Monthly Archive: October 2014

When Superheroes Get Real

Dennis Sanders notes that for a short time, there was an animated series based on comic book characters that was as intense and real as any live action drama. It was acclaimed by critics and fans alike. So of course, DC Comics had to kill it.

Free Speech is a Double Edged Sword

Leon Klinghoffer was murdered by the Palestinian Liberation Organization in 1985. He was an elderly retired Jewish man and confined to a wheelchair and on a cruise. The cruise was hijacked by the PLO...

Your Name in Bands

Just for kicks. My wife stumbled across this last night–the challenge is to spell your name in bands (without cheating and looking them up). Here’s me: Jazz Butcher

A Lovely Wedding Conundrum

Burt Likko thought he understood this six years ago: religion is religion, and business is business. But the Hobby Lobby case leaves the rules a whole lot blurrier.

Announcing the Ordinary Times Food Symposium

Without food, a table is but a place of convenient storage, a suspended plane where we temporarily discard books, car keys and the daily mail. But set food on that same table, and it magically becomes a place where we raise families, solve the World’s Problems over wine, celebrate, mourn, break hearts and fall in love.

A Bad Bargain

Adam Ozimek thinks that it would be a good idea for Republicans to bargain a higher minimum wage for cutting the corporate tax, on the basis that raising the minimum wage would be so problematic that it would get repealed. Will Truman disagrees.


I can say, without hyperbole, that The Equalizer is the greatest movie in human history.


Heroes VI gets some things right and some things wrong…


Boldly going where several songs have gone before.


Holy cow! Is it Friday already? Indeed it is!

Lotto musings conclude. (Unless it’s up to 250 next weekend in which case we stop with the little daydreams and get into the big ones.)

Skills Mismatch

I see this sort of thing fairly often when looking for jobs on Craigslist and other sites. A firm will post an add looking for an entry to intermediate level attorney. The add will...