People and goats aren't all that different. If you get in my face and hector me, I will bray at you in protest. I probably won't understand half of what you are saying, anyway. If you keep on hectoring me, I may spit at you as a warning. You can run your mouth all you want; you won't get anywhere with me!

The man hectoring the goat reminds me of talking-heads on cable news. If they stood in the middle of our living rooms, jabbering at us, we would bray at them in protest until they left. I mean there's only so much argumentativeness we can take. And if the talking-heads of opposing networks met in our living room, like Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly, we would run them out, no matter our political persuasion. If they refused to leave, we would start butting heads for real.

Most Americans hardly recognize the real consequences of America's political divide. Wait till the talking-heads invade our family rooms! The cable-news networks have run lots of programs about America's political disunity, but they don't say much about their own role in exacebating it. Talking about their own role in fomenting divisions is bad for business. No one wants to hear reporters criticize their own networks, or the profession in general.

A home-invasion by talking-heads might be the best thing that ever happened to this country, to let Americans see how much political hostility defines the current state of America and debilitates our quality of life. Then maybe Americans will listen to guys like me who want to divide the nation, to restore unity and some peace-and-quiet.


September 30, 2022

Rolexes and Wealth

I remember the day my eighth-grade teacher arrived at school wearing his new wrist-watch. We saw this guy for the 180 days of the school-year and knew him pretty well--as well as anyone did. We noticed that, among his other mannerisms, he tended to look often at the watch during class. We thought he was keen to know the time on a regular basis. Now, I believe he was just admiring his new watch.

September 28, 2022

Family-life is not a Democracy

I ran into a problem yesterday when I returned to Germany. On my first evening, I wanted to slake my thirst for German beer, big-time! So I ordered a liter-serving right off the bat; but I knew I also wanted some wine and ordered a carafe of it, as well. Shamefully, I have to admit to not finishing either. I slaked my thirst, but had to leave some of it undrunk. I hate wasting anything, but I had work to do and wanted to operate on all my cylinders.

September 24, 2022

Violence in the Real

This article appeared last July in the Sunday edition of the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper, by the newspaper's expert on hip-hop music, Florentin Schuhmacher. He regards gangsta-rap, and its sub-genre Drill, as a legitimate art-form. He can understand the reservations that law enforcement, parents, and teachers have toward music that glorifies gang-life, describes the rush of killing one's enemies, the pleasure of drugs—as a source of wealth—and demeaning women; but Schumacher also says the police cannot simply censor it. They must distinguish between art and criminal acts, shooings, and robberies.

Lloyd Bowers


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