Supreme Court’s egregious Texas abortion law decision

Commentary And my Congresswoman’s response – a fund raising email disguised as SCOTUS outrage Yes, I know, I know – I said I was going to take a break from Around the Block for a while to focus on some other writing projects. But sometimes I simply can’t help myself. In this case I wasContinue reading “Supreme Court’s egregious Texas abortion law decision”

The cynical, hypocritical and deadly politics of the GOP

Republicans, and their Fox News (and other right-wing media voices) truth distorters, are now blaming the pandemic on migrants on the southern border, bringing back to center stage one of their favorite tropes, immigration/fear of the other, while blaming Biden for the current Delta variant surge.

Trump loyalists top McCarthy’s list of picks for the Jan. 6 inquiry, signaling a partisan brawl

House Minority Leader Joseph McCarthy…er…Kevin McCarthy (sorry, Freudian keyboard slip) announced which of his members will serve on the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob. 

Cancel Culture: County opts to honor Black professor, not slave owner

I don’t know about you, but I’m conflicted about this “cancel culture” phenomenon, particularly the part in which public institutions are being considered for a name change because they’re named after an individual who is now considered unfit for the honor.

Education – then and now

Commentary Then: Conquistadors were heroes; Now: Racism isn’t systemic; it’s just a bunch of individual racists. I recently posted a column, “The revelations of a road trip,” which was sub-headed, “How a drive in Florida reminded me of what I learned and didn’t learn in school.” You can read the column here: https://around-the-block.com/2021/06/04/the-revelations-of-a-road-trip/. Among the commentsContinue reading “Education – then and now”

The land where almost no one visited and its favorite son, Joe, Duke of Manchin

A Fable The story of one ambitious man’s rise to power, influence and breathtaking lack of irony. Once upon a time there was a land where almost no one visited. The land was unblessed, except for one thing. Black, dusty stuff that came out of the ground. No one in this land knew what toContinue reading “The land where almost no one visited and its favorite son, Joe, Duke of Manchin”

Federal judge overturns California’s ban on assault weapons

Commentary Ruling leads to the first annual Around the Block “One of these things is not like the others” contest Before we get deep into the headlined story, I thought it might be fun if we’d first take a break and warm up with the first annual Around the Block “One Of These Things IsContinue reading “Federal judge overturns California’s ban on assault weapons”

“I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!”

Commentary A Daily Kos reader responded to a recent Around the Block about voter suppression lamenting “sarcastic diaries*” like mine, I guess, while “…still waiting for someone who has an ingenious solution.” I believe it will take more than “ingenuity.” (*”Diary” is the Daily Kos term for a story.) I frequently re-post Around the BlockContinue reading ““I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!””