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Lighting a candle in toxic air.
2018-02-03
About that Russian hacking…

  “Beware lest in your anxiety to avoid war you obtain a master” —Demosthenes (BCE 384-382), writing a perfect epitaph for the Democratic Party The Democrats want you distracted with tales of Russian election interference so they don’t have to answer for losing the 2016 election to a con-man reality TV star. The mainstream media […]

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2017-12-27
’Twas the night before the night before Christmas…

I don’t usually find myself defending strangers, but when “J” hammered “P” on Facebook, I got out my hammer and hammered back. I hope I did well in defending socialism against capitalism. “J”: “P,” it is so cute that you feel you need to explain tax havens to someone who takes advantage of them. You […]

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2017-11-25
Giving Up the Ghost. Thankfully.

I had a birthday recently and, as is my custom, I use the occasion—which, this year, fell on Thanksgiving (as it did in 2006, 2000, 1995, 1989, 1977, 1972, 1967 and 1961)—to reflect on what I have to be thankful for. Not thankful to God, of course (that would be a WOFT); but thankful, instead, […]

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2017-11-03
On the Nose

Can a simple sign be unwittingly offensive? Can it be (unwittingly) racist to advise people about proper hygiene? I ask because it never occurred to me until my wife pointed it out. And now, like that song that keeps running through your head, the one that won’t stop playing, I can’t unsee what my wife […]

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2017-09-29
Raise the Estate Tax. Please.

The tax on property—cash, real estate, stock, or other assets transferred from deceased persons to their heirs—should be raised. A lot. Mr. Trump is about to propose tax relief... for himself and other rich people. Including the elimination of the estate tax—which the rich like to call the “death tax.” That plan is just wrong. […]

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2017-07-12
After-Bern

The Liberal/Progressive Trashing of Bernie Sanders, Traitor I get it, Progressives. You’re butt-hurt that Bernie Sanders threw his support to Hillary Clinton after he failed to win the Democratic nomination to oppose Donald Trump in the 2016 election. I’m disappointed, too. But this temper-tantrum of trash talk has to stop. It’s not productive and it […]

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2017-07-02
Remembering Vincent Chin

By Ronald Bruce Meyer Over the last weekend in June, my wife and I traveled through Michigan to Canada on a mini-vacation. My wife, as some of you may know, was born in China and is a US citizen. She retains strong ties with the Chinese community in the USA. There was a purpose to […]

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2017-06-11
Quick Comment

I’m tempted to say “consider the source” here. Atheist Bullies! Yeah: Because we have a secular center on every street corner that never pays property taxes, a majority of legislators in office, both major political parties dominated by atheists, religion-bashing TV shows dominating the airwaves (especially on Sunday morning), atheists shooting Christians, or denying them […]

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2017-06-11
Quick Comment

If you read this, you might get the wrong impression. Bernie Sanders joins the 1%? Let’s put this in perspective: First, as the article says, based on his annual income of $200,000, Sanders still is one of the least wealthy Senators. And it matters more what you DO with your wealth—and your political power—than how […]

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2017-04-02
Democrats Must Stand for Something

I am a Maryland voter and (for now) a registered Democrat. I sent the following e-mail to Sen. Ben Cardin: Dear Senator Cardin, I found your name on a list of Democratic Senators who have not pledged to filibuster the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the US Supreme Court. I hope you will take […]

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July 23: Alan Hale

Alan Hale and Comet Hale-Bopp (1995) It was on this date, July 23, 1995, that Comet Hale-Bopp was discovered by Alan Hale and, independently, by Thomas Bopp. Working as a shift supervisor in a construction materials company, Bopp, an amateur astronomer, observed the celestial event in Glendale, Arizona. A professional astronomer, Alan Hale made his […]



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