Book Review: Eastern Europe! by Tomek Jankowski

History, even American history, doesn’t seem to be one of our strong suits. One recent assessment showed that 20 percent of fourth graders, 17 percent of eighth graders and only 12 percent of high school seniors demonstrated proficiency in U.S. history. And that’s history that actually matters to us. As anything outside that is likely […]

Whose Big Cock is that?

This post isn’t as NSFW as the headline might suggest. In fact, it deals with that titillating subject known as trademark law.

Seems that back in 2007, Chris Peterson, the owner of Dakota Hunting Trips of White River, obtained a trademark registration from the South Dakota Secretary of State for “Big Cock Country.” He says […]

Weekend Edition: 10-26

Judge Evidently Missed a Day at the National Judicial College

A Texas judge was forced to resign after texting instructions, such as what questions to ask, to a prosecutor in a trial in her court

Bookish Linkage

Seven bookish charities

Thirty-five titles have been selected for 2014 World Book Night USA have been announced […]

Weekend Edition: 10-20

A day delay due to ongoing but intermittent internet issues. But I did learn that having your internet and phone lines down don’t qualify for weekend service if your cable TV still works.

Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes

Je regrette (“I regret everything.”)

Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming (“I […]

Book Review: If Kennedy Lived by Jeff Greenfield

Some estimate books about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy number in the thousands. And with the 50th anniversary of the assassination coming next month, there’s been a growing stream of them this year about the assassination and Kennedy’s presidency and its legacy. Amidst the avalanche, political commentator Jeff Greenfield contemplates where we would […]