Wednesday, December 8, 2010



A trenchant and poignant look at America and our drift into cultural suicide.

Reminds me of Jeremiah who wrenchingly watched Israel slip-slide its way into disaster.

Israel had no better friend than it's prophets, a class of culture-critics grounded in Yahweh's vision of a just society, who went after king and priest - the principle spokespersons who fed pulp to the people to keep them complacent.

Anyway, thanks to Joe Bageant for this honest and penetrating piece.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

War on Christmas?

Oh boy, here we go again.

Another season of the far-right declaring "there's a left-wing war against Christmas."

Well, I'm here today to say, THERE IS NO WAR AGAINST CHRISTMAS!

All this fuss about "keeping Christ in Christmas" is one of the goofiest things ever. I just wish these folks would fuss a bit more about keeping Christ in their social commitments. 

I'm utterly distressed that so many pulpits across the land are feeding the lamps on such poor fare, and equally distressed that political pundits of the right are adding fuel to the fire to further their own political ambitions.

For a delightful, but pointed, animated video about this, you'll enjoy: "The War on Christmas." While gently poking fun at all of it, it's a not-so-gentle reminder that the American church is riddle with unimaginable ignorance and a twisted sense of being right.

What can I say beyond this?

It's time for American Christians to grow up and realize they play in a sandbox with a lot of kids from all over the neighborhood, and everyone deserves to be respected. After all, do unto others what you would like them to do to you. Perhaps Christians, who clamor about "respect," might find a little more coming their way if they practiced respect for others.

So, I'm delighted to say to you, Happy Holidays. Whatever the holiday season may be for you, may it be good and filled with kindness.


Saturday, December 4, 2010

Boner in a Bottle: The Plusses and Pitfalls of ED Drugs | Sex & Relationships | AlterNet

A fine and humorous article on how the Big Pharms have transformed a medical condition into a life-style ... furthering the notion that life can be had in a bottle of little pills.

Boner in a Bottle: The Plusses and Pitfalls of ED Drugs | Sex & Relationships | AlterNet