- Greater Washington. DC., United States
- February 06
- Diagnostic Cardiology Technician
- University of Maryland Healthcare System
- Compulsive writer (mostly memoirs and sociopolitical rants), musicologist, hermeticst, fiscal conservative, radical centrist, agrarian socialist; Charter member, Factualist Party; born and raised in DC, healthcare professional, retired businessman, civic and policial activist on two coasts, civil rights movement veteran, and serial divorcee. An empiricist's worst nightmare, I believe in everything but I don't believe everything, including many things I believe in. Turned down by US Army in 1966 for medical reasons, thrown out of Col. Hasan's Black Man's Army in 1967 for being "too militant." Scion of a family only Tennessee Williams could have dreamed up. There's more. There's always more.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Are We Sane?
October 09, 2013 04:38PM
- A 50 Year Backward Glance
August 23, 2013 11:53AM
- The Paula Deen Cataclysm
June 21, 2013 10:36PM
- Facebook, Haven for Hate: An
May 24, 2013 01:57PM
- Lazarus, Go Home
May 06, 2013 04:56PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Words fail me...almost.
I will be here to the end: the
OS, the end of
March 06, 2014 11:34PM
- “vzn: I think it is a
semantic issue. Fromm made it
he determined that
October 11, 2013 05:21PM
- “There it is, Sheila, and
I think it also defines sanity
October 09, 2013 09:52PM
- “Thanks, Rob. I can't
seem to help it. I don't look
September 21, 2013 03:41PM
- “Glendalough is not an
easy name to remember, Maria.
you remembered and
August 31, 2013 01:37PM
- MY LINKS
Those words were the first paragraph of Erich Fromm's epic takedown of American society in 1955's "The Sane Society," the conclusion to his 1939 look at the rise of the Third Reich, titled "Escape From Freedom."
The question is still a good one.
Are we sane?
The following is excerpted from the body of a post I wrote here on August 26, 2010. It was written largely in response to Glenn Beck's having appropriated the Lincoln Memorial as a staging ground for a rally of conservatives. That part has been removed here, because this weekend we observe… Read full post »
Well now it's really out there.
Edward Snowden, your fifteen minutes are up. President Obama, take a vacation. IRS staff, you are off the hook.
We now know that Paula Deen, the queen of fried anything-you-can-imagine, at least once (last time in 1986 according to her… Read full post »
Dear Mr. Zuckerberg and users of Facebook:
It has come to my attention that Facebook admirably comes equipped with rules regarding civility and decency. This is essential to any media billing itself as the "social" type. Specifically, as cited back to me by an attorney friend, there is… Read full post »
A far cry from dead, emerging at Blarney Castle
According to the manner of people I can say I was dead once. Of course that would mean I was raised from the dead, because here I am, typing away, munching on snacks and writing this. So what is meant by… Read full post »
I was born and raised in Washington, DC, and lived much of my adult life in the close-in Maryland suburbs. For more than five decades it never occurred to me that I could do anything else, live anywhere else. "Grow where you were planted" was the homily that ran its tendrils… Read full post »
I wonder how many Boston liberals spent the night cowering in their homes wishing they had an AR-15 with a hi-capacity magazine? #2A
We who live in the enlightened West in enlightened times like to think of most of the rest of the world as somehow less than. Less enlightened, less sophisticated, less, well, All American. We somehow see our obsession with material things, and with power and control, as sophistication a la Rome's… Read full post »
Yesterday I returned from my lifelong awaited first visit to the place that is, to my family, a kind of Mecca, the trip a sort of Hajj. It was also a chance to spend time with my youngest daughter and her husband on an epic road trip and to take… Read full post »
It was early June, 1963. I had just come off a bad goofball and speed interlude and was feeling preternaturally clearheaded for a change. I heard the news that Pope John XXIII had expired. I had been preparing to attend summer school to salvage my high school education, after havi… Read full post »
Originally posted here in January, 2010 (three freakin' years ago!), this has become relevant once again, because once again, this time during halftime at the Superbowl, Beyonce Knowles once again flashed a mystic symbol at the hypnotized viewers (this time it was "the sign of the Illuminati")… Read full post »
February 3, 1959. Fify four years ago today. I feel like a recordite. I should be sitting on the courthouse steps, dust laying in the wrinkes of my neck, rambling inanely to anyone who will listen. For some reason there is no dust, there are no… Read full post »
This is in response to an article in this morning's Salon.com, an excerpt from Jared Diamond's "The World Until Yesterday," titled "It's Irrational to be Religious." The article allows no means to comment on Salon, thus this post. Embedded links here on OS are disabled at the moment, so the entire… Read full post »
Over the past two decades I've given a lot of thought to guns, mass killings, random killings, suicide, gun ownership, violence, and all things bloody. It is, in part, a product of my avocation-turned-vocation, from the street medicine of EMS systems to the indoor efforts to save and/or impro… Read full post »
Other than the overly political aspects of each of the above, what do they all have in common?
Yes. Also the president, you know, that Obama guy.
Every time any one of the above-mentioned comes up as a discrete discussion in any form of social… Read full post »
(Written yesterday while OS was down for whatever reason)
I am supposed to be at a Christmas party right now. My fire department, which is dying a slow but natural death as a volunteer-dominated organization, holds these events annually. I planned to be there. I cannot be there. I cannot celebrate… Read full post »
-- Dante Alighieri
When I entered the world - backwards, as I've always done everything the hard way - it was a world in the… Read full post »
I received the other day, in my email, the following "letter" from a cousin who has for four years waged a sad and often infuriating war of mostly forwarded email, bitter and often hateful broadsides against our president, as well as a liberal (sorry) sprinking of religiosity and pissing and moaning… Read full post »
In today's Washington Post Ezra Klein commented on the newspapers across the country that have chosen to endorse Mitt Romney and their reasoning-in-common: That it would be better to have a President with whom Congress is willing to work than to endure another 2-4 years of obstructionist back-and-for… Read full post »
The phrase “The American Dream” has always struck me as somehow hollow and phony, ever since I was a kid. I always took it to mean something similar to “You can be anything you want,” which I already, at an early age, knew to be bullshit. You can be a lot… Read full post »
On Wednesday, August 15, upon first hearing news of the shooting of a security guard at the DC headquarters of the Family Planning Council, my reaction was "How ironic." This was shortly followed by "Chickens coming home to roost."
I stand by both thoughts, now committed to typeface. This is no… Read full post »
Well it amused me at the time, and I don't elicit a whole lot of chuckles.
There's Something Wrong With Me - For Ann Nichols
I write with equal parts Wm. S. Burroughs, Faulkner and HS Thompson, so people often complain of seizures or migraines after having read my… Read full post »
I skipped the entire month of July because I was busy living. During that time it occurred to me that I have learned quite a lot of useful stuff that won't earn me a red cent, yet I find I may well be the wealthiest man alive.
I will share… Read full post »
Increasingly it has become evident to me that the point of much of politics - and politicking - is lost in the sound and the fury of the arguments and the ideologies butting heads. Why all this noise? Why all this passion, spit, spite, sloganeering, money being thrown down black holes?… Read full post »
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