• More on the Electoral College

    I sent a version of my recent post on the Electoral College to the Star Tribune, which published it as a letter to the editor earlier this week. Read more

    Posted on 05 June 2011 POLITICS, SOCIETY
  • Basement Reading

    We had dinner at my parents' house last night. I went into the basement to find a certain toy for one of our girls and got stuck with the World Book... Read more

    Posted on 29 May 2011 DIARIES, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Tweeting Back at Andy Brehm

    "I have an op-ed in today's Star Tribune in defense of the Electoral College," tweets one Andy Brehm. Here it is--the op-ed, not the tweet. Brehm is the former... Read more

    Posted on 27 May 2011 POLITICS, SOCIETY
  • Dean at the Bat, Kersten On-deck

    Today, two days after state Republicans permitted notorious homophobe rocker Bradlee Dean to open a legislative session with an outrageous "prayer," Katherine... Read more

    Posted on 23 May 2011 POLITICS, SOCIETY
  • My Last Post?

    I was going to live blog today's Rapture, but the 8-year-old had a swimming lesson at 10:00 a.m., and having gotten off to a slow start I decided to bag it.... Read more

    Posted on 22 May 2011 POLITICS, SOCIETY
  • Harmon Killebrew, 1936-2011

    Harmon Killebrew, who died earlier today, age 74, of esophogeal cancer, was the hero of my boyhood, which puts me in a group that includes several thousands of... Read more

    Posted on 18 May 2011 POLITICS, SOCIETY
  • Edmund Wilson

    was born in 1895 at Red Bank, New Jersey. His father, a prominent lawyer, served New Jersey as its attorney general and was credited with cleaning up the racket... Read more

    Posted on 17 May 2011 CULTURE, HISTORY
  • Newt Tosses in His Hat

    With Newt Gingrich "in" for 2012, there's been no dearth of analyses recounting his strengths and weaknesses, the former being condensed and labeled, usually,... Read more

    Posted on 14 May 2011 POLITICS, SOCIETY
  • Netflix: No Reservations

    By the time the kids are in bed we don't have two hours for a movie, so have taken to watching, in unsystematic fashion, episodes of "No Reservations," Anthony... Read more

    Posted on 07 May 2011 DIARIES, SELF EXPRESSION
  • In the News

    At the Power Line blog, John Hinderaker, before going to bed last night, posted the following beneath the headline "BIN LADEN IS DEAD!": Hallelujah! After... Read more

    Posted on 03 May 2011 CURRENT, SOCIETY
  • Hallmark Card

    When your blog has a following of millions, you get a lot of advice. I think that is probably true because even I get some advice. Why are you always so... Read more

    Posted on 02 May 2011 DIARIES, SELF EXPRESSION
  • And Another Thing

    The Katherine Kersten column I criticized here includes the following: Today, American democracy's Judeo-Christian roots are no longer well-understood or... Read more

    Posted on 28 April 2011 SELF EXPRESSION
  • Kersten's Easter Sermon

    Since Easter falls on a Sunday this year, and Sunday is the day for Katherine Kersten to spatter her fantasies on the editorial page of the Star Tribune, you... Read more

    Posted on 25 April 2011 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Obama and the Republicans

    During his general election campaign for the presidency, I sometimes tried to put angry words in Candidate Obama's mouth. Fight back! Read more

    Posted on 20 April 2011 POLITICS, SOCIETY
  • Little Dorrit on My Nook

    As throngs of this blog's devotees know, I've been reading Little Dorrit, and am now approaching the end of Book One, "Poverty," which is followed, naturally, b... Read more

    Posted on 15 April 2011 BOOKS