Kale Explains Everything

Republicans don’t like Kale. They’d like to ban it and penalize those who secretly consume it. Democrats think kale is a very good thing. They want everyone to eat some everyday. And would like to pass legislation to subsidize kale farmers and pay for a massive advertising campaign promoting kale.

Why Trump Might Win

I am not a Donald Trump supporter. I never have been but I do understand why many people support him. And here is an example: The people who run Los Angeles County think that voting in multiple languages is a good thing as this sticker shows. Many ordinary people feel that if we are going […]

Volkswagen Lies

It is pretty remarkable that top management at VW convinced themselves that it was okay to deceive electronically a US Government agency. They must have thought that they could get away with it. Perhaps they thought that they were in good company since everyone was doing it. Or they they had been led to believe […]


A useful new word. Ineptocracy A system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers. […]

Drought Killer

It is ironic that one part of the government is spending money giving people incentives to rip out their lawns while another part of the government is spending a lot of money on an TV ad campaign encouraging people to go to parks. Yesterday morning I witnessed the installation of an artificial lawn in the […]

The Concierge State

We call it the Nanny State and don’t like it because as it attempts to make you safer it becomes intrusive and takes away freedom of choice. But if you call it the Concierge State it sounds pretty good. Same intrusions and limited choices but with an attitude of helping and positiveness. I’ve had three […]

They’re Back

The tables at my neighborhood Starbucks are back.  They were gone because of a “permit renewal issue” and I wrote a blog post about it, that was pretty scathing, last week.  But this morning when I walked Missy the Brave they had returned. Perhaps my blog post helped. More likely it was the intervention of […]

Pasadena Priorities

Pasadena it seems you have your priorities mixed up.  My local Starbucks had to remove the outside seating on South Lake Avenue because of a “permitting issue.” And yet in the same block homeless men are sleeping on the street. Maybe they have permits?  Maybe they have advocates. It’s a good thing I know the […]

Climate Change and Butter

Since the 1970’s Nutritionists and Doctors have been warning about the dangers of fat.  Butter was deemed to be a particularly insidious danger and its usage was discouraged.  Now the same Nutritionists and Doctors are changing their tune and saying that maybe fat isn’t such a problem and it is okay to eat butter again.  […]