Tag Archives: Michael Brown

Now No One Can Breathe

No one should have been surprised, because geography matters. Staten Island is to New York City as Simi Valley is to Los Angeles – the smallest of the five boroughs, it’s predominately white, a bit isolated, and where all the … Continue reading

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The Human Comedy

Lighten up. Laughter is the best medicine, unless some things are too dire, or command too much respect, to joke about – but that’s a matter of opinion. A few years ago fatwas were issued regarding a number of European … Continue reading

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After Generalized Thanks

America paused for Thanksgiving, the national holiday that has nothing to do with religion or patriotism. Jesus isn’t mentioned and there are no Thanksgiving national heroes we honor. The holiday is rife with no particular meaning at all – unless … Continue reading

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No Exorcizing Our Demons

Presidential candidates promise all sorts of things – a chicken in every pot, no gay folks ever coming near you again, lower taxes for you and higher taxes for everyone else, a government that does good things, a government that … Continue reading

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The Words That Follow

We’re Americans. If something is wrong, we fix it. What, slavery is bad? We fixed that. What, women are fully functional beings? They can actually think in a rational way, and ought to be allowed to vote? We fixed that. … Continue reading

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Watching It Burn Again

Los Angeles was supposed to be nice – beaches and sunshine and the big stars up in Hollywood, and Malibu and the surfers just a few minutes up the coast. Everyone was tanned and pretty, and loose and relaxed and … Continue reading

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Sensing There’s Something Wrong

There are those of us who are connoisseurs of irony, mostly former English teachers, who note that the current Democratic governor in Missouri, now torn apart by racial upheaval, is named Nixon – and his first name is awesomely biblical, … Continue reading

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