The 10th amendment to the Constitution states that any power not delegated to the Federal Government by the constitution, or any power not prohibited to the states by the Constitution, be reserved to the states, or to the people. That’s slightly paraphrased, but it is a simply one sentence that has been debated ad-nauseum since… Continue reading Do we really need States anymore?
If you live in South Florida, the nightly news is spending a lot of time on the penalty phase trial for Nikolas Cruz. Jury selection is ongoing, and is expected to last another full month, and the trial, once underway is expected to last as long as six months. Apparently, here in Florida, we want… Continue reading Life or Death
I often thought that my relationship with my partner’s dog was that we mostly considered each other a nuisance that the person we most cared about forced us to deal with, completely against our joint wills. When John and I met in 2007, he had a West Highland White Terrier named Cody. Cody was already… Continue reading My Partner’s Dog Dudley
In my day, it was Vietnam. I joined the Navy in January of 1973, six months before my high school graduation, so that I wouldn’t be drafted into the Army or the Marines. Little did I know of course that the draft would be ending, but it was also one of the few ways for… Continue reading Afghanistan = Vietnam
The whole subject of paying rent has become more of an emotional issue this past 18 months than would would think about something so basic to human existence, at least in America. For at least my life on earth, I’ve pretty much taking housing for granted. Not that it was all that easy sometimes I… Continue reading Free Rent?
A constant rumble of dismay about immigrants has been unabated for the past decade in this country, fueled by right wing politicians and our thug of an ex-President who claim in 72 point type that illegal immigrants steal our jobs, wreck our economy, subvert our American values and destroy the American Way Of Life. When… Continue reading Why is the right so obsessed with immigration?
The images on my TV from the siege of the American Capital building on January 6th, 2021 are ones that I thought I would only see in some dystopian version of the world from a novel. I’m sure that some of the people in that crowd were simply carried away in the moment and really… Continue reading America, the Broken
Most people I know have spent the last year or so, isolated from many friends and most family, and watching in horror as the United States of America slowly melts into brown colored pile of sludge beneath one of Donald Trump’s feet. Four years ago, many of us were shouting warnings at the top of… Continue reading The Emperor is Unclothed
Since 2012, I’ve lived part-time, and since 2016, full time near the center of all gay life in South Florida. Wilton Manors, according to several sources that are a few years old, ranks 2nd in the nation for the number of gay couples per 1,000 residents. Overall, the Fort Lauderdale area ranks 4th in the… Continue reading Living In The Ghetto
Some who know me would be surprised to learn that despite the fact that I think Donald J. Trump is an asswipe, I’m not displeased with everything he has accomplished. He is a terrible person, who I would not welcome in my home under any circumstance, but over the last three years of his presidency,… Continue reading Trumps Not All Bad
Some of my relatives accuse me of being overly political, but I insist to them that until they have grown up as a gay person, being actually deprived of some very basic human rights, or in fear of being deprived of some very basic human rights, they have absolutely no ground upon which to stand.… Continue reading America’s New Civil War
It’s been awhile since I last had a summons for jury duty. I’ve only been called twice in my entire lifetime, once in Florida, and once in Colorado. Both times, I was selected for the jury, and both times I was elected as jury foreman. I really enjoyed the experience both times, and I completely… Continue reading Jury Duty