HARDLY A ‘DO-NOTHING’ CONGRESS In March, U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas, chairman of the House Rules Committee, introduced a resolution to recognize “magic” as one of America’s “national treasure[s],” backed by a 711-word paean urging all to “support and protect” the storied craft–which needs to be “understood and promulgated,” especially given that, according to Sessions, … [Read more...] about NOTW: IRS insecurity, cat fiction and one magical Texas Republican
JOB SECURITY IN THE PAPERWORK MINE “The trucks full of paperwork come every day,” wrote The Washington Post in March, down a country road in Boyers, Pa., north of Pittsburgh, and descend “into the earth” to deliver federal retiree applications to the eight “supermarket”-sized caverns 230 feet below ground where Office of Personnel Management bureaucrats process … [Read more...] about Paperwork Mines and Fake Male Sheep and Why Michael Jackson Is Still Getting Tax Bills
ANOTHER MEASURED CRITICISM Yeah, “no,” Axel. We will honor [the late U.S. Senator Daniel] Inouye’s military achievements and be stoked (Mauisphere, May 30, 2013). To have some wannabe hipster take that away from him is plain offensive. You insult the warriors from the 44th [sic]. Maybe it would suit your PC sensitive semantics if we called Destroyers Defenders instead. They … [Read more...] about Readers Sound Off On Appropriate Daniel Inouye Monuments and The Tea Party And Whales
BALLSY GAMES A new sports center in Mexico City will be devoted to the revival of ancient Aztec- and Mayan-created games that are rarely played in Mexico because they are dangerous, including a field-hockey-like competition played with a fireball. In another game, “pelota mixteca,” players wearing metal-knuckled leather gloves punch a 2-pound, hard-rubber ball that could knock … [Read more...] about Flaming Mexican Ball Games and Reduced Crack Sentences
On this last day of the year, let's talk a little about your last Will and Testament. After all, this is "the year got old in a hurry," and none of us are getting any younger. Wiki says: "Probate is the legal process of administering the estate of a deceased person by resolving all claims and distributing the deceased person's property under the valid will." Hmm... sounds … [Read more...] about Any Last Words?