Utter, absolute, glorious JOY

No, I am not announcing that Johnny Depp has called, pleading to play Emilio Sandoz in a movie adaptation of The Sparrow, although that would merit the same subject heading. I am simply wanted to share this YouTube video of a 3-year-old boy “conducting” the 4th movement of Beethoven’s 5th symphony. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0REJ-lCGiKU&feature=player_embedded Grownups have learned … Read more…

Wiki Leaks Seriously Unshocking

So far, I’ve yet to be startled by anything in the leaks. In fact, my take on international politics is being validated. Kim Jong Il is bat-shit crazy. Angela Merkel is kind of boring. Nobody likes Mr. Imadinnerjacket. Vladimir Putin is hand-in-glove with the Russian kleptocracy. Americans are in Pakistan and Yemen, calling in drone … Read more…

First Day of Chanukah

And here’s the Russell household’s gift to you. Don and I love the NPR show WAIT, WAIT… DON’T TELL ME. We also enjoyed Animal Planet’s show Emergency Vets, which featured Kevin Fitzgerald, DVM. For big laughs, click on this: http://www.npr.org/templates/rundowns/rundown.php?prgId=35 and scroll down to “Veterinarian Keven Fitzgerald plays ‘Not My Job.’” Wait’ll you get to … Read more…

In defense of Bristol Palin

I deplore anti-intellectualism. I cringe when a somebody brags about “going with my gut” or sneers at smartypants Ph.D. eggheads who think climate change or natural selection are real. Unlike a majority of my fellow citizens, I actually even like that our current president is emotionally continent and speaks in paragraph form. My television habits … Read more…

And people wonder where I get my ideas…

People always ask writers where they get their ideas. What I want to know is, where do microbiologists get their ideas? What kind of person looks at a bug and thinks, “Hey, I bet if we isolate protein from a bunch of cockroach brains and sprinkle it on stuff, it”ll cure something!” http://www.rationalskepticism.org/general-science/cockroach-brain-can-help-fight-superbugs-t12298.html I’m sure … Read more…

Merely a thread of grace…

Several readers have told me about a N.Y. Times article entitled  “Italy’s Treatment of Jews in World War II is Reconsidered.” I just read the article, and I think it’s fair. Mussolini’s government promulgated anti-semitic race laws in 1938, which is long before the Nazi occupation began on Sept. 8, 1943. Those laws were damaging, … Read more…