Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

A Teacher Worthy of Notice

Posted: 5th June 2017 by LegoDoug in Doug, Home Life, Politics, Sarah, Significant

(A reflection from November 9, 2016) While my wife—Sarah Latimer—and I were walking our dog, Juno, we chanced upon an outside window of this history classroom at Nashua’s Fairgrounds Middle School, where our daughter, Naomi, attends. I was moved to tears at the display, particularly given the anniversary of Kristallnacht. This was a meaningful reminder […]

One of the best parts of the March for Science Sarah and I attended on April 22, 2017, in Washington, D.C., was the nearly endless creativity the marchers put into their signs. Not too many were repeated, and few would have been considered offensive. The preview image here is my sign, cribbed from “Stand back! […]

What Is Wrong with These People?

Posted: 20th January 2017 by LegoDoug in Doug, Family Members, Politics, Rants, Religion/Church

On the eve of the nomination of Donald Trump as President of the United States: My biggest complaint* of the past year has been this: White “Evangelicals” ignored virtually all of Scripture to support a man who represents a near perfect antithesis of Christianity. I have watched those on the fringes and outside of Christianity […]

A Republican No More

Posted: 6th May 2016 by LegoDoug in Doug, Family Members, Politics, Rants

My voter registration is now undeclared. (Sadly, no exotic options, like “Rational Anarchist” are available in New Hampshire—not even Communist.) In a time when a voice of reason is desperately needed, your leadership has proven itself unable to take a stand against an obvious megalomaniac. You continue to propose revoking the victory of universal health […]

What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown?

Posted: 24th May 2015 by LegoDoug in Movies, Politics

“What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown?” Quite often I think about a Charlie Brown special I saw when I was in my mid-teens, in 1983. It’s designed to continue the story of the film, Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don’t Come Back!!), and commemorates some of the events of World War I and World War […]

Racism: Things Really Have Changed

Posted: 3rd March 2014 by LegoDoug in Politics, Uncategorized

Racism has always shocked me. When I was 7 I was astounded to hear a neighbor declare, “Randy’s father doesn’t like black people.” I can’t remember how old I was before I understood what the “N word” employed as a quotation in a comic book adaptation of The Cross and the Switchblade meant, because I […]

Live Free!

Posted: 7th March 2013 by LegoDoug in Home Life, Politics

Historical note: These quotations are from the Nemo Blizzard, February 8, 2013.

9/11: An Eyewitness Account

Posted: 11th September 2011 by LegoDoug in Politics, Significant, Uncategorized

Originally published on September 11, 2003. Republishing for the 10th anniversary of this terrible, world-changing event. Personal background: Michael Frenchman is my “not-father” (an interesting title that I coined with a history of accusation, assumption, adoption, and eventual DNA test), a dear-but-distant friend to our family, and a videographer/producer/diver/etc. He and his wife, Karen, reside […]

How Our Government Works

Posted: 17th March 2010 by LegoDoug in Humor, Politics

Once upon a time the government had a scrap yard in the middle of a desert. Congress said, “Someone may steal it at night.” So they created a night watchman position and hired a person at $18,000 a year for the job. Then Congress said, “How does the watchman do his job without instruction?” So […]

Ethnicity Conundrum

Posted: 1st February 2010 by LegoDoug in Family Members, Home Life, Isaac, Politics, The Kids

We ran into this problem when registering Naomi for kindergarten, and now, changes in government regulation require Isaac’s school to provide this information as well. According to the school: The school is no longer allowed to report race as “not reported.” This means we are required to report your child’s race starting with the 2009-2010 […]