”Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” only works if the man has access to a lake, but lakefront property tends to be expensive and lakefront property owners don’t take kindly to trespassing.
Jason Stanley, a philosopher at Yale University, has recently written a book called How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them. He was interviewed on the Vox website.
His take on fascism is that it isn’t a system of government so much as a system of politics. In the interview, he summarizes fascism better than I’ve ever seen it done. See if this looks familiar.
In the past, fascist politics would…Continue
This photo was taken in my neighborhood yesterday. It is of a crosswalk light being installed, I think by the State of New York.
A lot of people in the neighborhood have been asking, quite sensibly, why these are being put up. If you look closely, you may be able to see…Continue
Last night I voted in the NY primary. For Governor, I voted for Cynthia Nixon.
This morning, I was informed that, in public, she ordered lox, cream cheese, tomatoes, onions, and capers
on a cinnamon raisin bagel.
Some sins are cardinal. I may have to Repent.
This morning my wife received a condolence note on line over the death of our son. It seems this woman went to elementary school with him, decided to look him up on Facebook, found his page, discovered he’d died, and wrote a note to my wife.
He died on January 8, 2012.
I’m wondering if we’ve seen the last of these. Another happened about a year ago, different path to finding out.
originally written May 4, 2011 on Open Salon
I was kidding. Jack Heart thinks I'm close.
This post started life as a comment I wrote on Old New Lefty's blog. It is expanded here with his permission.
In the mid 1960's, an extremely wealthy oilman bought a magnificent penthouse in lower Manhattan. It was on the top floor of an elegant building. The penthouse was spacious, with tall ceilings, but its crowning glory was its view: a Southern exposure,…
May you be inscribed for a good (happy, healthy, prosperous) year
I wrote to my Senators about the Kavanaugh nomination. This is from Chuck Schumer’s reply:
”In considering a candidate for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, I have three main criteria: legal excellence, moderation and diversity. Judge Kavanaugh was picked from a list of 25 people who were vetted and approved by the Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation — special interest groups devoted to overturning Roe v. Wade, the court case protecting a woman’s right to…Continue
My wife and I ate dinner out tonight. For the first time, this restaurant offered to recork our wine and let us take it home. We didn’t want it to spill and it turns out it fit in our cupholder.
I was a bit nervous about open carry laws. If we were pulled over for any reason, the wine bottle was awfully conspicuous. But then we took a closer look at the bag the restaurant put it it.…Continue
My religion is an odd one. My involvement in it has given me some insights into the phenomenon as a whole but mine in particular isn’t as important to understand as some others are, really for two reasons: our population is relatively tiny (the worldwide ratio of Muslims to Jews, for example, is roughly 100/1) and our tribalism is more extreme than that of others because we are defined both by our tribe and by our religion. However, as I said, my own religion has given me some insights into…Continue
I was eating dinner with my back to the glass door to the deck when my daughter’s boyfriend commented on the sunset. He was right, so I went outside to take some shots with my phone. I took three. I don’t know which I like best. The first is obviously best of the sunset itself.…Continue
The following is an Op-Ed by the Editors of Salon.com
Following U.S. President Barack Obama’s inspiring visit to Hiroshima, it’s important to reconsider the most important lesson we’ve learned since the ending of WWII: we should have let the Axis win.
Bigots will no doubt try to factsplain the notion that Japan attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor first. It’s simply more of their typical use of historical privilege, justifying a tradition…Continue
Pope Francis just released a letter talking about the child molestations reported from Pennsylvania. He said:
”We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them.”
I read about this in a piece by the Daily Mail, which I can’t link to. That article ended by pointing out that the Statute of Limitations has run out on most of these crimes.
For a variety of reasons, I’ve had a lot of hope for Pope Francis, but I found his talking about mercy for child…Continue
Since I’ve lived here in the greater Binghamton NY area, I’ve known that locally carousels were a big deal. Today my wife and I had some time so we went to investigate. There are currently about 170 working antique carousels in the US and Canada. Six of those are local to here.
Why six? This area used to have a major shoe manufacturer called Endicott Johnson in the first half of the twentieth century. One of the Johnson brothers decided that no child should be without the opportunity…Continue
We’ve lost Aretha Franklin. I’ve posted about a lot of music deaths on Our Salon but I can’t write this obituary. I’d get too many corrections from Ron. I have to report this as news, though, in case anyone here hasn’t heard yet.
This is the voice that topped Rolling Stone’s list of Greatest 100 Singers Of All Time. Someone somewhere might have disputed that. I’m more knowledgeable than most people about music and I find the conclusion too obvious to dispute. A slew of Grammies, a…Continue
In comparing Jon Wolfman’s take on the Catholic Church’s responsibility for its child-molesting clergy
Amy looks at some rabbis who have done awful things and asks:
“Why don't the actions of these...men become the responsibility of members of…Continue
I read a post this morning concerning Israeli interference in British elections. I haven’t followed British politics at all but I knew that, given the source, there was no way in Hell we were getting two sides of the story. So I did a bit of checking.
Let me begin by saying that I do not fault Putin for interfering in American elections, I fault Americans who cooperated with him. I have made this point before more than once. Putin is not sworn to uphold our Constitution.
originally published July 2 & 17, 2012 on Open Salon
This was a pair of posts, now combined. The second one is first because I was talked into rewriting the first. However, the first may be easier to follow. The first was called A Dozen Rules for Intellectual Integrity.
Two posts ago, I said I'd change my post if someone came up with a better idea. Margaret Feike got me thinking. The trouble with the original is that it leaves the…Continue
If you are a liberal who does not like Hillary and wanted to vote for someone rather than against someone, by November of 2016 there was no good candidate to vote for.
I don’t mean that there was no viable candidate to vote for, I mean there was no good candidate to vote for. Assuming you didn’t like Hillary, by November of 2016 there was no candidate who it would have been a good idea to install in the White House as Leader of the Free World.
Bernie was no…Continue
When the House committee that recently recommended that gay couples be prohibited from adopting gets its recommendation enacted by a Republican Congress, the Republican President signs it, and the Republican majority Supreme Court affirms it,
When thousands die in megastorms and drought-expanded fires triggered by climate change brought about by the United States not signing and thereby not observing the Paris Accords,
When thousands of immigrant families get separated by…Continue