“I swear I am never going to get a flu shot again,” said the young bagger at the grocery store tonight. “My arm is going to fall off, it hurts so much.”
“Sorry it hurts,” I said. “Thanks for getting a shot, though. A lot more people die of flu every year than have ever [...]
Bird Flu? That’s so 2005.
Swine flu? Two years past the post and no more or less dangerous than regular flu.
Satanic cults? Since 1987, they have gone completely underground, surfacing only on occasion to engage in ritualistic mass torture of algae.
I know that this year’s color is honeysuckle pink, but I have no [...]
The right-wing blogosphere is agog at President Barack Obama for saying the following to journalist Bob Woodward earlier this summer:
I said very early on, as a Senator and continue to believe, as a presidential candidate and now as president, that we can absorb a terrorist attack. We will do everything we can to prevent [...]
Over here on the East coast, there are only five hours left before the end of the 4th of July. That’s only five hours for the prediction of a U.S. government’s atomic bomb attack on one of its own cities either to come true or to be established as yet another in the long line [...]
NEWSPAPER EMPLOYS PANICKY REPORTER
On visiting Times Square for a movie with his daughter:
As a parent, I confronted a new calculation. Asymmetric warfare had advanced from downtown to Midtown, from 2001 to the present moment.
As a reporter I had covered the aftermath of 9/11 and now found myself revisiting long-buried worries. I decided [...]
Torch and pitchfork mob approach to dealing with problems is being seen again, in the Summer of 2009 Health Care Reform Scare Fest. People are making all sorts of wild accusations about health care reform, saying that making health care more accessible and affordable is going to end up killing people, and interfering with the normal relationship between a patient and his or her insurance company. [...]