Recent Posts

I Do Declare, by Dylan Van Keef

Wouldn’t it be a fairy tale, if Mr. Jeff sessions could get to live for FREE in some of the beautiful public housing he spent his career building?

Retirement is so expensive, he deserves to take a load off and relax amongst his peers playing all kinds of games and activities.

He will meet . . . → Read More: I Do Declare, by Dylan Van Keef

Momma These Trees Were Meant to Die, by Davin Michael Stedman

I had a moment tonight remembering what real journalism feels like. A United States can’t elect a Donald Trump unless they have been inoculated by a critical mass of Opioids and click bait.

Yes, The New York Times has a slant. All papers have an audience and a point of view. I am not . . . → Read More: Momma These Trees Were Meant to Die, by Davin Michael Stedman

The Blazers Are Back, But With Or Without Nurkic? by Chuck Strom

For those of you who didn’t follow the Portland Trail Blazers last season, their biggest story was their February trade for Jusuf Nurkic, the Bosnian Beast and the West Coast’s answer to New York Knick sensation Kristaps Porzingis. With his shooting and rebounding, Nurkic turned around the Blazers’ season, helping them to an 18-8 . . . → Read More: The Blazers Are Back, But With Or Without Nurkic? by Chuck Strom

Time Marches On, Compares Gun Regs by State, by Mark Erickson

After a gambler saw his losing streak continue, he then used multiple, modified assault weapons to kill 58 people and wound 546 in Las Vegas on October 1st. The Orange President of the United States of America (OPOTUS) president reacted by saying the issue should not be framed in political terms. I do not . . . → Read More: Time Marches On, Compares Gun Regs by State, by Mark Erickson

Will America’s North Korea Response Be Informed By History? by Mark Erickson

I came across this passage last night while reading Tim Weiner’s book, One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon. The next paragraph is verbatim (page 68).

“We tried every operational approach in the book, and committed our most experienced field operatives to the effort to get inside the government in Hanoi,” . . . → Read More: Will America’s North Korea Response Be Informed By History? by Mark Erickson

Home of Peanuts Creator Charles Schulz Lost to Wildfires, by Chuck Strom

This last week, I happened to remember that Peanuts creator Charles Schulz lived in Santa Rosa, CA, so I did a quick search to check on the fate of his home and museum. The museum, with the bulk of Schulz’s original artwork and memorabilia, is intact, but his home was totally destroyed with his . . . → Read More: Home of Peanuts Creator Charles Schulz Lost to Wildfires, by Chuck Strom

The Face of Our Modern US Military is an African American Woman, by Davin Michael Stedman

It’s a GIGANTIC lie that Donald Trump supports the Troops and here’s why:

The Face of our modern US Military is an African American woman. When you look at the numbers it’s staggeringly obvious.

African Americans only comprise 13% of our population of the United States. Yet Black Women comprise 30.1% of all women . . . → Read More: The Face of Our Modern US Military is an African American Woman, by Davin Michael Stedman

WE ARE NOT YET THE CHOSEN, by Davin Michael Stedman

I am thinking about writing an absolutely chilling Halloween story called THE CHOSEN.

It is an only barely dramatized version of what happened to my friends, but thankfully not my immediate family, as RIGHT WING & RUSSIAN BOTS began to scour the internet for victims. Throughout 2016 I watched as these BOTS zeroed in . . . → Read More: WE ARE NOT YET THE CHOSEN, by Davin Michael Stedman

HOMIE THAT’S NOT JESUS, by Davin Michael Stedman

I think I may have figured out how Americans of Indigenous Eurasian ancestry, such as myself, have confused the Jewish God Jesus with all our lost but only half forgotten Gods of War.

This has something I have wanted to say for quite a while, but this has reached a boiling point. And traveling . . . → Read More: HOMIE THAT’S NOT JESUS, by Davin Michael Stedman

Who Cares About the Troops More? by Davin Michael Stedman

Here’s a question that troubles me, ever more as 45 awkwardly ass smacks the drums of War as a creepy Game Show host that gets to pick the wrong door.

Who cares about the Troops more?

The person that supported sending our young men and women to fight in Iraq or Afghanistan, or the . . . → Read More: Who Cares About the Troops More? by Davin Michael Stedman

Tom Petty Was At Both Ends Of The Dial, by Steve Stav

“Damn The Torpedos” was one thing… but the album after that, and the one after that… we got into the 80s and there was nobody – metalheads, punks, New Wavers, “old folks” – who didn’t like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. You and your buddies got into your car one night, you put in . . . → Read More: Tom Petty Was At Both Ends Of The Dial, by Steve Stav

Time After Time, by Davin Michael Stedman

I tread very carefully here, but I have been getting…how can I say this?

I have been getting interesting feedback from my conservative friends and acquaintances about what happened in Vegas.

I am not throwing anyone under the bus here (Charlottesville & Nice has loaded that saying with unnecessary imagery).

What I am driving . . . → Read More: Time After Time, by Davin Michael Stedman

There’s Something That Keeps Happening Here, by Davin Michael Stedman

OK I will say this, to put Las Vegas and the firepower we all heard echo in a historical perspective:

As the automatic crack of a machine gun fire rang into my ears at a handful of rounds per second, I asked myself with little practical knowledge of American arms, if that was the . . . → Read More: There’s Something That Keeps Happening Here, by Davin Michael Stedman

The August of Our Folly, by Davin Michael Stedman

Do you think our military might be dangerously overextended if we can’t ‘invade’ Puerto Rico and help what is inevitably going to be our 51st State?

The National Guard should not be in Iraq and Afghanistan. That is a sign of Imperial stupidity. Folly in every sense.

Sun Tzu would have some interesting things . . . → Read More: The August of Our Folly, by Davin Michael Stedman

A Question of Empathy, by Davin Michael Stedman

Real Question: can you recall via living experience or historical knowledge, a President so incapable of doing, or even knowing the basic functions of his job?

This isn’t even a Partisan question. Here’s part II:

If your party has a President that is shame f_cking both the pillars of your party’s alleged ideals, as . . . → Read More: A Question of Empathy, by Davin Michael Stedman

Maybe These are Just Sermons, by Davin Michael Stedman

At what point do you feel like people are going to just anonymously start destroying self driving cars?

You know, peacefully, without harming humans, only corporation.

Will Uber & Lyft tint the windows so protesters will not know if these vehicles are unoccupied?

With the tradition of populist uprisings in the United Kingdom and . . . → Read More: Maybe These are Just Sermons, by Davin Michael Stedman

Hugh Hefner, R.I.P. by Steve Stav

I’m sure that an editor or two – and possibly a few peeps – might be curious as to my thoughts on Hugh Hefner’s passing. And so, on a borrowed laptop while on vacation, here goes: One has to be of a certain age, startlingly enough, to realize the influence of Hefner’s Playboy magazine . . . → Read More: Hugh Hefner, R.I.P. by Steve Stav

Interesting Perspectives From John Le Carre on Fresh Air

Yesterday, the NPR show Fresh Air featured the legendary spy novelist, John Le Carre. Over the course of the interview, Le Carre offered some interesting perspectives on the current investigations of the Trump campaign. If nothing else, the interview is worth a listen solely for the opportunity to hear a cultured and authoritative English . . . → Read More: Interesting Perspectives From John Le Carre on Fresh Air

Speaking of NFL Protests . . .

My recent NFL post included the following:

Speaking of which, NFL owners made a very short-sighted decision with their blacklist, informal or otherwise. Somehow, they appear to have forgotten that 75% of NFL players are black, with many of them having likely experienced firsthand the issues with law enforcement that Kap had protested.

Two . . . → Read More: Speaking of NFL Protests . . .

The West Is Burning, by Chuck Strom

Photos posted today in The Atlantic of wildfires in the West. Portland residents may be particularly interested in those of the Eagle Creek fire along the Columbia River. The first two, taken from the Washington side of the river across from Cascade Locks, are quite dramatic.

https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2017/09/wildfires-rage-across-the-american-west/538977/

– Chuck Strom