Rules

22 years ago this month I was in basic training. I am remembering on a particular day where I tried to tabulate the number of jumping jacks I performed that day. I lost track after 2,000. My mind simply hadn’t the energy to add or retain numbers at some point. The reason I contemplate this memory today is because I remember the company commander’s declaration early in the process of induction disseminating the policies and procedures that he was bound by. So we would know what was right from wrong, that we should all always as a sailor be obligated…

External/Internal Rachel Dolezel

I think we all know the certain recently (relatively) tightly curled lady of America today this pertains. I know my own struggles. I will forever share my children’s struggle. But that is not owning another’s struggle. It is what is my struggle as a father of little soldiers in the trenches. I demand no empathy.  My place is this. I am in a place of strength and depth to handle a great many minor indignities. On my own behalf. On the behalf of those incalculably, intrinsically and inseparably mine to bear I make no such compromises. A choice indistinguishable from…

Rioting ‘R Us

The seeds of America are drowning in the spittle soaked soils slowly and steadily tilled by heavy plows of injustice. Imagine your spouse, your parent, or child – the most important person in your life – arrested and detained. And somehow their spine were broken and devoid of medical treatment. Now imagine nearly two weeks pass without explanation or even an effort of status quo platitudes from the powers that be. Only being told to never mind, nothing to see. Only another lawbreaker broken by how justice was designed to be meted out time immemorial. Not good enough for you?…

Sunken Treasure

American Exceptionalism is less about any moral leap in global historical relevance and more about the heights of implementing the continual ruthlessness of European hegemony in a twice distilled form.  It is no wonder despite our institution based upon escape from the persecution of the European status quo and multiple wars against Europe to preserve its existence and relevance, we are now aligned with no stronger allies than the birth mother of our existential need to exploit, murder and dominate in the name of liberty (for some) and prosperity (for some).  The American Way is the European Way.