Score another one for the American voter’s cheer leader mentality about politics. This latest brouhaha over the NSA reading our e-mails, Facebook posts, and other online activities has highlighted that phenomena quite nicely. Since the news came out you have seen the usual suspects either defending or demonizing the President based on their party. There are, of course, those who question this invasion into our privacy based on actual moral conviction. Some folks are not so tied up in love of their party to condone or condemn based on the President’s affiliation. Sadly, if my interactions on social media are any cue, that is not the case by and large. Continue reading
Sometimes I feel like I’ve stumbled into Oz. No, not the old cable TV show about prison life, but Mssr. Baum’s fantasy world. There are times where what I read, hear, and watch does not quite seem real. Indeed, so much of what the mainstream media presents is not real. At best we get watered down reporting, diluted so the masses do not consume too much of that oh so dangerous mineral: truth. Through it all you have two groups of Americans, self-described conservatives and self-described liberals, who have actually fooled themselves into thinking they are drinking the elixir veritas. Continue reading
Kaylee keeps her head down, eyes obscured in her hood, as she makes her way home on the walkway following the Jefferson canal. It is raining, hard, and she tries to ignore it as it runs down her gray, plastic coat. It is only the third Nor’easter this week and it is Saturday, which means it was a good week. Forbidden manna falls from the sky and she pretends it does not matter as it trickles, wasted, at her feet. Continue reading
June is upon us once more, which means, among other things, that the Pride Parades have begun in earnest. Today my new hometown of Buffalo enjoyed theirs. It was a fun spectacle, and always great to see so many queer folk and our allies out there refusing to be silenced. No more being forced into closets no matter how much some may howl that we belong there, or in hotter places. I was fortunate that my friends and were nowhere near those poor baying beasts, but out there they were, shouting their hate and fear to any who would listen. Continue reading
Yikes! So, it’s been some little bit since I have done Friday Nite Poetry. I have to get my self organized and motivated and write like a fiend when I have the time so I just have this ready to go for you before Friday rolls around.
Today I have two new and weird ones for you, I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did writing them: Continue reading
Forgive me for copping the title of this post from a movie I have yet to see (though I love Mark Ruffalo, so I very much have to see it.) It was the first thing that came to mind when I decided to write about today’s subject. It isn’t news to anyone who has been reading me for a while that I have a problem with ageism, especially the copious amount my generation, and those older than us, heap upon the younger generations. Mostly I have concerned myself with the meme (repeated with each generation) that somehow this current crop of adolescents somehow have it too easy. Continue reading