There’s a sudden surge of interest in a petition I created last summer called “Designate the Trump Administration a Terrorist Organization,” which, never expecting that to actually happen, was more or less my means of documenting five years of Trump & Co quotes, actions and inactions that fall in line with fanning flames of terror.
I hadn’t done anything with the page since July, when I updated it to include Trump’s commuting of Roger Stone’s sentence, highlighting Stone’s association with the Proud Boys.
Today I updated it with the terrorist attack on the Capitol at the hands of his supporters and sent a message to the petition’s supporters I wanted to share below. …
It’s fascinating to hear, for lack of a better word, conservative friends refer to my “liberal, progressive, snowflake, sheep” perspectives as easy, lazy or immature. …
The Trump Administration, founded and led by former real estate mogul and reality television personality, Donald Trump, is a terrorist organization.
While not physical terrorists, whether due to age and/or cowardice, from the safety of heavily-guarded offices, the Trump Administration is beyond complicit with hate speech and violence on the ground, utilizing rallies, press conferences and social media to incite fear, spread misinformation, and empower hate speech, bigotry, white supremacy, driving some extremists to violence.
Rather than simply paraphrasing why the Trump Administration not only cannot be trusted but is prejudiced and dangerous, manipulating Americans and pitting them against one another, I will present to you eleven facts followed by my conclusion as to why the Trump Administration needs to be recognized as a terrorist organization, perhaps not only in America but globally. …
[Originally written April 11, 2018]
Comedian, actor, writer Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) posed a question on Twitter that I saw in the midst of the usual stuff I see on Twitter — Trump’s having a meltdown, Trump’s having another meltdown, Trump’s having another meltdown — and it was a nice break from, well, the usual.
Q: what was the 1st TV show you loved, completely? Not cartoons you watched as a kid. I mean, as you got a bit older. Maybe early teens, when you could really start engaging intellectually.
It was fun to read some of the responses. The Twilight Zone, M.A.S.H., WKRP in Cincinnati, Remington Steele. It was a breath of fresh, nostalgic, no infighting air where someone would sometimes say their show and that would cause a sub-thread of people reminiscing who loved it too. …
I’d like to propose a real simple question. This is not an open-book test but you may use your notes, and you’ve taken a lot of notes.
- everything you know about your own life.
- everything you know about your hometown.
- everything you know about the people you know.
Now, think of any profession. Your own, a friend’s, what you really wanted to be when you grew up.
Which demographic do you believe makes up the largest percentage of that profession?
A) People in high school who loved being the center of attention. The jock, the hall monitor, the alpha. Maybe they pushed people around, maybe they didn’t. …
This pandemic is bigger than politics. The problem with that is, America loves its politics. The Left, The Right, the donkey, the elephant (we have mascots, for Christ’s sake) — it’s a never-ending high school football game to us. We love believing we can stuff everything into one of two boxes. Gives us something to be passionate about forever.
“It’s a liberal hoax!”
“Republicans aren’t doing enough!”
Nah. In this case — more evident, widespread and indiscriminate than any other case in our lifetime — it’s way simpler than that, and far scarier.
Pride when “The coronavirus is very much under control in the USA.” …
“We talk about it all the time,
how this town is changing before our eyes.
You say it’s growing the way that towns do
but I can’t help feeling it’s dying.”
- Tyler Ramsey, “No One Goes Out”
Pretty surreal being at my mom’s house in my hometown during a pandemic strangling the country into indefinite limbo.
I still have friends here and in neighboring towns, but we don’t see each other. The ability to be symptom-less but contagious for weeks has the smartest citizens overly/appropriately cautious.
Texts soar like phantom words attached to other words that I understand as names that mean something, historically, but no longer feel present. …
In September, 2017, I watched The Ring for the first time in a while, later listened to The Hold Steady song “Weekenders” and became instantly convinced the latter was about the former.
I posted my theory on Facebook with a line-by-line analysis and, a couple years later, a buddy of mine told me there was a similar Reddit thread about Barenaked Ladies’ “One Week” being about a murder.
So I’ve gone back, dug up my Weekenders/Ring theory and am re-posting here so it’s not lost in the Facebook ether.
Here it is along with some additional commentary:
There was that whole weird thing with the horses. …
I knew going into 2016 it would be my last year as a Florida resident, so, for my birthday, I wanted to cross something off my Florida bucket list: spend a night at the Desert Inn Motel.
For the first several years of my life, we lived not too far north of the Desert Inn. We’d pass it going to visit grandparents in Okeechobee and sometimes (don’t tell my teachers) I’d skip school to work cows with my dad and we’d pass it.
I have a couple memories of going into the restaurant as a kid, where dad would probably have a beer and I’d have a Coke. …
Every December, Spotify offers “Spotify Wrapped,” showing you stats of how you’ve used their service: hours spent listening, most played songs by season, favorite genres.
This year, as we sputter into a new decade, they went a step further and showed your top artist and song, determined by time spent listening, of each year for the past ten years (or however long you’ve been with Spotify).
My top artist and song had not changed from 2016–2019. Conor Oberst, “Gossamer Thin.”
At first glance, that’s kind of funny. “Wow, Larry, creature of habit much? Broaden your horizons.”
On first listen, it takes a turn. “Wow, Larry, this is sad as shit. Are you okay? Do you wanna talk?” …