The Real Threat
Apr16

The Real Threat

The events at the Cliven Bundy ranch in Nevada and the horrible killings in Kansas City have once again reminded us of the threat posed by right wing extremists in the United states. But are they a greater threat than the Islamic terrorists?  Peter Bergen thinks so:  In fact, since 9/11 extremists affiliated with a variety of far-right wing ideologies, including white supremacists, anti-abortion extremists and anti-government...

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Kyle White To Be Awarded Medal Of Honor
Apr16

Kyle White To Be Awarded Medal Of Honor

Once again I think we are all humbled From the Army Times article Spc. Kyle White’s platoon leader was dead, as was a Marine sergeant tasked with advising Afghan soldiers. A fellow paratrooper was wounded, and at least three others were missing. White, already dazed from an explosion, repeatedly ran the gauntlet of enemy fire to get to the wounded and fallen. When the shooting stopped and night fell, White, who was barely 20 years...

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N Is For Nature
Apr16

N Is For Nature

Very early Monday morning I found myself standing in my backyard looking up in the sky as the moon gradually vanished and then turned blood red. I was texting about it with a friend and sent the comment “Nature is Awesome”. And as I reflected on that idea today it occurred to me how often we take nature for granted. All of the beauty that surrounds us every day. The incredibly complex ecosystem that is necessary for all of...

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Illinois Gray A Flamboyant Character With Many Historic Ties, Including JFK
Apr15

Illinois Gray A Flamboyant Character With Many Historic Ties, Including JFK

Historic Quote: “He would threaten me during intimate moments telling me to do this or that or “I’ll kick your teeth in. But you know, I’d much rather be having fun in the bedroom instead of doing all this talking in the living room.” Elizabeth Ray to a People Magazine reporter referring to her sexual relationship with Wayne Hays. When I’m not putting my political prognostications on paper, my writing is...

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Your Papers Please
Apr15

Your Papers Please

When I was growing up in the 50s “Your’e Papers Please” was a phrase used to warn us about tyrannical governments.  We have decided in the United States that we now need  a “Your Papers Please” society, aka photo ID.  You can’t open a bank account, fly or take a train without a photo ID.  Many states are now requiring photo ID to vote. Now I’m not going to question that we may now need a...

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M Is For Modest
Apr15

M Is For Modest

Modesty is not something that we usually associate with politicians, and especially not with Presidents. But that is a term which applies to some, including two of my favorites: Harry Truman and Gerald Ford. In looking at their lives and their Presidencies it is interesting to consider the many similarities. As suggested by the title of this post, neither man wanted to be President. Harry Truman was quite happy as a Senator and had no...

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