- Rick lives in the Northwestern U.S. with his wife and their pets.
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- The “Frivolous” Threat of
November 23, 2014 11:29PM
- The Malevolent Creep of
November 20, 2014 06:29PM
- JOKE: A Nation of Laws
July 31, 2014 07:05AM
- Eric Cantor loses in Tea Party
Upset: Message Sent
June 11, 2014 09:08AM
- Worshipping the Profit God;
Crime as Commodity
June 08, 2014 07:34AM
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- “Lost in all of this is
the persecution of the
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that's an authentic
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attempting to rewrite history,
which is replete with
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“Dignity” is a word we hear often in a variety of contexts. And while we all probably think we know what dignity means, there seems to be a lot of disagreement about what constitutes dignity and what does not. What is a dignified life as opposed to an undignified… Read full post »
Once upon a time I wandered into the land of OS looking for its renowned Wizard; the Wizard of OS. I traveled link after link, over rough terrain and smooth, but to no avail. I encountered many interesting people, many peaceful exchanges and many difficult conflicts,/… Read full post »
Washingtonpost.com has the story of charges of manslaughter being filed today against Blackwater Guards for the 2007 murders of Iraqi civilians.
The prosecutors’ claim that manslaughter is the proper charge seems to contradict their description of the crime:
One man was shot in the ch… Read full post »
One day I noticed, as I was driving, that someone new had moved into a house that had been vacant for a short time. The house was located between a quarter mile and a half mile upriver from the little mom-and-pop grocery store in which I was working, located… Read full post »
I recently read an article by Henry D. Schlinger entitled, Consciousness is Nothing but a Word. The article dealt with the problems in “explaining”, and more specifically defining, consciousness. The author said:
In my view, we aren’t expla… Read full post »
Okay, the 101-word game: I'll play, too. Everyone else has done such a nice job with this that I doubt I'll measure up, but I'll play anyway.
My girlfriend shocked me; told me, “Move out,” unexpectedly.
I found a new place; new roommate; new life; unexpectedly. … Read full post »
WSJ.com reports that Obama will most likely leave Bush’s intelligence policies in tact, which would equate to a betrayal of those who voted him into office to reverse many of the Bush administration’s illegal spying policies.
The article says:
"He's going to take a… Read full post »
I recently ran across this article about new scientific research that promises to eventually relieve one of the most frustrating aspects of brain and spinal cord injury.
The article says, “In a mouse study published in the November 7 issue of Science, researchers temporarily silenced genes… Read full post »
Well, we have finally arrived at the point from which we can start to see glimpses of the post-Bush era. I’m still numb, and what I feel more than anything else at this moment is relief; relief that we will soon have a thinking man representing our nation instead of/… Read full post »
There is a monumental need for a third party, or some way to neutralize this two-headed monster of a governmental system that is now in place.
America seems to be a land of confused values and double-standards these days. Colin Powell, whose actions in support of the Bush administration’s illegal war represent war crimes, is honored and respected and his endorsement of Barack Obama for president has made headlines everywhere.&nb… Read full post »
The mindless invective being spewed by McCain supporters, none of which is based in anything factual, is a symptom of an ill society. There are necessarily many contributing factors to such an illness.
Krishnamurti: "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick so… Read full post »
Over the past few weeks, or perhaps couple of months, I have experienced a unique catharsis. I have arrived at a point of view that I never would have thought possible just a few months ago. Amid the seemingly inescapable coverage of the presidential campaigns, both the primaries and… Read full post »
I just ran across this article about coal miners in West Virginia protesting the fact that the company allowed a National Rifle Association (NRA) film crew to come on the property to create anti-Barack Obama propaganda regarding his stance on gun ownership. The 440 mi… Read full post »
I ran across this article entitled “33 Pastors Flout Tax Law With Political Sermons”. It says:
“Defying a federal law that prohibits U.S. clergy from endorsing political candidates from the pulpit, an evangelical Christian minister told his congregation Sun… Read full post »
by Rick Lucke
Monotheistic religion threatens humanity. Secularists must recognize this threat and take action to restrict religion's influence in world affairs. Monotheistic religion has always been a powerful political force; one might argue it has been primarily… Read full post »
(Be it known that the photo to the right is a photo-shopped image, and not a real photograph.)
With all the hoopla over possible reasons for Sarah Palin's nomination as McCain's vice presidential running mate, I think there is one element that has not really received much media co… Read full post »
“What are we gonna do with a blind cat?”
I was already slightly embarrassed even before the words had fully escaped my mouth, bypassing my ambushed intellect. Emotions are tricky that way.
So, attempting to regain my composure, I accessorized with, “I… Read full post »
By Rick Lucke
The United States Constitution states in Article II:
Section 4. The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misde… Read full post »
By Rick Lucke
Barack Obama's acceptance speech as the Democratic Party's presidential nominee alluded to an issue that did not, and never does, get deserved attention in mainstream media coverage. Saying John McCain “just doesn't get it”, Obama said:
For over two decades --… Read full post »
By Rick Lucke
Change is not necessarily good; a simple truth too easily forgotten when the status quo has been so bad for so long, but change merely means to become different; it does not specify whether or not it will become better, nor does it specify difference… Read full post »