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Posted inSatire

Señorita pistols and the amendment after the First

Reading Time: 3 minutes The text of an upcoming speech by Senator Burlo Winchester—an advocate of the amendment after the First Amendment, also known as the amendment that must not be named, and sometimes called the Second Amendment—was intercepted this week: “My fellow Americans, Today I will exhibit a bill in Congress that will require citizens from age 5 […]

Posted inDeep Dive

Why do we disagree? Ask natural selection.

Reading Time: 2 minutes It’s entirely possible that Shakespeare’s innumerable rhetorical gems popped into his head willy-nilly without bidding, and he jotted them down for later use. He might not have had any particular character in mind. Then, as needed, he consulted his notes and inserted soliloquies and speeches and insults and profundities and short lines into the mouths […]

Posted inLaw

How Justice Barrett’s religion affects Roe v. Wade

Reading Time: 3 minutes Shall we pretend Amy Coney Barrett’s religion doesn’t matter on the Supreme Court? Article VI of the Constitution says religion can never be used as a qualification for any public office in America. So, religion itself is off-limits as a criterion of merit or demerit. But can the effects of one’s religion be seen as […]

Posted inComedy

Did you know this about the Old West?

Reading Time: 3 minutes A diary entry from Wyatt Earp, the famed lawman from the Old West, was just discovered and it’s a hoot to read. It says … Tombstone, Arizona, Fall, 1881, Monday Dear Diary, Those McLaurys are as dumb as a waterlogged one-legged hitching post. I don’t give two centavos if they re-branded forty-six cows from the federal […]

Posted inSatire

‘What Kind of Liar Are You?’ The game show and national craze

Reading Time: 3 minutes Carl (announcer): Today’s show is sponsored by Dissembler Nation, the resume and CV organizer unit that “Gets You Jobs!” Audience: [rousing applause] Dave (host): Everyone lies sometimes, don’t they? What kind of a liar are you? Our celebrity panel will choose among today’s contestants and the winner will be taking home a pile of cash along with a wax statuette […]

Posted inParenting & Family

Parenting a precocious child

Reading Time: 3 minutes She was savvy even as a toddler, with apt facial expressions to match—the knitted brow, narrowed eyes, faraway gaze, puckish grin, chin in hand. When she was three, I asked her to her face if she was the Buddha. She demurred. And so it went through years of parenting a socially astute, logically shrewd child. […]

Posted inBooks

It’s Earth Day, so read this book

Reading Time: 2 minutes In honor of Earth Day, you should consider reading this wonderful book, A (Very) Short History of Life on Earth: 4.6 Billion Years in 12 Pithy Chapters by Henry Gee. Mr. Gee is a senior editor at Nature magazine and the author of numerous books, and he has been a guest on several radio and […]