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Charlotte: Apocalypse Now

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Release the Video Kerr Putney, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police chief, is hanging onto the Keith Scott video for dear life. His strategy is archaic, even ancient, and is totally at cross purposes with the notion of building trust. What we are seeing week after week, is stunning visual evidence of something seriously amiss. And its happened before. […]

Words: Some South Dakotan Slaves

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“Think we should make slaves again….” Media reports that, “The (Facebook) account of John Nygaard, of Dell Rapids, South Dakota, made a post stating “Think we should make slaves again….” The account also said, “Vote Trump.  Fuck These people.” Mr. Nygaard was apparently a Dell Rapids Fire Rescue volunteer before his foray into social commentary. The […]

Ahmad Khan Rahami, YML

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Young Male Loser Rahami is the suspect in the bombing and placement of explosive devices in the New York area. He is a naturalized citizen (1995) who was born in Afghanistan and later returned there and then to Pakistan, perhaps to learn the do’s and dont’s of bomb-making. In the midst of our political frenzy […]

Powell: The General Let’s Fly

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Warts and All, But Mostly Warts Colin Powell, former U.S. Army four-star General, wounded Vietnam Veteran, Joint Chief’s Chairman, National Security Adviser and Secretary of State got hacked again and we are the gleeful beneficiaries of his unalloyed thoughts on our presidential candidates. Powell is the quintessential Washington maven, continuously accumulating power and prestige during […]

The “Deplorables”

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“Deserving Strong Condemnation” Mrs. Clinton, probably in between fits of coughing, recently referred to supporters of Donald Trump as “deplorable” wherein Mr. Trump evinced great alarm at his supporters being so described. She singled some out as being, “…racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic …” Trumpsters then pounced on her remark asserting that she was referring to […]

Prop Her Up, Ice Her Down

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Weekend at Hillary’s Mrs. Clinton said she did not reveal the Pneumonia diagnosis because she did not think “it was a big deal.” Then, some liberal bloggers came along to say it isn’t a big deal. Imagine yourself sitting on the examining table in your doctor’s office when she or he strides in, test results […]

9/11: Welcome to Our Tribe

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Fifteen Years On Except for those most personally affected, September 11, 2001, now resides, like the murder of JFK, as a “where I was” memory or as a fact of history known only through learning rather than direct experience. A generation of young people stands on the verge of adulthood who were yet to be […]

Race: Born in the USA

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Pence, Trump-the-Birther and the Fault Line of Race Donald Trump has both energized and fueled the “discussion” of whether President Obama was born here. Ashley Parker and Steve Eder have explained Trump’s motivation for doing so:  “Mr. Trump recognized an opportunity to connect with the electorate over an issue many considered taboo: the discomfort, in […]

Labor and a Day: The Ludlow Massacre

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What It Took to Get Here Though it has become a cliche, all of the attributes of working families are derived from the Labor Movement. -Child Labor Laws -Eight hour day/five day week -Overtime -Safety and health reforms -Holiday pay -Vacation time -Pensions -Health care Working families would be but a hollow shell were it […]

Trump and the Fallen

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Many firefighters feel a special veneration for Americans who have given their lives in service to our country. Perhaps that’s because in some very small way they understand the tension and force of danger and pushing beyond it. Thousands of brave soldiers have been taken from us either in their absolute prime or just on […]

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