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Saving Faith

Click here for Patrick Garry’s Website Because of a misguided medical diagnosis as an orphaned child, Jack Fenian was never adopted. Now, two years after leaving the orphanage, he works as a repossessor for a used card dealer. One night, he enters a bar looking for Ev Sorin, whose car Jack has mistakenly towed. Expecting violent anger, he is surprised when Ev reacts with indifference; but as Jack soon discovers, Ev – a disgraced journalist – has bigger problems on his mind. The next day, in the same courthouse to […]


PreTeena I created PreTeena because I wanted to explore the real differences between the two times in my early life when I was happiest: 5th grade, and 8th. I loved being a 5th grader: school was fun, friends were many, Mom and Dad stayed politely in the background, summer and winter were equally full of adventure and entertainment. And in 8th grade, make-up, boys, and a curvy new figure suddenly were the most important things in my life. In only three years, I was a completely different person! PreTeena invites […]

Excerpt of &quotA Guardian From Earth&quot

I put my clothes bag down and decided to explore my new apartment. It was a lot nicer than my old one, that’s for certain. The main room looked out over the strait from a height of several miles and was approximately square, about twenty feet on a side. The surface was some solid but yielding substance that looked like tile without the lines separating the tiles. I kicked off my shoes and felt – it felt kind of like rubber. There was a central area with something like a […]

Excerpt of &quotA Guardian From Earth&quot

Chapter TwoPicking Up Next morning, I woke up just before eight. I was most of the way back on track, it seemed. There were still some old clothes of mine in the closet. I looked like something five years out of date, but at least they were clean and they mostly fit. Riley greeted me at the door, which meant Mama and Papi were up. I went downstairs; Mama was puttering around in the kitchen. She wanted to make me breakfast, so I let her – eggs and chorizo and […]

Today’s Truesbury

The Progressive Approach to life’s difficulties Click here for "Truesbury" archives and to subscribe to The Right-Wing Riot newsletter. The Right-Wing Riot Going medieval on Doonesbury’s wrinkled Liberal ass since 2014 ************ THAT’S NOT FUNNY! Why is liberal cartoonist Garry Trudeau suddenly lashing out at conservative humorists? Maybe it has something to do with the devilish wit and pointed satire of "Truesbury," a biting parody/rewrite of Doonesbury recently launched by our friends at the Right-Wing Riot. What if, it asks, Trudeau were willing to ridicule Obama as energetically as he […]

Review: The Boston Tea Party Opera

I’m not what you would characterize as a typical fan of opera, be it of the buffa or not-so buffa variety. In fact, when a close friend of mine-who also happens to be a classically trained pianist-asked me whether the opera I intended to see today was dell’arte, I had to make a hasty trip to Wikipedia in order to answer her question. As it turns out, it did include a number of masques, all of which had either practical or symbolic significance, although it didn’t rely upon stock characters, […]

Stuck in the Middle with JewsBy the Intifada Singers – To the tune of Stuck in the Middle with You.

Well, I know why I shot rockets tonight Got the feeling I want Israel alight I’m not scared they might explode premature I’m lusting for the virgin allure Hezbollah to left of me, Hamas to the right, Here I am, stuck in the middle with Jews Yes, I’m stuck in the middle with Jews, And I know just what it is I should do It’s so hard to keep this smile from my face, Losing control, body parts all over the place Hezbollah to left of me, Hamas to the […]

OpEd in Baltimore Sun, “Adventures in History”

Although the summer season still has a few weeks left, the box office take thus far suggests that Hollywood’s string of consecutive records likely ended last summer. While consumer tastes are notoriously fickle in the entertainment industry, I do give credit to Hollywood for trying to give consumers more of what they have wanted in the past. So, this season, we welcomed back old friends in new displays of derring-do as they saved humanity from various foes. There was Captain America appearing with the Winter Soldier, Falcon and the Black […]

Peace Drain

Now I’ve been Osama lately, thinking about the good things he’s done And I believe it must be, miracles have begun Oh I’ve been apostate lately, dreaming about the 12th Imam And I believe it will be, some day he’s going to come Cause right on the edge of Israel, there is a peace drain Oh peace drain flush that country, come take me home again Oh peace drain flushing louder Surf down the peace drain Come on now peace drain Yes, peace drain I’m bi-polar Everyone jump down the […]