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Apr 23, 2017 - 3:16pm
Explaining Myself Standing on a Soapbox #MondayBlo…

I totally get why people would want to tune all out politics. What’s going on in our country right now is an effing fiasco; a train wreck of epic proportions; a depressing, dismaying, infuriating, shocking clusterf**k of authoritarianism, fascism and isolationism. Who wouldn’t want to bury their head in the sand, or in a book, or behind a mountain of yarn and two flying knitting needles?   It’s not in my DNA to look the other way. At times it’s a blessing. Often times it’s a curse. Granted, much of what is happening has little to no direct or immediate effect on me. I am white. I am way beyond reproductive age. I have a job that pays well by Florida state government standards. I have a good HMO. I own my house. My husband and I tend to be fiscally conservative so if I happened to lose my job, we w…

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  • - Apr 26, 2017 - 2:14am
  • - by John G
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Clintonite Follies

Last week, I ran into a noxious bit of Clintonite revisionism over at Medium, essentially a hit-piece directed at Bernie Sanders--the story is . In the days since, I've spent far too much time in a series of internet duels in various locales with a string of like-minded characters and it has real…

Apr 24, 2017 - 10:41am
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Tribes

"We hate each other by race, color, tribe, wealth, gender etc because everyone wants to feel special and different than the other. I do not however have a solution on how people can stop having an ego that makes them specially superior than the other.”   ― Robert Kodingo   Some…

Apr 24, 2017 - 2:32pm
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Is Berkeley really so unsafe that consertatives ri…

Recently UC Berkeley prevented Ann Coulter, who is a self proclaimed conservative, from visiting the school as an invited speaker, saying they believed the liberal community would riot violently if they knew where she was speaking.   This reminds me of past threats of racial violence …

Apr 23, 2017 - 8:15pm
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Is There Life for Black America After President Ob…

  On November 4, 2008, the 56th quadrennial United States presidential election was held. A changing of the guard was taking place. Republican President George W. Bush’s policies faced a stunning defeat and America was connecting with the campaign slogan of the junior Democratic Senator…

Apr 23, 2017 - 8:09pm
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  • - Apr 26, 2017 - 3:04am
  • - by John G
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THE POSTMODERNITY AS IDEOLOGY OF NEOLIBERALISM AND…

The failure of the Enlightenment and Modernity in the realization of human progress and of happiness achievement for humans paved the way for the advent of Post-Modernity that is a cultural reaction to the loss of confidence in the universal potential of the Enlightenment project and Modernity. The …

Apr 24, 2017 - 7:35pm
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DID 9/11 REALLY DESTROY AMERICA?

A friend with whom I have an on-going converation about whether 9/11 was an act of terror or a conspiracy by a "sinister thrid party" sent me the following reading, . Here is what I wrote him:   "Yes, we have been here before, and clearly the issue is not about to go away.   "Th…

Apr 25, 2017 - 8:36am
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Giving and Taking, Psychology, BS

Having studied psychology at the college level and gotten all A's, I think my thoughts in this area should be respected. Oh, and since college I have actually spent time thinking about this. Real time. Quiet time. Deep thoughts. Here goes.   I do not think it is valid to say that giving is bett…

Apr 25, 2017 - 4:45pm
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President Trump - It's Time for a Third Party

As the 100th day of the Trump Presidency approaches, it strikes me at just how openly partisan our mainstream media has become, and how foolish at least 50% of our electorate is for believing so much of what is broadcast.   "President Trump has Record Low Approval afte…

Apr 25, 2017 - 6:12pm
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Trump, the first 100 and Broken Promises

I was thinking the other day that historically people have rarely been so interrupted or disturbed by a President, their politics or lack thereof.  The policies yes, but not the person themselves.  We just go about our lives and complain. I have never seen such conflict or press on a Presi…

Apr 25, 2017 - 6:01am
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  • - Apr 25, 2017 - 11:51pm
  • - by EXPAT
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Boozos

The paying public deserves better.   They (the public) paid for their lavish lifestyles. They paid for their needless overseas study junkets to Europe during the summer months. They paid for the security detail to protect them from themselves (the public). They paid for their scams. They paid …

Apr 22, 2017 - 2:18pm
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The Top 3 Game Changing Industries

 Bob Dylan said in the early sixties; "the times they are a changin".  One of the constants of life is change. When we cease to change we die. However many want to think they live in a permanent cocoon, and live their lives based on how things operated in the past. And it is this resistanc…

Apr 23, 2017 - 8:01am
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The Fed Strill has Power

The Fed Still has Power When I was having a dinner conversation years ago with a Chairman of major New York bank about the power of the Fed I happen mentioned “they can always raise the reserve requirements for banks.” His face turned deep red his facial expression was like he was being …

Apr 23, 2017 - 10:12pm
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  • - Apr 25, 2017 - 11:19pm
  • - by John G
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French Presidential Elections, FirstRound

Eleven candidates for the first round of the French presidential elections. Each of them has some good ideas. Meaning, all of them have some bad ideas. Four of them may hope to reach the second round.   The usual classification is this: Marine Le Pen, extreme right, Francois Fillon, right, Emm…

Apr 23, 2017 - 10:24pm
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  • - Apr 26, 2017 - 2:07am
  • - by John G
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Reasons to seek prosperity

At any given moment, it may help me to have an actual reason to seek prosperity.  As my moods and POV change from day to day, however, a reason that I may have believed in one day, may not be credible the next:  “I’m not feelin’ it.”  So I may do well to have s…

Apr 24, 2017 - 8:59am
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Poison Skittles

Poison Skittles (google image)   “Life is like a bag of Skittles . . .  you never know what you’re gonna get.”   I am semi-plagiarizing the character Forrest Gump’s famous line from the film Forrest Gump.   Donald Trump, Jr. likens Syrian refugees …

Apr 24, 2017 - 1:46pm
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  • - Apr 24, 2017 - 7:34pm
  • - by Leroy
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LESSON UNLEARNED

LESSON UNLEARNED   The mantra rang across the land and echoed with astounding reverberation. “Hope and Change”. The simple sound byte that swept a relative unknown into the highest office in this nation.   Eight years after a mixture of failures and successes another mantra ro…

Apr 25, 2017 - 10:40pm
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How to spot a fake news story

There’s , and there’s . There’s spin, and then there’s such complete imbecilic fuckery disguised as “reporting,” that the moment you read it, you should ridicule it and block the site. Anyone with a shred of knowledge or an inclination to check actual links in …

Apr 25, 2017 - 3:49am
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New Orleans Sinks Into Confederate Revisionism

The historical monuments to the last Civil War are being removed, in a sure sign that the next one is well on its way. The City of New Orleans is taking down the statues to Confederate war heroes, at the behest of its majority nonWhite population. A public spectacle is being made of the removals, mu…

Apr 25, 2017 - 8:02am
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Michael Savage thinks O'Reilly's the victim here

[Cross-posted at .]   Feels like it’s better to stand back and observe things these days rather than plunge into the world of “alternative facts.” The other day, for example, I observed on the radio, if that’s possible, irate conservative callers on the Michael Savage s…

Apr 25, 2017 - 10:40am
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  • - Apr 26, 2017 - 4:08am
  • - by John G
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INTELLIGENCE FOR THE UNINTELLIGENT – ANDBANN…

We are closing in on three months of Trump-o-Matic. It has been a wild and crazy ride.  Crisis, to calamity, catastrophe to cataclysm. Except instead of the fascist state we feared, we got the Keystone Kops. Which we did not expect.   As we  spend our energy trying to dethr…

Apr 21, 2017 - 5:44am
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  • - Apr 26, 2017 - 4:20am
  • - by John G
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Superheros

Now for something completely different, a break from the usual political articles. Something entertaining and timeless. Superheroes...   Superheroes, both in print, and more recently in film, have inspired the imaginations of many people, myself included. They have served as a means of excapes…

Apr 22, 2017 - 5:39pm
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“A righteous man knows the rights of the poo…

This man appeared at our door, a kind of shabby-looking man with a homeless man’s beard and a hard but humble look in his eyes. He had his hands clasped in front of him in supplication, and I was like, “For me?”   He nodded out toward the street almost imperceptibly, where an …

Apr 22, 2017 - 10:36am
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