If you follow my Facebook page, you will notice a number of links to articles discussing marijuana legalization. And if you haven’t yet figured it out, I am a proponent of legalization.
Believe it or not, kiddos, there was a time when people got married before they get divorced.
Wonder if we should impeach a president before he gets elected.
Ex-Texas-governor Rick Perry announced he’s running.
Last I heard, he was under criminal indictment (and it was a bipartisan group that filed the charges).
He did, however, announce that the charges were ridiculous and moved on.
Oh. OK. Rick Perry for president, then.
I heard a left-leaning socialist advocate a $15/hour minimum wage, nationwide.
The idea was greeted with applause.
It sounds good. It would help restore income equality.
Or, would it?
The phone rings.
In Spanish: “I’m Fulano etal (Mexican John Doe). Mario’s friend. You remember the guy that bought the horse? I have a really big favor to ask.”
Originally published April 9
We are told that the economy is in recovery. Things are getting better. Facts and figures bolster the argument: Lower unemployment figures. Higher GDP numbers. Affordable health care for all.
I look at my personal world and it doesn’t reconcile with the narrative.
Is it just me?
I spent the last three days watching Bernardo Ruiz’s Kingdom of Shadows at the SXSW movie festival in Austin. I appear in the film, along with a nun from Monterrey, Mexico and an agent from the Department of Homeland Security in El Paso.
After screenings, we took questions from the audience, but sessions were too short to adequately address issues related to the subject matter of the film—the effect of drugs and drug prohibition on our societies.
James Howard Kunstler’s yearly review and forecast always makes for interesting reading. While not always accurate in the details, he maintains a firm grasp on the condition of this world and is a hell of a writer as well.
Read it here.
Originally posted Dec 18,2014
The recent Senate report on torture has brought the issue to the forefront of late. Once again people line up, mostly according to party affiliation. I see plenty of bull shit coming from both camps.
To begin, there’s nothing conservative about torturing people. And there’s nothing liberal about covering up these acts when they do occur.
With all the apparent ills and impending doom in this world, our worst enemy can be paralyzing fear. At some point, the symptom becomes the disease. It has afflicted me of late. Lucinda Williams sings a song on her latest that helps heal my wounded weary soul.
I somewhat infrequently read Dmitri Orlov. He’s Russian born, but moved to the US as a child, was educated here and wrote a book called Reinventing Collapse which I found illuminating. He recently penned a piece about our indelicate handling of the rest of the world, taken from his Russian perspective. I don’t necessarily share all of Dmitri’s beliefs, but I do think it important to understand how the world looks from the vantage points of others. How to start a war and lose an empire.
During the lead-up to Dubya’s war in Iraq, I found myself allied with strange bedfellows, so to speak: Democrats and the like, who opposed obvious lies and deceptions foisted upon the American public to lead us into war.
Among more vocal opponents were musicians whose work I gobbled up with glee.
I just read an email that says Chuck Bowden, my mentor, my dear friend, has died.
I’ve been accused of being a doomer. Perhaps.
Allow me to state my case. I fully expect my argument to anger some of you. (Wonder how many Facebook “friends” will disappear? Oh well…)