An April Fool’s Story


The fool in question being me.

I had not known until today that former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley had died back on December 9th. And I was immediately reminded of the story of the only connection that she and I ever had.

Back in 1978, I was just starting my second year in Hollywood–an absurd notion that I could be a writer that EVERY adult in my life, save one, my bel0ved Aunt Mary, who passed away nearly a year ago, told me was impossible, ridiculous, idiotic, foolish, absurd and what the hell was I d0ing dropping out of university to pursue this idiotic notion?

Being the person that I am I ignored their sage advice. Continue reading


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An Historical Cycle Ends

springtime-on-europa by Hart WIlliams © 2013

CNN Money, that most astute of websites, tracked down recent blog retiree and superstar Andrew Sullivan, who gave an interview, probably, prefacing the publication of his book, which will keep him in the media crosshairs: Continue reading

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Health Care Five Years Ago Today


“Odious” health insurance is now “MODA” as in “MODA Center” where 
the Portland Trailblazers play with other NBA teams when they’re home.

Ted is about to find out that he can’t enroll until next year. Like me.

Ted Cruz to sign up for government health care
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register

Ted Cruz, one of the loudest critics of Obamacare, will soon be using it for health insurance coverage.  —  “We will presumably go on the exchange and sign up for health care and we’re in the process of transitioning over to do that,” Cruz …

It is an irony of history that five years ago, today, I was writing Speaker Pelosi and President Obama to thank them for ACA and to note that ODS (now MODA) had kicked me off my health insurance for a “pre-existing condition.” (With photos of the actual correspondence.) Continue reading

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Ted Cruz and Ayn Rand

How snidely slanted is this:

Cruz made 2016 announcement speech without a teleprompter
David McCabe / The Hill

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) made his speech announcing that he would run for the presidency without the assistance of a teleprompter, his spokesman said Monday.  —  Cruz delivered his roughly half-hour announcement speech at evangelical Liberty University in Virginia.

from my book Ayn Nation Under God:


Introduction to Special Government Shutdown Edition

As I write this, the United States of America are in the ninth day of the Federal “government shutdown.” A cable news ‘countdown clock’ just hit 8 days, 8 hours, 8 minutes and 8 seconds. Continue reading


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Published: Reality 101 — Political Self Defense for Progressives

Some of us need to eat. It has been my intention to collect the best of ten years’ “vorpal sword” columns into a series of ebooks. Ayn Nation Under God was the first. Reality 101 is next. Coming soon: The Best of his vorpal sword — as chosen by its readers.

JUST PUBLISHED!!! Rather than “correcting” other Progressives, learn how to “correct” KKKonservatives and RepubliKlans. Just published! Just in time for the Total Solar Eclipse of the Vernal Equinox!

For ten years, ‘his vorpal sword’ (the blog) terrified the likes of Ted Nugent (“Ted Nugent fears death by ‘lunatic fringe’ liberal blogger” Raw Story, 13 July 2007) and delighted readers of Salon, Crooks and Liars, The Democratic Daily, The Moderate Voice and much else of the progressive blogosphere.

Reality 101 cover 2015

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The End of the Trail


A necessary announcement …

november 5


Seven Thousand, Seven Hundred and Twenty Words to Sum It All Up and bring his vorpal sword, the blog, to a fitting conclusion ….

Remember, remember!
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!

Never say ‘never’ of course, but in this case, all good things come to an end…. Continue reading


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Dominionist Hoedown Links (update)

Here are some links for further reading:

From Google News:

Shame on Cheney
Salt Lake Tribune, United States – 6 hours ago
It was with dismay that I read that Dick Cheney will be in
Utah once again (Tribune, Sept. 26). His speech to the Council for National Policy, …

VP Cheney makes quick trip to Utah to address secretive
Salt Lake Tribune, United States – Sep 28, 2007
By Nathan C. Gonzalez Updated: 12:11 PM-
Vice President Dick Cheney has departed Salt Lake
City today after making a quick speech before a super-secret … Continue reading

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