second amendment

The Second Amendment & Gun Violence-A Marriage Made in Heaven

The second amendment, ratified in December of 1792, to the United States Constitution states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” In the past two weeks, there have been four incidents of mass murder in American cities. One in Brooklyn, New York that left one … Continue reading The Second Amendment & Gun Violence-A Marriage Made in Heaven

Democratic Debate Wrap-Up

Tuesday night in Detroit, Michigan was the second batch of Democratic Presidential debates. A two night war of words, plans and policies among the top 20 leading Democratic presidential candidates. Destined to be the delineating moment for many, it didn’t disappoint.  CNN hosted the televised and streamed the debate, moderated by Jake “the bully” Tapper, Dana “cut you off” Bash and Don “Mr. Humble” Lemon. … Continue reading Democratic Debate Wrap-Up

Review – Raw on Amazon

Amazon has all five seasons of the scripted Irish restaurant series Raw now available. Doing the impossible, the show manages to capture the spirit of working in a restaurant. One of the perks to streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon is that they must rely on other countries for content in order to keep their schedules fresh. In this case, Amazon has an Irish television series … Continue reading Review – Raw on Amazon

Review – The Boys

Amazon Studio’s new show The Boys is about Superheroes, anti-heroes, corporate villainy and a touch of dystopia-shaken, not stirred. I should say that I don’t like Superhero movies, TV shows, novels, comic books, podcasts, telenovelas, musicals, etc. That said, there’s been enough of them that I like one or two. Well, two, I enjoyed both Deadpool movies and the first Iron Man was pretty good … Continue reading Review – The Boys

Warren’s Worry – The Fierce Fear of More Financial Malfeasance

Democratic Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren has been calling out financial malfeasance for a large part of her career. As a Harvard Law Professor, she first gained national attention in 2004. During an appearance on The Bill Moyers Show she called out then Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan for acting at the behest of banks when he was encouraging Americans to borrow against the equity in their … Continue reading Warren’s Worry – The Fierce Fear of More Financial Malfeasance

Brexit and America: The Odd Couple?

Boris Johnson, long a champion of Britain’s exit (Brexit) from the European Union, is now the Prime Minister. Soon he will formally take up residence at 10 Downing Street and begin the onerous task of doing what his predecessor, Theresa May, failed to do, remove Britain from the European Union. If Johnson is to hold true to the promise he made on June 24, to … Continue reading Brexit and America: The Odd Couple?

Articles of Impeachment: Third Time is NOT the Charm

On Tuesday July 16 Texas Democrat Al Green introduced Articles of Impeachment in the House of Representatives against President Donald Trump. Impeachment has been a long simmering issue and one that a fair amount of Democrats in the House even supported, except the one that mattered most House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Suffice it to say a few Americans were supportive of it as well, especially … Continue reading Articles of Impeachment: Third Time is NOT the Charm

Liberal/Progressive – Who are You?

With the first round of Democratic debates over, it’s become clear that the party has begun to slide to the left. Whether that’s been by design or by force is up for debate. There is even talk that, for the first time, the Democrats may find themselves with a true “progressive” leading the party, as opposed to a classical liberal Democrat. But first things first, … Continue reading Liberal/Progressive – Who are You?

All Dollars, No Sense: The Opioid Crisis

Drug overdose is the leading cause of death for those under the age of 50 and sixty percent of those deaths are attributable to opioids. It almost goes without saying that in America, the abuse of opioids has reached epidemic proportions. Independent of the emotional toll addiction takes on family, friends and colleagues it’s costly to the federal and state governments that have to deal … Continue reading All Dollars, No Sense: The Opioid Crisis

Democratic Debates, Night 2

Well, last nights round two of the democratic debates didn’t disappoint. It was a good sequel to the first night. While the moderators were clearly focusing on the front runners of the group (Biden, Sanders, Harris and Buttigieg) the others were forced to interject and try to get heard. All of them spent a little too much time slagging Donald Trump, which doesn’t bother me … Continue reading Democratic Debates, Night 2

Democratic Debates, Night 1

Round one of the Democratic debates ended without any bloodshed or a TKO. With the exception of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, all the candidates started off visibly nervous. Amy Klobuchar being the most noticeable but eventually settled in.  The moderators all held their own, although Chuck Todd looked like he wanted to rip someone’s head off during the audio glitch that started … Continue reading Democratic Debates, Night 1

Summing Up the Democratic Nominees

Yea, don’t worry, I’m not going to sum up the entire 198 Democratic Nominees. Only the top five. As the two nights of debates are next week, it’s probably best to know who is about what. If you rely on news, you’re not going to get a clear picture. To most news organizations it’s still the “Joe and Bernie Show”, for some unknown reason. Two … Continue reading Summing Up the Democratic Nominees

New Writing and I’m Lazy

Greetings and salutations! I’ve got new writing up at a few places and I’m getting ready to travel again for work so won’t have the time to post them here. In the event you didn’t know, I’m HUGE in Italy. I’m writing for a Italian news magazine and site, il Giornale. They’re the fifth largest newspaper in Italy (yea, how’s that for impressive). They’ve launched … Continue reading New Writing and I’m Lazy

Lou Reed – Rocker, Poet, Artist . . . Educator?

Then one fine morning, she put on a New York station She couldn’t believe what she heard at all She started dancing to that fine-fine music Ahh, her life was saved by rock ’n’ roll – “Rock and Roll” Lou Reed Music can save you because the power of good music is that it can transcend. . . everything. Lou Reed wrote some good music. And six … Continue reading Lou Reed – Rocker, Poet, Artist . . . Educator?

Retro Review: Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul – Men Without Women (1982)

While visiting my cousins’ years ago, in New York City, I got a broader exposure to music. In between, uh, “cigarettes”, I also got a brief history of the E Street Band. Including who Steven Van Zandt, Miami Steve and Little Steven was. Somehow Little Steven’s first solo album, Men Without Women, came out, made its way onto the turntable and one of my cousins … Continue reading Retro Review: Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul – Men Without Women (1982)

Globalization & Music — The World Got Smaller, But Better?

One of the primary argument’s for globalization was that it would bring many aspects of the world closer. Be it political, economic or cultural, in essence, globalization would make the world “smaller”. And yet, as recently as 20 years ago, the world seemed so big. Especially in the search for good music. Perhaps I am waxing nostalgic, but it seemed you had to work for … Continue reading Globalization & Music — The World Got Smaller, But Better?

Why The Replacements (still) Matter

A few years ago I saw a glimmer of hope for future generations. I was perusing the stationary/book store, in the bowels of Rockefeller Plaza, on the prowl for unneeded reading material. I found nothing . . . came close, but decided against the Peter Criss autobiography. I settled on purchasing a few unneeded Moleskin booklets, a package of three for 8.95. As I went … Continue reading Why The Replacements (still) Matter

Donald Trump: Four More Years?

President Donald Trump isn’t an unwitting, brainwashed assassin in the same way that Sargent Raymond Shaw was in The Manchurian Candidate. He’s worse. Donald Trump is real. And he’s being manipulated and guided by people who may have taken the time to read Richard Condon’s book or at least watched either John Frankenheimer’s 1962 film or Jonathan Demme’s 2004 re-make. During his first 11 months … Continue reading Donald Trump: Four More Years?

Manic Street Preachers

If you live in America, Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers are one of the better rock bands you’ve probably never heard of. As near as I can tell, it seems that 2010’s Postcards from A Young Man was the last album that had any physical distribution here in the United States. And streaming services are marginally better for what’s offered here in the states. Radio airplay has … Continue reading Manic Street Preachers

Microdosing LSD – UPDATE

Yes, I realize I just sent a rather long post but I found an article worth sharing in the event you’re left scratching your head thinking “What’s he off about? LSD? Is he an idiot?” Well, no. I’m not. Here is a brief article from none other than the Scientific American that speaks to growing studies around microdosing and its effects. Its conclusion? “Through straightforward … Continue reading Microdosing LSD – UPDATE

Intercepted Podcast Review Update

I recently reviewed The Intercept_ podcast Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill. In it, I briefly mention that in one episode they address America’s sketchy history of fucking with Latin America’s politic’s throughout history through military and financial manipulation and ultimately a kind of American corporate rape and pillage. In the event you are looking for evidence of this behavior, shortly after my review IN_ (The Intercept_’s … Continue reading Intercepted Podcast Review Update

Podcast Review: Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill

Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill is not your parents liberal journalism. The Intercept_ was founded in 2014 by First Look Media. A non-profit company funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and “…built on the belief that freedom of expression and of the press, and fiercely independent perspectives, are vital to a healthy democracy and a vibrant culture”. Its current editors are Betsy Reed, Glenn Greenwald and … Continue reading Podcast Review: Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill

Retro Review: Van Halen – Van Halen (1978)

The musical landscape on which Van Halen released their self-titled debut album in February of 1978 was diverse. The Bee Gees were at their apogee and Peter Frampton was the guitar god of the moment. A Sisyphean task if ever there was one because Van Halen was equal parts Black Sabbath and Rick James (with just a flare of Elton John). Sure, now we can say … Continue reading Retro Review: Van Halen – Van Halen (1978)

Fleabag: Series Two (aka Season Two)

A few years ago, I made the bold claim that Phoebe Waller-Bridge and her show Fleabag would change television. I wasn’t entirely wrong. While the first series of Fleabag (Brits call seasons “series”) on Amazon Prime failed to create a groundswell, Hollywood did take notice. Waller-Bridge landed plum roles in Goodbye Christopher Robin and a sweet Star Wars franchise role as L3-37 in Solo: A Star Wars … Continue reading Fleabag: Series Two (aka Season Two)

A Good Therapist

If you google “how to find a good therapist” you’ll get 170 million + results. That’s a lot. Results ranging from well, from everyone, everywhere and virtually every publication. I’m not exactly sure what that says about us. But as someone who has done some serious study in this field of “therapy” (that’d be on the couch side, not the educatin’ side) I wanted to … Continue reading A Good Therapist

Retro Review: Lone Justice – Lone Justice (1985)

Lone Justice came out of the LA Cowpunk scene that gave us X, Jason & the Scorchers and Social Distortion, to name a few. Fronted by whirling dervish Marie McKee (imagine a high energy Stevie Nicks in shorter dresses with a slight snarl) and backed by guitarist Ryan Hedgecock, bassist Marvin Etzioni and drummer Don Heffington, Lone Justice quickly made a name for themselves in … Continue reading Retro Review: Lone Justice – Lone Justice (1985)

Podcast Updates

Two big podcast updates for Tenderfoot TV’s Atlanta Monster and APM Reports In the Dark. This Sunday, March 23, cable network Investigation Discovery is airing The Atlanta Child Murders which will address some of the oddities and inconsistencies around the conviction of Wayne Williams for all of the child murders that took place in Atlanta in the early 1980’s. In season two of his podcast … Continue reading Podcast Updates

Three Reviews, One Post

Arrested Development, Season Five, Part Deux – Netflix The second eight episodes of season five’s Arrested Development dropped on Netflix on March 15. After an uneven season four (and uneven is being kind), both parts of season five remind us why Arrested Development remains one of the gold standards of the single camera comedy. While most of these performers have gone on to do other things, it’s nice to see them … Continue reading Three Reviews, One Post

Just In Case You’re Wondering

“Old George Orwell got it backward. Big Brother isn’t watching. He’s singing and dancing. He’s pulling rabbits out of a hat. Big Brother’s busy holding your attention every moment you’re awake. He’s making sure you’re always distracted. He’s making sure you’re fully absorbed. He’s making sure your imagination withers. Until it’s as useful as your appendix. He’s making sure your attention is always filled. And … Continue reading Just In Case You’re Wondering

Trip of Compassion

Trip of Compassion is an Israeli documentary about a clinical case study at the Beer Yaakov Mental Health Center that used MDMA (Ecstasy) as a treatment for PTSD. About 18 months ago a friend of mine sent me the Ayelet Waldmen book, A Really Good Day, about her experience micro-dosing with LSD. And thus began my journey researching the world of modern psychedelics. I even … Continue reading Trip of Compassion