A Kennedy Off-Center Visit

As the Memorial Day weekend hails the start of summer in America (yes, the Rest of the World, I know summer actually begins in June in the Northern Hemisphere, but the last weekend in May is when we Yanks traditionally get our first beach sunburns and barbecue heartburns of the year) those of us not… Continue reading A Kennedy Off-Center Visit

Trigger-happy Cowgirl Shoots Self in Foot

During the late Upper Pleistocene Age, between thirty and forty thousand years ago, two predator species developed a synergistic relationship. The first was a now-extinct ancestor of the grey wolf, the other the ancestors of modern Homo Sapiens, a species who have yet to become extinct but are nevertheless diligently working on it. There were… Continue reading Trigger-happy Cowgirl Shoots Self in Foot

TikTok Approaches Zero Hour

I have been writing this Web log since 2006, and I suppose regular readers have long since deduced that the Washington DC suburb of Great Falls, Virginia, where I live, is a rather upscale neighborhood. And, I would hasten to add, I am hardly the wealthiest inhabitant of the cul de sac where my home… Continue reading TikTok Approaches Zero Hour

Dueling Dotards

Throughout the history of civilization, great nations have risen and fallen, most often, according to the commonly accepted wisdom, by rotting from the inside out; usually, it seems, because of some virtue that proves, in the manner of Greek tragedy, to be a fatal flaw. While that may not be true in every case (the… Continue reading Dueling Dotards

Primarily Preposterous

The people of the state of Iowa, Norman Mailer once observed, are incapable of realizing any political reality short of having a bomb dropped on them. The state motto of New Hampshire is “Live Free or Die,” by which they mean, be like us or we will kill you. Both states have minuscule populations; Iowa… Continue reading Primarily Preposterous