Final thoughts on three months in Afghanistan by Connor O’Steen I’m sitting on the roof of a hotel in Istanbul, looking at the Hagia Sophia and thinking about my flight tomorrow (and […]
Avast! Tis Talk Like a Pirate Day 2008!
Ahoy, me hearties, it’s been a long seven years since Dave Barry talked up Talk Like a Pirate Day to land lubbers in every port in the land. Today is the day […]
Pro-Life, Pro-Obama: is it possible?
That’s the debate I’ve been having with an old college friend whom I’ve recently reconnected with.He’s become a Catholic since we knew one another back in the ‘80s, and is a deep-thinking, […]
A truth is a truth is a truth, isn't it?
Y’know, these days, so many people with so many different motives are trying to tell me in so many ways what the “truth” is that I wonder whether I’d recognize a “truth” […]
Gingrich's allegedly non-partisan American Solutions funded almost entirely by Republicans
Some of you might recall that back in July, I ran a piece criticizing Newt Gingrich’s “Drill here. Drill now. Pay Less.” campaign. Since then, a number of people have had the […]
Music lyrics, even great ones, are not poetry: Hegemony, part 1
How often have you heard someone call a rock musician or a rapper a poet? As a poet and a lyricist, let me assure you that they’re not the same thing. Reach […]
Nota Bene #39
Links of the Week (as opposed to the Weakest Link): Paul Begala: “I was for Hillary in the primaries, but when she endorsed Sen. Obama, I proudly sent him a check for […]
Since when are education and eloquence liabilities in a president?
Isn’t it ludicrous even to ask such a question? Apparently not, in the presidential race of 2008. I’ve spent the better part of the last two weeks absorbing and reflecting on the […]
Who helped me become me?
I am 62 years old. More than 40 years ago, I met Dick Dils. He became my climbing partner for two decades and friend. He taught me about the wise assessment of […]
I'm a new Scrogue — but don't pigeonhole me
I’m a recent addition to the S&R line-up since my first guest appearance at the DNC, and I hope I can run with these clever, yappy dogs. I’ve been worried that I’m […]