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 The bars close at 2 a.m. in most of California. I know this because 2 a.m. is all too often when the wacky stuff happens.  (more…)

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 People have asked me to be honest. I had one, two, three requests last Fall, and I had a notion for a post, too, to revisit some prior ruminations on honesty, and humanity, and I did … nothing.

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To Longer Days

and shorter nights.

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For a couple decades now, but especially during the rise to power of  Limbaugh, Gingrich, et al., we’ve heard how liberal the “mainstream media” supposedly is. It’s probably the most devastatingly successful con job of the last two decades, if not in journalism history.

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 The mass media were all over the Madoff fraud story recently, broadcasting how well-heeled Bernie Madoff ran a Ponzi scheme the size of Fort Knox and bilked so many people, including old and dear friends, out of billions of dollars.

The story has its own hero, Harry Markopolos, the whistleblower whom no one heard, and its own red herring distraction, Bernie’s wife, who gets to keep two and a half million, which is what people get to key on. Let’s hear it now, all together: why should she get to keep all that money when all his investors got screwed?

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I was bottling some India pale ale on our back deck this weekend, busy filling the bottles before I cap them, when I found out that my adrenal gland still works.

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I have a lot of ambivalence about animals in cages or pens. It’s born of childhood visits to Como Park Zoo in St. Paul, Minnesota, and seeing the pacing cats behind bars in small cages. Fortunately, those cages are long gone now, and zoological parks have generally been upgraded and are more “humane” (ahem). Someone once declared they would keep no creature with them that did not stay of its own free choice (Joseph Wood Krutch? Konrad Lorenz?) and amen to that.

On the other hand, when one considers the effects of poaching — and whatever else one can say about the gorilla in this picture, he has all of his parts still attached, as his creator intended:

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Okay, so we were at Disney, and Disney isn’t really known for hair-raising rides. So the competition wasn’t too stiff. (more…)

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Burritos

There is no other food that does it quite like a burrito.

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Does music seem better on the radio than when played on your own personal sound system?

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