Tuesday, September 27, 2011

My Fellow Jewish-Americans...

Jon Stewart, our Messiah has come!

Telling the Conservative party the straight-talk they so desperately need -- and will unfortunately find incomprehensible. Because they are idiots.

But so it goes.

I've gotta say, Jon Stewart really does get better over time. His commentary, while insightful, hilarious, and dare I say... capable of making a difference in the world, has begun to take on that quality of seriously avant-garde political science. He's gone from a "funny guy" to a cultural zeitgeist all his own, and the lone political voice in our collective partisan conscience.

Yes, I am dick-riding like a mothafucka.


Monday, September 26, 2011

A Short Lesson in Economics

Present widespread media coverage of the financial crisis notwithstanding, people seem to be more than ever ignorant of the downward spiral -- the causes, effects, proposed solutions, and palatable climate of stupidity.

But never fear my good Saboteurs! I am here to elucidate the matter. As your Fearless Leader, it is my solemn duty to uphold the education of your minds, guerrilla activist style.

And since I take this self-proclaimed calling so seriously, enough with the grandiose verbosity and get right down to brass tacks.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Troy Davis

Born October 9th 1968. Executed September 12st 2011.

I can't believe that I live in a country that would execute a man believed by hundreds of thousands of people, from The Pope to Jimmy Carter, to be innocent. His guilt was in doubt from the moment his case was first undertaken. Witnesses against him recanted their testimony. Experts from diverse fields proclaimed there to be a more-than-reasonable doubt that he commited the murder of off-duty officer Mark MacPhail.

We, the United States of America, land of the free, home of the brave, murdered this man at 11:08 Eastern Standard Time. After dangling out hope for an appeal of his sentence...

Monday, September 19, 2011

Only in America...

 Can a fair and effective attempt to fix the economy be described as "Class Warfare".

Seriously, Obama has the most unenviable job in the Free World, because only he has to convince people that if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks LIKE A DUCK, well, then it must be a goddamn duck. Not a pigeon, not a hawk. And definitely not a goose.

Friday, September 16, 2011

I Just Don't Sleep / Because Sleep is the Cousin of Death

Amidst the pageantry of this week, I've found myself up late into the twilight staring at a fading laptop screen filled with cyber-text and empty profiles.

This song always seems to bring it into perspective.


Thursday, September 15, 2011

How to Fix the Economy

'Nuff said.

But it'll never happen. Even someone as intelligent as President Obama is now beholden to the reactionary conservative elements taking over the country. Likely it'll be many years -- if ever -- before we see a truly democratic, compassionate, and rational economic policy in America.

So it goes.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A Privilege Checklist

I found this post during the course of reading a blog I follow and it talked about "privilege checklists". They're a fascinating thing -- designed to unpackage the various privileges we may enjoy based solely around facets of our identity, whether we're White, Black, male, female, gay, straight, whether we're a 40 year-old heterosexual Evangelical descended from Europeans, or a 25 year-old Hispanic immigrant woman in a lesbian relationship.

What interested me about this particular privilege checklist is that it really serves to help us realize that not only do men have privilege, and not only do White people have privilege, and not only do Gay Black Jewish Klansmen have privilege (the privilege to be in an awesome club!), but that we all possess some privilege, in various contexts, to varying degrees at different times in our lives. And while I acknowledge there are some problems with using "privilege" in conversations with others, I cannot completely divorce it from my anthropological lexicon.

That said, please enjoy this list of Female Privileges and I hope it makes us all think about the ways in which we are privileged.

Open-Mic Profiles: The Brooklyn Poet

This first character profile will be based on a regular of my open-mic, and one whom I consider a good friend, The Brooklyn Poet.

Brooklyn Poet first came to the International many months ago. He had signed up late, and mentioned that he was going to do poetry. When it was finally his turn up at the mic, the first thing he did was shout to the crowded and loud cafe, "Respect the mic!"

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Open-mic Profiles: Cast of Characters & Introduction

(Mural painted on the patio wall)

I've been meaning to blog seriously about the open-mic I run, host, and promote as a weekly volunteer activity and place of peace for creative juicing.

However, to protect the anonymity of the participants, as well as to avoid unnecessary stalking (trust that it's happened to me before) I'll be changing the names of people, places, and other identifying features of the narrative. But unless noted, everything else is 100% grade A++ SuperTruth.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Between Two Forms of Radicalism

Today on campus was a fair for non-profit organizations, sponsored by the Institute for Civic & Community Engagement. There were myriad charity organizations, environmental groups, LGBTQ civil rights clubs, our campus law club, La Raza, the Black Student Union, the Palestinian Student Union -- right next to the Jewish Student Union! -- and randomly a Pro-Life group near the end of the path, right alongside a Pro-Choice group.

I'll spare you the details of the debate of Pro-Life versus Pro-Choice, but I will say this...

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Unintentionally Offensive

Sometimes people miscommunicate. It's a common problem, and while most of us are used to dealing with it and moving on, sometimes that miscommunication isn't the problem. It was what was communicated accidentally, or unintentionally. Sometimes, it's about what you said, rather than what you meant to say.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

My Mornin' Jacket

This song basically sums up my life at the present moment.