Shopping as Instant Gratification in Lieu of Conscience

The end-of-year holidays can be nasty for a lot of reasons, with the some of the most enthusiastic “giving” done by people who would rather not apologize for past hurtful behavior.  They spend money on merchandise that’s going to end up in landfill (or in thrift stores, if we’re lucky), and shortly after making asses of themselves with the presentation they see God in the form of Santa Claus, granting absolution. For many people, the holidays are vulgar, amoral milestones for hiding from one’s conscience — or hiding from the fact that there’s no conscience.  It’s especially horrifying if the … Continue reading Shopping as Instant Gratification in Lieu of Conscience

Timing is Everything, Even When Fate Controls it

Today, the Top News Story in the United States — and probably in some other countries — involves our embarrassing, dangerous government and how Donald Trump got into power.  Paul Manafort and Rick Gates have been indicted and have unresolved criminal charges against them, while George Papadopoulos has entered a guilty plea. This may be one time when the American public’s fascination with Hollywood celebrities will work to our advantage.  No, it isn’t a day to ponder what Kim Kardashian is wearing, and log onto TMZ for relief from the real world. Today, the Top Story should be the indictments against Trump’s … Continue reading Timing is Everything, Even When Fate Controls it

Shepard Smith Comes Out — and Fox News Wins

Below is a link to a New York Daily News article by Rachel Desantis, reposted on MSN. I have a problem with the timing, due to the recent scandals at Fox News.  Mr. Smith also makes a point of saying Roger Ailes never mistreated him.  The gay men I know aren’t going to be impressed by this sickening damage reduction project.  It’s already clear to them that the network is up to no good. Each dubious news story is a reminder of how important it is for schools to encourage critical thinking skills.  Note that the story about Mr. Smith is a report on … Continue reading Shepard Smith Comes Out — and Fox News Wins