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My name is William Perkins Homans the third, but probably more people know me as the bluesman (and artist) Watermelon Slim.

I've been in the fight against war, fascism, injustice and inhumanity for 47 years. I was at MayDay, 1971, and at the moratorium March the week before. I was one of the leaders of the Great New Jersey Turnpike Stall on my birthday, April 25, 1971.

I bear the scar on my left shin from a neoNazi jackboot, when I was one of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War who bounced the NSWPP from Flamingo Park at the Republican National Convention of 1972. My father fought the Nazis in the North Atlantic and Anzio, and I met their spawn in Miami.

My formal education has been first-rate. I wouldn't trade my degrees for Harvard ones. I was raised in the finest private Catholic and Episcopal high schools.

Elementary School: Gibbons Hall, Asheville, North Carolina

High Schools: Asheville School for Boys, Asheville Country Day, Lenox School for Boys. Graduated with honors, Lenox 1968.

College: Middlebury College, 1968-DNG

1984-86: University of Oregon, B.A., Journalism and History, Departmental Honors in History, 1986.

I was also captain of the U of O bowling team, 1984-1986. High game 299.

1997-2000: Oklahoma State University. M.A., History, 2000, plus the school-teaching curriculum. Mentor: Dr. Ronald Petrin.

This was my second great self-reinvention attempt. In both, I got the degrees, but neither worked. After both, I went back to truck-driving and the blues. and now the latter makes my living. I just am not a button-down enough fellow ever to be a schoolteacher or general-purpose news reporter. But I think and analyze, and so I write...


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Max, Pinot and Me, from a happy time, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 4, 2019
The Cold War Intensifies Against Cuba The naked power of John Bolton in this administration blasts through in this unilateral act of meanness
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 31, 2019
Setting the Record, Uh, Straighter, About Watermelon Slim Responding to a newly published interview of my musical persona. My latest CD has been on the charts since January!
I, yet unfallen, play Taps for my brothers and sisters, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 18, 2019
Trump Sows Confusion, and Tensions Ease Debunking the continued war threats of the neocon cabal against Iran
The author and his darling pet, Pinot, From ImagesAttr
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 18, 2018
Tragedy Awaited Me After My International Tour The description of a slaying committed on my property during my absence, and how I am attempting to cope and move forward from tragedy
Love and Happiness, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Ill Feelings for This Administration Arise Over Lunch "We reserve the right not to serve anyone." An old proverb that crosses political boundaries. How in this case it is legal.
The 96-year-old mother of Jeanne Labrier Clarkson undergoing airport security procedures, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 21, 2018
When Granny Goes to the Airport None of us should be surprised, really. But what are the possible motivations for this kind of needless intrusiveness, when people (especially young white males) are waved through processes that put the ability to harm the public in their hands?
Me and BD read Shakespeare 2011, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 15, 2018
How Is Trump Still Like A Nazi, Embassy Move to Jerusalem Or No? A Brief Rebuttal of a teasing question to progressives, or leftists, from Trump apologists struggling to establish a talking point
William Friedkin and the titular subject of his new documentary, The Devil and Father Amorth. (Photo: The Orchard), From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 26, 2018
And Now, Says William Friedkin, A Real Exorcism Discussing the nature of faith, evil, how inscrutable they are, and how different from Hollywood's presentations of them
Max Patkin 1967, From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 31, 2018
The Greatest Baseball Feat Ever Performed Baseball is a game of phenomena. This is a description of the most unique and unexplainable phenomenon ever performed on an athletic field.
Do I look a little like Eckersley?, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 30, 2018
Ah, Where Have the Heroes of A More Innocent Time Gone? A rambling reminiscence of an aging sportsman, mourning the passing of the golden boys of a youth lost forever
Slim Pickens, from Dr. Strangelove, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Until the Midterm Elections, An Uncritical Public, Plus An Ignorant Racist President, Equal Danger The musings of a political analyst while waiting for a bomb much bigger than any of those in Austin to explode
President Trump Arrives in Davos, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 29, 2018
At Davos, Another Campaign Speech. The Man Can't Help It President Trump gives yet another campaign address at an international economic forum
Oklahoma Fishing (12
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 25, 2018
What Do Immigrants Want to Come Here For? Considering the full court press of the current presidential administration in the historical context of American immigration
The Road to Bordeaux (oil on canvas, 30
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 22, 2018
Trumpism As Post-Post-Modernism Pointing out very clear indications that this new "memo" is no more than Republican propaganda in a post-post-modern world.
Bride, Groom and their parents, Nov. 4, 2017, From ImagesAttr
(29 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 4, 2018
Israel Moves Closer to the One-State Solution Israeli Empire needs lebensraum: I unfriend a longtime supporter of the One-State Solution
Cover: Escape from the Chicken Coop (my 7th CD of the century), From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 17, 2017
How Low Might the Order of Presidential Succession Go? A brief rumination on what happens if Robert Mueller cleans Presidential house
Merry Christmas! From the Nutcracker Suite. I am the Rat King, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 6, 2017
The Great and Terrible Oz Takes Sides in the Middle East There can hardly be enough reactions from normal American People of good will, particularly in this season, about this unilateral move that in sane times would never have been made by a President of the United States-- here's one
Lookin At You, America!, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 29, 2017
We All Heard Him Rap as Poetic and Political Criticism. I'm a recording artist (blues and country). I have refused to do rap for my entire career, not least because rappers do not in general sing, or play real instruments. However, I had to put that decades-long conviction aside when I saw this story.
William P. Homans walks Jessie M.D. Homans down the aisle, November 4, 2017., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 16, 2017
The Clock Is Ticking, GOP! What will happen once Donald Trump is deposed, and why we need it
At Sunset in Mississippi, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 26, 2017
The Sports Gods Have Awakened How Donald Trump has energized forces against which he cannot win.

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