Speaking of elections and Governors…

I rarely talk about local politics (because all politics is local), but where I live, in Maryland, parents are waking up this morning to discover that their Spring Break is about to be shortened by a day. Why? Because Maryland’s Governor Larry Hogan is a Republican, which means he hates public education and the teachers’ Read More …

Aftermath (Part Five): Patriarchal Theocracy

patriarchal   [pey-tree-ahr-kuh l] adjective[1]. of or relating to a patriarch, the male head of a family, tribe, community, church, order, etc.: my father’s conservative, patriarchal ways.2. characteristic of an entity, family, church, etc., controlled by men: the highly patriarchal Mormon church. theocracy  [thee-ok-ruh-see] noun, plural theocracies. 1. a form of government in which God or a deity is recognized as the supreme civil ruler, the God’s or deity’s laws being interpreted by the ecclesiastical authorities. 2. a system of government by priests claiming a divine commission. 3. a commonwealth or state under such a form or system of government. (http://www.dictionary.com/) If I had ten dollars for every argument I had in the last several years over the ramifications of choosing to vote third party, I’d be able to buy a private island and escape this bullshit, but no, nobody paid me to argue my Read More …

If this is the primary focus for the coming year, we’re doomed…

I’m watching the Democratic Debate tonight on ABC. It’s not just me, I hope. Who’s wondering why the focus is so sharp on Daesh. No matter what the candidates have to say, they’re dragged back to talking about Assad and war. Does this sound familiar to you? No?? Really. I wonder why that is. Isn’t it Read More …

It’s all right there, if you want to see…

oligarchy ol·i·gar·chy (noun ˈä-lə-ˌgär-kē, ˈō-; plural: ol·i·gar·chies) Full Definition of OLIGARCHY: 1 :  government by the few 2 :  a government in which a small group exercises control especially for corrupt and selfish purposes; also:  a group exercising such control [emphasis mine] On April 9, 2014, this report was released on Princeton University’s website, and it’s shaken up news reports all over the world. 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 …

Connecting the Dots, Part 2

United States of ALEC from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo. On October 11, 2012, I wrote the following post: Do you know ALEC? If not, you should. And you should be afraid. The video above was part of the above post. I just watched it again. Somehow, there has to be a way to get the word out Read More …

A Tale of Two Rapes… *Trigger warning*

CNN and the rest of our media are taking a lot of well-deserved flack for their report on the Stubenville, OH, rape verdict handed down Sunday. There is also this report from CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/17/justice/ohio-steubenville-case/index.html  I recognize that reporters are far less objective than they once were, but CNN (and the rest of our media sources) should Read More …

Attempting to see the forest…

Last weekend I attended a Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Dinner. It’s an annual event held by congregations across the country, as a chance to get to know people from the congregation and to share entertainment, conversation and good food. During the conversation at dinner, the subject of race came up. The conversation drifted to discussing how Read More …

Gutenberg in reverse?

So sorry it’s been so long, but I’ve been busy in a combination of studying for my two college courses and fulfilling my civic duty to file tax forms so I can continue to receive student aid. Classes started just three weeks ago. The two courses are 2-Dimensional Design and Western Civilization to Modern Times. Read More …