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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Did I hear you right…?

You know, aside from the questionable benefits of drinking overpriced coffee or (in the case of last Friday) tea, and solid support for Marriage Equality – among other things – I gotta give Starbucks credit for hiring people who are generally literate. Last Friday, I walked in fresh from a philosophical lunchtime discussion that was Read More …

Rachel Maddow has it right.

The Rachel Maddow Show covered Sandy Hook in crystal clear terms. If you are at all squeamish about discussions over how the students and teachers of the school lost their lives…watch this anyway. She bases her report on an article in the Hartford Courant The Rachel Maddow Show: March 14, 2013, First Segment Don’t want Read More …

It’s all there. All you have to do is look…

Sedition: In law, sedition is overt conduct, such as speech and organization, that is deemed by the legal authority to tend toward insurrection against the established order. Sedition often includes subversion of a constitution and incitement of discontent (or resistance) to lawful authority. Sedition may include any commotion, though not aimed at direct and open violence against the laws. Seditious words in writing are seditious libel. A seditionist is one who engages in Read More …

Can’t happen here…

Yesterday I saw this article from the New York Times come across my Facebook news feed. I know it’s starting to make the rounds. If you haven’t seen it yet, you might want to take the time to read. The Holocaust Just Got More Shocking From the article: “Auschwitz and a handful of other concentration camps Read More …

The end of the beginning…

This week I did something I haven’t done since 1987. I attended classes in college. There’s a long, relatively ugly story about why it took so long for me to go back, stemming from experiences with failure to meet expectations, ill-defined goals, and misunderstanding bureaucracy that might see the light of day here someday, but Read More …

Today’s the day.

There is no irony for me today, no sense of amusement that our recognized Inauguration Day falls today on the same Monday when we honor the life and recognize the too-early death of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Yesterday, in our congregation, we sang this anthem and spent a time considering not just its historical Read More …