The Halliburton Silver Lining

As you may be aware, Halliburton recently plead guilty to charges of destroying evidence pertaining to the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. A deeply-repentant Halliburton agreed to pay the largest fine the law allows. Of course, the law only allows a maximum fine of $200,000, but it would be cynical to question […]

Rick Perry Thinks You’re Stupid (vol. CXXLI)

Man, Texas governor and briefly-viable presidential candidate Rick Perry sure is ticked off about the Justice Department attempted to force preclearance on Texas’ redistricting plan:  “Once again, the Obama Administration is demonstrating utter contempt for our country’s system of checks and balances, not to mention the U.S. Constitution,” Perry said in a written statement. “This […]

Not exactly a review of Pacific Rim

Here there by spoilers!* A Few Things I Didn’t Like So Well: -I know it’s not meant to be realistic, but if they’re going to explain things, then the explanation should either be the equivalent of “it’s magic” or the explanation should work. When Charlie Day’s character says that the DNA of each monster is […]

In Memory of Trayvon

I know you’ve already read more than you care to read about the killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, but I’m not quite done thinking about it, which means I’m not quite done writing about it. So, please indulge me this time. I’m of the opinion that a terrible injustice was done. I can’t […]

A Spoiler-Free Non-Review of “Grown Ups 2”

I do not like most Adam Sandler movies. I especially do not like the one where Sandler plays a man-child who has to “grow up” to get whatever prize he’s after. He always gets said prize, even though his “growing up” is perfunctory at best and the film always hints that other people learn more […]

I Can’t Really Find Any Silver Linings Here

Well…if you’re an immigrant, or a woman, or black (especially if you’re black), you know where you stand in the eyes of the law. At least we can vote to change it, right? Here’s hoping there will be a swift, severe backlash against not just the party, but the whole mindset, that brought this on.

Two weeks after Google Reader

I knew that I was going to miss Google Reader. I didn’t know just how much I was going to miss it. My RSS feed has replaced newspapers in my monring commute. It’s a small thing, but I still find the pull model very appealing. It works for me so well that I hadn’t given […]

Atheists and Foxholes

Ho boy, I love this one. Fox News published this piece with the headline “Is The Obama Admin. Imposing Anti-Religious Culture In Military?” It’s another one of those articles that’s difficult to respond to because it’s wrong on so many levels in so many ways. I’ll do my best, though, because this an exceptionally poor bit […]

Chaos in Tejas*

I wanted to wait until after the fourth before posting on this, but there’s quite a bit of fascinating news out of the Lone Star State these days. The Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, really, really, really wants the legislature to pass a law that will dramatically restrict when and where a legal abortion may be […]