“Extremist”…? Define That

We’ve all heard time and time again, mostly from the folks on the fringe right, that all Muslims are bloodthirsty barbarian extremists who eat American babies for breakfast and want to impose Sharia Law on all of us and force us to bow to Mecca four times a day. Frankly, I’m tired of it. In fact, I’m seeing a parallel.… [Read more]

Asking the Hard Questions About 9/11

New 9/11 truth documentary among ‘most watched’ on PBS this week Victoria

By Victoria N. Alexander

Sep 3, 2012 in Politics “9/11: Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out” is getting public attention and casting doubt on the scientific validity of the U.S. government’s investigation into the WTC tragedy. PBS is the first major network to air the program.… [Read more]

What Labor and Unions Did for You

I found the story of the 1914 Ludlow Massacre, and it spoke to me.

Here’s a brief synopsis from the excellent piece above:

“… the Ludlow Massacre of striking coal miners, [which] was one of the most brutal attacks on organised labour in North American history.

It was the pinnacle of efforts by the National Guard and local strike-breakers under the command of the Rockefeller family to suppress a strike of twelve thousand workers.[Read more]

An Open Letter to Timothy Cardinal Dolan

Cardinal Dolan has announced that he will be offering the closing prayer at this year’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. I decided to write him a letter.

Dear Cardinal Dolan:

You posted this tweet on your Facebook page:

St Augustine said there will be peace in the Christian heart only as long as our faith is watchful.[Read more]

A Letter from Ayn Rand

Мой возлюбленный Пол (My beloved Paul),

Это причиняет боль мне, что Вы бросили меня под автобусом. Я думал, что мы были постоянными задушевными друзьями, работающими к нашей прекрасной капиталистической Утопии, где сильное правило и слабое погибают. (It pains me that you have thrown me under the bus. I thought we were everlasting soulmates, working toward our perfect capitalist Utopia, where the strong rule and the weak perish.)

Это сделало меня настолько очень счастливым, когда Вы сказали мне, что я был вашим вдохновением и причиной, Вы вошли в коммунальное обслуживание.… [Read more]

Paging Sherlock Holmes

‘Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth.’  ~  Sherlock Holmes –The Sign of the Four

Where is the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes when we need him? There’s a vast mystery to be solved, my friends – the mystery of Mitt Romney and the Missing Tax Returns.

So far, the Romneys have steadfastly refused to do what very nearly every other presidential candidate has done: release several years of their tax returns.… [Read more]

Sermon from an Atheist

For those of you who don’t know, I’m an atheist. Yep.  I’m one of those godless heathens those hellfire-and-brimstone preachers warned you about. I don’t believe in Jesus – in fact, I don’t believe that Jesus really existed at all. I think Jesus is pretty much a compilation of all the various god myths from all over the planet – they all are pretty much the same: born of a virgin at the winter solstice and all that.… [Read more]

The Choice: A Writer’s Dilemma

What should I write about this week?

I was thinking about my topic for this week’s column and trying to figure out what I should write about. There has been so much outrage perpetrated by the Republicans this week; and well, I just couldn’t decide.  Here are some possible topics…

Should I write about the three weekend fundraisers for Mitt Romney that were held in the Hamptons – that posh playground of the 1% – this last weekend, where one anonymous wealthy woman commented (from the comfort and privacy of her $80,000-plus Land Rover luxury sport vehicle) about how we, the “common people,” like her “college kid, the baby sitters, the nails ladies — everybody who’s got the right to vote…” — how we “don’t understand what’s going on.” She believes that because we’re poor, we obviously aren’t as smart and educated as she is, and therefore, we totally don’t understand why the rich should have even more tax cuts and we commoners should stop complaining about how tough our tiny little lives are.… [Read more]

Happy Birthday, America – and Get Well Soon

When I was a kid, the 4th of July always meant that me and the other neighborhood kids got to run in wild circles with sparklers in our hands as the summer sun went down, Dad grilling burgers in the back yard, American flags waving and snapping in the breeze, thick slices of cold watermelon and the “oooohs” and “aaaaahhhhs” of the fireworks show in the local park.[Read more]

I’m confused.

Every day on the news, I hear about how government employees and overpaid union thugs like teachers, firefighters and police officers are destroying the economy, and things we used to take for granted – like the minimum wage, decent working conditions and benefits – are causing “uncertainty” among the “job creators” – and that all those things, along with all that un-American socialist “entitlement” crap like Social Security, food stamps, school lunches for poor children, Medicare and unemployment insurance should be taken away from the teat-sucking denizens of the “nanny state” in order to make the “job creators” feel secure enough to create a few jobs somewhere other than Mexico, China, India or Bangladesh.… [Read more]

The Word of the Month Club…

Dear Republicans,

Vagina. Vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina.Vagina! Vagina, vagina; vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina. Vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina. Vagina? Vagina?!? Vagina!! Vagina. Vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina. Vagina! Vagina, vagina; vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina. Vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina. Vagina? … [Read more]

America The Broken

I hate what our America has become under the GOP.

Our America has become a swaggering, imperialistic, bullying Billionaire Boys Club, drawing a line in our planetary dust and daring anyone to step over it.

An America where if you fall out of lockstep with the obstructionist right-wing House majority – the folks who are truly running things these days, whether you’re gay, you support a woman’s choice, you’re a Muslim, a liberal – or you simply believe that a person’s religion or sexual orientation shouldn’t be an issue…no, if you fall out of the lockstep, that marching FOX-watching army of wingnut zombies will simply march right over you – and either haul you up back into lockstep with duct tape over your mouth, or they’ll silence you a different way, with vituperation and blistering scorn, calling you “anti-American“.… [Read more]

Now IS The Time

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. 

I don’t know how many of you are old enough to remember that phrase from your high school typing class. I remember it, along with the alphabet drill “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.”

But I’m not writing a story about typing.… [Read more]

Bashing Smokers

Yep. I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna bash cigarette smokers.

Now, what brought this on is an exchange I had with someone on Twitter. I tweeted something to the effect that if the big tobacco companies were against California’s Proposition 29, then I’m for it. I’ve been seeing tons of anti-Prop. 29 ads on the teevee, all of which use rightwing buzzwords like “taxes” and “out-of-control-spending” and “doesn’t create jobs” etc.… [Read more]

Madame Lazonga Speaks

Prediction is a hazardous occupation. The past is littered with the mangled corpses of dead predictions – some accurate, but most not. Wildly wrong, even (I’m thinking about the Rapture…). So why would anyone want to try to predict anything at all? I think there’s something hard-wired into our DNA, something that makes us want to control the world around us, both the present and the future.… [Read more]

The Bargain – A Cautionary Fable for Our Times

Once upon a time, there was a scholar named Faust. He was a professor and teacher, reasonably successful, intelligent, maybe even could be considered handsome, who lived in snug – but small – stone house in a little village in Germany. Over the years, Herr Professor Faust grew more and more dissatisfied with his life, his tiny house, his increasingly shabby clothing and frayed cuffs.… [Read more]

What’s So Funny, Mitt?

The news came out yesterday that in high school, Mitt Romney was a bully. He was outed by five of his former prep school buddies, who painted a horrifying picture of young Willard terrorizing at least two underclassmen, both of whom were closeted homosexuals. One of the boys had bleached his hair blonde, which offended young Willard, so he and his posse chased down and tackled the student.… [Read more]

Enquiring Minds Want to Know

Why on earth would any self-respecting gay person be a Republican?

That’s the question I’d like to ask Richard Grenell. Perhaps you’ve heard of Mr. Grenell? He was recently hired by the Romney campaign as his foreign policy spokesman, a decision heralded in the Atlantic as a “milestone in Republican politics.”

Well, the honeymoon didn’t last long.… [Read more]

Mitt Romney’s Awesome Second Great Depression American Pie

7,700,000 American seniors living in poverty 16,200,000 American children living in poverty 21,600,000 Americans living in poverty 45,800,000 Americans receiving food stamps 49,900,000 Americans with no health insurance 12,580,000 unemployed Americans 14,000 Americans controlling 40% of America’s wealth

To the above, fold in Paul Ryan’s budget, cuts to Medicare, food stamps, unemployment insurance, welfare and Social Security benefits.… [Read more]

The Ass and His Purchaser

A Fable by Aesop

A man wished to purchase an ass, and agreed with its owner that he should try him before he bought him.  He took the ass home, and put him in the straw-yard with his other asses, upon which he left all the others, and joined himself at once to the most idle and the greatest eater of them all. [Read more]