Surprising no one, the vile Republicans in the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee moved forward in their effort to impeach Philadelphia’s twice elected progressive District Attorney Larry Krasner. Ignoring all evidence, which is what Republicans do, the committee sent the articles to the House floor. Since today is the Senate’s last scheduled day, it’s unlikely that … Continue reading Political Theater
When I left Penn State in 1971, I had a student loan debt amounting to about $4,000. (Perhaps I should phrase that as “When Penn State dropped me”. Something about my grades.) I had received a loan of exactly $1,000 each year that I attended Penn State, and that covered the tuition and partially covered … Continue reading Nobody Forgave My Student Loan Debt!
Abortion is a medical procedure that a woman obtains in consultation with her chosen medical providers. The government should make sure that abortions are available to all women and that they are safe. Period.
As I went for my early morning walk today, I saw that Sam’s Morning Glory Diner had a sign in support of our great DA, Larry Krasner. And another one urging folks to vote.
As I’ve mentioned previously, one of my favorite writers during my teen years was Robert A. Heinlein. He really knew how to spin a spell-binding tale. In addition to many standalone novels, such as The Puppet Masters, Door Into Summer, Double Star, Between Planets, and Red Planet (to name some of my favorites), and short stories such as “—All You … Continue reading Not So Outlandish Now, Is It?
I attended the final concert of my Philadelphia Orchestra subscription series on Sunday afternoon. Happily, the program had been changed from a Bruckner symphony (he’s all right but not one of my favorites) to the Beethoven Ninth Symphony (which really is one of my top favorites). The performance was terrific, I can’t say enough about … Continue reading This Is Not About the Ninth
—so why not wear it?
“He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security.” — Benjamin Franklin Early in the Ken Burns documentary on Benjamin Franklin the narrator claims that Franklin “let political differences destroy his relationship with his son.” Knowing a little bit about the history of Ben and his son William, I immediately … Continue reading Political Differences?
John W. Campbell, Jr., was a racist, a sexist, a fascist, and a purveyor of crackpot ideas; in other words he would have felt right at home in today’s Republican Party. I wrote about him in earlier posts here and here. So I was surprised when I came across this editorial that he wrote for … Continue reading Conservatism
In an earlier post I mentioned that John W. Campbell, Jr. was an unabashed racist, sexist, and fascist, as well as a purveyor of pseudo-science. You don’t have to take my word for it, at least for the racist part. Here is a letter that Isaac Asimov wrote to him on 30 September 1963. It … Continue reading Isaac Wrote Letters