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Kevin is (writing about yourself in the third person (illeism) is a trip) an artist/writer/carpenter and frustrated songwriter living in Johnson City, Texas. His latest frustrating songwriting attempt is titled, "I Touched the Hand That Touched the Hand That Willie Touched", it, according to Kevin, is about falling in love for all the wrong reasons. Kevin is also a closet subversive. He claims he'll come out of the closet as soon as handguns are no longer popular. Kevin is a loud, obnoxious Texan and hopes that this will be held against him -- "It makes life so much harder and interesting when traveling outside of the Lone Star State." Kevin used to be a Golf columnist. He says life as a Golf columnist is not a whole lot different than life not as a Golf columnist. Kevin is sure that Jesus was indeed a Socialist. Kevin founded a short-lived organization, "FOXNO", with a mandate to get Fox News off the air. It got very little traction and as a result, over the ensuing years, Fox has propagandized a very significant portion of American television viewers, which, if unchecked, could destroy this country and the world. Kevin's Father thought Kevin was prone to hyperbole. Kevin wishes everyone would read "A Pilgrim At Tinker Creek", "In Watermelon Sugar" and all the poetry of Carl Sandberg. Kevin once, when drunk, argued, "America is not a city on a hill" for two hours, because "America is not a city, it's a rather large landmass that used to belong to Indians and porcupines!" Kevin once yelled out at a "Chicago' concert, "Steinbeck is God!" Kevin does not suffer fools or assh**es, usually. In 1969 he had a neighbor that was an assh**le who, although an assh**le, was enchanted with the Space Program and the prospect of man walking on the moon. Kevin and his best friend, Tommy, tied thread around a pinecone and at the designated hour, threw the pinecone over the neighbor's television antennae and shook it like hell -- the assh**le neighbor missed Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon. Kevin says that every time he watched Michael Jackson moonwalk he would be reminded of his assh**le neighbor and he would laugh like hell. Most folks that know Kevin would say that he hasn't changed. Kevin Lives in President Lyndon Johnson's hometown. Kevin, along with a few others, is trying to expose Lyndon Johnson for his equivocated humanity and possible good intentions. Kevin is pondering a short story about power and its surprises titled, "Kings Can Dance." When asked about current politics Kevin simply answers, "Trump is a turd." Kevin would like for me to express his gratitude to you for taking the time to read the above stuff and to say, "good be on you."


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VIETNAM MONK PROTEST Monday, July 9, 2018 (7 comments)     

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The Shame of the Serious Left The hard-core left, the leftist intelligentsia, the radical left has been emasculated by the Trump regime. The Serious Left wanted to use Trump as both an exemplar of sticking it to the man and the man. Unfortunately, he hasn't turned out to be as hapless as they had hoped.

You're either on the bus...or you're sane: Trump bus, Northern Minnesota Friday, June 29, 2018     

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Wilmer's Socks A Story "The war began in my front yard and ended in my parlor." This statement about the start and the end of the U.S. Civil War was spoken by Wilmer McLean and is surprisingly almost perfectly true." From 'Today I found Out'

storm cereal Thursday, June 28, 2018 (13 comments)     

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They've Sown The Wind It's Time They Reap the Whirlwind Trump and Conservatives have made their chops on the backs of minorities, women, the environment, children -- their primary victim, adversary is humanity...Forgiveness can and will come, but first, because they have sown the wind, they must reap the whirlwind.

ADOLF HITLER Saturday, June 23, 2018 (4 comments)     

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The Inevitable Failure of the Conservative Blitzkrieg Winning and success are not identical twins. The Republicans won enabling and inciting class warfare, white nationalism, xenophobia and fear mongering. What genius Republican strategist determined that the road to success could be paved with issues that alone cannot foster success and cumulatively are ultimately disastrous for society?

Navajo Woman Smiling Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (2 comments)     

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When Auntie Got a Chair A story Sometimes winning is a simple thing. "Alex's Mother still had her great great grandfather's war shirt. She kept it in an old cedar chest that she used as a coffee table. When she was away from home Alex would open the chest and sit and stare at it until his eyes hurt."

Koi Pond Wednesday, June 6, 2018     

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Jesus Worked A story. "Dr. Benjamin Schlinky, a psychologist and arch-Conservative, had written numerous books on the virtues of hard work and was a frequent contributor on Fox News, talking about the evils of welfare and social security. He traveled the country talking at Right Wing Conservative events. His most recent book, "Jesus Worked" was a big hit..."

Frank Zappa .Montana. (1973) Montana is a song composed by Frank Zappa for his 1973 LP 'Over-Nite Sens Monday, June 4, 2018 (2 comments)     

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It's Time to Talk About Dental Floss MY buddy, Richard, came by this morning. We talked about the state of things in the country. He started sweating. I was turning red and my left arm was hurting-- I had already taken my blood pressure medicine but the dose was obviously too small. Richard looked as if he needed to run and hide in Hitler's bunker -- since he wasn't using it anymore. Fortunately we chose to talk about dental floss instead...

Corinthian Helmet Thursday, May 31, 2018 (8 comments)     

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Roseanne and the Art of War The entire soul of Trumpism, current Republicanism and conservatism is contained in Roseanne's compulsion to tweet. "If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle." Sun Tzu, "The Art of War"

American Flags Friday, May 25, 2018 (21 comments)     

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Dresden, February 17, 1945 A Story. NFL teams will be fined if players kneel during playing of "The Star Spangled Banner." Trump says players that kneel "maybe shouldn't be in the country."

The Fighter Tuesday, May 22, 2018 (3 comments)     

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The Boxer's Lament: A Story "Unfortunately, after many years of success and contentment, things changed -- a new President was elected. He was mean-spirited and set-out to make the country mean-spirited too. It didn't take long for his proclamations, rants and policies to take effect..."

A RETURN TO HAVANA ... Saturday, May 12, 2018     

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El Santo de Xilitla A Story. Thinking about war -- the ease at which those in power send young people off to face the unnecessary evil they support and their rampant, insidious, self-indulgent hubris.

Boy Scouts Retire Flags Wednesday, May 9, 2018 (2 comments)     

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The Iran Deal: It has Truly Begun A Story "It had truly begun and the end was years away. No one could have predicted the horror they had watched arrive, and once they understood -- it was too late, much too late..."

Poster of Mary Friday, May 4, 2018 (20 comments)     

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Faith Is Not An Excuse Faith is not an excuse, it is a gift. The Religious Conservative Right, in these morally topsy turvy days of Trump, has exchanged a gift for an alibi.

John Prine -Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore John Prine. Monday, April 23, 2018 (4 comments)     

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An American Love Story A love story about a mailman, Merle Haggard, Readers Digest and Vietnam.

Lenin cor 21 Wednesday, April 18, 2018 (2 comments)     

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Rasputin's Daughter Speaks at Whole Foods "And then, Rasputin's illegitimate daughter, Dorothy, stood, stern and wispy, she was 104, "I've seen a lot in my lifetime: murder, destruction, passion and good things..."

White House Saturday, April 14, 2018     

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The Whore of Babylon Visits the Whiter House "I honestly never thought these words would come out of my mouth, but I don't know whether the current president of the United States was with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow in 2013," James Comey.

Gold & Silver Pawn Shop Friday, March 30, 2018     

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Thinking About Easter "Kenjiro Watanabe stood on the corner of Rasmussen and Twelfth streets. He held a beautifully made, thirty seven inch Samurai sword. His battered cowboy boots and jauntily canted cappello romano hat marked him either as very eccentric or possibly an interesting antique picker..."

BINGO Friday, March 23, 2018     

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A Boat Called "Us" A poem about Aqueducts, Boats, Pets and Singing Waiters.

Trump Saturday, March 17, 2018 (4 comments)     

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Candide's Ladder A Short Story "Like a carnival barker barking out the show that was his life, he irrepressibly climbed Candide's ladder and exclaimed to all that would hear, " Take heart my friends.."

Image created from image crediting Wednesday, January 31, 2018 (4 comments)     

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The Deep Prairie Pool and the Man A story about a man and other things. I must admit that it was inspired by watching five Evangelical women from Dallas with big hair and a National Lampoon concept of Christianity.

David Byrne & St. Vincent - Gran Teatro Geox, Padova - 10 settembre 2013 Saturday, January 20, 2018 (2 comments)     

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Chasing Thing One or Thing Two Bottom-up is a big part of the discussions here at OpEdNews. This talk by The Talking Heads' frontman, David Byrne, is very interesting and instructive I think. It got me to thinking about Dr. Seuss.

Jesus Wept Sculpture, Oklahoma City National Memorial (2) Tuesday, January 16, 2018     

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The Last Happy Girl "The Last Happy Girl had made many people happy, many laugh. However a great darkness had spread across the land. Laughter and happiness were dwindling at an alarming rate. A dark, sad man was elevated to the status of a King. He had discovered the need of many to hate and fear. The word "Liberal" became a foul epithet..."

Mexican Man Working Tuesday, April 11, 2017 (2 comments)     

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The Chupacabra, A Poem The Chupacabra is a mythical beast reported to roam the brush country of South Texas. It is supposed to be a blood sucker. Some of the grown men that cross the border to work here are afraid of it.

1940 Gone with the Wind, Whiteladies, Bristol Monday, April 10, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Trump Supporters Aren't Afraid, But You Should Be To claim that Trump's Presidency's raison d'etre is fear based is a big stinking bag of bologna. Can you imagine the outcome if Abraham Lincoln would have explained away the intransigence of the South on the issue of slavery by blaming it on the fear of contract labor?

President Washington Monday, February 6, 2017     

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"Don't you never be callin' our President a scumbag boy!" A Short Story. "Well, he is, my Pa said it. He was tellin' me how to know a scumbag when he was tellin' me why that fella, Tin Draper, that stole that money from your store and put a bunch a hurt on his wife was one."

I see Golgatha - II Saturday, February 4, 2017     

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They Stand Before A Gilded Donut "You slimy bunkshooter, you put a smut on every human blossom in reach of your rotten breath belching about hell-fire and hiccupping about this Man who lived a clean life in Galilee." Carl Sandburg

Replace Insecure http://2d0yaz2jiom3c6vy7e7e5svk.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Trump-on-Muslim-ban-screencap-410x220.png Sunday, January 29, 2017 (2 comments)     

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This is Ridiculous: The Fringe is Now in Charge Last night I got to personally witness the effect of Trump's ban on Muslims entering The United States. This is ridiculous. What is happening here right now is the national, radical stuffing of the agenda of an American fringe element down the throats of the majority.

The My Hero Project - Cesar Chavez Monday, January 23, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Don't Just Stand There With That Pink Hat In Your Hand So, it's time to cut the defeatist, hyper-analytical crap and simply mobilize, make a plan and hit the streets. It happened forty-nine years ago. It happened forty-three years ago. It happened six years ago. It happened two days ago. Make it happen again.

The Diego Rivera Court Tuesday, January 17, 2017 (1 comments)     

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La Pared: The Wall Real life is complicated. It cannot be contained in a tweet.

The Latest Outrage: Abbie Hoffman, Monday, January 9, 2017 (4 comments)     

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"Don't Threaten Me You Creep!" She dresses like a dominatrix. Her looks are much more Disney than Marque de Sade. With beautiful Wedgwood blue eyes, a restless little nose and a skyfield of twinkling freckles from her blonde hairline clear down the front of her leather corset, Beatrice does appear much more of a Gidget at Halloween than an aspiring guerrilla...

gollum Friday, January 6, 2017 (7 comments)     

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Pogo and the Gollum Donald Trump is the ultimate example of a rank narcissist rising to the top. This country is ripe with others of much better temperament, intellect and motive for the office of President. Yet these possible leaders are not stepping up. The voters are not stepping up. Much of America appears to be disgusted with itself -- sitting disconnected, ambivalent -- surrounded by a dubious bounty and not willing to engage...

n238_w1150 Saturday, December 31, 2016 (1 comments)     

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A Whole Bird: The Left Wing Talking to the Right Wing I have read much about us liberals needing to have empathy for and needing to try and find common ground with right-wing, white America that elected Donald Trump. First, what does this mean?

32 Years Before Marria Thursday, December 22, 2016 (35 comments)     

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Scapegoating Neoliberalism Neoliberalism certainly has failed America but blaming Neoliberalism for the Trump phenomenon is like blaming the Treaty of Versailles for the horrors of Nazi Germany.

Donald Trump Tuesday, December 20, 2016 (5 comments)     

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Not Falling With The Angry Man A new Christmas story. "...let's show him and those that follow him, in the mirror of our love, that his large ass is hanging out and it's not becoming of a people that claim to be a beacon to the world, "a city on a hill", not a brothel in a swamp..." The assembled mothers, a hungry plumber, stockers, wine salesmen and checkers cheered wildly when she finished. Cereal sales spiked..."

Joseph Goebbels - World War II - HISTORY.com Wednesday, November 30, 2016     

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Kellyanne Conway/Joseph Goebbels A country very aware of the horrendous, destructive fascist horrors of just over seventy years ago that elects a man like Donald Trump as President is either doomed or...

This image reflects how I feel Thursday, November 10, 2016 (5 comments)     

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The Day that Trump Quit Being a Fascist, a Sexual Predator, "Hitler", a Racist, and On and On Interesting how folks that don't do the right thing or don't advise doing the right thing, the day after an election magically start seeing 'The Fascist', "The Sexual Predator", 'The Racist", etc., etc. as possibly a "Progressive", the answer to the Hillary problem, the solution to the Russia problem...

The Day the World Went Away Sunday, November 6, 2016 (2 comments)     

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Sunday-Morning Soundbites Is the argument for not voting or voting for a failed third party an act of cowardice and surrender? Is it the sports equivalent of a pitcher in the bottom of the ninth, behind by five runs, deciding to become a bowler and roll the ball up to the plate? Is it existential surrender? Does it howl of self-loathing, a form of psychic suicide saying, "I have no power, I will toil desperately in the present moment because..."?

2016 Thursday, November 3, 2016     

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The Tomb of Jesus' Socks How about a poem instead of something about the election?

Sleepy crying baby Sunday, October 23, 2016 (9 comments)     

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Building Boats Texas has typically been a place of rugged individualists and entrepreneurs: makers. If you listen to the pathetic Right-bound drivel rising from this place now -- you'd think we're all a bunch of illiterate, unseasoned, callow, cry babies.

Blizzard Wednesday, October 12, 2016 (8 comments)     

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Nobody Will Take My Gun A little ditty in response to a middle aged Texas woman wailing about Hillary getting ready to take away her guns.

A Fear Fire Rages Saturday, October 8, 2016 (2 comments)     

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Trump the Expectant Fornicator We are in a very dangerous interlude as a country. Moses has gone up the mountain and the idol that has been created is exposed as truly a grotesque blasphemy. Where do all the confused apostates go now?

Stripper Bar Tuesday, September 6, 2016 (5 comments)     

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The Christian Strip Club I now understand how Nazi Germany came to be. We are watching it play out across our country. Those that care and those that truly love religious freedom, personal freedom and freedom of expression (patriots?) need to speak out -- loud and clear, in all ways at our disposal. Satire has traditionally been very effective.

Republican Elephant & Democratic Donkey 2016 Friday, August 19, 2016     

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A Rant and A Question How to not talk about climate change -- talk about Melania's t*ts, Donald's pecker, Hillary's e-mails. How did "the greatest country on earth", "the exceptional one", become a pathetic, freak laden sideshow. Many "lesser" countries on the planet are serious about the most important issue of the day.

Hillary Clinton Monday, August 8, 2016 (5 comments)     

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Who is Hillary? Someone Please Tell Us We deserve someone that actually represents what this place, very vocally, says it's all about. At this juncture we do need someone exceptional. AND, maybe it is Hillary -- let's find out.

DSC05996_Howdy_Doody_at_DIA_by_Volkan_Yuksel.JPG: DSC05996 Howdy Doody at DIA by Vo Wednesday, August 3, 2016 (44 comments)     

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The Election: This is a Culture War, Not a Battle of Economics We as a nation are presently in the throes of a second civil war. The first was fought over the preservation of a culture -- the economic and social culture of slavery. This time it is being fought over what we, Americans, want the culture of America to be.

Granbury's Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration - Event ... Monday, July 4, 2016 (10 comments)     

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Musing About Things This Fourth: What's a Liberal/Progressive American to do? Thinking about the presidential circus going on. It's a confused, disturbed Liberal/Progressive, rapidly mutating, semi-psychoanalytical trip of anxiety and a bit of self-loathing swirled in a sweating cocktail glass... What's a Liberal/Progressive American to do? Move? Wave flags? Scream? Light up some bottle rockets? Enjoy a hot dog? How about looking in the mirror.

The Definitive Net Worth Of Donald Trump - Forbes Wednesday, June 29, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Ode To a North American Asshat Our British cousins have been referring much lately to one of our presidential candidates as an "Asshat." I decided to compose an ode to the "Asshat."

Rumsfeld_Bush_Cheney.jpg: File:Rumsfeld Bush Cheney.jpg - Wikimedia Commons Saturday, June 18, 2016 (6 comments)     

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Hillary and the Bushes If you had any doubts about whether Hillary would become more populist or progressive -- I think you can quit worrying about that now.

Bernie Sanders for President Thursday, June 9, 2016 (15 comments)     

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The Presidential Election is Over -- Was Trump Ever Truly a Threat? With the coronation of Hillary Clinton have we just witnessed a spectacularly orchestrated coup d'etat? Has Trump simply been the rodeo clown that has kept the bull away from the Champion rider?

Warthogs Fighting Monday, June 6, 2016 (40 comments)     

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Is a Bernie/Hillary Ticket Necessary? Hillary Clinton is the worst, most destructive candidate that could possibly run and or win against Donald Trump. Rush Limbaugh et al. have been deconstructing and demonizing her and her husband since their days in Arkansas. And, she has since built her own particular oeuvre to hate as Secretary of State...in spite of everything I've said above...

Bungalow Tuesday, May 3, 2016 (4 comments)     

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Little Houses Thinking about how we as a people are not up to the task presented us right now. The following is part of a story about the folks that lived through the Great Depression and World War II.

Bernie Sanders with supporters Sunday, May 1, 2016 (4 comments)     

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Bernie, You're The Best of What We Are There has been much discussion here lately about what Bernie should do. Here's my suggestion: Don't wait for Democracy to work -- make it work!.....

Train wreck at Montparnasse 1895 Friday, April 29, 2016 (4 comments)     

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The Train Wreck That Is Becoming This Country Mr. Trump is not a "believer" in climate change. He claims it's a Chinese conspiracy. His followers are willing to take up the proverbial sword and go on a crusade against us that respect science. It's the same old story, umpteenth verse. I guess I should have kept my casual remark about the weather to myself. You know what they say about talking about politics and religion -- especially when they are one in the same.

ghostdanceshirt Thursday, April 14, 2016 (11 comments)     

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Bernie's Story -- A New Ghost Dance The extreme sadness I felt when reading about the massacre of Native Americans at Wounded Knee was even more poignant for my young self because it was, in part, initiated by a story (The Ghost Dance) told by a shaman called Wavoka that promised a devastated people a new beginning and hope. Bernie is trying to tell such a story.

frieze: dunce Monday, April 11, 2016 (5 comments)     

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The Celebration of the Simpleton: The Lessons of Al Andalus and Weimar Germany Weimar Germany, just before Adolf Hitler's Thousand-Year Reich, and Al Andalus, medieval Muslim Spain, just before the Reconquista, which brought with it the Inquisition and the destruction of the indigenous cultures of Mexico and South America -- Weimar Germany and Al Andalus flourished with high culture, the pursuit of knowledge and, to a varying degree, the acceptance of different religions and cultures.

The Empathy of Beasts Tuesday, March 29, 2016     

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The Empathetic Neanderthal Empathy is what makes us special. Empathy distinguishes us from most of the animal kingdom. However, and unfortunately, empathy is becoming a rapidly atrophying appendage of our collective American consciousness. I have tried to write about what is going on politically with the Republicans lately but it is so stupid, ugly, shameful, disgusting and inevitable that I failed. I have decided instead to simply write a little...

Cool Blue Brew PBR UCM Tuesday, March 15, 2016     

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The Time of the Surrogates The golden haired despot drove the cart erratically down the dire, blessed fairway, threatening all who disagreed -- with the anointed spiky putter or jagged three iron; Mexicans, bookreaders and those of the desert ran before him like turkey in late October. Many called it the epoch of the Loathsome and Unholy coiffure...Bernie needs to get out the Surrogates.

Church Tuesday, March 8, 2016 (7 comments)     

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The Failure of Religion in America The failure of the Republican party and society preventing the rise of Donald Trump and his angry, proud, bigoted supporters is apparently also a failure of large swaths of organized religion in this country. So much time has been spent condemning and accusing and defining the Other that much brick and mortar Christianity has lost all connection to Christ and is now nothing more than the handmaiden of fascism.

Donald Trump - Bald Friday, January 29, 2016 (13 comments)     

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Quirky White Guys Robert "LaVoy" Finicum would probably be alive today if law enforcement hadn't treated the occupiers like quirky white guys... If I were the family of Robert Finicum I would be very angry with my government today -- he was crazy, a danger to himself and others, and the government simply treated him like a quirky white guy. We have become very tolerant of quirky white guys lately.

0503014_PHC_DM_Rehearsal_04_3x2_1080 Saturday, January 16, 2016 (3 comments)     

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Lake Wobegon Shuttered: Garrison Keillor is Retiring I've been thinking and talking about the power of metaphor lately. Every Saturday morning it was in its full glory -- ringing through my shop, appropriately mingling with the clatter and the buzz. 'A Prairie Home Companion' encapsulated the best and the worst of what we are in farce and prose; sending us angels, dressed like us -- building empathy anew each Saturday on the streets of Lake Wobegon. Thank You Garrison

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