Coronavirus: Must we do nothing or be lockeddown? Some say there is a middle way…

How best to put an end to the Covid-19 pandemic? At the moment, after an irresponsibly late start, many countries in Europe and the United States are attempting various extreme forms of "social distancing" and "sheltering in place", sometimes referred to as "total lockdown." The goal is to prevent people from mingling in close quarters … Continue reading Coronavirus: Must we do nothing or be lockeddown? Some say there is a middle way…

The Pacific Returns for 2020

After a long retreat, a deep ebb tide of silence, the Pacific blog returns to regular publication for this momentous political year. The Pacific will remain "a still small voice" in the vast ocean of digital detritus, providing discriminating readers with shorter prose pieces on politics, literature and religion, as well as the occasional original … Continue reading The Pacific Returns for 2020

John Bolton’s Wars (a poem)

If Rudy* is a “hand grenade”*Why did Bolton* send his aideTo disarm the whole charadeWhile Bolton lounges in the shade? Well, that is how his wars are made:From the safety of Bolton's brain. Note: *Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of NYC serving as President Trump's personal attorney and covert diplomat in Ukraine. *John Bolton was the … Continue reading John Bolton’s Wars (a poem)

Rumple Oxbridge: “Ode About Not Missing Statues of Racist Generals”

  By Rumple Oxbridge, liberal lyricist It's sad to see, the president said, knocking down our metal-molded racist generals green with age. Once such men were all the rage, killing to keep owning slaves. You gotta admit, they looked brave on their green horses, on pedestals, so "beautiful" were those generals as all the monuments … Continue reading Rumple Oxbridge: “Ode About Not Missing Statues of Racist Generals”

The Pacific Letting the Naturally Satirical Material in Washington, D.C. Speak for Itself

The Pacific regrets it will not be posting much satire for the next few days due to the reality show some refer to as The White House. We simply cannot compete with such real-life unintentional confusion and humor. So our apologies. Once political reality returns to the merely abnormal (probably Monday), we will return for your … Continue reading The Pacific Letting the Naturally Satirical Material in Washington, D.C. Speak for Itself

Rumple Oxbridge: “Liberal Verse is No Crime”

By Rumple Oxbridge, liberal lyricist A journalist of the conservative type has branded my satirical prayer "a crime against the idea of verse." Well, well. I plead guilty in this literary sense: my verse lacks the sort of literariness that isn't concerned with truth or nonsense. In other words, it's a verse of ideas that doesn't … Continue reading Rumple Oxbridge: “Liberal Verse is No Crime”