Monthly Archives: February 2016

Three thoughts on the FBI’s bite at the Apple

I had three thoughts after reading about the brewing conflict between Apple and the FBI. Continue reading

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Lost Worlds and A Strange Visitor From Another Planet

I just re-watched the pilot of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1996).  It is actually pretty good, especially for a late-1990s superhero show.  It’s sly and clever, and does a nice job working around its obviously-inadequate effects budget. … Continue reading

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“Morning” After Blues?

I had the same thought as Steve Bennen when he penned A generation later, Rubio flubs ‘Morning in America’: Maybe the whole “morning” metaphor was a little too subtle for Marco Rubio. He’s not pitching Reagan’s message; he’s offering the literal … Continue reading

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Versailles on the Potomac

{Originally penned 2015 Apr 26 and recently rescued from the Drafts folder} So there have been police confrontations (and possibly even riots) in Baltimore over the past 12 hours, but apparently CNN didn’t feel compelled to cover them.  Instead they kept … Continue reading

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Lunacon 2014 (2): Saturday

Even though Lunacon is over, I’m going to keep writing up my notes and impressions, if only to keep writing in general. Saturday was the busiest day of the con, and it certainly showed in my personal programming grid.  I … Continue reading

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Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

{originally written 2013 May 23, then banished to the Drafts folder for no good reason when I never got around to finishing it.} Spoiler-free review:  A solid sophomore outing for the NuTrek crew, but it’s no Wrath of Khan. ====== Spoilers … Continue reading

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Why I have trouble taking guns-rights advocates seriously

Five Injured In Accidental Gun Show Shootings On ‘Gun Appreciation Day’ From TPM.    

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Marc Cohn @ The City Winery, 2012 Jan 26

{This has apparently been sitting in my Drafts folder for four years.  Oops.  I never finished it, so it ends abruptly. -=-BLG} It’s been a while (a real long while) since I’ve gotten to a Marc Cohn show, but this … Continue reading

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Another reason we’re in so much trouble.

For the first time in 23 years of polling. Source: The US military is the world’s strongest. Half of Americans think it’s not. – Vox

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Chart of the Day: SCOTUS appointments in election years

It is far from unprecedented for a President to nominate someone this far away from the election. Source: Presidents have appointed Supreme Court justices in election years. This chart proves it. – Vox

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