Sure as Heck

“Now that my focus has been enlarged, I sure as heck better be more astute on these current events, national issues.” Who made this statement in an interview on national television yesterday? a) Ben Bernanke b) Scott Brown c) Barack Obama d) Sarah Palin Click on the...

Massachusetts Meatheads

The AP has just called the special Massachusetts senate election for Republcan Scott Brown. Teddy Kennedy’s seat will be occupied by a Republican who will make it his personal mission to scuttle the healthcare initiative. Today I’ve found myself thinking...

Gigacool

So here’s a place where two of my interests — technology and politics — come together: David Bergman’s Gigapan image of President Obama’s inaugural address. It’s a 1.47 gigapixel shot — yes, that’s gigapixel not...

Is Ahab, Ahab?

One of the questions that arises in the course of Melville’s Moby-Dick is whether Ahab’s name is significant. It’s not just a matter of literary symbolism, in which the author is sending a signal to the knowing reader that the the reader might glean...

The Company He’s Keeping

Barack Obama has patterned himself after some of our most revered Presidents. During the campaign he invited comparison to another Illinois politician who began his career in the state legislature, Abraham Lincoln, and it’s been widely reported that he’s...

Setting Aside Childish Things

INAUGURATION DAY 2009At the words “And so help me God,” we popped the bottle of Mumms. I’m saving the cork.”We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm...