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Compassion

com·pas·sion (kəm-păsh′ən) n. Deep awareness of the suffering of another accompanied by the wish to relieve it.   It’s a word derived from Old English, with some French tweaking, that’s been around since the fifteenth century, but there is anthropological evidence that it has been part of the human condition for far longer.  There is probably no genetic test for its existence or…

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Conservative Values

1.6 trillion in tax cuts, mostly for the very, very, very rich. Repeal of the ACA returning the US to the worst access to health care of any modern society. Removal of regulations aimed to protect life on Planet Earth. Removal of regulations insuring that the existing feudal gap between…

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Lethal Weapons

On July 16, 1945, the first atomic bomb test changed the world forever, (well, at least until we engage in the ultimate pissing contest).  The horrible reality of dropping the bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki should have been all of the information necessary to convince anyone, smart enough to build…

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Blowin’ in the Wind?

I have believed, (or, at least, pondered in the sci-fi lobe of my over-active imagination), for a very long time, that politics and religion and reckless ideology and ambition have become so complicated throughout the world, that only a common and universally existential threat, (cataclysmic asteroid collision, alien attack, untreatable…

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Good Grief!

Really?  One soulless moron with a penchant for carnival barking theatrics has managed to hijack every discussion, (no matter the original intent of the topic), making it all about him.  In less than a year, T-speak has sucked the air out of rational thought, intelligent debate, politeness, manners and grooming,…

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Unnatural Disaster

I have family and friends in Harvey’s path and, as scary as it may be to face down the power of Mother Nature, there is history, procedure and experience that provide some comfort of expectation to safely endure even the most threatening event.  The thing about Nature’s wrath is that…

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Dear Poopface

First, since I will be sharing this letter, let me be perfectly clear that ‘Poopface’, although it may sound endearing, is quite the contrary, and is fully and intentionally meant to be chiding and demeaning.  Try as I might to restrain from using your given name, it still escapes my…

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Fire & Fury

I checked, and this is neither the title of a film nor a graphic novel.  So, where could he possibly be getting this?  It could be a weird interpretation of an Old Testament passage, a misrepresentation of “Fire and Brimstone” or perhaps two simple and seemingly scary “F’ words.  Whatever…

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Adult Supervision

Anybody else concerned about the amount of time and energy, (to date, for this presidency, that would be all of the time and all of the energy), spent trying to find the right combination of people to keep Trump in check?  Or the fact that the traditional job descriptions, like…

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Scout Speech

(This was pieced together from scribblings on several crumpled scraps of paper, cable bill remittance envelopes, law suit cover letters and hair product disclaimer literature found strewn around the recycle dumpster at the back of the White House.  I have taken the liberty to correct some of the grammar and…

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