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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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Words of Encouragement While Staring Down Immigration Horrors

So much I want to blog about the current immigration policy horrors by my government. But my current life schedule is not permitting it at the moment. So frustrating.

 

Well, at least I can try to give us all some words of encouragement.

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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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Breaking Down Barr, Bee, and the Arts of Intolerant Bullies Part 4: It’s Okay to Shut Down the Bully

Now we come to my final part of this series. Bear with me here. I’m going to be making the same point multiple times but in different ways.  I’m covering a concept that was hard for me to grasp, so I figure I should hedge my bets and present it in a bunch of different ways, just in case the one way I present it is hard for you to grasp too.

 

Roseanne Barr’s comments and the responses to them helped clarify for me some big problems with the current arguments by Conservatives when someone like Barr does something like this. They boil down to:

 

  • Tolerate the bully, or you are a hypocrite.

 

  • The bully is the victim here.

 

F*ck that noise.

 

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Breaking Down Barr, Bee, and the Arts of Intolerant Bullies Part 3: False Equivalencies, Not Double-Standards

“Double-standards!”

 

“Wrong! False equivalencies!”

 

Let’s dive into the comparisons between Roseanne Barr’s and Samantha Bee’s situations to dispel the question of which is really going on here.

 

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Breaking Down Barr, Bee, and the Arts of Intolerant Bullies Part 2: The Barr Background

Previously I dove deep into the Samantha Bee part of recent political and media hand-wringing.  Now let’s go back to the earlier part. Roseanne Barr.

 

Like with Samantha Bee, I’ll start with a summary of what has gone down. For some of you, this may be tedious, but I find it helps to put things all in one place. And also, someone looking at this blog in the future will be able to understand the full context.

 

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Breaking Down Barr, Bee, and the Arts of Intolerant Bullies Part 1: Look at Bee and Define Your Standards

Here we are again. This blog started with the new NFL anthem policy.

 

Then Roseanne Barr dropped her Tweet bombs.  It helped me finally manage to wrap my head around some concepts that had been floating around for a while.  So, I set the anthem policy comments aside for a later date to make observations about the Barr situation instead. Oh well. Best laid plans and all that.

 

Then, Samantha Bee got thrown in the mix as well. What I planned to write changed yet again.

 

And grew to a four part blog.

 

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Owl’s Two Cents: Don’t Pass a Law to Protect Robert Mueller

Dear Congress. Trust me.  Don’t bother trying to pass a law protecting Robert Mueller.  Take my word for it. No matter your party, it’s not worth it.

 

Look, I get it. I know the Democrats are up in arms because they think Mueller is going to put them out of their Trump misery. I know the Republicans are afraid they need to protect Trump from himself.  I know what I am suggesting must sound like utter blasphemy to some of you.

 

But hear me out.

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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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