Report on my California Primary voting experience today.

05 Jun 2018 1 comment

Nothing horrible (this time!), just a description of my lovely travel to/from the polls, followed by a bit of detail, which includes minor criticisms. Read on for more …

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Creeping ever onward towards a King

26 Apr 2018 Leave a comment

Arguing in front of the Supreme Court yesterday in the travel ban cases, the Solicitor General stated (emphasis not in original):

This proclamation is about what it says it’s about: foreign policy and national security

And … none of the SCOTUS justices questioned the Solicitor General’s word choice!

Read on for why I find this extremely troubling …

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Categories: Politics

A reluctant ask for charity donations.

01 Jun 2017 Leave a comment

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know I’ve been totally sucky about blogging recently. And I won’t promise more frequent posts as my days are currently fairly full Read more…

Categories: It takes a village

Another Grinch. And this one succeeded in stealing Christmas from me!

25 Dec 2016 Leave a comment

Y’all know I’m an Atheist. Christmas as a religious holiday means nothing to me. Since my family is away, I’m on my own today. Sleeping in, planning a couple of nice meals. You know, making the day a little bit special. So there I am, eating my Eggs Benedict (which I flubbed!) and in comes this email. It’s from NextDoor. Subject: Pets

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The Resistance should include proactive steps!

12 Dec 2016 Leave a comment

Freethought Blogs just started a new group blog: FREETHOUGHT RESISTANCE (They named it in all caps, I’m just passing on their representation! For brevity, I’ll refer to it as #FTBResist) The first I saw of this was from PZ Meyers. There are already a few posts to #FTBResist, and one in particular prompted this post. Here’s the critical excerpt:

The purpose of this blog is:

  1. To report on and document abuses and criminal activities of the right wing and theocratic zealots;
  2. To express our own opposition to these acts;
  3. To promote activism;
  4. To provide information about opportunities for activism;
  5. To provide an online rallying point for opposition to the illegitimate government of the United States.

I don’t think this goes far enough! We should also be thinking about steps we can take that proactively create solutions to the problems that are likely coming down the pike!

Read on for a few of my ideas …

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How might we require Presidential candidates to make their tax returns public?

09 Dec 2016 3 comments

I’ve got an idea that may be constitutional. And it involves NO federal action, just state by state legislation. Read on for details …

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Categories: Politics

How Blue States Can Save Themselves

03 Dec 2016 8 comments

Actually, Red and Purple states could do this as well, although I doubt they will!

In the forthcoming Trump administration, combined with GOP majorities in both houses of Congress, it is reasonable to expect that we’ll be seeing massive tax cuts along with funding cuts to many services that support the lower ends of our income distribution curve. How can we counteract this locally?

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Categories: Politics