Why I Don’t Think This Will Turn Out Very Well

I believe mine is a doomed species, but it’s not because I’m some sort of Bible-thumping doomsayer. I arrived at my dour perspective after watching events of the world unfold during the last half-century or so and reading as much as I could about what other people thought and did, paying special attention to those…

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Stuff That Baffles Me

Teachers who treat kids like crap Why the term “military chaplain” isn’t considered an oxymoron   Low income Republicans who are in favor of tax breaks for the über wealthy   Wadda you fuckin’ nuts? Why we feel justified overthrowing legally-elected governments   People who honestly believe racism is no longer an issue in this…

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What Did You Expect, Madonna?

You wealthy liberal actors and mainstream church officials are a hoot. You get all butt hurt and indignant when Herr Donald wins the Presidency, yet, for the past 35 freaking years, the vast majority of you have said little or nothing about the creeping, malevolent barnacle of Right Wing idiocy that has latched on to…

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Not As Good As A Sharp Stick In The Eye

Andrew O’Hehir, in yet another article which dismisses the possibility of a Bernie Presidency, wrote: “As Sanders’ most ‘roid-raged and testosterone-fueled supporters will ultimately admit, Hillary Clinton is vastly preferable as president to any possible Republican, semi-lovable Rust Belt New Ager John Kasich included.” O’Hehir Article I have never taken steroids. And, since I am…

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“Humans”

Imagine you are a delicious, edible substance that is dying of malnutrition. Imagine you are walking down a dark corridor. People with tiny little flashlights will occasionally stop and ask you for directions, thank you, and then leave you in the dark. Imagine being on a sinking ship, helping all the passengers onto their respective…

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The Dominator Culture is Killing Our Children

When I used to be a teacher, I was responsible for the inhabitants of classrooms filled with living, breathing, laughing children, and a large part of my job entailed getting to know these young creatures well enough to teach them effectively and kindly. To teach them, I had to learn them. Part of what the boss…

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The Kochs Told Me Global Warming is a Hoax

I recently stumbled across a website called BREAKING ALL THE RULES . It was immediately apparent that it was stridently Libertarian, but the writing was pretty good so I signed up for their weekly newsletter. The first issue was interesting until I got to the part about their being climate change deniers, and, since I consider…

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Don’t Blame the Dumb Ones

I find it increasingly difficult to hold any hope for this society. Despite almost daily warnings about global warming, or corporate sponsored legislative decisions that rob us of our civil rights, or revelations about the criminal activity of our own government, educated Americans, to a large extent, try their best to ignore what’s happening in…

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Streamer 1

This, for some reason, was posted and then disappeared. So who are you?  I mean, really?  When you stare into that zit-splattered bathroom mirror, who is that tiny being staring back at you in silent anguish? Are you your mother? Your father? Are you a special, unique individual or merely a tired amalgamation of genetic…

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The Darkness at the End of the Tunnel

So here we are. Two sad young lunatics use a pressure cooker to blow the legs off innocent people and kill an eight-year-old kid. Later that day they murder a young cop as he sits in his squad car. A foretaste of the coming Police State follows when black-uniformed S.W.A.T. enforcers blanket Watertown, Massachusetts, kill the older of…

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My New Friend, Cancer

There’s an old Who song (but then, aren’t they all?) wherein Mr. Townshend wonders how many friends has he really got. If you want to find out the answer to this question in your own tiny life, get cancer. Any type will do, really, but just make sure it’s of the documented and doctor-approved variety….

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Nice, Fat, and Ugly

I’m tire of bodies. They break. They decay. They squirt unpleasant substances. You have to feed them, and if you feed them too much they get all gross and nasty to look at. You’re supposed to exercise them, too, and if you don’t they get all tired and flaccid, and if you exercise them too…

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Guns . . . Lots of Guns . . .

I used to like to play with toy guns when I was a kid. Probably stemmed from the “having-a-penis” thing. Miniature rifles, tiny handguns,baby bazookas, they were all just fine by me. Guns made me feel cool and tough, just like the real cowboys and soldiers and secret agents I saw every night on the TV….

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