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How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Accept the Media (Sort Of): Flawed the Same as It Ever Was

Notice I did not say “Love the Media.”


In the face of distrust of and attacks on the “media” and the “press”, I wanted to make a few observations.  It took me a while, so I broke it into two parts. First, I set out to demonstrate that the media has always been flawed. People have always complained about it. Today’s faults don’t differ that much from those of the past.  Second, I set out to demonstrate that, flawed as the media is and has always been, it still has value in our society.  Question it? Sure.  Demand it do better? Sure. But don’t throw it away simply because you suddenly realized it’s an imperfect beast.


Also, something is not “fake” or “false” simply because you don’t agree with it.


I leave to you to decide whether I succeeded in my goals.

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Beyond Casual Racism: Confronting Trump’s Immigration Comments

Here I go adding my voice to the wave of commentary on the controversial words President Donald J. Trump allegedly uttered on immigration.


Let me surprise you and cut to the chase immediately.  Profanity or no profanity.  The words were racist.


I don’t say that lightly.  I don’t say that to accuse everyone who supports Trump of racism. If you’ve read anything I’ve written before, you know I also don’t say that without first giving this a thorough examination.

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‘Tis the Season

No matter whether you follow a religion or not, no matter what that religion may be, it’s that time of year when we try to fill those longest nights and shortest days with love, warmth, and cheer.

So to all my friends, family, and readers of this blog, happy holidays. To all those who don’t celebrate a holy day during this time of year, season’s greetings. Love to you all. And bear hugs. Although maybe don’t try to get them from real bears.

Considering Consent, Common Courtesy, and Confused Men of Power

Consent.  We all know what it means, right? Such a simple concept. Seems like only common courtesy, really. Yet it seems to confuse so many. Especially in men’s encounters with women.


Harvey Weinstein. Charlie Rose.  Roy Moore. Donald Trump.


Right now, their deeds spill from the lips of reporters. Their names splash across our webpages.  Because of certain behavior hinging on consent. Actually, the behavior hinges on many factors. But consent is one of the big ones.


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Behind the Curtain: From Navajo Code to Trump’s Code of Casual Racism

Trump’s “Pocahontas” bit while honoring Navajo code talkers wasn’t the end of the world.  But it still signals a big problem. Let me tell you why.


Sometimes I feel like I spend a lot of time yelling, “Look behind the curtain.”  But a republic needs informed citizens, fully aware of what levers the wizard is frantically pulling while hoping we distractedly keep our eyes on the big floating head of Oz.

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You Too Can Stick Their Feet to the Fire. Ask Me How.


Actually, it’s really as simply as that. Just one word. “How?”

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Of Women, Choice and Timing: Thoughts on Blade Runner 2049’s Opening Box Office

I’m a woman. I have not seen Blade Runner 2049, yet. I thought I would make those disclosures right up front.  Because that’s the subject of this article.


Weird, right? I am not talking about the usual current events, or political speech.  Nope. Just sharing some thoughts.


About how women think. Or, at least, how one woman thinks. Or maybe it’s just something subconsciously part of women’s decision making.  Or maybe it’s not a thing at all.


But at least it’s some food for thought.

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An American Intervention: Gun-Shaped Elephants and Talking about Mass Shootings

Well, in all my years I ain’t never heard, seen nor smelled an issue that was so dangerous it couldn’t be talked about.



Psst! America? You’re old enough now. It’s time for us sit down and talk about some things.


No, not about the birds and the bees. Not this time anyway.  Although it does include other animals. Elephants, to be precise.


No, we need to chat about mass shootings in this country. It’s long overdue.  And that means you have to include those gun-shaped elephants in the room.


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Ringing the Bell for Liberty and Freedom, Plus a Bonus Letter to the President

Liberty matters. Freedom matters.  Lately, too many of us allow our liberties and freedoms to be eroded.  I am not talking about politicians. I am talking about John Q. Public.  People on the Right. People on the Left. People in the Center.  Not consciously.  Through the back door, as it were.


So, when a politician uses his position to encourage the public to punish people for exercising the freedoms this country grants us, take notice.


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R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Find Out What It Means by Asking the Right Questions

What do you respect?


Something happens, and it upsets you.  Why? We often believe we know the reason.  But we often don’t know the whole story. Because we operate on assumptions without first asking the right questions.  Even when dealing with ourselves.

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