Author Archives: Jane Stillwater

Frederick Douglass: America’s REAL Captain Marvel

“You absolutely must go visit Frederick Douglass’s house while you’re here,” said the friend I was staying with in Washington DC. “They’ve turned it into a museum. It’s totally amazing.” Continue reading

DC’s sleazy shell game: Bad guys get the money but we get the debt

What would you do if some felonious bad guy stole your credit card and used it to buy a bazooka, an AR-15 and 20,000 rounds of ammo? Would you be pissed off? My guess would be yes—especially when you were driven into bankruptcy as a result. Continue reading

The psychology trap: Why MAGA is bad for America

Sigmund Freud got it all wrong. The real cure for our neuroses doesn’t lie in our past—but in our future! Continue reading

Border wall vs. sea wall: Which one will really keep us safe?

Suppose you threw a small party for friends but a bunch of uninvited rowdy thugs showed up? “We demand a border Wall,” they chanted. “Otherwise we are going to bust this party up!” Continue reading

Syria’s Assad & Venezuela’s Madero: Two guys we are supposed to hate but shouldn’t

“Everyone in Syria really loves President Assad,” I keep telling anyone who will stand still long enough to listen—and yet almost nobody believes me. Even my Facebook friends are fairly tired of me always getting in their faces about the virtues of Bashar Assad. Continue reading

Comparative Religion 101: USA, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar—evil snakes in the Garden of Eden?

Face it, guys, religions are basically just teaching tools. “So what exactly are they supposed to teach us?” you might ask. They are supposed to teach us how to be good. Continue reading

America’s new gig economy: Where one job is never enough

Back in the 1950s, America’s major employers used to be huge manufacturing giants like General Motors and U.S. Steel. And after 9-11, our major employers used to be Walmart, the military and McDonald’s. Continue reading

JFK, MLK, Bobby & Leonard: Bad things happen when you color outside the lines

Did anyone else besides me watch that TV special on John F. Kennedy Jr the other night? Hmmm. Not sure what to think about it. Why are they showing it to us now? Maybe I’m being a bit paranoid (again) but it appeared to be the ultimate masterpiece of public-relations propaganda—American style. Continue reading

Madam Jane predicts: The government shutdown will be an economic 9-11

Poor Madam Jane—always wearing black, moping around and looking sorrowful. “You are not your brain,” I keep telling her, me being currently in the process of reading a book by that name. “You should always be on the look-out for deceptive brain messages,” I say. Continue reading

Donald Trump: We’ve got an 8-year-old brat in the White House

When you were a kid, did you ever dream about being able to fly? Or that you were The Hulk or The Avenger—or even Pac-Man? Continue reading

You better watch out: Santa’s list of injustices is really long this year

Up at the North Pole, not much is going on right now. Even the elves are on strike. “Looks like nobody’s going to get any toys this year,” Santa says with a frown. And he’s not even baking chocolate-chip cookies either. It’s that bad. What’s up, Santa? “Everyone has been super-naughty during 2018—and not just only the kids. I’m disgusted.” Continue reading

The G20′s end-game: Destroy humanity then buy a bunker? Seriously?

Holy cow, it clearly sucks eggs to be a Honduran refugee in Tijuana these days. What the freak do they possibly have to look forward to? And, good grief, how I would hate to spend my short miserable life scrounging for blood diamonds in Africa right now. Or being a starving two-year-old living under the Saudi cross-hairs in Yemen? Who the freak would want to do that? Continue reading

Hey, Mueller! Look over THERE!

Election theft is on the rise in America, that’s for sure. But Robert Mueller is definitely looking in all the wrong places. “Psst, Bob. . . .” Continue reading

Human extinction: Not with a bang but a sore throat

I just got a small taste of what it’s gonna be like here on Planet Earth in the year 2028—and, frankly, it scared the holy crap out of me. “So. What happened?” you might ask. Continue reading

Eyewitness Juarez: There’s no ‘you break it, you buy it’ policy here

“Oops, here come the Americans! Hide all the breakables! Quick!” Sorry. Too late. Continue reading

El Paso & Juarez: My tale of two cities

When you were a kid, did you ever color Easter eggs? And put the yellow egg into the red die in order to watch it turn orange? That’s pretty much like what has happened here in El Paso in the past 200 years. Two different cultures have been mixed together here—and magically turned into an interesting, viable and delightful third one. Continue reading

My report from El Paso: Beto’s grassroots campaign is amazing!

Sunday I probably walked at least ten freaking miles, all over freaking El Paso, arguably the friendliest city in America. Here’s me, out campaigning for Beto O’Rourke for U.S. Senate, all looking as chic as a Kardashian in my new “Beto for Texas” T-shirt. But what impressed me most here is the height, width and depth of this campaign. Beto’s volunteers must have knocked on every single door and talked with every single voter in Texas. At least twice. Continue reading

Let’s take our European grand tour now—while we still can

Being friends with America is sometimes a lot of hard work. For instance, Saddam Hussein used to be America’s BFF and just look what happened to him. America also “friended” all those Jihadi freaks and warlords in Afghanistan—and Afghans are still paying the price. Continue reading

Guilty pleasure: How I actually liked visiting Flora-duh

After hearing so much of this state’s bad press over the years regarding Jeb Bush, Rick Scott, Florida’s hellish foster-care system, the violent Trump rallies, the brutal murder of Trayvon Martin, the climate catastrophe and all the other horror tales about Flora-duh, I was totally dreading my trip to St. Petersburg—but still had to go there. Had an important book conference to attend at the historic Vinoy Hotel. Continue reading

White Helmets: Something wicked is coming our way

What’s your worst nightmare? That you drive over a cliff after your brakes fail? That Jurassic World’s T-Rex chases you down the street? That you are forced to become a Republican (just kidding)—or that a former member of ISIS moves in next door? Continue reading

No joke: Getting serious about Syria

Remember back to that very sad day when you finally found out that there wasn’t any Santa Claus? That everything your parents had ever told you about Santa Claus was a lie? And not only that, but then you also found out that millions of other kids in America, just like you, had been systematically lied to as well? And that the culture of an entire nation has colluded to make YOU believe in cute little elves and Mrs. Santa and chimneys and cookies after midnight and some happy workshop at the North Pole. . . . Continue reading

Greed without borders: Watching the Deep State eat its young

Ever since before TV was even invented, there’s been a really huge reality show being broadcast here in America. It’s called “The Deep State Show”. And yet despite its consistent rating as the longest-running reality show ever and even despite its presence in every single aspect of our lives, the average American has hardly even heard of it and never even gets to watch it either. Nobody here ever asks their friends the next day, “Hey, did you see the latest episode of ‘The Deep State Show’ last night?” In fact, nobody in America has hardly even heard of the Deep State Show before—until now. Continue reading

From a friend in Aleppo: Syrians are laughing at us!

Just got an e-mail from a friend of mine in Aleppo regarding the recent “Friday the 13th” missile strike there—brought to the Syrian people courtesy of FUK-US (France, the United Kingdom and the U.S.) My friend watched the event on Syrian TV and apparently it was like watching a low-budget horror movie—not all that scary. 70% of the missiles were shot down by Syrian equipment left over from the 1960s. So much for Fire and Fury. Continue reading

Live from Reno: Gambling on Trump & friends is a really bad bet!

I’m up here in Reno, Nevada, right now, attending a convention of murder-mystery writers and readers—and guess what? I’m actually going to speak at an authors’ discussion panel this Friday. So exciting! It’s like unexpectedly winning the jackpot on a slot machine. Not something that happens every day. Continue reading

Getting ahead of the Ahed Tamini story. . .

Did a sixteen-year-old Palestinian girl named Ahed Tamimi actually dare to slap an Israeli soldier? Yeah she did. And not only once but a bunch of times too. How and why? Listen up. Here’s the true story. You heard it here first. Continue reading

Holiday blues: How I survived Christmas’s war on me

When I was growing up, Christmas was always an ordeal. My father was postmaster in our town and he always worked 15 hours a day during the pre-Christmas rush. My mother always seemed to come down with pneumonia. And my sister always got her physical work-out by beating me up. I hated Christmas in Millbrae. Christmas in Millbrae still haunts my dreams. Continue reading

‘13 Reasons Why’: Suicide by propaganda

I’m so full of gloom and doom these days that nobody even invites me to parties anymore and most of my out-going e-mails end up in the spam box. Relatives avoid me during holidays and I don’t even like to spend time with my own self. Continue reading

100 ways the Deep State plans to kill off your mom . . .

First let’s start with the obvious. By cutting down on the availability of healthcare in order to buy more weapons and give more Lean-Green to banksters, thousands of American apple-pie-baking moms are automatically gonna get hauled before death panels right before our very eyes. Sorry about that, Mom, but your cancer is a preexisting condition. Continue reading

Neo-colonialism & living the Tea Party dream in Oklahoma

I’m still fascinated with the people of Oklahoma. The majority of them are good people, salt of the earth, friendly and hard-working. So how come so many Oklahoma residents seem to have such a grudge against Blacks, immigrants, women, liberals and gays? In her new book, Strangers in Their Own Land, sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild just answered my question neatly. Continue reading

Trump murders babies in Syria!

Wow. That sleazy headline sounds like something that the National Enquirer would make up—except that it’s actually true. Continue reading

Gambling on the darkness after Trump

I’m still here in Las Vegas, covered in neon and surrounded by false hopes. But still and all, riding up and down The Strip in the front seat of the Deuce bus at night is magical, almost like Christmas; there are that many colored lights. Continue reading

GMOs, apple pie, cannibalism & a smoking gun

When I was a kid, I was totally fascinated by the Donner Party. How could they possibly do that? Eat their own kin? And if I had been in their shoes, would I have eaten my fellow Americans too? Continue reading