STAN LEE: WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY? – BY TOM CURLEY

Stan Lee died. He was 95. He was an American icon. He didn’t just create an American mythology, he didn't just create a world.  Tolkien created a mythology. J.K. Roland created a wizarding world. Stan Lee created a Universe. When the news came out many people, especially old, old friends emailed me. They all know I … Continue reading STAN LEE: WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY? – BY TOM CURLEY

AN AWFUL TERRIBLE HORRIBLE DAY AT WORDPRESS – Marilyn Armstrong

I went to take a look at the brand spanking new format for WordPress. WARNING: If you do that, you will NOT be able to go back to your old format. I think what they have done is eliminate all the old versions of the editor we used, so you can use the new one, … Continue reading AN AWFUL TERRIBLE HORRIBLE DAY AT WORDPRESS – Marilyn Armstrong

FLOWING WATER – CEE’S BLACK & WHITE CHALLENGE – Marilyn Armstrong

The Stream in Ellin and Tom's Backyard We are in Connecticut and it is snowing. We knew it was going to snow, but it was only a maybe. Meanwhile, the white stuff is falling, but before the snow began, I saw the title for this and said "Oh, hey, I'll take a few pictures of … Continue reading FLOWING WATER – CEE’S BLACK & WHITE CHALLENGE – Marilyn Armstrong

WON’T YOU EASE MY WORRIED MIND – Rich Paschall

Layla, Rich Paschall Layla, you've got me on my knees. Layla, I'm begging, darling please. Layla, darling won't you ease my worried mind. What'll you do when you get lonely And nobody's waiting by your side? Eric Clapton was a member of several groups before he joined with others to form Derek and the Dominos … Continue reading WON’T YOU EASE MY WORRIED MIND – Rich Paschall

HEY HO – THE DUKE – Marilyn Armstrong

THE GRAND DUKE OF OUR ACRES Weekly Photo Challenge: 4-Legged Friends We got him by accident. We kept him because he needed a home. We thought eventually, he'd calm down. He has not calmed down. He has not become mellow. He has not recognized that he is home and it safe to relax. Mostly, he wants … Continue reading HEY HO – THE DUKE – Marilyn Armstrong

Trump and America’s Xenophobic Soul: Reblog – SHINBONE STAR

It started before the Revolution and despite the Civil War and Constitutional amendments, racism has never gone away. Those of us who are the targets of America’s hatefulness –all dark-skinned people, Native Americans, Jews, Muslims, Hispanic — basically, anyone whose ancestry was not white European– we all knew. Or should have known.

My mother tried to warn me, but I thought the bad old days were over and she was just being cynical.

I’m glad she isn’t alive. She would hate — and recognize — this “new” world. Because it’s not new. It’s creaking with age and cruelty.


 

THE SHINBONE STAR

In the 1956 movie “Forbidden Planet” the characters come to the realization the monster that’s been steadily kicking their ass is a projection of the id from the subconscious of the ridiculously pompous Dr. Morbius.

Since Donald Trump broke out with his bullshit about former President Barack Obama’s birth certificate, professional and academic credentials and then still was elected president, I considered Trump to be a monstrous projection of white America’s id.

Nope. It’s way worse.

I think Trump is the embodiment of the Krell machines — (do yourself a favor and watch this film, it’s worth your time) channeling America’s id into a racist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic, anti-LGBTQ 30 percent core of electoral malevolence called the GOP.

After these weeks of rolling outrage, it is obvious that everyone now blaming the president for this hostile environment is missing the point: Trump isn’t the disease, he is the symptom.

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