Li: ritual, propriety, etiquette. Hsiao: love within the family (parents for children and children for parents. Yi: righteousness--the noblest way to act in a situation. Xin: honesty and trustworthiness. Jen: benevolence, humaneness towards others. Chung: loyalty to the state and authority. --Confucius (Kong Fuzi)

All articles appear in reverse chronological order [newest first].

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I believe the past is relevant, sometimes more than others of course. In most cases we are seeing history being repeated, so it is most relevant.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Let’s Do Something!!!

It is time we call-out those that through tactics, legislation and inaction protect the weapons and people that make mass shootings  more possible. The NRA, high capacity magazines, legal modifications, and assault style weapons are the perpetrators and tools of the domestic terrorist, but the enabler is the Republican party and their current leader President Trump.

It is time that we do not accept the ‘the thoughts and prayers’ of these enablers as sincere. It is time that we see past their “time to mourn”stalling tactics… the mourners are screaming for action. Their claims of violent games and film, broken families, mental illness as a cause have been made but not acted on… they have only been made to distract us from the tools of mass shooting. We are capable of dealing with the underlining social problems, but their inaction exposes their true concerns, that the social problems are merely a decoy from dealing with the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their well funded NRA lobbyist

We have let the NRA backed Republicans shame us into putting of action until the appropriate time, The appropriate time has come and gone… again and again with no action because they are in the position to stall and pontificate their way to inaction.

Their inaction, hypocrisy, excuses, fear mongering and tolerance for right-wing extremist and racist is dividing and destroying this nations core principles.

It has to stop!!!

Their stand against “Gun Free Zones” is purely self-serving:

Their time for Thoughts and Prayers is very short, and self serving:

Their claims of cause are often disproven, vague, and eventually unaddressed:

Finally some Republicans have had enough of the charade:

Sensible changes can be made without taking guns away from those who are law abiding and responsible.

“…all of us have to send a clarion call and behave with the values of tolerance and diversity that should be the hallmark of our democracy. We should soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments; leaders who demonize those who don’t look like us, or suggest that other people, including immigrants, threaten our way of life, or refer to other people as sub-human, or imply that America belongs to just one certain type of people. Such language isn’t new – it’s been at the root of most human tragedy throughout history, here in America and around the world. It is at the root of slavery and Jim Crow, the Holocaust, the genocide in Rwanda and ethnic cleansing in the Balkans. It has no place in our politics and our public life. And it’s time for the overwhelming majority of Americans of goodwill, of every race and faith and political party, to say as much – clearly and unequivocally.”  
---Barack Obama

Monday, August 5, 2019

He almost had me ready to give him the benefit of the doubt on something...

Why is it so difficult for this guy to show a minimum of tact? When I first saw the headline I was shocked... he didn't mean to do it? I thought for once he's coming clean on something, he's trying to explain away his perceived intent, hopefully with an explanation that perhaps he could have expressed it in a more appropriate manner, that he wasn't being sarcastic or being a wise guy. In spite of the fact that he never does any more than double down, deny, or deflect I would have given him some credit and tried to understand that it was truly just a misunderstanding.
But no, as it turns out he's simply deflecting. It wasn't his fault. It was the fault of a news article that he supposedly was repeating what he heard on the news report. Deflecting blame on the news report, a news report that he could have vetted, or he seems to be implying those aren't his words.. then why didn't he put it in better words?
But of course, he takes no responsibility for his words or actions,.


Sunday, July 28, 2019

5 Years Ago Today:

Over 900 miles of timed walks, 2 mini-marathons (13.1 miles each), countless hiking trails (including the Smoky Mountains and the last mile hike UP to the peak of the two highest peaks east of the Mississippi River (Clingmans Dome and Mitchell Mountain), and prepping for a 19.1 mile walk of the Monon Trail... the artificial hip is still moving... not even one lube job.

Monday, June 10, 2019

The Golden Rule:

This country's principles of freedom of religion are based on Judeo-Christian ethics and standards, but not to the exclusion of non-Christian, or secular ethics that are commonly shared.
One of the founding fathers most important contribution to the preservation of religious freedoms was the concept, a Christian concept, of the separation of church and state.

Noun. religism (countable and uncountable, plural religisms) Prejudice based on religious affiliation.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Keep Your Mind Open And Your Vision Clear.

If someone tries to convince you that one party
OR the other is evil, un-American, or un-Christian
they are either lying or they
are extremely naïve and miss-informed.
They are disrespecting your intelligence and trying to influence you with
fear and hatred. People supporting different platforms are not a monolithic
group, both parties have their
moderate to extreme supporters.
If someone tries to tell you that two parties or candidates are just the same, that there is no difference, or that it is just the choice of the lesser of two evils they are trying to suppress your vote by distracting you with ambiguity.
Apathy is the purpose of this argument. By encourage you to be disinterested in voting they are assuming your vote will be against their candidate. They either can't make a valid argument for their candidate or they assume you are one of the 'sheep' they can't convince... because they believe you are incapable of making a decision due to your being brainwashed or fooled by lies. Don't believe that they aren't going to vote.
We are a great country because of our diversity.
Great leaders have historically emerged from many varied political parties, religious beliefs, races, sexual orientation, creeds and walks of life.

If someone is going to unite us
then ask yourself
who has done the least to divide us.

reprinted from the 2016 Election, originally
titled “VOTE: November 8th, 2016. This Tuesday!!!!”

Friday, January 18, 2019

Trump Shutdown v.2019: Day 28

Trump's Shutdown Is a Savage Assault on the Working Class
Five Facts on Current Border Security
Original Facebook Post

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Trump Shutdown v.2019: Day 26

Remember the Berlin Wall? The Iron Curtain?day 26 (1)

Remember when we were ideologically opposed to the symbolism of the 'Iron Curtain' because it was so contrary to our concept of a proud and free nation? Remember when Reagan said "...tear down that wall", in regards to the Berlin Wall.

day 26 (2)

day 26 (4)

day 26 (3)

In December,2018 Congress had passed a bi-partisan deal when Trump declared he would shutdown the government and Republican’ts pulled the deal over the border wall. Trump and Republicants have called for a shutdown repeatedly for various reasons over the years. He said he would “own this shutdown” and was proud to do it. The same people who called Obama tyrannical for bypassing Congress are applauding the latest of many Trump tantrums: ie., the threat to bypass Congress.

And so ends the latest lesson in Republican logic (hypocrisy).

Monday, January 14, 2019

Trump Shutdown v.2019: Day 24

We have shutdown the government because of a manufactured emergency. The demand is that we fund a solution that is going to take years to design and about 15 years to build. So even if approved it would accomplish nothing for a decade? Even the so called ‘funding fix’, the ‘new NAFTA’ hasn’t even been ratified by Congress… you know the gimmick to make Mexico pay for the wall, which has no real provision for raising revenue, wasn’t passed by the ‘do nothing Republican’t Congress’!
Bi-partisan agreement on immigration reform has been put forward numerous times only to be held up by Republican’t leadership and the President.

Remember when we were ideologically opposed to the symbolism of the 'Iron Curtain' because it was so contrary to our concept of a proud and free nation? Remember when Reagan said "...tear down that wall", in regards to the Berlin Wall. Remember "...Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Today some prefer walls and closed borders. Why must we always argue over the extreme positions on every issue as opposed to finding the solutions that always reside somewhere in between?

Here’s how just throwing money at the problem without any real plan usually works:


Friday, January 11, 2019

Some recent thoughts

imageSome recent memes that speak to me. In a macho, ‘in your face’ world where words like compassion, tolerance, and fairness are held as whimpish and soft, where refugees are painted as terrorist, and people who claim to be fed up with others who are easily offended yearn for permission to offend at will, I hold out hope that most of us prefer to lean on our better selves and our reverence for good. I hold out hope that we prefer kindness and good will over bullying, that we choose good manners and concern for our neighbors over narcissism and self-interest, and that we see the less fortunate in the light of the phrase “…there for the grace of God go I.” 







Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Trumps Shutdown v.2019

by GlennDL

Last year about this time we were engaged in clip_image001shutdown rhetoric also. At that time I was equally critical of both sides (see:click here), but this year I see little defensible about the Presidents position. Again his constant flip-flopping, hyperbolic inaccuracies, and back tracking has exasperated any sense of purpose or plan he might have ever harboredimage.

Republican'ts are showing their usual hypocrisy: in 2013 when they shut down the government (after previous, repeated threats) over Obamacare (the law of the land) and its perceived threat to the deficit, after that they now totally ignore the still growing deficit with corporate giveaways and deficit growing spending.

His sense of carrying out ‘the peoples mandate’ is so contrary to his stance against President clip_image001Obama’s people mandate on healthcare. Obama’s popular and electoral vote victory validated his key election promise on healthcare more so than Trumps’ electoral college victory, yet Trump like so many Republicant’s have repeatedly and continually sought to overturn that popular peoples mandate even as it grows in popularity.