On Trump-Era Politics: Flags, Pledges, Memes, and Damnable Conservative Lies

“One of the hallmarks of the Trump era is the alacrity with which intelligent people embrace stupidity.”― Stuart Stevens, It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump Over the past few years – and certainly during the 2020 Presidential election process –  Facebook and Twitter users have noticed a flood ofContinue reading “On Trump-Era Politics: Flags, Pledges, Memes, and Damnable Conservative Lies”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, March 10, 2022, or: Updates on My ‘West Side Story’ 4K UHD Pre-Orders (and Other Matters)

This morning I received an email from Amazon telling me that my order of the 4K UHD Blu-ray set of West Side Story (2021) will ship soon – probably on Monday or Tuesday of next week – and should arrive by Thursday, March 17. So, at least with that order, I have some idea aboutContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, March 10, 2022, or: Updates on My ‘West Side Story’ 4K UHD Pre-Orders (and Other Matters)”

On the Ukraine-Russia War of 2022: My Feelings About the Conflict, Plus a Bonus ‘Open Message’ to Trump Supporters

Hi, there. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on Saturday, February 26, 2022. From what I can discern from my window, it seems to be a nice “Florida winter” day – the sun is shining, it’s warm and a bit muggy outside, and there’s no rain in the forecast. I don’t want to writeContinue reading “On the Ukraine-Russia War of 2022: My Feelings About the Conflict, Plus a Bonus ‘Open Message’ to Trump Supporters”

On Politics: As Russia Invades Ukraine in ‘Slo-Mo,’ GOP Senator Blackburn and Fox’s Tucker Carlson Show Their Pro-Russia Stance in Tweets and Rants

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in Lithia, Florida, on Wednesday, February 23, 2022. It is a warm Florida winter day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 77˚F (25˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 80% and the wind blowing from the east southeast at 4 MPH (7 KM/H), theContinue reading “On Politics: As Russia Invades Ukraine in ‘Slo-Mo,’ GOP Senator Blackburn and Fox’s Tucker Carlson Show Their Pro-Russia Stance in Tweets and Rants”

Focus on the News: Ukraine, Russia, & Why Putin’s Kremlin Loves Donald Trump So Much

Hi, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on Tuesday, February 22, 2022. It is a sultry, subtropical winter day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 80˚F (27˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 62% and the wind blowing from the east-southeast at 12 MPH (20 KM/H), the feels-likeContinue reading “Focus on the News: Ukraine, Russia, & Why Putin’s Kremlin Loves Donald Trump So Much”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, January 15, 2022, or: A Quick Weekend Update from Florida

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on Saturday, January 15, 2022. It is a mildly cool winter day in the subtropical South. Currently, the temperature is 73˚F (23˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 49% and the wind blowing from the south-southwest at 6 MPH (10 KM/H), the feels-like temperatureContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, January 15, 2022, or: A Quick Weekend Update from Florida”

After the Assault on the Capitol: One Year Later – Lest We Forget

All of us here today do not want to see our election victory stolen by emboldened radical-left Democrats, which is what they’re doing. And stolen by the fake news media. That’s what they’ve done and what they’re doing. We will never give up, we will never concede. It doesn’t happen. You don’t concede when there’sContinue reading “After the Assault on the Capitol: One Year Later – Lest We Forget”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, January 5, 2022, or: Playing Whack-a-Mole with Ads from ‘Patriot’ Groups on Facebook

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida on Wednesday, January 5, 2022. It is a cool winter day – by Florida standard, at any rate. Currently, the temperature is 74˚F (23˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 71% and the wind blowing from the west-northwest at 4 MPH (6 KM/H),Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, January 5, 2022, or: Playing Whack-a-Mole with Ads from ‘Patriot’ Groups on Facebook”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, November 4, 2021, or: Late Night Travails…and the Jenna Ryan Saga Ends

Hi, Dear Reader. It’s midafternoon here in FishHawk, Florida on Thursday, November 4, 2021. It’s a cool – but not chilly – fall day. Currently, the temperature is 77˚F (25˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 78% and the wind blowing from the northeast at 7 MPH (12 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 77˚F (25˚C).Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, November 4, 2021, or: Late Night Travails…and the Jenna Ryan Saga Ends”

Life in the Time of COVID-19: Is the Myth of ‘Rugged Individualism’ Leading Us to National Suicide?

Poor baby wasn’t protected by her parents. We as a people just really suck right now. – Sean Goulding on Twitter, September 10, 2021. What is wrong with Americans these days, anyway? According to the latest statistics from Johns Hopkins University, 655,875 Americans – men, women, and children – have died from COVID-19, a novelContinue reading “Life in the Time of COVID-19: Is the Myth of ‘Rugged Individualism’ Leading Us to National Suicide?”