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Thursday, August 16 2018

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Presidential Prediction 2016


This post is about predictions, not about politics.  Please, don't post about policies or your political preferences.  But go crazy with your predictions.

Pundits have varying predictions for the election, with everyone giving Trump a post-convention bump:

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Separation of Church and State

PoliticSome time ago, I bookmarked this link of statements by foundational individuals in the history of the USA, regarding the claim that our country was founded as a Christian nation.
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Salad Bars, Freeriders, and A-holes


Tonight, we went to Sweet Tomatoes, a salad bar restaurant.  With our dinner, we ordered three sodas, and were given three clear, transparent cups.  If, instead, we'd stuck with ater, we'd have been given transparent blue cups.  Several people were filling up their transparent, BLUE cups with soda.

Now, you can assess these "freeriders" two different ways:

  1. They're a-holes.  They knowingly ripped off the restaurant, which will ultimately result in higher costs for everyone.  They expect the rest of us to kick in so that they can get what they want.
  2. They're just smart, playing the game strategically.  After all, they might get free soda.  And if they get caught, all that happens is that they have to pay the fair price.  There's no additional penalty.
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Dick Cheney Doesn't Care About Truth; Lindsey Graham's A Fool


 As details emerge  about the NSA's wiretapping/snooping on pretty much everybody's online data, former VP Dick Cheney jumps in to defend it.

"As everybody who's been associated with the program's said, if we had had this before 9/11, when there were two terrorists in San Diego — two hijackers — had been able to use that program, that capability, against that target, we might well have been able to prevent 9/11," Cheney said on "Fox News Sunday."

And Sen. Lindsey Graham, S.C., a hawkish Republican who's vocally defended the NSA practices, suggested another attack is even made more likely if the monitoring is curtailed. 

"I believe we should be listening to terrorists, known terrorist emails, following their emails and following their phone calls. And if they're emailing somebody and the United States or calling a number in the United States, I would like to get a judge's position to monitor that phone call," Graham said on "Meet the Press" on NBC. "If we don't do that, another attack on our homeland is very likely."

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Why do we commemorate 9/11?


Every once in a while, I get a burr in my britches, a story I feel I need to write.  When this happens, it usually is followed by more.  And then I’ve got several stories queued up.  Of course, when this happens, I’m faced with a choice:

1)      Wait until I have time to write the story the way I want

2)      Don’t deprive you of the story, write it stream-of-consciousness, and trust you to appreciate the story despite the writing

I’ve done #1, up until now.  But after sitting on a story since September 12th, I’m going to go with #2.

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How Will Our Civic Voyeurism Play Out?


There was a time when few U.S. citizens had the ability to photograph, videorecord, and make calls from anywhere they felt like it.  That's no longer the case.

And I wonder what impact that will have on the citizenry, in both the short-term and the long-term.

I mean, I expect that there will be more public documentation of things like:

  • the beating of Rodney King
  • the shooting of Oscar Grant
  • sexual indiscretions of various fringe- and not-so-fringe-celebrities

But yesterday, I got to thinking...

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False Equivalences and Repeated Lies


The shooting in Arizona led to people in politics spouting some of the most frustrating false equivalences and intentional misunderstandings. Virtually none of the coverage was fair or unbiased. And if you came here expecting some intelligent commentary on the news event, you're going to be disappointed. I'm going to provide ranting commentary on the coverage that pervaded every outlet I saw.

Before we get into it, I'll say just this: the nutjob shooter, alone, was responsible for the nutjob shooter's actions (unless we find that someone directed him to go on a murderous rampage...generalized, passion-stirring lunacy doesn't count.)

Now, onto the “one of these things is not like the other” stuff...

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Huckleberry Finn's Father Illustrates What's Behind the Tea Party Movement



Oh, heck, I just finished writing a wonderful article.  I referenced "The Wave", in which a teacher illustrates how Nazi's "allowed the Holocaust to happen", through cruel performance art...eventually revealing to his students that they, too, would have followed Adolf Hitler, and sent their neighbors to the death camps.

And then I suggested that Huckleberry Finn's father:Tea Party  :: Adolf Hitler:pupils in "The Wave" .

And then the website ate it.  And no, I'm not going to rebuild the whole thing.  But lemme give you the highlights:

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Wherein Folks Discuss What's Right and Wrong With the "Tea Party Movement"


On Facebook, I posted a link to Jon Stewart's planned "Rally to Restore Sanity".  A few folks had an interesting and worthwhile discussion in the commentstream about the Tea Party Movement, G. Beck's "Restoring Honor" tent-revival and musical theater, Republicans, Democrats, Fiscal Policy, Entitlements, Welfare, Taxation....


I'm not sure if the threaded comments here will support such a complex discussion, but I'm positive Facebook was inadequate.

So I'm redirecting folks here.

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No on Prop 8: Because We're Not Hateful Bigots


So, proposition 8 was overturned in a 138-page ruling, sure to be appealed.  It can be summarized, quite simply:

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