Sand in the Gears

The unlovable

Thursday, November 10th, 2016 Posted in Faith and Life, The Sermons | 12 Comments »

I guess before you read the rest of this you should decide how you feel about the fact that I didn’t vote for either of them. Nor did I vote for the Libertarian, or the lady who makes Bernie Sanders ...

A more perfect union

Monday, October 10th, 2016 Posted in Curmudgeonry, The Art of Parenting | 14 Comments »

“So, Dad, did you know Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are having a debate tonight?” “Yep.” “Are we watching it?” “Nope.” “Why not?” “For the same reasons we don’t watch German porn, or videos about how to treat gangrene.” “Dad.” “Also because I rented Jungle Book.” “Dad.” “Trust me—it’s ...

An open letter to the weeping conservative

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 Posted in Curmudgeonry | 5 Comments »

Look, it's not the end of the world, or America, or really much of anything. In fact, it could become the beginning of something. Here are eight reasons you should take heart from what you consider last night's loss. 1. Congressional ...

On the vice of chimps with shotguns

Friday, February 10th, 2012 Posted in Curmudgeonry | 5 Comments »

"Voting is a universal right." This wisdom from Victor Sanchez, president of the United States Student Association, explaining his efforts to get more college students to vote. Mr. Sanchez is himself a recent college graduate, and a fine illustration of ...

On the Tweedledumbing of America

Monday, November 1st, 2010 Posted in Curmudgeonry | 5 Comments »

In the closing hours the advertisements are redoubled; we see the candidates peddling their functional families, juxtaposed with a grim gallery of closed factories and soup lines and dead children, for which the fresh-faced candidates' grainy-faced opponents are responsible, either ...

All Politics is Local

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007 Posted in Curmudgeonry | Comments Off on All Politics is Local

"I always get a little queasy," I began my speech, "when a group of people gets together to spend other people's money." Last night was my first attendance at a homeowner's association meeting, and I was there to defend my ...

None of the Above

Friday, October 6th, 2006 Posted in Curmudgeonry | Comments Off on None of the Above

Last month we got a letter from an organization that calls itself "People to People International." They were writing to invite our daughter to attend, at our expense, be sure, an educational experience in Australia. The letter assured us that ...