Loosely Speaking

Thursday, December 15, 2016


Aleppo has become a word of horror, it will be a curse against the perpetrators and their kind for generations to come, right alongside the names of Hitler and Auschwitz, My Lai, the Field of Jars, Tienamen Square, Standing Rock... where the authorities went far beyond the bounds of humanity and... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 19, 2016


I went to a show last night: ONE SIXTEENTH OF AN INCH. It is an opening of hearts and voices, the shining of light on the darkness of depression and suicide, about how very narrow can be the margin between living and ending a life. The audience was large and interested, and I suspect no one there... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 11, 2016


Social media hatred, real-world taunts and assaults, mayhem on all sides from the gloating and the despairing... The level of mean-spiritedness and reactionary acting-out is appalling, now it has permission and encouragement, and the fury of disappointed, terrified response to this insane election... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

So, here's a thing... "Faithless Electors"

In most states, it's legal, the rest may exact a fine for doing it, but the fact is, the Electors in the Electoral College can vote as they see fit, regardless of the outcome of the election. It is allowed for in the Constitution, from the beginning, against such a time as this, such an election as... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Last thoughts before the Vote Is In

My son-in-law, the English one, has wondered why so many people seem to so dislike, even hate one of the best-qualified Presidential candidates in history. He is, himself, pretty astute and informed as he works in a global job and has a wider outlook on politics than most. This is what I told him:... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Cultural Appropriation

It's a thing these days: people protesting the casual adoption of things of deep significance to certain other cultures, for fashions, for hair styles. But it is right in there with calling a sports team The Red Skins, Indians, Braves, etc. which are just about all based on non-Indian popular... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Civility vs Barbarism

Civility is the art of diverse peoples living close together, thriving through tolerance and appreciation of difference, comprehension and respect of personal boundaries, basic courtesies that are held in common. Patience, the ability to listen, the ability to expand one's limits and point of view... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

As long as it's "First Past the Post" elections...

The math means there will always be only two top parties. The way for a third party to have a viable chance is by that party becoming so strong that it unseats the weaker of the two currently at the top. We didn't quite achieve that this time, but the Sanders phenomenon has demonstrated that we... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, September 30, 2016


As a formal resident in Washington State, where there is no income tax, my financial considerations are simpler than here in Colorado where I have actually lived for several years now. Simpler and less demanding. There is a part of me that always seeks my personal advantage, and this part has argued... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Politics is essentially an 'evil' game.

Whether we like it or not, good folk that we are, politics is and has always been a game: a dirty, rough, mean, evil game. There have always been the players who love the game, who embrace its inherent ugliness because they must play with the tools and rules of the game, or because they like those... Sign in to see full entry.

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