It’s Advent (Sigh) Pt V

It’s usually around this point that I begin wondering why I chose to do a series of blog posts and this time is no exception. Chalk it up to my ADHD, but maintaining focus on a subject for more than a couple of posts can be difficult, to say the least. But, we’ve come this […]

It’s Advent (Sigh) Pt IV

It’s time for the next installment in this curmudgeonly bitch-fest about Advent. Today, we will discuss “joy”. And, before you ask, I don’t have a problem with joy: I have a problem with the way we talk about joy.  The word gets thrown around like it’s no big deal and, really, it kind of is. Our approach […]

We Are Awesome!

On Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released the Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program, (aka the CIA Torture Report) and it’s generated a little controversy. And, by “a little controversy”, I mean “people have lost their damn minds”. Liberals are up in arms because officials and agents of the United States […]

The Wisdom Of Atticus Finch

I haven’t said much about the grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for Michael Brown’s death because I’m still processing it. I have a lot of questions about they arrived at this conclusion and, until I’ve worked them out, I’m keeping my mouth shut. Something I’m not having trouble processing is the response […]

This Transgender Thing Is Hard

Last month, my daughter, I mean son, I mean…, shit, I don’t know what I mean. Anyway, she/he came out as transgender. It wasn’t really a big surprise since they’d been flirting with the idea that they were trans for almost a year. It’s been almost two years since my child came out as…, not heterosexual. […]

Veteran’s Day 2014

Yesterday was Veteran’s Day and, just like always, I was inundated with “support the troops” pictures, posts and other such nonsense. Yes, I said “nonsense”. It’s nonsense because the phrase “support the troops” doesn’t mean a damn thing. As Noam Chomsky said “…the point of public relations slogans like “Support Our Troops” is that they […]

Spank You Very Much

Is that a rather flip title for a post dealing with child abuse? Probably, but stupid humor is one of the ways I deal with uncomfortable subjects. And, to be sure, this is an uncomfortable subject for me. In fact, writing this post has been very difficult because I have dealt with more than my […]

Defending the Indefensible

Because of the Ray Rice story, domestic violence is the hot topic lately and I’m a little pissed about that. I’m pissed because Janay Rice had to get punched and drug out of an elevator like a sack of laundry for this to become a topic of national conversation. I’m pissed because Americans only seem […]

A Fight You Can’t Win

Many people like to talk about someone’s “brave battle with cancer”, like it’s a war; the implication being that if you’re tough enough, you can kick its ass and expel this nasty stuff from your body once and for all. There’s only one problem with that: it’s bullshit. Cancer is like luggage; you have it until […]

America’s Love Affair

Not long ago, Everytown For Gun Safety got some ink by reporting that there have been 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. While it turns out that number was…, let’s say inflated (there have been 10 documented Sandy Hook/Columbine-type shootings in that time), I think we can all agree there have too many. Of course, whenever […]