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Dec 4, 2018 - 10:49am
The American Lie

Americans are sold on the idea of the "American Dream" almost from the time that they can talk.  You are led to believe that if you stay in school, get good grades, stay out of trouble and achieve some kind of post secondary degree the good life is there for the taking.   The bar for the American Dream continually gets raised.  For the 20-25 years following WW2 having a high school diploma and no criminal record was the ticket.  Men (for the most part) following high school graduation could go down to one of their town's factories, mines or stores and become part of the growing middle class.  They'd marry their sweetheart and start a family.  Women if they worked often worked part time.  Growing up in the 60s and 70s all of my cafeteria workers, school bus drivers and school secretaries were women lookin…

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Les Dplorables

It's not often that we Texans (or anybody for that matter) can say, “good for the French” for throwing a hissy fit.  And throwing a hissy fit they are.    So, why?  Why the protests?   Some would have you believe that the cost of energy/petrol is the reason (but …

Dec 4, 2018 - 8:18pm
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The joke that is called

As has been discussed multiple times, collusion in and of itself is NOT a crime.   The sad thing is, no collusion has been proven to have even happened.   What has been proven (and won't even be investigated) is unprecedented domestic spying which is abuse of power by Obama.  What has…

Dec 4, 2018 - 2:07am
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In Praise of Negative Leadership

I was interested in a recent  which appeared in Thomas Rick’s admirable Task & Purpose in light of the Death of the 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush.   The article, was by a former Lance Corporal (“L/Cpl”) in the US Marine Corps who served in com…

Dec 4, 2018 - 2:54pm
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    Please do follow the string of this article.   So much hate.   So much ignorance.   WriterBeat.   This place has become a place of ...... what ? . Ignorant idiots who seem not to have found another refuge on Internet blogs than here apparently ? I'm sorry about t…

Dec 4, 2018 - 7:57pm
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Exit without entrance

Twenty years ago, in the summer of 1997, I visited London as a tourist. It must be admitted that from the very first minutes of acquaintance with this country it produced the impression of a very different world - not how England had been imagined for fifteen years spent studying its language, lite…

Dec 5, 2018 - 7:12am
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Is it Racist to Protect One's Culture and Resist I…

  If Europe or the United States does anything to limit immigration or protect existing culture, the LEFT screams about how racist it is.  They express multiculturalist ideas of equality and that since every way of life is equally valid, none should be valued or protected above another.&…

Dec 3, 2018 - 7:29am
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Marlboro Man

Against my better judgement I have allowed myself to be persuaded to take on a feature  concerning the marathon circuit.  It's not of particular interest to me; it's a story to finance my vices same as another. There still exists the very real prospect that the entire project will end in u…

Dec 7, 2018 - 4:23am
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Reagan Time Capsule

I was going through some stuff recently and re-discovered my cartoons and other drawings from my teenage years. As you’ll see, I’m not an artist, but it was fun to draw cartoon strips of the various characters and caricatures in my life at the time. Among the gems I found was this one, w…

Dec 5, 2018 - 1:24pm
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The irony of Belief.

The fabric of our society is held together by belief in fictions. God, Government, Monarchy/Presidency, Nation and Money. None of them are real. They are all fictions that are imbued in power by us. They were invented by people and provide the cohesion that holds society together. The only reason …

Dec 4, 2018 - 6:43am
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The Donald, Democracy and Demographics

President Donald Trump, to many people, is one of the worst presidents in history. I see no point in attempting to change anyone’s mind about this, nor do I have any desire to persuade anyone to look at the president differently. What I want to do is to explain why he was voted into office. &#…

Dec 2, 2018 - 5:42pm
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History of hatred

When did hate speech begin?We can go back to before recorded history for this one - no one really knows.After all, the Mongols hated everyone, and sent hordes to conquer.  If you didn't join them, they hated you to death.  And obviously, they were not the first, jus…

Dec 3, 2018 - 8:54am
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Marketing Stereotypes in Action

I read about a recent police outrage. Some Philadelphia cops decorated a Christmas tree with objects that are apparently commonly found in their patrol areas and crime scenes; among the items dangling from the tree were packs of Newport cigarettes, malt liquor cans, "Police Line" tape, and other suc…

Dec 2, 2018 - 10:11pm
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Scorecard for Planet Earth

What’s good about this world?    We’re not looking for miracles or final results. We’re looking for improvement.  Let’s not look at the world we don’t have now but look more at the far and recent past where almost nothing was possible, available, accessib…

Dec 4, 2018 - 6:15am
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What Is Knowledge?

If every answer spawns 3 new questions, then our ignorance expands faster than our knowledge. Welcome to the .   There seems to be a circular problem when one asks the question, "What Is Knowledge". The question seems to arrive at a , in which theory and proof support each other. In order to…

Dec 4, 2018 - 3:17pm
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Civility Wars

I posted this   in June, 2018.   It seems relevant in the context of all this meta- about Writer's Beat.  My general opinions on that topic are to permit things, within reason.  We'll see--this one pushes the bounds pretty far--if that's OK, I'll go further.   …

Dec 5, 2018 - 1:50am
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When judges start inventing law

 goofy ruling is why the 9th Circuit gets reversed more than any other federal appellate court. If entering the country illegally is a crime - and it is (for the slower members of the 9th, the words "illegal entry" are a hint) - then encouraging illegal entry is considered solicitation of a cr…

Dec 5, 2018 - 2:10pm
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A couple of days ago a friend of mine whom I play guitar with from time to time showed up at my doorstep with a bass guitar in his hand. I asked him what that is about, and he said, "Well, do you want that bass ? I was given it from another guy I know, but since I don't know how to play, I thought …

Dec 7, 2018 - 3:21am
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To make wise environmental choices, good options h…

In order if consumers to make wise environmental choices, good options have to be widely available, (they are not), and we have to know which experts to believe in telling us what the best options are (we don't (or at least we can't agree on who we should listen to)).   Those two things have be…

Dec 1, 2018 - 6:22am
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Totally Shut Down All Immigration Into The United…

By Frosty Wooldridge   At some point, in the near future, the United States of America must shut down its borders to further foreign immigration.  This country, and its citizens, cannot maintain responsibility for the rest of the world’s failed countries or their citizens.  Amer…

Dec 3, 2018 - 10:20pm
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The following was triggered by an excellent article I read today about a piece of the fraud that is the USAmerican corporate, for-profit remedial sick care industry (abbreviated below as RSC) that has personally effected (afflicted) me over the last few years: privatized "Medicare Advantage".  …

Dec 6, 2018 - 5:23pm
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Being a President is like being a father

Being a President is a lot like being a father, both are expected to try and do what's best even when it's difficult, unpopular and not appreciated.  Both probably want to be liked but often have to do things that are obviously not appreciated, if they really care about doing a good job.  …

Dec 4, 2018 - 10:38am
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  I don't know what happens here anymore. Looks like there's an invasion of US one-way-minds aka. trolls lately. Contrary to Russian or Chinese or whatever trolls WB is being infected by narrow-minded idiots who haven't read news or went to school somewhere to unlearn their "communist" fantasi…

Dec 2, 2018 - 11:18am
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