Looking for hive mind help on a course

Actually, on two courses.  The school I'm at (Newark Academy) ends the year with a nine-day "June Term", wherein students take one class for six hours a day.  June Term classes are supposed to be experiential and rigorous, and maybe a bit weird.  All teachers are supposed to suggest courses; I made three idea proposals and [...]

I woke up to a country I didn’t recognize

I am stunned.  Although I spent the last week cautioning people from assuming a Clinton victory, although I told myself it’s never over until the ballots are cast, I realize now that I never actually entertained the possibility of a Trump victory.  I had too much faith in the basic decency of the American people, [...]

In which Dinesh D’Souza proves he doesn’t know the difference between past tense and present tense.

(written in response to an insipid Facebook post by the -- thankfully -- inimitable Dinesh D'Souza, showing the idiotic comic copied above) "Is" is not the same as "was".   But, hey, what would you expect from a hack?   I think it's actually hilarious that defenders of the modern GOP think they can win [...]

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.  There's real chemistry between Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher, as well.  Hatcher really sells Lois [...]

“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 opposite. The point of "Morning in America" was that things had turned a corner and [...]

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 with covering the White House Correspondents' Dinner where various people, including the President, got to [...]

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 follow =========== And this movie so desperately wants to be The Wrath of Khan. The good: [...]