working together for social inclusion in America

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Domination or Liberation

Intentional communication can be used for either domination or liberation, for the love of power, or for the power of love. Each of us must choose.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Noblesse Oblige

One of the fascinating things about the early years of blogging, when people of all social classes were looking around for entertaining discussion in which they could participate, was the convergence of socialites and socialists around the Cindy Sheehan encampment outside the George W. Bush ranch.

For about a year, I engaged in delightful repartee with genuine blue-bloods from Austin to Charleston, whose interest in the drama involving Gold Star mothers and the Bush administration was their revulsion for the Bush family -- likewise blue-bloods -- whom they considered utterly crude.

Reading their blog comments and follow-up personal correspondence, I imagined them as young Miss Daisies, riding around in chauffeur-driven cars, appalled at the horrendous state of affairs precipitated by the 2000 presidential election coup in Florida.

I miss those pleasantries and daily distractions that we enjoyed in the midst of the total chaos brought on our country by the psycopaths and sociopaths that occupied the White House, where they or their ancestors had probably dined with presidents in years past.

Perhaps they were FDR or JFK aristocrats, accustomed to noblesse oblige as a matter of good manners, if not revolutionary intent. The aristocracy, as I learned through those engaging and intimate discussions, is not monolithic. Thank god.

Friday, March 04, 2016


aristocracy n. 2a government by a privileged group b nation so governed

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Top Two

Our top two exports:

  • political corruption
  • military weaponry

Thursday, February 11, 2016

A Place for Everyone

There is a place for everyone. For Hillary and Bill, that would be Tallahassee and Leavenworth.

Clinton Foundation Donors Got Weapons Deals From Hillary Clinton’s State Department

International Business Times
May 26, 2015
By David Sirota and Andrew Perez

Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Under Hillary Clinton, the State Department approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to 20 nations whose governments had given millions to the Clinton Foundation.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Disturbing News

I recently had occasion to encounter religious bigotry in a family member upset over my past blogging about Pentecostalism in America. As a Pentecostal, this family member is naturally not open to honest inquiry about religious prejudice, so I searched my blogs using the word Pentecostal, and came up with three posts over the last seven years that might have set her off.

The most recent,  Christian Jihad, was about indoctrination through such venues as Good News Clubs, that -- wrongly in my view -- are allowed to use public schools after hours to, "generate support for murder of non-believers worldwide." Another, Satanic Panic, is about the neopentecostal holy war made famous by vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. The third, Cashing in on Hate, discussed the charismatic pentecostal network behind lethal homophobia.

Recalling a visit long ago to this family member's home where I shockingly discovered a blackboard in the family room covered in phrases like, "smite the heathens," I began to appreciate the awful burden her children have had to overcome. It also gave me a greater appreciation of the roots of resentment that recently surfaced in her otherwise inexplicable behavior. Sowing discord, it seems, disturbs the minds of the instigators as much as those they target.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

On Our Way

The American trailer park -- refuge of seniors, misfortunates and refugees -- is also an incubator of the art of cliche. Hi, how are you? OK, OK. Good, good. Is nice? Have a good day.

Russians, Mexicans, Venezuelans and Louisianans meet and greet at the laundry room, dumpster and mail drop. Share surplus potatoes, tips on public transit, the possibility of getting Internet this year.

We hold longer conversations with each others' dogs. Is poodle? Not so old. Hi, boy! Is smart one, yes?

But in cliche we avoid discussing imbecilities like sports and TV. Too complicated for limited lexicons.

We stick to the essential--polite pleasantries that lift our spirits and get us on our way.