10 Minutes to Summarize American Culture

If you want to understand where America stands, pay attention to the Super Bowl half-time show.I mean this from a purely sociological standpoint.My reasoning:The Super Bowl is the single event that unites the entire country.  It transcends race, gender, social class, politics, religion and every other divide. The Super Bowl is considered family viewing. The people who put on the Super Bowl have a vested interest in maintaining this peak spot on the cultural mountain as the one A … [Read more...]

For Your Next Film, Sound, Photography or Design Project . . .

. . . consider calling Sean O'Halloran.I rarely blog about it, but a few readers know that I sometimes take on private writing or editing projects.  Most recently I got to work with Sean O'Halloran from SO' Creative on a film project for a small parish group.  We were both working pro-bono -- he did the filming, I was the primary author on the script.Lesson learned: This is a guy you want on your short list.He doesn't monkey around.  Even though he was working purely as a volunteer on … [Read more...]

Don’t Like How Trump Treats Women? There’s a Better March for That.

Here's the difference between President Trump and the March for Women: Trump has asserted that a man should freely gratify his lust.  If you're interested, just step on up and get something going. The March for Women takes it one further: If necessary, a woman ought to be free to kill for that same right. Neither of these are going to make America great.  Trump's personal modus operandi -- infidelity, serial marriage, promiscuity -- is the root causes of American societal decay.  W … [Read more...]

Why Trump Won, as Heard in Seven Shots & One Speech

Monday morning, MLK day, I was loading the car in a hotel parking lot when gunfire erupted in the distance.   The shots were irregular - one, and then two, and then a pause and another one . . . perhaps seven shots in total.The hotel was more like a set of small apartment houses clustered around the pool; sound bounces off houses deceptively, so that all I could know is that the shots came from ahead or beside me, not behind.  It was quiet.  A cloudy morning.  To my left was a high privacy fe … [Read more...]

The Female Draft and the End of Abortion

I don't expect that under the incoming administration there will be much momentum for requiring young women to register with the United States Selective Service, but sooner or later sufficient push will come along.  This is a different topic than "women in the military" in general, just as the decision to conscript young men is different than the question of the military having male volunteers.When that day comes, the justification for abortion will have just ended.What does it mean to v … [Read more...]

Reality Check re: Black Santa

So, about those Santa Wars going on up at the Mall of America . . .I'm pleased to see that someone has been getting the memo and kindly ranked my horrible, no-good, very bad Southern state in the top ten worst places to live in the US.  It's terrible here! Stay away!Meanwhile, newsflash: What the local shopping malls here in backwardsville term "African-American Santa" has a been fixture on the Santa-visiting schedule for as long as I've had kids, and I suspect far longer than t … [Read more...]

Difficulties Educating Redneck Children, Meat Edition

This afternoon, the 5th grader comes to me for homework help after school at St. Urban's.  It's a grammar review, and she couldn't make sense of the directions for question #3.The directions: "Use context clues to determine the meaning of the bolded word below."These directions were difficult to understand because the sentence is: "The hunter killed several deer in order to have enough venison to feed his family during the long, cold winter."The idea that someone wouldn't know wha … [Read more...]