Monthly Archives: September 2015

Ted Cruz and the incest taboo: Pulling a Boehner to resign

By ann summers Ted Cruz as creepy Uncle ‘Bagger – the victory of Tea Party forces seeking to unseat House Speaker John Boehner got what they wished for and the guy behind the curtain has now forced all the Klinghoffers … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: OBSCURED

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD Each poem comes in its own way. Finding the rhythm and shape of a poem can be as natural as breathing, or as difficult as giving birth. Some poems emerge full-grown like Athena from the head … Continue reading

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For Talking Like a Pirate (but not really acting like one) Day

By ann summers For pirates, talk is cheap and perhaps subordinate to buckling swashes and its stereotypical, romanticized pirate discourse made even more weird by “parley” as texts made popular by a Disney theme park ride have cinematically distorted the … Continue reading

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The View vs. Nurses Everywhere.

by Chuck Stanley My older son wrote to tell me he broke the internet today. No, I’m not kidding. The View, an ABC daytime talk show, is taking serious heat over comments their hosts made last Monday. Our readers may … Continue reading

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by NONA BLYTH CLOUD I usually don’t feel the need to explain my one-word titles, but this connection is personal. “Soundings” are what sailors take when they are in shallow water or where there are hidden rocks. Sounding is also … Continue reading

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East Texas 9th Grader, Ahmed “Big Bang Theory” Mohamed hopefully has the math chops for MIT

By ann summers Too many anchor babies contributing to national educational advancement, packing heat sinks.  Kid didn’t even bring a Glock to school. In Irving Texas, it’s make a clock, go to jail. An Arab-looking man of Syrian descent in … Continue reading

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not such a good idea: HBCU of Phoenix

By ann summers Some historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) are public institutions who are being encouraged to subcontract curriculum to the for-profit University of Phoenix. At a moment when the discourse is about making public education more affordable or … Continue reading

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The Triumph of the Old New Left: UK Labour moves away from the centre

By ann summers A perhaps stunning victory for a party frustrated with recent defeats, and with perhaps the infusion of underrepresented elements, the leadership of the UK Labour Party has risen/fallen in a 59% vote for a repudiation of the … Continue reading

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Day of Infamy for a Seventh Grader

by Chuck Stanley All of us have a Day of Infamy. For younger people, it is probably 9-11-2001. For older people, perhaps the assassinations of Dr. King, Bobby Kennedy, or President Kennedy. In my case, it is Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: SARDONIC

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD “Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses.”  “Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.”  “I hate writing, I love having written.” “By the time you swear you’re his, Shivering and … Continue reading

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