Rebel Flag Removed, an Op Ed by Jordan Cooper
Jul10

Rebel Flag Removed, an Op Ed by Jordan Cooper

by Jordan Cooper The ungodliness of trepidation is something that riddled the citizens of South Carolina, General Assembly, and now our Governor –to approve a bill to remove the Confederate Battle Flag from The South Carolina State House. The only thing that can defeat trepidation is truth: The Confederate Flag is not a symbol of hate and institutional racism. It is one of the official flags of the previous national government...

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Obama will be remembered for  “Amazing Grace” grief song moment (VIDEO)
Jun27

Obama will be remembered for “Amazing Grace” grief song moment (VIDEO)

Depending on who you talk to and the political lens through which they view the world, Barack Obama will go down as a highly polarizing figure, a transformative President or a combination of both – and these definitions will be said either with admiration or contempt. But here is one certainty: In years to come, one piece of video will be included in any biographies of Barack Obama. It’ll be the moment when he led the...

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A Win for Battered, Unruined Hearts: Supremes 5:4 Grant Marriage Rights to GLBT/Dual Gendered People
Jun26

A Win for Battered, Unruined Hearts: Supremes 5:4 Grant Marriage Rights to GLBT/Dual Gendered People

Dear Brave Souls: If you are offended by marriage rights for all persons being the law of the land in the US, it may be best you not read this. If you are offended when people deny each other basic human rights, please read this and rejoice with me. It is a Good Day for us all in the US. Today, we as a nation rose into complete parity re a long awaited and historic decision by our Supreme Court making marriage equality the law of the...

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Is This The Year The Old South Will Finally Fall Again? Let Us Hope So.
Jun24

Is This The Year The Old South Will Finally Fall Again? Let Us Hope So.

Somebody needs to say a good word for slavery. Where in the world are the Negroes better off today than in America? ~ JACK KERSHAW, League of the South board member I wrote at the beginning of 2011 — the 150th anniversary of the onset of the American Civil War — that it would be the year the South would rise again. Given the rapid-fire developments in the week since the racism-fueled massacre of nine black people in a...

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Reflections On Fifty Years Of The Grateful Dead: “Once In A While You Can Get Shown The Light In The Strangest Of Places If You Look At It Right’
Jun23

Reflections On Fifty Years Of The Grateful Dead: “Once In A While You Can Get Shown The Light In The Strangest Of Places If You Look At It Right’

Asked to name my all-time favorite Grateful Dead show, I typically respond, “Which year?” “No, which show?” “Okay, how about May 8, 1977 in Hamilton, New York?” “Howcum?” “Because it was just about perfect. The Dead had just finished recording the seminal Terrapin Station album and were unbelievably loose. They had been on a roll all spring with nary a bad note or an off-key lyric...

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Father’s Day Musings
Jun21

Father’s Day Musings

It’s been over 12 years since my father died but I still think of him everyday.  He was part of the “great generation” who fought the Nazis in Europe and the Japanese in the Pacific.  He was awarded the Bronze Star India.  He didn’t die rich but did die honest and left the world a better place.  He hated my long hair and beard but was very proud that I held over 30 patents.  We didn’t agree on anything...

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President Eulogizes Beau Biden
Jun06

President Eulogizes Beau Biden

“He did in 46 years what most of us couldn’t in 146,” U.S. President Barack Obama commented while eulogizing Beau Biden at a public funeral held at the St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington, Delaware, Saturday. Thousands turned out in memory of the former attorney general of Delaware and the son of...

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Beau Biden, Vice President’s Son, , Dies at 46
May30

Beau Biden, Vice President’s Son, , Dies at 46

A very sad story involving Vice President Joe Biden’s family — a family that has experience more than a regular share of tears: Biden’s 46 year old son has died of brain cancer: [Beau Biden], the former attorney general of Delaware and the eldest son of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., has died of brain cancer, his father announced on Saturday. The younger Mr. Biden was 46. Mr. Biden had spent more than a week...

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A Holiday Weekend Of Whine And Roses
May23

A Holiday Weekend Of Whine And Roses

It is Memorial Day weekend in the U.S. The holiday originally was called Decoration Day and was a day of remembrance for Union soldiers who died in the American Civil War. After World War I, it was expanded to include soldiers who died in any war. As always, I’ve hung an American flag outside of Kiko’s House. As always, I will keep the weekend simple. Perhaps we’ll take the dogs for a swim in the creek near our mountain...

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How To Best Cope With Death, According To Science
May21

How To Best Cope With Death, According To Science

It’s a natural part of life, yet death can still often leave us feeling confused, shocked, and deeply saddened. We all go through it at some point or another, and everyone handles grief differently — some falling into depression, and others remaining buoyant — but it is possible to get past it, according to research....

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B.B. King is Dead, Long Live the King: The Thrill Ain’t Gone, No No No
May15

B.B. King is Dead, Long Live the King: The Thrill Ain’t Gone, No No No

FOR BB BB they called him. His big black and silver tipped guitar was named Lucille. Not LuCILLE. LUcille. He was a big man filled the chair type 2 diabetes sang sitting down had an eye for the ladies I dont know and dont I know had hands as big as brown boxes and big and pretty light colored fingernails and pink palms with yellow ochre at the fingers and sepia brown in the finger bends and high knuckles. That’s how close I was...

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Happy Mothers Day Helen Gandelman
May10

Happy Mothers Day Helen Gandelman

OH SHE IS MISSED BUT WE ARE SO FORTUNATE TO HAVE HAD HER AS A MOTHER AND AS A FRIEND: Happy Mother’s Day, Helen Gandelman. WOW: your kids, relatives and all who knew you were so lucky to have come in contact with you, with your pizzazz, wonderful humor and incredible caring spirit. And YES it is true: parents can achieve immortality when they’re really more enduring than life; you’ll always be with all of us and we...

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Treasure We Could Give To Others on Mother’s Day
May10

Treasure We Could Give To Others on Mother’s Day

Dear Brave Souls: SOME WAYS TO SEE MOTHER’S DAY In the United States, it is Mother’s Day. It is a time that began long ago to recognize women who are mothers. Over time, it is clear to me that the designated day is to remember those ‘mothers’ who have walked with… mothers who walked with their own and others’ children, family members, parents, village and tribal members, creature children, elders,...

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What Media Doesnt Cover: Baltimore
May08

What Media Doesnt Cover: Baltimore

I spoke with several persons from Baltimore this week. What are we not hearing about Baltimore on the news? I asked. Barrage. Dozens of ideas about what is actually going on in Baltimore vs what is covered in the perpetual loops on tv news, for instance. One of the repeating ideas/thoughts was that the mayor of the city of Baltimore was struggling to keep all under control. That the District Attorney of Baltimore had to walk a line...

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Jayne Meadows Dead At 95
Apr28

Jayne Meadows Dead At 95

She was the wife of Steve Allen and the sister of Audrey Meadows of “The Honeymooners”. In her own right, she was nominated for three Emmys and was a panelist on “I’ve Got a Secret”. Born in China to missionary parents, Meadows got her start in the movies, appearing opposite Katherine Hepburn in the 1946...

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Of Friends Departed and Fields of Poppies
Apr21

Of Friends Departed and Fields of Poppies

We were on our way home, driving through the Texas Hill Country and still admiring the patches of bluebonnets with clusters of Indian paintbrushes, Texas buttercups, prairie winecups and other lovely Texas wildflowers popping their heads here and there in the late Texas afternoon sun. It had been a splendid day. The wildflower center we visited had one of the largest and most dazzling assortment of Texas wildflowers we have seen. It...

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‘We Were Born Before The Wind, Also Younger Than The Sun, Ere The Bonnie Boat Was Won As We Sailed Into The Mystic’
Apr13

‘We Were Born Before The Wind, Also Younger Than The Sun, Ere The Bonnie Boat Was Won As We Sailed Into The Mystic’

So there you are in your 68th year floating merrily down the stream, needing to reach for the paddle only occasionally, while filling bird feeders and trying to stay on your feet in the winter and weeding vegetables and working on your tan in the summer, making sure the dogs and cats get plenty of head scratches and your true love fresh cut flowers no matter the season, keeping your hand in the writing game with a blog post here and a...

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We’re running out of places to bury people
Mar14

We’re running out of places to bury people

We’re running out of places to bury people Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com – @BednarChuck As the world’s population inches closer to the eight billion mark, there are growing concerns over an issue that might not be the sort of thing that you’d immediately think about: What to do with all of these they people once they die? According to the World Population Clock,...

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Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Leonard Nimoy Leaves Us
Feb28

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Leonard Nimoy Leaves Us

Leonard Nimoy Leaves Us by Mike Peters Of Related Interest: –To a Star Trek fan like me, Leonard Nimoy meant everything –Leonard Nimoy’s Passion for Photography –Our favorite Leonard Nimoy video clips –George Takei Devastated Over ‘Extraordinary’ Leonard Nimoy’s Death Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most prominent cartoon artists for his outstanding work as both a political and comic strip...

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Cartoon: Leonard Nimoy
Feb27

Cartoon: Leonard Nimoy

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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