2017 in Places

As follows, my yearly tradition of recording all the cities, towns, hamlets, or dots-on-a-map in which I’ve spent at least one night during the previous year. Here this year’s list for 2017: Chattanooga, TN* Culpeper, VA Holland, MI* Indianapolis, IN* Lynchburg, VA Minneapolis, MN* Moravian Falls, NC* Kingsport, TN* Washington, DC* Williamsburg, VA* Woodbridge, VA* …

What’s next, Putin on Facebook?

Looks like President Obama should give some serious consideration to missile defense, because the cold war isn’t over — the Russians have now discovered the internet: One of the Kremlin’s pet new media projects has been a site called liberty.ru. It’s been set up under the auspices of the Fund for Effective Politics, a think-tank …

Clichés of the common crime show

These days, one can’t turn on the tube without finding a show about crime, cops, and the regular folks caught in between.  The number of shows in the genre is endless, but are they all really that different.  Here are at least seven stereotypical ways which may or may not do crime shows justice. Cliché …

How President Bush can save his legacy

President Bush is not a popular man these days.  If his approval ratings fall any lower, they might be mistaken for the current Dow Jones Industrial Average.  The lamest of ducks at this point in his career, a turkey might be the only way for him to salvage his legacy. Every year, the president is …