Pardon me, but if North Korea can manage to cause this much trouble, shouldn't China and Russia (and America, for that matter) totally reconsider their cyberwarfare divisions? Why bother with stealing American trade secrets or weapon designs, or spamming news sites with fake commenters, when you could just blackmail… » 12/18/14 12:19am Today 12:19am

All he has to do now is close Guantanamo, and he'll be pretty much finished, in terms of implementing his agenda. If he does, historians may look back on him as they do James K. Polk: a divisive man who nevertheless accomplished most of his goals, even if that meant taking legally questionable actions. Of course, Polk… » 12/17/14 2:43pm Yesterday 2:43pm

If a healthy sexual outlook is determined by quantity of offspring, we should all look to stud horses for our public health guidance on contraception and family planning. I look forward to President Jingles' revolutionary Give Me A Carrot Act of 2018. » 12/17/14 1:55pm Yesterday 1:55pm

Capitalism depends on the wealthy. More specifically, it depends on the wealthy investing their wealth in enterprises that carry some degree of risk and reward. The greatest perversities of capitalism are the layers of meta-investment (derivatives, securities, etc.) created to prop up high-risk investing. By letting… » 12/17/14 1:46pm Yesterday 1:46pm

Tolkien was a guy who really liked words, so he tried to fit as many into his books as he could. As he put it, it was "written first of all for my own satisfaction," so I don't blame him for indulging. I also don't blame people who dislike his writing. I feel the same way about Faulkner and Fitzgerald. » 12/17/14 9:28am Yesterday 9:28am

This is the best air show you could ever be at. Period. Of course, that's speaking as someone who built at least half a dozen LEGO Blackbirds as a child/young adult/stop looking at me like that, I'm not a weirdo. Easily one of the prettiest aircraft in history. » 12/17/14 12:17pm Yesterday 12:17pm

Minis are goofy, transparently disingenuous and marketing-driven in everything they do. But they are also very quick little cars. Thing is, there are way more choices in the warm hatch market than there were in 2000. The GTi is faster, the Honda Fit is more reliable, the Mazda3 is more practical, Kias offer more bang… » 12/16/14 10:34pm Tuesday 10:34pm