Katy Perry Wages Controversial Bid to Buy Convent: The elderly Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary are up in arms over the proposed sale of their aging convent in Los Feliz to pop diva Katy Perry for $14.5 million, who they believe doesn’t represent their values. It became apparent right from the start that there would be issues when - after asking how much the property was selling for - Perry was told “its nun of your…Continue
My mother has become the newest member of our gang here at the nursing home. When you think things could get no weirder, well they do.
I haven’t really come to grips with how I feel about this yet. I know that I am angry over how mom ended up living her…Continue
Gosh, I know it's inconvenient, but is there a statute of limitations on criminal negligence or conspiracy to commit murder while in office, Mister President?
Dear President Obama
It seems like this last week has your trajectory on a roll. Your…Continue
It is necessary for us to develop a new frame of reference which transcends the limits of white…Continue
A Parody to the Tune of "You're Just Too Good To Be True" from The Four Seasons Hit "Jersey Boys".…Continue
Normally, I am the most indulgent of grandfathers, but, when the grandkids are visiting and we gather for a family meal, I impose two rules that unfailingly elicit their lamentation and woe, rules so draconian, so implacably baneful, so mulishly obstinate, that, judging by the grandkids’ simmering anguish, one could easily believe I was the Robespierre of grandfatherly tyranny.
And what are these rules that, from the grandkids’ perspective, don’t just traffic in despotism but take it…Continue
Today, with the signing of a lease and payment of first and last month’s rent, security deposit, key charges, broker’s commission and the short-term national debt of Finland, my younger son became a man. For there is no step that so clearly marks the crossing of the threshold from childhood to adulthood as that which confers upon you an interest–however temporary–in real estate. As Scarlett O’Hara’s father said to her about Tara, the family plantation, in Gone With the Wind: “Land,…Continue
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NBCUniversal Cuts Ties With Donald Trump: NBCUniversal announced it has cut ties with business mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, whose show "The Apprentice" has aired on the network since 2004, over Trump's recent derogatory statements about illegal immigrants. Is it just me, or can Trump now legitimately complain that he’s lost his job due of illegal immigration?…Continue
I know it's a peculiar question. It comes from a comment I wrote on Lois Wickstrom's latest post. And I realize that this is a particularly peculiar question…Continue
Another phrase to call my own (I think): Euro Mercantilism. What the IMF and ECB, et al, are doing to Greece (and will next do to Portugal/Spain/Italy) is WWIII.
Yes, as through this world I've wandered
I've seen lots of funny men;
Some will rob you with a six-gun,
And some with a fountain pen.
["Pretty Boy Floyd", Woody Guthrie]…
Ted Cruz is fond of crowing about his knowledge of the Constitution and of the Bible. It seems he wants to be an arbiter and interpreter of these documents.
Often those who base their spurious arguments on Biblical or Constitutional sources use distorted and erroneous readings of the venerable writings.
Cruz, who is opposed to the recent ruling allowing…
a treasured gift
in late June…
Over the weekend I attended a movie entitled, “I’m not Racist ... Am I?” by Catherine Wigginton Greene.
Here’s the summary that got me interested in seeing this movie: “What if this next generation could transcend racism? One year, 12 teens, on a remarkable journey to face racism and white privilege, and to have the conversations most of us are too afraid to have. Once they push through naivete, guilt and tears, what…Continue
Got a joyful message this morning from a friend back in Ontario. He's part (evidently) of the Anishinabe First Nation, which has declared sovereignty over the Ottawa River system. That includes where I used to live, but more excitingly it includes the city of Ottawa, Canada's capital.
The rather pathetic announcement by way of Facebook -
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE OF
THE ANISHINABE NATION OF THE OTTAWA RIVER WATERSHED:…
WHEN TO WALK AWAY/Family Honor
I was awakened around 5 A.M. today by the sound of male voices yelling and cursing at each other. F You and F That punctuated the argument. Other words and phrases that volleyed back and forth between the combatants made me realize that this confrontation was extremely personal.
“My mother is what?”
“She’s a whore.”
“If you touch her again I’ll kill you.”
“She was hanging around the bar until it…Continue
There are three times I can remember sitting down and watching the news for several hours. The first was the start of Gulf War back when I was in college, the second was 9/11, and the third was last Friday. I cried two out of three of those times and all three scared the hell out of me. Did I think marriage equality would win? I honestly didn’t know. And I was very, very afraid to believe it would because I didn’t want to get my hopes up.
The odd thing is that had it gone against us,…Continue
God in His wisdom decreed that the Confederate Battle Flag would come down from Southern state capitols on the very same week that the U.S. Supreme Court overruled laws against same-sex marriage as being unconstitutional.
The exquisite timing of these two events advanced the cause of human freedom and dignity but also provided…Continue