COVID’s not Woke

A 14-year-old Colombian girl’s protest sign said it best in this NYT piece about COVID’s Latin America rampage. Inequality, a longstanding scourge that had been easing before the pandemic, is widening once again, and millions have been tossed back into the precarious positions they thought they had escaped during a relative boom. Many are venting…

President Biden wants to feed the College Industrial Complex and this overshadows all of last night’s good-feels.

It’s ironic that I must defer to MSN’s re-publishing of select NYT articles to bypass the Gray Old Lady’s paywall in order to read and comment on its coverage of President Biden’s coercive freebies-for-all pitch to Congress (and the American people) last night. As expected, the old guard boomer Democrat has issued one more death…

The futility of an average shooting spree in Los Angeles

Los Angeles has seen an upsurge in the ultra-violence this year, as has most of the country. The unfortunate confluence of COVID-19 and George Floyd has precipitated an anarchic, nihilistic vibe across the country. Dark violence is visiting upon us the horrors it has displayed South of the border for some time now. Unlike Mexico,…

How the death of a school crossing guard touched me

On the night of January 12, 2015, I pulled the following 29 second clip from my dash cam’s memory card. It was footage I captured earlier that day at 7:30am as I headed home after dropping my son off at school. This incident happened during the morning rush hour in Monterey Park, California, just east…

Steven Soderbergh, pandemic guru, molds an Oscars show for 2021

There’s been a significant uptick in gratuitous hullabaloo surrounding the 2021 Oscars show and production. What will it look like, ponder the celebritariat with oodles of smart earnestness.  In its pandemic incarnation, there is much mystery about the show’s structure and the cutting to different locations (over 20) via satellite link due to the producers’…

Racism, police brutality or…apostrophes?

Curious choice of words from the Independent to describe the “35 minutes of chaos” surrounding the fatal shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant in Ohio last week. 35 minutes of chaos colored fatal shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, it blares unironically. Any suspicions regarding the British outlet’s racial overtones are quickly extinguished by the story’s apologist tone as…

What came first, the metaphor or the abomination?

This is not dreadful. It’s just not pretty.   Figuratively, literally, viscerally. What will people remember of us in 50 years?  Fifty years ago, what would people have thought of us and this demented cultural trajectory we boast? What do we think of ourselves now? California has come a long way, baby. The Golden State, American…

Putting the “men” back in menstruation, the Moderna way

Consider me easily amused. Hey, it’s either that, or lose my mind while my clawing eyeballs out.  Two choices.  What would you do? I present a news item from one of the largest American newspapers.  The story concerns an apocryphal side effect of one of the COVID-19 vaccines in circulation.  It’s not the story’s subject…