Living Edgewise

homeless family

Charley James: Living edgewise means not knowing if you will sleep indoors tonight, or if you can eat today and whether anyone knows if you’re alive or sick or dead or lying bleeding in a gutter because somebody wanted your almost-new backpack.

Herds on the Street

homeless man

Charley James: For the first time in well over 15,000 consecutive nights, I will not have a roof over my head this evening. I don’t know where I will sleep, how I will eat tonight

Let’s Pick on the Unemployed Some MORE!

jobs mob

hanks to Republicans in Congress and their friends in state capitols, the chronically unemployed – five million who have been out if work for 26 weeks or more – are losing another strand in the already razor-thin lifeline that has kept them afloat. As The New York Times reported Tuesday when House and Senate Republicans agreed […]

The Religious Right: Our Age of Unreason

the flock

Charley James: We still face a near-daily pummelling by the religious right and its political spearchuckers who insist that only when America bows to a specific, narrow Christian version of a god will eternal peace and prosperity shine upon us.

Charley James Returns: Now, What Was I Saying … ?

acupuncutre

Charley James: I’d turned my back on modern health care to wait for Godot after a virulent cancer returned for the third time. Then, traditional Chinese medicine did what regular docs couldn’t. I beat the odds and was coming back – until a 1%-er caught up with me. Over the past three years, my life got turned upside down. Just like America’s.

That Damn Pope

Pope

Charley James: For how long will the Pope and Tiger Woods and John Ensign and Mark Foley and scores of other hypocritical politicians, and damn near every celebrity, real and pretend, think they can keep saying “Whoops, sorry! Didn’t mean it.” to make all well with the world again?

On Olympic Medals and Sharing Grief

rochetteap

Charley James: Grief in the 21st century may have some distinctly modern elements – memorial services with shamelessly cool production values; e-mailed condolences; death announcements by Twitter – but what everyone discovers is that grieving takes up an inordinate amount of personal time, no matter how fast-paced a society we’ve become.

Scrooge Is Premier of Alberta, Canada

Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach

Charley James: t turns out that Scrooge – Ebenezer or McDuck, take your pick – is alive and well and running the Canadian province of Alberta. On Thursday, Conservative Premier Ed Stelmach told reporters the provincial government wouldn’t be donating a nickel of its lush, oil-and-gas royalty enriched treasury stash to aid in Haitian relief efforts.

Uncle Joe, Uncle Norman, JFK and Me

John F Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe

Charley James: Families with any luck whatsoever have a relative who is larger than life, a genuine character that leaves behind a trail of remarkable anecdotes that celebrate a life well lived. Mine was doubly blessed because we had two, Joe and Norman.

DHS Announces New Security Precaution: Underwear Inspection

Boxer Shorts

Charley James: According to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, news reports that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab – the man accused to trying to blow up NW253 – concealed explosives in his underpants are accurate “so we want to be sure that, along with making people walk barefoot through check points, and banning shampoo and deodorant, no one is trying to sneak explosives aboard in their knickers.”

Neo-Con Renews Call to Bomb Iran in NY Times Op-Ed

Nuclear-wire

Charley James: The saddest thing about Kuperman is that the Times gave him serious space in a supposedly serious newspaper to spout the same discredited nonsense that got us into a mess in the Middle East at the same time President Obama is trying to extricate the world from the chaos unleashed the last time the neo-con war mongers had their way.

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