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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
Recent Activity
This is a couple of days late because it originally went to my personal wall, sparked by the death of my friend and colleague, Miranda Merklein, who was an adjunct, organizer, badass, and shitkicker who took no prisoners. And now she's gone. this is for her. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ “There's a time... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Perfidy Report
“We are going to bury them with our words.” –Rebecca Solnit First, the beloved Father, Cosby, not convicted despite our testimony, image overcoming his own admissions. Then the not-so-beloved fuhrer, SCROTUS, who also admits he likes assaulting women, thinks he has that right, and whose sychophants threatened the one brave... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
It’s a first, all right, one only you could revel in: being asked to speak... for the fourth time to an officially designated hate group that thinks the deaths of homosexuals might be a good thing, and don’t know what to do with the fact that het and homo ain’t... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
“Drink a can of Fuck Those Guys and keep going.” –@Ali_Davis It’s all gone downhill so quickly, water running from a sieve. SCROTUS has alienated our allies and inflamed our enemies. His screwball North Korean counterpart, like another third of the Three Stooges, threatens to shower us with radiation, while... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
Fire in West. Earthquakes in Idaho. Hurricanes in Texas; southeast. Trump wants to cut disaster aid. FEMA running out of $. It’s September. –@sarahkendzior Houston’s as far underwater as you are and all you can say is it’s been great for the world to watch the city suffer. You autograph... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
In T-Rump’s America, we wake to the news of a mass shooting worse than any other... until the next one and no talk of how the perp got weapons of war intended only for soldiers, or how they were hidden in a hotel room because what happens in Vegas stays... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
No one says it anywhere in Washington. One tells an untruth. One has misspoken. One’s words are misleading or one is misrepresenting the facts. But we heard it yesterday in public testimony from a private citizen a month out of his job as head of the FBI, in the halls... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
Nine solo meetings in three months with the third president you’ve served under. Only two in eight years with the last, one to discuss policy and one to say goodbye. But this one— nine meetings alone to discuss his scandals and the poor choice of minions tarred with another country’s... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
Did you think it was okay —just business— you know, just the two of us to ask the head of the FBI, the CIA, and National Intelligence to just fahgettaboudit, that little matter of your Security Advisor being on the Turkish payroll and pals with the Ruskies? That Mike Flynn,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
By now, fifty percent of the country thinks you’re doing an awful job. They’re not wrong. Scandals and violations follow you like stray cats, pissing in your footsteps crapping on the White House lawn: your minions colluding with Russians and possible treason to fix an election you couldn’t win, the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
“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
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