Socrates was clear. Democracy ends in Tyranny

The job was titled Outdoor Wilderness Counselor.  As “basecamp” was located in the Northern tip of Idaho it was indeed outdoor and in the wilderness which was fine with me as I’d grown up in the mountains of Northern California.  For those of you who’ve read Late Bird you will recognize this setting and “uncomfortably” remember the usage of the “stump”. I was tasked with teaching a workshop to a collection of the teenagers in…

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WORDS ARE BETTER THAN FISTS

It was a Friday night (late 80’s) in Grass Valley, California.  I was a senior in high school and a friend of mine suggested we attend a party being thrown at a house where someone’s parents were out of town.  I wasn’t much of a “partier” as I didn’t drink alcohol or do drugs, but aside from school, the “parties” were where the girls could be found. So to the party we went. It was…

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Hillary Clinton is a CRIMINAL

I believe the course was called Introduction to Critical Thinking.  The professor could have been a clone of the country singer Sammy Kershaw and I wisely fought back the urge to ask him if he had a “Queen in his double-wide trailer.” This professor didn’t mess around (and rarely smiled) as he started in on what was expected of us, while outlines of the class, were passed around the room.  Five minutes later we were…

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We need a bigger basket

Sadly we keep hearing the same two things over and over from the politicians, radio talk show squawkers, television talking heads and of course the incredible intelligentsia known as the American Media. (1) America is a Democracy. (2) Taking a knee or saying something stupid is a Constitutional Right. No and NO. The United States is a Constitutional Republic.  Don’t take my word for it. Look it up. Of course many, who believe this to…

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Unless you’d prefer a noose

Last Sunday on Meet the Press, former Obama Advisor David Plouffe, called Donald Trump a psychopath. The moderator Chuck Todd (a Clinton supporter/apologist) jumped in and inquired as to the “fairness” of this statement, never mind it was false and certainly unprovable by the likes of Plouffe. Todd asked Plouffe if he had a degree in Psychology and of course Plouffe didn’t. Two sickly looking humans gossiping about a 70 year old man whom appears…

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The Five Phases of Trump

Each week I gather as much information as I can pertaining to the happenings in the World. As this takes place ideas or subjects jump out at me that I feel are important to expand upon. This week has been truly bizarre. Seemingly everyday Wikileaks is releasing past Clinton criminality (with promises of more) at the same time Donald Trump continues to say things that make me grind my teeth. In other words the wheels…

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Freedom is too important.

I have a friend who likes to gamble. We used to have that in common. Don’t get me wrong.  I still like to gamble once in a while. I just don’t like to lose…so I’ve stopped. Needless to say when we did find ourselves in Reno, Tahoe, or Vegas, we’d spend most of our time in the sports book, going over lines, trying to find who we thought would win AND offered the best odds….

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Enough is Enough

I was in my early thirties and playing in a rec basketball league.  I like movement, quick cuts, lots of shots, and a clean game. Of course if you bang me around I’m coming back at you twice as hard. (I knew a guy who always played fair until the other side didn’t.  Once the cheap shots began he’d start pinching and twisting their skin while he guarded them. They’d jump like cats getting hit…

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Trump’s one big problem

Let’s just get down to it. If Donald Trump is elected his biggest issue won’t be “building the wall”. That is basic construction, furthermore, America put a man on the moon. We can build a wall. His largest problem won’t be deporting tens of millions of humans here illegally. By the way don’t believe the “10-12 million number”. There are dramatically more humans here illegally than that. Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, etc., won’t…

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The Rule of Law no longer exists in America

Almost two decades ago (seemingly a lifetime) I had the unfortunate experience of working for an individual whom I did not like. This person had all the prerequisites. Communicated poorly, lied, cheated on their spouse, institutional fraud, etc. Without walking down the entire path again it is fair to say it wasn’t a positive experience. I rarely think about this walking cold sore as my time now is spent moving forward with my life but…

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