"You have a point. An idiotic one, but a point." (from "All About Eve," 20th Century Fox, 1950)

The Right to Self-Identify

By Cyberquill 11/26/20156 Comments

We live in a society that places ever more importance upon respecting the way individuals self-identify.

If someone refers to herself as a woman, it’s not in our place to question her femininity simply because she lacks certain assets traditionally associated with being female, or because, as per our blinkered expectations, some of her anatomical appurtenances squarely contradict her claim to womanhood as we’ve been conditioned to define it.

And if someone is 90% one race and 10% another, the progressive and hence enlightened stance is to regard that person as whichever race he or she identifies with, not whichever race we may intuitively assign him or her based on percentages and stereotypes. (This goes so far that we’ve had a somewhat serious debate over whether an all-white lady ought to be granted her wish to be accepted as black because that’s how she views herself.)

Yet then we’re told that violent jihadists aren’t really Muslims no matter how much they … Read More →

Got Keys?

By Cyberquill 09/14/201513 Comments


If you’re like most people, you own not one but several keys, a good number of which you prize so highly that you carry them around with you at all times.

But what is a key for? What does it represent?

A key represents two things. It represents (1) a border, and (2) the fear that this border may be crossed by anyone except yourself and perhaps a limited number of other … Read More →

Black Lives Matter and the Intra-Racial Crime Rate Fallacy

By Cyberquill 08/22/20152 Comments

Black & White

One of the criticisms leveled at the Black Lives Matter movement is that its slogan says black lives matter instead of all lives matter.

Given the disproportionate plight of African-Americans versus whites in terms of general upward mobility and the potential for finding themselves at the … Read More →

Scaring the Horses

By Cyberquill 08/15/20154 Comments

The Routemasters

The other day, I had my second live gig apprenticing as the lead singer of an Austrian rock band. This time, we played at a farm located about 20 car minutes from my house. It took me exactly 42 minutes to get there, having taken three wrong turns on the way. (I hate driving, but my mom insists that I practice.)

There was a horse barn right behind the back wall of the stage. I doubt whether the poor locked-up critters much appreciated our music. They were probably … Read More →

Too Sexist for a Shirt?

By Cyberquill 08/05/20158 Comments

Manchester United

Sherlock Holmes taught us that “when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

When it comes to sexism—and racism, for that matter—people split into two camps:

For one camp, the mere contingency that sexism (or racism) might lie at the root of a given state of affairs suffices to convince them that sexism (or racism) is to … Read More →

The Cosby Raped Me Show (Pt. 2)

By Cyberquill 07/19/2015Leave a Comment

Bill Cosby

When asked whether Bill Cosby’s U.S. Medal of Freedom ought to be revoked in light of the funnyman’s latterly somewhat depreciated status as a national role model, President Obama replied that there existed no known mechanism for such a revoker, but added in general terms that “this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape.”

There are, of course, different types of rape, the surreptitious admixture of a soporific agent to a victim’s … Read More →

So Much for Love ♫

By Cyberquill 07/13/20154 Comments

So Much for Love

I wrote a new song. It’s a very sad song, so you may want to grab a box of Kleenex before you put in your earplugs and hit Play:

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Dressed to Choose

By Cyberquill 07/09/20152 Comments

Dressed to Kill (1980)

All people are born equal, but some are born more equal than others.

Most of us, for instance, are expected, indeed required, in situations where gender-segregation applies, to use whichever facilities (bathrooms, locker rooms, etc.) correspond to the sex we were endowed with by our Creator.

The equaler among us, however, get to choose. … Read More →

Meanwhile Under the Rainbow

By Cyberquill 07/02/20152 Comments


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 06/25/201512 Comments


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


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 →