If Mexico Can Boot Neoliberalism, Why Can’t U.S.?

The first of 32 assemblies to discuss new textbooks was held this week in Veracruz.

The textbook design assembly in Veracruz, MX, this week. [Image courtesy of Mexico Daily News]

By Dan Bodine

Of course, everyone knows why! So actually this is just fluff. Mexico is a free state. In all its messiness! The United States, on the other hand, is owned by corporations in a plutocracy! Which drives neoliberalism.

Which drives both education and radical white extremism. But a plutocracy can’t boot itself! Savvy? But you wanna know what’s cutting “neoliberalism words and concepts” from school textbooks in Mexico? Continue reading

Whiteness, Straw Man, and How Electrons Move

 

There’s often a “straw man” argument behind someone’s political opposition.

        By Dan Bodine

Hee, hee! Ain’t got a bone to pick but sure got a yarn to tell! A compassionate African American assuaged my bruised ego in the Navy once when I allowed myself to feel like the dumbest kernel of corn on the cobb! So, with migrants and minorities both now under fire, you can mix your races, yes — but you can’t segregate human lightbulbs! We all shine some! Savvy?

Me, coming up with this?  Yeah, me! Even an ol’ slow country boy from Texas has learnt a thing or two about Life. Hang on; don’t go to sleep. This is really against using straw men, or the Boogeyman, in politics! Continue reading

Salmons “Lost Cause” Has a Sequel?

 

Earlier ends of salmon runs in this Northwest U.S.A. area, due to decades of dam constructions, have shut down most of the fisheries here. Meaning a loss of thousands of jobs and the rich culture that transcended it, too. With the planned removal of the deteriorating dams now, decades later, is there a chance the salmons will return? Bringing back that Life?  (Current Map Image from Wild River Fishing)

 

By Dan Bodine

Yeah, it was one of those “moments you’ll never forget!” A “grown man cryin’ in his beer!” His name was Darrell. A salesman of some sort. And an obvious recent transplant to hot, ugly Texas. During the Sunbelt Era.

He was sitting on the barstool on my left at what was then the dearly revered Flagon Lounge, just off I.H. 35 in Central Texas. Heaving heavy sobs. Continue reading

7 Polyps on Colon Wall — Cut ‘Em Down; Back on Town

Devil be damned!    —      The World Health Organization says as many as 25 percent of cancers worldwide may be attributable to alcohol consumption.  (https://www.stopcoloncancernow.com/news/april-2018/alcohol-increases-risk-of-colon-polyps-colon-cancer)

By Dan Bodine

Doctor cut seven polyps from my colon Wednesday in what’s becoming my triannual colonoscopy exam. And I don’t know whether to celebrate with whiskey or by eating more oatmeal!

For an ol’ drunk, these tests are increasingly dreadful — They foretell the wickedness of my past ways! Continue reading

Interrupting Dreadness in Doctor’s Waiting Room

 

Feigned Indifference in Doctor’s Waiting Room. (Image from CC)

By Dan Bodine

When you’re in a doctor’s waiting room about to be told a date and time a camera’s gonna be shoved up your butt for a bi- or tri-annual colonoscopy, you’re not happy. Fact of Life. Even in today’s Pandemic, this forced boredom (that actually is dreadness) we pull off only through feigned indifference.

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“‘U ‘R Wat ‘U Hate” Good for Stutterers, Too

By Dan Bodine

Rush Limbaugh always felt comfortable behind a microphone. {image from https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/02/18/rip-rush-limbaugh-your-legacy-lives/]

Death of media mogul Rush Limbaugh last month reminded me of hearing my first hotdog sermon on hate back in the ’70s. I’ll tell this story again. My story! Actually has little to do with Limbaugh — he circled in a much higher orbit. But for stuttering, the hate part was a way forward for me, yes! An answer! Can’t imagine what just knowing an initial cause means! Continue reading

African-Americans, Whites and Empire’s Big Lie

Emmett Till, 14, was lynched by a mob in 1955, falsely accused of ‘touching‘ a white woman’s arm. Today he and his mom’s Chicago home is a designated landmark home. (Images courtesy)

Longtime California Atty. Doug Emhoff says he’s basking in his interracial role as the nation’s first Second Gentleman. His wife, Kamala Harris, is the first woman and the first African-American to be elected as U.S. Vice President! (Image link)

 

By Dan Bodine

Yeah, I’m soapy at fortune-telling, which this piece gets into! I’m a political junkie — e.g., always sensing for the next cusp! This one’s been a while in coming, yes!

But you have to be a little blind not to see a cultural reckoning happening among us now. For example: Continue reading

Daughter Spreads Wings with First Car

Using an old photo from a year ago, we are just as happy today after our daughter drove away in her first automobile. Too bad I didn’t have any whiskey to mark the joyous occasion! Hee, hee!

 

By Dan Bodine

 

There are demarcation rituals in Life one customarily passes through that signify a young person has thrown off its old skin and replaced it with a newer, more mature layer. Quinceañeras and high school graduations come to mind! Getting behind the steering wheel of that first car is another. Continue reading

Time for Christmas Cheer —

 

— Dear Readers

                             Who’ve Hung With Us: 

Passing along a “borrowed blessing” from us here,

With HOPE you’ve survived this worst of years!

:
 

Christmas Hope

— for the Holidays and Coming Year

 

It doesn’t matter how rough the year was

We always come back to here.
To those who are the most dear to us,
Those who stood with us through the year.
We asked for you to trust us,
And you did it without a pause.
That one act is more “Christmas”
Than the jolliest Santa Claus.
When things got rough, you stuck with us.
You never let go of the rope.
That’s the real meaning of Christmas—
A season of kindness and hope.
Wherever this road is taking us,
Together we’re going without fear.
Because thanks to you, and loyalty true,

It’ll be a happier Christmas and New Year, too!

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Wishing hope, health, and happiness

For you and those you love,

                        Today, Tomorrow, & in the New Year!

— Dan

Double your blessings!

GOP Tied Church to Public Funding 40 Years Ago

This was the new Dallas Convention Center that opened in 1980 just in time for the New Right and its Moral Majority to “turn the country around.” (Image courtesy)

 

By Dan Bodine

It’s been 40 years this month since the floozy Republican Party formally married the Religious Right‘s church funding at the National Affairs Briefing in Dallas’ new Convention Center. And I mean “wed to the hip” our government is now! Try saying Billions for Church Bail-Outs real softly, i.e.

Anyone doubting the consternation raised then from Ronald Reagan’s flagrantly breaching our long hallowed constitutional Church/State wall of separation by saying “I can endorse you,” can simply read a recent list of the 400 ministries who bellied up to the SBA bar recently — to take at least a million dollars each in the Coronavirus Paycheck Protection Program. Continue reading