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Meanwhile Under the Rainbow

By Cyberquill 07/02/2015Leave a Comment

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Do you, or does anyone, need a written constitution in order to be able to tell right from wrong?

Of course not. We all have our own moral compass built into us.

I, for one, know in my heart that setting puppies on fire is wrong. I don’t know how I know. I just know. I don’t go, “Hmm. I’m not sure. Let me grab my copy of the U.S. Constitution for guidance and see if it covers acts like dousing the neighbor’s lab with gasoline and flinging a burning match in its … Read More →

The Holy Climatologist

By Cyberquill 06/25/2015Leave a Comment

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Pope Francis has released his second encyclical, titled Laudato si’, subtitled On the Care of Our Common Home, in which he lowers the papal boom on mankind for its reckless stewardship of the planet, proclaiming that “a very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system” and that, although “it is true that there are other factors” (like volcanic activity, the solar cycle, and variations in the earth’s orbit), “most global warming in recent decades … Read More →

Some Black Lives Matter, Most Don’t

By Cyberquill 06/21/2015Leave a Comment

Charleston, SC

By now, we all know the names, faces, and biographies of the nine black individuals shot to death by that 21-year-old white racist whackjob terrorist hate criminal in South Carolina.

But who can name any of the dozens of American blacks murdered in the weeks leading up to the Charleston … Read More →

Ebony and Ivony

By Cyberquill 06/19/2015Leave a Comment

Rachel Dolezal

When I first auditioned her she was so awesome she blew me away. She had so much soul — the only thing white about her was her skin.” (Motown founder Berry Gordy reacts to the untimely death of singer Teena Marie in 2010)

On 7 June 1892, Homer Plessy, a man legally classified as black, boarded a “whites only” railroad car with the express intent of getting arrested for this transgression. The purpose of the exercise was to set a test case that would furnish the opportunity to challenge on appeal the underlying … Read More →

Sartorial Sexism

By Cyberquill 06/08/2015Leave a Comment

G7 Summit 2015

How come the lady can wear whatever she wants, but the dudes are all expected to sport the same drab and dorky suit & tie ensemble in order to project competence and authority?

And when was the last time you saw a red-carpet breakdown of what the men were wearing at the Oscars?

Winnetou Dies Again

By Cyberquill 06/07/2015Leave a Comment

Winnetou

For the third time in a little over a century, the German-speaking part of the world mourns the passing of Winnetou, chief of the Apaches and anthropomorphic condensation symbol of all things good and noble mankind has to offer at its best.

First, in the late 1800s, his creator, German novelist Karl May, killed him off on the page. Just as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had learned the hard way only a few years earlier, audiences ill appreciate having their favorite protagonists put to the sword (or the ravine or the bullet), and so Mr May, too, quickly … Read More →

Some Like It Trans

By Cyberquill 06/03/2015Leave a Comment
Geraldine and Daphne Jenner

Geraldine and Daphne Jenner

Earlier this year, at a time when the nation’s attention was conveniently diverted by the various shenanigans of Brian Williams and Bill Cosby, a cabal of diabolical legislators in Florida, quietly and under the public radar, proposed “one of the most viciously sadistic, hypocritical bills the legislature has ever considered,” namely a law that would “forbid trans people from using the public bathroom that matches their true gender.” (You can read more about this iniquitous inequity here.)

No matter how deeply under your rock you may have been hiding for no matter how long, by now it … Read More →

It’s Only Rock’n’Roll (Butter Like it!)

By Cyberquill 05/18/20154 Comments

The Routemasters

Having tried my hand at a miscellany of occupations with negligible to mediocre success, I realize I’ve reached a stage in my life—and an age—where I must get serious about my future.

In other words, I figured it’s high time to take a jab at that rock star thing. I hear some of these people make a comfy living doing this.

So this past Saturday, I gave my debut fronting a local Australian band before an audience of about forty in a small performance venue scenically nestled amidst the Vienna Woods.

Here’s some audio from the gig:

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More pictures are posted below. … Read More →

It’s Enough to Say Dakota

By Cyberquill 05/08/201536 Comments

Mount Rushmore

Why is South Dakota called South Dakota and not simply Dakota?

There already is a North Dakota. Where else should the only other Dakota—we’re talking states, not actresses or buildings—be located but to its south?

South Carolina, same story. Waste of a word. Not to mention South Korea. But let’s keep it stateside.

Ever heard of a commonwealth called East Virginia? Of course not. There’s a West Virginia, so it follows logically that its sole sibling lies east. No need to say it. If Virginia lay south of West Virginia, then West Virginia would be called North Virginia.

It’s really not that difficult to divine the location of the other state of a pair when one is clearly marked by its cardinal direction.

No Dialogue on Dialogue

By Cyberquill 04/17/20152 Comments

Heinz Fischer

Kids say the darndest things. As do presidents.

Enter Heinz Fischer, the president of Austria, a small landlocked nation in Central Europe known for having supplied the scenic backdrop for The Sound of Music, not to be confused with a similarly christened oceanlocked continent located in the southern hemisphere.

In a recent interview on the status of the Iran nuke deal negotiations, Mr Fischer touted the willingness for dialogue as a cornerstone of international diplomacy and … Read More →

Why I Can’t Stand Black Opera Singers

By Cyberquill 02/01/20154 Comments

Jessye Norman

Many regard Jessye Norman as one of the preëminent dramatic sopranos of our time.

Primarily, though, Ms Norman is a thief.

And a racist one at that, no matter how unwittingly so.

See, classical music originated in Europe and surely ranks among the whitest of all art forms. Then along comes some black lady and, by belting out Wagner, attempts to … Read More →

Why Can’t I Shower With the Girls?

By Cyberquill 01/31/2015Leave a Comment

The Eurovision Song Contest 2014 was won by a long-haired and bearded Austrian dude that wears makeup and dresses as a woman.

Somewhat confusingly, everyone keeps referring to him as “she.”

Granted, “she” goes better with his chosen stage name Conchita. But then again, no one refers to Alice Cooper as “she.” So what gives? … Read More →

Of Goats and Men

By Cyberquill 12/09/2014Leave a Comment

Goat

Who’s more valuable, a human or a goat?

The answer seems obvious—but why?

Superficial features aside, both are made up of the same components. Both have eyes, ears, limbs, a brain, a spine, a nervous system, and a heartbeat. Both will feel … Read More →

Do Black Lives Really Matter?

By Cyberquill 12/08/2014Leave a Comment

Black Lives Matter

When Rudy Giuliani took the reins in New York City, the murder rate there plummeted to unprecedented lows.

Since blacks killed by other blacks form the lion share of murder victims, this reduction in black-on-black violence meant that black lives were saved at an unprecedented level.

Giuliani, of course, is being roundly assailed, including by the Big Apple’s present hizzoner, as an insensitive … Read More →

The Cosby Raped Me Show

By Cyberquill 12/03/2014Leave a Comment

Bill Cosby

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson terms “lazy brain” the practice of either accepting or discounting claims on their face. “What you should do is inquire,” he says.

But how do we inquire without our personal biases and preferred outcomes skewing our inquiry? … Read More →

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