Election 2020: The Campaign Begins

I am a lonely visitor, I came too late to cause a stir, but I campaigned all my life toward that goal.    Neil Young, 1969. "Campaigner" The 2020 campaign for POTUS began yesterday, at the summer solstice, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. President Donald J. Trump held an indoor, public rally, against the wishes and guidance … Continue reading Election 2020: The Campaign Begins

Karen and Dagny: Election 2020

Who are you? A Karen or Dagny? Election 2020 hinges on that? Or so Krystal Ball has said. I think she hit that fucking nail square on the head. Karen as defined by Krystal (Damn, the synchronicity/irony is mind blowing) is a "Facebook suburban empathy mom". Formally Formerly known (in Election 2004) as a "soccer … Continue reading Karen and Dagny: Election 2020

Joe Biden’s Revenge

"Joe Biden's revenge" is a phrase I lifted from Hunter Thompson's 1985-88 collection of essays chronicled in the book Generation of Swine. It refers to Biden heading a committee to vet Judge Robert Bork for nomination to the US Supreme Court. Biden, at the time, had just been "disgraced" for "cribbing a few lines on some obscure … Continue reading Joe Biden’s Revenge

Sexual Assault Then and Now

Sexual assault is different now than it was before. Joe Biden, the Democrat's presumptive nominee to challenge Donald Trump for president of the United States, has been accused by Tara Reade, a former staffer, of sexually assaulting her in 1993. My argument is that, that was then and this is now. Things have changed. I … Continue reading Sexual Assault Then and Now

Gone but not forgotten

Gone but not forgotten is singer songwriter John Prine. He died Tuesday of the virus. He was seventy-three and in poor health. I was introduced to John Prine's music in the early 70's by my neighbor, friend, and drinking buddy, Mike. Mike was a Vietnam vet and a postal worker - as was Prine, a … Continue reading Gone but not forgotten

Social distancing

And then what happened is a long story. Fictionalized in my novels. For me: With and without periods of social isolation, contact, and psychoanalysis. It all depends upon this (what is) and what is not. And who. I'm digging this social distancing. Less traffic. Less confusion. Just that (social contact) which is necessary. What is necessary … Continue reading Social distancing

Relief day

Relief day, Wednesday 25 March, 2020. Even the Magpies know it! It's been exactly two weeks (Wednesday, 11 March, 2020) since doomsday. That was the day "When The World Stops", according to Time magazine's "Special Report: COVID-19" (vol.195.no 11.2020). Errg. My mood has never been this high (8.5 on my mood scale), since I can't remember … Continue reading Relief day

The Foke Woke, part II

This note's for for you Elizabeth Warren, and all the rest of you Foke Woke. Neil Young's  song This note's for you, on his 1988 album "Neil Young and the Blue Notes", mocks pretension. Which, I have to say, defines the Foke Woke population. The song takes dead aim at the advertising industry and corporations. Moreover, … Continue reading The Foke Woke, part II

The Magpie Cafe, part II

Yesterday, two days after Valentine's Day, I walked when the weather had warmed. The usual - past the site of the future Magpie Cafe - and lo, the birds had begun nesting behavior - repairing winter damage, preening and posing, chatting, and yes - kissing. Call me crazy for asking, but how do they know? The … Continue reading The Magpie Cafe, part II