Category Archives: Resistance

Time to Close Gitmo, Says Its First Commander

[NOTE: First, a reflection: Quakers are known, in part, for a devotion to losing causes. This penchant was deftly satirized by Doug Gwyn, a renowned scholar/songwriter, in his ditty, “Yonder Stands the Quaker”:

“Yonder stands the Quaker,

Looking quaint as a box of Quaker Oats . . .
Yonder stand the Quakers,
On the far side of the back of beyond;
Misfit mystics, a boil
On the bum of Babylon. . . .
They’re standing for peace and justice . . . Continue reading Time to Close Gitmo, Says Its First Commander

The Pills & The Post Office

[NOTE: My former employer, the USPS, is close to being the least glamorous government agency. I learned there a basic lesson of working-class life: the better we did our jobs, the more invisible & taken for granted we were by the public. I’m not complaining.

But as I watched and waded in the mail stream (we did speak of it as a river: it flowed in, it flowed out; sometimes flooded), I also learned that in its routine way, the mail also delivered many more dramatic chunks of the nation’s life and the people’s’ rights. It was once necessary for freedom of the press, and much of religion. It was Amazon before Amazon, bringing much of our stuff. It even served death: the cremated ashes of many citizens have bounced anonymously down its conveyor belts into parcel tubs; and it brought life: millions of prescriptions every day.

Even though digital now reigns and hogs the attention, the USPS still does all that. There’s no 3-D printer yet that can spit out my blood pressure pills, but the carrier slides them into my mailbox, and thereby delivers one of many important pieces of my national patrimony.

When seen from this angle, it’s no surprise that the mailbox is also a frequent scene of conflict, even battle: it has been the hammer of censorship; in the antebellum South, and again in World War One, it was sifted for seeds of abolition and terrorist anarchy.

And it is now contested again.  It may sound far-fetched, but is entirely plausible that soon, otherwise ordinary Americans will be clapped in jail for using the mail. . . . Maybe you. Maybe me. . . .]

The Next Phase of the Abortion Fight Is Happening Right Now in New York [And in Your Mailbox]

Linda Prine spends a lot of time speaking to frantic women navigating the end of Roe v. Wade.

Prine is a New York physician and co-founder of the Miscarriage and Abortion Hotline, which provides support to people using pills to end their pregnancies on their own. She started the hotline during the Trump administration in response to escalating state restrictions. At first, with abortion clinics still operating in every state, there weren’t many calls. Then Texas banned most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, and more calls started coming in.

Continue reading The Pills & The Post Office

Another for Dr. King: The Night March & The Killers

Selma, Alabama, February 1965

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Jimmie Lee Jackson’s bullet-scarred headstone, near Marion, Alabama.

I was arrested again on February third, marching outside the Dallas County courthouse in downtown Selma. I spent the following ten days in jail. Half that time I was back in the county jail’s dayroom, where I had been crammed in with Dr. King and 200-plus other marchers on February First. on the third floor of City Hall. The second time I was in with a dozen or so teenagers, soon augmented by more voting rights marchers. Continue reading Another for Dr. King: The Night March & The Killers

Gwynne Dyer on Two Stupid Attempted Coups & a Warning

Gwynne Dyer — Saltwire

Jair Bolsonaro: sticking close to Mar-a-Lago??

Pundits are making much of the similarities between the attempted coup in Washington by Donald Trump supporters two years ago and the one by Jair Bolsonaro supporters in Brasilia last Sunday, but they are missing the biggest one.

These debacles were the most incompetent and half-hearted attempts to seize power illegally in the history of the world. Continue reading Gwynne Dyer on Two Stupid Attempted Coups & a Warning

Surveying the Republican Ruins: Eavesdropping on Conservative Pundits

White-Guy Pundits at Twilight: Two formerly leading conservative columnists ponder the prospects for their former political home, and the cloudy “trajectories” of their careers . . .

Quotes of the Week, from:
Conservative Columnists David Brooks & Bret Stephens

“The Party’s Over for Us. Where Do We Go Now?” (Excerpts)

New York Times — 01/12/2023

David Brooks

David Brooks:  Our trajectories with the G.O.P. are fairly similar, and so are our lives. I’m older than you, but our lives have a number of parallels. We both grew up in secular Jewish families, went to the University of Chicago, worked at The Wall Street Journal, served in Brussels for The Journal, and wound up at The Times. . . .

In the 2000 Republican primaries I enthusiastically supported John McCain. I believed in his approach to governance and I admired him enormously. But by 2008, when he got the nomination, the party had shifted and McCain had shifted along with it. I walked into the polling booth that November genuinely not knowing if I would vote for McCain or Barack Obama. Continue reading Surveying the Republican Ruins: Eavesdropping on Conservative Pundits