From the Left



Oh Keurig, My Keurig!

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

I know how to make coffee by putting coffee beans in a white gym sock, beating the sock with a hammer, and then boiling the sock full of crushed beans in a pot of water.

We do not do this because we are middle-class people. We own a Keurig coffee maker. We can't imagine living without a Keurig any more than we can imagine living without a ...Read more

The Glass Eyes In George Floyd's Head

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

George Floyd was a felonious black junkie with a white girlfriend. He was mountainous to see, and criminally inclined. He was the thick-lipped nightmare that drags your wife into the stairwell of the parking garage when she leaves work late. Shaved head, blocky through the shoulders, high and mumbling in some inner city dialect you don't hear ...Read more

He's Coming Off the Top Rope! Oh, I've Never Seen Anything Like It!

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

In the days when I used to drink in bars, there was always the consolation of my reflection in the mirror behind the bar. I enjoyed watching myself get better-looking as my tab got bigger.

Sadly, I'm not the saloon customer I used to be, and so I spend a lot more time in my living room, watching a cat sleep and waiting for my wife to get home...Read more

Fried Eggs and Beer

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

I am part of a small chain of three men, all of us riding out the pandemic, none of us particularly young. One of us is fully retired from the food service industry. I am retired from the newspaper business, but still do a radio show and write this column. The other still works full time in management at a plant that makes, of all things, ...Read more

Decisions, Decisions, Death

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

While we watch, frozen in ice cubes of ideology, the trial of ex-police office Derek Chauvin proceeds. Chauvin knelt on the neck of George Floyd until Floyd was dead. The prosecution wants to convince you it was murder. The defense wants you to believe Floyd dropped dead while being strangled. This theory gives a whole new meaning to the ...Read more

'Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs' or How We Lost Our Freedom

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

Ever see a movie called "Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs"?

I didn't think so. Made in 1943, it's never shown on television and was never released on video.

It's a wildly racist cartoon, a clumsy spoof on Snow White. There's a fat "mammy" in it. All the characters are Black, and their huge lips speak solely in the exaggerated "darky" dialect so...Read more

Bad Choices

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

No one hates the idea of a $15 an hour minimum wage more than the person making $15 an hour now.

You don't like to think of yourself as being on the bottom, and the only way to be sure you're not is if you can see other people doing worse than you are. If you make $15 an hour, nothing makes you feel better than the $10-an-hour janitor who ...Read more

Give Your Money to the Undeserving Poor

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

Back in the ancient times, when our ancestors smoked nonfilter cigarettes and were sometimes shot for trying to form a union, there was a group of people called "the deserving poor."

The deserving poor were poor, but they worked when they could, they were religious, they didn't drink, they produced children only inside of marriage, and they ...Read more

False Gods

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

By now, Friday, March 5, 2021, the revolution will have reached its full flowering. Donald Trump was reinstated as the president of the United States, Pres. Joe Biden is languishing in federal prison, and Hillary Clinton is waiting her turn in the electric chair. Meanwhile, the hand of God has turned aside the Jewish space laser that was ready...Read more

Vice Plaza

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

Just about three minutes from the radio station where I do a talk show, there is a store that, until fairly recently, sold Trump-related supplies. The place sold hats, ties, banners, T-shirts, sweatshirts, flags and presumably thong underwear bearing the picture, slogans and word pieces of former Pres. Donald J. Trump. The store thrived for a ...Read more

Give It Up for Lent

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

We don't need Lent. Not this time.

At the very least, we don't need to "give something up," this year, 2021, during Lent.

Like a lot of other people, I come from a Christian background that includes the idea of giving something up for Lent.

Smoking. Drinking. Chocolate. Those are all popular choices for things to give up during Lent, a ...Read more

In the Closet With Larry Flynt

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

Larry Flynt, bootlegger, American military veteran and publisher of unabashedly pornographic magazine Hustler, is dead, leaving behind either a legacy of filth, or a legacy of upholding the First Amendment, depending on your point of view, religious sensibilities and, very often, gender.

Back in the pre-internet days, we got our pornography ...Read more



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