In which I was Daddy Warbucks for a brief and shining moment

This past summer, we stayed in a rustic riverside cottage that did not have a washer or dryer. (It did not have a dependable toilet, either, but that’s another story.) Consequently, when we’d run out of clothes, we wandered over to a laundromat, which is really kind of a fun experience if for no other …

The Republicans’ war on sanity

Republican lawmakers are targeting NPR,  Planned Parenthood, and AmeriCorps. NPR and Planned Parenthood have long been popular targets for the Party of Lincoln (can’t have an informed populace, and you dare not let women take their health into their own hands) but AmeriCorps? And on Friday, they’ll kill Santa. You heard it here first. Cretins.

Reality bites

Or, as Mike the Heathen, who sent this, says: “Ho-ho-hold on a second:” At the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, would-be Jolly Old St. Nicks are being trained to help children downgrade their Christmas expectations. According to the New York Times story, the recession has resulted in: …a Christmas season in …