My Nightcap was the best swimming dog I've ever seen. She could swim silently up to ducks in the lake. It was amazing. It got her in trouble a couple of times. Once she swam all the way across the lake, following the ducks, and I had to drive 3 miles to rescue her. One time someone deliberately tried to hit her with his boat. When he saw me waiting at the launch with my dogs, he skeedattled to the other end of the lake. Unfortunately, I couldn't get identifying information on him, and, fortunately for both of us, I wasn't armed. I've never felt more violent in my life.

A well reasoned argument is like a diamond: impervious to corruption and crystal clear - and infinitely rarer.

Here, as elsewhere, people are outraged at what feels like a rigged game -- an economy that won't respond, a democracy that won't listen, and a financial sector that holds all the cards. - Robert Reich