Saturday, February 24, 2018

A friendly reminder

You can stream the two most recent episodes of Range Life at Radio Free America, anytime. (I fixed the streaming link on this page, too.)

Friday, February 16, 2018

Never, ever, ever vote for anyone who gets money from the NRA

A thought experiment from Timothy Egan, on the heels of another horrific and preventable tragedy of guns.
Let me try another take for you bad parents in office. Pretend you live in a pleasant, well-protected community of like-minded people, and you’re in charge. O.K., you don’t have to pretend. And let’s say there was a natural gas leak every three days in one of the homes in that community, a leak that killed entire families.
Your response would be to pray and do nothing. Or to pray and talk about everything except the gas leak. Or to pray and say you’re powerless to act because the gas company owns you. The response of those suffering would be to take control and kick you out. That’s what we have to do, and will, next November.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Laos and Cambodia

This October, we spent 3.5 weeks in Laos and Cambodia. 

An absolutely amazing trip.

And since I can't seem to find the time in my ample open hours wandering the house in the middle of the night due to jetlag to write anything of substance, I will photodump.

I hope to put more here. I kept journals. But, life.

That's a cricket. 

More to come.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Did anyone else catch that? About the winery?

Bruni says it straight re: 45s sheer failure, as seen through his alt right meltdown.

He abdicated his responsibilities so thoroughly and recklessly that it amounted to a letter of resignation. Then he whored for his Virginia winery on the way out the door.

That bit about the winery was just too perfect. A man child trapped in a job he has no idea how to do, unable even to keep his head in the game for an hour, to focus on what's important as opposed to just focusing on him. Just, gross.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Center

This piece today in the NYT by Timothy Snyder is brilliant and fairly disturbing. It paints a clear but dark picture of what is being attempted in this country right now by far right extremist groups and the 45th president, the attempted rise of naziism and white nationalism aided and abetted by the administration and its media arms. 

I've kind of gone off on a tangent with it, though. And this is why.

In the Europe of the interwar years, the growing sense that politics was defined by two “sides” came to consume the broad political center, where people can think for themselves and confront the tests of politics as responsible citizens. If everyone was on a “side,” then no one bore responsibility for society as a whole, and the center could not hold.

A simple statement that has startled me into a new understanding of the importance of the center. I'd just never thought about it that way--that by putting yourself in the center you are taking responsibility for finding ways to get things done in spite of the unyielding ideologically driven edges who are important for consideration of the full spectrum of ideas and possibilities of any idea or political solution, but often intransigent when it comes to compromise or getting anything actually done. 

The center has been forced to the left in response to the insanity of the right. This is not balance, and it has to change. 

It's easy to think of the center as where the grown-ups live. That's where I've been. But that's too easy. I do believe, however, that the center is the place for pragmatists, realists, those with a recognition of the need for change that might not fit their own idea of what should be. 

Change will happen not when the left beats back the right, but when the center reemerges and gets to work. 

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Wow. Shocking. Duh.

In the most predictable move ever by the most entitled, out of touch, idiotic douchenozzle ever:

Pander much? Think, ever?

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Happy Birthday, America

“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

It's been quite a year.

You're going through a tough time, America. Things seem dark. Bleak. Horrific. But you are bigger and stronger than this.

All things pass, just hang in there.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Human Most Vile

One stupid thing after another. One more cruelty, one more can kicked down the road. One more idiotic, irredeemable act.

To all of you who put him where he is: This is all your fault. It's just too bad the rest of us have to suffer for your ignorance, your fear, your outright stupidity.

Fuck you. I truly mean it, no matter who you are. That is all.