James Lee Burke has a vocabulary all his own and the common words arch across novels, decades and characters. The phrase Porte Cochere (see page 326) literally means coach door, and is one that I’ve always thought meant what I would call a carport. I wasn’t far wrong, but there is history and a regionalilty […]
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This internal thread concerning events in and about Ferguson, Missouri, is stuck to the top of the blog, newer, less vital, posts appear below. Meanwhile, comments on PZ Myers’ Good Morning, America now exceed 1,600… Ferguson is a city holding its breath as it waits for the other shoe to drop. The protesters have mostly […]
Twin Peaks returns: will it answer all our questions?
Via Keith “Keef” Knight. I have always remembered that as a writer I am constantly working on variations of a single plot: something changed. There are many permutations on this, my favorite being either, a stranger comes to the village (think Something Wicked This Way Comes) or someone leaves the village (think Moby Dick). Everything […]
To all politicians who’ve ever tried to block access to voting: What the hell is the matter with you people?! You need to get your head on straight. The cornerstone of this great country is the right to vote—and you should be fighting to make sure that every citizen who can vote, does! But instead […]
Civil Forfeiture is one reason why we need judges like Jennifer Brunner… Also: Stop and seize… Government self-interest corrupted a crime-fighting tool into an evil… And, the kicker: Even the Canadians hate us…
Earlier today I addressed the media and through them the Australian public about ongoing investigations into a group of officers and NCOs whose conduct if proven has not only brought the Australian army into disrepute, but has let down every one of you, and all of those whose past service has won the respect of […]
—From Chris Rodda, author of Debunking David Barton’s Jefferson Lies. Prior to about a week ago I knew nothing of David Barton other than he was one of the religious wrong and influential in tea-bagger circles. I’ve since begun to educate myself because of Barton’s visit to my hometown. What makes Barton so hard to […]
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Chokepoint from The Intercept on Vimeo. Via Map of the Stars: The NSA and GCHQ Campaign Against German Satellite Companies.
As an enlisted man in the United States Navy I was directly responsible for the care of eight tactical nuclear missiles. I don’t know how the Air Force handles the mission, but I do know that any of the actions that Oliver mentions would have gotten me expelled from the program in a heart beat. […]
Today is the 85th anniversary of my father’s birth to Carroll Dean and Anita Ray Hess in Fairmont, West Virginia. Several years ago my dad shared an episode of Deep Space Nine with me (which I blogged about, but for the life of me I can’t find the post this morning) featuring father and son […]
I have worked, and continue to work, with a number of students suffering from a wide range debilitating, and often deadly, allergies. Over the years I have asked the question: why so many children now? In conversations I have suggested, admittedly with tongue a bit in cheek, that George Carlin’s thesis, that we don’t work […]
What do you think a similar flight over an Israeli community under Hamas rocket attack might look like? This reminds me of WW II photos of Berlin, Leningrad or Hiroshima. Via Mano Singham. Warning, not for the queasy.
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Turn on Caps Lock and fly my pretties, fly…!