Being a not entirely serious reflection on the bizarre news of the day and how it deeply impacts our lives.

Why did God give us Kudzu?

Submitted by frlarry on Sat, 08/18/2012 - 11:24

Yet another series from the "If God is so good, why did he..." theme:

Question: If God is so good, why did he give us Kudzu?
Answer: God has always tried to wake us up with strange phenomena with a symbolic meaning. Kudzu was intended to teach us about the dangers of our creeping sense of entitlement. That sense of entitlement, if we don't get it in check (and it will be difficult to check its progress, just like Kudzu), it will eventually overwhelm everything in our culture.

Questions to ask Republican hopefuls if you're a member of the drive-by media...

Submitted by frlarry on Mon, 01/09/2012 - 15:27

Recent questions posed by the drive-by media to Republican hopefuls drew the ire of the candidates themselves, much to the delight of the audience who think many in the media are lower than primordial slime and only slightly above on-the-take members of Congress.

If only the Whiskey Rebellion had succeeded!

Submitted by frlarry on Mon, 10/31/2011 - 13:55

Actually, according to the account in Wikipedia, it did partly succeed. Anger over the whiskey tax helped spawn the Democratic Republican Party (or the DRP) headed by St. Thomas Jefferson. As the name of the party suggests, there were aspects of the Whiskey Rebellion that reflected parts of both the modern Tea Party tax revolt and the modern Occupy Wall Street protest over the power of the big banks, headed by Alexander Hamilton (no relation to George, Hamilton, that is). Washington (the government, that is) had imposed the duty on distilled beverages in order to pay down the national debt incurred during the revolt against Merry Old England. (MOE for short. Goodness, who'd want to rebel against folks with such a nice name as that?)

Gas gift: goof or gamble?

Submitted by frlarry on Thu, 05/19/2011 - 08:31

Kenny Nguyen, the owner of the Wilmington, California, Valero station, lost over $21,000 when a computer glitch caused the price of his premium gas to sell at $1.10/gallon, over $3.00 less than the current price. Area customers managed to pump 7,000 gallons into their cars in the 4 hours before Nguyen noticed the error.

A Salmon Czar. Now why didn't I think of that?

Submitted by frlarry on Fri, 02/04/2011 - 23:06

When the government bureaucracy divvies up the protection of a major species, like the salmon that keeps bears and fishing companies fat through the winter, and when even the President can joke about the complexity, not to mention duplication, lack of clarity in ultimate responsibility, and waste, who ya gonna call? Well Bill Arthur of the Sierra Club has an answer. (See "Is Obama Swimming Upstream With Campaign Against Salmon Bureaucracy?")