Proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Budget of the U.S. Government In the beginning of March, President Trump submitted his proposal for a FY2020 Federal Budget. As has been the case with his prior two proposed budgets they: Call for massive cuts to all discretionary spending on social services ANDAre immediately declared irrelevant. Trump's budgets do not … Continue reading Trump’s FY 2020 Budget: “Kill, torture and destroy–just keep my taxes low.”
Recently, someone IRL asked me if I was a Christian. I said I was and moved on quickly before they tried to either debate abortion or sell me something. It did get me to thinking,though. I am a Christian, but with no real need to proclaim this part of my life. I am nominally a … Continue reading Hi, my name is Phil and I am a Christian.
I wrote a piece on this blog five years ago, describing my experiences in the first twenty years of my career as a community organizer. On February 5th, 1994 I walked into the offices of Syracuse United Neighbors, a community group working with residents of the south, southwest and near west sides of the city. … Continue reading 25 years ago today . . .
At a celebration after being sworn into the House of Representatives for her first term of office, Rep. Rashida Tlaib made the following statement: “When your son looks at you and says, ‘Momma, look you won, bullies don't win,' and I said, 'Baby, they don't,' because we’re gonna go in there and we're gonna impeach … Continue reading On cursing in public, an organizing perspective
Last year, in response to a post on Will Leach's newsletter, I created my list of the sports teams I root for--in the order of my fan intensity. This is getting easier to do as I grow older, as I have become that kind of fan I loathed as a kid. The kind of fan … Continue reading My sports teams
OK, they may be little more than bite-sized nuggets of pop philosophy. The market may be dominated by a single company from Long Island--whose owner writes all the fortunes. Nonetheless, I believe in fortune cookie wisdom! I used to love trying to pronounce the "Learn Chinese" phonetic word on the back--until the fortunes I get … Continue reading Fortune Cookie Wisdom
So, at my follow up appointment for my surgery, my doctor confirmed that I had been harboring renal cell carcinoma in a growth located on top of my left kidney. The solid mass growth was removed surgically and was caught early enough that the cancer had not spread to any of the kidney itself. It … Continue reading Recuperation
Date: 8/21/17 To: All madmen, drummers, bummers, Indians in the summer, teenage diplomats, all-hot half-shots, fleshpot mascots, young Scotts with a slingshot, bloodshot forget-me-nots, brimstone baritone anti-cyclone rolling stone preachers from the East, new-mown chaperones, fresh-sown moonstones, silicone sisters, manager's misters, Go-Cart Mozarts, Early-Pearlies, hazards from Harvard, backyard bombadiers, dudes with a calling card, shooting … Continue reading Memo: re the solar eclipse
I'm not a potential criminal, but I can't help feeling like the psycho killer in the song of the same name by the Talking Heads: I can't seem to face up to the facts I'm tense and nervous and I can't relax I can't sleep 'cause my bed's on fire Don't touch me I'm a … Continue reading “I’ll have an order of anxiety, with a side of existential panic.”
I had a biopsy done today. "Just routine" they say. I guess I'll find out next week. I've reached the age where procedures are more numerous and hence often routine. Knock wood. Postscript: no problems!