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The Toppling of Balance

A column of tholeiitic basalt, part of the North Mountain Basalt lava flows of Jurassic age, between Tiverton and Central Grove in Digby County, Nova Scotia, Canada.

When you think of balance what comes most immediately to mind? Many of us would think of a scale, as in the Zodiac sign of Libra, the old-fashioned type where you had to equalize the weights of each of the scale’s trays. Or, maybe some of you think of a linear line, possibly considering the phrase, I’ll meet you in the middle, something commonly heard or thought of during times of crisis and compromise. And while I think of both, these days when I think of balance, I see in my mind’s eye, the many balancing rock formations precariously located around the world. I imagine them and I ask myself, why not us? Continue reading

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What the Beginning of Subjugation Looks Like

“We thank you for the opportunity and the blessing to serve your agenda.”

Reince Preibus – Trump Chief of Staff

One of the things always bandied about by conservatives-and others to be fair-is what must the nation’s forefathers think of us or specifically, how can we today, with all our modern necessities, ideals and ostensibly “new” standards of existence, remain true to the original vision of America, the future home of the truly, free man. As I watched Trump’s cabinet “bless him” for all his good works, I immediately thought that this was what they hoped to avoid back then and probably had no inkling that anyone settling in this great nation, past, present or future, would be without balls to such an extent. Continue reading

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But it’s not a ‘race thing’

Ignorance by geralt

Last week by a slim margin of only four votes, House Republicans chose to repeal what should’ve been under any other circumstances, a signature achievement for any president, regardless of political party, race or gender; and that is providing healthcare for all Americans.

The unnecessary repeal came in spite of a record number of households choosing plans under the ACA during the first months of the federal exchange, up 400,000 enrollees over last year at the same time.

But alas remember, everything Obama wanted to do was wrong.  It obviously must’ve been the plan because a lot of what Trump’s done so far has been to roll back, cancel or otherwise scuttle much, if not all, of what the first African-American president put forth.

But it’s not about race. Continue reading

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Chip: The Dark Soul of O’Reilly, Fox News and its effect on the 🐘

Say the words, the old white man with the chip on his shoulder. It rolls off the tongue like classical literature, something reminiscent of The Old Man and the Sea.  And like the Hemingway story, the tale of the Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes and Fox News decades-long partnership could endure in similar fashion except it would evoke dark images of reprisal, corruption, bitterness and jealousy.

That’s because the main thing the newsman has wrought upon us, his biggest contribution to society left in his wake is his counterculture, dismissive and hateful viewpoint, fed to us in the guise of no-spin, no bull shit discussion.

As reported in Media Matters, “Fox News Bill O’Reilly has helped set the bar for the normalization and dissemination of right-wing hatred…” And, it’s that same coziness with the alt-right that now threatens to bring everything crashing to the ground.  The problem is Ailes, O’Reilly and others still at Fox forgot something about the hateful demographic they were trying to invigorate and seeking to control; and that is that it will get under your skin and become a part of you. Continue reading

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The Big Trump Story

Hello everyone.  Here we are on April Fool’s Day, a day of pranks and misdirection and that might be more appropriate than you’d first think..

It’s only been less than two-thirds of the way towards the first 100 days of the Trump Administration and the news stories just keep on coming.  Tell me, how are you all keeping up?   There’s so much to choose from and every one of them is seemingly so relevant and sensational.  It’s the epitome of “for real” reality TV.  My concern is that a lot of them  might be nothing more than smoke screens.

It’s not to say that these accounts aren’t significant or newsworthy; they are.  But it’s occurred to me that maybe we ‘prioritize’ the news to get to the nitty-gritty.  That’s the challenge; so, what pray tell is the nitty-gritty? Continue reading

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