Monthly Archive: December 2012


Happy New Year Cocktail Catch-Up

Happy New Year to all! I had been posting a monthly cocktail recipe at Slow Tuesday Night for a few months when I…stopped. No good excuse; I just lost the writing bug. I didn’t...


Old Long Since

Listen: Tonight, all around the globe, English-speaking people will gather to ring in the New Year.  They’ll count down the final seconds of 2012, and as the clock strikes midnight they’ll shout out to...


A Primer on Guns

In preparation for the January symposium on “Guns in America” this post is offered to League readers as a primer of sorts on guns. It is in no way meant to be an exhaustive explanation of guns....


New Year’s Jukebox

Chuck Prophet, Slaid Cleaves, and Charlie Robison. (And Death Cab! Forgot about Death Cab!)


Guns In America symposium reminder

As we announced a couple of weeks ago, this month’s symposium – which starts Jan. 2 – will be on Guns In America.  If you still wish to submit a post, feel free to...


As American as Apple Pie

by Zic The request for instructions on pie crust challenged me. It’s so easy to do. And so difficult to explain; for it’s all in the touch, the fingers, a delicate thing, stroking butterfly...


When Worlds Collide

Former-Eagle Jason Babin might have uttered the quote of the year when he apparently attempted to invoke “socialism” to criticize his former team:


Egypt post-election: now what?

Egypt’s Islamists have long prayed for a constitution around which to build their Muslim paradise. Now they have their constitution and the country’s money is fleeing. Morsi kept saying things would get better once...



The Senate can’t manage to wrangle a deal on the debt ceiling.  The Senate can’t manage to wrangle a deal on the fiscal cliff. The Senate can manage to extend domestic warrantless surveillance until...


Inadequacy and the Problem of Misery

[Belated Preface-12/29/2012-: My original intention with sharing the below experience was to set a rather basic philosophic question in a rhetorical situation that might prove more resonant. This is about me, but it actually...


WTF Is Wrong With These People?

There must be something decidedly but pointlessly cruel in human nature. If this study’s results are representative, two percent of people give in to that something on an impulse, with nothing to gain but...


The FreedomWorks Coup that Almost Was

This past September, it appears the conservative lobbying group FreedomWorks was the site of what has to be one of the strangest failed coups in memory. The Washington Post published Amy Gardner’s reporting of...


The Cheap-Ass Gourmet Cookbook Shelf

As most of you know by now, one of my on-going projects here is the Cheap-Ass Gourmet series.  The purpose of the Cheap-Ass posts is to provide a starting point for readers who are...


What I Wish My Students Knew

There was a really wonderful and moving article in the New York Times the other day about how for poor students, getting to college is only the beginning of the battle. They often fail...


Surely a sign of the Apocalypse…

I’m starting to wonder if the Mayans were at least in the right ballpark on the date of the whole end of the world thing. Last night my beloved and perennially hapless Seahawks destroyed the the...


The Cheap-Ass Pantry

This past October I launched the Cheap-Ass Gourmet series, which CC added to with his most awesome homemade yogurt post.  The purpose of the series was to provide a starting point for readers who...

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