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Thoughts on the Armistice Centennial

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that silenced the guns on the Western Front during World War I.

 

My friend,  Bryan Alexander, has some ruminations of his own today. Please take a read. His words are informative and thought provoking.

 

As for me, the following text is from a speech I gave today to commemorate the anniversary.  A big thank you to all who attended and read “In Flanders Fields” along with me.

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For Inspiration in Emotionally Fraught Times I Ask WWED

WWED?  What does that even mean?

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Unite the Right Redux: An Open Letter to Conservatives

Hi there, all you Conservatives and those who lean Right,

 

Now is the time.  Right now.  This is where you have another chance to tell the rest of us where you stand. By your own words and deeds will you be assessed.

 

Warning: This post contains some graphic, or disturbing photos.

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Musings for July 4th: One Family’s Immigrant Story

This July 4th, as we reflect on who we are and who we want to be as Americans, I decided to share the story of my father’s immigrant family. There’s not much to tell. And that’s the point, really.

 

On July 4th, we celebrate the document drafted by immigrants to these shores and their children which enumerated their reasons for breaking the law and rebelling against their country. As we do so, immigration stances and policies put forth the by the White House stand under scrutiny. We should be taking a hard look at them. We should be trying to get some perspective.

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Just Who Was in Control at the Singapore Summit?

This photo sums up a lot of my feelings on the recent North Korea summit.

 

Notice I did not say summit with North Korea?

 

Look at the photo. Who’s really in charge?

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Musings on Various Encounters around Holocaust Remembrance Day

With Holocaust Remembrance Day just passed, I again had reason to look at how we have come up with new ways of Holocaust denial that no longer include denying the Holocaust happened. I talked about this subject before. I encountered some newer techniques recently, that intentionally or unintentionally, serve to dilute the historical import of the Holocaust, or even of history itself.  I wandered across some other things too. So, I’ve decided to meander my way through my various thoughts on the tidbits I have seen recently.

 

I’ll start off with some modern-day reminders that anti-Semitism remains alive and well and end with some dissection of an argument against the history of the Holocaust, or any history for that matter, having value at all.  Sit back but hold on. You are in for a long and winding ride.  Much like I did when I talked about Blade Runner 2049.

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Orange Snow, Black Blizzard: All Just Dust in the Wind

Orange snow is not the result of eating too many Cheetos or drinking too much SunnyD.  Surprising, I know.  Instead, the answer my friend is blowing in the wind. All just dust in the wind. And for me, a bit of a blast from the past.

 

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Sobering Thoughts: Mass Shootings, Guns, and Bringing Prohibition into the Picture

We’ve had another mass shooting in America. Another school shooting.  I’ve written about this and guns previously. I’ve never gotten much of a reaction to what I wrote, so I guess it barked up the wrong tree. This time, I thought I’d just express some thoughts bouncing off the walls in my head about guns and Prohibition, with no definitive conclusions. Continue reading

Rejecting the Assault on Truth and It Getting Subtle with Holocaust Denial

Our current technology and society have converged to provide more ways than ever to assault the truth and persuade people to accept alternate realty as fact. I also believe they provide us with more means than ever to push back against that assault. However, today I encountered one more assault.  A subtle variation on Holocaust denial, that doesn’t deny the Holocaust.  And my heart hurts.

 

Warning: This post contains some graphic, or disturbing photos.

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How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Accept the Media (Sort Of): Finding Value Despite the Flaws

The media has faults, but having flaws does not make something valueless. Imperfections do not require casting something aside. If they did, we’d all be in trouble. Because none of us are perfect.

 

Welcome to the second part of my two-part blog on the media. In part 1, I made the case for the media always having been faulty.  Its flaws of today do not differ much from those of the past.

 

Which naturally raises some important questions.  If it has always been so bad, then what good is the media? And how do we deal with the bad?

 

In what follows I am going to dig into the ways media helps us.  I will also point out various safeguards the public has against the media’s flaws. Here’s a hint.  The biggest safeguards are ourselves and how we choose to handle the information we take in.  I’ll even give out some tips in that regard.

 

Let’s dive in, shall we?

 

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