Author Archives: Ken Carman

Inspection- A Sociopathic Society

by Ken Carman

  I have argued with the defenders of the killers of Trayvon and Jordan: I know their arguments well. I will not counter them, not because I can’t, but because something else needs to be said here: something everyone seems to be missing.
  If these folks really felt threatened and were simply defending themselves, I find it odd they behave the way they do after. If I, and hopefully you, had taken a life we’d be questioning ourselves. Even in the most obvious times when we must decide to end a life, whether it be self defense, abortion, or choosing the end instead of a slightly longer lifetime of horrible pain and the mind going: the final decision is filled with regrets and what ifs. Read more

Inspection- Of Beer and Government Supported Monopolies

 This week’s Inspection was also shared under the title Brew Biz: Werts and All another column I write. Brew Biz can be found here.

by Ken Carman

  Today’s corporate beer adventure courtesy UPS… and also includes a commentary on the increasingly corporate culture of The United States of America.
  I used to work for a record company as a shipping and receiving manager and quality control. At the time the boxes would come in like Godzilla had kicked them around, but the contents were usually OK. My cousin, Joyce, who used to work for UPS told me the old conveyer system would to do that. While I was there our UPS man and I talked a lot. He’d fume about how anal they were: how every little thing had to be just so, despite banged up boxes. Now I believe him more than ever. Read more

Inspection- Go for it, Republicans!

by Ken Carman

 Republicans, please follow the lead of Rand Paul. Please? You have so many “great” examples to follow!
 Indeed I do hope in 2016, if Hillary runs, all the Right’s noise machine is focused on calling Bill Clinton a predator and blaming his wife for his, admittedly problematic, actions, um… how many years ago?
  Please get just as rape-y and “slut” calling as you have been too. Remember; wives can never be raped and if a woman is raped they can’t get pregnant: stick to your, oh, so “great,” talking points. Close down a bridge or two. Go after the gays even more. Scream at those who ask you inconvenient questions and threaten to break them in half, throw them off balconies. In fact I recommend that last one during debates with your Democratic opponent.
 More! More! More! Read more

Inspection- Who Has Less of a Right to Free Speech?

by Ken Carman

 The current case in the Supreme Court has me pondering an important question that seems quite pertinent these days.
  “Who has less of a right to free speech?”
  The case is about buffer zones around abortion clinics. If the Pro-Life side wins: none. If the Pro-Choice side wins: some. I have a different take on this: apparently the oxymoron, “free speech zone,” is perfectly acceptable during political conventions. “Perfectly acceptable” even if that zone is miles away, not just 30 some odd feet. So why do the protesters at Pro-life events have a “right” to be right in the face of those who enter, but during conventions protesters don’t? Read more

Inspection- 12 Years a Slave and Centuries of Racism

by Ken Carman

  Yesterday, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, my wife and I went to 12 Years a Slave. I’m going to try to not tell you too much, but so much here is so important for you to know, to hear. There was a lot I knew intellectually, but to see what it must have been like to have been sold into slavery seemed almost like being there. But obviously: not. Not even close.
 Please go.
  Having lived in the South since 78 I have heard arguments like, “Flying the Confederate flag is about ‘heritage.’” (Why, yes, it is, if you include all the nastiness of slavery and the fact the South took up arms against their fellow countrymen.) The Blacks had it “better” under slavery. (Depends upon the master how bad it was, for sure, but I seriously doubt those who make this claim would make it if it had been their ancestors, or especially them.) I’ve heard them say black sold blacks. (So this makes it right, how?) And, of course, all the demeaning comments obviously intended to reinforce the same old racist stereotypes that essentially are intended to classify blacks as a sub species.
  Disgusting. Read more

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