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Category Archives: Politics

The Affirmative on Affirmative Action

I just finished reading My Beloved World by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. It’s a delightfully readable and inspirational book by a woman who admittedly struggled with writing cogently well into her college years. Sotomayor grew up in the projects in the Bronx. She contracted juvenile diabetes as a child, and because her parents were …

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Walls and Doors

Jackson Browne recorded a song a few years back that seems so appropriate for our world today. It was written by a Cuban singer songwriter named Carlos Varela. According to Browne, he is a man who likes to speak the truth about peoples feelings. According to Wikipedia he is critical of the status quo. According …

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Living in America: Smoking Guns

Gun porn is now a “thing”.

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Living in America: Balancing The Rights and Duties of Citizenship

  Most Friday evenings I make sure I watch Shields and Brooks on the PBS News Hour. I know, my life is pathetic. I love these two guys–A Democrat and a Republican discussing the issues of the day in a respectful, intelligent fashion! Say it isn’t so. Even when they disagree, it’s done with the …

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Fighting Fascism: We Need War Veterans Voices

I read a Wall Street Journal article today about  Fascist and radical nationalists marching in Polands’ Independence Day Celebrations yesterday. Tens of thousands attended the march. On the same day here in America, we celebrated Veterans Day. In ceremonies, words and pictures, and silent thoughts and prayers, we considered the sacrifices of our Veterans. I wonder …

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Anthony Bourdain on Paying Taxes reblogged from Live and Learn

Nobody likes paying high taxes, but I don’t mind. Maybe that’s a luxury, but I don’t need to hire some hotshot to spend 12 hours a day figuring out how to chisel the government out of an extra few thousand dollars. If getting that extra money means a lot of phone calls and talking to […] …

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In the Event of Nuclear War, I’ll Be at the Beach

I don’t know why it’s so hard to write witty little blog posts anymore. I mean geez, it’s not like any of those North Korean missiles Kim Jong Un is hurling at the Pacific can actually reach the west coast…yet. Of course I haven’t lost my sense of humor completely. My husband and I have …

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Americans are Better Than This: The Struggle for Political Civility

It wasn’t that many decades ago that athletes living behind the iron curtain would risk their lives to defect to the U.S. in order to find the freedom of expression that is the right of every American.  And now the movement in this country seems to be moving towards stifling the voices of our own athletes legitimate protests. How did we get here?

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On Being a Snowflake

A while back, someone on a conservative friends FB page made a comment about Left Coast snowflakes that made me realize, I qualify as a snowflake. Awesome! Snowflakes are COOL! Snowflakes are beautiful. Snowflakes are unique. Snowflakes are complex structures. Snowflakes are symmetrical and asymmetrical formations, so no, they are not all the same. Snowflakes …

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The Cost of Forgetting: Pretty Damn Pricey

George Santayana is credited with the quote: Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Of course this is true. If it were not so, the first war would have been the last. Nor would there be facisim. Or Nazi’s.  Who would repeat such atrocities if they had remembrance of the original …

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