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    dressed for success

    You’ve got to be kidding

    by | Oct 14, 2015
    You've got to be kidding

    Today something happened that rocked my world. I know what you’re thinking, but no, it wasn’t due to jamming knitting needles in my ears to prevent listening to the sea of stupid rolling from the mouth of Donald Trump. It wasn’t due to the reports of Ben Carson digging his way into another intellectual manure pile by saying all you have to do to stop a mass shooter is to for everyone to agree to rush the shooter all at once…

     

     

    on the campaign trail

    Mr. Speaker: May I Have Your Urine Sample, Please?

    by | Oct 3, 2015
    Tea bag in GOPee urine sample

    To fend off the inevitable criticism from Democrats, liberals and the media that the next GOP Speaker of the House is so delusional he or she must be on drugs, the new Speaker will first have to pass a urine test. “That should settle the matter that they’re not on drugs, even all those guys in the Tea Party Freedom Caucus,” said a GOP insider, who compared the plan to being pulled over by a cop. “So you’re weaving like crazy, and blowing…

     

     

    feeling blessed

    My Encounter With Pope Francis

    by | Oct 1, 2015
    My Encounter With Pope Francis

    “A new mentality is needed, and this implies above all a recovery of ancient and original wisdom. And a real contact with what is right under our noses.” — Thomas Merton, in a letter to Thich Nhat Hanh

    On Thursday, September 24, I saw Pope Francis with my own eyes. That’s the gospel truth. Now the confession. I was attending the Interfaith Moral Action on Climate rally — organized to support the Pope’s call to action on climate change. That’s me on the right of the photo. That’s Doug, my Buddhist friend and climate troubadour, on the left.

     

     

    satire

    Pope Warns of Global Dumbing

    by | Sep 29, 2015
    Pope Francis Speaks to US Congress by DonkeyHotey via flickr and used under a Creative Commons license

    Having returned from his trip to the U.S. where he addressed Congress, Pope Francis on Tuesday issued an encyclical from the Vatican warning of “man-made Global Dumbing.” “It disturbs me beyond belief the level of intelligence quotient that I encountered during my visit to the U.S., especially in the Republican-led Congress, where I’m guessing the average IQ must be in the high 70s or low 80s, at best,” Francis said, through an interpreter. “That’s unacceptable.”

     

     

    no reason or compromise

    John Boehner and Zippity-Do-Da Days

    by | Sep 28, 2015
    What was the Republican House leadership, John Boehner, Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise by DonkeyHotey via flickr and used under a Creative Commons license.

    I once worked for an abusive boss, a man who proved impossible to please.   Congenitally mean, and though he wore no eye-patch, he had all of the charm, charisma and management style of your average, garden-variety Bond villain.

    After three days on the new job, I knew I’d made a mistake. A year on the job, my misery factor was so high, I prayed (I was a church-goer in those days) one of us would either get a better job and move on — or that one of us would die, though preferably not me!

     

     

    collateral damage of war

    Hard Times Come Again No More

    by | Sep 14, 2015
    A young Syrian migrant girl is held by her mother next to railroad tracks where migrants wait to cross into Macedonia

    “Let us pause in life’s pleasures and count its many tears,
    While we all sup sorrow with the poor;
    There’s a song that will linger forever in our ears;
    Oh! Hard times come again no more.
    Chorus:
    “’Tis the song, the sigh of the weary,
    Hard Times, hard times, come again no more
    Many days you have lingered around my cabin door;
    Oh! Hard times come again no more.”

     

     

    on the campaign trail

    Psychologists Say GOP Candidates Scare Pets and Small Children

    by | Sep 10, 2015
    The Top Sixteen GOP Candidates - Caricatures by DonkeyHotey via flickr and used under a Creative Commons license

    Bellevue, Ill. – Psychologists say there is growing evidence that GOP candidates scare pets and small children.

    The psychologists, meeting here for their annual convention, said the research is based on interviews with parents whose children watched the first GOP debate and have since had difficulty sleeping without a parent in the room or leaving the lights on all night.

     

     

    howard industries

    Low-wage MS firm, fined by OSHA, raided by ICE, enjoys subsidies

    by | Sep 10, 2015
    Low-wage MS firm, fined by OSHA, raided by ICE, enjoys subsidies

    OXFORD, Miss. – Politicians and local editorial writers love Howard Industries of Laurel, Miss. The editors at the Laurel Leader-Call shower their blessings on Jones County’s largest employer and castigate any naysayer who might want to offer an alternative viewpoint. Politicians shower the producer of electrical transformers with money—taxpayers’ money…

     

     

    freedom to discriminate

    McKoon’s far-out views could benefit the Democrats

    by | Sep 9, 2015
    Josh McKoon

    It’s a natural law: a pendulum, once swinging, will always reverse its course.

    Sometimes, it takes forever for that pendulum to move the other way. Look at the State of Georgia, Democratic always until 2002, when the Republicans finally won the governor’s office. Up until then, the statehouse had been slowly moving toward a more conservative, Republican bent, with the GOP finally gaining control of both houses in 2004.

     

     

    less carbon = jobs + lower taxes

    Taming the Elephant on Wall Street

    by | Aug 31, 2015
    Taming the Elephant on Wall Street

    Wall Street likes it simple: promote bull markets; avoid bear markets. But there’s now an elephant on Wall Street, and few are daring to talk about it.

    In you hadn’t noticed, the market has been essentially flat for a year; that is until it cratered last week, losing 18 months worth of gains. Unlike the crash of 2008, there’s no obvious smoking gun.

     

     

    all tangled up

    Death, Race and Irony in South Carolina

    by | Jun 30, 2015
    Death, Race and Irony in South Carolina

    There have been hundreds of thousands of words written and spoken about the unspeakable tragedy of the nine people gunned down at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. In time, there will be many more; books will be written and countless analysis will be presented seeking to find some meaning in what happened. In time, the events of the tragedy will become a permanent part of the history of Charleston and our people, indeed the whole state and nation.

     

     

    non-violent action

    People of Charleston showed the way out of tragedy

    by | Jun 30, 2015
    People of Charleston showed the way out of tragedy

    Not only that, but that this move to bring the Confederate flag into the discussion would be one that reverberates all across our country, making that symbol of the Old South a new rallying cry for all sorts of people of this country? Who would have thought?

    In effect, it was the human heart speaking to our country, recognizing the sufferings of the people of Charleston, and in particular, the suffering of black people. We remember how our country has itself suffered from those who won’t give up a lost cause….one that brings division, not union, to our nation.

     

     

    beneath the american flag

    Finding My Heritage in the Long Shadow of Lincoln

    by | Jun 30, 2015
    Lincoln Memoria by Daniel Chester French licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license via Wikimedia Commons. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lincoln_Memorial.jpg

    That my first visit to the Lincoln memorial in 48 years would bring tears was unexpected. Yet on a sunny September Sunday in 2012, at the feet of his massive marble likeness, staring solemnly upon the chiseled words of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, salty drops dot my face.

    There is poignancy simply in standing where I scampered a lifetime ago as an unknowing four-year-old. But, my tears this day are for something more immediate – at least for me. This moment, the text of our 16th President’s second inaugural speech, and especially his Gettysburg Address fall this day upon a heart still moved by a different visit two days prior.

     

     

    breakfast over hard

    Ham n’ Angry

    by | Jun 29, 2015
    Charleson Massacre

    “Ol’ Obama knocked it outta the park yestiddy didn’t he?”

    “Sumbitch always does. He always does.”

    “Big O was fuckin’ magnificent in Charleston. I can’t believe he actually sang ‘Amazing Grace.’ I think he knew Clementha Pinckney…”

    The conversation was on-going at a table across from where I’m taking refuge from ominous weather. As near as I can tell, their names are Stan, Roy and Tommy. All three are African-American. They are gray-beards, firmly ensconced in the demographic labeled ‘active seniors…

     

     

    marriage equality. life.

    Outlaws no more!

    by | Jun 26, 2015
    Outlaws no more!

    Thomas Wolfe was wrong: We can go home again!

    As two Suthunahs living in exile in New Joisey — one from Georgia, the other from Alabama — we share a photo essay of our 41-year marriage  which today the Supreme Court made legal in every state of the union.

    Samuel A. Ward  was organist and choirmaster of our parish in Newark, NJ, when he wrote “America the Beautiful.” “Thy fruited plane” indeed. “Thy liberty in law,” Amen.

     

     

    marriage equality

    Let No Man Put Asunder

    by | Jun 26, 2015
    The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) by DonkeyHotey via his Flickr photo stream and used under creative commons license. https://www.flickr.com/photos/donkeyhotey/

    I recognize some Americans still feel threatened by gay marriage. I don’t understand that fear, but I respect it. I also respectfully suggest if you believe gay marriage is about what happens in the bedroom, you really don’t understand marriage at all.

    I’m 55. I don’t remember my age when I first realized I had gay friends in high school. It’s certainly not something anyone was open about at the time. It wasn’t something we talked about.

    But, I remember the moment I knew it was wrong to deny two loving, committed people the same respect we give married couples solely because they are the same gender.

     

     

    never forget

    The Charleston Massacre

    by | Jun 25, 2015
    The Charleston Massacre

    My wife and I attended An Evening of Prayer Tuesday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Pawleys Island. The special event was an ecumenical vigil for the victims of the Charleston massacre on June 17 at Emanuel AME Church at the hands of a moral idiot.

    For some reason, the vigil brought to mind the opening lines of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, one of the most famous openings in all of literature: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” …

     

     

    bad for business

    Confluence of factors drive momentum to take down flag

    by | Jun 25, 2015
    Confluence of factors drive momentum to take down flag

    The S.C. General Assembly put the Confederate battle flag in a place of prominence on the Statehouse grounds. Now after nine deaths in the horrendous Charleston church shooting, the legislature must take it down. Today, as the body of state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, the slain Jasper County Democrat and pastor of the church, lay in honor at the Statehouse, imagine the feelings of those who had to pass the Confederate flag before they paid their last respects.

     

     

    grief and fear

    Wellspring of Tears

    by | Jun 24, 2015
    Charleston Massacre by Lee Stranahan via flickr and used a Creative Commons license.

    The Irish poet William Butler Yeats wrote many years ago in The Second Coming that,

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned.
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.

     

     

    race rant

    Just who the hell are we?

    by | Jun 23, 2015
    Just who the hell are we?

    First, yeah this is long, but just maybe, it’s time for long, cuz it’s been a long time comin’.

    I suppose it all started with Michael Jackson and his desire for a “white” nose, which didn’t turn out so well. Why a really handsome, very talented guy would willingly fuck up his face is truly beyond me. Michael was said to have lightened his skin, while Rachel Dolezal is said to have darkened hers.

     

     

    time for action

    Open the door of the race closet

    by | Jun 23, 2015
    CBS News anchor Scott Pelley prepares Thursday to broadcast from outside the church.

    Most South Carolinians don’t know a lot of out-of-the-closet, vociferous racists. They’re probably around, just like they have been since two people who didn’t look like each other first met. But in our society — here and in other states — they generally live on the fringes.

    A hundred years ago, racism was institutionalized in the South with Jim Crow laws and separate but equal schools.

     

     

    racist act of terror

    Keep your prayers, Nikki…

    by | Jun 22, 2015
    Dismantle Hate, Black Lives Matter (Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Charleston Mother Emanuel AME Church Shooting) - by Light Brigading

    These past few days I have been frantically trying to wrap my brain around the slaughter of nine African-American men and women at the Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston S.C last Wednesday night.

    The crime was heinous, profane and an extreme act of cowardice. It was pre-meditated, mindful and calculated. Above all — it was a racist act of terror.

     

     

    incomprehensible

    Charleston shooting brings sadness, shock, anger, frustration

    by | Jun 22, 2015
    Dozens of bouquets lined a sidewalk Thursday outside Emanuel AMC Church in Charleston. The display board still lists the late Sen. Clementa Pinckney as the church's pastor.

    As I headed to bed Wednesday night, a white gunman shot and killed nine people in an historic black church in the center of town just four blocks from where I used to live. Unaware of the evil, sleep came quickly. But in the wee hours, the ping of a text from an Australian colleague woke me. I didn’t want to read it and tried to go back to sleep. But after tossing and turning, I read the text, only to learn the heart-wrenching news about what was going on a few miles away. I was dazed.

     

     

    bin-yah

    Reflections of a Southerner on Fathers’ Day

    by | Jun 20, 2015
    Reflections of a Southerner on Fathers’ Day

    I did not personally know the beautiful souls who were massacred while gathered in prayer with a stranger at Mother Emanuel on June 17, 2015, but I can’t stop weeping.  In part, my tears are the product of troubled introspection.  I am a proud southerner with deep roots.  My father has always been puzzled by my “ancestor worship.”  My husband and children mock my addiction to ancestry.com with quips like,  “did you know Mom is 99.9% Anglo-Saxon and cousin of the Queen?”  But I can’t help but feel pride when I find another link on my family tree confirming my forefathers’ presence south of the Mason-Dixon line before secession.

     

     

    laudato si'

    Francis’ Momentous Encyclical: On Care for Our Common Home

    by | Jun 19, 2015
    Click for full text of Laudato Si'

    “We are in trouble just now because we do not have a good story. We are between stories.” — Father Thomas Berry

    I’m not Catholic. Nevertheless, fond of this pope, I’ve eagerly awaited the release of Laudato Si’, Francis’ encyclical on ecology and climate. Immediately after its June 18 release, I paged wildly through it and was blown away. Laudato Si’ is absolutely stunning in sweep, depth, and wisdom. It is exactly the right document, at the right moment, by the right person.

     

     

    confronting hate

    Soul Searching, Not Denial, Is the Way Forward from Charleston

    by | Jun 19, 2015
    Soul Searching, Not Denial, Is the Way Forward from Charleston

    With so many people professing concern for saving the souls of others, we have precious few willing to search their own. Facts about the Emanuel AME Church massacre in Charleston are yet unfolding, but political machinations to deny the obvious racial motives speak volumes about our society’s inability to confront this issue.

    The alleged actions of a hate-filled young white man accused by police of slaying nine black church goers in Charleston say nothing about me as a white man living in America.

     

     

    playing a patient game

    FIFA FI FO Thumb, I Smell the Blood of a Rotten Russian Man

    by | Jun 6, 2015
    FIFA FI FO Thumb, I Smell the Blood of a Rotten Russian Man

    Virtually every caricature cartoon has Putin always beating Obama at chess. Stupidparty love to suggest that Obama is playing checkers against a chess grand-master. Odd since chess would be beyond their powers. Perhaps we should revisit this issue.

    Not long ago a strapping Russian super hero, overwhelmingly proud of his disturbing mix of a jedi judo six pack physique and chess thumping grand master heritage, was strutting half naked across the world stage seemingly out maneuvering any mortal who got in his way. A Palin with a brain, his task made easy by a disingenuous myopic American administration through 2008 being held in contempt in the court of world opinion…

     

     

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