June 2017 Blog Posts (245)

Thought For The Day - 1 June 2017

Ya think the shit kickers in West Virginia, and elsewhere, might be feeling a tad betrayed? Or, are they really so stupid that Guns, God, and Abortion will keep them loving Donald J. Quisling?

When Budget Director Mick Mulvaney assumed the podium in the White House briefing room last week and previewed the administration's 2018 budget, Heather Block's fears quickly…

Added by Robert Young on June 1, 2017 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Billy Strayhorn: A Short, Gay and Lush Life of Beauty

On December 2, 1938, a short, bespectacled young man named Billy Strayhorn persuaded a friend of a friend to arrange for him to meet Duke Ellington, the jazz pianist and composer, whose orchestra was in Pittsburgh for a performance.  After sitting in the audience while Ellington’s band played its first set, Strayhorn made his way to Ellington’s dressing room with William “Gus” Greenlee, the owner of two Pittsburgh nightclubs.  That Strayhorn met Ellington and not the leader of another band…


Added by Con Chapman on June 1, 2017 at 5:57am — 7 Comments

Ed Reform Pays Off as US Students Score 100% on Phone Charging

NEW PLAISTED, Illinois.  It’s the last day of classes, so Kimberly Fantin can be excused if she has a smile on her face as she greets her mother Joni outside Phil Esposito Middle School in this suburb of Chicago, but the twelve-year old is more excited than usual this year as she starts summer vacation.

“Mom–I scored 100% on something!” she calls out with excitement.

“That’s wonderful,…


Added by Con Chapman on June 1, 2017 at 5:30am — No Comments

Sharing a Beautiful Piece of Writing

The following excerpt is from an essay by Rebecca Solnit: The Loneliness of Donald Trump.

This is one of the best pieces of writing I’ve discovered in a long time.  The link is with the author’s name at the bottom.  Her writing is illuminating, insightful, almost poetic and completely humbling.  The reference to the Old Fisherman’s Wife is from a Russian fable.

“He is the old fisherman’s wife who wished for everything and sooner or later he will end up with nothing. The…


Added by Rodney Roe on June 1, 2017 at 5:28am — 5 Comments

Long Live Rob and Bob

Exactly twenty-two years ago today I mourned the death of Rob and Bob. It has taken twenty-two years for me to finally realize that we were indeed invincible. We created a bond that cannot be broken, even in death.…


Added by Robert Starkey on June 1, 2017 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

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Trump is afraid of Elizabeth Warren

Posted by Dicky Neely on October 15, 2018 at 8:45pm 3 Comments

OS Lament.

Posted by Robert B. James on October 15, 2018 at 4:47pm 3 Comments

Why Benghazi Should not be Forgotten

Posted by Doc Vega on October 14, 2018 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

Enemy of the people!

Posted by Dicky Neely on October 14, 2018 at 11:43am 0 Comments

God's Punishment

Posted by Robert Young on October 13, 2018 at 6:00pm 3 Comments

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