The smoke never really clears. The smell of sulfur and saltpeter lingers, a haze swirling over the blood-smeared floors of schools, churches and movie theaters, a sinking fog kissing the grey, turned ground of fresh graves, seeping into the chasms of breaking hearts. This is what war is – knowing those who have violently died… Continue reading To willingly act in unity before we willingly forget in despair
"I've always believed that change doesn't come from the top down; it comes from the bottom up." -President Barack Obama, September, 2009 It's been Obama's mantra since the beginning of his administration, and even before, when he first ran for president in 2008. Search whitehouse.gov for "top down bottom up," and you will be overwhelmed… Continue reading Bottoms up – starting a conversation for change in the rural South
The snow globe nature of political planets Shake the globe and let the luminescent, pearl-colored plastic rain down like snow. Intentional conversation within a blue glass sphere... Inside the hall there's cheering, applause and a standing ovation, marking the end of a summit of political activists that was, by most measures, motivating, which is to… Continue reading Out of many, one
"Machiavellianism is a term that some social and personality psychologists use to describe a person's tendency to deceive and manipulate other people for their personal gain... Machiavellianism is one of the three personality traits referred to as the dark triad, along with narcissism and psychopathy." - Wikipedia definition, Machiavellianism - In psychology The gears have… Continue reading Dark triad – the Machiavellian rip-off of the American middle class
The effort in Washington to institutionalize and Constitutionalize the Congress-corporate cycle and steal the government from the people 1 or 0. Aye or nay. It's that light. When it goes on, the Congresswoman is on the record. Aye or Nay. She will tell you that she didn't start kissing babies just to end up suckling… Continue reading Corporatism rules; corporealism drools
It is time to put the closing parenthesis on a week of tragedy, the blip of insanity that comes from a man with a damaged brain and a semi-automatic pistol. Congress is coming back this week, to pick up where it left off before the bullets started flying. But will John Boehner's message be tweaked… Continue reading Scar Tissue – ‘a bipartisan problem’
The drawbridge is down. The gate is up. The guards have fled to protect their own. Even those of incredible conviction, who have climbed the tower steps to defend the walled town, find the doors to the parapets obstructed by red-coated confederates in league with the invading horde. Inside the city walls, the citizenry is… Continue reading When the victors take all the spoils, they spoil it all for the rest of us
"Daily Beast columnist John Avlon called it 'Obama Derangement Syndrome—pathological hatred of the president posing as patriotism,' and says this 'demonizing of our president' has 'infected the Republican Party.'"
Corporate money interferes with democracy, beguiles Congress and suckles at the government breast with such unfettered access that the rest of the people are ignored like we are the runt of Mother Country's litter.
Even centrist Republican strategist, Mark McKinnon, told the group that "something is happening in America..we've got a real opportunity to change the system."