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Saturday, Apr. 25, 2015
The Day the Constitution Died
Posted Wednesday, April 22, at 9:22 AM
I posted this piece on Nov. 6th, 2008. Thought it might be of some interest six and one half years later. THE DAY THE CONSTITUTION DIED FDR referred to the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7th, 1941 as "a day that will live in infamy." I fear that same phrase can, and may, be used by future generations to describe November 4th, 2008. ...

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Adjectives
Posted Sunday, April 19, at 11:51 AM

From 2008 that got some recognition. I wonder how life would be if somehow we could outlaw for a year, say, all adjectives describing personal nouns and/or pronouns? Imagine if you never heard nor read for a year such words as black, white, Hispanic, fat, lazy, bald, slovenly, stupid, clumsy, Asian, hairy, liberal, conservative plus several dozen others applied to a person. ...

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Animal Rights
Posted Sunday, April 19, at 11:45 AM

This is a piece I wrote in June of 2011. It is still apropos, I think, for many in this area so thought it might be of some interest. It is difficult in this area not to notice the cacophonies raised by animal rights activists re the walking horse industry. ...

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Here Comes Hillary
Posted Monday, April 13, at 5:58 PM

Well, we now have Hillary officially running for President. Should be interesting watching her run from Obama and try to convince we poor folk she is not running for a third Obama term. Remember, Obama is at fault for nothing negative. That is the fault of "the previous administration." Of course all Neolib Elitists quickly go into selective memory mode when one speaks of Obama's positions in 2008. ...

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Breakout
Posted Friday, April 3, at 4:37 PM

The time one takes to make enough fissile materials for one nuclear bomb is the accepted definition of "breakout time." The recent agreement, which will not be defined in writing until June 30, purportedly will insure Iran will have a breakout time of at least 12 months...

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Separation of Church and State
Posted Thursday, April 2, at 4:25 PM

Well here goes. I'm coming out of the closet. There are some anonymous megalomaniacal pedants who are sure I am a far right Republican. A position I have never held in my life. The piece below I wrote 7-8 years ago that has been widely circulated. I thought it might be of interest today so I am running it again. ...

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Respect
Posted Tuesday, March 31, at 5:49 PM

Respect. A word that has been bandied about profusely in recent times. Usually by ones who think they and/or certain peoples are due respect based, I suppose, on some amorphous parameters dictating that respect should be willingly forthcoming based solely on demand...

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Hubris
Posted Thursday, March 26, at 3:03 PM

"The issue is not a matter of personal relations but a substantive challenge. We believe two States are the best way to preserve Israel's security..." Even thought Israelis overwhelmingly elected Netanyahu, our own President tells Israel and the world he doesn't care what they want, he, and apparently only he, knows what is best for them and he will save them from himself...

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War on Prosperity.
Posted Thursday, March 26, at 12:21 PM

A piece I posted in April 2009. Seems to me to be appropriate today. We have been since LBJ in a War on Poverty. How's it working? Does anyone think we have fewer homeless, fewer hungry children, a more prosperous Appalachia or more viable inner-city neighborhoods than in the 1960s? I think not...

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Poetry
Posted Saturday, March 21, at 4:39 PM

I ran this on Aug. 25, 2009. Thought it might be of interest today. Poetry's beauty is in its brevity. Stating volumes with very few chosen words. I suggest the following examples are poetry in the political/social arena. I have noted these expressions over the years and aver they are poetry in the strictest and classic sense...

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Presidential Non-treaty Treaty.
Posted Tuesday, March 17, at 11:15 AM

Interesting the present administration maintains no future administration may alter an agreement with a foreign power. How does this square with this same administration ignoring the Budapest Memorandum?

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City Council
Posted Thursday, March 12, at 8:41 PM

All should be proud of your City Council. Not only are they addressing many of the most important areas where the government can be more responsive to and taking positive actions to better position our City for the benefit of all citizens. Tonight they passed into law, after unanimously passing on third reading, an ordinance that removes the requirement of beer being sold more than a certain distance from a Church. ...

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Olio II
Posted Monday, March 9, at 3:16 PM

Why did we deal directly with the Taliban, a non-state affiliated organization for the trade of five Taliban leaders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, yet we could not comtemporaneously pick up the 'phone and call Mexico and have them release Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi?...

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Iranian Nuclear Talks
Posted Monday, March 9, at 2:58 PM

The ongoing talks with Iran show Sec. of State Kerry sitting directly across the table from the Iranian Foreign Minister. I always thought we did not negotiate directly with anyone with whom we did not have diplomatic relations. I guess I have been misinformed all these years. ...

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Olio
Posted Friday, March 6, at 11:37 AM

During the week of the 23rd of Feb. the State Department on their Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications' Twitter account, tweeted remarks by Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed Al-Tayeb. These remarks were made at a counterterrorism rally in Mecca. ...

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ISIS verses ISIL
Posted Saturday, February 28, at 2:51 PM

The most dangerous group of terrorists in the Middle East, and the world, call themselves ISIS, the Islamist State of Iraq and Syria. The present administration refuses to call them by their self-identified name and have subjectively renamed them ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The mainstream press has also refused to call them ISIS, but are starting to use the term more often...

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Netanyahu
Posted Saturday, February 28, at 11:29 AM

Interesting......Inviting Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of Congress is bad. Inviting Netanyahu to a closed door meeting with Senate Democrats is good.

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Racism
Posted Friday, February 27, at 10:47 AM

Facts: (1) African-Americans make up less that 13% of US population. (2) 40% of inmates in prison in the US are African-American. (3) 76+% of players in the NBA are African-American. Given these facts, (2) is deemed atrocious and (3) is deemed wonderful. What am I missing here?...

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Academy Awards
Posted Monday, February 23, at 9:02 PM

As I was watching the show, I came to believe I was at a political rally rather than a show to honor outstanding achievement in the making of movies. I was regaled with problems of racism, sexism and I am sure of a few other isms I missed as I became very bored with the entire proceedings. This from an unashamed fan of the movies...

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Education: Our Most Important Endeavor
Posted Thursday, February 19, at 3:46 PM

Our system of education has declined from clearly number one in the world to very nearly not in the top thirty. This in the face of spending evermore obscene amounts of money on administration, capital and operating costs. Yet, while this system is demonstrably less efficient and proficient, the most common mantra to "fix it" is more money!...

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Near lifelong resident of Bedford County. Will comment on the issues of the day in, hopefully a cogent and certainly an honest manner. Will propose discussions not usually fully addressed in the mainstream media.
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