The Message IS the Message

During a nine-day period over the holidays, Los Angeles police officers shot six people, killing five, including 14-year-old Valentina Orellana-Peralta.  None of those people had a gun; most were doing nothing provocative; Ms. Orellana-Peralta was hiding in a dressing room.  In response to this carnage, the cry from the left comes:  “Defund the police!”  Now,Continue reading “The Message IS the Message”

The American Way [?]

Although Thanksgiving is not strictly an American holiday (some 15 other nations celebrate a “gratitude” tradition in one way or another), still, the date and circumstances of the Pilgrims’ first observation are, of course, unique to our nation.  It is indeed fitting that we take a day to show appreciation for family and friends, alongContinue reading “The American Way [?]”

Where Does It End?

I guess it’s somewhat comforting that Congressman Paul Gosar was censured for posting an animated cartoon online showing a character attempting to kill Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and swinging two swords at President Biden.  I mean, that’s one small victory for civility, anyway, although it rings just a bit hollow when his fellow Republicans (with twoContinue reading “Where Does It End?”

What They Deserve

Last Thursday, November 4, 2021, the paper of record headlined its issue by lamenting the “surprising” losses that the Dems suffered in the Tuesday elections.  Evidently, the blue party hadn’t expected to lose the governorship of Virginia, along with several significant down-ballot races.  Alarm bells are already ringing about next year’s midterms, they said.  MyContinue reading “What They Deserve”

I’m NOT “We”

In an introduction to a new post on the TomDispatch site, commenter Nick Turse evokes Lady MacBeth as he laments the indelible blood on his hands as a result of the U.S.’ War on Terror.  The preface connects to an article by Kelly Denton-Borhaug entitled, “A Parable of (All-American) Violence – Accountability and the WarContinue reading “I’m NOT “We””