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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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) . …Continue
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.…Continue
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.…
What part of,…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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,…Continue
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…
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…
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. …Continue