Monday, March 27, 2017

The Generation Gasp

Saturday, July 13, 2013


Older folks always seem to be lamenting the fashions and trends of "kids today," but Ocean City Councilman Brent Ashley recently took a time-honored tradition (complaining about the younger generation) a step further when he asked council members to seriously consider new "decency" laws that would patrol "offensive" clothing worn on the boardwalk. The most eyebrow-raising stipulation is the proposed "saggy pants ban," under which anyone wearing pants three inches or more below the waistline would be fined $25.

Saturday, July 6, 2013


You can't make this stuff up.

Page one of the June 27th edition of this newspaper carried the headline, "Defendant: Victim chose to be tied to tree." The defendant was on trial for murder. The guy he tied to the tree died. According to the perp, after the victim was caught trashing a girlfriend's house, he was given three choices: arrest, a beating or - you guessed it - being tied to a tree. The deceased chose badly. "He took it like a man," testified the defendant. But after 20 hours, he was a decidedly dead man.

Saturday, June 29, 2013


When I was a kid, Mad Magazine ran a regular feature called "Spy v. Spy." Two pointy nosed guys - one all black and one all white - vied with one another with hilarious results. The comic strip was a put up of the CIA and the KGB, and the Cold War in general.

The CIA was easy to lampoon. Its widely publicized, inept efforts to assassinate Castro - exploding cigars, a wet suit lined with poison, even a defoliant to cause his beard to drop out (killing his persona, if not him) - seemed absurd.

Saturday, June 22, 2013


There's been a bit of controversy over the fact that "Sesame Street" always willing and eager to address all children who might watch the program, not just the middle class cable-watchers that so many programs actively court recently featured a Muppet whose father is in jail.

It might be a first for children's television, but it's not all that unusual these days in real life.

Saturday, June 1, 2013


When Claire dared to criticize the Papacy a couple of months ago, this column endured the slings and arrows of outraged readers. Well, fair enough… the column wasn't very kind to the latest successor to St. Peter. We were unimpressed that, as a cardinal, Pope Francis rode a bus to work. Tit for tat is the reader's right. As Editor Bob Urban put it, we stirred up a hornet's nest. When you do that, you're bound to get stung a time or two.

Saturday, May 25, 2013


Saturday, May 18, 2013


There's yet another article disparaging my generation making the rounds these days, this one written by Joel Stein for Time Magazine. The title? "The Me Me Me Generation: Millennials are lazy, entitled narcissists who still live with their parents." The cover is emblazoned with a picture of a young woman taking a photo of herself with her iPhone. Ouch.

Saturday, May 11, 2013


So now that Claire is engaged and a wedding looms about 18 months away, what comfort can the Father of the Bride take… except perhaps to dream of a little pink grandchild? After wondering whether the hypothetical baby will be a boy or a girl, the next question in my mind concerns the choice of a name.

Saturday, April 20, 2013