Happy 4th of July
Jul03

Happy 4th of July

OK, yes it is the same picture I use every year but I really don’t have a better one.  It represents the soul of this aging hippie.  Don’t get me wrong, I love this country.  I just don’t always like what it...

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George Takei Apologizes for Offensive Remarks about Justice Clarence Thomas.
Jul03

George Takei Apologizes for Offensive Remarks about Justice Clarence Thomas.

This post started out as a critique of two of the Supreme Court Justices who dissented on the same-sex marriage decision –especially Justice Clarence Thomas’ misuse of the “human dignity” concept in is dissent. It was quickly overtaken by emotional and offensive comments by actor and gay rights advocate George Takei. See Updates II and III below. Takei has now finally posted an apology on his FaceBook page. It is posted below....

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The acceleration of history
Jun29

The acceleration of history

WASHINGTON — Sometimes history speeds up. Rarely in our nation’s 239 years of life has a single week brought such a surge of social change and such a sweeping set of challenges to past assumptions. The move against the Confederate battle flag in South Carolina quickly cascaded into a national effort to cast aside commemorations of secession, slavery and white supremacy. This was more than symbolism. It represented...

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Eastern Washington town threatened by wild fire
Jun29

Eastern Washington town threatened by wild fire

2:05 am Pacific A fire that started around 2:30 p.m. in 108 degree heat on Sunday threatens homes and businesses in Wenatchee, WA. My initial photos from the brush fire threatening 60 homes near Sunnyslope https://t.co/jUcfMK2YBW #wenworld pic.twitter.com/NsavuKX9u5 — Reilly Kneedler (@reillykneedler) June 29, 2015 The #SleepyHollowFire has spread to more than 1,800 acres. According to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office,...

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Whoopin’ and a-Hollerin’ for the Plantation Life
Jun27

Whoopin’ and a-Hollerin’ for the Plantation Life

Judge A. Joseph Antanavage, with shotgun in hand, stood before a modified Confederate battle flag, and looked as if he had planned to defend whatever it is that the Confederate flag stands for. But, this wasn’t in the South. This was at a pigeon shoot near Hamburg, Pa. Pennsylvania is not only where the only legal organized pigeon shoots still exist, but where it’s not unusual to see shooters waving the Confederate flag or wearing...

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Thought Of The Day
Jun27

Thought Of The Day

What is Judicial Activism?  A decision you don’t agree with!  It’s been a Republican thing this week but just wait until next time.  It is a case where both sides do it although there have been times when both sides agree. Mike Huckabee:  “I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch. We must resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat.” Texas Attorney...

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“Just Who Do We Think We Are?” – The Supreme Supreme Court
Jun26

“Just Who Do We Think We Are?” – The Supreme Supreme Court

In today’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision, the Supreme Court has laid waste to several key tenets of the American political experiment in representative government including federalism, a system of checks and balances with a legislative branch designed to be strongest body, and a complete devastation of the 1st Amendment. Unlike most of colleagues from the right side of the aisle, I have known this decision was coming for some...

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This Remarkable Marriage Equality Case: Obergefell v. Hodges
Jun26

This Remarkable Marriage Equality Case: Obergefell v. Hodges

Obergefell v. Hodges, decided today, will stand in the history of jurisprudence with the likes of Brown v. Board of Education, Roe v. Wade, Gideon, Miranda and the one person/one vote decisions. The full opinion It is a decision remarkable in its own right, made even more so in having been authored by the traditional conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy. For the most part this article will allow Justice Kennedy to speak for himself,...

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A Day to Celebrate with ‘Texas Update’
Jun26

A Day to Celebrate with ‘Texas Update’

(Texas reaction at end) An article at the U.S. Supreme Court web site starts in the following manner: “EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW”-These words, written above the main entrance to the Supreme Court Building, express the ultimate responsibility of the Supreme Court of the United States. The Court is the highest tribunal in the Nation for all cases and controversies arising under the Constitution or the laws of the United...

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(UPDATED) Supreme Court Concurs With The Obvious: Same-Sex Marriage Is Indeed Constitutional
Jun26

(UPDATED) Supreme Court Concurs With The Obvious: Same-Sex Marriage Is Indeed Constitutional

Another day, another U.S. Supreme Court decision that should remind us things that once made America a great country like tolerance and helping the downtrodden are not entirely extinct. A mere 24 hours after the high court dealt a major blow to conservatives in ruling 6-3 that a key provision of the Affordable Care Act passed muster, it ruled 5-4 that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage, providing gays a...

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Marriage Equality Arrives in Historic Ruling
Jun26

Marriage Equality Arrives in Historic Ruling

When the United States of America was founded, sodomy was a capital offense. As recently as 1962 it was a crime in all 50 states of the Union. As recently as 1986 the Supreme Court upheld Georgia’s sodomy law. It wasn’t until 2003 that the Supreme Court decided Lawrence v. Texas, finally striking down the remaining sodomy laws still on the books in 14 states. At the time, a sodomy conviction still carried the possibility...

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Obamacare Survives King V. Burwell Challenge [Updated Case Analysis]
Jun25

Obamacare Survives King V. Burwell Challenge [Updated Case Analysis]

The Associated Press is reporting that the United States Supreme Court, in a 6-3 ruling, has upheld subsidies for health insurance purchased both from state exchanges and the federal exchange. According to AP, Justice Kennedy and Chief Justice Roberts joined the Court’s four liberals, Kagan Ginsburg, Sotomayor and Breyer, to make up the six vote majority. This post will be updated after I have reviewed the actual decision....

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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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Amazon sales provide insight into public sentiment
Jun23

Amazon sales provide insight into public sentiment

And it’s not pretty As of 7:30 pm Pacific, Tuesday 23, June … 14 of the top 20 Movers and Shakers in Amazon’s Patio, Lawn and Garden category are variants on the Confederate flag. The flag rocketing to the top of movers-and-shakers has increased sales 168,361%. Its sales rank was 239,216; now it’s 142. I have no words. Amazon’s ‘movers-and-shakers’ reflects the biggest gains in sales rank over...

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Why the Confederate Flag Still Flies – and How It Will Come Down
Jun23

Why the Confederate Flag Still Flies – and How It Will Come Down

  Another racist tragedy reminds us that 150 years after the end of the civil war, America still has a minority that it has failed to integrate, with fatal consequences. Although some of the members of this minority are unusually educated and privileged outliers, we rarely see them with their hands on the levers of power; we rarely see them in control of large companies or wherever else there is great wealth; their neighborhoods...

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A southern daughter on cultural touchstones and social warts
Jun23

A southern daughter on cultural touchstones and social warts

Two months ago, I phoned my husband while driving through southwest Georgia’s red clay fields and tree-lined hills. “Remind me why I don’t want to live here,” I choked, eyes watered. “I mean, I know I don’t want to live here, but the pull of the land…” I couldn’t continue. “Why, land is the only thing in the world worth workin’ for, worth fightin’ for, worth dyin’ for,...

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Death in Charleston: a Moderately Speculative Postmortem
Jun23

Death in Charleston: a Moderately Speculative Postmortem

The pale young man with the bowl haircut had driven to Charleston, South Carolina, alone and armed, with a singleness of purpose. There, in the centuries-old port city with its graceful antebellum townhouses and slender church spires, he would attempt to make his mark, consummate his desires, fulfill his earthly purpose. He stepped inside the sanctuary of historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where he joined a weekly...

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True Blue Americans See Red Over Displays Of Rebel Flag
Jun22

True Blue Americans See Red Over Displays Of Rebel Flag

Support For The Stars And Bars Flagging, Except in: Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas, Florida, Alabama The View From The U.S. Virgin Islands By JOHN McCARTHY TMV Columnist One of the things to come out of the debate over what is wrong with South Carolina after nine African-American citizens were massacred Wednesday in an historically black church is the symbolism of the Confederate flag flying in public places in the American South. It...

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It’s Not About The Flag, Idiots!!
Jun22

It’s Not About The Flag, Idiots!!

It is not often I use this forum to lash out at folks on either side of the political spectrum; however, today I am compelled to lash out at everyone who is engaging in the ridiculous rhetoric that the removal of a piece of cloth is going to solve the racial injustice of South Carolina or any other person of color living in the United States of America. To set the record straight, the Confederate Battle flag should not have ever been...

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Take Down That Damn Secessionist Flag South Carolina!
Jun22

Take Down That Damn Secessionist Flag South Carolina!

A Schizephrenic Southern Splinter State The Confederate Flag Flies At Full Staff The View From The U.S. Virgin Islands By JOHN McCARTHY TMV Columnist There’s no denying it. South Carolina has a violent and racist past, with some tolerance mixed in. The mere name “South Carolina” – suggests that it broke away from a larger Carolina – and that would be true. The name Carolina is Latin for “Charles land” and goes back to 1629 when...

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