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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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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 »

JULY 15, 2012 12:11AM

OC: See Your Sea (part one)

The Northern California coast: Humboldt County, August 2011.  Fog, rocks, sea. Just inland, the coastal redwood forests, dependent for their survival on the moisture the fog carries to needles on their upper branches each day. I find it hard to caputre the dynamism of the fog in still photo… Read full post »

JULY 12, 2012 12:01AM

Stathi's Open Call: Eye Your Sky

Endlessly varied, ever-changing skies. I am fortunate to live in an area of exposure to expansive, open skies, often from horizon to horizon. It is the relationship between skies and sea and land and people that creates the drama. Clouds by themselves are of limited interest. The first, third, and si… Read full post »

JUNE 17, 2012 5:21PM

Mitt & Salt Lake Mormon Memories



Many things which have given me pause about Mormon communities are not actual LDS religious doctrines or teachings. They are attitudes, values, customs, and habits of thought, group norms, or unwritten rules that have arisen within Utah LDS communities evidently without being dictated b/Read full post »


"Why are you ruining my life? Answer me!”

Libby’s recent post on BPD stirred up a lot of people’s memories, thoughts, and comments -including mine. I started to add another comment to her blog but the comment page was already exploding with dozens of lengthy comments (fillingRead full post »

MAY 15, 2012 8:06PM

Carlos Fuentes, 1928-2012


Mexico’s most acclaimed writer, Carlos Fuentes, died today at age 83. He was a classic “man of letters,” producing distinguished novels, short stories, literary essays, political essays, newspaper columns, and plays. Like many of Latin America’s most distinguisheRead full post »

APRIL 27, 2012 11:04PM

Zombie Lies about Social Security

That's what Paul Krugman aptly calls them. Do they ever stop coming back? No, because powerful people hope to profit by reviving them over and over again, no matter how many times they have been thoroughly debunked and refuted. Here are a few:

“Social Security is bankrupt!”

“It&rsquRead full post »

[Originally posted in February 2011. Reposted in respnse to Open Call: Arrested for a Petty Crime]

Colombia had a system of national identity cards, called cedulas (which an accent over the ’e' I don’t know how to place with this keyboard that I’m using) which everyone 14 yearsRead full post »

MARCH 25, 2012 12:37AM

Cold Winter Day Near Moab


I took a little getaway to Moab on Presidents Day Weekend. I've done a lot of hiking, backpacking, & camping in southeastern Utah for almost 30 years now, but this February winter weekend was bitterly cold. Being a confirmed fair-weather outdoorsman, I bundled up, then huddled in th… Read full post »