It does not feel the same

The Fourth of July celebration has always been one fairly free of political flavor. After all, it’s America’s birthday and that holiday doesn’t belong to any particular party or group of people.  We celebrate all that America stands for and has always tried to stand for… freedom, tolerance, opportunity… all those things that used to make us so damn proud and special.

Now, it seems as though Orange Goo has destroyed all that was ever good about America and made it harder and harder to be so proud of our heritage. Tolerance… that started to go away the day he Continue reading →


I would not be afraid

So Orange Goo thinks that if we eliminate ICE, Americans would be afraid to walk out of their homes. Hmmm….

In actual fact, I am more afraid to exit my home and find a Goo supporter nearby than I am by just about any immigrant I’ve ever met. That’s because Goo supporters tend to have stopped using their brains, compassion or humanity a long time ago. They have substituted hate, fear mongering and ugliness for everything good that we ever aspired to in America.

So yeah. You can undo ICE and I’ll probably never notice the difference. And for those Continue reading →


He is responsible

First of all, I cannot send love and prayers to the journalists killed yesterday. They are beyond anything I can offer. And their families must deal with their grief without the my two cents thrown in.

So no. No love and prayers. But lots and lots of anger. Lots and lots and lots of anger at the one person most responsible for the utter loss of all civility in this country… Melted Orange Creamsickle Goo. He routinely criticizes journalists and refers to them as the enemy of the people. This from the man representing the party calling for more civility Continue reading →


Everything old is new again

So there I am rereading Thackery’s Vanity Fair when I come upon this paragraph:

“Otherwise you might fancy it was I who was sneering at the practice of devotion, which Miss Sharp finds so ridiculous; that it was I who laughed good-humouredly at the reeling old Silenus of a baronet—whereas the laughter comes from one who has no reverence except for prosperity, and no eye for anything beyond success. Such people there are living and flourishing in the world—Faithless, Hopeless, Charityless: let us have at them, dear friends, with might and main. Some there are, and very successful too, Continue reading →


Just in case we forgot

The New Colossus

By Emma Lazarus, 1883

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, Continue reading →


When I feel low

When I feel like there is no hope left in this world, something I think more and more often nowadays, the one thing that always keeps me going is my weekly shift at Bird TLC here in Anchorage. For those of you not familiar with us, we are Alaska’s pre-eminent wild bird rehab facility. Given my obsession with birds, you’d think it was the birds that help me keep my sanity. And it is to a certain extent. But to a much greater extent, it’s about the people I get to spend my Tuesday mornings with each week.

Working with Continue reading →


Just spit in their food

Refusing service to anyone short of Hitler or Goebbels is wrong. Doing so bring us down to the level of those we oppose. This is America. We all deserve to walk into a business and receive service so long as we are acting politely and decently. And yes, this even applies to Steven Miller, though there is no recorded incident of him being decent to anyone who wasn’t a powerful white male.

Having said that, let me add this. If these minions of Melted Creamsickle Goo are dumb enough to go to a restaurant where… let’s face it… there is Continue reading →


It is getting harder and harder

It’s getting harder and harder to be a true conservative because the Republican Party no longer represents true conservatism. The Republican Party now represents the values of the POS currently sullying the White House. And those values have nothing to do with ethics, morals, Americanism, democracy or compassion. They are totally unrelated to a country claiming to be a country of laws and they are definitely the kind of morals that only the world’s worst despots would embrace.

How do I know that the Republican Party as we once knew it is dead and gone? Because George Will has officially Continue reading →


This is a hard one

There is a part of me that is grinning like crazy at the Trump people having trouble eating out in public. There is another part of me that feels… oh hell, there is no part of me that feels bad about this. In fact, yea! to the restaurant owner who refused to feed the mouthpiece that defends separating children from their families. Maybe someone should remove hers so she knows how it feels. Probably be the best thing that ever happened to those kids. They wouldn’t end up being raised in the poisonous atmosphere that is so clearly the Huckabee Continue reading →