Years ago, I heard Mel Brooks being interviewed. He was asked how he, in general but especially as a Jew, justified wrapping The Producers around a faux-musical called Springtime for Hitler. His answer stuck with me. As best I recall, he said that one of the best ways to deal with would-be tyrants is to … Continue reading Confronting a Would-Be Tyrant
Author: Dan Wallace
Start Your Year with a Smile – 2017 Edition
Here it is - Year 7 of the photo blog. This year, I had 94 pictures to choose from, including a few that were sent by friends and (gasp) family. I decided to keep it clean – strictly PG. Except, of course, for when I didn't. Which means that the hardest part of this job … Continue reading Start Your Year with a Smile – 2017 Edition
Still Trumped Up
The best Vote-for-Hillary argument is that it will help keep a nut-job out of the White House. In this unusual year, the argument this isn't enough of a reason don't hold up very well.
There's an old saying in bridge: "Get your trump out early." Apparently, the Republican Party is not populated by bridge players. In the eight years since I started writing this blog, I’ve tried to find ways to explain the underlying reality or root cause of various issues, often political in nature. In that time, I have … Continue reading Trumped Up!
Start Your Year With a Smile – 2016 Edition
It’s Year 6 of the photo blog and we're going to dive right in. This is my annual look-back at the year just ended. What follows are the best pictures or screen captures I took (and in a few cases, that friends sent me) from all of 2015. In one way or another, they are … Continue reading Start Your Year With a Smile – 2016 Edition
Just Plain Not Smart Enough
Political commentary coming shortly, but first, here are two recent conversations, one that I overheard and one that I was part of. Overheard: The other day, in my neighborhood Walgreen’s, I saw a skinny young man who was wearing pants that defied gravity and an oversized baseball cap that was overwhelmed by it. I thought he … Continue reading Just Plain Not Smart Enough
Start Your Year With A Smile – 2014 Edition
Welcome to Year 5 of my annual photo review. Once again, I went into the year afraid that I'd get nothing and once again I got lots. Once again, I had help from friends and family. And once again there's the silly, the absurd, and the in-the-kind-of-bad-taste-that-appeals-mostly-to-inner-13-year-olds-like-me. Don't say I didn't warn you. This year instead of themes, … Continue reading Start Your Year With A Smile – 2014 Edition
My Neighborhood Has a Moose! Does Yours?
I usually pay attention to things with more redeeming social importance than this. Except when I don't. Which is often. Including now. . . Yesterday and again today, I've been busy getting ready for a week of business travel. Lots of desk time catching up, cleaning up and prepping. And a curious distraction. There's … Continue reading My Neighborhood Has a Moose! Does Yours?
Having been away for a long time, I owe my handful of faithful readers something better than this. But it's what I've got for you. Perhaps you heard that the King of Spain recently abdicated the throne. You know what this means, of course: The reign in Spain went lamely down the drain. <sigh> Finally … Continue reading Speaking Plainly
Any thought I had about perhaps being a big enough person not to revel in a little schadenfreude went right out the window when my friend Steve Smolinsky emailed me this headline a few weeks ago. (To read the full story, click here) This was a revelation to me. I had no idea that … Continue reading Justifiable Schadenfreude