It's been de rigueur for parents of this last generation to worry about the effects of video games on their children. The violence. The sexism. The increasing isolation of the gamer who sits alone at a console with little need or desire to venture out into the wider world.

As a gamer myself (although the players of World of Warcraft would laugh at me), I have long understood the rubric of "kill 'em all, take all the money." I'm afraid my daughter will be tempted to inscribe it on my tombstone. Good thing I don't plan on having one. Read more about Games


Laws or People

I can remember years ago thinking that the concept of laws not men was, in some way, essentially unfair. The fairness of it, of course, is the concept that no matter who you are, no one is above the law. The men in the concept stands for those who have traditionally thought themselves above the law.

I, in my innocence, interpreted men as people. And people, I thought, should be more important than the law. In other words, the person who steals to feed his starving family should be treated differently than the guy who just wants a Mercedes. Read more about Laws or People



I suspect that most of those on "my side of the aisle" voicing disappointment with the change we can believe in of the 2008 Obama candidacy have mistaken what he meant by change. I suspect that many of them added words identifying pet hopes of their own to the word change, and when President Obama failed to institute change in policies affecting those hopes, they felt let down. Read more about Homework



Karl, not the Brothers.

A woman who generally takes a conservative view of things wrote, in a Facebook comment yesterday, "I'm suggesting our society is becoming so removed from itself and disconnected, or partitioned into self interest, that it no longer functions ..."

I responded, because I couldn't help myself, that her comment reminded me of "The Theory of Alienation," Karl Marx's essay from 1844 in which he described the condition of the people he saw around him during the early years of the Industrial Revolution. Read more about Marx



It's gonna be a tough year commenting on politics. I already know all the people I'm gonna vote for. All the people running against each other in order to be able to run against them are people whose opinions do less than interest me.

I just ran into a spot of trouble on Facebook with the statement that Iowa had chosen the "least icky" of the current slate of Republican candidates - only to be slammed to the floor by people who had actually knew the positions taken by Mr. Santorum. Read more about Tough


Political Shorts

It's the last week of 2011, and who wants to think about politics? Can't we have a little vacation? Next year is coming soon enough.

So - no lectures. No links. Nothing really to think about. Just a few one-liners.

Nukes in Iran? Treat them like a grown up country and maybe they'll act like one.

Iraq - really? Nobody saw this coming? Fortify the embassy walls, the Baathists will rise again. (sorry, that one was two lines)

Afghanistan and Africa - Forget terrorism. I'm in it for the women.

U.N. flag at half mast for KJI? It's customary for dead leaders. Get over it. Read more about Political Shorts


Christmas Greetings

Assuming that next year we will have a Gingrinch-free Christmas, I want to take this opportunity to with a Merry, Happy, Cheerful Holiday Season to all, especially those who take the trouble to show up.
The ones who go to the meetings.
The ones who enter public service.
The ones who take it to the streets.
The ones who care.

All of 'em, everywhere, of every stripe. Even the skunks.

May all the Gods bless you, every one. Read more about Christmas Greetings