I'll start off by saying that I like Dan Rodricks. He's an okay guy. He may be a little hard to follow on some of his arguments, but he generally means well. So I was a little bit surprised to read his latest opinion piece for The Baltimore Sun. In it, he tells us the story [...]
If you've been watching the news, you might have noticed that something interesting is going in Italy. They just had a general election, and their results were very interesting. This is from The Atlantic: "Anyone who’s spent more than a vacation in Italy knows it’s a country with deep reserves of discontent, economic stagnation, and [...]
It's very common for xenophobic people to say something like, "Illegals are taking are jobs." They don't care if it's true or not because truth is not the primary aim of the xenophobe or the racist. Their primary aim is to get people angry at undocumented immigrants and then let the hate do the heavy [...]
Slavery is "America's Original Sin," without a doubt. I think the way that the United States governments since Independence have treated immigrants is a close second. Time after time, the country seemed to settle on what being "American" was, and then the country rejected anyone not fitting the description until it was necessary to re-define [...]
The podcast This American Life had a very interesting episode the other day. It was called "Fear and Loathing in Homer and Rockville." The podcast dealt with the topic of immigration when immigration had nothing to do with the problem perceived by the subjects of the podcast. Or, rather, immigration was seen as the cause of [...]
My glass is not half full. It's half empty because I gave the other half of water to someone who was thirsty, just like Jesus would (the Jesus described in the Bible, not the caricature misquoted up on stages of megachurches-slash-concerts). Your glass is half empty because some monster made up in the imagination of Breitbart of Alex Jones or Jenny McCarthy or Andrew Wakefield or Ted Cruz stole your water. Or because you drank it all so no one else could have it.
I tried to be objective and read Donal Trump's nomination acceptance speech instead of listening to him on television. You can sometimes see something on television and misinterpret it for something worse than it seems. So I went over to Politico.com and read their transcript of the speech. All I got from it is that [...]
On the last day of our trip to Italy, my wife and I were sitting at a coffee shop enjoying a very strong and very expensive coffee. As we looked out the front door, we saw a woman with three young boys sitting on a small bridge. (Venice has a lot of bridges.) All three [...]
I'm trying to get through some of the required readings for the week, and I have "Kitchen Nightmares" playing in the background. For those of you who have not seen that television show, it's about Chef Gordon Ramsay going from one restaurant to another and helping the owners get back on their feet. One of the things he does, besides sampling the food and commenting on how awful it is and why he's not surprised that the place is having money problems, is step into the kitchen and inspect it. He goes all over the kitchen and looks at the walls, the corners, the back of the stoves, under the ovens, etc. He then goes into the walk-in freezer and looks at how fresh -- or not -- the food is in there.
About twenty minutes of audio from my trip to Old Mexico. Look for a thunder clap when I'm recording dad and his friends at dad's shop.