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Michael Simms: Are You Ready For More War?

Following through on campaign pledges to support American troops, on Thursday President Trump gave a green light to the military, enabling them to increase airstrikes in the Middle East. Here are … Continue reading

April 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Round-up of top stories in the news

Maryland’s state legislature has passed a ban on fracking which, with the blessing of the Republican governor, is expected to be signed into law any day now. This twist shows … Continue reading

March 28, 2017 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: New Poll Says Most Young Americans See Trump as ‘Illegitimate President’

Most young Americans see President Donald Trump as illegitimate, according to a new poll. The survey, conducted by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with the AP-NORC … Continue reading

March 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Vegan Kitchen: Roasted Tomato, Mustard Greens, and Chorizo Chili

I grew up in Texas where chili is part of the holy trinity of cuisine. As a Texan, you have your barbecue, your guacamole, and your chili. What these three … Continue reading

March 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Saul Alinsky’s 13 strategies to take your community back from Trump

Saul Alinsky (1909 – 1972) is generally considered to be the founder of modern American community organizing. Alinsky focused on improving the living conditions of poor communities across America, especially the … Continue reading

February 25, 2017 · 4 Comments

Michael Simms: Muse

As a musician, he was solid and reliable, but unimaginative. His chief talent lay in being in the right band. He enjoyed drinking and taking drugs, still in the initial … Continue reading

February 5, 2017 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: Thank you, Mr. President

Barack Obama: School’s out! . Thank you, President Obama! You served the country with dignity, grace, and honesty. You accomplished a great deal in eight years. You pushed through health … Continue reading

January 20, 2017 · 4 Comments

Sun Tzu: How to win against Donald Trump and the forces he represents

Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance. — If your opponent is of choleric temper, irritate him. — He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight. … Continue reading

January 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: The Very American Poetry of Jose Padua

What are poets for in destitute times? — Hölderlin . Every poem is a subversive act. In an age when our senses are benumbed by competing media screaming for our … Continue reading

January 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Meet our new Secretary of Defense — General James “Mad Dog” Mattis

In the list of frightening cabinet appointments by President-elect Donald Trump, perhaps the most disturbing is his pick for Secretary of Defense, General James “Mad Dog” Mattis. Not only would … Continue reading

December 28, 2016 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: Two Thefts

When I was in college, I committed larceny twice. Forty years later, I still feel pleased by the first theft and ashamed of the second. I was living with a … Continue reading

December 11, 2016 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: Turning Myself In

A new website encourages students to inform on their liberal professors. An organization called Turning Point USA recently launched a website called the Professor Watchlist, which provides the full names, … Continue reading

December 1, 2016 · 5 Comments

Michael Simms: Trump is attacking my family. And yours.

When I went back to Llano, Texas for my sister’s funeral a dozen years ago, I was surprised that the Baptist church was full of Latinos. But then I realized … Continue reading

November 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Top 10 best really terrific things about Trump becoming President

  Most of us didn’t vote for him, so we can always claim that he’s not our fault.   Putin and the Russians like him. They really really like him. … Continue reading

November 24, 2016 · 1 Comment