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SHELTER IN PLACE GETS OLD FAST

SHELTER IN PLACE GETS OLD FAST

For entirely too long the news has only been on two subjects: Donald Trump's press campaign conferences which only bear a resemblance to corona virus news and all the negative reporting the virus. It's very depressing. For lack of something else to discuss I'm sharing some favorite stories. Stay well and wash your hands frequently.  Two Southern women listening to a fiery tent preacher: When he condemned stealing, they shouted "Amen." When he condemned lying they shouted "Right On Preacher"…

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DONALD TRUMP & FREEDOM OF THE PRESS

DONALD TRUMP & FREEDOM OF THE PRESS

America’s founding fathers created a government of checks and balances to prevent absolute concentrated power in any one person or group They created a federal system that differentiated between state and national control, as well as three branches of government with distinct powers and responsibilities that had to answer to one another. But, not satisfied that that was enough, they added  ten amendments to the Constitution. And in the very first of those amendments, they established a free press. A…

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POLITICS, THE VIRUS & MY KNEE

POLITICS, THE VIRUS & MY KNEE

The virus has taken over the news which is understandable given the seriousness of the situation. There is a problem when politics become involved in health. The president measures the virus impact on his political reelection. When faced with a worldwide potential pandemic the obvious requirement is honesty and transparency. But, when involved in a pending presidential election, politics becomes part of the problem. The President counts on the strong economy as an important factor supporting his reelection. The virus…

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OBSERVATIONS ABOUT THE MORAL QUESTION OF WHETHER THE ENDS DO JUSTIFY THE MEANS

OBSERVATIONS ABOUT THE MORAL QUESTION OF WHETHER THE ENDS DO JUSTIFY THE MEANS

IS IT CHRISTIAN TO DECIDE THE ENDS JUSTIFY THE MEANS? The New York Times ran an article "Evangelicals Closing Ranks with President" regarding evangelical support for Donald Trump after a Christian publication supported his impeachment. One letter to the editor was this one:     “Like many Americans, I don’t like President Trump’s rude and hostile tweets and comments; I abhor his lack of both repentance and humility. For these reasons, as an evangelical Christian, I would never hold up Mr….

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THE FALLACY OF ILLOGICAL EXCUSES

THE FALLACY OF ILLOGICAL EXCUSES

I fully agree everyone has the right to the opinion Donald Trump's actions don't justify removal from office through impeachment. However, everyone should be also obligated to comply with the law and are also obligated to tell the truth. Politicians like everyone else have a duty to make logical arguments and not rely upon groundless excuses in support of their opinion.  When the House was conducting it's investigation, Donald Trump and his Republican supporters called it a "Kangaroo court" and…

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OUR SCOTTSDALE REPORT AND (WHAT ELSE?) POLITICS

OUR SCOTTSDALE REPORT AND (WHAT ELSE?) POLITICS

We just returned from Scottsdale. Unfortunately, we were only there a very short time. Not enough time to make contact with friends. The trip was primarily one for completing needed projects. Our first project was bringing the house "up to speed" because everything seems to need something done  when we are away from the house for a couple of months. Our projects included a meeting with our realtors since the house on the market to be sold. In the meantime…

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WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

If you haven't seen the documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? which traces the life of  TV host Fred Rogers and his television program of that title I recommend it to you. The documentary was directed by Oscar-winning Morgan Melville.There were 1765 episodes of the program from 1968 two 2001. Rogers died of cancer at the age of 74 in 2003. He was a graduate of the Pittsburgh theological seminary and an ordained minister. He was married to his wife…

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THE ART FRAUD EXPOSED DURING A TRIAL

THE ART FRAUD EXPOSED DURING A TRIAL

The concept of karma teaches a cause and effect function in life. Good intent and good deeds contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deeds contribute to bad karma and future suffering. The same idea is found in Ralph Walter Emerson's famous essay "Compensation" where he argued life has a cause and effect rule. He wrote:  "Every act rewards itself, or, in other words, integrates itself, in a twofold manner; first, in the thing, or…

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IMMIGRATION – THE POLITICAL RUBIK’S CUBE OF TODAY

IMMIGRATION – THE POLITICAL RUBIK’S CUBE OF TODAY

Abortion, gun control, climate change and terrorism are all red flag issues which are certain to cause controversy and dispute in conversations. The most recent issue that has been covered in the media is that of immigration. President Trump has famously said: "I going to build a great border wall to stop illegal immigration, to stop the gangs and the violence and to stop the drugs from pouring into our communities." As to the "caravan, he has gone so far as to…

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MONEY TALKS AND GUNS KILL

MONEY TALKS AND GUNS KILL

  We have had a recent history of tragic mass shootings. Here are a few of the more deadly attacks.  December 2, 2015      14 killed, 22 injured San Bernardino, CA  June 12, 2016            49 killed, 58 injured in Orlando FL nightclub shooting September 23, 2016    5 killed Burlington, WA October 1, 2017        59 Killed, more than 500 injured Las Vegas February 15, 2018    17 killed 14 wounded in Parkland FL Before the recent Florida school killing,…

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