Opinion

Trumpism . . . and the three metaphors of mayhem

It is entirely disingenuous to suggest the “Stop The Steal” march on the Capitol was in any way different than the Civil Rights March in Selma Alabama, and Watts Rebellion in 1965, the Los Angeles Riots in 1992, or the George Floyd riots in Minneapolis last Summer. In fact, all of them have much in common: They were instigated, not […]

Mocking Americanism

EsoteRick

It is entirely disingenuous to suggest the “Stop The Steal” march on the Capitol was in any way different than the Civil Rights March in Selma Alabama, and Watts Rebellion in 1965, the Los Angeles Riots in 1992, or the George Floyd riots in Minneapolis last Summer. In fact, all of them have much in common: They were instigated, not […]

Brave Enough


Being raised in a traditional Indian family, we were not really encouraged to advocate for ourselves, especially if any prevailing injustice or infraction revolved around a sacred tradition. Generally, it was considered uncouth and ill-mannered for a spritely young Indian girl to advocate for herself. And in short form, inevitably, one would be held in contempt of court if caught […]

A hospital to serve the region


Every year I learn something about Escondido that I did not know. The latest is regarding a hospital to serve the residents not only of Escondido but throughout the region including Borrego Springs. Our first hospital opened in 1924 as Escondido Hospital then a newer facility was opened at 125 S. Broadway and the third edition named Palomar Hospital which […]

No consequences . . . or, how to make a monster


It was one of our biggest Thanksgiving dinners ever – aunts and uncles, cousins all over the place – and my Aunt Naomi had just announced desert time, taking orders for either cherry or pumpkin pie. Immediately bursting into tears was my daughter, 8 or maybe 9-years-old at the time . . . sobbing. She hadn’t finished her meal, and […]

Proud of their old guys


Hail, Father Time! Yesterday’s Super Bowl game praised two old timers, quarterback Tom Brady and his head coach Bruce Arians, as being the oldest to quarterback and coach a winning Super Bowl team. Being a seasoned citizen myself I felt so much better being lumped in with Brady who at the ripe old age of 43 accomplished something no one […]

The new GOP virus . . . named Marjorie Taylor Greene


Given recent history, I’m pretty certain that the GOP will continue to be generally silent about Marjorie Taylor Green – and in doing so will continue to shrivel the bit of spine it still has, and any sense of moral purpose. It wasn’t until Tuesday that Mitch McConnell broke ranks from his party’s overwhelming silence and denounced her – as […]

An ugly abuse of power

EsoteRick

People on the left are passionate about their causes. As are people on the right. Both sides see themselves as patriots trying to make our world better. I hope we can still agree on that. I would characterize people who cannot empathize with differing perspectives as bullies. They are dangerous and society has a right to keep a suspicious eye […]

Finally, real weather


How about this weather, huh? Yes, we finally have real weather other than the usual mostly sunny with temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s, in January. We had hail, high winds and lots of much needed rain and snow in elevations above 3,000 feet. I get weekly reports from Mammoth Mountain, which reported receiving 6 feet, yes feet not inches, […]

Satire, humor are vital to freedom


I got an email today from the harmless but delightfully stinging satire site Babylon Bee. It is a rarity in today’s political world of viciousness and vengeance, a satire site with a whimsical bent and a Christian and right of center perspective. You can find it (until you can’t—which is the point of today’s screed) at: babylonbee.com You may be […]


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