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Tillerson’s Out – Trump Keeps Proving My Hypotheses

Some ramblings from this morning’s news.  Not my usual.


Tillerson’s gone.  In kicking him to the curb, Trump once again proves some hypotheses I have been testing.  To be honest, I would rather he wouldn’t keep doing that.   I would be okay with being proven wrong.


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For My Mother’s Sake, Stop Suggesting Arming Teachers Is the Fix

My mother compelled me to write this. Over the last week, the students from Stoneman Douglas High demanded that, for once, constructive action be taken about gun violence. As I heard the same, tired, useless arguments hurled back at them, I found myself weeping and crushed. It took me until today to realize why I feel so badly this time.  My mom, the teacher. I am writing for her, because she can’t do it for herself.

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Remind Me Why We Even Need Security Clearances, Mr. Kushner

Oh heck no.  Today, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders assured reporters that, regardless of whether Jared Kushner can get a permanent security clearance or not, he will continue to do the work he has been doing all along for the White House.  Which means that if Chief of Staff John Kelly’s Friday night memo is enacted, Kushner would be operating without any security clearance. And that’s A-Okay with the White House.

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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

A Reaction to the Nunes Memo: Move It or Lose It

The release of the Nunes memo brought into clear focus for me some very big concerns about the state of this republic.  The memo certainly does not entirely undermine our government. But it shows just how far things eroded in one year.  And that should concern all of us.

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Dusting Off the Memory Box: Solving Imaginary Problems Often Creates Real Ones

Imaginary problems.  When you don’t look through a lens of reality, it’s hard to see what’s really going on. It’s easy to end up chasing after pink Pookas instead of tackling the real problems.  And that means the fixes you create don’t solve real problems either.  Trying to trap a Pooka won’t net you anything real, but you can create real problems for yourself in the process. That’s what this is all about.


I found something I wrote a little over a year ago, before I started this blog.  President Trump’s first “Muslim Ban” executive order sparked some thoughts that I think remain valid.  So, I decided to dust off this relic from the memory box, touch it up a bit, and present it to you all.


Here we go.


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A March from Republic to Dictatorship: An Alarming Micro-View on the Road to Government Shutdown

I saw a funny thing happening as two branches of the U.S. tromped their way toward either funding the government or triggering a shutdown. The alarming progression from republic to oligarchy to dictatorship in microcosm.


Now don’t get me wrong. I am not declaring American democracy dead.  What I saw was alarming, but not necessarily a full realization. Not yet.  But it was disturbing and fascinating to see the transition happen in micro-view while still have everything remain technically within the normal confines of American governance and legislative wheeling and dealing.

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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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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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