Author Archives: Bob Shepherd

About Bob Shepherd

interests: curriculum design, educational technology, learning, linguistics, hermeneutics, rhetoric, philosophy (Continental philosophy, Existentialism, metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, epistemology, ethics), classical and jazz guitar, poetry, the short story, archaeology and cultural anthropology, history of religion, prehistory, veganism, sustainability, Anglo-Saxon literature and language, systems for emergent quality control, heuristics for innovation

A Question of Character

In 2001, Donald Trump changed his party affiliation to Democratic. In 2009, he changed it to Republican. In 2011, he changed it to Independent. In 2012, he changed it back to Republican. Between 1989 and 2015, he made $694,750 in … Continue reading

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Why Trump and His Co-Conspirators Must Face Consequences

It’s extremely important that the impeachment and conviction of Trump be carried out. If it isn’t, he will receive, for life, money from the taxpayers of the country that he betrayed, including funds for setting up an office and paying … Continue reading

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from Field Notes: Jabba idiota orangii

It is sometimes claimed that, as with Yeti or Bigfoot, there is but one Donald Jabba the Trump. Such cannot be the case, however, for how would such species persist across time? While Jabba idiota orangii is a monotypic taxon, … Continue reading

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The Devil Went Down to Georgia, aka Bad Angels in America, a Screenplay | Bob Shepherd

[“Bohemian Rhapsody,” by Queen, crescendos, then fades over voice of Announcer.] ANNOUNCER: Ladies and Gentlemen, the President of the United States. JABBA THE TRUMP: Good evening, GEEOR-JUH! So here we are. What’s this place? Dalton? Dalton, Geeorjuh. You gotta be … Continue reading

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Fact Check | Bob Shepherd

The fact that you even have to saythat Black Lives Matterand the fact that you do–you do have to say it. The fact that Donald Trump The fact that if you tell peopleit’s about their freedom,it’s about their jobs,it’s about … Continue reading

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King Donald the Wurst

Dumb Donald Trumpsat on his rump,eating cheeseburgers all day.He called for his Millerand brownshirted killersand hypocrite fundies to pray. He called for his Barrto make him a czarand all rule of law to allay.And to meet his requirementthat it trash … Continue reading

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Bye, bye, poor, sad Orange Clown Man

To the tune of “O Danny Boy” O Donnie boy, your cuckoo coup has faltered.Time runs away, like dye down Rudy’s cheek.What’s done is done. The vote count can’t be altered.You’ll soon be jailed. Your prospects sure look bleak. Will … Continue reading

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Donnie: Thanks for the Memories!

Imagine that someone, back in 2010, had written a novel that told exactly the story of the Presidency of one Donald Chump. Imagine that it was set in the near future: 2015-2020. Imagine that this was the plot outline: Three … Continue reading

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Bob’s Basic Bread: Most Recent Recipe

I’ve been baking for quite a while and have lots and lots of recipes I’ve developed for lots and lots of baked goods, but this is my most BASIC recipe for sourdough bread–the one I use now most often. I … Continue reading

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A Dummies’-Style Guide to Becoming a Cult Leader

These guidelines will help people to recognize such scam artists when encountering them. Just about all cults include most or all of these elements. Make a Promise that gets at something people really want and don’t have, such as community, … Continue reading

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