THE TROUBLING OF MY SLEEP

Since November of last year, my sleep has become increasingly troubled and disturbed. Nearly every night I awaken at the crisis point in a nightmare. Many of the nocturnal terrors are variations on a racing theme. In most of them I am watching a race between Donald Trump’s kleptocrats and various investigative reporters and committees. All of them involve the general question of how much irreversible damage will be done to democratic institutions, how many Americans will die, how greatly will i … [Read more...]

When the Mass Murderer is a Woman…

By now, the entire nation is aware of yet another mass shooting, this time at a social services center in San Bernardino, California on December 2, 2015.Today we are learning a little information about the identity of the shooters, although not much is known yet about their motives, including whether or not religious faith played a role. Interviewing the two shooters is not possible, as both were killed in a shootout with police.Surprisingly, one of the shooters was reported to be a … [Read more...]

Musings on ‘Murica and the nature of cruelty.

(Image via mercycorps.org)When did we become so cruel?When did we become the kind of country where rejection of our own core values is okay? Where the words “bring us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses” are meaningless and where we only want you if you are not tired, you are not poor, you work in the tech or medical industries, and you are Christian?How did we become a country where a top presidential candidate can seriously suggest a registration system for certain classes of … [Read more...]