Author Archives: Ken Carman

Inspection- Facebook ‘Debates’

Tired of COVID back and forth? Find what’s happening on the both protest fronts no longer a … riot? Here’s something few ever discuss…

By Ken Carman

 I have stated for a long time that Facebook doth not serve debate well, if at all. It does serve snark, bullies, ad hominem and Inspectionsome of the worst tendencies of humans to avoid actual communication. Can someone tell me the last time anyone was convinced of anything by being called a “Nazi,” or a “libtard?” For those with even an ounce of conscience, the satisfaction felt after doing so, IF ANY, ignores the fact that that behavior actually…
 …inspired more hate.
 Made people double down.
 Increased the divide.
Twitter may be worse, but I don’t know that. I really try to avoid Twitter for that very reason: seems to be home to even more… twit… behavior.
 In the past 30 plus years discussion has broken down due to framing and base politics. All you have to do is watch some of the old episodes of Firing Line, even better go back and read a Lincoln/Douglas debate: see how far down the no communication, simplistic mumbo jumbo, nasty hole to Hell we have fallen. When it comes to the net I would love to see a return to something more like a format I participated in for years: a debate site called Volconvo. At its best Volconvo had rules. You broke them you could be warned, could be blocked for a short period of time, or just kicked off.
 Rules… Read more

Inspection- 1984 Again: Down the Trump-ian Memory Hole

By Ken Carman

 ”Trump-ian memory hole?”
 Well, that brings up an image I would rather forget.
Inspection Eric Trump predicted COVID will magically go away and disappear after the election. HE MAY BE RIGHT. Of course it will still be here. But his father certainly has inspired his base, and more than a few of his fellow Republican politicians, to start shoving facts down the memory hole. Even to the point of enforcing political correctness by humiliating a nurse on national TV because she very mildly stated that they had had some problems getting necessary PPE.
 Helping him is the worst of his Flavor Aid swilling rabble. Those who like to run over counter protesters, assault them at rallies, threaten hospitals, threaten public buildings. Threaten those who won’t go along with his politically correct spin. Using enforcers, like those fake patriots who pretend to dress up as if they’re patriots; armed with assault rifles, rocket or grenade launcher. Forcing their way into businesses, government offices and beaches. By now you should know Trump Co and enablers will do what they can to suppress anything: even any stats that don’t make Trump look good. You know they will stop at nothing. You know his goosestepping lemmings will use social media to enable all that. Read more

Inspection- “For Political Reasons”

By Ken Carman

 Re: Trump’s recent comment that his critics over COVID were doing it “for political reasons.” Let’s start with the politicians. How horrible! InspectionHow treacherous! How unusual! POLiticians do things for “POLitical reasons?” SHOCKING! Of course Mr. Trump, innocent as a baby he is, would NEVER…
 Snark aside the assumption behind this all too often spewed catch phrase is that there are no other reasons: an all to politically convenient assumption that has the quality of what comes out of the south end of a diuretic horse headed north. Examining President Trump’s claim: critics who want to keep America in lockdown longer are doing it merely for political reasons is even more laughable. Are there no more infections from COVID, or very few? Is COVID no more than a typical flu? Is there a lack reasonable reasons to extend lockdowns?
 Uh, the answer to these questions are all a huge “NO” that could be said in unison by experts of various political persuasions who are NOT politicians. Any honest person answering after observing statistics, evidence, etc would join in with a loud, “NO.”
 But Trump seems to have no interest actual feedback from experts or honest assessments, except getting sadistic pleasure out of making them walk the plank if they don’t parrot him. Hell, he tried to do that to a nurse during one of his dog and pony shows featuring nurses when one said they had had some trouble getting PPE, but they were doing OK now. How rotten of a human being does someone have to be to want to embarrass a professional who has made such a mild statement on national TV?
 Anyone with eyes and ears who has watched him, who has listened, already knows the rot in his rotten is as vile as that of a rabid possum left out on a hot Louisiana summer sun. Maybe far worse.
 So it can’t be true that any of Trump’s ‘observations’ are made for political reasons, can it? So it can’t be true that his sudden “Obamagate” claims that include his opponent just a few months before an election are politically motivated? Read more

Inspection- On COVID and Self Regulation

Downtown Ashland City, TN

 Though my wife and I do try to self regulate as much as possible, we also find we have to go out more than we should. There are various reasons that have to do with how we set up our lives long ago. That having been typed, up until yesterday, we hardly had gone out at all. COVID has hermit-ized us all, at least a little. Well, a lot of us. Maybe mostly the mature ones. As far as the rest I make no claim. Depends on your specific circumstances.
 A stone’s throw away: Cheatham County. Beautiful. Central Adirondack-like in some ways.

Just across the Cumberland from the city

  During our time home we speculated Cheatham might be a less COVID saturated area because Cheatham County is more rural. We did have some reluctance because they had just declared they were opening up. We donned our gloves and masks anyway and headed for Cheatham County. One of the first things we saw were plenty of signs warning people to follow the guidelines.
 Being just two people on septic tank and a well we have never installed a washer or dryer. So we headed to our first destination. Here is what we found… Read more

Inspection- Believers

“Is that Debbie calling?”

 Over the past 48 years I have had many favorite editions of my column Inspection. Usually they’re not all that political, like this one. I made some edits to update the column.-Ken

    Immortality is not a gift
   Immortality is an achievement

           The Village Atheist– From Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters.

By Ken Carman

 A gentle breeze caught me, briefly, creating monetary mental time travel as I walked through the campus. That breeze whisked me back to early Autumn, 1972; a day when the community college quad was bursting with students tossing frisbees to over eager, over grown, puppies. Couples were pretending to Inspectionstudy, but mostly studying each other. New students who attempted to sign up for English 101 with Gifford were busy switching to Mocko or Goodman because Gifford’s class was full. A radio played Chicago’s recent hit: Saturday in the Park.
 But the music was only playing in my head when I returned to Mohawk Valley Community College; a record left skipping more than 30 years. Who forgot to turn it off? Me. Read more

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