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Aug 17, 2017 - 2:51pm
What's The Ill Charlottesville? or The Revolution…

Unfashionable as it is to say, President. Trump was right to a degree in his comments on Tuesday.   Now he was wrong about some things. Few, if any, of those demonstrating against the removal of the statue of Lee from the re-named Emancipation Park were people of good will who are opposed to an Orwellian re-writing of history. Most appear to be “Alt-Right,” an odious mix of: Neo-Nazis; Klansmen; white nationalists; and other white supremacists   But he was right in stating that not everyone opposing the rally was on the side of the angels.   Along with the various and sundry clergy following in the way of , there were people following in the way of the Spartacists, who fought in the streets with the Freikorps in Berlin and Munich in the wake of the Kaiser’s abdication after World War I.   The conflic…

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I am not a fan of Michael Moore but he had a title that resonates with quite a few of us today: “Dude Where’s My Country?”   Many of us watching events unfold on the world stage are asking that same question. So much of what has made America the most powerful nation on t…

Aug 18, 2017 - 12:45pm
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Who Gains from the Removal of Statures?

Do the removal or destruction of statues of solders and Presidents from over a century ago matter more then Black Lives or for that matter any life? I live in the shaddow of Chicago that has not ended gang violence that has been around for decades. “[T]he welfare state has done to black Americ…

Aug 16, 2017 - 8:25pm
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Trump Research Information Only...

In the months prior to Trumps election, I remember a writer on here saying the Trump campaign signs in New York  were everywhere and out numbered those of Clinton.  I argued Trumps popularity in NY and he did lose that state, people dont like him there.  However, I did ask around to p…

Aug 18, 2017 - 9:23am
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TRUMP'S SHEETS ARE SHOWING Damn, WHAT A TOAD! Tubularsock blames Alzheimer-Reagan for the total failures of Trump! Seriously!   It was Bat Shit Crazy Reagan who was responsible for putting the mentally deranged out in the streets and making mental illness a criminal offense rather than a medic…

Aug 17, 2017 - 7:12pm
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An Identified Decline

Beginning in the 1960s, a new form of political strategy evolved. The two-party system had worked well (at least if you were a party hard-liner) for several decades, but the synergistic sixties brought about a great deal of change, and the political parties evolved as new constituencies emerged and …

Aug 17, 2017 - 5:44pm
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Ball of Confusion

Some of you might be old enough to remember the wonderful singing group The Fifth Dimensions from the late 60s and early 70s.  They were very emblematic of the counter culture movement at the time.  About 1969 or 1970 they had their hit, Ball of Confusion, a song about the complication and…

Aug 18, 2017 - 1:13pm
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  • - Aug 19, 2017 - 3:34pm
  • - by Leroy
In Defense of Google

NOTE: This is part I of a three-part series related to Google’s recent firing of James Damore.   Google has recently fired an engineer named James Damore over   he wrote that circulated through the company. In the memo, Damore criticized the approach Google and the rest of Silic…

Aug 18, 2017 - 8:10am
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#ClimateChange news parsing, #ParisAccord BS, scie…

Yes, this is one of those blog posts where I pull various ideas of the header together into a seamless whole. The New York Times' "breathless"   about the   of the latest installment of the the quadrennial National Climate Assessment is very good — but too breathless;…

Aug 16, 2017 - 11:24am
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And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which has power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory       …

Aug 17, 2017 - 6:46pm
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Remember That Thing Called, ‘The Canadian Wa…

When it comes to the past, the quotation, “History is written by the victors” is supposed to be the bottom-line. But the truth is, history is more often true only until it’s uncovered. Unfortunately, often such revelations induce intense reactions. Especially toward people who now …

Aug 17, 2017 - 7:13pm
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Confederate Memorials Protected in Virginia by Sta…

Charlottesville, Virginia, was the scene of bitter protests and tragedy in recent days. Who, ultimately, is responsible? Charlottesville mayor Mike Signer earned a   in political science from the   and a   from the  , where he was a Clerk at the Legal Aid…

Aug 18, 2017 - 3:58pm
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Eclipse: Not just a Twilight novel

By now most people have probably figured out that an eclipse is coming this Monday, as it tends to do here in America every so often. Still, I'm not sure everyone's completely clear on all the details, so I thought I'd answer some common questions: Q: Why does everybody have to scream at…

Aug 18, 2017 - 3:02am
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    The beer was not quite cold Goddamn. Thought I was getting old Goddamn. Did do what I was told Until I was fed up and told myself to stop Goddamn.   Thought this can't be a life not really, cannot be when always have to nod and quietly should agree. Goddamn. &#…

Aug 19, 2017 - 10:30am
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Looking At The Middle

The last thing we need right now are people banging the partisan drums.  There are truths that transcend political affiliations but are mired and hidden in today's hard and irrational fighting. It is time for people to start looking for common ground.  I am typically …

Aug 15, 2017 - 11:31am
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  • - Aug 19, 2017 - 5:33pm
  • - by John G
Racism – the province of ignorance.

  My premise is that racism is based on ignorance and primitive tribalism.   We share 99% of our genes with chimpanzees. We are really nothing more than a third race of chimps. We also share nearly as much with our other close relative – the gorilla.   Human beings are extremely…

Aug 17, 2017 - 7:28am
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Crazies 'R' Us

  August 13th Happy birthday to me, Happy birthday to Fidel, Happy Birthday, Dear Annie, Happy Birthday to Hitch.   I'm happy to share this date with the above three individuals who have helped make history dramatic and colorful:  Fidel Castro, Annie Oakley,  and Alfred Hitchcock…

Aug 14, 2017 - 1:24am
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President Trump: Stupid or Brilliant?

There was a time when Candidate Trump’s hands were so deep up under the frock of women that his candidacy appeared doomed, even the faithful both from his party and the electorates were jumping ship as rats abandon a doomed ship. Out came FBI’s James Comey with his declaration that Hilla…

Aug 18, 2017 - 4:20am
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Before Joe's Hangover

August 18, 2017   Introduction: I published an early scene in my "speculative fiction" novel, It's About Time on WriterBeat July 2, 2017.  In that story, Joe--our perfectly humanoid android-- wakes up with a hangover and discovers how it feels to be human.     BEFORE JOE’S …

Aug 18, 2017 - 9:28pm
Harassed or ‘Overly Sensitive?’

Tonight I was wandering Blogland and found that an on-line friend of mine had posted a couple of blog pieces. One of them ‘sparked’ a lengthy comment on her blog and I had a LOT more to say about it, so I opted to write this.   She is COPD4REAL and her blog is entitled copdtravails …

Aug 18, 2017 - 9:27am
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The Ugly Truth About Socialist Venezuela

A staggering 87 percent of Venezuelans say they do not have money to buy enough food, the most recent assessment of living standards by Simón Bolívar University found," The New York Times reported on Monday. The outlet highlighted the growing violence at empty supermarkets, crop warehouses…

Aug 17, 2017 - 7:38pm
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Superstitious answers

My answers to   I just posted (on my blog some time ago, this is a repost...).   1 Do you knock on wood, or use something similar (like cross your fingers), for good luck? I do knock on wood, and I cross my fingers. I’ll even say “knock on wood” when I do …

Aug 18, 2017 - 9:50am
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How I got involved with Politics, or How to Become…

It was around 1994, the wife and I just purchased our first home in Cohoes, New York. The house needed some fixing up, so I applied at the city hall for a building permit. Two days later, I received a letter stating my application was turned down. I called the codes department and asked why I was tu…

Aug 19, 2017 - 10:50am
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