Essays and Open Threads
The Michigan Appeals Court has ruled 3-0 that Yvette Cormier has no claim against Planet Fitness over its transgender-inclusive policies.
Back in 2015 Cormier encountered a transgender woman in a locker room. She decided that she needed to repeatedly warn all other women in the establishment. Planet Fitness responded by revoking her membership.
This is only a prologue because I wish to set the stage without encumbering you with a torrent of links, which I have already. The situation is complex and becoming more complex daily--in fact almost hourly. It is becoming extremely difficult to keep up and I am afraid that I am not. But here goes.
June 5 is the 156nd day of the year. There are 209 days left.
Today's number is 5
Believe It or Not, a better world is possible. We need more stories about people like Logan Carranza. I was beginning to despair that this sort of outcome was no longer possible.
Let's get this out of the way up front. I have nothing to sell.
Normally when I write for online publication, it's socio-political in nature. This is more in the way of a public service announcement, based on recent personal experience.
Preface — This is just my opinion and you are here by notified, profanity alert! (Also I published this at Medium.com)
I can't explain why I keep watching Fareed Zakaria when he manages to piss me off each and every week. There must be a deep masochistic flaw in my psyche. This week's outrage? The United States is "a miracle" of peace and stability. Yeah, right.
Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now? That's because they used knives and a truck!
The carrying of most types of Knives is already banned in the UK. So are guns.
Have you been keeping up with the Maxine Waters & Michael Tracey confrontation?
No, I am not referring to the terrorist attack in London that has a death toll of seven people and is dominating the news cycle. Nor am I referring to the suicide bomb that was set off outside a concert venue in Manchester. No, I'm referring to the one in Kabul, Afghanistan.
The Corporate Coup
The success of the corporate oligarchy is evident all around us.... from a “for profit corporation in chief” to his cabinet that owns as much as half the citizens in the country. Like it or not (aware or not) we are subservient to the oligarchs. Remember the fellow hauled off the airplane last month? How about the corporate mercenaries attack against the water protectors at Standing Rock? Or, what about our helplessness as we use our own tax money to finance corporate wars for fossil fuels?
Flashpoint: a spark which initiates an explosion.
It is 15 days until Juneteenth; 15 days and 152 years and equality before the law, let alone full equality is still pretty much of a hoax.
First time I went to Las Vegas, me and a college friend drove down there from Olympia, WA on the way to Oklahoma City via Palm Springs, CA (but I've never been to Spain). I remember we decided to stand around and study the craps tables for awhile until we figured out how to play. After deciding we had learned enough to lose money, we placed our bets. Two bucks, on red. The dealer took a quick look at our bets and plainly stated, "no action".
Two bucks, no action.
Candia, New Hampshire includes the villages of Candia, Candia Four Corners and East Candia. Total population is less than 4,000.
Thursday night, the School Board hosted a hearing to gather public input on its transgender policy. The hearing was forced by a warrant article approved 518-335 at this year's town meeting.
If you liked the most recent Iraq war, you'll absolutely love war with Iran.
Make no mistake, war with Iran will be an epic disaster. A Napoleon invading Russia in 1812 level of catastrophe.
But facts and reality has never been enough to change Donald Trump's mind.
Trump has loaded his cabinet of trusted advisers with anti-Iran warhawks.
When I was young most towns, villages, suburbs and such had "the repair guy"; a little shop with gaskets and parts for most household appliances and gadgets, vacuum tubes and a tube checker, refurbished small appliances for sale, and a Mr. Fixit type guy. When soemthing broke you took it to him to have it fixed unless you could fix it yourself. Even if you could, you might wind up at his place to get the parts that you couldn't get from the dealer, depatment store or hardware sore.
on swinging porch
where tin-dippers and
in cool touches
from hand dug wells.