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Alaska as Metaphor

alaskaby Anniel10/19/16
Alaska: The 49th state of the United States. The largest state in the union, with coasts on the Arctic and North Pacific Oceans and the Bering Sea. Separated by Canada from the 48 contiguous states. Capital: Juneau, located in the southeastern panhandle of the state. More » • (923 views)

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Hey, Millennials, Do Deficits Matter?

FederalDebtby Jon N. Hall10/15/16
Progressives have said that “deficits don’t matter.” Even a few conservatives have said as much. Some, however, like Speaker Paul Ryan, worry that the sharp recent rise in the national debt could lead to a “debt crisis,” More » • (621 views)

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Running Barefoot

runningbarefootby Anniel10/15/16
I hated wearing shoes when I was young. My mother tried her best to make me wear them, but my soles were so thick with calluses I could run over glass and not get too worried about it. My Uncle Joe would wince when he saw me, shake his head sadly, and call me “Daisy May.” More » • (790 views)

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The Messenger

themessengerby Anniel10/9/16
Our youngest daughter, Cate, was in the early stages of the chronic illness that has been her life. She and I were at the UCSF hospital on Parnassus Heights and she was scheduled for a body scan following the installation of a shunt in the right ventricle of her brain. More » • (794 views)

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Book Review: The Death of Reality

deathofrealityby David Norris10/6/16
by Lawrence Dawson (2015 edition)  •  This is an important book.  If one wants to delve into the roots of political correctness, the perversion of language, and the poisoning of perceptions of reality, then read what the author reveals about a little known Austrian ‘philosopher’ and academic named Ludwig Wittgenstein. More » • (1359 views)

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Stealing a Flapper’s Heart Away

edison-diamond-discby Brad Nelson10/6/16
I recently inherited an Edison A-100 console phonograph. Apparently called the Moderne (fancier and more expensive models were produced as well), it was produced between 1915 and 1918. It plays the extra-thick 10 inch Diamond Disc records (no second-rate ruby needles for Edison). These suckers were thick. More » • (1003 views)

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Critical Mass

dominoesby Glenn Fairman   10/5/16
The Oracle has born witness. If you listen to the voices beneath the surface of Political Life, there is a torrential cacophony of fury ascending skyward. Like blood boiling in stagnant waters, it fills our nostrils while our consciences are shocked into stark incredulity. More » • (725 views)

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Millennials and the Obama Legacy

FederalDebtby Jon N. Hall10/4/16
In his 2008 campaign for president, candidate Obama said that the debt run up by Pres. Bush was “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic” and that Bush ran up the debt all “by his lonesome” (short video). Despite presiding over far more debt in his first term than Bush did in two More » • (843 views)

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Movie Review: The Magnificent Seven (2016)

magnificentseven2016by Steve Lancaster9/30/16
This is the third installment of what has become a classic Japanese story, Seven Samurai (1954). The first was directed by Kurosawa and staring the very talented Toshiro Mifune changed the nature and scope of Japanese cinema. More » • (1093 views)

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Teach Your Children…Well???

SellwynThumbby Selwyn Duke9/21/16
Liberal Mother Pushes Her Little Son into Masquerading as a Girl  •  One of the characteristics of our declining civilization is that, more and more, reality seems like satire. A good example is a recent New York Times article titled “From He to She in First Grade.” More » • (737 views)

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Cable Series Review: Murder Must Advertise

Kunk Fu Zoby Kung Fu Zu9/19/16
A BBC Drama Mini-Series  •  It is the summer of 1933 and London is hot. A young man falls down the spiral staircase in Pym’s Advertising Agency and breaks his neck. His replacement Mr. Bredon, personally hired by Mr. Pym, shows up rather more quickly than is considered tasteful. More » • (525 views)

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Is Conservatism and its Values the New Counterculture?

countercultureby Tim Jones9/19/16
If I had to guess, being hip began around the time of Prohibition when drinking went underground and it became a form of rebellion in order to stick it in the nose of the government by going to the local ‘Speak Easy’ on a regular basis. More » • (2403 views)

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