The Wheel

Round and round, floating off the ground Why must we run, with each morning sun Huffing like a gadfly, trying to leap high No matter how we feel, up on the wheel Life in a slump, grounded by a speed bump Every day the same, tie score in the game This plight is real, the … More The Wheel

Fail Zero: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service (2021)

This was quite an in-depth and well-researched book about the protection service. Investigative journalist Carol Leonnig has covered the Secret Service for the Washington Post for a number of years. A three-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, Leonnig obviously has many sources and contacts inside the agency, and with former agents and officers, and these … More Fail Zero: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service (2021)

Alexander Vindman

I had never heard of Lt Col. Alexander Vindman until the Trump-Ukraine telephone call. This was the infamous phone call where Trump asked the Ukraine President to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden in exchange for foreign aid and a visit to the White House. Vindman and others were listening in on the call. Vindman knew … More Alexander Vindman

Goon Squad

Morally bent Socially stunted Easily influenced Weep when confronted Alternative reality Argument baiters Glibly offended Deniers and haters Sore losers Promoting a lie Truth discarded Factual shanghai White culture bias Allegiance is “me” not “we” Doctrine over country Insurrection ’tis of thee Conjure a smokescreen Loosen the wingnuts Dispatch a battle cry Their goose-stepping struts … More Goon Squad

LoneStar (1996)

The best of the John Sayles films, which is saying a lot. Sayles is an auteur of independent films. He wrote, directed and edited LoneStar. It all start with two off-duty soldiers finding human bones on an abandoned Army rifle range looking for old bullets. Then a sheriff’s star is discovered among the bones. It … More LoneStar (1996)

Me the People

I have always looked this country as brimming with hope, not perfect by any measure, but evermore a high road of democracy.  People risk their lives to come here for a better chance.  Our democracy and freedoms are envied.  Yet, a major divide exists internally, we are both a nation of people wanting to kick … More Me the People