Vox Populi

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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

Michael Simms: Going Deaf

Now is the time for drowsy tanagers. -– E.S.   First I lost the tick of snowflakes hitting glass. Then the sound of the cat’s tongue running over her fur. … Continue reading

November 16, 2016 · 18 Comments

Michael Simms: President Donald Trump

My countrymen, what have you done? You’ve elected as your leader a man who despises you; who has no respect for law or custom or simple decency; a small vulgar … Continue reading

November 9, 2016 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: Why I’m With Her

As a supporter of Bernie Sanders, I was disappointed when he lost the Democratic nomination to Hillary Clinton. Bernie asked his supporters to help elect Clinton, so out of respect … Continue reading

November 7, 2016 · 7 Comments

Michael Simms: Voter Intimidation — How it works

Donald Trump has claimed that a win by Hillary Clinton would be proof of a rigged election, and he’s calling on his supporters to fight voter fraud with voter intimidation. … Continue reading

November 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Coca Cola is great as a cleaning fluid — Just don’t put it in your body

I’d like to buy the world a coke. Um, I don’t think so. Coca Cola does terrible things to your body. Medical experts tell us that soft drinks are major … Continue reading

October 12, 2016 · 1 Comment