Station Fire

An update, mainly for out-of-area folks vaguely worried about the news of fires in Southern California. My immediate area is not threatened by the Station Fire. However, yesterday and today everyone here in northern Los Angeles County has been treated to the spectacle of an immense smoke plume. To left is what it looks like…

Eggs Benedict

For some reason, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce have both challenged my technical skills in the kitchen. Which has put home preparation of one of my favorite breakfasts out of my reach. Until this morning, that is. This morning, I woke up and said, “Eggs Benedict, you are my bitch today.” My egg poaching was…

The Pleasant Face Of The Anti-SSM Movement

The guy is right about one thing — telling people that gay people caused Hurricane Katrina isn’t going to convince anyone to change their mind and oppose same-sex marriage. A frothing, crazed religious screed isn’t going to convince anyone who doesn’t already buy into the frothing, crazed screed to begin with. To reach out to…

Like A Horror Movie, It’s Scary But Predictable And It Contains A Moral

The Concord Group is not a collection of paranoid alarmists nor are they insane. They are concerned with the government’s fiscal irresponsibility, and have been so since the Reagan Administration. Unlike a lot of other interest groups, they are truly bipartisan. So when they start projecting that the annual deficit will be twice the already-astronomical…

A Message From The Land That Irony Forgot

Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota, conservative firebrand from a liberal state, attends a town hall and finds a constituency sharply divided on the issue of health care reform — some adamantly in favor of it and some adamantly against it. The top line coming out of this astonishingly irony-free zone has to be from this…

Sad To See

LeVar Burton may be most famous for playing Geordi LaForge on Star Trek, he may have made his mark playing Kunta Kinte in Roots, but he did his best work inspiring children to read books on Reading Rainbow, which after twenty-six seasons is finally coming to an end.