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Lee Kottner
New York, NY
I'm a writer, agitator, educator, editor, and book artist living in New York City.
Interests: Art, Marine Biology, Physics, Astronomy & Cosmology, Literature, Writing, Politics, Buddhism, Non-Violence, History, Human Rights, Feminism, Science Fiction, Artist's Books, Poetry, Education, Travel, Food, New York City, Labor History, Social Justice
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“Those people” are the two most dangerous words in any language. Any two people from anywhere can create a child together, who combines the best and worst of both into someone not seen before but wholly familiar if only we do not pronounce those words, do not call them Other.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
Look, there's no one right way. There's no orthodoxy of protest or engagement or dissent. Not everyone has the strength, the chutzpah, the know-how, the wherewithal, the whatever to do what the rigid seem to think should be done. Children won’t raise themselves. Meals don’t get put on the table... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
If you don’t like it change it. If it doesn’t suit your purposes lie about it Make shit up and call it “alternative facts.” Pull it out of your ass and tell us how sweet it smells. Hitler never gassed his people —true, from a certain point of view; what... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
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Days of Perfidy Day 61: Governing It’s not so easy is it The world outside not giving you enough deference full of problems you never imagined powerful women you can’t denigrate and here 319 million people with personal stories wants and needs contradicting each other clamoring picketing marching in a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
“To a man with an empty stomach, food is God.” –Gandhi-ji At least at school, there was food. The cache of granola bars in the teacher’s desk, the lunch (and sometimes breakfast and sometimes both, in the summer) when there was only a glass of water and an early bedtime... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
Ran out of steam there, for a bit. Poems will probably not be daily on a regular basis. It's exhausting dealing with this rolling catastrophe. But here's one for today: He thinks he can starve us, silence us... with his budget, not realizing we existed before, outside, without that paltry... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
–Hat tip to Millicent Accardi When it is routine to hold hostage a domestic flight to check the papers of ordinary citizens, when you have made it legal to seize the assets of those who speak out or gather in groups of more than two for fear we might contradict... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
After the Mỹ Lai massacre my father, World War II veteran of belly guns and Berlin Airlift and the afterthought in Korea, turned away from Chet Huntly’s report and muttered, “How do you shave every morning, you shit?” —not at Huntly because Dad believed in a free press, and free... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
Claim you are the Party of Family Values, and ban abortion but rob the funds for prenatal care, school lunches, food stamps, teacher salaries, college financial aid. Get ‘em born and forget ‘em, or better, keep ‘em poor so they become the ultimate resource: more fodder for your army. Then... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
Days of Perfidy Day 33: Stolen Trumpacabra, like his namesake, is a thief. We have been robbed of even the slightest sense that the government belongs to all the people, of belief that it just might be working to make our lives better. Worse, we have been robbed of a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
No news that makes you look bad (election statistics). No news that asks blunt questions (where are your taxes?). No news that your spicey mouthpiece can’t pronounce (anything not English and some that is). No news from media you don’t like (anything not Breitbart). No news that shows you’re incapable... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
What matters to us are all the things you fear: whatever might mock you, whatever you don’t understand, whatever is not explicitly about money or your penis, whatever shames your behavior, whatever contradicts you, whatever denies you what you want whether others want it or not: Women having the right... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
How quickly it has come to this. Amidst the lies of their non-existence the papers surface, a draft waiting to be numbered, dated, and signed: eleven pages of White Nationalist send-‘em-back-where-they-came-from hate and what amounts to ethnic cleansing, turning a hundred thousand National Guardsmen on their own people. How many... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
“Trump’s run for office electrified the radical right, which saw in him a champion of the idea that America is fundamentally a white man’s country.” –Mark Potok, Senior Fellow, Southern Poverty Law Center He surrounds himself with wife-beaters braggarts racists the delusional the hateful the not just uncaring but openly... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
“Leaks, premature withdrawals, and keeping number two in the dark. An unsurprising start of an administration full of dicks and bullshit.” –Amanda Gailey, Facebook So much depends upon who’s in charge. Their opinions guide, their foibles and failings justify our own. Words and examples become, if not law, then reason... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
The Brownshirts are next, you know, in the obvious order of fascist deeds. Already disguised like soldiers, they will look like Law Enforcement not peacekeepers because Enforcement is more important than the Law, and imposing order more important than the free flow of Justice. Already, they kill with impunity, sanctioned... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
“One bullet stops a lot of thuggery.” –Dan Adamini, secretary of the Marquette County, Michigan, GOP, calling for "another Kent State" for protesters But whose, sir? If we shout down the verbal thuggery of a white immigrant who thinks he belongs here but others don’t, are we the thugs, then?... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
“People shouldn’t be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.” –Alan Moore, “V for Vendetta,” after Thomas Jefferson Run, all you cowards from the People at the town halls you thought would be friendly, adulatory chats and instead turned into satirical sketches starring you and directed... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
That grandmother once drove without a license and used a number not her own to get a job, support her children, pay taxes. She’s lived here for two decades under our watchful eye and checks in every year to let us know, she’s sorry and she hasn’t gone bad. This... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
“God, what's next? Liquor with the guns in school?” –Kathrine Schwartman Whatever it is, we probably won’t see it coming — most of us. Like we didn’t see his slither into power — most of us. Like we didn’t see the closing of borders — most of us. Like we... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
Sure, there’s a metaphor here for what we need to do in the Midterms and after. But today I need to make it literal and impose some order and cleanliness for the sake of sanity. This small apartment is all I control that, and my own time. Even my mind... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
It’s not who gets in but what gets out that’s the problem. No matter how often Border Control turns away Canadian women on their way to march with their sisters because they are not T-Rump supporters — No matter how often they try to justify holding a five-year-old alone, in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
He’s already forgotten the one thing we should not: the deaths of millions by gas and work and starvation by shelling, by digging their own graves, by cattle car and displacement, by torture by hate. On that remembrance day he has closed the doors again like we once did for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
Know this: we are at war. It may be four years, it may be more, or less, but this is a fight to the death for some of us and perhaps for American democracy, too. No one will swoop in in cape and tights to save us unless it’s the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
Hey, Mr. T-Rump, we’ve got news for you: The Alt-Right are just Nazis. Mexicans are not rapists. There is only a tiny amount of voter fraud (and most of those are Republicans trying to vote in two states). This inauguration was way smaller than the Women’s March and the two... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2017 at The Perfidy Report