Humanity’s Windigo Fate – 3

Recently, I have been submitting posts showing progress on the writing of my MS about a metaphorical Windigo and the state of the world today. I am pleased to relate that the MS has been published on Amazon as a Kindle eBook. The date of publication was October 12, 2021, Indigenous People’s Day. Indigenous Peoples […]

Humanity’s Windigo Fate – 2

Some of my ancestors were active participants in the invasion of what is now called “New England.” In my manuscript I relate a portion of the story of how they confiscated the land of New England in Massachusetts and Connecticut. They founded Springfield, Massachusetts and several other towns, of course without […]

Humanity’s Windigo Fate

For the last couple of years I have been working on a manuscript centered initially on the movements of my family starting in the seventeenth century. This was not merely an exercise. I wanted to show how members of my family were involved in the expropriation of land occupied by various Indigenous Americans […]

On the Election of Donald Trump

First Thoughts:

From “Hard Times Come Again no More” by Stephen Foster:

Let us pause in life’s pleasures and count its many tears, While we all sup sorrow with the poor; There’s a song that will linger forever in our ears; Oh! Hard times come again no more.

When Clinton was giving her concession speech […]

Ah, But the Media CAN be Controlled, and is

Donald Trump has announced that he will take a pass on the Republican Debate tomorrow night, perhaps even staging a debate independently in the same timeframe. Ostensibly this is because he feels he cannot be treated fairly by Fox News. Anchorwoman Megyn Kelly said on the air words to the effect that … the media […]

National Security? What’s That?

We hear talk unendingly about “National Security” but I for one have never heard a coherent definition of just what is meant by the term. No definition, that is, beyond the entirely fatuous and unbelievably vague assertion that it is whatever those in power want it to be. Anything that is counter to the will […]

Notes on Talk of Bombing Syria.

N.B.: This post is perhaps no longer as topical as it was a month ago, but I stand by the sentiments.

Truthdig announced as “Truthdigger of the Week” for September 1, 2013 all those who remain skeptical about the claims by the Obama administration regarding the use of sarin gas by the Syrian military against […]

Right to Free Speech?

Defenders of the Constitutional right to First Amendment free speech are always quick to assert that the U.S. is a wonderful country because citizens have the right to disagree with their government without fear of reprisal. When Medea Benjamin stood up and spoke out during President Obama’s foreign policy speech on May 23 at the […]

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

How fascinating to contemplate that indeed “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.” When the Defense Department banished the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, one might have thought that LGBTQ folks would be accepted in the armed forces. Fat chance. Obama might declare in his Inaugural Address that he believed that gays should be […]

Voter ID Laws Amount to Unconstitutional Poll Taxes

With all the uproar about voter ID laws passed by conservative lawmakers, probably to suppress the minority vote, the assertions by progressives and liberals and such about why they should be defeated surprise me. These are principally that it places a hardship on the poor, the elderly, and others who might find it difficult to […]