Space: The Vegan Frontier?

I’m not a food prude. While it’s true I give away a cookbook every year from another site I appear on, I like burgers, brats and beers just fine. The more astute among you have realized that I just listed a litany of dead animals. While vegetarians can certainly sustain a healthy body you aren’t going to see any vegan football players any time soon. They just can’t build up enough body mass with only vegetable protein. Still, while I may be an omnivore I don’t demand it of my…

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Damn Reality!

Back in late 2004 Jere McAllister, a/k/a Mr. A.L.I., released a blazing single called Jam Sessions (Round 2). It featured the tag line “Back to reality, back to life.” I’ve always thought that it should be the soundtrack for the Chicago Public School system every fall. Besides being one hell of a groove it sets the right tone for any school year. It also states a clear point. Reality is what it is. It can’t be bent into something else. It is not a rumor or a discussable point, unless…

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For the Gouda Humanity

I have a lot of relatives in Wisconsin. My Aunt Bertha used to own a small grocery store in Soldiers Grove, before they moved the town. As you might imagine, she sold a lot of cheese. Since we were unaware of child labor laws we got to enjoy spending summers with her by stocking shelves and watching her chain smoke Lucky Strikes. We also got to eat cheese. Well, today, I was wandering around some science sites trying to pretend I understood anything when I noticed a little video tucked…

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Can We Talk Now?

I think it’s time we stop ignoring the 800lb angry transvestite in the room. And I use that analogy purposefully. There is a lot of unnecessary drama going on here right now. But if we’re going to talk, then we must talk honestly and openly. And if we are going to accomplish anything with gun control, we must also talk rationally. And if we’re going to talk rationally we will need some history. Nothing erupts wholly new upon us. It came from somewhere. Popular opinions on guns are just another…

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Thinning the Herd

People do stupid things. It’s a given. It is, in many cases, why this blog exists. I’m sure you all remember the guy who died from a cockroach eating overdose when he was trying to win a live python. Well, his death is related to our story here today. And, yes, this all occurs in Florida. You see, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has come up with a great idea. In one fell swoop they will be able to increase the state’s IQ and reduce its population total.…

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Overreact Much?

I understand that we live in the world of the easily offended. Everyone seems to take umbrage at something. I know people who still think that Macy’s is a communist front because of its red star logo. I did not say they were smart people, just that I knew them. There are those who will go into high dudgeon over the fate of Frango Mints.They will seriously start dripping spittle and making buzzing noises. From a performance art standpoint it’s kind of fun. But it’s still too dangerous to encourage.…

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Priorities

There are times, daily around here, when you look at someone and wonder just what the heck they were thinking. When someone does or says something so brain crushingly dumb that it leaves you in awe. I’ll give you an example. Back in 1999 I was driving on the Kennedy Expressway. Traffic was kind of heavy. As I approached Armitage a car was coming up the ramp to merge into traffic. There was another car in its way in the lane. Of course there were lots of cars in the…

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Flying High Again

I’ve written before how plane trips used to be fun. As a traveler you were the revered customer. Within reason the airline would try to satisfy your every whim. Of course, back then, the overall standards were different than they are now. Still, it was safe and comfortable way to travel. I’ve also already discussed how discount fares have led to the steady decline of not only service but viable tourists. Back in the good old days people treated air travel like a trip to a church. They were on…

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Girl Power?

When I was a child girls played with dolls and boys played with action figures. Girls had Easy Bake Ovens and boys had Hot Wheels sets. I hadn’t even seen my tenth birthday when all those notions got tossed aside, along with many flaming bras. Feminism had arrived. The core concept of feminism was not, as many would still have you believe, to turn young ladies into bitter, lonely, lesbians. It was to give women the same opportunities as men. The results, thus far, have been mixed. On the one…

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Oddlings

I sometimes get the feeling that you and I don’t live in the same world. Oh, we see the same TV channels and all that but, somehow, I see things that others miss. And, more importantly, I don’t understand how they get missed. Everyone I know was all “fiscal cliff this” and “fiscal cliff that.” I, on the other hand, was all abuzz about Oompa Loompa rage. How could you not fear for the future of humanity when confronted with this sentence; “A man in Norfolk, England, was reportedly attacked…

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