Processing the results: Arriving at my fork in the road

Processing the results:  Arriving at my fork in the road

As of 1:45 AM CST this past Wednesday morning all members of the Democratic majority throughout the nation and along this the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66 who care passionately about their country and its future have been working through the five stages of grief after Tuesday’s historically cataclysmic electoral loss.  I, like all the others, have been internally struggling hard to reconcile what the results mean for me and what my duty is going forward to exemplify in my daily life the democratic and humanistic values I hold dear.  I have done my best to lend a sympathetic ear to all kindred progressive spirits who are seeking decompression from wrestling with a toxic mixture of negative feelings of fear, disbelief, bewilderment and a growing...

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Documentary Film Review: Eat That Question–Frank Zappa in his own words

Documentary Film Review:  Eat That Question–Frank Zappa in his own words

Ever since that magical time in my youth when I acquired an eclectic taste for not only his music but the dark humor and excoriating social commentary of Frank Zappa, I have often retreated into my happy place where I keep my personal altar to one of my favorite musical and messaging geniuses.  Of all the great entertainers and enlightened minds that we have lost over the past twenty-five years Zappa ranks among the two I miss the most, the other being Mr. George Carlin.  Tulsa’s Circle Cinema was the venue on Friday evening for the premier of the new documentary film on the life of one of my all time favorite musicians, Eat That Question:  Frank Zappa in his own words.  There was even a Frank Zappa trivia session in the Circle’s gallery before the...

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Marketing Trump’s invented reality

Marketing Trump’s invented reality

Let it never be said we do not live in interesting times.  The American political stage departed from interesting this past week and immersed the nation in the surreal.  For the record allow me to clarify that the terms “interesting” and “surreal” are not synonyms.  In case you missed it, the Republican National Committee held their nominating convention in Cleveland, OH this past week and indulged the GOP faithful in a four night festival of Hate for Hillary.  For a few days I thought all the Freedom Tremors we were feeling along this the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66 were generated by George Orwell doing flip-flops in his grave.  The parade of conservative speakers in Cleveland did well to emulate 1984’s Two Minutes...

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Documentary film review: A Better Life

Documentary film review:  A Better Life

My dear brothers, sisters, readers of Reason Rest Stop and only friends, you all no doubt recall how often I enjoy writing glowing testimonials of the venues, enclaves, social organizations and events that make living along this the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66 tolerable for people like us.  I had another such opportunity on Saturday evening when New York native and life long atheist Chris Johnson made his first ever visit to Tulsa and to Oklahoma for a director’s screening at Circle Cinema of his film A Better Life-100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy and Meaning in a World Without God.   The film was ninety minutes of a veritable who’s who of celebrity non-believers offering their personal accounts from how they arrived at their own non-belief...

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Feeling the axis tilting leftward

Feeling the axis tilting leftward

It has been a week since the World learned the news of the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.  I have purposefully waited until after his his memorial service this weekend before weighing in on the implications presented by his sudden absence on the Court.  As with the death of any respected public official regardless of political stripe, I maintained decorum all week under my personal policy of speaking no ill of the deceased or as the ancient Romans used to say, De mortuis nihil nisi bonum dicendum est (Of the dead nothing but good is to be said).  Although I did not have a real appreciation for certain of the opinions Justice Scalia is most noted for at the times he handed them down, Bush v Gore and District of Columbia v Heller chief among them,...

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Reflections on the game on Super Bowl Sunday

Reflections on the game on Super Bowl Sunday

This afternoon the AFC champion Denver Broncos and NFC champion Carolina Panthers are going to tee it up for Super Bowl 50.  When I sit and think about it this annual spectacle, probably the most watched sporting event in North America if not on the entire planet, has been a fixture in our life and times for half a century.  Think about that for a minute.  Most of the players on the field today were not old enough to remember and some were not even alive for Super Bowl 25.  When it comes popular appeal, the Super Bowl is the shindig all other sporting events aspire to be or to at least be on a par with.  It is anticipated that Super Bowl 50 will have some 189 million viewers tuning in. As it turns out, I do not have a dog in this particular fight.  I am neither a...

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