Author Archives: Brad Nelson

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.


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 » • (168 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 » • (263 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 » • (163 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 » • (125 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 » • (157 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 » • (177 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 » • (302 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 » • (88 views)

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Thinking Outside the Daily Drama

by Brad Nelson10/20/17
As I get older I learn. Sometimes reality is a cruel teacher. There are real enemies in the world. There are bad people who can harm us. But often our worst enemy is ourselves. Sticking our face in a fan and keeping it there is not smart. Hitting your head against the wall just because it feels better when you stop is not kind. More » • (304 views)

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An Open Letter to the NFL

by Anonymous10/15/17
The following was posted by a friend of mine on Facebook who said he had the author’s permission to spread this about.  •  You graduated high school in 2011. Teen years were a struggle. You grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. Your mom was leader of the family & worked tirelessly to keep a roof over your head & food on your plate. More » • (545 views)

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Fall Pledge Drive

by Brad Nelson10/9/17

My inbox sees its share of junk mail. But what a delight it was to see a most generous donation from our own Koch Brother, Pat Tarzwell. He has started off this year’s StubbornBucks pledge drive with a $100 donation. More » • (165 views)

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We love you, Annie. Godspeed.

by Brad Nelson10/4/17
Her son, Alex, called me tonight to let me know that our Anniel had passed away peacefully today or yesterday. The details were lost in the sudden shock of the realization. More » • (366 views)

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