Author Archives: filistro

About filistro

Filistro is a Canadian writer and prairie dog who maintains burrows on both sides of the 49th parallel. Like all prairie dogs, she is keenly interested in politics and language. (Prairie dogs have been known to build organized towns the size of Maryland, and are the only furry mammal with a documented language.)

Hex Wrench

I am not a witch. I just wanted to get that out of the way right up front, lest I be accused of lacking objectivity when I talk about Carole A. Smith, who is indeed a witch and has suffered quite … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 26 Comments

On Wisconsin

Meanwhile, back in Wisconsin…things just keep getting crazier. Now we have the bizarre story of Carlos Lam, a deputy prosecutor for Johnson County, Indiana, who e-mailed Governor Walker to advise setting up a “false flag” operation. This would have been a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 47 Comments

Saving Baby Joseph

 Joseph Maraachli, born January 22, 2010, suffers from the Classic Infantile form of Sandhoff disease. The thirteen-month-old has been in a vegetative state since last fall, has minimal brain function, and will inevitably die sometime within the next two … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 41 Comments

A Matter of Style

I’m speaking of the president’s style, which seems to be getting a lot of unwelcome attention lately. And I’m not referring to his personal style, which is generally impeccable. I can’t remember when America has had such a graceful and … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | 41 Comments

Prohibiting Poultry Paparazzi

On Saturdays we like to put up a selection of micro-posts featuring interesting news items that might have been overlooked during the past week. One such nugget caught my attention. The story is actually getting a lot more attention in … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 13 Comments

How Did It Come To This?

Lately I’ve been brooding over this photograph: Isn’t it stunning? Less than 25 years ago, right here in America, but this image might as well be from another era on a different planet.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | 75 Comments

The Duke and the Dauphin

This week Chris Matthews called Gingrich and Huckabee the “Duke and the Dauphin” and said they were “working the back country like the charlatans on the riverboats.” He was referring, of course, to the two unsavory low-lifes in Adventures of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 246 Comments

Science and Conscience

Around the middle of February, something quite significant happened, and almost nobody noticed. The Obama administration quietly moved to rescind most of the provisions of the Bush-era “conscience laws” that allowed health care workers to opt out of providing services with … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 30 Comments

Bad Boys

If I see one more piece about Charlie Sheen, I think I’ll scream. What is this ongoing American fascination with Bad Boys? Women love and desire these juvenile, self-absorbed jerks. Men envy them. It’s crazy. During the 2000 election, Maureen … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | 33 Comments

In Order to Form a More Civil Union

Note: filistro has just returned from vacation. This is the last of her previously-written articles, but it seems appropriate to publish now, in light of the recent addition of Hawaii to the civil union states, plus Obama’s decision to not enforce … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 173 Comments