Monday, February 17, 2020

The Wizard of Oz

Chaos unfolds before our eyes in the Democratic Primary Election campaigns, where adult politicians gather to eat their young. Republicans look on as the man no one wanted grabs their party by the crotch and fires up his base. The age of make-believe is upon us. Fear is in the air as we whistle past the graveyard. 

The Wizard of Oz is in charge.

Meanwhile, the dream of America lies bleeding in the street and no one answers the phone at 911.


Sunday, February 9, 2020

A “We Must Defeat Trump” Campaign Will Assure His Re-election

Ah well, now we are both engaged and enraged by the Iowa Democratic Caucus debacle. More grist for the mill of too many candidates slinging mud at one another in a strange American contest—one of whom will emerge as the least tarnished candidate in an 18 month trial by exhaustion.

What a great way to choose a candidate for the 2020 national election. My heart is, indeed, all a-flutter.

Democrats somehow (and with no credible evidence) seem to feel they were robbed of the 2016 election. If half the nation merely came to its senses, those who erred by electing Donald Trump would mend their ignorant ways and return Democrats to power.

I have a news flash for them.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Centrist Democrats—Politics’ Deer in the Headlights

Humorist Will Rogers is famous for the comment, “I’m not a member of any organized political party—I’m a Democrat.”

He made that statement nearly a hundred years ago and not much has changed since. The party of old white men still trembles in the presence of changing times (as does its Republican counterpart).

We may have outgrown our current two-party system, at least in its obvious shortcomings related to voters. Neither party has the slightest understanding of what’s going on in America outside the Washington bubble.

But for the moment our subject is centrist Democrats and we’ll leave the steaming pile of Republican dirty laundry for another conversation.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

We Value Your Privacy

A bald-faced lie and a proper crock of shit. And yet these sites persist in coercing their followers to voluntarily throw in the blanket and give up what little privacy remains.

When you visit, The Atlantic and our partners use cookies and other methods to process your personal data in order to customize content and your site experience, provide social media features, analyze our traffic, and personalize advertising on both our family of websites and our partners' platforms.

Doesn’t sound much like valuing my privacy unless they mean it in the dictionary definition: “fix or determine the value of; assign a value to.”

Bloody hell, I reckon that’s it.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Language Matters—Now as Never Before

You have to be pretty old to remember “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” That’s what we were told as kids when the taunts of schoolmates on the playground upset us.

That was then, this is now.

Tell that to a parent who just buried a child who ended their life after being bullied on Facebook or Twitter. Words do hurt and sometimes they kill.

Monday, December 30, 2019

‘Settling’ Criminal Activity Comes in Two Flavors

The first is chocolate and it’s relegated to the poor—if you want to make a racial connection to that, be my guest, the metaphor stands up to scrutiny. The second is (unsurprisingly) vanilla and yes, that is the choice of the rich and predominantly white although legally, wealth can occasionally be colorblind.

Let’s dispose of chocolate first, as it’s far less complicated.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Stock-Market Optimism

Breathtaking news, Wall Street investors are breathless with optimism. The world is going to hell in a breathlessly accelerated hand-basket, but, according to Bloomberg, U.S. equities climbed to new highs after “China said it agreed with America to roll back tariffs on each other’s goods in phases as they work toward a trade deal.”

Rolling back, are they? Renegotiating who gets summers with the kids, before the divorce becomes final? And what does it mean that China agreed with America? Have they checked Donald’s Twitter stream? And not to put to sharp a point on it, but what’s the Prez’s batting-average on keeping agreements?

There is a saying that “a 2nd marriage is the victory of optimism over experience.” One can make the case that current market optimism mirrors Wall Street’s 2007 marital disaster.