Minneapolis Falcon Heights: Time For The NRA to Walk The Walk
Another day, and another American gunned down for having the audacity to be black. Against this latest atrocity, and apart from so much that needs to be said about sympathy for Philando Castile’s friends and loved ones, as well as the angry recriminations that should rightfully be directed at the Falcon Heights Police officer who…
Who Didn’t See This Coming?
Yet another law enforcement officer has been killed, this time near Chicago, and while the initial, uncertain reports available thus far imply that Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was not targeted, but rather that he was doing his job, happening into a suspicious situation in which he intervened, the killing falls into a pattern. The account…
I Hate This Fucking Thing
Symbols. I should respond to them with a clearer head. I’m a smart guy, I know some things, like the way symbols work to galvanize allies and adversaries in their causes. Especially flags. Especially in this country. A few days ago I posted about the inanity of both flag-burning and opposing flag burning, and I…
Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Malcolm X
I believe in the brotherhood of man, all men, but I don’t believe in brotherhood with anybody who doesn’t want brotherhood with me. I believe in treating people right, but I’m not going to waste my time trying to treat somebody right who doesn’t know how to return the treatment. —Malcolm X I’m still working…
Let Electricity Do It
What do we think we’re talking about here? Something subtle, like an electric blanket and a leaky waterbed–or just the usual, mundane film noir toaster tossed in the bathtub?
December 29, 1890: Wounded Knee Massacre
While we’re all sitting about in our mid-Holiday malaise, drunk on sugar and fat, filled with drink and feasting and friendship and song, it should be mandatory to sober up for a moment or two and give some thought to one of the great, horrific, historical moments of our very checkered American past. On a…
That Was Then, This Is Now.
With apologies to the band Soft Cell, and the writer S. E. Hinton, who ruined reading for roughly half the middle-school aged children in America with her nausea-inducing drivel, but still doesn’t deserve this. Sometimes I feel I’ve got to run away I’ve got to get away From the pain you drive into the heart…
NFL Players Salute Ferguson–Cops’ Turn To Protest
Good For Them It’s encouraging to see athletes stand up, show leadership, and express connection to the communities that support them. I take exception to the old “I’m not a role model” stance of celebrities, particularly athletes, as expressed by Charles Barkley so many years ago. When these performers accept millions upon millions of dollars…