Sunday, August 30, 2015

A classic cover from Collier's: August 12, 1916

Language Cop: Con artists should strive to be professional

If you're going to try to rip people off by claiming to represent the U.S. government, the least you can do is learn the name of the federal agency you're impersonating. I got a robocall the other day from some con artist threatening to have me arrested on fraud charges unless I called a certain phone number. The caller claimed to represent an outfit called the Internal Revenue Services.

That's right, "Services," plural. Not "Service." The IRS is bad enough in the singular. We don't need, or have, more than one.

I suppose it could have been worse. At least the caller didn't say he was from the Office of Booze, Butts, Guns and Stuff That Blows Up, otherwise known as the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Needless to say, I didn't place the call. Nor am I worried about my imminent arrest. I do think, though, that this particular scoundrel should consider finding a new career.

And now, a few words from . . . Joss Whedon

Remember to always be yourself. Unless you suck.

Editorial cartoonists: keeping the legacy of Thomas Nast alive

by Randy Bish

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A classic cover from The Farm Journal: April 1921

A data breach more horrifying than the one at Ashley Madison

If you think the Ashley Madison hack was a big deal, wait until someone gains access to Dolly Madison's data and exposes all the unscrupulous sugar fiends who've been having extra-dietary affairs with amoral whoopie pies. Once that happens, when we talk about making whoopie it won't just be a euphemism for, well, Ashley Madison-style high jinks.

And now, a few words from . . . Henry David Thoreau

Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.