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The Best and Worst of Us

Donald Trump1 is clearly the worst of us — just the worst of humanity. Dolly Parton, of course, is the best of us. If aliens ever visit the Earth, we can tell them almost everything they need to know about our species by simply pointing to these two individuals, the worst and best of us. […]

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Remembering the ‘Faith-based Initiative’ we call 9/11 (2020)

I essentially re-post this every year: Those in authority should take appropriate precautions to protect our citizens. But we will not allow this enemy to win the war by changing our way of life or restricting our freedoms. (emphasis added) –George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States, remarks made during press conference/photo opportunity […]

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If We’re Truly Going to Eradicate Racism, Then We’ve Got to Take It Out of Ourselves First

I wish I’d seen this two and a half months ago when it came out… Powerful, powerful statement from one of my favorite photographers, and more importantly, favorite photography instructors, Zack Arias: I, as a white man, have been so insulated from the Black experience, that I… cannot really form any opinion that is anywhere […]

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The Sacrament

Sacrament: New Oxford American Dictionary: sac•ra•ment |ˈsakrəmənt| noun 1. (in the Christian Church)… 2. (in Roman Catholic use)… 3. a thing of mysterious and sacred significance Dictionary.com: sacrament [sak-ruh-muh nt] noun 1. Ecclesiastical… 2. Also called Holy Sacrament… 3. the consecrated… 4. something regarded as possessing a sacred character or mysterious significance Behold: ‘Nuff said. Join […]

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Reason: Don’t Destroy the Constitution To Fight Drag Queen Reading Hour

Steven Greenhut writing at Reason.com: The Sacramento public library featured a drag-queen story hour, in which men dressed as women read stories to children. It seems bizarre and agenda-driven, given that a stated goal was to provide kids with “glamorous, positive and unabashedly queer role models.” I’ve seen drag queens and glamorous isn’t the first […]

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Remembering the ‘Faith-based Initiative’ we call 9/11

Those in authority should take appropriate precautions to protect our citizens. But we will not allow this enemy to win the war by changing our way of life or restricting our freedoms. (emphasis added) –George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States, remarks made during press conference/photo opportunity with the National Security Team, Wednesday, […]

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Why the American people still need newspapers

Ken Paulson, director of the Free Speech Center at Middle Tennessee State University and the founder of the 1 for All campaign for the First Amendment, in a guest column for The Tennessean: It’s important to acknowledge newspapers’ past, but also to express concern about their future. […] too many view this as a business […]

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Times: Shootings Spur Debate on Extremism and Guns, With Trump on Defense

Alexander Burns writing in the paper of record: The politics of American gun violence follow a predictable pattern in most cases: outraged calls for action from the left, somber gestures of sympathy from the right, a subdued presidential statement delivered from a prepared text — and then, in a matter of days or even hours, […]

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AP: Gay Marriage Ruling Already in Use in Other Cases

Interracial marriage still was illegal in 16 states in 1967 before the high court outlawed race-based state marriage bans. It is rather amazing — and shocking — to read accounts from the 50s and 60s regarding interracial marriage. What’s most shocking is the realization that the arguments used, and used effectively – for decades, by […]

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Independence Day, Rain and Neighbors…

Today’s forecast: 4-6 inches of rain over the next 24 hours! Say what you will, but over the last couple years I’ve come to love it when it rains on the 4th of July, and so does my homeowners insurance carrier (ba-doom-ching). That’s because the people who live on our cul-de-sac (and the neighboring streets, […]

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