Mar 272015
 
Ground Zero

by Alexander Symington… I went to the movies the other night and saw a preview for a documentary called, “Merchants of Doubt”. I was curious about it, so I did a little interweb sleuthing and discovered that the documentary exposes professional science deniers as a group; well funded by special interests that have found a […]

Mar 202015
 
Barbarism Du Jour

by Alex Symington… As Louis Petrone’s article, “Mass Killings Common” in KonkLIFE (link below) pointed out there is nothing new to the horrors of man’s inhumanity to man, referring to the latest incarnation that is ISIS. I could not agree more. Mr. Petrone recalled several examples of atrocities, starting with “our own backyard”, of mass […]

 March 20, 2015  Posted by on March 20, 2015 Alex Symington, Issue #106 Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,  10 Responses »
Mar 062015
 
Infantile Narcissism

by Alex Symington…. Don’t we each, individually, consider ourselves to be our own person, free in mind and body; autonomous, sentient beings possessing free will and masters of our own destiny? Sure we do and it is mostly the case, but not entirely. In reality we are what Leon Russell dubbed, “a hippie commune bona […]

 March 6, 2015  Posted by on March 6, 2015 Alex Symington, Issue #104 25 Responses »
Feb 192015
 
FOX Skews

by Alex Symington… Now wait just a minute! Let me get this straight… Brian Williams gets suspended from NBC for six months, without pay for telling tall tales about his exploits of daring while covering military actions that he never actually took part in? Really?! Why is Brian Williams being targeted? A little ego inflating […]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by on February 19, 2015 Alex Symington, Issue #102 Tagged with: , ,  31 Responses »
Feb 132015
 
Open Letter to Sheriff Ramsay

by Alex Symington Editor: Congratulations to Sheriff Rick Ramsay and his deputies on the 5.9 percent drop in crime in the areas of Monroe County under their jurisdiction. This may be anecdotal, but I haven’t heard of any of Sheriff Ramsay’s deputies involved in any questionable deaths of any civilians in their performance of their […]

Feb 132015
 
TSKW and “Stainless”

by Alex Symington We in Key West must surely wake up every day and pinch ourselves in disbelief at our good fortune to live, work and play in such a beautiful, warm and inviting community. (If you don’t, look again) There are many reasons Key West is a paradise, besides the weather and water. For […]

 February 13, 2015  Posted by on February 13, 2015 Alex Symington, Issue #101, Special Events Tagged with: , , , , ,  2 Responses »
Jan 302015
 
Satire and Propaganda

by Alex Symington… I was reading contemporary satirist, Andy Borowitz, and it occurred to me that satire and propaganda share a common denominator. They both require a kernel of truth to be effective. Neither can be total fabrication or they ring hollow, although that doesn’t stop FOX from trying. Andy’s work fits well with our […]

 January 30, 2015  Posted by on January 30, 2015 Alex Symington, Issue #99 Tagged with: , ,  3 Responses »
Jan 162015
 
Key West Literary Seminar 2015:  How The Light Get's In

by Alex Symington Our little island city has many charms to crow about; gentle warm weather in January, an exciting swashbuckling and idiosyncratic history, New-England-meets-the-South architectural style, great theater and music venues, but the crown jewel, I submit, is the Key West Literary Seminar. Our near century long history as a refuge for artists and […]

Jan 092015
 
This Cannot Be Happening

by Alex Symington I cannot be alone in my shock and disbelief at the US Supreme Court’s recent eight to one ruling that severely weakens our fourth amendment rights. I’ve taken the liberty to refresh your memory …, “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable […]

 January 9, 2015  Posted by on January 9, 2015 Alex Symington, Issue #96 Tagged with: , , ,  5 Responses »
Dec 192014
 
Sociopath

  by Alex Symington… Sociopath is a word I have been employing frequently in chronicling current events. The dictionary defines the sociopath as, “a person whose behavior is antisocial and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.” There is no shortage of this psychological characteristic in people in positions of power. In […]

 December 19, 2014  Posted by on December 19, 2014 Alex Symington, Issue #93 Tagged with: , , , , ,  5 Responses »
Dec 122014
 
Perception

I have friends that tell me they would like to read my essays, but won’t because they’re in an on-line publication and my friends are more comfortable with hard-copy-old-school newspaper. They like the feel and the rustle of real paper. I guess Kindle is out of the question, as well. I say to them, so […]

 December 12, 2014  Posted by on December 12, 2014 Alex Symington, Issue #92 Tagged with:  2 Responses »

Big Picture, Small Pond

 
Big Picture, Small Pond

When I write, my inclination is to focus on national or global big picture issues, such as our nation’s endless war in the name of_____________ (fill in the blank). Other abominations that get my attention are the relentless neutering of our constitution and civil liberties and the contemptuous global corporate rape and pillage of our […]

 November 7, 2014  Posted by on November 7, 2014 Alex Symington Tagged with: ,  3 Responses »

Race Card Revisited: Recovery Starts With an Admission There is a Problem

 
Race Card Revisited:  Recovery Starts With an Admission There is a Problem

My usual “fan club” was out in force last week. I really felt the love. Thank you for reading my essay with an open mind and weighing in with your comments. A simple re-cap; Slavery of Africans on US soil happened. Said slavery has had continuing negative repercussions to this day. Some of my die-hard […]

 October 31, 2014  Posted by on October 31, 2014 Alex Symington Tagged with: ,  3 Responses »

RACE CARD

 
RACE CARD

  Is the United States of America a society in regression? With each rationalized and exonerated killing of young black men by cop and vigilante, are other regressive malcontents emboldened? Rather than ushering in a new era of racial harmony, the election of a black man to the highest office in the land has brought […]

 October 24, 2014  Posted by on October 24, 2014 Alex Symington Tagged with: ,  28 Responses »

Reflections on Columbus or Happy Genocide Day

 
Reflections on Columbus or Happy Genocide Day

Here we are, another celebration of Columbus Day has passed, and every year it gets just a little bit more embarrassing, bordering on surreal. We citizens of the United States are slowly waking up to the reality that the Americas were heavily populated by natives and doing just fine without European “civilization”. The fact that […]

There Is Hope

 
There Is Hope

When I read a report on Jefferson County Colorado high school students walking out in protest over proposed changes to the school’s history curriculum, I rejoiced. Anyone that pays attention to current events knows there is a concerted attack on common sense being administered by conservative ideologues and their corporate sponsors. The kids in Colorado […]

 October 3, 2014  Posted by on October 3, 2014 Alex Symington Tagged with:  1 Response »

GREATNESS

 
GREATNESS

My wife and I just finished watching all seven, two-hour installments of Ken Burns’, documentary on Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. It left me feeling a bit melancholy, for watching any birth-to- death encapsulated in a few short hours will depress, but such Olympian greatness ending like ordinary mortals is an especially bitter pill to […]

 September 26, 2014  Posted by on September 26, 2014 Alex Symington Tagged with: , , ,  3 Responses »

That Would Explain A Lot…

 
That Would Explain A Lot…

No matter what your political affiliation is, haven’t you wondered, “What is wrong with those people? Can’t they see how misguided they are?!” God knows, I’ve said that countless times. Wouldn’t it be nice to have some explanation why political paralysis and polarization are so prevalent? Look no further than science!  Finally we have an […]

 September 19, 2014  Posted by on September 19, 2014 Alex Symington Tagged with:  3 Responses »