An Open Letter to the American Press
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Aug 15, 2018 - 1:02pm
An Open Letter to the American Press

[Note : The Boston Globe has convinced most major newspapers in the U.S. to write op-eds concerning Trumps “war on the press” this Thursday, August 16, 2018.  This would be my contribution to that effort.]   The founding fathers, I believe, considered the free press so essential to the survival of the Republic they considered it almost a fourth branch of government; a "fourth estate" if you will.  It is no accident that freedom of speech is protected in the Bill of Rights and equally no accident it is one of the first unalienable rights to be protected.  It's THAT important.   Protections in place, all was well; but who would ever have thought that the press would choose to abandon its esteemed place and responsibility?  Decades ago, the watchdog of politics and society voluntarily shacked itself …

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RESPECT...

After a fight with pancreatic cancer today at 9:40 am Aretha Franklin died today in her home in Detroit at 76 years old.  In music, she reached a pinnacle that very few people will ever reach, which was iconic. She had several visitors in the last weeks of her life including good friend Stevie …

Aug 16, 2018 - 11:06am
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What Rules the Rulers?

Aldous Huxley published Brave New World in 1932.  The novel describes a futuristic society that boasts a world government with the motto “Community, Identity, Stability.”  The year is After Ford 632, and babies are decanted rather than born.  Eugenics has been refined to t…

Aug 16, 2018 - 2:03pm
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The Behvioral Sink

  The videos above explain a series of telling experiments with rats and mice. The animals were kept well-fed and cared for in a limited space were they could breed without inhibition. The only restricted resource was space.   The original experiments were conducted with rats on a qu…

Aug 13, 2018 - 2:13pm
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Why I Didn't Vote For HRC

I'm posting this letter I wrote a couple years ago that I composed for a co-worker and her daughter, a "demo-pologist"...you know the type, they can't accept that the Democratic Party, the one that I've been a lifelong registered voter of.... put up a criminal candidate that should be behind bars, n…

Aug 9, 2018 - 11:16am
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The right wing's definition of

The question of capitalism v. socialism is the wrong question. In order for a car to operate, it needs an engine (capitalism), but it also needs some safety devices (brakes, steering, seat belts, etc.) The question is not capitalism v. socialism but how much of a social safety net is compatible with…

Aug 14, 2018 - 2:47pm
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The Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Tru…

We want the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth - and that is precisely the problem. In this post-truth era we are all in denial of the truth as presented to us by experts, the media and politicians. We don't believe any of it. Hence we go to sites we think we can trust because they ped…

Aug 16, 2018 - 7:32am
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Lord of the Flies

Quote from Lord of the Flies by William Golding...  "The flies were black and iridescent green and without number.  In front of Simon, the Lord of the Flies hung on a stick and grinned.   At last, Simon gave up and looked back; saw the white teeth and dim eyes, the blood - and hi…

Aug 12, 2018 - 4:31pm
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How did we get to Gay Marriage?

Marriage is an old and generally religious concept that is older than Christianity.  In all cultures marriages had rules, and those rules varied tremendously depending on when and where you are.  The rules and obligations are so different that even in the US a person who is married in one …

Aug 13, 2018 - 5:14pm
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Freedom? It's a Myth!

Well to start with we don't really possess a self in order to be free. Our self is a construct of our interactions so the very idea of freedom for such a construct is spurious.   But having said that a lot of us like the idea of freedom.    We don't like things being imposed on us. &#…

Aug 14, 2018 - 5:07am
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Leftist rags appealing to other leftist rags

When National Review editors tried ' taking Trump to task' in 2016, I believe that they went down into history as having been written off by most of Trump supporters. Katie Pavlich is young, smart, and malleable enough to hide her despise for Trump. William Kristol, not so much. Add others....George…

Aug 15, 2018 - 4:29am
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Obama's bogus employment narrative

What was reported and promoted by the Obama administration regarding the economy and employment were cherry picked stats to fit their narrative. The actual stats reflected truth. And such was reported by the conservative media.   Obama used the number of those looking for work as a stand-in for…

Aug 15, 2018 - 10:12am
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On White Privilege

"White privilege" is for ignoramus' who cannot see a bigger picture, like how black families are typically broken (no father figure) and how fatherless kids are statistically worse off than others.   "White privilege" ignores the ingrained part of black culture that is the "Uncle Tom" - the suc…

Aug 16, 2018 - 4:49am
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Colorblind Racism

Not everyone in life starts with the same resources. In real life, some start with $5, while others start with $50,000. That is the real starting position of the'game'. Some are given a head start and fail to realize their starting position.   An excellent book, by Eduardo Bonilla Silva, profes…

Aug 16, 2018 - 6:01am
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The Queen of Soul.

So before I begin writing my next article, I want to pay tribute to The Queen of Soul, Ms. Aretha Franklin who had transitioned from this world today on Thursday, August 16, 2018. Listening to her music has been a part of my life. Growing up with a Single Mother and with 2 siblings: An older Sister,…

Aug 16, 2018 - 2:10pm
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TO ALL HATERS OF RUSSIA....

I stumbled onto that article by a Twitter link and thought I might read it. Then, I remembered how many Russia haters we find on WB, or at least people who think of it as an "enemy", as most Western media brand them (although I never gave a shit about simplifying stuff like that. I GO to places whe…

Aug 13, 2018 - 9:04am
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The Joys of Joyriding

The recent theft of a large turboprop airliner and the ensuing crash and apparent suicide by the “pilot” got me thinking about joyriding, or in his case, joyflying and joykamikazeing. I had nothing on that dude for sure. When I was 15 years old, one of my buddies and I “borrowed…

Aug 12, 2018 - 9:15am
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A demented president

The last time we had a demented president, he was a figurehead who took direction well, and the top of the hierarchy was the WH Chief of Staff. This time the president has as little awareness of the real world, but is not content to be a figurehead, because his particular flavor of dementia, his per…

Aug 14, 2018 - 5:22am
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False stories of financial ruin

The solution will be to consolidate the banking industry so fewer banks can enjoy more control of the money supply and / or force banks to comply with installing new software with remote access for the 'right' people. The sheople will be sold some bullshit story about how it will increase their fina…

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:56am
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The Beat Goes on XXVI

Below is an email I received from a now former participant.  It was sent under the subject heading “You have a larger problem with your site; bullying.”  Truth be told, I only skimmed what he wrote, he had me at “bullying.”   I find the accusation that bullying…

Aug 16, 2018 - 5:29am
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OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM-TAPS

OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM “TAPS”   Every so often this nation will need a revolution to give the government back to the people. Sentiment of Thomas Jefferson.   When asked what type of government the founders had established Benjamin Franklin replied, Madam we have given you a repub…

Aug 16, 2018 - 11:44am
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GODDESS ARETHA!

Much more than just "A Natural Woman" was she and talk about R E S P E C T earned, wow Milady did it ALL, cheers!   SOO GLAD SHE GOT HER AUDIENCE WITH THE FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT. MUST HAVE MADE HER MOMENT THAT MUCH MORE PROFOUND SINCE HER FATHER WORKED WITH "THE KING" MLK, DURING CIVIL RIGHTS…

Aug 16, 2018 - 1:20pm
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In Support of Journalists and the Media

  The veneer of civilization is thin. Those with the oratorical skill who are able to manipulate their audience into violently turning against the objects of derision, are deliberately pulling at a loose piece of veneer, caring not whether the veneer comes off and exposes the termite-infested …

Aug 16, 2018 - 1:44pm
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