15 Years After

I live only a 2.5-hour drive from New York City. When 9/11 happened, I was working for the local newspaper, and we stayed up half the night putting together the 9/12 newspaper, covering all the known details of the event. I still have a copy of that next day's newspaper as one of my prized personal mementos.There was a surge of locals rushing to New York immediately after the event. To assist with the rescue work. To make sure friends and relatives were okay. To just go and look at the … [Read more...]

The Horrible French vs. One Poor, Delicate Muslim Beachgoer

A constant for those of us on the left is our "rage against the machine" vibe. When it comes to the power of government or the rights of the individual, we're totally tuned in to those individual rights.When a story floats across our attention about a kid sent home from school for wearing "inappropriate clothing" -- a provocative blouse, for instance, or a t-shirt with a comically dirty picture on it -- we're right there swinging, often screaming that the teacher should be fired, or the … [Read more...]

The Shocking Truth About Hillary Clinton

I came across this incredible article about Hillary Clinton: #HillaryCoverageIsCrap.It is >>shocking<< because it's not only true, but glaringly obvious. And yet nobody  talks about it.Media coverage of Hillary Clinton -- Hillary the candidate, even Hillary the person -- is so blatantly vicious, so casually demeaning, so gleefully mean-spirited, it's ... disgusting. Horrifying. SICK.I'd like to select out a pithy quote from it, but the whole damned article is so good, so … [Read more...]

Negroes! Jews! Muslims! Martial Law! Listen, I Tell Yuh!

Facebooking this morning.I have some fairly conservative friends out west. And when I say "friends," I'm not kidding, or speaking in the Facebook sense. I mean people I love, good people, people I want to have in my life forever.But THEY have friends, and those friends have friends, on and on outward on Facebook Planet, and I occasionally see posts my own friends liked or commented on, that are -- let's say -- non-contiguous to me on the Venn Diagram of socio-political views.So … [Read more...]

The Hillary Campaign. No, the OTHER Hillary Campaign.

As a lifelong wordsmith, I notice the nuances of language -- how the words are used, and the sometimes hidden implications behind them.So I think you should read this:The Great American Brainwash: Half a Billion Dollars to Turn the Public against HillaryFor some years now, I've watched this thing happening out in full public view, wave after wave of attacks on Hillary Clinton. I figured out eventually that there was something deliberate behind it. I didn't know who, exactly, was … [Read more...]

Reaction to the Orlando Shooting

There was a shooting in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, last night. Described as the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, the 3-hour-long incident left 50 people dead, more than that hospitalized.The shooter has been identified as Omar Saddiqui Mateen.Interesting thing in the tone of most of the early articles I read on the incident: People were LEAPING to declare the shooting had absolutely no connection to Islam, the Religion of Peace™. The fact that some of us were frantic to a … [Read more...]