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As of December 1, 2012 I will also be posting on Our Salon. Note that I am unable to open any pm's I receive due to software dysfunction here.


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MARCH 16, 2013 11:02PM

Did We Have an Election Last November?

Did't we have an election last fall?

(Oh, never mind. Sorry to ask such a naive question.)

I think we did but I guess it just didn't matter.

Both political parties agree: The poor must suffer more for the incompetence, recklessness, and crimes of the banks, hedge fund managers andRead full post »

[repost from one year ago: little has changed, so no evision needed]

Annual observances of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day tend to focus almost exclusively on the struggle for juridical equality for southern blacks. Since blacks in the south can now vote, serve on juries, use the public libraries,Read full post »



The following “news story” appeared in a local libertarian rag under the headline “Delta’s Deitch Haus restaurant closing due to bad economy.”

Pete Miller made his decision to close the restaurant in July, long before the reelection of President Barak ObamRead full post »

DECEMBER 22, 2012 9:47AM

Dan: the Aftermath (Part 5)

Why did Dan lose his mind? Why did a friend turn into my worst enemy, acting self-righteous while spewing mindless rage, falsehood, hatred, malice, and sadism? Why did evil come to dominate his being? I certainly never experienced anything or anyone like this my lifetime. I hope I never do again.… Read full post »

DECEMBER 21, 2012 9:39AM

Dan Loses His Mind (Part 4)

...and maybe his soul:

I’d never had any friend, much less a good friend, turn savagely on me as Dan did, and for no evident reason. After many years of friendship, he showed me a sadistic, snarling, malicious, psychopathic side of his personality I had never seen before. He acted like… Read full post »

DECEMBER 20, 2012 12:25PM

Dan: Illlusions and Reality (Part 3)

Such a seemingly impressive resume Dan recounted over the years! Earning a B.A. and an M.S. in social psychology at the University of Utah, starting a Ph.D. program there but dropping out short of completion in defense of more humanistic values. He studied under some distinguished professors, big nam… Read full post »

There were many side stories and back stories to Dan’s colorful personal history. One was his father, who had been a professional Texas Rassler during the 1930s, then a sports promoter, then a peddler of organic, holistic, magical “herbal cancer cures” (supposedly learned from nativ… Read full post »

Dan died this week, I just learned. He was someone I met back in the 1980s, someone whom I once considered a best friend, a great stimulus, a major influence on me, but who, without apparent reason, eventually became a monstrous enemy, causing me to order him off my property andRead full post »

DECEMBER 5, 2012 6:49PM

Finally a Favorable Outcome



With only a little more display of psychopathology the DMV renewed my license in the end. I was down there as instructed by 8:30 Monday morning and sat outside the closed office alone until I was joined by a Korean War veteran who said this was the seventh timeRead full post »

DECEMBER 2, 2012 12:49PM

Suspense & Hell at the local DMV

I came home Friday evening more enraged, aggravated and agitated than I have been in a long time. Now, Saturday, let’s see if I can calm down enough to give a factual account of recent events.

I suspected my eyesight would be an issue in renewing my driver’s license whenRead full post »

(This is a slightly revised repost of something I originally posted on my old Word Press blog The Edge of Cedar Mesa,, 01/17/11)

“What is government if words have no meaning?”

“The government is implying mind control and brainwash of the people by controlling grammar”

&nbRead full post »

NOVEMBER 8, 2012 11:02PM

Repost: Arizona & Gabby Giffords' Fate

Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords gave an interview [in March 2010] that now sounds eerily prophetic. The conservative Democrat had just dared to vote for health care reform and so had become the target for an avalanche of violent threats and vandalism from the Right. She said America

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NOVEMBER 5, 2012 1:26PM

Voter Suppression Kicks into High Gear



Voter suppression is kicking into high gear:

As expected, the Republican plan seems to be working like a charm:

*voters are being forced to stand in line as many as nine hours to vote in heavily Democratic areas of Florida, as planned—check.

*Harassment and illegalRead full post »



 "You don't have anything to say about it!"

These observations & reflections have been rolling around in my mind for some time.

You saw it clearly in Romney in the final debate. Every time Obama tried to point out that Romney was contradicting what he’d been saying allRead full post »

OCTOBER 11, 2012 5:21PM

Open Call: Heading into Autumn


This is a response to nilesite's Open Call to step outside & photograph the first thing that catches your eye, then write a little about it.

It's a very short story: I saw the truck nestled amid the autumn leaves of the river willows and thought it looked like it… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 29, 2012 11:11PM

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( I am unable to get the You Tube video to display but you can click on the URL and be taken to it)

There is a story about this on big Salon today and another on HuffPo, as well as on many other venues. The YouRead full post »

Mitt Romney said of "the 47% who are dependent upon government" that "My job is not to worry about them" because "I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives." 

What does  “taking personal responsibility and care for your life” mean… Read full post »

By now you know that voter suppression is an issue close to my heart.

Did you hear John Lewis speak to this issue tonight at the DNC?

“I’ve seen this before. I’ve lived this before,” he said. In a massive understatement, he said, “Too many people struggled, suffered,Read full post »

Colorado Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler:  Protecting Citizen Participation in Politics--and Covering up for Convicted Felon Doug Bruce:

I first heard this story over Labor Day Weekend on Colorado Public Radio (CPR). “It’s a pretty sweet deal. Three men, facing thousandsRead full post »



(Voter supression in Colorado takes a different form that in the old Confederate states. I think this post is useful in reminding us of  the myriad ways GOP and conservative voter suppression efforts take. We will see these tactics repeated and new ones invented. Scott Gessler's usRead full post »

(in the wake of the recent SCOTUS attack on voting rights, this seems as relevant as ever, maybe more so) 

How Can You Not Connect the Dots?

*33 states now have new voter ID laws. In a wholly partisan Republican initiative, photo ID requirements have quadrupled since 2011.In a cooRead full post »

AUGUST 20, 2012 12:10AM

OC: Some Kinds of Energy


Energy freezing...don't physicists say matter is frozen energy?


Human labor requires and expresses energy....


Anything in motion embodies energy...


Earth and sky sharing energy, making a connection...


More human labor, which is wha… Read full post »


A Note on Paul Ryan and the Fraud of “Shared Sacrifice:”

There never has been and never will be any sharing of sacrifice and suffering in America.

The rich are richer than ever. The giant criminal corporations that ruined America and stole trillions are, right now,  literallyRead full post »

 Some of my family were pioneer settlers here in the 19th century.  They were loggers & sawyers, dairy farmers & breeders of horses for harness racing, and occasionally barroom brawlers and hard drinkers. Some of the women became nuns. Another became the town tramp. There were… Read full post »

JULY 15, 2012 12:22AM

Open Call: See Your Sea (part two)

I am particularly attracted to the shores around Trinidad, north of Eureka, an area of rugged beauty, lush greenery-- and funny birds. To me, pelicans look like holdovers from the Jurassic Era that somehow survived to the present day.  



%I… Read full post »