Sunday, July 20, 2014

The New Colossus

While most of us know the end of this sonnet it seems that many have forgotten its message. Today’s screed is brought to you by the “close the border” protests that are going on this weekend. This group of boisterous and vocal protesters (many of whom belong to the TEA Party and the Religious Right) seem to have forgotten the basis on which this country was founded – but that doesn’t stop them from turning right-around and claiming that we should “return to the founding principles.”

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Reviving History

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all dollars are created equal.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

…And It Continues…

Yep, anyone who didn’t believe the SCOTUS ruling this was to be the beginning of a long slide toward a further diminishment of the treatment of women in the US was either not paying attention or really took a simplistic view of the nature and scope of the ruling. I understand the need to protect one’s deeply held beliefs (even when those beliefs are demonstrably wrong – or at least contradict that of the VAST majority of those who actually have informed opinions on the matter. The problem is when that right is taken to the extreme and is exorcised to the exclusion of the rights of others.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

One Last Walk

Saga and I took one last wall last night around sunset.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

"If I have seen further it is by standing on ye shoulders of Giants."

~ Sir Isaac Newton 
(in a letter to Robert Hooke dated 15 February 1676)

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Saturday, May 24, 2014

You Have The Right To... Uh... Wait. What Was I Saying!?

I listen to podcasts as I drive. And on my way to Minnesota I heard one that was in my queue that was discussing the new "Right To Be Forgotten" ruling out of the European Courts.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Sound And Fury

There was a protest yesterday. There were people, placards, and pavement pounding. And there were problems. The main problem being one of trying to suss-out exactly what was being protested.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Playing Politics II

Do you remember when election ads were limited to election time!? Yeah! Those were the days!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Playing Politics

Have you seen the new ad from the Republican Noise Machine? It is almost elegant in its simplicity. It is just a woman standing in front of a very simple background plaintively explaining how she doesn't like political ads. "People don’t like political ads.” She says and goes on to decry that health care isn't politics and that facts are facts. “I don’t like them either. But health care isn't about politics, it’s about people. And millions of people have lost their health insurance, millions of people can’t see their own doctors, and millions are paying more and getting less." What follows is a political smear campaign that is most unbelievable in its willful disregard for the truth.

Friday, March 21, 2014

“Breaking” News

Is the fact that there is no news about the missing plane really “breaking news!?” Granted, I spent four of the last eight days scampering across a desert landscape looking at rocks, mountains, and patterns in the sand to see the geology that I have been studying, so to me this news would be new, but really? “Breaking News!?”

Thursday, March 20, 2014

R.I.P. Fred Phelps!

I have just heard that the “GOD HATES FAGS” guy, Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist “Church” passed away last night.  Were I a devout person, I would pray that his god is more forgiving of his transgressions and imperfections than he was of the sins and transgressions he perceived in others.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Woe For You

Today, if you – kind reader – will allow, I am going to make a bit of a departure from my usual screed. I’m going to take a bit of a tour of a book that the religious right in the US reveres but apparently fails to read – or at least to comprehend. I am going to apply biblical teaching to politics.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Headed Home

It's been fun, but the bags are packed and I am waiting for the cab - 24 hours until touch-down in San Francisco and then another six hours to clear customs, change planes, and get home to Denver!

Wherever you are, I hope you're having a more enjoyable day than mine will be!

Don Bergquist - 08 February 2014 - New South Wales, AUstralia