above it all

This is an argument between friends - the conservative says "Move to Amend" is a Progressive idea.  The Liberal says it is a "Conservative" one.  Yours truly is the Liberal and author.

Why would limiting the “rights” of corporations to pour unlimited and unaccountable $Read full post »

JANUARY 19, 2011 1:50PM

The Irony of Peace

Life is full of little ironies, isn’t it?  I see them everywhere and often they give life some real interest and depth.  For instance, isn't it curious to you that the creator of dynamite, a real leap forward in man's ability to wreak havoc on his fellow man and his environmentRead full post »

DECEMBER 25, 2010 12:13PM

A very merry christmas to all!








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DECEMBER 22, 2010 5:48PM

Sacrifice, Part II

Some time ago I posted a musing on whether or not it was time to think about the word “sacrifice” again.  In the interim, I have not only become more certain that it is, I have noted the incredible dearth of the political types being willing to address the issue.


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NOVEMBER 3, 2010 4:46PM

Why wait?

“It’s laissez-faire until you get into deep shit” said John Gutfreund, the man who took Saloman Bros. public.  This simple act of taking a (very special kind of) private company public back in the mid-go-go-go 80’s began a series of events that culminated in the subp/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 5, 2010 4:32PM


Tell us who you are!

How can we be sure?

UPDATE! For those of you who dont understand the CASTLE ANTHRAX reference.

SEPTEMBER 8, 2010 12:47PM

Burn a Koran? Buy a Koran!

An article today in Der Speigel says that Terry Jones "appears to have a delusional personality" and was kicked out of his church in Germany.  This man is dangerous, but clearly the Germans, who understand what one dangerous man can do, decided to limit their loses.  Should we?

I am posting… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 3, 2010 4:45PM

A Musical Life, in 15 Albums.

   The earliest musical memories I have are flavored by my oldest brother’s albums and 45s.  He was born in '48 and his tastes were products of the late 50s – early 60s.  Several of these artists make my list, but one in particular is a st/Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 2, 2010 2:40PM

Is the Elephant really a Tiger?

republican   =    Chinese flag  ?


I guess all things really do go in circles.


An honest candidate (yes, please don’t comment on the oxymoron) for the US Senate has spoken truthfully about what he wants for America.  His name is Ron Johnson, and he is/… Read full post »

Is the question really one of where to build? 

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
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JUNE 20, 2010 10:17PM

Father's day, a Repost for Tom ~

             Having done a little post titled "Generations of Mothers" (this post is no longer available) for Mother’s Day, I would be remiss if I didn’t say something about my father. 

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I am beginning to sense a theme here. . .

During the break of a wildly frenetic concert last night by the Portland-based band “March Fourth” (see them at your peril.  Don’t see them at your loss) my brother and I had a conversation.  As usual, these conversations run to poRead full post »

MAY 23, 2010 9:29PM

When will we get over Vietnam?

What time frame comes to mind when you hear “Vietnam?”  I’d bet that in a free association experiment, most people would think of the period from the 1968 election through April 30, 1975, even though the first American death was 1945.  You might see helicopters landing inRead full post »

"Words have life Tim.  Once you have spoken them, they exist away from you and can’t be taken back.  Be careful about what you say."


My mother had lots of little sayings and practices that were pulled out when necessary.  The comment on words was handy whenever I was tempte/… Read full post »


I was a newbie in the church ~ and had made a few friends of some of its more senior members. I hoped someday I might be as learned and holy, because they really seemed like good kind people to me.  And for the most part, they were.  But there… Read full post »

APRIL 29, 2010 12:12AM

Three sentences

April 30, 1953 (birth); April 30, 1973 (awakening); April 30, 1993 (decisions).

each of these changed the direction my soul travelled.

I am very interested to see what the next one will bring. Read full post »

APRIL 17, 2010 8:32PM

Can science teach morality?

As this is a place where people share ideas, I thought this would find some resonance with many of you. 
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