May 21, 2013: Apple CEO Tim Cook called before Congress to get a scolding for failing to pay more federal taxes than the company legally owed. May 29, 2013: Apple CEO Tim Cook announces he has hired recently departed EPA
From the Dept. of Crumbling Empires: via the Daily Mail, MI5 ex-chief Stella Rimington has a fever, and the only cure is Moar Police State: The former head of MI5 Dame Stella Rimington has called for British people to inform
In response to The Craziest Photo from the White House Correspondents Dinner Red Carpet: + =
In response to The New York Times ‘News Analysis:’ Review of Tsarnaev’s Tweets Reveals a ‘Holden Caufield-Like Adolescent Alienation’: How in hell is anyone supposed to make a living as a satirist when the New York Times keeps upping the
In response to Tamerlan Tsarnaev Was on Terrorist Watch List: Liz, not only did DHS/FBI ignore terrorism warnings from Russia, it seems they actually tried to persuade Canada to delay arresting the alleged Al Qaeda plotters of a train attack.
In response to Gosnell and Media Bias: Remember when journalists reported news to the public, not the other way around? In dribs and drabs, it appears national media are finally being shamed into offering some coverage of the Gosnell trial:
Gun ownership in Illinois is, well, an adventure. On my birthday last year I visited the delightfully-named ‘Smoke N Gun’ in Waukegan and applied for a state FOID (firearm owner identification) card. For those who are unfamiliar, possession of an
In response to A further thought on the collective ‘ownership’ of children: One of the creepier features of lefty language is the application of possessive pronouns. “My” is for rights (real or imagined), “your” is for responsibilities, “our” is for
In response to Another Post Begging for Good Storytelling: At the expense of linking to BuzzFeed, I completely agree with Ben Howe’s analysis. If conservatives want to be in the narrative biz, they need to step up their game. And if
In response to How Google celebrates Easter: I can’t get too worked up over Google’s selection of Cesar Chavez for their Easter Sunday Doodle. They’re a private multinational corporation, after all, and Christians aren’t their only customers. I’m sure they
Toure’ Ben Carson Full name Toure’ Neblett Benjamin S. Carson, MD Age 42 61 Birthplace Boston, MA Detroit, MI Profession saying stuff on fringe cable network Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery,Johns Hopkins Hospital; Professor of Neurosurgery, Oncology, and Pediatrics,Johns Hopkins University
In response to Same-sex marriage and the balance of compulsion: After 28 years of wedded bliss and 2 kids, I’m guessing I’m probably the Conversation’s resident marriage champ. (It was an arranged Hindu ceremony, I was 3 and she was 2.)
On top of Joe Biden’s $585,000.50 one-night hotel bill in Paris, we now learn Uncle Choo Choo and his traveling pals rang up another $321,665 in limousines during their layover in the City of Light. In the original version of
In response to The latest news from the blasted wasteland of austerity: [*If you arrived at this post via Google search, please note: title refers to government spending porn, not Miss Hilton’s sex tape] John, to be more precise Uncle
In response to Academic babble and the strangulation of thought: John – on Twitter, Aaron Lewis (@AA_Lew) points out the eerie parallels between the various arguing parties in the video and “The Three Christs of Ypsilanti” by Milton Rokeach (1964).
In response to Thanks A Lot, You Guys : Glad to oblige, Debra. Think of the video (and its equally compelling part 2) as a tin of intellectual caviar – once you get past the initial gag reflex, it actually has
In response to Extraordinary: Truly, one of the best, and most horrifying documentaries I have ever seen; absurdist yes, but also a wry allegory on the vanishing substance of language. It should be re-edited with interspersed films of industrial slaughterhouses.
TGIF, and get your stopwatches ready! It’s time to play… How Long Can You Take an Argument Between Campus Lefties?
Against the advice of its self-appointed marketing consultants in the media, the Vatican has once again lost a strategic opportunity to reinvent itself as the new improved religious brand of politically-correct liberal hipsters. You know, the same strategy that’s been
The latest idiocy from Sequester Hostage Theater: the federal budget is so pared to the bone that the Navy Blue Angels will be forced to withdraw from the Chicago Air and Water Show and other appearances around the country. Here’s the
In response to Excitement and exhaustion: And it’s damned refreshing after the “democracy” street theatrics of the Wisconsin capitol and Occupy Whatever. One man with principles beats the hell out of a vuvuzela-blowing mob.
In response to Top Five Smartest Decisions of My Life: I’d love to join the game here, but I’m coming up about 4 smart decisions short of an official entry. As an alternative let me tap a much richer source
And now for a good word about Chicago public schools: I spent a leisurely afternoon yesterday at the Chicago World of Wheels hot rod & custom car show, and happened upon this group of Dunbar High students proudly showing off
They used to tell me I was building a dream I joined the President’s mob There were rules to make and budgets to spend At my EPA, it was my job They used to tell me I was building a
The first time I met Andrew in person I wasn’t quite sure what to think. It was 2010; he was slated to speak at a fundraiser at the Blackstone Hotel in downtown Chicago for Cedra Crenshaw, a candidate for a