The U. S. midterm elections are over. Sort of. The irritating robocalls have stopped (for now). The mailboxes aren't clogged with political flyers (for now). The partisan yard signs will soon vanish--except, perhaps, from the lawns of disgruntled fans. However, the proclamations about "great victories" and imaginary "mandates" issued by the winners of the biennial … Continue reading Post-Election Thoughts
The biennial circus is winding down as election season nears its end. The candidates are nearly done braying and trumpeting their misrepresentations, empty promises, and, well, just plain ol' bullshit about how hard they're fighting for us and their nebulous plans and their unfit opponents and so forth ad nauseam. They're striking their tents, concluding their … Continue reading The 2022 Election Circus
Historical Note: One Hunded Years of Lunacy, 1975-2075 was one of a number of paper and ink manuscripts that were carefully copied time and again and secretly circulated among resistence groups during the earliest period of the Long Last Days. By the time Travis penned Not Even Light, the only known copy, brittle with age … Continue reading Excerpt #3 from One Hundred Years of Lunacy, 1975-2075
As the prospects for anything resembling representative democracy in the USA dim, as the "Supreme" Court continues to chip away at voting rights and separation of church and state, ask yourself this. Why not leave the shitstorm behind and move to Canada? It's not as simple as showing up at the border, saying you are … Continue reading How to Move to Canada
As a free individual with the capacity to struggle with and figure out moral issues for myself, I believe and live by the idea that my moral reasoning about good and bad, right and wrong, justice and injustice defines me to a large extent. And like you, I do not like being defined by others. … Continue reading Moral Reasoning and the Supreme Court
If our incumbent lawmakers and candidates really want to honor victims of gun violence, I'd suggest they do something substantial to minimize the madness in the USA. (See my previous post for some suggestions.) Until then, let's stop kidding ourselves and just keep the flags flying at half-staff.
First, full disclosure. I am a law-abiding, responsible gun owner. I was raised in a family of game hunters who ate everything they harvested from nature. I received my first gun, a .410 shotgun, when I was thirteen. I hunted alongside my grandfather, my father, and my uncles because I was expected to, and I … Continue reading A Modest Proposal Regarding Gun Violence in the USA
A BRIEF CHRONICLE OF UNAPOLOGETIC HYPOCRISY “But then I sigh, with a piece of Scripture Tell them that God bids us to do evil for good; And thus I clothe my naked villany With odd old ends stolen out of Holy Writ; And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.” (Shakespeare, Richard III) … Continue reading Empty Talk After the Texas School Massacre
I compliment Sen. Mallory McMorrow of the Michigan Senate who says it much better than I can. I hope that more citizens of the USA start speaking out against the hateful fear-mongering and wedge-driving that is the Republican playbook. The Republicans and their abetting pulpits and their media propaganda outlets have weaponized civil rights, education, … Continue reading Fighting Back Against Hateful Garbage
It takes no great insight to see how political parties resemble cults. Why anyone would surrender his or her autonomy, volition, and common sense to become a thrall to some oppressive and authoritarian lout is not easily answered. However, our history as a civilized species demonstrates time and again that it's not at all remarkable … Continue reading Political Cultism
I started thinking about this perennial question again after studying a post at another blog. Given the sickening war in Ukraine (and other ongoing conficts which for the most part go unmentioned in the "news"), the human-caused degradation of our mother the Earth, the themes of violence running through much of what we create as … Continue reading Are humans good or evil? It’s a false dichotomy.
"The Republican National Committee censured two GOP lawmakers on Friday for participating on the committee investigating the violent Jan. 6 insurrection and assailed the panel for leading a 'persecution of ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse.'" (AP, February 4, 2022) legitimate (lə-jĭt′ə-mĭt) adjective: 1. Being in compliance with the law; lawful. 2. Being in … Continue reading “Legitimate Political Discourse”
When I first spotted the headline "Book about Holocaust banned in Tennessee School District" today, I began reading the article wondering if Maus had at least in part been banned because of its deliberately insulting depiction of Poles as pigs. Of course, that wasn't the reason at all. Why was Art Spiegelman's graphic novel Maus … Continue reading Of Mice and Members of a Tennesee School Board
George Orwell first published his essay "Politics and the English Language" in 1945 and Nineteen Eighty-Four in 1949. Both works address serious issues Orwell observed in the world of his day, which, to most of us, must seem forever ago. However, see if these passages from "Politics" do not ring true today, perhaps more conclusively … Continue reading What would Orwell say today?
"O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!" The Zuckerberg presides over the rebranding of Facebook. It's Meta now, is it? Whoa! WOW! How wonderful! Splendid, even! That's going to fix everything! It ranks right up there with rebranding "systematic torture" as "enhanced interrogation techniques." Here's what'll really go a long way to fix Facebook for you as … Continue reading Facebook. Meta. Gimme a flippin’ break!
Haunted houses and walks along the spooky lanes of a dark woods are in operation around here. Once again, people are lining up for that annual risk-free rush of adrenaline, endorphins, and dopamine! But I don't have to leave home for that. All I have to do is turn on the national news.
The reality show our species produces and acts in is appalling and discouraging. We could be doing so much better for ourselves and our planet, but we keep on mining those veins of stupidity and self-destructiveness that never seem to run out. Ödön von Horváth said, "Nichts gibt so sehr das Gefühl der Unendlichkeit als … Continue reading Stupidity
I've seen these words or some variation on many signs carried by all sorts of people. What does it mean to say "My body, my choice" or "My body, my rights" without contradicting oneself or being hypocritical? Let's say an anti-vaxxer claims a "right" to abstain from vaccinations, becomes infected with a virulent strain of … Continue reading My Body, My Rights/Choice
I've done my share and, I'm ashamed to admit it, still do when I don't catch myself before calling someone a wack job or a nazi or an extremist or worse. I like to think that I'm better than that. So, why is it so easy for me to stoop to this form of verbal … Continue reading Name-Calling
I'd like to recommend an article in the NewStatesman about the Dark Mountain Project. Like so many others in the so-called "First World," I've gotten used to burying my head in the sand with respect to where we're all (and I mean all) headed and why we're headed there because of "the stories that our … Continue reading Dark Mountain Project