You don’t know me, but you’ve been inside me, and that’s why we’re here today.
Those 15 words — and the 7,102 that followed — were spoken in a courtroom by a now 23-year-old woman to the man who raped her, while unconscious, next to a Dumpster behind a fraternity at Stanford University a year and a half ago.
I collect handshakes. Hank Aaron, Smokey Robinson, Buddy Guy, Sam Moore, David Halberstam, Bill Kunstler, Hubert Sumlin … Getting a photo, or god forbid a selfie, is not what matters most. It’s shaking the hand and saying thank you for making a difference in my life. Thanks for making me smile. Thanks for making me think. Thanks for being you.
I like to think that if I shake your hand, maybe some of the brilliance will rub off.
And no, this is not about the missplaced comma in the hed. This is about a bunch of religious wackos defending their right to endanger children. In my country. In my state. In my county.
Rockland County (NY) Executive Ed Day recently announced that “the state [has] given the county permission to inspect 53 private schools, mostly in Ramapo and Spring Valley, for fire and building code compliance.”
That’s good, right? When a school goes up in flames … or collapses due to faulty construction … that’s a bad thing, right? We try to make sure that doesn’t happen, right? Continue reading →
A weasel of a man named Wayne LaPierre cut a slick video a few weeks ago that pretty much revealed everything we need to know about our wonderful defender of the Second Amendment – the NRA. So let’s just come out and acknowledge the truth:
I’ve been busy, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed. My conservative friend Joe even challenged me on Facebook:
I’m surprised you have been so tight lipped about Paris…not a word.
Joe, John Lennon said “War is not the answer,” but sometimes it is. There are just wars, like the one we won 70 years ago. That was a war worth fighting. Imagine (sorry, John) what might have happened if we’d sat it out. For sure, I wouldn’t be here writing this.