Author Archives: Ken Carman

Inspection- The Assassination of Pope Francis

By Ken Carman

By Ken Carman

 Watch your back, Francis.
  You do know what happened to the last pope who was perceived as more “liberal,” right?
  Of course, if that’s all there was: and nothing was ever proven than he died naturally, these words would mean nothing, except pushing a conspiracy theory.
  Except if you look at the long list of leaders who have been assassinated since I have been alive: 61 years, it would be hard to make the case that even a minor number of them have been more tilted towards “conservative.” Now there are caveats for each and every one. There always are. Oswald was supposedly a commie: a convenient claim, especially for the time. Yes, there are oddities that make that claim suspicious, as there pretty much are with King, RFK, X… Read more

Inspection- Humanity’s Greatest, “Best-est,” Companions

By Ken Carman

By Ken Carman

 Dogs.
 Sorry feline fans, but no cat can compare. Yes, I admit: I have a prejudice here.
 Dogs have been with us since we became sentient. I’m sure they were attracted to our camp fires, or our warm caves; maybe both? They are scavengers, but kind ones… mostly. And they love being part of the pack. Doesn’t matter if you’re white, black, hippie-like, a racist, left, right, atheist, cult leader… dogs just want to be with you, play with you, share the joy of life with you.
 How many times did we have to take Batmutt, our last pup, back to our porch, to remind him, and his companion Frankincense the collie, to “stay,” when we had to leave? Dogs so want to go everywhere, anywhere, with us.
 Batmutt, the Don Quixote of dogs, died the day before I started writing this. For many, many months, maybe half a year he slowly slipped from that well loved, windmill seeking, noise box who would challenge leaves when they moved, bite sea waves, spin in circles, into being, oh, so silent.
 He was called “Batmutt” because I commented, when we got him, that if you put wings on him he’d look like a bat. Read more

Inspection- Feeding the Monster: A Short Cautionary Tale

By Ken Carman

By Ken Carman

 Here’s a short, short story I have written, and rewritten, many times. After all who died in our wars this reminds us there are other ways to lose what they felt they were fighting for. So, somehow, I imagine this story well suited to present to you, my readers, this Memorial Day…

Feeding the Monster
by Ken Carman

  Once there was a land where a tale was told of a monster who stole away freedom, ate it up like other fables told of creatures who ate children, trolls who lived under bridges who did unspeakable things to those who dared to pass over those bridges. One might argue “the monster who stole away freedom” was the lead monster: he who helped all the others commit their horrible acts. Read more

Inspection- No, the World is NOT “Safer Without Saddam Hussein”

By Ken Carman

By Ken Carman

  We should well remember how freedom would supposedly “ring” if we took down Saddam. How, if we didn’t, we’d have a mushroom cloud. The future leader of Israel even claimed taking out Saddam would do amazing, wonderful, miraculous things for the Mideast.
  And still we listen to such “wisdom?”
  Obviously Saddam and “freedom” were not even close to synonyms. I would type “antonyms,” except it’s becoming increasingly obvious what will replace what replaced him will be the real “antonym.” And what the previous administration set up might have been marginally better than Saddam, but possibly less competent than the results of Vietnamization.
  It shouldn’t even have to be typed out on my keyboard that damn near no one liked Saddam, or that it’s obvious he was, for years, considered by Republican, and Democratic, leaders of this country to be, “An a-hole, but OUR a-hole.”
  “Hey, let’s sell him poison gas and shake his hand, there’s a ‘good’ idea!” Read more

Inspection- Of Beer, Wine and Society

by Ken Carman

  I’ve been pouring through Denny Conn’s book on experimental brewing. We started homebrewing in 1979. Books on homebrewing these days are light years beyond what they used to be, but I’m not writing this to dis old home brewing books. Let’s be honest: without them many of us early birds would have missed the worm.
  Hey, I’m experimental, but worms in beer? Ewe.
  One part of Denny’s book was quite fascinating beyond homebrewing. Denny wrote about studies that offered wine tasters samples of wine, some from high priced, very well respected, wine bottles. Another had tasters comment on various samples of dark beer. The control being it was all the same wine, and all the same beer, some with food coloring added.
  Even professionals were fooled.
  Tasters offered descriptors one would expect for fine wine or dark beer. Roastiness and esters were found in beer samples that, in reality, weren’t there. “Fine” wine presented that way was perceived as superior. Read more

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