Archives for December 7, 2010

I did a little (very little, very short) newsroom debate on Fox 9 with a guy named Tom who appears to represent conservative Christians regarding the question of “Does Christmas have place in schools?” I quickly add that even though that was the planned focus of the discussion, it was quickly revised to be “Oh,…

Elizabeth Edwards has Died.

Elizabeth Edwards — who catapulted into the public eye in 2004, when her husband, Sen. John Edwards, ran for president and was John Kerry’s running mate on the Democratic ticket, has died, a close family friend tells NPR. She was 61. Over the past few years, Edwards wrote two best-selling books, fought a well-publicized battle…

Pearl Harbor and the War on Christmas

Yes, there is a connection …

What is nature (worth)?

A multimedia video from the U of M.

I am ashamed that this individual is a member of my own species. Well, maybe he isn’t. Who knows. It gets really bad around 2:30. Hat Tip Ed

Ducks blowing in the wind

One day, about ten years ago, we were having a strong southerly fetch with small tornadoes popping out of the stormy front, so Julia and I were keeping an eye out the windows, watching wall clouds form and unform over our heads. Then, suddenly, there were these two ducks flying south, coming up over the…

Cabrini-Green

My father was a housing authority executive director during much of the 1970s and 1980s. He was fairly well known, having established one or two of the main housing authority directors’ professional associations, and having developed the shared risk pool insurance system which reduced the cost of running public housing projects buy tens of percent.…