Yes, losing the Confederate flag really means something to South Carolina


When I posted on Facebook last Thursday, that I was thinking about going to Columbia, South Carolina, Friday, to watch them finally furl the Confederate flag, I got a little pushback from some of my conservative friends. They cynically insisted that the historic event I was going to witness was no big deal and its… Continue reading Yes, losing the Confederate flag really means something to South Carolina

Satire, rhetoric, war and truth


If the pen is mightier than the sword, but words can never hurt you because only sticks and stones will break your bones, then the truth is that the power lies not in the weapon, but in the intentions of those who wield it. As the late comedian, George Carlin, said in his 1972 monologue,… Continue reading Satire, rhetoric, war and truth

Mitt’s mind a warehouse for old cultural boxes


It is now undeniable. Mitt Romney believes our planet is a Disneyland Small World ride, where simplistic definitions of mid-century global diversity remain as they were drawn out for Americans after World War II. If I wouldn't have lived my childhood through some of that time, I may not have recognized it now. I'm talking… Continue reading Mitt’s mind a warehouse for old cultural boxes