be banned – Washington Times

New York’s senior senator said Tuesday that high-alcohol, caffeinated beverages such as Four Loko and Joose will soon be banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“Let these rulings serve as a warning […]