Bernie or Joe

I’ve been trying to write about this since Saturday morning. I’ve written and rewritten. I’ve completely thrown out everything I thought I wanted to say and started from scratch three times. I’ve gone from trying to be nuanced and caring to being very direct and downright disturbing in saying why I’m all-in for Bernie and […]

The (ahem) Deal of the Century

Let me be very clear. For Palestinians the so-called Deal of the Century is a complete non-starter. To begin with, at least five of the key demands it puts forth are ludicrous from Palestine’s standpoint. Netanyahu knows that. Jared Kushner knows that. Who knows what Donald John Trump knows? The point is, Israel’s leaders and […]

Iran

What does it mean when the most conservative and most liberal Veterans organizations agree on something? It means we need to sit up and take notice, that’s what! All Things Considered aired this yesterday: “Recent US Veterans Are Coming to Consensus On Iran and Iraq–Across Party Lines”  The lead-in to the piece was:  “Veterans groups […]

Existential Angst

It’s all Neil deGrasse Tyson’s fault. First it was his “Cosmos: Spacetime Odyssey” on television. Then it was his irresistible book title: Astro-physics For People In A Hurry. Tyson says stars blow up and spread the hydrogen and oxygen necessary for life.  All my life I’ve been successfully avoiding any tendency I might have for […]

Despair? Nope

Picking up from where I left off a couple of days ago, let me make it very clear. I know what I say here may be flawed. But if I’m right? Well …   So here goes.   1994 through 1998 were the best four years of my life! No equivocation on that.  24 hours […]

Virgin Birth, Really?

ALERT! This article may frustrate or even anger you. If you fully embrace your religion and are happy with how well it’s working for you, please, read no further. If on the other hand you long for more from your faith system, please read on. Also, if you have pretty much left religion behind, I […]

John Pilger, a prophet for our tortured time

I invite you to read just a couple of paragraphs of this speech. If you find it’s more than you can handle right now, I understand. Believe me I do. Even so I encourage you to read on. You will find it, strangely enough, a breath of refreshing and clean air. That’s because your subconscious mind […]

Ignorance is Bliss

You’ve heard people say it. You’ve probably even said it yourself. Here’s the thing though. Ignorance is anything but bliss. Ignorance is intelligence ignored.  You know what’s bliss? A very low IQ is bliss. If you have a very low capacity for new knowledge you will be unable to comprehend what’s going on around you. […]

Revolution

 We desperately need a revolution in the United States.   We are kidding ourselves if we think this is all somehow going to turn out okay! Our present leaders are not likely to deal with our most pressing problems in any way other than making them worse. Just pick one or two. How about denying […]

In Times Like These

“When I kept silence, my  body wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.” Today, as we face 100 degree plus temperatures here in the Pacific Northwest, these words from verses 3 and 4 […]