You may think that America is hopelessly divided, but Democrats and Republicans do, on occasion, come together and agree on things, even important things.
Never mind President Biden’s slumping poll numbers — in the low 40s at this writing. What about you and me?
Species in disturbing numbers will be going extinct before our grandchildren are grown. Our species appears good with that.
The sign in front of the local variety store said “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service!” So I strolled in, sporting my Sunday-best shoes and shirt, plus an overlong red necktie. But no pants, just for variety
Birds, especially the pretty ones, are hard to spy now amidst the riotous green canopy, so it’s time to transition from bird watching to bird listening —a preferable pastime in many ways. You can do it while washing the dishes, horizontal in a hammock, or hydrating on the veranda in your Adirondack chair.
Some of the 465 people charged so far (many more to come) in connection with the January 6 riot in and about the U.S. Capitol have come up with a clever defense. The mob made them do it.
Remember Miss America, she of the eponymous pageant? Well forget her. Ditto Miss Universe, Miss Gluten Free and all the rest. They’re old hat—yesterday’s politically correct Kumbaya news. Who needs to ogle fulsome females bent on curing world hunger and striving for inter-galactic peace whilst strumming ukuleles in their swimsuits? I, for one, won’t miss […]
There are supposed to be two certainties in life: death and taxes. Here’s a 2021 corollary: As the rich get richer and richer, they pay less and less into the U.S. Treasury. It’s no joke, my fellow 1040 filers. A recent study by economists and the IRS found that the richest Americans —yes, those infamous one-percenters— have been cheating on their taxes to the collective tune of at least $175 billion a year.
There has been a lot of loose talk lately about bias in the media. I’m a proud member of the fourth estate — have been for nearly half a century. And I have plenty of biases, great and small. I like puppies. Cats not so much. I prefer ice hockey to field hockey, asparagus to […]
Abraham Lincoln had been elected but had yet to assume the presidency when southern states started seceding from the Union in the months before his March 4, 1961 inauguration. Four others would follow that spring. American soldiers —like Robert E. Lee, who had taken an oath of loyalty to the nation that he had served since 1825— defected to the Confederacy. By joining the rebellion Lee and fellow travellers became, in effect, traitors.
My fellow Americans, please stop wishing me a Happy New Year. I’m begging you. Do you want to jinx it already? Besides, let’s be realistic, shall we? How happy are any of us going to be this side of Warren Buffet?
He’s making a list, checking it twice. He already knows who’s naughty, and that convicted felons aren’t nice. But he’s going to pardon them anyway. Some are expecting a pardon blitz before January 20, our quadrennial celebration of democracy that no one expects the sore loser in the White House to attend.
You knew he wouldn’t go honorably or quietly, even though he has been quiet as a church mouse for nearly a week at this writing, with virtually no official business on his White House calendar for days.
This is being written on November 2, Election Day eve, when there is still the possibility that 2020 could be the third time in this young century that a United States President could lose the popular vote and yet win the White House.
The other day while I was raking leaves beneath our black walnut tree — and picking up scads of fallen walnuts— guess what happened? Ker-plunk!
Took one right on the melon. Add them to the list of things to fear, or at least be wary of. Are you worried about sharks? Forget about them! Sharks kill a measly 10 humans a year worldwide.