All Blog Posts Tagged 'Current Events' (484)

Civil Politics

It was 1973 or 74. I do not know what made me remember this event, maybe it was all this politics observed on TV for months. I was out of college but between jobs or unemployed to be clear. My

mother named me after two of my great aunts. They were my grandmother's baby sisters. They lived together, neither one married. They were kind and generous but they expected us to live up to their standards.

They were giving a small dinner party and I was asked to help. I was the hired… Continue

Added by Liberal Southern Democrat on December 6, 2012 at 9:36pm — 1 Comment

I Am the Walter Payton of Christmas Shopping

There are only two things that will get me into a mall at this time of year: Life-and-death emergencies or family traditions. That’s it. Anything else is either a brief delusional act brought on by a high fever or a kidnapping. I’ve been shopping online since Amazon started. I see that site as my own personal Godsend. If I can buy it online and have it shipped to my house, by God I will do it. I like to think of it as saving the world from a woman who has a history of turning into Uberbitch…


Added by lemonpulp on December 6, 2012 at 8:56pm — 5 Comments

Coming out: The Plight of the UNDOCUMENTED


  I happen to come across a Time magazine (June 2012) “Shadow Americans” article by José Antonio in the dealership that I have my vehicle serviced. As I was waiting for…


Added by John Fleshman on December 6, 2012 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Why Christmas has become a Universal Holiday!

(Photog unknown!)




Added by fred hallman on December 5, 2012 at 11:00am — 12 Comments

Hello and Help... Am I a democrat or a republican?

  I don’t fit anyone’s political platform. If you can label me, more power to you. I try to write on many things. I often find it hard to convey a complete thought when writing, so it takes me a long time to write things; If you dont understand something I write please ask me to clarify and I will do…


Added by John Fleshman on December 4, 2012 at 9:18pm — 3 Comments

Case of the Bear Spray Vigilantly Brings Mixed Reaction

I’m torn as are many I’d guess, in my thoughts on the actions the night of Nov 27th of San Francisco photographer Sonya Yu, though I’m sure there are those with a firm stance one way or the other on Yu’s right to shower a thief with pepper spray and orange paint then threaten him with a bokken (as if the story needed a wooden Samurai sword mixed in to insure hilarity) . …


Added by RC Ruff on December 2, 2012 at 7:24pm — 1 Comment

On This Day I Defended My Homeland

We are near the middle of an unusually heavy week of rain and local flooding. I took a walk around my neighborhood during a short sunny period between rainstorms this afternoon. I was looking for fresh air and a little exercise, but I found trouble.



Added by Steve S on December 1, 2012 at 9:26am — 4 Comments

"The epic of Enkidu!"


artist unknown


poem © Fred Hallman 2012 

(to be read aloud)

I am Enkidu not Gilgamesh -  a native libertarian I am!

While sampling Shamat's pulchritude,

I nibbled round her baited hook,

then swam away as free fish do.

So 'scaped from Babylon I am,

nay schooled nor drooled on her spavined teat.…


Added by fred hallman on November 28, 2012 at 10:05am — 1 Comment

"It's not a right, it's a privilege!"



Amanda awakened…


Added by fred hallman on November 26, 2012 at 6:00pm — 8 Comments

This Is Not Cool



I received an e-mail today from someone I refer to as my Negative Muse. I call her that because she sends me all sorts of conservative e-mails that I answer her about, and I've turned a whole lot of my replies into posts. Here's the e-mail:

New from Dearborn , Michigan just in time for Christmas.…


Added by koshersalaami on November 25, 2012 at 5:00pm — 97 Comments

Get Mad As Hell and STOP Taking Washington's Guff!

What part of,…


Added by Mary Ann Sorrentino on November 23, 2012 at 7:42pm — 2 Comments

Twas the Night of Black Friday

Twas the night of Black Friday, and all through the towns

Eager shoppers had hunted for the best bargains around.

They showed up in droves, stood in line before dawn,

To ensure they got the deals before they were gone.


When the doors opened, they pushed and they shoved.

They had to get perfect gifts for the ones that they loved.

It didn’t matter how much money they spent,

The look on their faces would be worth years of…


Added by lemonpulp on November 21, 2012 at 10:17am — 3 Comments

Diving Off A Short Pier

Last Spring it was incredibly warm. I'm not talking about 40 degree heat after having had light snow fall and everyone starts putting shorts on. It was nearly 80 degrees. This particular month was the warmest on record. In fact, in April the temp went back to normal. 

I walked into…


Added by Peeling An Orange on November 20, 2012 at 3:30am — 6 Comments

Letter to Obama

Dear President Obama:

Today my unemployment benefits ended.  They were scheduled to end 12/29, (which, itself is premature), but they stopped short.   I didn’t think this crisis could get worse, but now I know it will.  In effect, I’ve been thrown off the fiscal cliff.  Imagine the Thanksgiving I will have without any money.

Mr. President, not only do I WANT to work, I NEED to work.  I’ve been on my own and working since I was fifteen.  I worked my way through college twice,…


Added by Homeless Scribe on November 18, 2012 at 4:04pm — 2 Comments

Grover Norquist Collateral Casualty of 2012?

In light of the election post mortems taking place among conservatives, perhaps no one is more delusional, with the exception of Karl Rove, than Grover Norquist. Norquist, a high priest of limited government, is having nothing to do with the reality borne of Mitt Romney's defeat. Rather than to see in that defeat the rejection of four years of anti-government attacks and ideas, Norquist would have us believe that Tuesday night's results have simply "confirmed the status quo of…


Added by Steven J. Gulitti on November 17, 2012 at 10:41am — 1 Comment

Hanging Off the Fiscal Cliff

Paul Krugman and I agree....the fiscal cliff is a complete and total myth, a creation of the conservative entertainment complex.  The fiscal cliff myth was created by the Radical Republicans to use as a bargaining chip to keep the Bush tax cuts in place a bit longer.

The truth is really quite simple.  The credit rating of the United States doesn't matter because there is no place else for the wealth of the world to go but into US dollars.  The Chinese cannot pour their ill-gained…


Added by Alan Milner on November 16, 2012 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

Memo to my Liberal and Progressive Friends - Stop Spreading the Blues

I vowed a return to a post 2012 election sense of normalcy when I realized the election was over. This happened as I watched the late returns from Northern Virginia foreshadow a long night for Mitt Romney and a glorious night for the man New York Times Columnist Maureen Dowd calls “Barry”. On that night as I did in the winter of 2009 after the Inauguration, I promised to re-shift my focus away from politics and toward my creative pursuits. In 2009 Facebook and Twitter were mere…


Added by Phillip W Johnson on November 16, 2012 at 6:39am — 5 Comments

Life Goes On

I read a blog post by Rolling Stones editor Matt Taibbi in which he noted that, if you turned off the television and the Internet, it…


Added by Laura Deurmyer on November 15, 2012 at 6:48pm — 8 Comments

Not exactly the first post I had in mind, but inspiration struck...

The elections are finally over. To me at least, it felt like they would never end, between the primaries that seemed to go on forever, and the long general election. I must admit, I followed them on and off, and even when I was watching some news every day, the news I'm referring to was the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the Colbert Report. Not exactly serious news, but they did get the information across, as silly as they may be.

That brings me to the inspiration for today's…


Added by Camille V. Watson on November 14, 2012 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Strain in the marrage: The state of Red Texas' union with the US

Those of us who've been through divorce know the signs of trouble.  Tolerance of each other's eccentricities turns into extreme annoyance.  Short-hand references and shared jokes become verbal bludgeons turned against each other.  Friends begin choosing sides.  And the kids suffer.

In the aftermath of President Barack Obama's robust victory over Mitt Romney this week, "Red" Texas has been showing the signs of a spouse wanting a trial separation.  …


Added by Laura Deurmyer on November 11, 2012 at 12:44pm — 12 Comments

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