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Brad Nelson

About Brad Nelson

I like books, nature, politics, old movies, Ronald Reagan (you get sort of a three-fer with that one), and the founding ideals of this country. We are the Shining City on the Hill — or ought to be. However, our land has been poisoned by Utopian aspirations and feel-good bromides. Both have replaced wisdom and facts.

Fasta Pasta

by Brad Nelson   1/29/18

This product at least marginally fits under the “Health and Fitness” topic, although making it easier to pig out on a good batch of spaghetti is a reach. More » • (51 views)

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TV Series Review: Magic City

by Brad Nelson1/26/18
I’ll tell you right off the bat that I’m probably going to hell for watching this series. It’s a dark, somewhat pornographic, gangster-violence series. You may need to take a shower after watching it. More » • (49 views)

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Christmas Thoughts

by Brad Nelson12/24/17
Aka “It’s a Wonderful Life…some of the time.” •  I’ve never heard what happens on the second Noel. Also, as Pat has informed us, there are not nine reindeer (counting Rudolph). There are ten. Her name is Olive. Olive the other Reindeer. More » • (284 views)

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Anti-Social Media

by Brad Nelson12/13/17
You all know my reservations regarding this site. I don’t expect a social-media utopia. Nor do I want the mindless rabble of “democracy” where the lowest-common-denominator is the measure of all things. More » • (181 views)

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December Days

by Brad Nelson12/2/17

What are you doing to beat back “Winter Festival”? Do you say a hearty and unabashed “Merry Christmas?” More » • (707 views)

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Movie Review: The Circle

by Brad Nelson11/16/17
This is a documentary of Apple employees in their big new spaceship headquarters. Or a bird’s eye view of Facebook culture. Or a look at Google’s creepy campus culture. Or it is an unwritten short story by George Orwell. The worst case scenario is that you see nothing out of the ordinary. More » • (366 views)

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The Blessings of a Low-Budget Christmas

by Brad Nelson11/14/17
There is nothing like the blessings of a comedian-atheist and a low-budget Christmas movie to put you in the spirit for Christmas. More » • (196 views)

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Insurance Devils

by Brad Nelson11/13/17

There’s a reason I’m not a Democrat. People makes mistakes. And very often, those mistakes can be corrected. The world should not generally be completely re-ordered because something bad happened to one person, one time. No amount of laws and bureaucracy can ever keep one bad thing from happening to one person. More » • (194 views)

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Pat’s Search for the Lost Conservative Island

by Brad Nelson11/13/17

In another thread (I tried to find it…it’s lost as well) we were talking about setting up our own Conservative Island of Utopia. I would be your benevolent banana-republic dictator. I think Pat was going to be Director of Tours and Oiling of the Greeter Ladies, although the details are not fresh in memory. More » • (281 views)

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Christmas Comes Early for One

by Brad Nelson11/4/17
You’ve likely seen making the rounds on the web the story of nine-year-old Jacob Thompson of Maine. He’s in stage 4 of a nerve cell cancer and isn’t expected to live out the month…certainly not as far as Christmas. More » • (225 views)

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A Few Thoughts on Casablanca

by Brad Nelson10/22/17
This is not a full and complete review of Casablanca, although it should serve as a launching point for further discussion. I posted this on Facebook in 2010. It’s nothing special. I’m still not the writer I need to be to tackle this review. But here are those few thoughts (slightly edited) from the Wayback Machine: More » • (461 views)

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37 Calorie Brownies

by Brad Nelson   10/21/17

I found this recipe online and then made some small changes. A friend of my brother’s recently underwent bypass surgery (which was successful). More » • (146 views)

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