Entries Tagged as 'Polis'

Friday, January 20th, 2017

#UConn People’s Inauguration 2017

Remarks presented on January 20, 2017, at the People’s Inauguration hosted by the University of Connecticut’s Thomas Dodd Center.   In the decades before the Civil War, the American Transcendentalist movement explored the possibilities of universal wisdom drawn from diverse spiritual and philosophical traditions from China, India, the Arabic world, Plato, esoteric traditions. One text […]

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Taxonomy of #LogCabinRepublicans (#GOPConvention2016)

Since this is the season of the quadrennial emergence of Log Cabin Republi-cons, a field guide to queer conservatives might be helpful: >Queer Supply-siders, who tenaciously hold on to a long-discredited religious doctrine (in fact, the more evidence that is adduced, the more vigorously they hold onto the doctrine). See also “Marxist Democrats.” >Queer Affluents, […]

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Protestant Reformation, Muddled Protestant Sacramental Theology Created #KimDavis

You can blame the Kim Davis affair (i.e, the current legal controversy surrounding her professional refusal to do her job granting marriage licenses, not her past personal bidness exploring fornication and adultery) on an event that occurred nearly 500 years ago: the Protestant Reformation. No sooner had the ink dried on the U.S. Supreme Court’s […]

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Cleveland Republicon Beauty Pageant

Is the irony lost on you that the party that gutted the working class and the unions who made their prosperity possible is hosting its first beauty pageant in Cleveland, a city long associated with the working class and unions? And at the Quicken Loans arena, named after a company that doesn’t pay its employees […]

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

NY Times Book Review: Emma Sky’s “The Unraveling”

The American Adam — naive, armed, and dangerous — stomping about a world he fails to grasp and in whose boundless narcissism broods “Why do they hate us?”: “Throughout the months, and then years, that Sky spent in Iraq, she was amazed at the naivete she encountered among the Americans. ‘When I arrived, one of […]

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Arms Control

They declared their intention to destroy us and our allies. They supplied terrorists and proxy wars. They demonstrated themselves to be cunning and untrustworthy. But our president engaged them in negotiations to control nuclear arms. They were the Soviet Union; the president was Ronald Reagan.

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Bezos, Don’t Be a Bozo #JeffBezos #Amazon #Hachette #AuthorsUnited

To Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder, Amazon jeff@amazon.com Jeff Bezos: Don’t be a Bozo. Silicon Valley-style arrogance and bullying have become legendary. And, although I have no case for a major commercial interest Hachette, which can take care of itself, I do support the claims of Authors United: It is not right for Amazon to […]

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Idea Pollen, Thought Allergies

April may be the cruellest month, not only for mixing memory and desire, but also for allergic rhinitis. For some people, a foreign substance (pollen) stimulates the body’s production of a reactive chemical, histamine. The allergic reaction can be mild (swelling of mucous membranes, production of mucous), or, in the case of some allergies, quite […]

Monday, November 19th, 2012

What Liberals Need to Understand

From Mavis Gallant’s diaries while living hand-to-mouth in Spain in 1952: Chose cinema over potatoes. I found myself watching the women’s clothes, drinking in their texture, appreciating every bite the actors put in their mouths. When one of the characters (because of some imbecility of plot) wore old clothes and pretended to be be poor, […]

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Being Liberal Admins Banned by Facebook?

According to a posting on Being Liberal’s Tumblr site: (W) I am posting the summary of the messages that I have received from Facebook after being banned from posting ANY content ANYWHERE on Facebook. The Being Liberal page in last week had received several “warnings” for alleged violations of Copyright and propagating hate speech. There […]

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

How Linda McMahon Made Her Millions

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Rmoney Campaign & Pay-for-Performance

Appearing in the news on the same day (oh bless the gods of synchronicity!) . . . “Romney campaign gave bonuses to top staff ” and Conservative punditista Peggy Noonan announces “Romney Needs a New CEO.” Clearly in the Republicon world, pay-for-performance is for the suckers below the executive suite.

Friday, September 7th, 2012

A Rush to Support the President

One of the advantages of being an old whore who’s been working these mean streets for decades is that you’ve seen it all before; you take names and you remember faces (some fondly, some not). So in the current presidential campaign, permit this old whore a walk down memory lane to 1992. [Cue flashback music.] […]

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Next Time You’re Asked to ‘Like’ the Pledge of Allegiance

A recent Facebook meme presents you with a picture of white elementary school children making the Pledge of Allegiance and invites you to “LIKE if you did this every morning and think that they still should!” So far it has nearly half a million “Likes” and over 30,000 “Shares.” But consider: The generation (the so-called […]

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Akin Medievalism

By now infamous, Republicon Congressman Todd Akin’s medical discourse on rape and pregnancy– “It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something, I […]

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Jeremiads Incoming!

We were once a great nation, but we have strayed from our founding principles and now stand at the edge of the abyss. We face certain ruin unless we return to our founding principles. If that rhetorical formula sounds familiar to Americans, it should. It’s called the “jeremiad” (after the biblical prophet Jeremiah), and it […]

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Ya Gotta Eat: Fast Food, Slow Justice

My first foray into gay activism occurred in 1976 while I was at the University of Illinois, and a group of us from the Gay Student Alliance met with the management of the local Sambo’s Restaurant, the only place open after the bars closed. After spending several hours twirling, twinkies, drag queens and our retinues […]

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

A Catechism of Gunolatry

My friends and colleagues outside the US have been appalled by the recent gun carnage in Colorado and puzzled why there is not a more vocal debate about controlling certain kinds of weapons. What they don’t understand is that the US, while it tries to maintain a separation of church and state, is dominated by […]

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Romney’s “Free Stuff”

Romney criticizes people who expect “free stuff,” but I guess that doesn’t include the salary he got in his last years at Bain Capital when he really wasn’t at Bain Capital before he retroactively resigned from Bain Capital.

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Game Change or Mind Change?: ACA, Politics, Courts

In a fine analysis, “Unpopular Mandate,” in the 25 June 2012 issue of the New Yorker, Ezra Klein notes research indicating that we don’t “make up our minds” so much on the basis of evidence and logic as on our tribal affiliation (and its shifting principles and alliances). Documenting the Republicon origins of the health […]

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

As Texas Goes . . . So Goes Education

Keep in mind that Texas sets the textbook agenda for much of the US: Romney can tick off the failings of the president like any other Republican but he precedes each one with a friendly word or tip of the hat. It drives conservatives crazy, not only but also in Texas, where the preferred oratorical […]

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012


The 1920 US Census marked a historic milestone in American social history: For the first time a majority of Americans lived in urban metropolitan areas rather than in rural or small-town regions. That was nearly 100 years ago, and in the interim the migration to cities and suburbs has continued undiminished. So why are we […]

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Faux News, “War on Christmas”

‘Tis the season for Faux News to crank up its annual “Secularists War Against Christmas.” Since Republicons are usually hysterians rather than historians, this page from our Puritan founder William Bradford (1590-1657) might be instructive: “On the day called Christmas-day, the Governor called them out to work, (as was used) but the most of this […]

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Republi-cons’ New Family Values

The 2012 Republicon presidential primary campaign debuts Republicons’ new family values: Marrying the mistress with whom you were unfaithful to your previous wife. Pictured here, serial adulterer Newt and his latest wife Callista Gingrich. (Is that necklace from Tiffany’s?)

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Guber Alles: A hot, wet, steamy pool of brownback

Twenty years ago I drew the ire of the governor of Virginia. I was an instructor at a public community college (the second lowest genus on the higher education food chain), and L. Douglas Wilder was the governor. Virginia’s economy had slipped into recession, and the US was in the midst of a presidential primary […]