Monthly Archives: July 2020

NYPD Security Theater

Taking the lead from Trump’s federal officers in Portland, the NYPD targets an anti-police brutality march on 25th Street and Second Avenue. Without warning, six or seven plainclothes freaks on steroids grab an 18-year-old, homeless transwoman, throw her into an unmarked van, and drive off. The next day it goes viral on social media. BREAKING: […]

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

So here are some of Trump’s federal officers beating up a woman from the “Wall of Moms.” Trump said yesterday that it was a media hoax to say mothers were protesting. Here’s how his storm troopers treated a woman protesting. pic.twitter.com/U6crBzDgdg — Amy Siskind 🏳️‍🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) July 27, 2020 In addition to my obvious shock […]

Jackbooted Federal Goons in Portland?

In Portland, federal agents in tactical gear used bats to push back moms in bike helmets. Dozens were tear-gassed. Some were hit with less-lethal bullets. Still, they stayed. "When you're a mom you have this primal urge to protect kids."https://t.co/hP8uDZ9PzR — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 22, 2020 So it’s come down to this. Trump has […]

Nazi Monuments in Canada?

A few months ago I reviewed a Michael Powell film called the 49th Parallel, where he dramatized Canadians of German descent rejecting attempts by Hitler’s agents to recruit them into the Nazi Cause. Well it turns out to have been more complex than Powell’s great but admittedly propagandistic film. After the Second World War, the […]

RIP John Lewis

John Lewis has lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. His later support for the Clintons and the Democratic Party establishment was disappointing, but there’s no question that he was one of the most important leaders against the totalitarian one-party, segregationist state that existed in the South until 1964, the year before I was born. Whenever […]

Tik Tok Teens Have Managers?

Originally posted on Writers Without Money:
In addition to being unbelievably sad, there’s something quite revealing about the story of Siya Kakkar, a 16-year-old New Delhi girl who had over a million followers on the Chinese streaming media service. She not only committed suicide. She had a manager. In the social media post, Viral wrote:…

Steven Salaita on “Free Speech”

The pro-Palestinian college professor (now bus driver) who lost his academic career because he took the idea of “free speech” a little too seriously is probably better qualified to write about the issue than I am. In short, free speech isn’t merely an ideal that allows everyone to have a say, commie and Nazi alike.  […]

Does “free speech” matter in a world where words are meaningless?

Yesterday a group of elite intellectuals and journalists published an “open letter” in Harper’s Magazine defending the idea of “free speech.” The free exchange of information and ideas, the lifeblood of a liberal society, is daily becoming more constricted. While we have come to expect this on the radical right, censoriousness is also spreading more […]

Something there is that loves a wall

At one point or another every English major has had to read Robert Frost’s poem Mending Wall. Mending Wall By Robert Frost Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it, And spills the upper boulders in the sun; And makes gaps even two can pass abreast. The work of […]

No Pain No Gain

A little social commentary displayed on a house down the street from my gym. I’m confused about whether this is an idealist or a materialist view of the world. The Dream comes from The Pain. The Vision Comes from Dream. So you start out with the physical and then stack one idea (The Vision) on […]