Douglas Berger

Douglas Berger
Columbus, Ohio, USA
January 14
Living in the Midwest watching TV and noodling on the computer. This is also a narcissistic attempt to create a cult following to hide my lack of talent and intelligence about a wide range of topics.

Image of actual Bill of RightsYou expect anti-knowledge people like “historian” David Barton to mislead the public about US history especially when it concerns religious freedom. You don’t expect an actual historian to mislead the public. I found one yesterday who tried to defend saying prayers during govRead full post »

Long line starts early at Unemployment officeJust hearing the talking points makes me angry so forgive me if I sound angry. Someone will make a comment or bitch about “welfare queens†and about how these lazy poor people have wide-screen TVs and microwaves. If these comments come from friends and family, who should know better, it reRead full post »

AUGUST 27, 2011 12:47PM

Is it time to ban the Holy Bible?

Holy BibleIn July, the Republic Missouri school district voted to ban two books from the school district libraries and from the classrooms. The two books were “Twenty Boy Summer” by Sarah Ockler and “Slaughterhouse Five” by Kurt Vonnegut and they were banned for language, sex, anRead full post »

Tracey K singing with RTÉ Concert OrchestraFound this video clip from 2010 on the web the other night. I didn’t know the singer but I had heard of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. The two get together to put an excellent arrangement to the 2007 Fish Go Deep tune “The Cure & the Causeâ€. If I’m not careful,Read full post »

AUGUST 21, 2011 5:14PM

Look Cato, a Cloo…

Cloo logo used on new channelThis past week the cable channel Sleuth changed its name to Cloo. It was done mainly so that NBCUniversial can trademark the name and get better SEO results on the web. It plans to maintain the crime/mystery programing it has had since it debuted in 2006. It might be something IRead full post »

We Are Ohio No on Issue 2If you see a report on the news of Governor Kasich sitting in almost empty room complaining and blustering about the Unions not showing up to work out a compromise to get state issue 2 off the ballot — it was all great theater — a lie but great theater. HeRead full post »

I saw this Cottonelle brand toilet paper commercial the other day. This is simply an ad for a problem that just doesn’t exist. It has to be the dumbest commercial I’ve seen not only in 2011 but also of all time. It’s displaced the commercial for the penis pump paid byRead full post »

Texas Governor Rick Perry praying he can winTexas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican, announced his intention to run for President of the United States. His overt religious views are a big concern. He recently hosted a prayer event in Houston’s Reliant Stadium that included major religious right groups like the American Family AssoRead full post »

Rep. Paul Ryan has a BS in EconomicsWhat really drives me insane about the debt ceiling debate and discussions about cutting spending when the economy is in the tank is the politicians in DC ignoring the people who actually do economics as a job. Paul Ryan’s budget, Obama’s grand bargain, and the final deal all ignore the ecRead full post »

Tea Party meeting not realityDuring the recent debt ceiling debate the GOP and their right wing propaganda machine harped on the fact that then Senator Obama voted against raising the debt ceiling in 2006. He admitted that his vote was political but wasn’t needed to pass or defeat the raise. I learned today thatRead full post »

Columbus Dispatch HQ in downtown ColumbusThe great Ohio political blog Plunderbund had a great post about some stories appearing in the Columbus Dispatch recently calling for a compromise between the state GOP and labor unions in order to remove Issue 2 from the ballot. Issue 2 is the referendum over Senate Bill 5 that stripped colleRead full post »

Anna Nalick's album coverWhile looking for what turned out to be the new single by Kim Wilde I posted about earlier, I came across this lovely song from (newish-to-me) Anna Nalick. I love the simple beat that then crescendos into a complex chorus. The organ is a nice touch. I could listen to thisRead full post »

Poppy with red hair Yum! I‘m going to be having me some Poppy this TV season. The new season starts next month and I took a look at some of the previews on the various network websites. Here is a listing of the new shows that I plan on checking out this season and aRead full post »

AUGUST 7, 2011 4:00PM

The Tea Party Downgrade

A Tea Party wet dreamBig thanks goes out to the Tea Party and Republicans for being big babies on taxes that led to the US to experience its first credit downgrade in history from credit agency Standard & Poor’s. Of course you might not hear that from those in the main stream media who likeRead full post »

I was having dinner at a nearby Taco Bell restaurant and the music in the store was the usual Top 40 nondescript stuff I expect to hear. One song caught my ear because I remember it from years ago. I can’t quite hear it but I latch on a piece ofRead full post »

MTV Logo circa 1981 Back in ancient times there was a new cable channel that would play pictures with music on your TV set. They called it Music Television or MTV for short. At 12:01 AM on August 1st 1981, MTV switched on and changed history and the culture forever. The first video playedRead full post »

Clipart of a hand shakeJust like during the budget fight last December, the ruling oligarchy took it to the last moment to agree on a deal on raising the debt ceiling. “Good†for them. The deal though is a solution looking for a problem.

As I have written before, cutting the budget now is… Read full post »

Two beams from World Trade Center that formed a crossAmerican Atheists have filed a lawsuit challenging a recent addition to the 9/11 memorial in New York. A piece of rubble from the World Trade Center terrorist attack that is in the shape of a cross. The suit has generated a lot of “bad” press from the media, death threats, andRead full post »

Image of a stack of books with a red line through themThe Republic Missouri school district voted 4-0 with 3 absent to remove two books from the high school curriculum and from the library. The books were removed after a single complaint that challenged the use of the books and lesson plans in Republic schools, arguing they teach principles contrRead full post »

Image of a bounced checkAs the Republicans drive us closer to the cliff of financial ruin, the fact is that the debt ceiling needs to be raised to pay for what has already been budgeted. Remember the government shut down crisis in December? Not only is this crisis a Tea Party wet dream, but theRead full post »

Picture of monument on steps When will believers get the message. A Ten Commandments monument on or in a court house violates the 1st amendment. On July 15th a Federal judge reminded us all when he ruled against Dixie County Florida.

The monument was donated by a local businessman in 2006. The county claimed… Read full post »

The fragile wall between church & stateSome churches and religious groups complain about separation of church and state when they want to force their views into the public sphere like schools and government. However when these groups want to discriminate they become the biggest fans of the wall between church and state. They shouldRead full post »

JULY 14, 2011 2:31AM

Why I am NOT a brain-dead liberal

I'm Liberal Thanks imageI admit I’m a liberal and have been for most of my life. David Mamet is a well known and loved screen and play writer who I have admired for his creative work. In 2008 he wrote an essay in the Village Voice that gave the big kiss off to beingRead full post »

I admit, I was raised on AM Radio back when AM was cool. One of the first albums I remember buying was Barry Manilow. I had no idea about his history with Bette Midler and being a jingle writer - I just liked and still like his music. His song, “CouldRead full post »

FireworksThis is just in case Dave Barton, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and other thick heads need a refresher on American History. I recommend the entire School House Rock series. Those short videos helped me through school at times. Lucky for us these were made before the fans of anti-intellectualisRead full post »