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SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 10:10AM

why i don't write erotica

i'm far too private a person to write erotica here and i feel uncomfortable reading it unless it's performed by a relative such as my great aunt ethel or my cousin eddie but let's have none of that hawaiian shirt salesman on ocho islas thisRead full post »
SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 7:21AM

Supporting Hamas Is Hardly Progressive

     People of good will disagree passionately about political language; in a spirit of good will people may learn from one another even when, in the end, they tend to hold to ideas they embraced when discussion began. Still, I don't think it's helpful to speak as if wordsRead full post »
Open/Our Writers on 'Passionate Justice', 9.6.14, 9.13.14
Oryoki Bowl
Robin Martins
Sheila Luecht
John Guzlowski
Bud Clayman
Michelle Fergenson
Old New Lefty
Drew Emery
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Telling Small Twins Their Dad Was on the Plane


2001 > 2011


I did not—any more than most of you—suffer on that morning, and I suffered much less than some of you. In fact,

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SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 10:36AM

The Punishment Has Nowhere Fit That Crime

 The Civil War materialized far too late; far, far too few plantations burned to stump and ash; far, far, far too few Southern whites died and those who did suffered nowhere near enough.
     I enjoyed very much the response to my pretty pointeRead full post »
SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 8:50AM

On Now Having Seen "12 Years A Slave"


The Civil War materialized far too late;

far, far too few plantations burned to stump and ash;

far, far, far too few Southern whites died and those who did 

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SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 7:48AM

There is Always LAW, Always JUSTICE

This is prompted by a recent interesting piece you'll enjoy.
     As to LAW/JUSTICE, and laws, I find an interesting meeting between Platonism and Torah  --  both posit pre-existent LAW/JUSTICE which
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SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 7:44AM

UPDATE: Open/Our Writers on the Air

     As we move to a full hour this coming Saturday (still at 3:00 pm Eastern), here's an updated list of writers whose work I've presented so far (in no order with any meaning.) 
Asterisks indicate writers who do not publish at Open and/or… Read full post »

This  is adapted from the essay in PASSIONATE JUSTICE: A PROGRESSIVE MEMOIR IN ESSAYS (2013, The Educational Publisher)


My People: The Wobblies

1990 > 2011

I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night, Alive as you or me. Says I, "But Joe, you're ten yearsRead full post »

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AUGUST 28, 2014 7:20AM

Last Stop

     Army veteran and gun instructor, Charles Vacca, shy of forty, was shot in the head and killed Monday as he trained a student at an Arizona range by the Nevada line.
     His student was a nine-year-old girl; her name hasn't been released. TheirRead full post »
AUGUST 27, 2014 7:45AM


     Writers here and elsewhere are twisting themselves pretzels, soft pretzels. It was tough enough to get people with sense to think "Hamas" and "Palestinian" were synonymous, and they have failed.

     Now that they're taking pains to separate Hama
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     The reason good people find the attempts, overt and winking attempts, to smear Michael Brown and those who do see why police killings of unarmed kids...why that's wholly different from, say, black kids killed, caught between vicious gang members' guns...why we find those dRead full post »

Marx may have been, largely right, though his sense that
capitalism would  --  Mao said Yi Ding!/Inevitably!  --  implode,
puts me in mind, ironically, of the early Pauline Movement,
certain that conditions made it 
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      Saturday, 8.23.14   3:00-

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AUGUST 21, 2014 7:33AM

Why Tolerate Hate?

     Among the many questions I'd ask people who argue  --  and we've seen it for a month and more  --  that Jews should simply give up on Israel, on the idea of a Near East homeland, is this:
     Why should Jews, Christians, anyone, acquiescRead full post »
AUGUST 20, 2014 8:34AM

The NRA, Butchering Babar

     You see that Youtube video from Thailand where an elephant 
took a paint brush and painted an outlined self-portrait? I’m sure you can find the video. These re bright, feeling creatures.


     You Recall the children’s books and movies

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     I've read now, in multiple venues, re-post after re-post, of the NYT piece about Henk Zanoli who survived the Nazis and saw a need for the Israeli State at one time and now, particularly in the face of the recent Hamas/Israel war, does not.
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AUGUST 17, 2014 1:34PM

On Missouri @ Winking Racists

     Years ago, eons, I felt sad for those who believed they were oh-so-clevah racists whose racism was so often winked, unstated, then gratuitously, grotesquely defended when named.

     No longer.

     They can live permanently, frighten
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Enjoy these three most recent programs...great Sunday!



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      Saturday, 8.16.14  &n

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[we] learned guards had [thwarted] escape by three [other detainees]. full view guards [bound] wrists... A rope...tied...wrists...suspended each body...just enough...their toes [might] touch.... guards beat them...faces...unrecognizable. food...water. ...second day...guards

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