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Wildcats and Panthers and Wolves, Oh My!

“I told you we shouldn’t be out here after dark!” We seem to have entered a weird time of make-believe where stuff is made up by people who I’m not going to mention, because they wish things hadn’t turned out the way they did. That’s the way it is today. If we don’t like the way things are, we just pretend they aren’t and move on believing what we want to believe. I mean who would have [...]

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By |2020-12-30T18:57:09+00:00December 30, 2020|2020, COVID-19, History, Mortality, Public Health, Uncategorized|

The Pros and Cons of Going to Extremes

Cautionary warnings about extremism continue to resonate as years fly by. —One of the advantages of having written hundreds of weekly newspaper columns over a span of 40 years for two different newspapers is an archives of your personal views over time. Some age well and some don’t.  Some are serious and some are silly, and few were completed without at least one attempt at humor. The following was written as a newspaper column more than five [...]

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By |2020-11-18T21:35:28+00:00November 18, 2020|American History, Campaign Rhetoric, Christians, Extremes, Immigrants, Muslims, Terrorism|

Looking for Dirty Harry to Make Our Day

If only we could go back to the days when a guy was master of his own man cave. Last week’s blog was supposed to be a take-off of a Dr. Seuss children’s story— “Marvin K. Mooney Won’t You Please Go Now!”— and the talents the president supposedly has that could carry him on to another career and continued fame. Playing off the “please go now” was obviously a satirical device about the upcoming election and, yes, [...]

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By |2020-10-07T17:57:38+00:00October 7, 2020|COVID-19, Dirty Harry, Donald Trump, Extremes, Fact Checking, Wild West|

Fair and Square Voting Critical for All of Us

Mail-in ballots: Failure of both parties to step up and make everyone's vote count would be election dereliction. From what I remember from my high school social studies and history classes, voting is more of a privilege than a right. That’s how it came across to me anyway. The truth is that it was both: a right under our Constitution and a privilege because, as the world’s most respected Democracy at the time, every adult citizen allegedly [...]

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By |2020-08-26T19:54:59+00:00August 26, 2020|American History, Democracy, Elections, Mail, Politics, Presidency, Protest, Voter Fraud, Voting|

Public Service or Public Deception?

“Trust me! Next time I’ll get something done.” Riddle: Name one issue, unpopular among members of both political parties in the U. S. Congress, for which both Presidents Trump and Obama have declared support. Answer: Term limits for members of the Senate and House. If you are tiring of all the dissension, distortion and disparagement in politics, this is the one issue we can all get behind. Most of us anyway, because it’s something a clear majority [...]

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Modern Superheroes Still Wear Masks

Why all the complaints about wearing masks? It’s creating a new industry. Masks, for some, have become a symbol of individualism and a reason to resist and proclaim their Constitution rights. What about the rights of people who don’t want to be exposed to bare-faced people? It’s not about your right to wear one. It’s about our right to get through this with as few casualties as possible. Masks, in comic book America, denote bravery and heroism. [...]

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By |2020-05-20T20:28:04+00:00May 20, 2020|1918, Masks, Pandemics, Politics, Science|

What Makes Trump Tick? “I Just Gots to Know”

Will a closer look at the words of Donald Trump help us understand? I’m trying. I really am. I’m trying to look at the humorous side of things. It was easy at first, with a president who could play himself in a Saturday Night Live skit. He can’t be serious, right? And yet there is so much to make fun of— ratings gold for the pundits. He’s a living reality show and, at the same time, so [...]

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Selling Hope or Merchandising Miracles?

Talking heads and promises abound… The following fake report is brought to you as a public service by SYMIC— Stop Your Musing It’s Confusing. And now a few words from our stars in a recent comedy or drama, depending on what does or doesn’t make you laugh. President Trump at April 23rd Briefing: (Addressing his medical experts) …And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a [...]

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Museums: Historic, Hysteric and Hyperbolic

Something for those scared to death of dying? It seems that people are becoming increasingly aware of the value of history and the lessons we should be learning from it. Museums and historical societies are all around, supposedly to sustain our understanding of the past, as well as its impact on our present while providing guidance for the future. Driving across the wide expanse of Virginia over the weekend I saw a big billboard proclaiming Cooter’s Place, [...]

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By |2020-02-26T15:10:29+00:00February 26, 2020|death, Exhibits, Extremes, Fakes and Phonies, History, Humor, Marketing, Museums, Pop Culture|

Drawing Line between Patriotism and Nationalism

When Uncle Sam wants you, make sure history is on your side. I might have to write and run here, because Mary and I will soon be abandoning our cozy little hideaway along the bay front in St. Petersburg, FL. We’re exiting for home in the wee hours tomorrow morning to escape the horrendous traffic through Tampa. Then, after vegging out in Asheville, NC, we’ll embark on a more leisurely drive along about 400 miles of the [...]

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By |2020-02-19T16:51:54+00:00February 19, 2020|Baby Boomers, Civil War, Education, Fact Checking, Fairness, History, Patriotism, Slavery, Truth|
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