Thursday, May 26, 2016

How the mainstream media will screw America this election year

Any article whose teaser is “ruh roh” must be some legit journalism, right?
The United States of America is on the verge of electing a president who is, on varying levels, a bigot, racist, xenophobe, misogynist, demagogue, and narcissist — who doesn’t have a solitary clue about public policy, international relations, or governance, and who could, quite literally, cause disastrous global instability.

But the media is still fixating on Hillary Clinton’s emails.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Texans are generally lovely people, but their state is a cesspool

It’s funny — I’ve never personally met someone from Texas whom I didn’t like. I mean, I’m sure there are plenty of assholes there; after all, it’s a state of more than 27 million people, of which Ted Cruz is one.

But I have yet to encounter any of them. (Seriously, does anyone watch Fixer Upper on HGTV? I don’t want to believe that that lovely couple really lives and redesigns homes in Waco, Texas, of all places.)

As for the state itself, however, and its elected officials: Well, I’d liken both to a sewage retention pond festering under the sun on a blistering hot summer day.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

The scourge of shame-based religion

I recently came across the wedding website of someone I met briefly several years ago but haven’t seen or spoken to since.

The “how we met” page of that site said, with an air of what might be read as faux humility (at least by me), that this person and her fiancé are “nothing more than fallen sinners who are saved by God’s grace.”

Naturally, I was incredulous.

Seriously? Nothing more than fallen sinners? Nothing at all?

Bullshit. You’re everything more than that. We are everything more than that.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A quiet, mystical place on the edge of a continent

Even before I lost my car, I was leaning strongly in favor of leaving the Pacific Northwest to return to my roots. So I had started a “Seattle bucket list” for myself — a collection of places in and around this city that I hadn’t yet visited but was committed to doing so before my final departure.

Near the top of that list was the Hoh Rainforest out on the Olympic Peninsula. Incidentally, it ended up being the last road trip I took with my Hyundai Elantra.

The rainforest isn’t a quick jaunt from Seattle. You really have to want to go there. First, it involves a ferry ride across Puget Sound. Then, Highway 101 wraps around the outside of the peninsula (the interior is the roadless wilderness of Olympic National Park), which makes it a much longer trek than many might expect. The rainforest itself is situated in a remote area of the western reaches of the park.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Never, ever underestimate Donald Trump

Photo: Gage Skidmore, Wikipedia
This Slate article confidently proclaims that Donald Trump, now assured to be the Republican nominee in 2016 following the exits of Ted Cruz and John Kasich, will never be elected president.

All of its arguments are valid, and its prediction will almost certainly prove correct.

The only problem is the “almost” part.

Monday, May 2, 2016

How my car led me to a life decision

My 2004 Hyundai Elantra parked outside the auto repair shop, awaiting its final tow. The dent just to the left of the taillight
is from May 2007, when I pulled carelessly into the car port at my new place after a long day of driving.
I had to get rid of my car last week. I’m grieving it pretty hard — sort of like I just put down a beloved pet or something.

Why is that? I mean, it’s an inanimate object.

I think it’s less the object itself than the memories and narrative associated with it. I bought that car 10 years ago, just months before I moved to the Pacific Northwest. (Who the hell owns a car for that long anymore?) And I always took pains to maintain it well.

I drove it all the way out here with a good friend of mine and a cat who howled from the back seat the entire way.

I used it to carpool with friends for many, many years.

Just three weeks ago, I took it on a weekend trip out to the Olympic Peninsula. It ran like a charm. No hint of any problems.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Unsurprisingly, I also can’t stand Ted Cruz

I find it interesting and somewhat entertaining that the headlines about Ted Cruz’s theatrical, meaningless VP announcement (what a joke that was, right?) lasted precisely one day before being eclipsed the very next by headlines about how much everyone hates Ted Cruz, including former House Speaker John Boehner.

Interesting and entertaining, yes, but also somewhat perverse, and definitely sad.