Credibility Issues, But Still a Good Message

I agree completely with what’s said in the message below, and hope the charming, considerate people I often meet — but don’t know very well — agree, too. To be realistic, we don’t always know what’s going on with charming, considerate strangers. But I digress. This video statement doesn’t change the fact that Arnold Schwarzenegger has some major, hurtful flaws in his own history. Still, he’s an effective person for conveying an anti-hate message. Some people on the far right listen to the Californicator (Sorry. I couldn’t stop myself from typing that), but they don’t listen to Barack Obama or … Continue reading Credibility Issues, But Still a Good Message

Credit Where Credit is Due

By now, a whole bunch of us with internet access have seen the famous photo of the tiki torch store display with an anti-racist sign attached. Whenever a brilliant image with no watermark is circulated online, we must always ask about the genius.  Learn his or her name, unless the person in question prefers to remain anonymous. Dashiell Driscoll, Senior Social Content Producer and Senior Writer with Funny or Die, wrote and printed the tiki torch sign content, and then photographed it in a store. Here’s a link to a story about Mr. Driscoll’s work on the Houston Chronicle’s site.  Now, please … Continue reading Credit Where Credit is Due

The “Kensington” Stereotype

I haven’t traveled to London, but I’d like to.  Until then, I’ll remind myself of what I don’t know. Today, the New York Times posted a detailed, lengthy article by Katrin Bennhold which challenges everything outsiders assume about one district in London.  I’ll withhold my own comments and let you read the story.  Then you can reach your own conclusion.  The link is below. Wait.  No, I won’t withhold every one of my own comments:  This sounds exactly like what happens in the United States, and we should be disgusted.  It’s a disgraceful situation which has to change, but if … Continue reading The “Kensington” Stereotype

The Shame-Free Community

Two screenshots appear below.  One is a post by an educated, compassionate Twitter user, and the other is a photo of white supremacists who abetted yesterday’s tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Together, they say a lot. Note the wide-open mouths on the racists.  I hope you’ll forgive this crude observation, but the face on that man in the foreground reminds me of obscene doll heads I used to see in the window of a dirty bookstore. I don’t know who took the photo of the racists because it was uncredited on social media.  If a photographer/news outlet is acknowledged in other … Continue reading The Shame-Free Community

RIP Heather Heyer

There’s very little anyone can say right now (although our so-called president has an obligation to say more than he has), so here’s a Huffington Post article about Heather Heyer, the counter-protester who died during yesterday’s Klan “demonstration” in Virginia. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mother-of-charlottesville-victim-heather-heyer-im-proud-of-what-she-did_us_59907c45e4b09071f69a796c?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000618 Continue reading RIP Heather Heyer

Angel Awards on August 19

I can’t be in Los Angeles until October, but if you think you’ll be there sooner there’s an event you may want to attend. Project Angel Food’s Angel awards will be held on Saturday, August 19.  The Elizabeth Taylor Leadership Award will be presented by Dallas art dealer Kenny Goss, and accepted on behalf of his late partner, George Michael. Project Angel Food delivers meals to people in fragile health in the Los Angeles area. For information, please click this link: http://www.angelfood.org/site/PageServer#.WY3dd7pFxPY Continue reading Angel Awards on August 19