Lighting a candle in toxic air.
Splitting the nation along blue-red lines – Didn’t we do that 160 years ago?
December 14 Дорогой Борис, You asked for “3 or 5 sentences” on this article by Max Hastings, but it might take a few more than five sentences to address its points properly. First, I have to agree with Hastings that secession of certain states along red-blue ideological lines is possible, but not immediately likely. But […]
Thoughts on Criticism of Critical Race Theory
Disclaimer: I can’t speak for people of color and I don’t pretend to. But the recent critiques of Critical Race Theory have annoyed me to the point that, even though I am not directly affected by it, I cannot stay silent regarding the logical fallacies and illogical fault-finding with CRT. Here are my thoughts. I […]
Joe Biden Is Not Serious
I was reading Pres. Biden’s speech to joint session of Congress on Wednesday (4/28/21) and I came away with the impression that he’s a nice old man, but he’s not serious. Not serious and not up to the challenge of governing these Divided States of America. In his speech, Mr. Biden covered a lot of […]
“Rebels in the Capitol! How did they ever get in?”
LETTER TO BORIS† January 31 Дорогой Борис, Now that the election and insurrection are over, I feel it is safe to write to you. What must you think today of your adopted country? Surely you must believe we are ruled by madmen and madwomen? The thought has certainly crossed my own mind! It’s as if […]
10 Reasons Why I’m Thankful for Donald Trump
Donald Trump has caused lasting damage to our country and our democracy, or at least to what many of us believed our country to be. But, unlike the slick charlatan who preceded him, DJT has pulled back the shroud on the rotting corpse of our Republic and revealed the maggoty remains. In that, he has […]
Does Congress Work for Us or for Their Donors? Here’s a Test
The following is a letter I wrote to my Congressional Representative— The Hon. Jamie Raskin US House of Representatives 412 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Greetings to you, Congressman Raskin. My wife and I own property in your district, although we vote in another. Sadly, we have no choice there but a Republican, […]
The Idea of Progress
LETTER TO BORIS† November 30 – the 185th birthday of Mark Twain Дорогой Борис, You say in your earlier email, after noting that ¾ of all Rembrandt paintings are forgeries, “it's always good to keep in mind that absolutely all the masterpieces of world music, painting and architecture were created UNDER MONARCHIES, and not under […]
Bury a Bigot
LETTER TO BORIS† November 23 Дорогой Борис, I’m happy that you introduced me to Александр С. Грибоедов (Alexander Griboyedov), who was, in addition to being a playwright, poet and composer, an ambassador to Persia, serving Emperor Nicholas I. I was also pleased to discover a new (to me) Latin descriptor: homo unius libri, meaning “a […]
Russians Invade Italy!
LETTER TO BORIS† July 23 Дорогой Борис, I see you have sent me a video of the Russian Army invading Italy with Italian masterpieces of opera in choral style. You point out that in this way, Russian agents secretly distribute militaristic ideas among all nations. Seeing the grateful Italian audience applaud this propaganda, supposedly intended […]
Ana Kasparian (1986)
I grew up super-religious. ... And I’m now an atheist. And the reason why I’m an atheist is because of education. ... I made my own decision because I was empowered to do so.
The Russian Threat
But what about Russian aggression? If you consider how aggressively Russia has located itself so close to Europe...
When Fascism Comes to America...
In 1917 and 1918 labor leader Eugene V. Debs did speak about oppressors and tyrants who wrapped themselves ‘in a cloak of patriotism or religion, or both.’
How Can One Not Be Antifa?
If you’re not Antifa, doesn’t that make you a fascist?
Incredibly Ugly Inevitably
“Ugly” is what fascists do best. Whether or not “inevitably,” I agree that “Ugly things will get less ugly … hopefully.”
My $0 Donation Message to Mr. Biden
If only “Democratic Unity” meant something to Progressives, like me, other than “My Way or the Highway.”
God Will Not Protect You
As inevitably happens when fact bites faith, fact wins. Always. If nothing fails like prayer, as Dan Barker amusingly points out, nothing bites like reality.
To “My Friend Ben”
To the Hon. Sen. Ben Cardin, Sir: It pains me to point out that the information you have emailed to your constituents is incomplete; some of it is plain wrong. Your statement that the CARES Act provides “direct payments of $1,200 per month to those with lower incomes” is incorrect: the $1200 is a one-time […]
The Necessity of Socialism
Imagine, if you will, an economic system in which 99% of the people make 50% of the money and 1% of the people own the other 50% of the money. Imagine further that the share of the 1% keeps increasing because they control so much of the economy that they can buy the legislators, subvert […]
Quick Comment: The Bloomberg Blues
I quote from The Guardian this morning: Sanders said last month he was “disgusted by the idea that Michael Bloomberg or any other billionaire thinks they can circumvent the political process and spend tens of millions of dollars to buy our elections”. Warren has warned that elections should not be “for sale”. In response Bloomberg argued […]
Quick Comment: "Why the Democratic Party Is So Fed Up with Tulsi Gabbard"
“Why the Democratic Party Is So Fed Up with Tulsi Gabbard” My take on an 11/22/19 Yahoo News article— Pete Buttigieg did say he was willing to send our troops to Mexico to fight the cartels. Trump said much the same after some Mormon missionaries were murdered there. Only Mayor Pete had to walk back […]
Quick Comment: “Obamacare Is Working”
“Obamacare Is Working” “The uninsured rate has dropped from 19.3% before the ACA to 12.4% now.” My take on a 11/21/19 Yahoo News article... Number of uninsured + underinsured (that is, people with health insurance who can’t afford to use it): 87,000,000 (2018). Number of medical bankruptcies: 62.1% of all bankruptcies were caused by medical […]
Quick Comment: “Obama Warns Contenders About Leaning Too Far Left”
“Obama Warns Contenders About Leaning Too Far Left” My take on a 11/16/19 Yahoo News article... This is rich coming from a president who, in eight years, saw the loss of 1,000 Democratic seats at all levels of government. I suggest he (and Hillary Clinton) shut up. Mr. Obama's legacy is exactly why we got […]
The Problem with Joe Biden
I received a mailing (pictured here) from former Vice President Joe Biden. I admit, I live in a conservative voting district in Maryland, so it’s understandable that his appeal for donations was misdirected. I registered Independent three years ago, but I re-registered Democrat ahead of the 2016 Maryland primaries so that I could vote for […]
Bill Maher is a Republican
The supposed ‘left’ comedian is left behind I keep watching Bill Maher’s “Real Time” show on HBO, and have done so, Religulous-ly, almost since its inception in 2003. Although Maher was always irreverent toward religion, this was made crystal clear in his 2008 documentary, Religulous. I liked that about him, especially when he criticized the […]
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