Tom Degan

Tom Degan
Location
Goshen, New York, United States
Birthday
August 16
Bio
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: TOM DEGAN is a former video artist who in 2006 became so thoroughly disgusted at the state of America's national political dialogue, he decided to take time off to become a freaking civics teacher. He was born in Goshen, NY in 1958 and, after living all over the United States and Canada, moved back there in 1992. He is a high school dropout who in 1977 received an equivalency diploma (HEY, IT'S LEGAL!) He attended SUNY in Middletown, NY and in 1986 studied journalism at the New School in New York City. He is the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and has worked as a truck driver, a radio DJ, and a metal worker... OK, he didn't ACTUALLY receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but he DID get some kind of ribbon of sorts when he was in the Cub Scouts. He is the inventor of Cheez Whiz and lives off the royalties on the sales of that fine product. He loves children and little baby duckies. FULL DISCLOSURE: He didn't really invent Cheez Whiz. His address is: 2590 Rte 17M (PO BOX 611) Goshen, NY 10924 (845) 294-5714

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DECEMBER 19, 2014 8:38AM

HELLOOOOO CUBA!!


"We are recognizing the struggle and sacrifice of the Cuban people, both in the U.S. and in Cuba, and ending an outdated approach that has failed to advance U.S. interests for decades. In doing so, we will begin to normalize relations betweenRead full post »
  I can't breathe!
I can't breathe!
I can't breathe!
I can't breathe!
I can't breathe!
I can't breathe!
I can't breathe!
I can't breathe!
I can't breathe!
I can't breathe!
I can't breathe!

The infamous last words of Eric Garner 

One night many years ago, in the autumn ofRead full post »
DECEMBER 4, 2014 3:03AM

POST #566: Random Observations

 
   For your reading pleasure: A hodgepodge of unrelated ramblings for your amusement. I have an awful lot of time on my hands as you no-doubt have figured out by now.

1. That Jolly Time of Year

I was
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NOVEMBER 25, 2014 6:11AM

Bill Cosby: Finished


 
His new television special - which few, if any, will ever see now - was to have been called "Far From Finished". I would beg to differ. Bill Cosby's remarkable, fifty-plus year career came to a spectacular, irrevocable end this week. It's all over.
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NOVEMBER 20, 2014 8:12AM

Worst President Ever???



"You know Obamacare is really I think the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. And it is in a way, it is slavery in a way, because it is
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NOVEMBER 13, 2014 8:04PM

Run, Jebbie, Run!



"One does not envy the people in charge of developing the exhibits for the [George W. Bush Presidential] Library. Whoever the poor bastards are I hope they're paid quite handsomely for their efforts. It takes real talent to turn a mountain of chickenshit into
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NOVEMBER 5, 2014 7:07PM

The Morning After



"With or without control of the Senate, the GOP White House hopefuls and the Tea Partiers withhold the duty to chart the nation's course. Heaven help us all."

New York Daily News editorial, 5/11/04 

On Sunday evening the American people set their clocks back one
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NOVEMBER 5, 2014 7:06PM

The Morning After



"With or without control of the Senate, the GOP White House hopefuls and the Tea Partiers withhold the duty to chart the nation's course. Heaven help us all."

New York Daily News editorial, 5/11/04 

On Sunday evening the American people set their clocks back one
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NOVEMBER 3, 2014 4:54AM

Onto Oblivion


It's almost over. Four days until Tuesday and it seems like an eternity. Anything can happen and no one seems to know how this is going to end. Any chance Barack Obama has of salvaging his presidency depends on a victory for the Democrats
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OCTOBER 23, 2014 2:10AM

Ten....Nine....Eight....


With just less than two weeks to go until the midterm elections there's plenty of room for speculation as to how this is going to end. The talking heads tell us that it could go either way. I find that incredible. There have been few timesRead full post »
OCTOBER 19, 2014 7:44PM

An Emergency Request

Elizabeth Kenneally
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These are recent photographs of Elizabeth "Liz" Kenneally. She is the daughter of my lifelong friend, Susan Puzio Bossley. She has been missing from her home in Phoenixville, PA since October 15. She has a tattoo across her upper chest that says "Never Lose Hope"Read full post »
OCTOBER 15, 2014 2:43AM

I'm Just Mild About Hillary


"Look around. Oil companies guzzle down billions in profits. Billionaires pay a lower tax rate than their secretaries, and Wall Street CEOs, the same ones that direct our economy and destroyed millions of jobs, still strut around  Congress, no shame, demanding favors
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OCTOBER 4, 2014 11:11AM

Speaking the Unthinkable



  "We're really in nut country now."

Jack Kennedy, 11/22/63

Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy were fatalistic about their own safeties. Both took the view that if anyone brave enough - and crazy enough - were to take a shot at them,
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SEPTEMBER 27, 2014 6:09AM

Post #557: Random Observations

Meditations on Fred, August 2014
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The following compilation of positively un-American, LEFT WING propaganda are unrelated  musings that I had placed here and there on various websites or way out yonder in the Facebooksphere. HAPPY READING!

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SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 4:23PM

The Roosevelts



"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who
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SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 3:17PM

Black and Tan Fantasies


  
It's quite interesting and hardly surprising. It is now comically apparent that there are no depths which the loony right wing won't sink to in order to defame this president. What they lack in intellect they more than make up for in sheer gall./Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 10:02AM

Reach for the Skies, America!


  
A little news item in this morning's paper caught my attention pretty quick. There has been a stampede nationwide to purchase as many models as possible of a particular, Russian-made AK 47. You see, Obama has just initiated a ban on importing
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AUGUST 26, 2014 9:22AM

Mr. Rick's Smilin' Mug

This man has good reason to smile
I was distraught. Texas Governor Rick Perry's indictment on two felony corruption charges was more than enough to put a certain damper on what had been an otherwise pleasant day. My dream of Rick (or someone as
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AUGUST 20, 2014 8:57AM

His Tragic Valentine

 
  February 14, 1884 was the darkest day of his very crowded life.

On his twenty-second birthday, October 27, 1880, Theodore Roosevelt married nineteen-year-old Alice Hathaway Lee. He had been relentlessly courting her for a year and a half. "See that girl over there?", he once as
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AUGUST 20, 2014 8:53AM

His Tragic Valentine

 

Alice Lee and Theodore Roosevelt

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Goshen, NY

 
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Edmund Morris' MASSIVE three-volume biography of Theodore Roosevelt was over thirty years in the making. I'm smack-dab in the middle of it at thisRead full post »
AUGUST 13, 2014 11:42AM

Robin Williams With Tears

 

This has been too depressing for contemplation. I laugh easily, but it's difficult to make me really crack up. Robin Williams could make me howl. 

A few months ago I wrote a small tribute to Sid Ceaser who passed away on February 12. I ended
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JULY 29, 2014 8:42PM

Blame the Black Guy!


On the night he took to the podium ten years ago Tuesday, few would have dared dream  how far this guy would go. For a lot of them, that dream turned into their worst nightmare.

 "I stand here today, grateful for the diversity of
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JULY 22, 2014 6:10AM

Fascist Barbie in 2016



Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in to see you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true

Jiminey Cricket


Sometimes I can't believe my good fortune. I'm the kind of guy who loves a good train wreck - of the figurative variety
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JULY 15, 2014 3:43AM

Rolling Out the "I" Word

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One of the main reasons I have never regretted leaving the Democrats over sixteen years ago was because of their spineless, cowardly behavior during the sick and twisted reign of George W. Bush. Think about it: Here was the most corrupt, mind-jarringly incompetent chief-executive in
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JULY 7, 2014 2:59AM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RINGO STARR!!!

Got to pay your dues if you wanna sing the blues
And you know it don't come easy

-Richard Starkey, M.B.E

Ringo Starr is seventy-four years-old today.

I wrote those words down and stared long and hard at them, scarcely believing it. This just might
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