Archive for October, 2010

Don’t Just Deplore Bullying — Fight It!

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Author/attorney/child-and-anti-abuse advocate Andrew Vachss’ latest, the graphic novel (and a half) HEART TRANSPLANT, hit the stores this week. Read it! I can’t do better in pushing you to do that, than to repeat the quote I gave the publisher: “Heart Transplant is a necessity in a country that sometimes seems to be run by bullies […]

Help Prevent War in Iran; Help Iranians Establish Democracy

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

I was one of the first to be asked to sign this statement, and did so eagerly. Things like this might not seem very important, organizations like CPD might seem out of the way of the main stream of events. But I can remember how important it was that names I knew, and names I […]

I Might As Well Claim It: The Great General Johnson

Monday, October 18th, 2010

General Johnson died last week. He wrote the first great rock’n’roll song not about rock’n’roll itself exactly but about why the music would prevail. And he wrote a ton of other stuff, though that one and “Patches,” his deeply affectionate reminiscence of hard times in the rural south, got the attention. “It Will Stand” was […]

Obama Admin. Rewrites Health Care Law — for Big Insurers & Big Employers ONLY

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

The New York Times placed the story on its front business page Thursday. It belonged as one of the main headlines on page 1. “US Turns to Waivers to Address Talk of Dropping Health Coverage,” the headline read (It’s here: In plain English, that means the Obama Administratin is undermining the so-called health care bill […]

Something Unpredictable and From the Start, It’s Right

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Producer Vivek Tiwary invited me to American Idiot on Sunday night, composer Billie Joe Armstrong’s last performance as St. Jimmy. I’d seen the show opening night, when Green Day attended, but did not perform unless you count the last curtain call. I’ve been thinking ever since about the next time I’ll see the show, and […]