Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Memory: A Grandfather's Final Illness, Pink Shirts, Sissies, and the World's Going to Hell



A memory. We all have them, don’t we, those flashes of recollection that leap into our minds, triggered by nothing we’re doing or thinking at the moment? It’s 1976, the weeks of my grandfather’s last illness. So perhaps around the very time of year in which I’m writing this memoir, January, since he died in early February.

Chris Hedges on "American Sniper": "Lionizes the Most Despicable Aspects of U.S. Society"



In case you're wondering what Chris Hedges thinks of Clint Eastwood's new film "American Sniper," wonder no more:

Also in the News: $$$$$$. And Politics



Also in the news: $$$$$$. And money's always anticipated progeny, politics:

Commemorating the Liberation of Auschwitz: Online Resources



Today is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and in commemoration of that event, some valuable resources have appeared online recently. These include the film at the head of this posting, which appears in an article by George Arnett in The Guardian today. Arnett writes, 

As Marriage Rights Sweep U.S., Reaction in Heartland: Oklahoma, Alabama, Louisiana, Missouri, Etc.



In the news: as German Lopez reports for Vox that same-sex marriage rights are sweeping the U.S., here's what's happening out in the heartland, especially in states heavily dominated by conservative white evangelical voters:

Monday, January 26, 2015

Republicans All Alone in Opposing Marriage Equality, Religious Breakdown Is Key: Greg Sargent in Washington Post



Information for us to mull over: for Washington Post, Greg Sargent writes in his Plum Line column today,

Falling a Bit Behind with Comments



I'm in one of my falling-behind spells vis-a-vis acknowledging comments here, folks. I'm trying to answer at least most of the comments that address me directly.