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Regarding Trump’s Election: We listened to the wrong people!

11 Nov 2016 2 comments

Friends,

It’s taken me a bit to organize my thoughts well enough to blog about last Tuesday’s US Presidential election. I’m finally there (I think) and will try to make this fairly short (which doesn’t mean truly short – that’s just not my style!)

TL:DR: We should have been listening to Trump’s supporters and addressing their fears.

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I’m done with the Green Party as it exists today!

01 Nov 2016 Leave a comment
I haven’t blogged about this election. I’ve been outraged about many things in our body politic, but since I’ve seen my outrage echoed in many other places with FAR wider readership than this blog, I haven’t bothered to chime in. That ends now.
I came across the following story on DailyKos today, and it’s caused me to rethink any connection I’ll have with the Green party!
Yes, the “Green” Party has Endorsed Trump Over Clinton:

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Tweeple: Who are you?

12 Oct 2016 Leave a comment

Okay. Time for a mini rant. It’s about people who like or retweet my tweets. Now I like to be courteous? Yeah that’s it, courteous.

By this I mean that when I see someone I don’t recognize who has liked a tweet of mine or has retweeted me, I check out their profile and recent tweets. Are they worth following?
There’s a lot of criteria that I use, which I’m not going to detail here. This mini-rant is about one thing:
If their entire timeline consist overwhelmingly of retweets of other people’s tweets then I’m not going to follow them. Why? I’m glad you asked.

Quite simply if you don’t tweet your own thoughts then I’m unlikely to learn anything about you by following you! I like to follow people, to learn what makes them tick. I already follow enough people I know – and they retweet enough it’s rare that I see something new (to me) in the timeline of person whose timeline is mostly retweets that it’s a waste of my time to add the serial retweeted to my home Twitter stream.
I do appreciate their “likes” and retweets. Thanks, especially for the retweets. But if you don’t, at least occasionally, add your own thoughts, it’s highly unlikely that I’ll follow you.

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Getting the news is getting harder!

20 May 2016 1 comment

32 months – yes, almost 3 years – ago I blogged about why I stopped watching Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. Today, I explain why I’ve decided to stop watching All In with Chris and the Rachel Maddow Show …  Read more…

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How to follow the design process of my Tiny Home

03 Jan 2016 Leave a comment

I’ve already done a fair amount of work and I want to share it! Why am I sharing it and how can you see it — and participate? Well, you’ll just have to read on …

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A forum post that is a focused snapshot of who I am/what I’m doing

31 Dec 2015 Leave a comment

I just finished a LONG introductory post to a product forum for SketchUp (the 3D modeling program I’m using to design my tiny home.) When I signed up as a forum user, they asked that I do an introductory post in their “please introduce yourself” thread. This is it. Check it out!

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Categories: About Me

Revealing punctuation in an email from the crazy right

16 Mar 2015 1 comment

I don’t know how I got on their list, but I’ve been receiving emails from Freedomworks for at least 3 years. I’m careful to NEVER click on the links as I don’t to contribute to their stats – which they often use to market themselves, but I also haven’t tried to stop the emails, nor classify them as spam, nor shuffle them off so that I don’t notice them.

I archive all of them under the label “Opposition”. And until today, I’ve never blogged about this. But today, a bit of punctuation leaped out at me. This is “From” randpaul(at)freedomworks.org:

Steven, I won’t rest until our republic is restored.

Republicans control the Senate, and that gives us a real opportunity to start reversing Obama’s “fundamental transformation” of America. We can repeal and replace ObamaCare. We can stop the NSA’s unconstitutional spying. And we can finally audit the Fed. It’s not going to be easy but it CAN be done.

Do you see it? The quotation marks around “fundamental transformation”? I saw that and started wondering, why are they there? Read on for my thoughts …

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Categories: Politics