Unemployment Blackmail

ex·tor·tion [ik-stawr-shuhn] noun 1. an act or instance of extorting. 2. Law. the crime of obtaining money or some other thing of value by the abuse of one’s office or authority. 3. oppressive or illegal exaction, as of excessive price or interest: the extortions of usurers. 4. anything extorted. Yesterday on Facebook, this little gem popped up in my feed. I was nearly done for the night, and with all Facebook’s recent monkey business and tampering with the way news filters through, I might have missed it. But no, it hit me about this time last Read More …

And here we are…

At 11:58 pm on Monday, September 30, 2013. Lest there be any question or confusion in anyone’s mind over who is directly responsible for the closure of our national parks, the sudden and explicable shutting down of services far and wide throughout the country, and the eternal brinkmanship of the Tea Party, this article sums Read More …

Two days to armage…Government Shutdown…Again…

Ya know, in the grand scheme of things, this isn’t going to matter one bit, once the rest of the polar ice melts and all the fresh water gets mixed up with ocean water, but in the short-term, I’ve had about enough of the Tea Party’s brinkmanship and Ted Cruz’s 21-hour hot air festival. The Read More …

An a-HAH moment worthy of exploration…

On Facebook, where I can often be found expounding on issues that I imagine many of my friends would simply rather ignore, I’ve gotten involved in a conversation about Baltimore’s crime rate. Well, not that, exactly, because the discussion has devolved into an argument about gun control and whether it is constitutional. One of the Read More …

On the eve of a great decision, with hope…

On Friday I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my evening and I spent well over an hour browsing through Netflix in the hope I would find something interesting. Rather than one thing, I found many, but couldn’t decide, and in typical fashion I complained on Facebook. Read More …

So tired of the lies…

How much time will we continue to waste on GOP-generated panic items before we understand that they’re acting collectively like the boy who cried wolf and we just ignore what they have to say? Diverting our attention away from critical concerns like the rampant poverty, hunger, crime and corruption, Keystone XL and tar sands spills, our rape Read More …

Realignment…

Okey dokey. Here’s the thing. I’m pretty sure I’m suffering post-semester burnout, but after spending 10 weeks cozied up to the aristocracy and the totalitarian governments it spawned in Europe, I’ve had about enough. If you’re angry, that’s great! BE angry. Go find out the details and post those – article, blog, whatever. There’s been Read More …

The value of a college education…

On my way to class on Wednesday last week, I tuned in to the Diane Rehm show and got an earful about what’s wrong-headed about college education. The show, broadcast on NPR, is here: http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2013-05-08/who-benefits-college-and-why/transcript As is often the case, I found myself talking to the radio, which has cathartic benefits but fails to solve Read More …