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Margaret Tully In Johnson City, Texas, From ImagesAttr
(86 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 2, 2012
Open Letter To Green Party Candidate Jill Stein am a supporter and an admirer of yours. However, I sincerely believe that you should discontinue your run for President and encourage your followers to put their votes and their energies behind President Barack Obama. The possible alternative to the reelection of President Obama is chilling and unacceptable.
2016 Republican Clown Car Parade, From ImagesAttr
(45 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 12, 2015
The Rise of Shallow, Demonstrative Religion The Reagan Revolution was as much about the public dumbing down and aesthetic corruption of spirituality as it was about trickle down economics. Public pronouncements on the nature of God in the context of political campaign drivel is a crime against beauty. Watching Mike Huckabee talk about religion is like watching Jabba the Hutt explain the contents of the Louvre.
Joseph Goebbels - World War II - HISTORY.com, From GoogleImages
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Kellyanne Conway/Joseph Goebbels A country very aware of the horrendous, destructive fascist horrors of just over seventy years ago that elects a man like Donald Trump as President is either doomed or...
Chapel, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 20, 2015
The Little, Slightly Tilted Church Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump wants to close down Mosques. This reminds of a little story that came to me after I heard that Presidential Candidate Donald Trump wants to close down Mosques.
(34 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 21, 2010
BECKWATCH: Ayn Rand Would Have Absolutely Hated Glenn Beck Like "Finding Waldo", see how many times you can find Glenn Beck holding or referencing Ayn Rand's book "Atlas Shrugged" on his talk show ( I use the word "talk" here because "drivel" was hard to work into the sentence gracefully).
bill-o, From ImagesAttr
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 2, 2015
Bill O'Reilly Must Go Bill O'Reilly is the worst sort of trash. He is the sort of trash that is consciously built. He has worked without rest at creating an oeuvre and persona built entirely on the ravaging and profaning of his occupation. He is, whether one considers him one or not, a journalist. He is the ultimate Anti-American.
Pinatas, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 26, 2014
The Wolf Lady The political and social narrative of the American right is more and more beginning to resemble the old time xenophobic, nationalistic and racist European fascism of the early 20th century. Conservatives and religious fundamentalists are becoming the social monitors of the behavior and motives of just about every type and group that they consider the other...
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 13, 2014
"F**kit, Torture 'em!" -- Apple Pie and Rectal Feeding "Proud Papas out there can now openly discuss their son or daughter's patriotic duty violating the rectum of one or another evil "terrorist." How many proud parents will now be able to display their child's torture toys on the Christmas mantle, above the brightly brimming stockings?"
Molly Ivins, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 16, 2010
BECKWATCH: On Rick Perry - An Homage To Molly Ivins Read Rick Perry's new book and see if you want him for President - Glenn probably Does.
DSC05996 Howdy Doody at DIA by Volkan Yuksel, From WikimediaPhotos
(44 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 3, 2016
The Election: This is a Culture War, Not a Battle of Economics We as a nation are presently in the throes of a second civil war. The first was fought over the preservation of a culture -- the economic and social culture of slavery. This time it is being fought over what we, Americans, want the culture of America to be.
Idol -- Moloch, From ImagesAttr
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Israel: Servicing the Dysfunction The State of Israel is currently deep in the throes of "Servicing the Dysfunction". In its service to the tragic past of its people and "Never Again", Israel is a nation of mentally ill warriors. To willfully destroy the beautiful and cherished lives of innocent Palestinians as a panacea for your own tragic loss is, although common, crazy.
Church, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 8, 2016
The Failure of Religion in America The failure of the Republican party and society preventing the rise of Donald Trump and his angry, proud, bigoted supporters is apparently also a failure of large swaths of organized religion in this country. So much time has been spent condemning and accusing and defining the Other that much brick and mortar Christianity has lost all connection to Christ and is now nothing more than the handmaiden of fascism.
Vote, From ImagesAttr
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 4, 2012
Our Local Racist: A Note To Chris Hedges Chris Hedges, who I admire tremendously, posted an article here last week advocating not voting or voting for a third party. I strongly disagree and here are some thoughts on the subject.
Captain America, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 1, 2010
BECKWATCH: "Be Prepared: An Introduction to Food Storage" For Fox, Fear is all that is left.
Holy Bible, From FlickrPhotos
(33 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 8, 2019
How Did "Liberal" Become a Foul Epithet? The chilling thing about my personal experiences with being called a "liberal" is that my fellow Americans, smiling or not, hated me and what I represent and are being taught this in their churches. It was precisely this type of activity that motivated the nineteen men to create death and destruction on September 11, 2001.
Two Wrongs and Rights: Chik-Fil-A, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 4, 2012
Chick-fil-A: Building Communities of Idiots One Greasy Chicken Sandwich At A Time Are America's communities being enfeebled by Religious Fundamentalism marching under the banner of a fast food chain. At least the Crusades had much better graphic imagery -- talking cows?
The Oval Office, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 19, 2019
The Monkey in the Room With a Knife ...some people see the monkey, some don't, some think he's cute, he scares the crap out of others. Metaphors can be effective things, if you get my drift.
storm cereal, From FlickrPhotos
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 28, 2018
They've Sown The Wind It's Time They Reap the Whirlwind Trump and Conservatives have made their chops on the backs of minorities, women, the environment, children -- their primary victim, adversary is humanity...Forgiveness can and will come, but first, because they have sown the wind, they must reap the whirlwind.
Kurdish YPG Fighter, From FlickrPhotos
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 13, 2019
The Garden of Karam Baba A Story. Thinking about The Kurdish Freedom Fighters and Syria and the rank stupidity of war.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Charlie Hebdo: A Missed Bottom-Up, Kumbaya, Opportunity? Is the Paris Charlie Hebdo affair, the subsequent march in Paris and the surrounding furor a missed opportunity for the growing bottom-up movement? And, probably missed intentionally by our government because maybe it truly was a "Kumbaya" (in the spirit of the song) moment?
From papermag.com: Lady Gaga Tries On a Wedding Dress IRL + Crystal the Monkey Makes , From GoogleImages
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 30, 2018
The Man That Married a Monkey A Story. As Authoritarianism and Fascism proliferate across the globe, many are marrying monkeys.
Bernie Sanders for President, From FlickrPhotos
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 9, 2016
The Presidential Election is Over -- Was Trump Ever Truly a Threat? With the coronation of Hillary Clinton have we just witnessed a spectacularly orchestrated coup d'etat? Has Trump simply been the rodeo clown that has kept the bull away from the Champion rider?
Frank Zappa .Montana. (1973) Montana is a song composed by Frank Zappa for his 1973 LP 'Over-Nite Sensation'. The last track on the album is one of Zappa's most famous and renowned ..., From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 4, 2018
It's Time to Talk About Dental Floss MY buddy, Richard, came by this morning. We talked about the state of things in the country. He started sweating. I was turning red and my left arm was hurting-- I had already taken my blood pressure medicine but the dose was obviously too small. Richard looked as if he needed to run and hide in Hitler's bunker -- since he wasn't using it anymore. Fortunately we chose to talk about dental floss instead...
Stripper Bar, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 6, 2016
The Christian Strip Club I now understand how Nazi Germany came to be. We are watching it play out across our country. Those that care and those that truly love religious freedom, personal freedom and freedom of expression (patriots?) need to speak out -- loud and clear, in all ways at our disposal. Satire has traditionally been very effective.
American Flags, From FlickrPhotos
(21 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 25, 2018
Dresden, February 17, 1945 A Story. NFL teams will be fined if players kneel during playing of "The Star Spangled Banner." Trump says players that kneel "maybe shouldn't be in the country."
File:Rumsfeld Bush Cheney.jpg - Wikimedia Commons, From GoogleImages
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 18, 2016
Hillary and the Bushes If you had any doubts about whether Hillary would become more populist or progressive -- I think you can quit worrying about that now.
Breaking it Down Playing With Our Toes, From ImagesAttr
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 28, 2014
Building Cabinets This piece, ostensibly about carpentry, is really about climate change and global resource exploitation. Simple drawers made in the old way, wooden boxes sliding on wooden guides or simple planes of wood, ring out with a comfortable low clatter. They resonate and chime. Modern drawers guided and fixed by steel and nylon, whir and buzz. They sound like machine. ...They reek of technological masturbation.
(22 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 14, 2013
Ted Cruz Disrespects Mandela and Christ "├Łet the American dread of Communist infiltration underwrote one of the most repressive ideological assaults in the nation's history, with the right wing effectively eliminating from the nation's political discourse appeals to the Socialist idealism that was, in the same period, reinvigorating politics in Europe..."
Smiling nun, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 14, 2015
The Wisdom of the Laughing Nun As we tumble, slink and slide into another national election cycle, one thing is abundantly clear -- this place is about as functional as a knotted intestine. The rest of the industrialized world appears to be attempting to address issues that matter and the Exceptional One, the "Shining City On The Hill" is promoting midget wrestling in its own vomit. This place is a wreck.
How to be assertive: Lesson I, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 15, 2018
Conservatives and Slave Owners Thinking about our national, almost forty-year, slow, but inexorable fall into the whirling room of mirrors, propelled by mountebanks and posers and just downright cruel and stupid folks. Ronnie Reagan ushered in what has become, living in the White House, our national disgrace and possible downfall.
Tlazolteotl, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 1, 2014
The Filth Eater I attempted to write play years ago entitled "The Filth Eater." The protagonist was a seducer of women -- leading them happily into various circumstances and occasions of sin...The play was allegorical, however I was not fully aware of this until recently. I thought I was simply creating an interesting character based on the Aztec (Mexica) goddess Tlazolteotl.
Poster of Mary, From FlickrPhotos
(20 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 4, 2018
Faith Is Not An Excuse Faith is not an excuse, it is a gift. The Religious Conservative Right, in these morally topsy turvy days of Trump, has exchanged a gift for an alibi.
Special Forces Sniper Course, 2010, From ImagesAttr
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 22, 2015
Thoughts on Reviews of "American Sniper" I haven't seen The movie "American Sniper." I've read many reviews and commentaries here and elsewhere. The overwhelming verdict from the left is that it is wrong. I viscerally believe this to be true. However, there is a flaw that seems to travel through most of the lefty writing on the movie. Or, maybe I should say: from my experience as a young man growing up a young man the reviews are flawed.
Hitler-socialiste, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 1, 2020
Menudo and Pancakes A short story about pancakes and menudo and Nazis.
Corinthian Helmet, From FlickrPhotos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 31, 2018
Roseanne and the Art of War The entire soul of Trumpism, current Republicanism and conservatism is contained in Roseanne's compulsion to tweet. "If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle." Sun Tzu, "The Art of War"
ADOLF HITLER, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 23, 2018
The Inevitable Failure of the Conservative Blitzkrieg Winning and success are not identical twins. The Republicans won enabling and inciting class warfare, white nationalism, xenophobia and fear mongering. What genius Republican strategist determined that the road to success could be paved with issues that alone cannot foster success and cumulatively are ultimately disastrous for society?
32 Years Before Marriage Equality, Bernie Sanders Fought For Gay ..., From GoogleImages
(35 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 22, 2016
Scapegoating Neoliberalism Neoliberalism certainly has failed America but blaming Neoliberalism for the Trump phenomenon is like blaming the Treaty of Versailles for the horrors of Nazi Germany.
Blizzard, From FlickrPhotos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Nobody Will Take My Gun A little ditty in response to a middle aged Texas woman wailing about Hillary getting ready to take away her guns.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Similitudes: Hitler, Obama, & Beck Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor Rally" got me thinking about truth, similes, and unfortunately, Adolf Hitler.
Texas State Senator Dan Patrick, From ImagesAttr
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Don't Let the Least of Us Destroy the Best of Us -- The Danger of the Rise of Dodofascism Dodofascists are small minded, intellectually lazy people who don't understand that their stances (facile, jingoistic Nationalism, Militarism, denial of the Separation of Church and State, Bigotry and Xenophobia, etc.) will ultimately lead to the destruction of the thing they are claiming to protect. The Dodo is an extinct flightless bird. There is a metaphor here somewhere.
From flickr.com: Boy Scouts Retire Flags, From Images
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 9, 2018
The Iran Deal: It has Truly Begun A Story "It had truly begun and the end was years away. No one could have predicted the horror they had watched arrive, and once they understood -- it was too late, much too late..."
Young Mexican Cowboy, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 27, 2014
Sexy Loco Curandera I've been hearing lately the old tired bigoted bigots trot out the old tired bigoted line about immigration and those that illegally immigrate from south of the border. It's time we move on. This is a story I wrote about it awhile back.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 30, 2014
Pete Seeger's Rainbow Quest This popped up this morning and it is pure historical magic. It's Pete Seeger's televison show, "Rainbow Quest", from the sixties...I've noticed over the last few years that the controlled media is now trying to marginalize and disparage Bruce Springsteen, just as it did Pete back in the fifties. The torch does pass and the light it casts, shames and burns just the same.
VIETNAM MONK PROTEST, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 9, 2018
The Shame of the Serious Left The hard-core left, the leftist intelligentsia, the radical left has been emasculated by the Trump regime. The Serious Left wanted to use Trump as both an exemplar of sticking it to the man and the man. Unfortunately, he hasn't turned out to be as hapless as they had hoped.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 28, 2010
BECKWATCH: Is He Systematically Going To Appropriate All Of Our National Symbols? REMEMBER THE ALAMO! Glenn Beck held a rally in front of the Alamo in San Antonio Texas on Tax Day last year. I've recently had conversations with a couple of Glenn Beckers and neither would or could make the connection between taxes and national infrastructure and services - they simply ranted about Obama and how it was all his responsibility: Mr. President, you need to sharpen your shovel and get yourself some rubber boots.
.Old man and ancient stones., From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 11, 2018
The Mexicans are Coming A Story. Roll out the razor wire. Refortify the Alamo. Ransack your peace of mind.
Signs of Madison's Tea Party:
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 10, 2011
Hating Barack, the President To understand where we are now, I would suggest reading Joseph Campbell and seeing the movie "The Help"
Train wreck at Montparnasse 1895, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 29, 2016
The Train Wreck That Is Becoming This Country Mr. Trump is not a "believer" in climate change. He claims it's a Chinese conspiracy. His followers are willing to take up the proverbial sword and go on a crusade against us that respect science. It's the same old story, umpteenth verse. I guess I should have kept my casual remark about the weather to myself. You know what they say about talking about politics and religion -- especially when they are one in the same.
Mexican Man Working, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 11, 2017
The Chupacabra, A Poem The Chupacabra is a mythical beast reported to roam the brush country of South Texas. It is supposed to be a blood sucker. Some of the grown men that cross the border to work here are afraid of it.
Koi Pond, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Jesus Worked A story. "Dr. Benjamin Schlinky, a psychologist and arch-Conservative, had written numerous books on the virtues of hard work and was a frequent contributor on Fox News, talking about the evils of welfare and social security. He traveled the country talking at Right Wing Conservative events. His most recent book, "Jesus Worked" was a big hit..."
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 27, 2010
BECKWATCH: If You Don't Think This Man Is Dangerous... We are a beautiful country and a proud beautiful people, we are not what Glenn Beck says we are.
 portrait of an old duck hunter with his shotgun and catch, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Merry Christmas Duck Hunters Phil Robertson, the Duck Dynasty dude, is a duck-call maker and outdoorsman, he's not a prophet, leader, or philosopher. Although it does appear that he has an interest in gynecology or porn -- it's hard from what he's said to make a distinction. He has every right to speak his mind.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 31, 2015
A New Years Resolution: Disrupt, Live and Create with Intention Benzene killed my Father and may yet get me...How do we live in the face of impending, painful, global change? Plant trees. Become aware that an idling automobile in Dallas is killing someone in Sudan...Explain the dangers of unchecked livestock flatulence to a Republican spinster. Find that amazing pinata maker in Monterrey, hook him up with your salesman neighbor and blanket the world in Donald Trump Pinatas...
L'antic poble de Santa Creu / Abandoned medieval village, From ImagesAttr
(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 8, 2015
The Way of Trump: Building Walls Are national boundaries as absolutes healthy for us moving forward? I think a perusal of the history of the rise of the city state in medieval Europe would be enlightening considering "GOP Presidential Front-runner," chatty Misogynist and shallow Nationalist, Donald Trump, is proposing a really big wall on our southern border with Mexico.
Abraham Lincoln memorial, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 24, 2019
The Washington Interviews: A Story "There was the guy, Dickie Kirk, he had worked for the CIA for fifty-three years, he was an analyst, at least that's what he said he did. He died last November, he was eighty-seven years old...
make art, not war, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Art as a Vehicle for Dissent I feel sorry for many young folks living in this time. Their lives are in many ways bereft of connection. They have seven thousand friends on facebook but do they have a single song that they can hum that connects them in, what can be, a spiritual, cathartic way; explaining the churning in their guts? Art as protest is a bottom-up eruption that flows over everything, regardless of ideology or aesthetic predilection.
Casablanca, Victo Laszlo singing Le Marseillaise, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 13, 2015
America: Je Suis Not Interested The USA didn't send a meaningful representative to the Charlie Hebdo march in France. I think this situation should have all Americans asking themselves -- what are we? The scale of this symbolic blunder is huge and we should be asking what the folks that run this place are truly made of? We can make big movies about snipers but we can't send a meaningful symbol to represent what we claim that sniper was killing for?
The Diego Rivera Court, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 17, 2017
La Pared: The Wall Real life is complicated. It cannot be contained in a tweet.
The Latest Outrage: Abbie Hoffman, Gone Too Soon: 20 Years Later, From GoogleImages
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 9, 2017
"Don't Threaten Me You Creep!" She dresses like a dominatrix. Her looks are much more Disney than Marque de Sade. With beautiful Wedgwood blue eyes, a restless little nose and a skyfield of twinkling freckles from her blonde hairline clear down the front of her leather corset, Beatrice does appear much more of a Gidget at Halloween than an aspiring guerrilla...
Homeless Vet, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 22, 2014
Gifted A story about those left behind.
White House, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 14, 2018
The Whore of Babylon Visits the Whiter House "I honestly never thought these words would come out of my mouth, but I don't know whether the current president of the United States was with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow in 2013," James Comey.
Trump enacts DAPL executive order, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 28, 2018
The Barren Plains of Depravity: A Western Morality Play A Story The Western was where America worked out the conflict of good and evil in the past. England had King Lear and Richard III, we've got Trump.
The Definitive Net Worth Of Donald Trump - Forbes, From GoogleImages
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Ode To a North American Asshat Our British cousins have been referring much lately to one of our presidential candidates as an "Asshat." I decided to compose an ode to the "Asshat."
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 23, 2014
The Wrestlerization of America Are Tony Stewart, the poor young man he accidentally killed and Ferguson victims of the Wrestlerization of America? I guess, like all of those wrestling fans I sat with as a young boy, we Americans can continue to sit ringside cheering or booing the villain, but that's not really fake blood down there anymore.
Broken Arm, Ogalalla Sioux, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 5, 2012
Speaking Of Rabbits, America, Comanches And Unintended Consequences Australian Rabbits and American Exceptionalism really do have something in common.
Texas mosque goes up in flames hours after White House announces ..., From GoogleImages
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 29, 2017
This is Ridiculous: The Fringe is Now in Charge Last night I got to personally witness the effect of Trump's ban on Muslims entering The United States. This is ridiculous. What is happening here right now is the national, radical stuffing of the agenda of an American fringe element down the throats of the majority.
President Washington, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 6, 2017
"Don't you never be callin' our President a scumbag boy!" A Short Story. "Well, he is, my Pa said it. He was tellin' me how to know a scumbag when he was tellin' me why that fella, Tin Draper, that stole that money from your store and put a bunch a hurt on his wife was one."
Too Many Markers, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 3, 2015
The Gun Always Wins I got a call four days ago that the son of one of my oldest friends had been shot. The United States of America is a very sick place. Progressives and liberals and just plain good, old mentally healthy folks have sat on their hands while the nut cases have monopolized the National conversation, dragging Christ around with one hand and a gun with the other.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 18, 2018
The Ghosts of Algiers A Story. "She would be grinnin' and shakin' her head at this new President fella, him callin' up all kind of ghosts: Al Capone and Slave Masters and that Italian fella Mussolini and them Mississippi Klan fellas..."
It's Flooding Down in Texas, From ImagesAttr
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 30, 2015
What if Serious Energy Was Expended on Being For Something? A Tragic thing happened and then a life affirming, wonderful thing is happening. Over Memorial Day weekend here in Texas a much needed, but not in the quantity and rapidity, rain event occurred. Creeks and rivers were very quickly inundated, many rose above all recorded flood stages and something we desperately needed, tragically, destroyed property and lives.
Hillary Clinton, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 8, 2016
Who is Hillary? Someone Please Tell Us We deserve someone that actually represents what this place, very vocally, says it's all about. At this juncture we do need someone exceptional. AND, maybe it is Hillary -- let's find out.
You're either on the bus...or you're sane: Trump bus, Northern Minnesota, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 29, 2018
Wilmer's Socks A Story "The war began in my front yard and ended in my parlor." This statement about the start and the end of the U.S. Civil War was spoken by Wilmer McLean and is surprisingly almost perfectly true." From 'Today I found Out'
1940 Gone with the Wind, Whiteladies, Bristol, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 10, 2017
Trump Supporters Aren't Afraid, But You Should Be To claim that Trump's Presidency's raison d'etre is fear based is a big stinking bag of bologna. Can you imagine the outcome if Abraham Lincoln would have explained away the intransigence of the South on the issue of slavery by blaming it on the fear of contract labor?
A Fear Fire Rages, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 8, 2016
Trump the Expectant Fornicator We are in a very dangerous interlude as a country. Moses has gone up the mountain and the idol that has been created is exposed as truly a grotesque blasphemy. Where do all the confused apostates go now?
1942 | Wild West Weekly, From FlickrPhotos
(21 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 2, 2016
Packing Pistols in Texas -- "The Tonto Open-Carry Tragedy" It is now legal to openly carry firearms in Texas. Texas is a magical place where fact and fiction merge and some folks are driven to madness by their proximity to other mad people. Many simply watch in amazement from the security of their sanity.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 18, 2010
PEOPLE OF THE BOOK? Reverend Jones relented and now we should talk of such things - how this may have been about most of us.
Granbury's Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration - Event ..., From ImagesAttr
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 4, 2016
Musing About Things This Fourth: What's a Liberal/Progressive American to do? Thinking about the presidential circus going on. It's a confused, disturbed Liberal/Progressive, rapidly mutating, semi-psychoanalytical trip of anxiety and a bit of self-loathing swirled in a sweating cocktail glass... What's a Liberal/Progressive American to do? Move? Wave flags? Scream? Light up some bottle rockets? Enjoy a hot dog? How about looking in the mirror.
Athens, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 5, 2014
What I Learned as a Mayoral Candidate Are we coming to the logical end of this "American experiment?" I think so. I ran for mayor of a very small town of sixteen hundred and fifty citizens this past spring and have been trying to write something about it for the last six months...Small towns and cities are where it's at.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 27, 2014
Hardhead Catfish? "If the current actions contributing to a multifaceted degradation of the world's oceans aren't curbed, a mass extinction unlike anything human history has ever seen is coming, an expert panel of scientists warns in an alarming new report." From a story on the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) by The Huffington Post Hardhead catfish are usually scorned and thrown back -- maybe not in the near future.
bernie-sanders-franklin-nh-20150802-DSC02835 (Modified), From ImagesAttr
(22 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Bernie and Hillary: It is a New Day Bernie's money is coming from small donors and unions. Hillary's money is coming from not small donors nor unions. She is the Democratic money raising equivalent of George Bush, both. She is the past. She may be the ideological anti-Bush but she is structurally a peer.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 31, 2010
HAS, QUASI-SPIRITUAL, REAGANISM DAMAGED THE REPUBLIC? Thoughts on Ronald Reagan and how his Beatification has affected our electoral process.
Convergence, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 31, 2018
The Deep Prairie Pool and the Man A story about a man and other things. I must admit that it was inspired by watching five Evangelical women from Dallas with big hair and a National Lampoon concept of Christianity.
David Byrne & St. Vincent - Gran Teatro Geox, Padova - 10 settembre 2013, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 20, 2018
Chasing Thing One or Thing Two Bottom-up is a big part of the discussions here at OpEdNews. This talk by The Talking Heads' frontman, David Byrne, is very interesting and instructive I think. It got me to thinking about Dr. Seuss.
Warthogs Fighting, From ImagesAttr
(40 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 6, 2016
Is a Bernie/Hillary Ticket Necessary? Hillary Clinton is the worst, most destructive candidate that could possibly run and or win against Donald Trump. Rush Limbaugh et al. have been deconstructing and demonizing her and her husband since their days in Arkansas. And, she has since built her own particular oeuvre to hate as Secretary of State...in spite of everything I've said above...
Tim Russert's Desk, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 6, 2010
BECKWATCH: Why Is The Wikileaks Thing So Popular? Is this the future of news in this country?
I see Golgatha - II, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 4, 2017
They Stand Before A Gilded Donut "You slimy bunkshooter, you put a smut on every human blossom in reach of your rotten breath belching about hell-fire and hiccupping about this Man who lived a clean life in Galilee." Carl Sandburg
Donald Trump, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Not Falling With The Angry Man A new Christmas story. "...let's show him and those that follow him, in the mirror of our love, that his large ass is hanging out and it's not becoming of a people that claim to be a beacon to the world, "a city on a hill", not a brothel in a swamp..." The assembled mothers, a hungry plumber, stockers, wine salesmen and checkers cheered wildly when she finished. Cereal sales spiked..."
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 31, 2016
A Whole Bird: The Left Wing Talking to the Right Wing I have read much about us liberals needing to have empathy for and needing to try and find common ground with right-wing, white America that elected Donald Trump. First, what does this mean?
Lenin cor 21, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Rasputin's Daughter Speaks at Whole Foods "And then, Rasputin's illegitimate daughter, Dorothy, stood, stern and wispy, she was 104, "I've seen a lot in my lifetime: murder, destruction, passion and good things..."
ghostdanceshirt, From ImagesAttr
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 14, 2016
Bernie's Story -- A New Ghost Dance The extreme sadness I felt when reading about the massacre of Native Americans at Wounded Knee was even more poignant for my young self because it was, in part, initiated by a story (The Ghost Dance) told by a shaman called Wavoka that promised a devastated people a new beginning and hope. Bernie is trying to tell such a story.
The Bullfighter's Monkee, From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 8, 2013
The Bullfighter's Monkey The following is a kind of stream of consciousness riff instigated by reading a biography of the writer, John Dos Passos. His book, "The 42nd Parallel" impressed me greatly as a young man. However, Ernest Hemingway was my idol. Things have changed.
Sleepy crying baby, From FlickrPhotos
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 23, 2016
Building Boats Texas has typically been a place of rugged individualists and entrepreneurs: makers. If you listen to the pathetic Right-bound drivel rising from this place now -- you'd think we're all a bunch of illiterate, unseasoned, callow, cry babies.
Young Confederate soldier, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Machismo I recently had a conversation with someone that served in the U.S. Army in Iraq. He told me that he had just gotten a call from a former fellow platoon member informing him that another of their fellow soldiers from Iraq had killed himself. He said that this made the tenth suicide of guys that either he or his army buddies had known. This is part of a story compelled by this conversation.
Hair, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 25, 2014
Don't Got "The Urge For Going" Back There is a bunch of discussion about marijuana these days. Most of it is dishonest bullsh*t, on both sides -- I've been thinking about it too.
Jesus Wept Sculpture, Oklahoma City National Memorial (2), From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 16, 2018
The Last Happy Girl "The Last Happy Girl had made many people happy, many laugh. However a great darkness had spread across the land. Laughter and happiness were dwindling at an alarming rate. A dark, sad man was elevated to the status of a King. He had discovered the need of many to hate and fear. The word "Liberal" became a foul epithet..."
Ukraine Grunge Flag, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 27, 2022
The Murder Foretold "The attempts to rationalize the murderer's motives got louder and louder. "The victim's family sat on their couch and cried..."
iguana goddess, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 21, 2018
Ramon and the Lizard: A story of Redemption A Story The imagination is really strong tool, as John Lennon knew. Just maybe, what's missing from today's discourse is imagination. "If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it." William Arthur Ward
Pinky & The Brain, From FlickrPhotos
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Beckwatch: Glenn as "The Brain", Ben Carson as "Pinky" I submitted this piece a couple of days ago and then deleted it because it's pretty goofy. Today I read how Presidential Candidate Ben Carson is now ahead of Trump in the polls. What an amazing country we now live in. I don't understand it. Where did these people come from? How did they grow up in the same country that I did. What was done to them to cause them to flirt with fascism? It's still goofy but..well...
The Fighter, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 22, 2018
The Boxer's Lament: A Story "Unfortunately, after many years of success and contentment, things changed -- a new President was elected. He was mean-spirited and set-out to make the country mean-spirited too. It didn't take long for his proclamations, rants and policies to take effect..."
Wandering Jew, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 12, 2014
WWJD, a fable The understanding of the racial and philosophical person of Jesus, especially as applies to current events, by fundamentalist or just about any kind of conservative Christian is fascinating.
0503014_PHC_DM_Rehearsal_04_3x2_1080, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 16, 2016
Lake Wobegon Shuttered: Garrison Keillor is Retiring I've been thinking and talking about the power of metaphor lately. Every Saturday morning it was in its full glory -- ringing through my shop, appropriately mingling with the clatter and the buzz. 'A Prairie Home Companion' encapsulated the best and the worst of what we are in farce and prose; sending us angels, dressed like us -- building empathy anew each Saturday on the streets of Lake Wobegon. Thank You Garrison
Republican Elephant & Democratic Donkey 2016, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 19, 2016
A Rant and A Question How to not talk about climate change -- talk about Melania's t*ts, Donald's pecker, Hillary's e-mails. How did "the greatest country on earth", "the exceptional one", become a pathetic, freak laden sideshow. Many "lesser" countries on the planet are serious about the most important issue of the day.
Bungalow, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Little Houses Thinking about how we as a people are not up to the task presented us right now. The following is part of a story about the folks that lived through the Great Depression and World War II.
The Great Executioner, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 2, 2014
The Power of the Word: Inciting Violence A disturbed man shot-up Austin Texas last week. It's time to hold those that incite violence responsible for their actions.
El Alamo, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 3, 2014
A Sticky Wickiup Israel and Native Americans have quite a lot in common. So, why do the Israelis have so many friends and so much clout and America's homegrown tribes are denied?
Hiroshima, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 5, 2013
"Oh Japan, How Could the Mauled have Embraced the Beast!" The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster appears to be a simmering global disaster.
From flickr.com: Trump, From Images
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 17, 2018
Candide's Ladder A Short Story "Like a carnival barker barking out the show that was his life, he irrepressibly climbed Candide's ladder and exclaimed to all that would hear, " Take heart my friends.."
A RETURN TO HAVANA ..., From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 12, 2018
El Santo de Xilitla A Story. Thinking about war -- the ease at which those in power send young people off to face the unnecessary evil they support and their rampant, insidious, self-indulgent hubris.
John Prine -Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore John Prine., From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 23, 2018
An American Love Story A love story about a mailman, Merle Haggard, Readers Digest and Vietnam.
Navajo Woman Smiling, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 13, 2018
When Auntie Got a Chair A story Sometimes winning is a simple thing. "Alex's Mother still had her great great grandfather's war shirt. She kept it in an old cedar chest that she used as a coffee table. When she was away from home Alex would open the chest and sit and stare at it until his eyes hurt."
Charles Lindbergh, Nicaragua, circa 1928, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 25, 2022
The Lindbergh Phenomenon I remember when it was obvious that Fox News had the power to destroy the country -- many Lefties equivocated. I remember when Trump slithered forth from the rotting Republican womb -- many Lefties equivocated. Now we are watching a nuclear armed madman march into Ukraine, and many are equivocating.
Aguadore (Water Carrier). Mexico. [No. 1635], From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 20, 2019
All Along "the wall" A Story "The wall" sits atop a land both harsh and carrying the lost and discarded items of people passing for thousands of years.
gollum, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 6, 2017
Pogo and the Gollum Donald Trump is the ultimate example of a rank narcissist rising to the top. This country is ripe with others of much better temperament, intellect and motive for the office of President. Yet these possible leaders are not stepping up. The voters are not stepping up. Much of America appears to be disgusted with itself -- sitting disconnected, ambivalent -- surrounded by a dubious bounty and not willing to engage...
Taras Bulba, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 2, 2022
The Ghost of Taras Bulba "They all left. She resisted. Her grandchildren tugged at her beautifully embroidered apron. She resisted..."
The My Hero Project - Cesar Chavez, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 23, 2017
Don't Just Stand There With That Pink Hat In Your Hand So, it's time to cut the defeatist, hyper-analytical crap and simply mobilize, make a plan and hit the streets. It happened forty-nine years ago. It happened forty-three years ago. It happened six years ago. It happened two days ago. Make it happen again.
The Empathy of Beasts, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 29, 2016
The Empathetic Neanderthal Empathy is what makes us special. Empathy distinguishes us from most of the animal kingdom. However, and unfortunately, empathy is becoming a rapidly atrophying appendage of our collective American consciousness. I have tried to write about what is going on politically with the Republicans lately but it is so stupid, ugly, shameful, disgusting and inevitable that I failed. I have decided instead to simply write a little...
Make America Great Again Ugly Christmas Sweater Christmas cookie, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 3, 2018
Uncle Paul and the Lion, a Story A story with MAGA caps, fruitcake, tequila, eggnog and pistols.
Central Texas Road, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 25, 2015
Without Hard Work There Are No Kolaches This is a little story I wrote this morning after I posted a piece here yesterday. It got me thinking about someone I used to know. The response to the movie "American Sniper" has been strong and Chris Kyle, the sniper, has been personally savaged and disparaged. Did he deserve it. I don't know.
Cossack, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 1, 2021
Back to Ukraine "For over a hundred and fifty years Oleksander Andrii Dobroshtan's family have awaited the day when the 'Messenger' would arrive, the index finger and the heart reunited..."
Republican Convention, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The Shark and the Warthog, a Fable Thinking about this political season. Sometimes a certain situation or aspect of life is better handled with allegory.
2016, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 3, 2016
The Tomb of Jesus' Socks How about a poem instead of something about the election?
The Day the World Went Away, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 6, 2016
Sunday-Morning Soundbites Is the argument for not voting or voting for a failed third party an act of cowardice and surrender? Is it the sports equivalent of a pitcher in the bottom of the ninth, behind by five runs, deciding to become a bowler and roll the ball up to the plate? Is it existential surrender? Does it howl of self-loathing, a form of psychic suicide saying, "I have no power, I will toil desperately in the present moment because..."?
Collard Greens, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Love In The Time Of Collard Greens With all the ugliness in the world right now I needed something to cheer me up. So I wrote this little story this morning -- it's about seventy-five percent true. Hope it makes you smile too.
This image reflects how I feel, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 10, 2016
The Day that Trump Quit Being a Fascist, a Sexual Predator, "Hitler", a Racist, and On and On Interesting how folks that don't do the right thing or don't advise doing the right thing, the day after an election magically start seeing 'The Fascist', "The Sexual Predator", 'The Racist", etc., etc. as possibly a "Progressive", the answer to the Hillary problem, the solution to the Russia problem...
Doe at Little Lyndon's Tree, From ImagesAttr
(25 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 8, 2016
Surprised by Joy This is the first installment in a series of interviews I am going to try and have with, hopefully, a varied assortment of folks concerning their aesthetic awakening. My definition of aesthetics being what Santayana, Emerson and Thoreau defined as a "lived aesthetic." A combination of Nature and Spirit. I am going to steal from C.S. Lewis and title the series, "Surprised by Joy."
Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 30, 2018
Thinking About Easter "Kenjiro Watanabe stood on the corner of Rasmussen and Twelfth streets. He held a beautifully made, thirty seven inch Samurai sword. His battered cowboy boots and jauntily canted cappello romano hat marked him either as very eccentric or possibly an interesting antique picker..."
Bernie Sanders with supporters, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 1, 2016
Bernie, You're The Best of What We Are There has been much discussion here lately about what Bernie should do. Here's my suggestion: Don't wait for Democracy to work -- make it work!.....
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 11, 2016
The Celebration of the Simpleton: The Lessons of Al Andalus and Weimar Germany Weimar Germany, just before Adolf Hitler's Thousand-Year Reich, and Al Andalus, medieval Muslim Spain, just before the Reconquista, which brought with it the Inquisition and the destruction of the indigenous cultures of Mexico and South America -- Weimar Germany and Al Andalus flourished with high culture, the pursuit of knowledge and, to a varying degree, the acceptance of different religions and cultures.
Mississippi Windsor-Plantation-Ruins, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Suzi A story about today.
BINGO, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 23, 2018
A Boat Called "Us" A poem about Aqueducts, Boats, Pets and Singing Waiters.
Donald Trump - Bald, From FlickrPhotos
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 29, 2016
Quirky White Guys Robert "LaVoy" Finicum would probably be alive today if law enforcement hadn't treated the occupiers like quirky white guys... If I were the family of Robert Finicum I would be very angry with my government today -- he was crazy, a danger to himself and others, and the government simply treated him like a quirky white guy. We have become very tolerant of quirky white guys lately.
Cool Blue Brew PBR UCM, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 15, 2016
The Time of the Surrogates The golden haired despot drove the cart erratically down the dire, blessed fairway, threatening all who disagreed -- with the anointed spiky putter or jagged three iron; Mexicans, bookreaders and those of the desert ran before him like turkey in late October. Many called it the epoch of the Loathsome and Unholy coiffure...Bernie needs to get out the Surrogates.
Anti-terrorist operation in eastern Ukraine (War Ukraine), From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 19, 2022
Imagining Ukrainians "At dinner we imagined the couple at the next table to be Ukrainian. They spoke with Slavic accents. They were melancholic, ordering mushrooms and beets...

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