Concerning Roman Polanski, Child Rapist

Hollywood, in general though not in total, seems to be rallying to the defense of Roman Polanski, admitted child-rapist. This includes the likes of Harvey Weinstein, Whoopie Goldberg, and Peter Fonda, to name a few. Whoopie, for example, says it wasn’t “rape-rape.” Apparently, there’s rape, and then there’s rape, and a 43-year-old man drugging, then […]

Grandpa Max's Clock Repair

When I was growing up, my grandparents had a mechanical mantle clock built in 1967 that would play the Westminster Quarters on the quarter hour. I loved it, and even though they usually kept the chimes turned off, they turned them on when I was visiting. So when I moved out on my own, Grandma […]

‘Progressive’ Sexism: My Letter to Donna Brazile

January 2009 Dear Ms. Brazile: You were the plenary speaker today at the Walden University residency in Dallas, Texas. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to come and speak to us. Your speech was, for the most part, entertaining and inspiring. However, I feel compelled to express some dissatisfaction with […]

The Disappeared of America

Who remembers the ones who have been lost and have not yet returned? In Latin America, forced disappearances are done for political reasons. The disappeared ones, as they are called, or los desaparecidos. It is the political version of genocide. People thought to be politically dangerous for any reason at all ─ one night they […]

What Liberal Bias?

Katie “Who Needs Talent When You Have Stunningly White Teeth” Couric recently was interviewing John McCain concerning his plan for Iraq, and during this interview, McCain said something that wouldn’t mean much to the average American, but to anyone with a knowledge of the timeline of the conflict in Iraq, was totally inaccurate. In essence, […]

The Tyranny of Grammar

Free yourself from the tyranny Of the English language. Take arms against fascist phraseology. Defend against the dogma of diagramming. Grammar is oppression Imposing conjugation Formulating regulation Relegating creativity to a Subjunctive tense. Would have, could have, should have, But didn’t. It forces nouns and verbs Into an hegemony of number agreement The Tyranny of […]

Guns in Space

For anyone who grew up reading a lot of science fiction, like myself, the “weaponization” of space probably seemed pretty inevitable. I mean, all those cool stories couldn’t happen unless there were really big spaceships flying around all over the place with plasma beams and graviton pulse weapons and… sorry, my geekdom was showing.  But […]