Eavesdropping on ET

Eavesdropping on ET The Time: 3,000 years from now. The Setting: A spacecraft cruising about 10,000 miles above the Earth. Dramatis Personae: Two extraterrestrials shooting the breeze. We’ll call them “Jeff” and “Don”, after two of my favorite characters on the television show “People of Earth”. Don: Interesting looking planet down there. Jeff: Yeah, it’s…

Can We Finally Stop This? Please?

Can We Finally Stop This? Please? Okay, I admit that the title is a bit vague. With all the insane/horrible things going on in the world, the “this” in the title could apply to just about anything, right? But in this case what I’m talking about is a small blurb on the front page of…

Judgement Day in Trump’s America

Judgement Day in Trump’s America I flipped on “Morning Joe” on MSNBC this morning for a few minutes, and saw a panel that included the inestimable Joy Ann Reid. Panelists were discussing the frustrations of Republican Congressmen who know that President Trump’s daily insanities are preventing them from moving on their legislative agenda issues such…

All You Need is Hate

All You Need is Hate* (*with apologies to Lennon-McCartney) As the healthcare debate rages on in this country, the opposition to Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (known as the ACA, or “Obamacare”) has gotten fierce. Almost nightly we see on the news people challenging their Republican Senators and Representatives at town hall…

Medicaid, Taxes and Fairness

Medicaid, Taxes, and Fairness Interestingly enough, the battle over what for Democrats is a health care plan and for Republicans is a tax giveaway to the wealthy is now being waged largely over the issue of Medicaid. This is somewhat unexpected, as most of the talk before the election centered on health exchanges and their…

What Do You REALLY Believe?

What Do You REALLY Believe? An issue that pops up with some regularity in the free-thought community is where we should and/or do stand regarding “mainstream” religious believers. These are not the ultra-religious zealots with which religion is often associated in this country at this time. Often, these folks are progressive politically, and some of…