Proud Boys Back in PDX

This weekend will be interesting to say the least. Terrifying and terrible, but interesting. The Proud Boys are coming back to Portland tomorrow.  Enrique Tarrio, the current leader of the “Western Chauvinist” group better known as the Proud Boys, has made many threatening remarks on social media about their planned event in Portland tomorrow, September…

Trump’s Planned Election Coup

“Let us not hedge about one thing. Donald Trump may win or lose, but he will never concede.” These words stand out in The Atlantic’s informative yet terrifying article yesterday entitled “The Election That Could Break America.” The Atlantic reports, “Close students of election law and procedure are warning that conditions are ripe for a…

Cop Shows & Police Brutality Bonds

Lately I’ve been watching Lucifer. Before that, I’ve enjoyed shows like Bones, Dexter, The X Files, Marcella, and Wallander. Law and Order has been running for as long as I can remember, must be at least 20 years now! We hear Trump call for Law and Order over and over again, while sowing the seeds…

Mass Sterilizations at ICE

A few months ago I wrote an article entitled “The Bottom Line,” outlining the terrifying trend toward fascism in the USA, especially under Trump. Now many people think the “f” word is being alarmist or hyperbolic, but my article gives examples and definitions of the words used. Because, as Socrates said, define your terms.  (Miriam…

The Daily Rose Podcast

Since I found satisfaction in creating my mini-documentary about The Revolution in Portland, I’ve decided to start a regular podcast for political and social commentary, especially leading up to this election. It’s perhaps the most important election since The Revolutionary War. Creating that video helped me feel like I was doing something in the face…

Facebook & Fascism

Facebook is toxic. Yes, they spy on your every online move you make to better target ads related specifically to your interests, but it’s not the privacy policy that has inspired me to leave, as creepy as it is to have a discussion with your partner about something and then immediately start seeing ads about…

Black Lives Still Matter

The current revolution in Portland all started with the Black Lives Matter movement, and it still very much is about the Black Lives Matter movement, although many POC feel the focus has shifted away from the BLM movement. It seems like the focus hasn’t been shifted as much as broadened. (Granted, I have a very…

The Bottom Line

We are slowly boiling alive. I’m referring to what is known as the “Boiling Frog Syndrome,” meaning when things happen slowly enough we don’t realize the danger until it’s too late. Socrates said, “The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.” It’s not even possible to have a discussion if the word I use carries a different…

A New Declaration of Independence

This morning, a friend posted The Declaration of Independence on social media, urging everyone to read it—not only for the historical significance, but also for the eloquence of the writing. The last time I read it was probably a decade ago, so I definitely read it with new eyes. It quickly became evident that the…

Zero Tolerance for Violence

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” ~JFK For the first time in three months, the news is not dominated by the global pandemic. Instead, it’s covering the protests and riots across the country sparked by the latest instance of police brutality leading to the death of yet another Black person….