Whoso would be a man
must be a nonconformist.
publication takes a good deal of work and time, I welcome any donations, and I
am willing to discuss ad space. For $10.00 I will be happy to advertise your
business on the Missile. Please
contact me and we’ll talk about it.
I have just
finalized plans for my author’s event on Tuesday, August 6, at A Novel Idea On
Passyunk, a lovely independent bookstore located at 1726 E. Passyunk Avenue in
South Philadelphia. (https://anovelideaphilly.com/). We must support
local bookstores; the big box chains and Amazon can’t fulfill all our book
I will also be one of the dozens of fine Philadelphia-area
poets reading their material at the 23rd Annual Poetry Ink, sponsored
by the Moonstone Arts Center (http://moonstoneartscenter.org/). The event will
take place at 12:00 PM, on Sunday, June 2, 2019, at District 1199C, 1319 Locust
Street. Please try to attend; like I always say, the arts are for everyone.
I have also served on my division’s election board in the
primary election on May 21, helping people exercise their fundamental right to
vote. That is essential, especially since what’s left of our democracy-such as
it has been-is endangered by a “president” and his minions trying to establish
a police state for their benefit-or at least to repress attempts to legally get
them out of office due to their corruption.
Impeach trump? I would NOT be opposed. I have friends who
say we mustn’t impeach trump, since Mike Pence is more dangerous since he is
more ideologically committed to the Christian Right agenda, which includes the
“religious freedom” bills that permit discrimination against anyone-at a job or
at a restaurant, say-on a “religious” excuse. LGBTQ+ people are targeted by
these bills; but the bills would allow discrimination against anyone for any
reason-“You’re a Muslim, I don’t serve Muslims.” “You Jews killed Jesus, so I
won’t hire you.” You see where I’m going with this.
Back to impeachment-Nancy Pelosi has had fun mocking trump
for his behavior, such as with the recent tirade he put on at a conference with
Democratic leaders which was supposed to be about infrastructure, then going to
the Rose Garden for a hissy-fit in front of the news media. Pelosi has also
said trump wasn’t worth the bother impeaching, in a tone of “He ain’t
nothing!”; but she sounds like she’s willing to hear discussions of impeachment
from the rank and file of the caucus.
There is also the rise in anti-abortion legislation, such as in Georgia, Alabama, Ohio, Mississippi, and Missouri, which does not totally prevent abortions but only allows them after a certain period of time, long before a woman knows she’s pregnant, and by then it’s too late to have the abortion, so they would either have to carry the baby to term, or else go through some dangerous act-coat hangers, bleach, or worse-and risk life and health, or prison time. There are many fine people who differ on abortion and when life begins-at conception, or at birth? Scientists and theologians have debated for millennia when life begins, and they still haven’t decided; so why should a gang of political hacks in a state legislature have the power to decide? I believe a woman has the right to control her body and her reproductive system-end of story.
We are in a dangerous situation in this time. Climate
scientists warn us that there are only ten to fifteen years left before
irreparable damage in done to the environment-the air, water, and land which we
all depend on to live. Far-right, racist “populist” movements are on the march
in the US and Europe, and they’re not above using violence, including murder.
But, thank God, I see some serious fightback against this, and I’m proud to be
part of it, and I hope you join in.