2019 knocked me down hard. 2020 knocked me down harder, and kicked me while I was down. Yeah, I know, it knocked everyone down and I’m not special in that regard–don’t claim to be, but this is my website, so… 2021 is a big, ugly fire-breathing dragon eyeing me from beyond the chasm of winter, waiting with baited, smoky breath to greet me when I … Continue reading I’m going to kill 2021
“We won’t be able to hold them off for much longer, sir.” The tired old man rose from his chair and walked over to the window, his hands folded behind his back. “I know. Your people did their best.” In the distance, another police car went up in flames and the masses of rioters gathered outside the gates rejoiced. It reminded him of home. He … Continue reading Prodigal Son
In the Star Trek episode Day of the Dove, the crew of the Enterprise is pitted in mortal combat against the crew of a Klingon ship by a mysterious parasitic entity that feeds on hatred. The entity takes away their phasers and disrupters, providing them instead with swords, ensuring maximum negative energy. It resuscitates the dead so they can get right back up and continue … Continue reading Life lessons from Star Trek
I’ve got to stop paying such close attention to the news and current events. I can’t handle it. It’s accomplishing nothing but making me perpetually pissed, and it’s affecting the way I treat my wife and also others who are far less important to me. What good does it do me to pore over the comments on news stories and anger myself? I can’t make … Continue reading I will not fight.
What if I told you there was a silent war raging all around you? What if I told you that the devastating aftereffects of the weapons used in this war will be felt for centuries to come? Indeed, they will shape the very course of history, and they’ve already begun doing so. Our enemies are attacking. Hard. The flames of the narratives you’ve chosen to … Continue reading The silent war
I’ve always been the skeptical Agent Scully to the conspiracy theorists’ Agent Mulder. In light of the fact that the foundations of civilization as we know it are crumbling, however, I may have to reassess that default skepticism. Something’s going on. “They” are doing something. Someone is using this pandemic in conjunction with civil unrest to their own advantage, somehow. All your friends are steadily … Continue reading I’m no conspiracy theorist, but…
Pictured left to right: Jim Inhofe, James Lankford, Kevin Stitt I hear all this high-minded feelgood talk coming out of some of our politician’s mouths about all the things they’re supposedly doing for us. How they’re looking out for small business owners and “essential workers” promising to “keep everyone safe.” Cut the shit, alright? You talk the talk and institute a lot of symbolic gestures … Continue reading State of Oklahoma to its citizens: “We don’t care about you.”
In the Star Trek episode The Enemy Within, a transporter accident splits Captain Kirk into two Captain kirks, each representing half of his personality. “Good” Kirk is too docile and timid to make decisions. He lacks confidence and the ability to assert himself. He has no teeth, so to speak. “Bad” Kirk, on the other hand, storms into McCoy’s office demanding liquor and proceeds to … Continue reading Our enemy within
I’ve been watching (because it’s in my face and I can’t avoid it) this heated exchange between people who are gung-ho about opening everything back up vs those who want to keep everything locked down for awhile longer. You call these people idiots for wanting to go back to work, but from what position are you judging them? Are your basic needs assured? Are you … Continue reading You both have a point.
The state of the world right now reminds me a lot of the state of the world at the beginning of my book Effugium: The Time Remaining, and I feel like Caldo making one of his blog entries every time I open this app. We’re scared. We’re uncertain. We don’t trust anything we hear. We can’t trust anything we hear. Death is in the air. … Continue reading An absolute nightmare