• Fabyanic: America the microbrew

    A refreshing headline appeared recently in the Washington Post: “‘Wrong, plain and simple’: 50 years after the Stonewall raid, New York City’s police commissioner apologizes.”

    It was on June 28, 1969, when the NYPD raided the Stonewall Inn. The raid was SOP, reminiscent of those by G-men on Roaring Twenties speakeasies. Years of repetition made it usual. Only this time, the response was not usual.

  • Byerley: Come one, come all

    Oh, come all ye hipster-gapers, tattooed and geared-out, with stickers all over your Mercedes vans and every sport’s equipment hanging precariously off the sides. You have climbing gear and crash pads, mountain bikes, kayaks and teardrop campers, stickers showing how many miles you’ve run, from every outdoor gear company, and every brewery known to man. You drive in the left lane of the highway at 50 mph and are so stoned out of your gourd that you don’t even realize others are trying to pass you.

  • Byerley: Born again

    I often hear others refer to born-again Christians in negative connotation, making fun of us as being “Bible thumpers.” Their perception is that we no longer know how to have fun, or that we’ve become too “vanilla.” They see us as judgmental, suppressive and close-minded. Many think we have no right to feel the way we do, based upon God’s word and instructions to us, and that we should bend our will to “get with the times.”

  • Fabyanic: Fishing in a bathtub

    It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world, but for Wales? – “A Man for All Seasons” by Robert Bolt

    Last week, we traveled to Henry’s realm where laws were laid flat, a metaphor Bolt uses in his play about Thomas More, who valued principle above life. More poses that moral conflict to Richard Rich, whose name speaks to his values. For perjuring himself at More’s trial, Rich is appointed attorney general for Wales. The William Barr of King Henry’s court.

  • Fabyanic: Enforcing laws isn’t so simple

    And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned around on you – where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? – “A Man for All Seasons” by Robert Bolt

    That is spoken by Sir Thomas More to his future son-in-law William prior to More’s beheading by Henry VIII. Using trees as a metaphor, he continues.

  • Byerley: Continued fight for freedom
  • Byerley: Highway camping and overall laziness

    Camping 200 feet from a house and a stone’s throw from a major highway isn’t camping. It’s called sleeping on the side of the road.

  • Fabyanic: Origins of Trumpism

    For Donald Trump, it’s always about him. His biography broadcasts that loudly and clearly. With each new tweet and campaign-style utterance, he reinforces and amplifies his narcissistic, pathological personality. The recent episode in Japan in which the Navy went to great pains to mask the USS John McCain name spoke about the man-child’s thin skin.

    But the existential crisis America is facing is more than about Trump; it’s about that which he personifies and symbolizes: Trumpism.

  • Fabyanic: Far from the madding crowd

    There’s a line in Thomas Gray’s “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” that resonates with those wanting to shut off the noise and detach from the grid: “Far from the madding crowd’s ignoble strife.”

  • Byerley: Jena Griswold should resign

    By Nicole Byerley

    Our Secretary of State, Jena Griswold, needs to resign. Several weeks ago, she made a public statement that she would not be sending her office staff to Certified Election Registration Administrator training and certification in Auburn, Ala.