Tuesday, September 26, 2017

I've moved my blog ...

Just in case you stumbled on this blog, or have read it before and would like to read more, I've migrated the best of the old posts to my new Wordpress® site, and now it's cooking with gas!

100% fake-news-free. I promise!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Our Thought-Impaired “Flat-Earth” Fundamentalist finally moved out

We had a roommate who recently moved away, a proud adherent of some literal “Flat Earth Theory” he “researched” on the “Internet,” who a year ago informed me that Trump was Jesus’s candidate, while Hillary was the Devil’s. When the “pussy grab” tape came out, he was totally unruffled, because he said it was just like every other divine figure that left their spotty youth behind when they accepted God’s call. King Solomon was his one example.

He was fond of blaming “The Rothschilds” for all the world's ills, and couldn’t understand why I would oppose Trump when after all, he believes in “States’ Rights” just the same way Hillary does. (?) I simply could not get him to compute that “The Rothschilds” is a NAZI code word for “Jewish Bankers,” while “States’ Rights” is a rallying cry of the pro-slavery faction in the South that remains very active to this day. He’s a 27-year-old Afghanistan war veteran who has not yet learned—may very well never learn—to think critically, or even clearly about religion, science, politics, or anything that makes our society function.

People like him are the lifeblood of Trumpish politics. Believing that he is some kind of divine representative of Jesus Christ himself—a literal antichrist—they can only view the investigations, impeachments, and indictments to come as “persecutions” analogous to the Crucifixion. With any luck it will alienate Trump voters from traditional Republicanism, splitting it into incompatible factions.

The potential it creates for a fresh explosion of fascism in our country, however, scares me. I've seen this guy accept anything, rationalize anything. He bristled with righteous indignation when I described President Obama as a “Christian,” while Trump is unassailably another sort of Christ to him. When the likes of Bannon, the Gorkas, and Stephen Miller have God’s ear, anything could happen.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Capital Punishment

Many years ago I read a book about a family in France that were hereditary executioners from time immemorial. Everyone in the family belonged to the business. Once in a while someone would move away, change their name, and try to open a quiet shop somewhere in anonymity. Once their their actual identity got out, however, they would be shunned and ultimately had to return to the family business. The last execution in France (sometime if I remember correctly in the 1940's), by guillotine, was carried out by one of their descendants.

One of the many many horrific anecdotes in the book was about an aristocrat who knocked on the first door he could find in a drenching rainstorm. As it sank in whose home he was in, he began to poke around with horror-tinged fascination. Hanging on one wall was a massive, heavy sword that could easily lop a head off in a single swipe, compared to many situations where people were hacked on like logs. He said that if he ever was sentenced to death, he wanted them to use that sword on him.

Oh well sure enough he was condemned some years later, and the family sought to honor his wish. Except that the only two people in town that day were an eight-year-old boy and a frail, elderly man. So the fellow put his neck on the block, and the kid lifted the unwieldy monster of a sword and lopped off the guy's jaw. After a couple more similar swipes, the old man leapt onto the platform, bursting with adrenaline, chopped the head off in a single smooth blow, and dropped down dead.

Totally. No shit.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

My Last Holiday Supper


You're all through learning when to say “Shit,” and when “Hell,”
schooled in the ins and outs of polite society.
And then you have another problem: Dinner.

Your education in theology could help.


          1 part Easter snagged in a rabbit-proof fence.

          2 parts Good Friday nailed to a god-proof cross.


          Marinate one week in holy water.

          Cook on high until it all boils down to this:

          Eternal Godhead on a platter—
          and a god damned slab of meat—

Monday, September 28, 2009

Another Zen Moment

Watching TV, an episode of House, we had to turn on the closed captioning to understand what a deaf character was saying.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Yale University Library Digital Archives

Here are some Gurdjieff-related pictures in an archive at the Yale University Library, in their amazing digital collection:
Raw links to selected items of interest:
Oh, and one more document you might like to see, just for fun.