The American Lie
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Dec 4, 2018 - 10:49am
The American Lie

Americans are sold on the idea of the "American Dream" almost from the time that they can talk.  You are led to believe that if you stay in school, get good grades, stay out of trouble and achieve some kind of post secondary degree the good life is there for the taking.   The bar for the American Dream continually gets raised.  For the 20-25 years following WW2 having a high school diploma and no criminal record was the ticket.  Men (for the most part) following high school graduation could go down to one of their town's factories, mines or stores and become part of the growing middle class.  They'd marry their sweetheart and start a family.  Women if they worked often worked part time.  Growing up in the 60s and 70s all of my cafeteria workers, school bus drivers and school secretaries were women lookin…

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Les Dplorables

It's not often that we Texans (or anybody for that matter) can say, “good for the French” for throwing a hissy fit.  And throwing a hissy fit they are.    So, why?  Why the protests?   Some would have you believe that the cost of energy/petrol is the reason (but …

Dec 4, 2018 - 8:18pm
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  • - Dec 9, 2018 - 9:19pm
  • - by Leroy
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Exit without entrance

Twenty years ago, in the summer of 1997, I visited London as a tourist. It must be admitted that from the very first minutes of acquaintance with this country it produced the impression of a very different world - not how England had been imagined for fifteen years spent studying its language, lite…

Dec 5, 2018 - 7:12am
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The joke that is called

As has been discussed multiple times, collusion in and of itself is NOT a crime.   The sad thing is, no collusion has been proven to have even happened.   What has been proven (and won't even be investigated) is unprecedented domestic spying which is abuse of power by Obama.  What has…

Dec 4, 2018 - 2:07am
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In Praise of Negative Leadership

I was interested in a recent  which appeared in Thomas Rick’s admirable Task & Purpose in light of the Death of the 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush.   The article, was by a former Lance Corporal (“L/Cpl”) in the US Marine Corps who served in com…

Dec 4, 2018 - 2:54pm
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NOW LOOK AT THIS SHIT. IS THAT THE FUTURE OF WB ?

    Please do follow the string of this article.   So much hate.   So much ignorance.   WriterBeat.   This place has become a place of ...... what ? . Ignorant idiots who seem not to have found another refuge on Internet blogs than here apparently ? I'm sorry about t…

Dec 4, 2018 - 7:57pm
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Marlboro Man

Against my better judgement I have allowed myself to be persuaded to take on a feature  concerning the marathon circuit.  It's not of particular interest to me; it's a story to finance my vices same as another. There still exists the very real prospect that the entire project will end in u…

Dec 7, 2018 - 4:23am
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USAmerican

The following was triggered by an excellent article I read today about a piece of the fraud that is the USAmerican corporate, for-profit remedial sick care industry (abbreviated below as RSC) that has personally effected (afflicted) me over the last few years: privatized "Medicare Advantage".  …

Dec 6, 2018 - 5:23pm
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Reagan Time Capsule

I was going through some stuff recently and re-discovered my cartoons and other drawings from my teenage years. As you’ll see, I’m not an artist, but it was fun to draw cartoon strips of the various characters and caricatures in my life at the time. Among the gems I found was this one, w…

Dec 5, 2018 - 1:24pm
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The irony of Belief.

The fabric of our society is held together by belief in fictions. God, Government, Monarchy/Presidency, Nation and Money. None of them are real. They are all fictions that are imbued in power by us. They were invented by people and provide the cohesion that holds society together. The only reason …

Dec 4, 2018 - 6:43am
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Scorecard for Planet Earth

What’s good about this world?    We’re not looking for miracles or final results. We’re looking for improvement.  Let’s not look at the world we don’t have now but look more at the far and recent past where almost nothing was possible, available, accessib…

Dec 4, 2018 - 6:15am
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What Is Knowledge?

If every answer spawns 3 new questions, then our ignorance expands faster than our knowledge. Welcome to the .   There seems to be a circular problem when one asks the question, "What Is Knowledge". The question seems to arrive at a , in which theory and proof support each other. In order to…

Dec 4, 2018 - 3:17pm
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Civility Wars

I posted this   in June, 2018.   It seems relevant in the context of all this meta- about Writer's Beat.  My general opinions on that topic are to permit things, within reason.  We'll see--this one pushes the bounds pretty far--if that's OK, I'll go further.   …

Dec 5, 2018 - 1:50am
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When judges start inventing law

 goofy ruling is why the 9th Circuit gets reversed more than any other federal appellate court. If entering the country illegally is a crime - and it is (for the slower members of the 9th, the words "illegal entry" are a hint) - then encouraging illegal entry is considered solicitation of a cr…

Dec 5, 2018 - 2:10pm
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LEARN TO PLAY BASS. IT COOLS YOU DOWN !

A couple of days ago a friend of mine whom I play guitar with from time to time showed up at my doorstep with a bass guitar in his hand. I asked him what that is about, and he said, "Well, do you want that bass ? I was given it from another guy I know, but since I don't know how to play, I thought …

Dec 7, 2018 - 3:21am
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Totally Shut Down All Immigration Into The United…

By Frosty Wooldridge   At some point, in the near future, the United States of America must shut down its borders to further foreign immigration.  This country, and its citizens, cannot maintain responsibility for the rest of the world’s failed countries or their citizens.  Amer…

Dec 3, 2018 - 10:20pm
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Being a President is like being a father

Being a President is a lot like being a father, both are expected to try and do what's best even when it's difficult, unpopular and not appreciated.  Both probably want to be liked but often have to do things that are obviously not appreciated, if they really care about doing a good job.  …

Dec 4, 2018 - 10:38am
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A different way to look at the climate change deba…

There are a lot of climate posts here. Each side thinks the other one is nuts, or scientifically off their rockers, or holding positions because of whichever shadowy interests they’re accused of backing. I’m on one side of this but I was absolutely not inclined to post about this because…

Dec 8, 2018 - 12:15am
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The liberal media Christmas outrage is hilarious!

I'm so confused when it comes to the media and the liberal message.  Take for instance the outrage over the color of the Christmas trees in the White House.  They couldn't just say they were appalled at the color red, but they were appalled at the color "BLOOD" red.  Where was the blo…

Dec 8, 2018 - 6:31am
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For the Deleted Ones #2

#1 has rolled down to a point of where it is slow to access, so here's #2. Feel free to put your deleted posts here, but always reference the original intended post. All I ask is no slandering of others. Justice must be applied equally, so since Ryan has been banned for his slander and name-calling,…

Dec 3, 2018 - 3:21pm
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  • - Dec 10, 2018 - 11:19am
  • - by Bill H.
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This May Stop Your Heart!

I don't think people should be handled and that hits on a point that I hadn't even thought about for a long time. As a kid I hated hypocrites, I hated cliques, I hated diplomacy, and I hated political correctness long before it ever was. As you can clearly see, I haven't changed much. Oh, I've …

Dec 8, 2018 - 3:57pm
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The Solution to Our Spending Crisis is the Penny P…

A new poll, commissioned by Club for Growth, found support for the penny plan runs wide as 76 percent of Republicans, 68 percent of Independents, and 63 percent of Democrats surveyed said they back it. Why not? The penny plan is not some radical policy. It simply requires a spending cut of 1 percent…

Dec 8, 2018 - 8:33am
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Elvis Lives Near Memphis

The human brain is a marvelous thing.  I've been giving this much thought lately as politics in America is now a bipolar sport.  For one very small moment, I will look at the glass as half full.    The human mind is truly the most complex device created and is completely unpredic…

Dec 8, 2018 - 10:12pm
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