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  • Kurt Brindley 10:15 am on March 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , experimental fiction, , , horror novels, Mark Z. Danielewski, , , supernatural, writing   

    Any Fans? 

    House of Leaves


    Been wanting to read this for a long time but now that I finally have it…

    I find its presence rather… intimidating.




    • Katrina 11:50 am on March 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I read it and enjoyed it. It wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read, but far from the worst.

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:34 pm on March 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Okay. Great. It’s good to know, with all the hoopla around it I’ve seen, it’s not just a love it or hate it kind of read. Thanks for saying so, Katrina.

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    • amariesilver 6:52 pm on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      We own it and while I want to read it, I’m also a little intimidated by it. That, and I’ve heard it requires a lot of attention to detail which is hard for me to do with two kids running around.


  • Kurt Brindley 2:04 pm on March 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Heidegger, Kierkegaard, , Nietzsche, , , Sartre, , The Stranger, , writing   

    The Absurdity That Isn’t 

    An Existential Moment

    I’m not a philosopher despite the fact that it is my belief that everyone with a thinking brain, and especially those without, is one, whether it be as a witting one or not.

    No, I’m not a Philosopher, despite my occasional philosophizing about philosophical stuff, in the same regard that I’m not a Poet, despite the fact that I occasionally write poetic-like stuff.

    Philosophy as a studied discipline is way too confounding for my confounded brain.

    However, practicing a philosophy as a means for navigating life comes as natural to me as the act of breathing or as the desire to include unnecessary descriptive and expounding words, especially those oh so delightful words of the adverbial persuasion, into as much of my writing as possible.

    For instance, I have no idea how many times other than a lot that I’ve attempted to read and understand such profound Philosophers as Kierkegaard and Nietzsche and Heidegger and Sartre and Camus and, regardless how many times it’s been, without fail and after only a few pages I have to put their books down in angry frustration and embarrassment from my inability to read the words that they have carefully and thoughtfully written for me with any sustained comprehension. It is maddening to me that, while I can read and understand just about any individual sentence of theirs, when moving on to a succeeding sentence, of which I can also read and understand, I invariably lose comprehension of the sentence which had just preceded it and which only seconds before I had understood.

    If hell is other people, then a deeper hell is other people other than the people I can understand…

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    • xmatman 1:22 pm on March 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Uhm… Yep. :)

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    • howard johnson 6:47 pm on March 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Great post. Well said, sir.
      I’m glad that some one else feels that it is possible to know the words, even the grammar of a sentence or two and have no idea of what the author has said. You mention Heidegger, in my experience, he’s one other worst, on a par with Derrida. You can’t even get a what they mean, second or third hand as their commentators are as obtuse.
      It is frustrating and self demeaning to try to read what you’ve heard is great wisdom and come away feeling more ignorant. But don’t blame yourself!
      First of all, the people you mentioned didn’t write in English, so you are getting a translation, someone else’s words who might not understand what was written any better than you or I. Second, these guys use short hand, ordinary words as hints of concepts they all have spent years studying, and jargon, those secret passwords that distinguish members of the club. They wrote for other professional philosophizers not for folks like us.
      But every once and a while, when you are reading this stuff while simultaneously translating their words into yours to try to make sense of even a bit of it, there comes a “now, it all makes sense” moment that clarifies—though hardly solves—the absurd futility of “it all.”It’s over quickly, but there remains a taste of insight that keeps you trying to read above your pay grade. For me, anyway.
      Thanks for the like.

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  • Kurt Brindley 11:30 am on March 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , fall from grace, , Irish Authors, , , , , Quantum Mutata, , , , writing   

    On Being Irishman Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde 

    The world is a stage,
    but the play is badly cast.


    Quantum Mutata*

    THERE was a time in Europe long ago
    When no man died for freedom anywhere,
    But England’s lion leaping from its lair
    Laid hands on the oppressor! it was so
    While England could a great Republic show.
    Witness the men of Piedmont, chiefest care
    Of Cromwell, when with impotent despair
    The Pontiff in his painted portico
    Trembled before our stern ambassadors.
    How comes it then that from such high estate
    We have thus fallen, save that Luxury
    With barren merchandise piles up the gate
    Where nobler thoughts and deeds should enter by:
    Else might we still be Milton’s heritors.



    Image courtesy of WIKIPEDIA
    Quote & Poem courtesy of

    *I know, I know… it’s a poem less about Ireland and more about the United Kingdom. Okay, granted — it’s all about England and its fall from dynastic grace but it sure seems applicable to today’s current United Empire, no?


  • Kurt Brindley 9:38 am on March 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: clocks, , Daylight Savings Time, Emily Dickinson, , , , , presentiments, , , , Women Poets, writing   

    Emily Dickinson on Daylight Savings Time* 


    Presentiment – is that long Shadow – on the Lawn –
    Indicative that Suns go down –

    The Notice to the startled Grass
    That Darkness is about to pass –


    *Admittedly, it’s highly unlikely that Ms. Dickinson while sitting alone upstairs staring out her pondering window penned this pensive poem about Daylight Savings Time; that being said, it’s time to throw open those curtains, spread sunshine on those foreboding winter-fouled floating dust mites of presentiments and drag those lagging Clocks for-ward and on-ward to-ward that Fresh Breath of presentiment-less and Carefree Air affectionately known as Spring, yo!**

    **What’s with all the “yos” lately, yo?


  • Kurt Brindley 10:17 pm on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: appearance, , juxtaposition, order, , vice, writing   


    the last is the first to know
    that the first must needs be
    the last to be let go


  • Kurt Brindley 12:30 pm on February 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , indoctrination, Ivana Trump, , , , , spider webs, , , Vanity Fair, writing   

    Untangling Trump One Tangled Lie at a Time 

    Tangled Trump

    “Spiders do not usually adhere to their own webs, because they are able to spin both sticky and non-sticky types of silk, and are careful to travel across only non-sticky portions of the web. However, they are not immune to their own glue…” WIKIPEDIA

    A lie told often enough becomes the truth. ~ Vladimir Lenin

    In our country the lie has become not just a moral category but a pillar of the State. ~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    ★ ★ ★

    It’s out there, the Truth about Trump.

    It just takes time to untangle his international web of lies and deceit…

    But it’s happening, this Untangling, despite Trump’s and and his stooges’ efforts to deny it and divert us from it, as is evidenced in Rachael Maddow’s mind-blowing report last night, as well as in The New Yorker piece we discussed here a couple of days ago, and of which Maddow refers to in the following video:

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    • avwalters 8:48 pm on February 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Kurt, Step back a minute and look at this thing. It reads like a Coen brothers script. (Think, Burn After Reading.) American buffoon businessman tapped by the Rooskis as some kind of backwards Manchurian candidate–only to find that the American roller-coaster marketplace has done all the work for them–racist voters, crooked lobbists, self-absorbed and corrupt politicians, all, so much so, that the poor Russian handlers don’t know how to interfere to make things worse. They sit back and eat popcorn, shocked, as they watch Americans implode under their own power.

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    • cinderellaeveryman 8:31 pm on March 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      like your opening quotes. like the sourcing – large sweep. I had a hunch Ivanka was our hero’s erstwhile romantic interest of some stature….. plot thickening or just souring or refining? might yield liquor of some pedigree. What do you think? anyway….like it.


      • cinderellaeveryman 12:39 pm on March 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        So sorry, I meant Conway, not Ivanka. Whatever meant be said of Trump, – and after all what can’t be said?- “That” can’t be. His politically incestuous relationship with Russia is pretty evident and he seems to run the White House like a family business but that as far as I’m willing to go.


      • Kurt Brindley 11:58 am on March 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        The article sourced is a VF interview with Ivana, Trump’s first ex-wife, not Conway/Invanka.


    • gspottedpen 9:30 am on March 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Trump is an average “WHITE” with a mindset that is in the middle ages and an ego that’s immorally outrageous. Anand Bose from Kerala


      • Kurt Brindley 11:54 am on March 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Being White, I’m afraid to ask what an average “WHITE” is… If an average “WHITE” has a mindset that is in the middle ages, I’m even more afraid to ask what mindset either an above or below average “WHITE” would have…


        • gspottedpen 8:02 am on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          Average, sorry I should I have used the term socially and culturally biased. Pardon!


  • Kurt Brindley 4:02 pm on February 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , , , , PEN America, , Second Amendment, writing   



    You know, in the past, regardless the president in power, it has always pretty much been a constant whine from all the many millions of gun lovers toting their many more millions of guns that their Second Amendment rights are under constant attack by a relentless blizzard of liberal, commie-shaped snowflakes… so their steady stream of bawling blather has always been received by me as nothing more than unintellig-ent/ible, self-flagellating noise.

    But now, with our First Amendment rights under a for real attack by Trump and his pack of stooges, it pains me to have to assume that those same Second Amendment Peters who were constantly crying Wolf about losing their rights are now happily standing by, armed and ready, to support and even help facilitate our Wolf-in-Chief achieve his vicious autocratic goals.



    I never could have believed, and still can’t, that we in the United States of America would ever have to be seriously concerned about seriously losing our First Amendment rights…

    But, alas, here we are so very seriously concerned.

    So concerned, in fact, that PEN America felt the need to publish an article entitled DEFENDING FREE EXPRESSION: A TOOLKIT FOR WRITERS AND READERS.

    If you aren’t familiar with the freedom-defending organization, this is what PEN America is about:

    PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.

    ★ ★ ★

    Here are some “bullet” points from the toolkit for our intellectual self-defense:

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  • Kurt Brindley 12:59 pm on February 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , historians, , , Munich Post, , normalization, rise to power, Ron Rosenbaum, , Trump and Hitler, writing   

    What Will It Take? 

    I’ve lost several fb friends and many followers here because of my relentless fixation on Trump’s autocratic aspirations and the similarities between his rise to power with Hitler’s.

    I ain’t gonna lie to you — I’ve often in the past second-guessed myself and wondered if I, in fact, wasn’t just being too alarmist and snowflake-like in my regard for Trump and his rise to power like many have accused me of being.

    But I stopped all that second-guessing and wondering long ago as the similarities in tactics between the two just keep getting more and more profound.

    In a powerful, condemning, LARB essay, yet another Hitler historian, Ron Rosenbaum, comes out strong with the Trump/Hitler comparisons…

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    • http://theenglishprofessoratlarge.com 1:08 pm on February 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Kurt, you are telling it the way it is. Let’s not forget that Roy Cohn was Trump’s mentor, and we know what his history was. One of the problems is, as Santyana said, that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. We older ones who lived during WW11 have not forgotten, but no one listens to us simply because we are old. There was a time when elders received respect, but not any more. So, we cry into the wilderness. You, and other concerned younger citizens, have to march under the banner of Truth.

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      • Kurt Brindley 1:36 pm on February 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for your wisdom and encouragement, Professor. Seems like respect is a forgotten anachronism we no longer have the patience or temperament for…


    • donnamarie 1:39 pm on February 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I understand your alarm. Everyone should be. I’m of the mind that the effort shouldn’t be to convince #45 supporters because they are the people who followed Hitler. Those who should be targeted are the “so called patriotic conservatives” who are silent in this moment when America needs them the most.

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      • Kurt Brindley 1:43 pm on February 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Unfortunately, they are much more difficult to target than the belligerent supporters.

        I’m surprised I’ve seen very little in the news or on social media of supporters coming out publicly to declare they’ve changed their minds.

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        • donnamarie 1:46 pm on February 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          So true. His supporters seem to be either stuck in this alternate reality or to ashamed to admit their mistake. I heard a woman on a talk show say she voted for Trump but that doesn’t mean she supports him. Huh? This is a problem.

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          • Kurt Brindley 2:00 pm on February 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

            A problem, indeed. With the campaign being so divisive and both sides being so belligerent towards the other… it will be hard for anyone to admit they were wrong for a while, I suppose.

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    • Mellow Curmudgeon 2:57 pm on February 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      “What will it take?” Good question.

      Wish I knew. Both regarding Trump’s active supporters AND regarding those who recoil from looking like sore losers more than they recoil from the prospect of fascism behind a democratic facade. The parallels with Hitler’s rise keep getting worse, but many otherwise sensible people still advocate seeking common ground, waiting to see how the umpteenth incarnation of zombie economics works out, blah blah blah. While patience is often a virtue, waiting until it is too late is not.


    • wscottling 3:56 pm on February 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I have to say that I have people in my extended circle that I know voted for Lord Dampnut and having talked to them, they *do* live in an alternate reality because they honestly don’t understand what the fuss is all about. They don’t know why everyone is frightened, they don’t understand what people are upset about, and they really and truly think that everyone is in a tizzy over nothing. To them, it’s just business as usual. If I try to explain it to them, they say that I’m exaggerating and even being hyperbolic about “everything”.

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      • wscottling 3:57 pm on February 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        And before anyone asks why I don’t cut them out of my life, I’ll say this now, I don’t cut people out of my life for having different political views (or religious views, &c….) if I did that, I’d be as bad as any other racist.

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    • C. J. Hartwell 4:28 pm on February 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I tried to remain stoic after the election, trusting in our checks and balances to keep him from doing too much harm. However the longer it goes, the more apparent he and his supporters have no respect for checks and balances and will do whatever they can to circumvent them. It’s terrifying, and as you said, what will it take for people to open their eyes?

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    • Aetherielle 11:11 pm on February 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I share your concerns. People are not only ignorant of history but often choose to deny that they are susceptible to the same sort of mistakes. Watching Trump stir up his base is frightening, to say the least. I don’t necessarily believe that he has nefarious political motives so much as he’s obsessed with empowering the failing corporate state. Playing on ignorance and fear is just a tool. Hitler used it when he convinced the German people that Jews and Russians would destroy them and Trump is doing the same with immigrants and ISIS. Those of us who see it need to stay vigilant because half the population seems to be turning a blind eye in the hopes that they will somehow reap the benefits of this “New World.” I hope they wake up from the delusion before it’s too late.


    • KatieComeBack 7:00 am on March 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      What it will take is direct impact.

      Once something you relied on is gone, all this “stuff” becomes much more important. Until then, a lot of it doesn’t sound all that bad to people – because nothing in THEIR worlds has been rocked to the core. Yet.

      We are often a selfish lot.


  • Kurt Brindley 4:59 pm on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , dictionaries, , , , Merriam-Webster, put-downs, so-called, , , , , writing   

    Speaking of Awards Season… 

    I nominate so-called, our so-called president’s go-to word-choice* for put-downs, for this year’s “Best Word” award.

    Did you catch his last usage of it?

    The so-called angry crowds

    This guy, I tell ya…

    If he weren’t already the president he should really consider being a cheesy reality TV star.

    Anyway, speaking of put-downs…

    Merriam-Webster deserves an award for throwing shade at Kelly Ann Whatshersame after she made that less-than-smart comment about what feminism is by sub-tweeting her with the actual definition of the word feminism.

    Go Dictionary Nerds.

    Word up, y’all.

    ★ ★ ★

    *Yes, all you Grammar Nerds, hyphenated words are considered one word.


  • Kurt Brindley 4:23 pm on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , writing   

    In view of it being Awards Season… 

    I nominate this amazing New Yorker image for this year’s “Best Supporting Image” award.

    I’m not certain if the article it is in support of is worthy to be nominated for this year’s “Best Article” award because I haven’t finished it yet because it’s so damn long it should have its own Executive Summary.

    I mean, it’s so damn long it makes my recently published so-called “long” post look like a piddly ol’ Trump tweet.

    Anyway, if you have the gusto, click on the image to read the article.

    Spoiler alert…

    It’s hard to tell from the image, but the article is about Trump and Russian’s influence over him.



  • Kurt Brindley 11:59 am on February 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , grunge rock, John Feffer, journalists, , , , , Trumpian, writing   

    “Post-apocalyptic fiction has been moved to our current affairs section” 

    I wish I were smart enough to be able to claim this post’s eye/brain-catching headline as my own. But, alas, I cannot because I got it from this read-worthy #longread of an article written by John Feffer, a journalist and author who, with his read-worthy article, attempts to (in subtle sublimity) — and in my view does — make the case of why we should purchase his new near-future dystopian novel which spookily mirrors the current dystopic, Trumpian events of today, and who, Feffer, got it, the headline, from a friend on facebook in the form of a viral photo of a sign in front of bookstore in Boston.

    A whole lotta fortuitous and fast-moving mechanics behind that headline up there, wouldn’t you agree?

    To paraphrase/abuse a popular insurance company commercial from several years past that was trying to get us to fork over the beans for their coverage so we would be covered/prepared for any disastrous potentiality…

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  • Kurt Brindley 11:01 am on February 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , Colson Whitehead, literary authors, , National Book Award, , The Underground Railroad, , writing   

    Meet our 2016 National Book Award Winner 


    Colson Whitehead was born in 1969, and was raised in Manhattan. After graduating from Harvard College, he started working at the Village Voice, where he wrote reviews of television, books, and music… COLSONWHITEHEAD.COM



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  • Kurt Brindley 5:23 pm on February 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Columbia Journalism School, Editor & Publisher, , Line, messaging apps, , , , Viber, WeChat, WhatApp, writing   

    So, it looks like “The Industry” is finally beginning to figure out this Snapchat thing… 


    I began a quest a while back to understand how Indie Authors such as myself can leverage the seemingly incomprehensible (at least to an old dud like me) yet immensely popular messaging app called Snapchat.

    To be honest, I gave up any hope of me ever using the app as part of my publishing platform right after giving it a very brief whirl of a befuddling go during the time I wrote the first post it.

    However, I haven’t given up on trying to understand how it and other apps like it can help others promote their work, especially the younger Indie Authors who best fit the apps’ demographic. So, I’ve kept my eye open for anything relatively relative about it…

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    • acflory 5:33 pm on February 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      -sigh- Now I really do feel old. I’ve heard of Whatsapp and Snapchat, but as soon as I read that they were both mobile apps, I turned straight off. I do have a smartphone, but it isn’t surgically attached to either my ear or my hand, so it only gets used for those old fashioned things called phone /calls/. And not many of them either. I just don’t like phones or whatever you want to call mobile devices these days. I don’t want to be switched on and tuned in all the time. Anachronism, right? :D

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      • Kurt Brindley 8:59 am on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I have a love hate relationship with my phone – the best among its uses for me are the navigation app and camera.


        • acflory 6:54 pm on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          Yes! Well, as far as the camera goes. :D I could never take a decent photo until I learned how to use the camera. Still a terrible photographer but at least now I’m better than I was.
          The other app I rely on is my EmergencyAus app. It notifies me of any incidents within a 5 km radius of my home…including bushfires. I’ve felt so much safer during the summer months since I’ve had it.


  • Kurt Brindley 10:35 am on February 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Dave Astor, , , , , , , , wit, writing   

    From Author Dave Astor: Guest Literature Post by Donald Trump! 

    I was considering writing a satire post (i.e., FAKE Post!) with its premise being our so-called president writing it as a Guest Author.

    As I was getting set to channel Trump for the writing, I got cold fingers, so to speak, from the damage the channeling might do to my so-called brain; so, I backed slowly away from the keyboard, thought about it for a minute, then made the decision to search around to see if anyone had already done something similar.

    I’m happy to have lost my courage to allow my brain to think as a non-reading Trump would and I am awe at the courage author Dave Astor possesses and the risks he was willing to take to share his brain and blog with him, for his sacrifices have allowed us to enjoy this reblogged post of his.

    If you’re a reader of such things as “books” that are written with more than 140 words and that may contain troubling brain hurdles such as nuance and non-linear plot and plotless constructs, then you must check out Mr. Astor’s witty and wise blog.



    Dave Astor on Literature

    This blog will be different today, because Donald Trump demanded to write a guest piece. I told him he doesn’t read literature or know much about it, but he insisted. Anyway, things will go back to normal next week, but until then…herrrrrre’s the illegitimate president:

    The Donald (me) doesn’t read novels, but I do read the backs of cereal boxes. Lots of back story, ya know?

    Actually, I know a yuge amount about fiction. Not the literary kind — the “alternative facts” kind.

    I can’t deal with The Wings of the Dove. Why didn’t Henry James write The Wings of the War Hawk? Sad.

    The Red Badge of Courage? Stephen Crane — what a loser. Believe me, I showed more courage getting Vietnam War deferments for alleged bone spurs in my heels, even though I played a ton of sports at the time with no problem. They…

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  • Kurt Brindley 5:52 pm on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: April Ryan, , , , , , , prejudice, , , , , , writing   

    You’re Black so obviously that means… 

    As if today’s press conference wasn’t awkwardly terrifying enough with all its threats to our freedoms, Putin-puppet Trump takes a question from White House correspondent April Ryan, an African American female reporter and author, concerning the state of the inner cities and seems to assume that because she is Black she must be friends with the members of the Congressional Black Caucus. And, from this assumption he, in his typical tone deaf, entitled outlook toward reality, asks her to set up a meeting between him and the CBC as if she were a member of his staff.

    No really… That actually happened.




    • Brandon L. Rucker 5:55 pm on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I just can’t with this guy, man.

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      • Kurt Brindley 5:59 pm on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Just another Trump WTF moment… Unbelievable.

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        • Brandon L. Rucker 6:03 pm on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          It’s simply bananas. You guffaw. You shake your head. You facepalm. Change the channel. Everything short of throwing the remote at the TV or throwing the TV (or phone, tablet) out the front door unto your lawn.

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          • Kurt Brindley 6:10 pm on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

            If it weren’t for my blog as an outlet I’m not sure what I’d do to relieve my frustration but whatever it would be I’m sure I would have a lot of time behind bars to contemplate its efficacy afterwards…

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    • anisioluiz2008 6:02 pm on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on O LADO ESCURO DA LUA.


    • TJ Geiser 7:47 pm on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      You’d think he could pick up a phone, call congress, and ask for face time with Heckle and Jeckle all by himself. Asking her to do it for him wasn’t very presidenty.


      • Kurt Brindley 9:24 pm on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I’m afraid to ask of whom you are referring to as Heckle and Jeckle. Referencing old school insensitive and often blatantly racist cartoons from days past can unsettle an atmosphere very fast. Otherwise, yes, I do agree, Trump wasn’t very presidenty.


        • Tj Geezer 8:01 pm on February 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          Sorry, Kurt – forgot to put in a tag after the Heckle and Jeckle business, which I intended as a snarky reference to His Malignancy’s obvious and offensive stereotyping. Sometimes, given the constant barrage of absurdities coming from Occupant, Oval Office, I find it hard not to imitate his style. Always a mistake, I know.

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          • Kurt Brindley 11:46 am on February 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

            Thanks for clarifying and I I hear ya… he’s a hard man no to react negatively toward. Just think of all the negativity he’s inspiring in all those who actually support him.


    • Sukanya 8:47 am on February 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      This was ridiculous. It was like whatever little sanity there was in that meeting went out of the window.

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  • Kurt Brindley 5:10 pm on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , American history, , , , , , , James Baldwin, , , , writing   

    James Baldwin: Keeping it Real 


    Often during his speech it’s hard to tell whether he’s speaking of Reagan or of Trump…




  • Kurt Brindley 6:38 pm on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , conservatives, , , , moderation, , , writing   

    Moderating Opposition 

    Did I say “moderating?” I really should have said “censoring.”

    I’ve made it known here how I am completely opposed to the moderation of comments.


    And yes, I understand the need for moderation/censorship of comments if one is being stalked and feels threatened for whatever reason.

    But if you manage a site like most the sites out there, including mine, then you probably aren’t getting enough comment responses to your posts to worry about having to moderate them.

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    • nonsmokingladybug 7:53 pm on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I noticed a few missing comments on my blog, from blogging friends who I communicate with on a daily base. Sure enough, they were in my spam folder.

      I have no idea how it happened but it’s not just once. Same happened on other blogs, where my posts were never moderated, because WP made me trash. :-)

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    • Tikeetha T 8:57 am on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Your line of “delectable meal of red meat”- hilarious. I love it. I actually moderate my comments. I’ve received spam comments or people promoting their products instead of commenting on the topic so I chose to moderate. I’ve also received racist comments so I definitely moderate. All comments are posted and responded to within 8 hours or less. However, weekends I don’t blog or check so I will post by Monday. Once you’ve commented you’re no longer moderated so it will just post and I will respond. I appreciate differing opinions. I just don’t engage in an argument on my blog.

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      • Kurt Brindley 7:09 pm on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, many folks have expressed pretty much the same sentiment. It gets frustrating for me sometimes when I’m moderated and it takes so long to approve the comment… well, the moment passes and I’ve moved on.

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  • Kurt Brindley 12:38 pm on February 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    With Eloquence: W. E. B. Du Bois 

    I published my first “With Eloquence” post last month with an excerpt from a very eloquent speech delivered by Booker T. Washington as a response to what I see as society’s writ large degenerating verbal and written communication skills.

    The post was also intended to be a lead in for me to set up for this month a Relating to Humans all-call for submissions celebrating African-American History Month similar to what I did for last year’s Women’s History Month.

    Well, like the reason for so many of my productivity issues lately – I blame Trump for knocking me dizzy with all his scary and/or moronic autocratic antics. thereby making me lose my focus.

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    • Larry Kahaner 6:14 pm on February 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      What a beautiful speech. As I was reading, I was taken aback by the following phrase, “…and for the emancipation of the white slaves of modern capitalistic monopoly.” It was unexpected in a speech about African Americans, and how prescient to see that he saw this as part of everyone’s problem. Perhaps I shouldn’t be that surprised, though, given W. E. B. Du Bois’ belief that capitalism was the main cause of slavery. Thanks for posting it, Kurt.

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:24 am on February 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, it is very powerful and relevant. I’m happy you appreciate it, Larry, and I appreciate you taking the time to say so.


    • Mecca_amirah 10:18 pm on February 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Love this <3 Very appropriate post for Black History Month!

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  • Kurt Brindley 5:39 pm on February 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    J. K. Rowling is a Bad@$$ Evil Trump-and-his-Trolls Fighting Superhero 

    I’ve never read any of the Harry Potter books but I am now Rowling’s newest biggest fan as I watch in awe and admiration as she completely dominates Evil Trump and his Evil Trolls right on their home turf.

    J. K. Rowling Dominates Twitter

    This is the video clip she refers to in the tweet:

    Witness her twitter destruction for yourself here.



    • cindy knoke 5:49 pm on February 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      She has always been one of my most favorite people. Go to youtube and listen to her commencement speech at Harvard I think. I think it is one of the best speeches I’ve heard. She is a true humanitarian. Used to work for amnesty international.

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  • Kurt Brindley 6:29 pm on February 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    The Purpose of Pain 

    Kurt receiving acupuncture treatment for his many ailments

    When it comes to physical pain, it’s purpose is hardly in question: It focuses us to where our immediate attention and action is required.

    We accidentally rest our hand on a hot, stove top burner and, without our sense of pain, our hand, if it weren’t for our sense of smell, would become cooked well enough to serve up at the next meal.

    We could laugh at this, but sadly and horrifically there are some who do not experience the sense of physical pain due to a rare condition known as congenital analgesia.

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    • Jackie Oldham 9:42 pm on February 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      So interesting that you wrote on this topic today. I have a life-long diagnosed depression. And in recent years, I have come to understand the truth and power of using the depressed state to withdraw, ruminate, and most importantly, allow my ruminations to guide me to solutions to the source of my despair. I was in the middle of working out a current problem when I read your post.

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      • Kurt Brindley 3:19 pm on February 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I’m sorry to hear about your condition, Jackie. It sounds like you haven’t let it determine your fate and that you’ve become a forward thinker in regards to managing it. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge with us, my friend. I hope others like me will gain from it.

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    • Rajiv 12:37 am on February 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Very good post. It gives much food for thought

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    • andysmerdon 1:45 am on February 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Kurt – for me depression and anxiety are not terribly rewarding. Having said that I am caused by the condition to look at what it is that is pissing me off, with a good deal of scrutiny – the key though, is coming to terms with whatever you find, because sometimes its not a pretty picture. I’m thankful for the subject matter it sometimes gives me for a poem or two, but I’d happily live without it – Take it easy mate and Thanks again.

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:19 am on February 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I’m sorry you have to deal with that, brother; I’m grateful to you for sharing this for others to learn and hopefully heal from.

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        • andysmerdon 2:02 am on February 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          Its a subject that needs to be spoken about by guys – we tend to think we are to tough for this. Take it easy Kurt :)


    • avwalters 11:37 am on February 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Another symptom of depression is lethargy, the inability to move forward. Maybe this is the “it” for which you’re searching. That lethargy may mobilize you from taking drastic or inappropriate action. (Maybe, here the rumination occurs.)

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:22 am on February 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Very interesting concept, avwalters. I guess it would be similar to the aches and pains one feels from an infection that forces us to remain in bed to heal. Thanks for sharing this.


    • KatieComeBack 7:20 pm on February 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve had some issues with not recognizing pain – while I feel it, I seem to have quite a high tolerance for it. That got me into some medical trouble a couple of times (gangrenous gallbladder and walking around for weeks on a broken foot.) I think the same can be true for recognizing my mental state….I have a high tolerance for it, so I don’t always know when I’m in trouble.

      Not sure that adds anything to the convo except I can relate.

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:26 am on February 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t have a necessarily high tolerance for pain; however, I do have a high resistance toward going to the docs to deal with pain, which didn’t serve me well when I resisted for 3 weeks before getting checked what turned out to be a blood clot in my leg that revealed my leukemia.

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        • KatieComeBack 5:46 pm on February 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          That’s pretty common. After my gallbladder tried to poison me I’ve done a much better job listening to the whispers of my body….


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