The GOP can now cross “punch a poor person” off their bucket list of asshatery when the US House passed a massive cut in food stamps on Thursday. Most used the false excuse of abuse of the system to justify taking food away from 4 million people. Some of them, claiming to be Christians, used Bible quotes as their justification. These are the same guys who never had to worry where their next meal was coming from. The GOP are so gung-ho about fraud when they can smear poor people but when their corporate buddies are robbing people blindly, the Republicans are NOWHERE to be found. Continue reading →
The NRA may not have pulled the trigger at the elementary school in Connecticut but they can’t avoid any blame since they fight for little or no gun laws and benefit from and promote an irrational public fear that drives gun sales. The press conference they held on Friday 12/21 proves the point that they don’t really care about mass killings accomplished after their hard work. They now join tobacco and alcohol producers who also refuse to accept any blame for killing people and work to get legal protection. They have joined the merchants of death. Continue reading →
After yet another mass killing at a school, the religious right comes out of the wood work to explain that such killings wouldn’t happen if we just let prayer back into the schools or God let a tragedy happen because we moved away from Him. What a bunch of stank rubbish! I know that the religious right are unreasonable and shun logic but equating a school shooting with not being able to pray in school is a load of crap. Continue reading →
This week Time magazine created a storm by having a nursing mother on its cover to highlight a story about attachment parenting. Some people lost their minds over the picture that was not obscene unless you think a mother nursing their child is obscene. A celebrity tabloid TV show, not known for general decorum in their stories seemed to find something it wouldn’t hype. The show censored the Time cover, pixelizating the point where the child is suckling. What drama over a natural human behavior. Continue reading →
I was checking out the Friday edition of the Findlay Courier (my hometown) online and came across a photo on the first page. It was a young kid playing chess with an older man with large wrap around sun glasses. He looked familiar.
It was Glen Shelton. He taught me how to play chess when I was the boy’s age many moons ago. Mr. Shelton would visit my elementary school (Bigelow Hill) once or twice a month and those of us interested would learn and play chess during our recess period. He taught us the basics and introduced us to some of the opening moves and strategy.
To me it was better than playing four square or “smear-the-queer”. I liked having to think ahead and use my brain in a fun way.
The twist was that Mr. Shelton is blind. The board he used had the white squares raised and the black chess pieces had their tops shaved flat. The pieces also had pegs that fit into holes in the center of the squares so they wouldn’t shift.
Not only did he teach us chess but he also taught us about people with a disability. I remember when he first visited kids would ask him about his blindness. He would answer the questions and that would be that. Back to the chess.