Shortly after taking the oath to become the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump delivered an inaugural address to hundreds of thousands of onlookers in Washington. [To me, these words come from a place where fear and resentment of an Other whose very Otherness brands them as an […]

President Trump’s inauguration speech, annotated


The word “passion” in combination with career advice only showed up in modern business literature in the 1980s and started to really take off in the 90s, when “follow your passion,” became the go-to mantra of career advice gurus. from Pocket via Did you enjoy this article? Then read the […]

How To Make Sure You Never Find Your Passion In Life


The Women’s March on Washington has released its official policy platform, a far-reaching four-page statement that takes clear stances on reproductive rights, immigration reform, and worker’s issues. [I agree with this platform.  I acknowledge the time is swiftly approaching (or rather that the train has left the station) for real-world […]

The Women’s March on Washington Has Released an Unapologetically Progressive ...



The closing arguments for the Obama years are arriving, and they aren’t helping the outgoing president. A case in point is a new book published this week, one that acknowledges “Obama’s supporters have experienced [his presidency] as a continuous disappointment.” [There are points I can, and might, individually parse and […]

It’s time to face facts: Obama’s presidency was a failure


With the arrival of the New Year and the concomitant stabilization of my grief into something containable, I decided to organize my thoughts for this site (lucky you!) into monthly syllabi that I can always revisit in subsequent months. January (the born-on-date of this post) is for the personal ethics […]

The Personal Ethics Syllabus


I’ll start with Standing, which should serve as a kind of a filter I intend to apply to my longer posts here (not the News Reposts, where I get my fun hits like I used to off of facebook). I have a long history of wrestling with this that can […]

The Rule of Standing



This column is about what life will be like under Trump, based on discernible patterns in other countries where populists gained power, especially those with possible murky Russian ties. from Pocket via Did you enjoy this article? Then read the full version from the author’s website.

What The Trump Era Will Feel Like: Clues From Populist ...


President-elect Donald Trump and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. An Italian looking at America’s political present sees uncanny resemblances to his own country’s recent past. from Pocket via Did you enjoy this article? Then read the full version from the author’s website.

How Much Will Trump Profit From the Presidency?


You should be pissed off when you read a headline that says THIS: Florida man fatally shoots woman searching for dog. The decedent was in the car when her daughter knocked on Florida man’s door.  It is perfectly legitimate in this state for you to answer your door and shoot […]

There is Nothing Illegal About This Reported Occurrence



This was my dad, but not really.  It is a great picture of him, because he appears to be toasting with somebody behind the lens – with you.  But he never really liked to drink, so it doesn’t really depict the real him that whose of us who remember him knew. […]

My Old Man