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Keep Your Nose

Thursday, January 19th, 2023

Old sayings are a good way to remind us not to do stupid things.  For example, I’ve often heard, “Don’t cut your nose off to spite your face.”  This phrase warns us against acts of self-harm.  We often act out of anger and end up hurting ourselves. For the last sixty years conservative politicians and […]

La même chose

Thursday, November 10th, 2022

It is a truism that elections have consequences.  No doubt this Tuesday election will also, but it will not change much.  All across the country voters dug into familiar patterns rather than alter course. Nationally, President Joe Biden can lock in his legislative victories.  Here to stay are the insulin price cap for seniors, lower […]

Snake Oil Fraud

Thursday, November 3rd, 2022

Leadership requires correctly identifying problems and developing solutions. Demagogues often recognize when others are in pain, but they then exploit the pain for personal gain.  This technique helps the politician gain, and solidify, power.  Demagogues behave exactly like snake oil salesmen.  Before the Pure Food and Drug Act (1906), capitalists crisscrossed the country offering a […]

Life and Death in Texas

Wednesday, October 19th, 2022

Texas Republicans want you to prepare for the next schools shooting.  Greg Abbott is sending school children home with fingerprint and DNA kits.  Abbott wants to make it easier for you to identify your child’s dead body. Republicans have controlled Texas Government for the past two decades.  They have cut taxes for millionaires and billionaires.  […]

Straw Man

Thursday, October 13th, 2022

Boxers and soldiers often train fighting dummies.  It is easy to understand why.  Dummies don’t fight back.  Eventually, however, a good fighters needs to train against another human as an opponent if they want to win a real fight. Debates work similarly with words.  Some debaters only fight straw men; others, preferring a challenge, argue […]

Solutions, Not Fear

Thursday, September 29th, 2022

Conservatives politicians make two promises. They promise that government can’t work when they are elected. They promise to run government like their personal business.  Why are we surprised when things turn out good for them and their friends but bad for us? Conservative politicians are on television complaining about everybody else except themselves. They have […]

Is That An Elephant in Your Uterus?

Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

When a woman walks into a doctor’s office should Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick and Ken Paxton walk in too?  Should national Republicans like Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy and Ted Cruz watch a woman’s exam?  Should these politicians make medical decisions for women? Republican politicians in Austin and Washington think they should.  Pregnancy is one of […]

I’m Staying

Thursday, June 23rd, 2022

I love to travel. I inherited this love from my parents.  Dad’s service in the United States’ Army opened a world to me.  Our three years living in Germany had the most impact. Weekends and holidays in Germany were an adventure. The Churches and the castles overflowed with history. The natural history museums literally had […]

Only You Can Make it Better

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022

Please read the names of the American children and teachers sacrificed to Second Amendment extremism. We need responsible gun ownership. We need a well-regulated militia. Alexandria Aniyah Rubio, 10 Alithia Ramirez, 10 Amerie Jo Garza, 10 Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10 Eliahana Cruz Torres, 10 Eliana “Ellie” Garcia, 9 Jackie Cazares, 10 Jailah Nicole Silguero, 10 […]

America–Home of the Brave

Thursday, May 19th, 2022

On April 19, 1995 Timothy McVeigh attacked the United States of America.  He murdered 168 Americans. Ten children were among the dead. At the time of his arrest, McVeigh had excerpts from the Turner Diaries in his car.  This 1978 novel by William Luther Pierce depicts a coming race war.  White supremacists attacked the United […]

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