A debate rages in New Mexico

I spotted this sign while driving through New Mexico recently, and it piqued my curiosity. Dust storms may exist. As a dedicated rationalist, I was frankly surprised, for I was certain that by now, these claims by some for the existence of dust storms had been stamped out. But to my chagrin, I was ... Continue reading

My 2008 New Year’s resolutions

I am resolved to be a better human being, treading lightly on this Goode Earth™ and living gently and kindly among all of God's creatures. With that in mind, here are my 2008 New Year's Resolutions. I resolve to reduce my personal carbon footprint by exhaling 20% less. I resolve to continue ... Continue reading

Candidates speak out on waterboarding

As we approach the primaries, many voters are interested in the candidates' positions on the controversial subject of waterboarding. As a public service, I am providing the following quotations: Rudy Giuliani on waterboarding: I'm in the same position now that I was 12 years ago when I ran for ... Continue reading

Mugger magnet

Late at night, my otherwise placid Golden Retriever will suddenly lift her nose, sniff the air and growl. With the fur on her neck standing up, she will dash to one of the windows and begin barking wildly. We know what it means: Javelina are in the yard. Right now, something similar is happening ... Continue reading

A MILLION reasons to have a will

Every year, thousands of rich Americans exit suddenly for the Great Beyond, leaving their wealth in jeopardy. Unbelievable? It was to me, too, until I began receiving disturbing emails from my many concerned friends in Africa. For example, you've undoubtedly heard of the renowned industrialist ... Continue reading

The Case of the Purloined Pin

When John Wood fell on hard times and lost his home, he was forced to move his possessions into a North Carolina storage locker. When he got behind on the rent, the company auctioned off the locker's contents. Shannon Whisnant bought Mr. Wood's barbecue smoker and found that it held a surprise — a ... Continue reading

Johnny Hart dies

Johnny Hart, the creative mind behind the syndicated cartoons "B.C." and "The Wizard of Id" has died of a stroke at the age of 76. Bobby, his wife of some 50 years, said he was found dead at the studio drawing board where he worked every day. "He was generally regarded as one of the best ... Continue reading

An American icon goes green

In a fascinating story about environmental politics and ecological extortion, Advertising Age reports that American icon Coca-Cola™ is being pressured to change its historic formula to satisfy concerns about greenhouse gases. Neither spokespersons for Coca-Cola™ nor the others named in the ... Continue reading