The New Edge of Cedar Mesa
- December 04
- As of December 1, 2012 I will also be posting on Our Salon. Note that I am unable to open any pm's I receive due to software dysfunction here.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Is the "American Sniper" a
January 24, 2015 01:58AM
- MLK's Continuing Challenge to
January 15, 2015 02:24PM
- "We're Scared! So That
Justifies Anything We do!"
January 03, 2015 01:43AM
- Why I Miss Communism
September 16, 2014 12:31AM
- Rage at Russia: Will We Ever
Know What Really Happened?
July 18, 2014 07:38PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “I read Chris Hedges'
article on AlterNet today.
Best set of
reflections on the
January 28, 2015 01:59AM
- “You lay out the record
very well. Unfortunately the
the world and
January 24, 2015 08:00PM
- “The presumption never
fails to amaze me that some
privileged, rich white
January 17, 2015 12:41AM
- “I am delighted to see
and recommend Alyssa
You Can D…”
January 16, 2015 09:13PM
- “Great story. Your
calmness and composure were
going to the DMV
January 16, 2015 12:10AM
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Is a sniper a victim?
Especially if he was a volunteer both for military duty and for training for a well-paid career position as a sniper?
When he becomes dehumanized, sociopathic, cynical, and shallow, mocks his victims as subhuman “savages” and “scum;” and works to i… Read full post »
Annual observances of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day tend to focus almost exclusively on the struggle for juridical equality for southern blacks. Since blacks in the south can now vote (with reduced obstacles), serve on juries, use the public libraries, Dr. King’s cause is now portrayed as over, a… Read full post »
“We’re scared! So that justifies everything and anything we do!”
The brutal cynicism and sadism of Americans keeps reaching new heights. The hatred for the poor, the vulnerable, for the people we victimize, seems to know no limits. People cheer killer cops who run amok and demand f… Read full post »
It's not that Communism was a good thing in itself, but
I wish we still had Communism and the Cold War again.
Communism kept our capitalist masters somewhat in check.
Communism kept them somewhat restrained if not honest.
Communism was a system the capitalist ruling class knew they had to… Read full post »
"MALAYSIAN AIRLINER SHOT DOWN OVER UKRRAINE: US POINTS FINGER AT RUSSIA"
Will we ever be certain of the truth? I doubt it. I fear people will end up just believing whatever they want to believe.I wasn’t there. I don’t know what happened. What sources of information do I trust… Read full post »
Doses Raising Cattle in the American West Even Make Sense? Did it ever?
THE GEOGRAPHIC REALITY OF WESTERN ARIDITY:
More than 96% of all cattle raised in the USA are raised east of the Mississippi River because that’s where there is rainfall agriculture and lush pastures. Up to 50 head… Read full post »
An colorful eyewitness account of conversations at the Bundy Ranch not usually mentioned by the mainstream media has appeared in Esquire magazine (online at http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/bunday-ranch-uncensored) written by Cory Enders, who details what a rag-tag collection/… Read full post »
Some random memories and free associations on the news of the deahthof Colombian writer Garcia Marquez...
The opening and closing scenes of One Hundred Years of Solitude are the most entrancing and haunting scenes of any novel I’ve ever read. It happened that I finished read/… Read full post »
Not long ago I added my name to an online petition opposing cuts to Social Security in the name of “reform”. “Take Action Now!” the blurb said, as if a mouse click qualified as “action.”Today I got a lengthy automated reply from one of “my”… Read full post »
My "continuing education":
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want the crops without plowing the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful r… Read full post »
I graduated from high school in Oakland, California on the day Medgar Evers was murdered in Mississippi. I was 17 that summer. I got along with black people, didn’t feel superior to them but had no close black friends and no special insight or sensitivity to the ch… Read full post »
Now he tells us?
There I was, innocently rummaging through an unsolicited complimentary copy of The Progressive Populist, subtitled a journal from America’s Heartland.
“Harkin Letting Loose as Retirement Nears” was the headline of a story by Ari Cullen on&nb… Read full post »
Yes, it sure seems like they always get away with it...
Yes, any gun-toting, self-styled vigilante has the unconditional right to chase you down and confront you. You have no right to confront him. He has the legal right to stand his ground no matter where he is, including
… Read full post »
The small, nonprofit mental health agency I contract with is doing more Medicaid billing these days. Reading supposed “clinical literature” about current requirements and guidelines for documentation, from that (and various other sources), I just feel overwhelmed with instit… Read full post »
(Voter supression in Colorado takes a different form than in the Old South where Neo-Confederates dominate state govenment. I think this post is useful in reminding us of the myriad ways GOP and conservative voter suppression efforts take. It is noteworthy that in Colorado, voter suppres… Read full post »
(in the wake of the recent Supreme Court attack on the Voting Rights Act, so enthusiastically received by Neo-Confederate state officials, this seems an appropriate time to repost this entry from August 28,2012)
How Can You Not Connect the Dots?
*33 state… Read full post »
(pace Lorraine Hansberry)
The U.S. Supreme Court has truly earned the title “Killers of the Dream” as SCOTUS decides Article 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act was constitutional when enacted in 1965 but is now unconditional because thanks to its effects, conditions have change… Read full post »
It's Open Season on Voting Rights.As soon as the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the State Attorney Generals of Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, and North Carolina gleefully announced their restrictive “Voter ID” legislation would im/… Read full post »
Another old story, this one from 1993.
Frustrated with the bureaucratic nonsense at my current job, I applied for a position with an independent community mental health agency that was a spin-or or new outgrowth of a 21-day substance abuse residential program. They had advertised for ps… Read full post »
Late November 1970. I was standing with my thumb out alongside a highway in Santa Cruz, just 100 miles from my San Francisco home. It was the last leg of a hitchhiking journey that had taken me almost 3,000 miles from S.F. to Tucson, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, Las… Read full post »
(This is an anecdote from way back, a memory triggered by a recent post by L in the Souheast)
Back in 1964 while a student at San Francisco State, I answered a spot job ad on the student employment board.When I called, the lady explained it was just one-day’s work cleaning up… Read full post »
(Repost: originally posted 10/21/10 on my blog The Edge of Cedar Mesa on Word Press.com, before I started posting on Open Salon)
Your Key to Success: the Wonderful, Wonderful World of 401 (k) s!
Gee, isn’t it great to realize you are standing on the cutting edge of an Exciting New Era?
Boy, Thomas Friedman’s recent op-ed column in the NY Times on Labor Day [sic!], “It’s a 401K World” really… Read full post »
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn), co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, laid it out very clearly and succinctly recently:
“Why Cutting Social Security Benefits Is Such a Big Deal” (http://www.ourfuture.org) 4/16/13
"To understand, here’s some context. American fami… Read full post »
(well, maybe it was only a suicide gesture like slashing your wrists, which usually isn’t fatal)
“The Grand Bargain is about showing the world we can hurt people, so they will know we are serious.”
Dong Johnson, “Elite Pundit Deficit Frenzy Just Like ‘Run Up’ to… Read full post »
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