by Ken Carman
I have been enjoying Sleepy Hollow
, a new program on TV, yet it bothers me on a level that has less to do with Sleepy
than it has to do with what has become a fictional mantra, a favored meme’, for the TV/movie industry. That meme’ is “everything is true except what’s scientifically obvious.
All we think we know is wrong? Really? OK, trash your cars, blow up all the planes, jump off cliffs and redesign the wheel as a triangle. Oh, and ghosts who pass through walls and have little substance standing on floors, walking down stairs, makes “perfect sense.”
I also believe it has a lot to do with the way we do social discourse these days too. But since it’s so much more fun, back to fiction for a moment, well what is supposed to be “fiction” but far too many people take all too seriously.
There are no vampires.
There are no zombies. Read more
Sometime, maybe about 33 BC, a child was born. During those 30 odd years it is told he took a fish and a loaf and turned it into many. Then about 33 years later they executed him…
by Ken Carman
The spikes driven into his wrists and ankles were probably the most painful thing he knew anybody had felt. Is this what they went through? All the pain, all the questions: though he knew the answers, he could see life, for them, was filled with questions… filled with pain. It wasn’t as easy as anyone looking down upon their creations might think.
For maybe there is knowing all.
And then there is actually “knowing.”
Having human form made all the difference.
But he never expected what that last jab in the side would actually feel like.
“Why have you forsaken me,” indeed.
Finally it was “finished.”
The story goes that his body was prepared, taken to the tomb. You know the rest. Or do you?
Since he often taught with parables let’s the expanded story much the same way… Read more
The shootings in Centennial, Colorado bring up a topic I have addressed before. Obviously our problems with gun violence go beyond just “guns,” not even just one side of the political equation. But if writing about this can stop one student on the border of bringing a gun to school for revenge, I will write this column again and again…
by Ken Carman
Once again we’re going to hear how more guns in schools, or wherever, will solve children with guns killing students and teachers. Once again we’ll hear how regulating guns will solve the gun problem. Once again, like Lazarus in Star Trek
, we will be stuck in this death grip battle, in a very small rhetorical room from which, in this country, there is no escape.
What if I told you there was something you could do, right now: yes, “you,” about this. It might be a small thing, but still a lot of “small” can make a big difference. What you could do would not offend gun rights advocates. What you might do wouldn’t offend gun regulation advocates. And it could help cut down on gun violence: especially if we reach out to others, and our youth. Read more
by Ken Carman
The blue pill, or the red pill? As far as I’m concern America is intentionally being kept on the blue pill, kept in a Matrix focused on fear and hate.
I was at Midtown, a beer and liquor store complex in Nashville, buying supplies for a Music City Homebrewers’ Christmas party. As I walked out, bag in hand, a gentleman in military fatigues walked up to me, smelling of alcohol, with dilated pupils. He was obviously on at something. Maybe more than one “something.”
“Jerry! Jerry Garcia! Oh, I’m so
glad to see you, man! You were my life…” Read more
The five right-wingers on the U.S. Supreme Court may soon recognize the “religious freedom” of corporations so that these artificial constructs can then dictate to female human citizens restrictions on the kinds of contraceptives that they can get through their work-place health insurance plans.
That may sound crazy but some court watchers believe that the Right-Wing Five will follow the logic of their “corporations-are-people” theories to this next nutty conclusion. After all, if corporations have First Amendment rights of “free speech” when they are financing political propaganda to influence the outcome of U.S. elections, there is a consistency – albeit a bizarre one – to extending to corporations the First Amendment’s “religious freedom.”
Already unlimited corporate money in campaigns has drowned out regular human citizens in terms of who (or what) has the bigger say in the outcome of elections, so why shouldn’t the religious choices of corporations override the personal and moral judgments of people who work for the corporations?
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