19 students, two teachers killed in Texas elementary school shooting

Commentary American Exceptionalism at its worst. When will this stop? I was out with a friend yesterday afternoon. When I returned I switched the TV on and heard the horrific news: 14 children in the 2nd 3rd and 4th grades and one teacher were murdered at a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. As my headlineContinue reading “19 students, two teachers killed in Texas elementary school shooting”

The Nation: Insurrectionist Doug Mastriano Should Be Barred From the Pennsylvania Ballot

Commentary Details of Mastriano’s involvement with the coup attempt are overwhelming—and disqualify him under the 14th Amendment, argue constitutional lawyers. John Nichols writes in The Nation today, “Donald Trump’s choice for governor of Pennsylvania, state Senator Doug Mastriano, was affirmed last week by Republican primary voters who followed the former president’s order to nominate a candidate whoContinue reading “The Nation: Insurrectionist Doug Mastriano Should Be Barred From the Pennsylvania Ballot”

The Buffalo shooter had plenty of co-conspirators: the Republican Party and Fox News stars

Commentary By spewing “race replacement theory,” the right, politicians and pundits alike, are culpable in this massacre. As is GOP leadership for their criminal inaction for not reigning in the crackpots in their party or supporting gun control. The mass shooting in Buffalo on Saturday was tragic. It was horrific. Average people out food shoppingContinue reading “The Buffalo shooter had plenty of co-conspirators: the Republican Party and Fox News stars”

Witch hunt here, witch hunt there, is there a witch hunt everywhere?

Commentary But, what is a “witch hunt” anyway? With the news that the five GOP Congressmen who have been subpoenaed by the January 6th Committee characterizing the subpoenas as a “witch hunt,” I thought it appropriate to take a quick look at what a witch hunt is. Oxford, which naturally uses the English spelling ofContinue reading “Witch hunt here, witch hunt there, is there a witch hunt everywhere?”

“A house divided against itself, cannot stand.”

Commentary Almost 164 years later, those words are truer than ever. On June 16, 1858, in accepting the Illinois Republican Party’s nomination as that state’s U.S. senator, Abraham Lincoln began his speech with these words: “A house divided against itself, cannot stand.” At the time, the divide Lincoln was referring to was slavery. He wentContinue reading ““A house divided against itself, cannot stand.””

Minority rule in America is actually worse than you think

Commentary In a recent state-by-state survey, only seven states, representing less than 9% of the population, are strongly against legal abortion while 26 states (59% of the population) are strongly for it! I wanted to post a quick follow-up to yesterday’s column, “Is it ‘ennui’ or ‘depression?’” and more specifically to that column’s sub-headline, “WhateverContinue reading “Minority rule in America is actually worse than you think”

Is it “ennui” or “depression?”

Commentary Whatever it is, it’s driven by America’s convoluted rule of the minority! In my last column, “Around the Block catches up on the not so good news” (https://around-the-block.com/2022/05/03/around-the-block-catches-up-on-the-not-so-good-news/), I speculated that one of the reasons I hadn’t posted anything in over a month was due to ennui…boredom, lethargy, weariness. A reader, and a goodContinue reading “Is it “ennui” or “depression?””

Around the Block catches up on the not so good news

Commentary April wasn’t a great news month for the country and the world. May is starting out just as bad! It’s been a while since the last Around the Block. Over a month in fact since my last post on March 30. That post was called, “Cruising, Covid, and Trump being Trump.” (https://around-the-block.com/2022/03/30/cruising-covid-and-trump-being-trump/). I checked backContinue reading “Around the Block catches up on the not so good news”

Cruising, Covid, and Trump being Trump

Commentary What I learned about America and Covid from a cruise vacation and its aftermath Today is Wednesday, March 30, 2022. After returning from an eight-day Caribbean cruise on Sunday I began to get flu-like symptoms. I took a rapid Covid-19 at home on Monday morning. It was positive. I don’t know if any ofContinue reading “Cruising, Covid, and Trump being Trump”