JOURNAL: THE SAD BAD NEWS FOR THE IMMIGRANT BASHERS FROM THE GOP
Dec01

JOURNAL: THE SAD BAD NEWS FOR THE IMMIGRANT BASHERS FROM THE GOP

I think back about the sunset to the west, the red sun dropping down into the forest across the road. I’m a child on the cement stoop in the boon docks of N’orthn Indianer. I am en-wondered by seeing this beauty of light going down into the dark fingers of the trees… a forest that cannot hold the sun forever. It will rise. Again and again. Even with raging alcohol eating up the men and women in the families,...

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Did GOP Staffer Elizabeth Lauten Criticize These Females for Their ‘Dress’ & Demeanor
Dec01

Did GOP Staffer Elizabeth Lauten Criticize These Females for Their ‘Dress’ & Demeanor

…or is it just the young teen daughters of First Lady and current President of the United States, Sasha and Malia? Who I think are lovely and composed and dressed like many a young woman today. FIRST VOLLEY Elizabeth Lauten, communications director for Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN), had written this attacking the two girls who actually are just standing there listening to their father speak. [Thanks Janet Shan, one of our TMV...

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Triumph in the Baja 1000 for the HeartGift Racing Team
Nov30

Triumph in the Baja 1000 for the HeartGift Racing Team

This is the classic story of how not finishing first — or second, or third — or not even technically completing a racing event can still represent a triumph and be a touching story of true grit, determination and, above all, of selfless devotion to a cause. That is exactly what happened a couple of weeks ago in the “badlands” of Baja California. In the afternoon of November 13, Houston couple Kay and Greg...

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Perceptions of Reality— And a Failure to Indict
Nov29

Perceptions of Reality— And a Failure to Indict

by Walter Brasch She quietly walked into the classroom and stood there, just inside the door, against a wall. The professor, his back to her, continued his lecture, unaware of her presence until his students’ eyes began focusing upon her rather than him. “Yes?” he asked, turning to her. Just “Yes.” Nothing more. “You shouldn’t have done it,” she said peacefully. He was confused. So she said it again, this time a little louder, and...

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Arrogant? Here’s how to become humble (Guest Voice)
Nov28

Arrogant? Here’s how to become humble (Guest Voice)

Arrogant? Here’s how to become humble By Michael R. Mantell, Ph.D. SAN DIEGO– Of course, those who really need this article probably won’t read it. That’s the way arrogance works. It makes you feel that you are better than the next person, that you certainly don’t need to change, and besides, no one is really smart enough to teach you anything. In fact, among the “superstars of haughtiness”, this character trait leaves you feeling...

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The Ferguson grand jury proceedings, dissected
Nov26

The Ferguson grand jury proceedings, dissected

Prior coverage: We anticipated the decision, but nothing prepared us for this much bumbling If there is any justice in this world, the aftermath of the Ferguson grand jury proceedings could trigger a deep discussion of not only the racial divide in America but also much-needed reform of our “criminal justice system” and how we make our neighborhoods safe. I downloaded the almost 5K page testimony PDF Monday night and...

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This Article Is About The Song ‘Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,’ But ‘Alice’s Restaurant Massacree’ Is Not The Name Of The Article, That’s Just The Name Of Song
Nov26

This Article Is About The Song ‘Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,’ But ‘Alice’s Restaurant Massacree’ Is Not The Name Of The Article, That’s Just The Name Of Song

In the 47 years since Arlo Guthrie recorded “Alice’s Restaurant,” the 18-plus minute song has become a Thanksgiving Day tradition — and an ode to a simpler time even if its subtext is the Vietnam War. If you haven’t heard “Alice’s Restaurant,” then you probably don’t know that it’s not really a song, but rather an 18-minute monologue with a little singing at the beginning and...

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We anticipated the decision, but nothing prepared us for this much bumbling
Nov26

We anticipated the decision, but nothing prepared us for this much bumbling

Followup: The Ferguson grand jury proceedings, dissected About 3 pm Pacific on Monday, I said to a friend, “Did you see that the grand jury reached a decision?” He said yes, and we began a short discussion about race in America. I didn’t have to say any magic words like “Ferguson” or “Mike Brown” or “Darren Wilson.” This is the first time we had talked about the August shooting or...

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No Indictment In Furguson
Nov24

No Indictment In Furguson

Just breaking that the grand jury has voted not to indict I would hope we could all wait for the evidence to be released before reacting knee jerk but then I hope for a lot of things. Discuss...

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Sandy Hook murder: report documents system failure throughout Lanza’s life
Nov22

Sandy Hook murder: report documents system failure throughout Lanza’s life

[slider] [Updated 12:25 pm Saturday, Pacific] Although hindsight can often provide a false sense of clarity, a report on Sandy Hook mass murderer Adam Lanza suggests there were many warnings about Lanza’s mental health issues, warnings that were were ignored or dismissed by parents, educators, doctors. The report (pdf), prepared by the Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate, reviews “the circumstances that pre-dated his...

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Homeless and Hungry on Thanksgiving
Nov21

Homeless and Hungry on Thanksgiving

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving — this year, the week of Nov. 15-23. As many of us are planning the thanksgiving festivities, centered around home, family, warmth and plenty of food, it should also be a time to think about those who are less fortunate than we are and “a perfect time to share our compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness.” The...

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Liberty Is the Politics of Love
Nov19

Liberty Is the Politics of Love

You know you love someone when you want for them what they want for themselves. The three little words that really convey this sentiment are not, “I love you “, which can mean all kinds of things to all kinds of people; rather they are, “As you wish”. Love is kind, expansive, proactive, and fundamentally non-constraining. And although some of us may disagree on a positive definition of love, we can surely all agree about what it is...

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As the clock ticks in Missouri, the KKK rises from the shadows
Nov17

As the clock ticks in Missouri, the KKK rises from the shadows

While Anonymous deals the KKK digital blows A grand jury in St. Louis County, MO, has been hearing testimony for months regarding the August 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, by Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson police force. A shooting that took place in less than 90 seconds. As the clock ticks closer to a grand jury decision, the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) have become more visible, with flyers...

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This is our government’s war on privacy
Nov14

This is our government’s war on privacy

It’s becoming increasingly evident that governments see our phones as personal tracking devices. Read on for a new slant on these words: dirtbox and stingray. *** Boeing is at the center of the latest Department of Justice privacy story that broke in the Wall Street Journal ($) Thursday. The claim: the DOJ, via its US Marshals Service, has been using airplanes to secretly collect cellphone data from phones on the ground since...

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A Special ‘Thank You for Your Service’
Nov11

A Special ‘Thank You for Your Service’

I fully appreciate that, by now, some readers have had enough of Veterans Day stories. I agree that sometimes we are just inundated by them and I kind of apologize for contributing to such a deluge. “Kind of,” because readers can stop reading right here if they have had enough and because I just came across such a touching and eloquent coverage of an issue that is not often mentioned on Veterans Day — one that readers who are...

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Why Veterans Are Important…
Nov11

Why Veterans Are Important…

Each year, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) holds an essay contest for High School students on patriotic subjects. It is a unique contest that encourages young people to explore and express themselves on such subjects but also gives them the opportunity to “win a share of the $2.2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the VFW’s Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition.” Prizes and awards include a $30,000...

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Look out Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts: Here comes Tim Hortons
Nov11

Look out Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts: Here comes Tim Hortons

TORONTO, Canada — Look out Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts. Here comes the new international corporate powerhouse Tim Hortons. They have a huge niche — and market presence — here in Canada and they can easily create their own huge presence in the U.S. When the Canadian coffee/coffee shop giant announced last summer that it was merging with Burger King, many dismissed and dissed it as strictly a tax move where...

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Helping Veterans at the Grassroots Level
Nov10

Helping Veterans at the Grassroots Level

In his 2014 Veterans Day message, the president stressed that the responsibility to support and take care of our veterans “far exceeds the boundaries of government.” “It’s a job for every American,” he said. “We’re all keepers of that sacred trust that says, ‘If you put on a uniform and risk your life to keep us safe, we’ll do our part for you. We’ll make sure you and your...

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An Election Parable: It Used To Be About Kibble & Change, But Now . . .
Nov10

An Election Parable: It Used To Be About Kibble & Change, But Now . . .

Imagine the American public as a big mixed-breed dog. (That was easy, wasn’t it?) This dog had been treated poorly by its master for years, if not outright abused. Other dogs, especially purebreds, were pampered with steak and all kinds of treats. They luxuriated in comfy dog beds from L.L. Bean, never got wet when it rained or snowed or were toweled off if they did, had their own spot in the back of the family SUV when they...

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A Nation of Fear
Nov08

A Nation of Fear

by Walter Brasch Maintenance workers at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pa., airport shot and killed a bear and her three cubs. The bears had crawled under a perimeter fence and were just lying around, several hundred yards from a runway. The airport director claimed the bears might have posed a risk to flights. The mother bear weighed less than most pro football linemen. While the airport officials were worrying about what a bear and her...

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