Still Here. Still Alive.

I know, I’ve been quiet. I figured the last thing people needed was another privileged voice, so I have been doing much more reading and listening. Wednesday my students were in shock, and in tears. Cuttlespouse didn’t eat for 2 days, didn’t leave the house until yesterday. It’s depressing… and we are *not* amongst the groups specifically in the GOP’s crosshairs. So I’m not going to tell anyone “it will be ok”, and I am not going to tell anyone to “give him a chance”. [Read more…]

National Sandwich Day

Today (here in the US, that is) is National Sandwich Day. And while others are using the day to ponder the ultimate question of whether a hot dog is a sandwich (of course not, it’s a hot dog; don’t be ridiculous), I take today to consider the sandwich as a metaphor. Remembering Warren Zevon’s advice, when he knew he was dying, to “enjoy every sandwich”, I wrote the following as the response to those who say that things are meaningless unless they are eternal. [Read more…]

“Three Major Voter Suppression Operations”

Most campaigns have a get-out-the-vote strategy. Trump’s campaign has “three major voter suppression operations“. These, you must realize, are in addition to the registry challenges, the cuts to early voting or number of polling places, and the limits on acceptable ID, all tactics which systematically hurt minority populations, students, and other groups who tend to lean democratic. [Read more…]

I’ve Got A Little List

As someday it may happen—the election will be done
I’ve got a little list—I’ve got a little list
Of the people who were working so that Donald might have won
They mustn’t now be missed—they mustn’t now be missed!
There’s the media who told us, every time that Donald lied
That it’s crucially important to attack the other side
They told us “both sides do it so they’re more or less the same”
And reinforced the narrative “they’re equally to blame”
There’s more to their transgressions, but that’s pretty much the gist
And so they’re on the list; and so they’re on the list

We’ve got them on the list; we’ve got them on the list
And they mustn’t be dismissed—They must not be dismissed! [Read more…]