A moral and humanitarian failure of leadership

A moral and humanitarian failure of leadership

What benefits any person, group or nation to gain all the material wealth in the known universe but to ultimately lose the very essence of the core of their own soul?  That is one existential question which Yours Truly has been forced by public statements and actions (or lack thereof) made by certain government officials to ruminate upon during my fortnight hiatus from blogging.  Even being on vacation visiting an elderly relative in San Diego and reconnecting with two old shipmates could not insulate me from all the air getting sucked out of the media atmosphere with evermore sensational news items emanating from the White House with seemingly every news cycle.  The incumbent *President has been masterful at playing the distraction card, especially to those he...

Read More

Picking up the pieces of shattered trust

Picking up the pieces of shattered trust

So we never thought it could happen to us.  I’m sure we would all love to think that.  This particular train of thought is a familiar cerebral pathway unique to many of us who, either directly or indirectly, have ever had to negotiate their way through the fallout generated by the shambles such an awful crime made of our lives.  Yes, CRIME is the term applied to actions taken by one or more individuals that obviously overstep the boundaries of common decency norms, be it either reported or quietly unchallenged for whatever reason.  We need not chalk this up to complacency nor need we fault our own poor vigilance as we all know somewhere in the dank realms of our own bad life experience memory files that such things do exist and can present when and where...

Read More

The GOP’s pact with Satan

The GOP’s pact with Satan

With total control of all levers of government, it is reasonable to state that it is high tide for the Republican Party as they hold majorities in both chambers of the U.S. Congress and hold the White House.  One thing about high tides, they always eventually recede.  I’m curious as to what all the receding Conservative tide will reveal in the coming months.  One silver lining to last year’s toxic and fractious election campaign was the true colors of certain interest groups came shining through with  unmistakable clarity.  White evangelical Christian conservatives that comprise the largest religious voting block that supported President Trump, while some may have held their nose and marked a ballot for the GOP candidate, all were forced to completely...

Read More

The United States of Oceania?

The United States of Oceania?

We have survived into the second week of President Trump’s America and to say this has been a newsworthy few days is an understatement.  In just over one week there have been over a dozen Presidential Executive Orders including some that impose unconstitutional overreach on specific segments of the population.  Through it all, the President has opted to attempt to underscore his legitimacy by floating the rightwing go-to argument of pervasive voter fraud.  This is playing out before the backdrop of the overarching intertwined issues of which facts, (empirical, experiential or “alternative”) will determine truth, who will control the frame of the message and which source or sources will be recognized as a legitimate deliverers of it.  This real...

Read More

New year, new era, newspeak

New year, new era, newspeak

Regular readers may have noted that I have on occasion made the statement “let it never be said we do not live in interesting times.”  I will now add to that particular train thought to never let it be said that America is not unique among nations.  The USA is indeed the occupant of a category unto itself.  Have we become our own worst enemy?  We seem to have come full circle.  Allow me to explain. As one who served in the armed forces during height of the Cold War, I was well indoctrinated in the evils of the totalitarian system which controlled our then adversary.  I recall that the contrast between their system and ours was quite stark.  The one caveat then that stood out to me most about our government and that of the old Soviet Union was the...

Read More

Lines of battle are drawn

Lines of battle are drawn

It has been quite an eventful week of happenings, some wonderful, some expected and some extremely awful in the nation as well as along this the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66.  I have been biding my time waiting for things to evolve before offering my meager contribution to the discussion.  Over the past eight days or so I was able to attend another wonderful concert, this one at the Brady Theater.  Brit Floyd, a tribute band that has been wowing audiences for the past five years by playing the music of Pink Floyd with amazing clarity, played to a nearly packed house.  The evening’s highlight was one of the group’s vocalists, Angela Cervantes, performing the Clare Torry solo Great Gig in the Sky with studio quality.  That number alone was...

Read More