Category: Briefly Stated
Forgotten art: Letter writing
The Olympia SM9 was used for this writing.
The typewriter never let me down
Merle Haggard’s famous baritone line from 1966 laments, “Tonight the bottle let me down, And let your memory hang around.” Here’s a story about when I was let down once. The machines here is an Olympia SM9 paired with Tomoe River A5 paper. Not quite onion skin, but close enough.
The line between business and pleasure
Existence requires boundaries. From time to time, those lines blur, weakening our structure. Perhaps, one mortar “remedy” is nature.
Waiting rooms and train stations
A musing from earlier today — real or imagined. An Olympia SM9 is the weapon of choice, along with corrasable bond paper. ps: Spelling errors aren’t corrected, they interrupt the flow.
Why a typewriter?
The best typewriters have already been manufactured and there’s nothing you can do about it. If writing on a computer is leaving you lost, here’s an alternative.
The Importance of Unplugging During a Time of Increased Connectivity
Rocker Jerry Cantrell’s 2002 song “Solitude” has a line highly relevant to today’s climate: “Take the time to pull the weeds, choking feathers in your life.” In these “corona days” we find ourselves highly reliant on social media, Zoom, FaceTime, and countless other apps. Chances are that if you are engaged politically, you are reading… Read More The Importance of Unplugging During a Time of Increased Connectivity
THE CONCEPT OF “TIME” IN QUARANTINE
Hootie and the Blowfish’s 1995 song “Time” carries a line still relevant today. Here goes: Can you teach me about tomorrowAnd all the pain and sorrow, running free?Cause tomorrow’s just another dayAnd I don’t believe in time For most of us, May will be the third month of coronavirus lock down. Initially, the thought of… Read More THE CONCEPT OF “TIME” IN QUARANTINE
“Abu Ghraib: Atrocity, Accountability, and Scapegoating”
By Jeffrey Albertson/May 6, 2019 **Please be cautioned that this post contains graphic content that may be unsuitable for some readers. Reader discretion is advised. _______________________________________________ In 2010, I was a graduate student at the University of West Georgia in the Public Administration program. I wrote this analysis, titled “Abu Ghraib: Atrocity, Accountability, and Scapegoating,” of… Read More “Abu Ghraib: Atrocity, Accountability, and Scapegoating”
The Republican Paradox
By Jeffrey Albertson/Jan 3. 2018 Republicans in the senate face a compromising position as the government shutdown drags on. Earlier this week, house Democrats announced a funding package to open the government. Obviously, minus any specific border wall funding. Doubtless, Republicans have two options: 1. Accept the house plan and officially close the door on… Read More The Republican Paradox
The Government Shutdown Continues On, For Naught
The website of the National Park Service displays a disclaimer about the limited service due to the government shutdown. Jeffrey Albertson/Jan. 02, 2019 Briefly Stated: The government shutdown is solely an ignorant escapade in the deeply steeped ignorance of legislative procedure. Because of the impasse, government employees’ salaries are tied up in a demand the… Read More The Government Shutdown Continues On, For Naught
Abandonment of the Public Space
/Jeffrey Albertson; June 15, 2018. The daily battle with metro Atlanta traffic is enough to try the patience of the most hardened commuter. For decades, the suburban counties have rejected referendums to expand MARTA and isolating themselves from mass modes of transportation instead of adopting a method of integration. As a result of that isolation,… Read More Abandonment of the Public Space
The Logical Fallacy of Impeachment
Should Democrats pursue impeachment, the chance to correct re-alignments of the past, especially the loss of blue collar labor in the midwestern and southern states, may be indefinitely lost. Without correcting that paradigm, Democrats should expect to remain in the Congressional minority in the foreseeable future.… Read More The Logical Fallacy of Impeachment
Not So Fast on the #SchumerShutdown
Jeffrey Albertson/26 Jan. 2018 By now, the verdict on the 3-day federal government shutdown has been decided: “Schumer [Sold] Out Resistance.” That is, at least, the namesake of a recent article from The New York Times opinion section. While efforts at re-litigating the shutdown may appear redundant or moot, the takeaway should be that Democrats… Read More Not So Fast on the #SchumerShutdown
The Stale Obamacare Repeal Promise
The fundamental flaw in the Republican Obamacare replacement plan is the belief that government should have a minimalist role in healthcare, instead it should adopt that government intervention is necessary to guarantee a baseline of care, for all Americans—regardless of ability to pay.… Read More The Stale Obamacare Repeal Promise
The President Needs a “Win”
“Instead of dabbling in the infertile soil of right-wing policy prescriptions, the President should seek to resolve issues where bipartisan support is paramount, the ground there is much more fruitful.”… Read More The President Needs a “Win”