News Vs. Shock Media — Or, Don’t Get Me Started

Disclaimer:  I am not a mental health professional.  The views expressed in this post are based on personal observations and printed matter for the general reader. A separate post on this topic appears on Facebook. If you keep track of current events, I hope you’ve given some thought to the distinction between journalism and gossip that just panders to the public’s voyeurism. Last night I was in a supermarket checkout line, thinking maybe I should have chosen a different checkstand.  Clearly, the retail grocery counterpart to Inspector Clouseau was failing at his attempt to pull up totals on the cash … Continue reading News Vs. Shock Media — Or, Don’t Get Me Started

Tuesday (December 12) Special Election in Alabama

By this coming Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, we should know the priorities of most voters in Alabama. If the Democratic candidate for Jeff Sessions’ U.S. Senate seat, Doug Jones, wins the election, we can breathe a sigh of relief. However, if the majority vote goes to Roy Moore, decent Americans are fully justified in boycotting Alabama. I don’t have statistics on how much nonessential travel in Alabama is done by nonresidents.  There must be some, though. A message to Alabama residents who are opposed to being represented by a pedophile:  If you’re registered and eligible to vote, don’t skip … Continue reading Tuesday (December 12) Special Election in Alabama

Send Cards to Ryland Ward

I found this on Twitter just now.  Here’s the address, in case the screenshot doesn’t show up well on your device: Ryland Ward P.O. Box 174 Sutherland Springs, TX 78161 Ryland is recovering in a hospital from injuries suffered in the Sutherland Springs Church shooting.  His mother and two sisters were killed.  Please send him the most beautiful card you can find, and include a nice note. Continue reading Send Cards to Ryland Ward

Roy Moore’s Puppets and What They’re Willing to Say

Here’s something I found on CNN’s site today.  It’s a clip from an interview with Janet Porter, spokesperson for U. S. Senate candidate Roy Moore. We can rage all we want about how thoroughly inappropriate and creepy this video is, but we must also recognize that boundaries in general are ignored by Roy Moore and his minions.  They believe that in an awkward situation (which the candidate created himself, by hurting young girls), outrageous non-sequiturs can promote something resembling morality.  Interpret their banana peel slide behavior any way you want, but it’s their bread and butter.  Given the current scandal, it’s all … Continue reading Roy Moore’s Puppets and What They’re Willing to Say

James Levine Accused

While reading these allegations, I experienced an unpleasant “blast from the past.” Many years ago (or even more recently), a common reaction to the accusations might have been, “Well IS he gay?” This is never a sexual orientation issue.  It’s a matter of a disturbed person using sex to abuse power. We may be more disappointed when it appears a sophisticated person (such as James Levine or Al Franken) has harmed people that way, but we should also be alert to the fact that talented people with high intellects can have traits we associate with the groper on the subway. … Continue reading James Levine Accused