Litterbugs suck, teen-agers will dump trash in the simplest way they can figure out, but, there is ONE thing about the story, song, movie (this is a great film for those who want to see what the 60s were really like. Face it, you can't get more authentic than Arlo) and that is the following line from the song:
"If you want to end war and stuff you got to sing LOUD!"
And we did, lesson learned and times have not changed all so much.
Thanks J-Dub for the newspaper…Continue
Yesterday morning, listening to Alice's Restaurant, our annual Thanksgiving day ritual, I was having a conversation with L about, of all things, Ricky Nelson’s song, “The Garden Party”. The lyrics seem to be about being disappointed by people and learning to go your own way. At this point L said, “We expect icons to be paragons.”
L says stuff like that a lot, so I’m used to having to mull over what she says, and her remark made me think about the word…Continue
New Report on Mormon Masturbation Interviews: A new report claims that children and teens in the Mormon church, often as young as eight years old, are frequently and aggressively interrogated and shamed by local church officials about masturbation and sex. While I don’t agree with their practice of interrogating kids about masturbation, I can at least understand where they’re coming from. I mean, if you have 15 or 20 wives you’re having sex with, its…Continue
...But it is something to think about....
Depending on the jurisdiction, legal age of consent to sexual activity and/or sexual intercourse ranges from 16 to 18 years old. In some places, civil and criminal laws within the same state conflict with each other.
In Alabama, an individual 19 years old or older who has sexual contact with someone who is younger than 16 but older than 12 has committed sexual abuse.
Individuals aged 15 or younger in Alabama are…
I read a comment this morning from a favorite writer who mentioned the beauty of his neck of the woods. He mentioned that it is soured by the ignorance and bigotry of many who live there. He mentioned that the roadways are littered, bald tires and broken refrigerators cast off for someone else or more likely nobody to properly dispose of them.
I was struck though that despite this he still sees and wishes for the beauty to prevail.
It can and does in many ways.…Continue
Perhaps the movements we have been witnessing, starting with the Women's March on the day after the inauguration, represents the force within humankind that resists annihilation and gropes toward health and survival. Like…Continue
The following day, the President angrily…Continue
During the last election several people here WISHED they could have written in candidate "B as in Bernie", but were so afraid of the consequences of a megalomaniac asshat becoming president that they ended up "holding their noses" and voted for candidate "C as in Clinton".
The problem with that is millions upon millions of people felt a seriously flawed candidate was being forced on them and they…Continue
Gentle reader likely recalls the many times these essays have called out the ingrates in Red states, in particular Appalachia whose population would still be getting water from hand pumped wells, shitting in the dirt, and reading their Bibles with kerosene lamps were it not for the largesse of FDR and developed states. They remain multi-generational ingrates, whose leaders continue to push the USofA toward the United States of Alabama.
Yet another tome…Continue
Another episode in the continuing tale of minority rule. Gentle reader should recall that these endeavors have made the point that macro policy, if done based on data, relies on government collected and dispensed data. Moreover, gentle reader will remember the posts dealing with the events of 2010, when I had interviewed at the DNC in advance of that election. The Democrats totally ignored the effect of the census, while the Right Wingnuts created…Continue
Kids are abused in the United States at a rate of one in every eight minutes*; now they have a president whom they know won't believe them if they talk and that it may well be more likely others won't.
* www.rainn.org (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National…Continue
The following is re-posted from Nov. 22, 2013. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 50 years earlier to the day.
Oswald crouches at the window. The Carcano rifle is resting on the window…Continue
Dr. Bandy Lee, editor of The Dangerous Case Of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President (2017), confesses that possibly the oddest experience in my career as a psychiatrist has been…Continue