Author: D.A. Ridgely

D.A. Ridgely holds degrees in philosophy and law. (He doesn't really hold them, they just hang there on the wall or peek out as initials after his name. (Actually, that isn't true, either. Those are mere symbols giving evidence of his possession of those degrees. (“Possession,” strictly speaking, being a metaphor of sorts.))) (He is overly fond of parenthetical expressions.)

Waits? Waits? Don’t Tell Me!

My kids are starting to notice I’m a little different from the other dads. – Tom Waits I don’t keep up with such things, so if you’d told me Tom Waits wasn’t already in...

Seasonal Words of Wisdom

Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. – Mark Twain (Entirely cromulent Christmas present:  Autobiography of Mark Twain,...

Science On The March!

This just in: Lee Harvey Oswald’s Grassy Knoll accomplice in JFK assassination was probably an Amazonian native.

A Modest Proposal

The New York Times yesterday reported: “The same people driving the lawsuits that seek to dismantle the Obama administration’s health care overhaul have set their sights on an even bigger target: a constitutional amendment...

Pretentious Popcorn

There’s only one thing that can kill the movies, and that’s education. – Will Rogers . Constant Viewer – who, let’s face it, hasn’t been all that constant in his viewing lately – gave...

The Decade In Review

2000 (UN International Year for Declaring Peace Is Better Than War) – Stunned by the near collapse of civilization caused by the Y2K disaster, the dot.com bubble bursts, as millions of investors lose billions...

Happy D.B. Cooper Day!

It’s the 39th anniversary of the semi-legendary D.B. Cooper’s hijacking of a Boeing 727 for $200,00 ransom. Receiving the money, Cooper then made his escape by parachuting out of the airplane. The case remains...

On Politics and Pigeonholes

Those are my principles. If you don’t like them, I have others. – Groucho Marx When I was young, politics was easier to understand. Liberals let you live as you please in return for...

Are We All “Trust Fund” Babies?

At Crooked Timber, John Holbo considers whether the Social Security Trust Fund (legally, the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund) exists or not. And like Yglesias, whose response to a Planet Money podcast...

Defining Moments

“Can you play chess without the Queen?” – Ludwig Wittgenstein Moving from one blog to another and thus one audience to another, a writer will invariably experience a certain amount of deja vu. Clearly,...