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Monday, October 20, 2008

Speaking Truth to Power

It's a test of character and courage: can you, in the face of someone who holds your fate in their hand, tell them straight out the truth you see? In this election season, we, the People, the Voters, have the power. Who, if anyone, is willing and able to speak their truth to us? Who steps aside from... Sign in to see full entry.

"Mind the Gap!"

(This post began in response to Naut's wonderful and gratifying and most cogent comment in my next-previous post, which I do most appreciatively salute, regardless of any typos that might suggest otherwise.) "Mind the gap!" Yes, there is always that gap between Ideal and practice, and sometimes the... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Clinging to Guns and Religion

Sometimes things need to be acknowledged aloud, whether it is polite or politic. And there will always be someone ready to pounce on phrases and words that push their buttons. Or that they can turn around and twist and spin, to push other people's buttons. The segment of society Obama referred to as... Sign in to see full entry.


a one-religion nation, and still be a nation of " Liberty and Justice for all." We cannot be a bigotted nation, and also be the Land of Opportunity to the millions here now, and the many more who are drawn from their homelands to share what they have of diversity and beauty, to enrich the American... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, October 18, 2008


America ’s European roots were the English Puritans in their austere black garb and the Holy Bible their shield against all misfortune and evil. Their definition of ‘evil’ was wide, encompassing just about everything beyond the confines of their own narrow world view. They were a self-righteous lot... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Adam Smith's 'Invisible Hand'

Nautikos, in his comment to my previous post, mentioned this notion, and I did a little research to find out what it is. (My education, as my mom could tell you and occasionally has told me, lacks in anything comprehending economics: My dad showed me how to write a check, and left me to it.) Here it... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

When the Berlin Wall came down

and the Soviet Union fell apart, and Eastern Europe went through the tumult of revolution and re-ordering, it seemed as if the world was on the verge of a massive rebalancing, and I began to wonder if the events predicted in my college days, by those who were sure the end of the American Experiment... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Sitting at Denny's, looking around...

CROSSROADS From Texas and Japan they come for an All-American Breakfast-- some looking for something different; Some for something just the same... Eggs and pancakes, sausage, bacon, toast-- Hash browns! Exotic! Or completely not. Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Do you plan to vote...

with your feelings or with your logic or with your common sense? All, of course, but where is the weight of your decision? What part of your perception do you rely on for making this choice? Campaigners count on most of us voting with our emotions, in reaction to how well they can play our feelings.... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Doing what comes un-natural

A gay friend of mine who has lived in a stable partnership for some years now, and who is a retired social worker and counselor, says, "It's all about who you can love." The scientific evidence supports that homosexual attraction is a genetic pre-disposition, and in most cases, that is simply that.... Sign in to see full entry.

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