To The Woman Across The Street Who Is Going To Hell

Pleasant Progressive1Dear TWATSWIGTH:

A few weeks back, I spent a sunny weekend day at my community garden plot planting tomato starts I grew from seeds myself. If you’re a gardener, you’ll know that it’s really cool to actually get tomatoes to grow from seeds—especially heirlooms. I even took these little baby tomato plants with me on a recent trip to New York to make sure they’d get the proper water and light over a three-day weekend. And here they were, finally in the ground at my garden, ready to grow and thrive and make heirloom fruits all summer long. As you may appreciate, then, TWATSWIGTH, I was in a great mood. Continue reading

Obama Accused of Wife Beating

curmudgeon logo2Some months it just doesn’t pay to get out of bed, especially if you are the President of the United States.  First there was the IRS “scandal.”   This is, of course, Obama’s Watergate.  This is the one where he goes down!  The socialist nit has finally done it and he’ll get his come-uppence for sure now. Continue reading

Connectedness, Digilantism, and Trauma

Pleasant Progressive1Trigger warning: rape has been in the news a lot over the past few weeks and it’s made me mad and sad, so I’m going to write about it as the main topic of my post today.

I almost threw up watching coverage of the kidnappings in Cleveland and the details emerge of what those three women endured for the last decade. Then news broke that military sexual assaults had increased 30 percent in the past two years… Continue reading

Pseudo or Science

curmudgeon logo2Remember Stan Meyers?  No?  That’s OK.  I had to look up his name again when I started this post.   Stan Meyers claimed he had invented a water powered car way back in the 80’s.  He had a dune-buggy demo, took out patents, and went looking for investors.  Why bring up Stan?  Three reasons.   The first is an article I saw this week which stated that we have now reached the 400 ppm carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere that scientist have long predicted was a watershed moment.  Second, gas prices in my little part of the world just shot up $.50 in a week.  And third, another article involving a guy named Ronald Ace  (yep, Ace). Continue reading

Kids These Days

Pleasant Progressive1I very likely learned the word “hypocrisy” when I studied for the SATs in high school, but it was a fitting description for what I was seeing in the Adult world. I felt like Adults had unrealistically high expectations of me and my younger cohort, but didn’t manage to live up to those aspirations themselves. You know, telling us kids to be good, be kind, be respectful and then not abiding their own admonishments. It was a slow, disheartening learning experience to see the repeated cycle of Adults telling us kids one thing and doing the exact opposite themselves. It felt unfair, it seemed wrong, but there was nothing I could do about it because I was “just a kid.” So, I pledged to never become a hypocritical Adult myself. Continue reading

In Heaven’s Name, Grow Up

curmudgeon logo2Every now and then something gets posted on my Facebook feed that I find annoying.  I’m sure that never happens to anyone else.  My most recent annoyance was a small, three paragraph newspaper article, undated, in which a principal, a John Tapene, quoted a judge, unnamed, and purported to give advice to teens who asked the questions, “Where can we go?  What can we do?”  Apparently this little clip has gone viral on the web. Continue reading