Archives for June 2012

Changes

Change is defined as to make or become different: “a proposal to change the law” and to alter, convert and transform. It also means to chart a new course.

With this week’s announcement by the Supreme Court that “Obamacare” is officially the law of the land, we think that this David Bowie song about change is quite appropriate.… [Read more]

America as Seen by a Germophobic Comedian

Last week, I had the great privilege of traveling to Las Vegas to network in the world of stand-up comedy, and also do a little myself.  Given that the business of being funny isn’t always so, I began the trip expecting to take a highly observant role.  From the beginning of my trip, this, thankfully, was the case.… [Read more]

Today’s China: Don’t Believe the Hype

When people think about Chinese people, many things come to mind — and a lot of those thoughts are stereotypes. Some stereotypes are based in truth, however I am here to debunk those that are not and some of the ideals that people assume about the people of China. As an American living in China married to a local Chinese man, I classify myself as some sort of self-appointed expert on some of the things regarding the locals  here.… [Read more]

Why care? Because if you don’t, you still lose.

“I work hard. Why do I have to pay for other people’s misfortunes? Why must my hard-earned tax dollars go to support lazy leeches who have only themselves to blame for their lot in life?”

“Why should I care?”

In last week’s Great Society post, I tried to answer this question. The reason you should care, in short, is because it’s the right thing to do.… [Read more]

Oh Ron Paul, You Crazy Old Goat!

Like Kelly Clarkson, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Congressman Ron Paul. I’ve never been one of his staunch supporters but I could respect some of his Libertarian viewpoints, especially his anti-occupation sentiment with regard to the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I also admired that he’s been a true maverick sharing ideas that ruffle the feathers of his party.… [Read more]

Questioning My Sanity, The Final Chapter

Another semester goes by and I ought to be feeling great. I’ve gotten straight A grades and a national honors award that could earn me admission and scholarship to any 4-year program I choose. Teachers and classmates are heaping on the praise, certain that I will make a great therapist. My bosses say I practically am one already, because the clients I’ve been assigned are really enjoying their time with me.… [Read more]

Taking a Look Back, a Look Ahead

If you haven‘t picked up a copy of Haruki Murakami’s Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche, I highly reccommend snapping up a copy now while relevance is high. On June 15, the last fugitive of the worst terror attack in Japan since World War II was apprehended by police in Tokyo. This attack, the 1995 sarin gas attack, be might distant for some, but I would argue it has had a profound effect on the Japanese psyche ever since.… [Read more]

Obamacare is the Law of the Land: The Battle Begins

Today the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favour of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare”. Surprisingly, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the more liberal justices when he provided the fifth vote in this 5-4 decision that argues the federal government can require citizens to buy health insurance or face a fine. Chief Justice Roberts said in the decision:

“Our precedent demonstrates that Congress had the power to impose the exaction in Section 5000A (the individual mandate) under the taxing power, and that Section 5000A need not be read to do more than impose a tax.… [Read more]

Fantasyland

Fantasyland is where suspension of reality is reality. Whether you engage it – pop its g-string and tip it, or you dream it – seeing Idris Elba’s face giving you the business, instead of that bamma, Clyde, that you married, Fantasyland is your mind’s playground. Where wonderment can freely roam.

I was at a drag show recently and there may be no greater suspension of reality anywhere than that which exists at drag shows.… [Read more]

Unlikely Mormons?

What’s Sauce for the Goose is Sauce for the Gander.

Just this morning, I happened to stumble upon the “fact” that the late George Carlin was a Mormon. Really?  I thought he was not only an atheist, but an anti-theist, this based upon his body of work, and that he’d been raised as a Roman Catholic.  … [Read more]