After the gun massacre in Las Vegas earlier this week, where 59 Americans were shot dead and over 500 more injured, there are no more excuses, in my opinion, to put off talking about this nation’s gun violence epidemic any longer. It is time. Many gun fetishists and NRA-brainwashed still don’t get it. Facebook, my account included, is filled with gunheads desperately trying to spin this latest horror, but in reality it’s the NRA’s nightmare come true: A white male, no criminal record, stockpiled with dozens and dozens of legally-purchased assault weapons, deciding for some reason to take aim at his fellow Americans and open fire.It is time to start the long process of dealing with this uniquely American problem.
While we all sit around debating whether or not NFL players have the right to take a knee during the national anthem (they absolutely do), millions of our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico and the USVI have had their lives upended and are facing a humanitarian crisis of unimaginable proportions…..no electricity or water (for possibly up to a year), running out of food, infrastructure destroyed, houses ruined, crops laid to waste, etc. etc. Reports out of Puerto Rico especially paint a grim picture of chaos and spreading hysteria.
All this hubbub over removing Confederate statues from American soil…I’m so confused…I mean, the people commemorated by these statues ARE NOT AMERICANS. All of them, EVERY SINGLE DAMN ONE OF THEM, denounced their citizenship to the United States of America in 1861, took a solemn vow to a completely different nation, and then took up arms against this country, killing thousands upon thousands of Americans on the battlefield, largely over their refusal to give up their right to OWN OTHER HUMAN BEINGS AS SLAVES.
“We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” Continue reading “Trump and the Rest of History’s Losers” »
Welcome to the very first edition of the Facebook Dungeon! What is it? Simple. It’s where stuff that I would normally post on social media goes to die. Stuff that’s too long, too political, too controversial, or just plain too stupid to actually put on Facebook. I’ve kind of gone off the rails on FB with my anti-Trump political posts, so I’m thinking if I post them here instead, I’ll give my FB friends a little bit of a break. I’m aware of the problem, and I can also tell I’m wearing out my welcome with my words and links and likes and angry faces and all that other associated who-ha. But I’ve got opinions that I think are important, if to nobody else on the planet but me. Putting them down in words makes me feel just a teeny little bit better. Booze also helps.
Posted without comment. We’re doomed. Whoops, guess that was a comment.
We’ve lost an unfortunate number of famous, important musicians this year. Prince is just the latest in a growing line of artists who’ve left us in 2016. Whenever someone famous passes away, we naturally take their death as an opportunity to look back on their body of work, as well we should. Death is a profitable career move for famous entertainers, and a not-so-gentle way to remind us of their careers, but I say that today, we should all take some time to celebrate our favorite artists while they’re still with us. Let’s not wait until they’re gone to truly appreciate them.
Well hello there! Where’ve you been these last couple of weeks? What’s that? Where have I been? Why, I’ve had my head buried under my pillow, waiting for the horror show that is the Donald Trump campaign to go away. But I’m finally convinced that it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. And that scares me to death.
We’re already almost a month into 2016. How is that even possible? Despite the fact that the new year is already a few weeks old, I’m not done thinking about ways to make it, and my life, better. I’m still looking for ways to improve things because modern life is stressful enough as it is. There have got to be ways to make life simpler. And happier. Much less stressful. And I think I’ve stumbled onto something that’s really gonna work. It involves how I spend my time online, whether it’s at home on the computer or anywhere on the smartphone.