General Commentary

Spider-Man Ethics

Spider-Man Ethics

I've always loved Spider-Man. I mean, what's not to love? He's strong, brave, selfless, and he's got one of the cooler superhero outfits ever created. But my favorite part about Spider-Man isn't the webs or the wall crawling, or the sweet super-villains. It's Ben Parker; good old Uncle Ben. He's been my hero from the start because he has the

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FROM THE FRONTLINE

FROM THE FRONTLINE

Today, participants in the 118-mile-long March to Confront White Supremacy made a previously unscheduled stop at the Loudon County office of Representative Barbara Comstock to demand that Rep. Comstock publicly oppose the end of DACA, the deferred action program for immigrants who came to the United States, and to Section 287(g), which deputizes local law enforcement agencies to enforce federal

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Impeaching Trump is All about Bob

Impeaching Trump is All about Bob

Day after day, we are bombarded by reports of more and more ties between Russia and Donald Trump and his cabal. It seems that EVERYONE on Team Trump "coincidentally" has ties to Russia, whether it's Trump "consigliere" Michael Cohen's negotiations for Trump Tower Moscow during the campaign, Paul Manafort's spider web of connections with Kremlin-linked oligarchs and mobsters, Donald Trump,

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All The Fake News Fit To Print

All The Fake News Fit To Print

This weekend we suffered a tragedy in Charlottesville with KKK and American White Supremacists walking under a Nazi flag. The tragedy though was repeated when InfoWars went on the race baiting offensive claiming Jewish actors were part of the protest to make it look like Nazis were in Charlottesville. (InfoWars Video) The presence of David Duke confirms what we already

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Slamming The Slammers

Slamming The Slammers

Can there be anything more disheartening than listening to yet one more rendition of "back when I was a lad"? Memory persists though. Too many years observing the human condition provides the mind with fodder for commentary. The trick is to remember the bad, along with all of the good. So having entered this strange territory they call mid-life, I

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Heads Up America

Heads Up America

I spent twelve hours today caring for critically ill people. Sure I glanced at the news a time or two but there was no time for an actual look. The look came after work. And now it's 10:46pm on August 15, 2017 and I have finally consumed all of the news I need to settle my brain for the night.

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Frontlines of Freedom

Frontlines of Freedom

As a young, new, teacher when 9/11 happened, I had to somehow calm, reassure, and focus students who were scared, shocked, and crying. At the time, I was only a few years older than they, and feeling many of the same things. Over my career, I have had to take upon this role several times for school shootings, shootings in

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Better Than Nothing

Better Than Nothing

It happened in a parking lot. It's a story you've heard before. As I walked out of the bookstore and into the familiar chill of January in Ohio, I saw him watching me. I wasn't frightened; the neighborhood might not be the greatest, but I had lived there for thirteen years, long enough to know the difference between danger and

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The Best Medicine for the Bully in the White House

The Best Medicine for the Bully in the White House

In the wake of Saturday's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Donald Trump offered watered-down criticisms of his neo-Nazi supporters. Facing a violent hate-inspired crisis and a vile act of domestic terrorism, Americans expected at least a modicum of compassion and strength from Trump in response. Trump's reluctance to speak out against his racist brethren prompted a forceful national reaction

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Bronzed Bullshit

Bronzed Bullshit

I saw an interesting new stat this morning. According to an NPR/PBS/Marist poll, 62 percent of Americans want confederate statues to remain due to their historical significance, while only 27 percent want them removed. To explain why I find this particular poll interesting, I first have to let you into my world a bit. I consider myself a rhetorician, a

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Pardon Me, but There’s No Excuse for Arpaio

Pardon Me, but There’s No Excuse for Arpaio

Yesterday, the moon's shadow raced across Middle America, aweing millions who gazed skyward at the eclipse. Today, a less-inspiring darkness will descend upon Phoenix, Ariz. as Donald Trump and a few thousand paid actors cum supporters occupy the Phoenix Convention Center. As his approval ratings plummet, and every week is his "worst week ever," Trump continues to rely on 'ego

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Finding Hope in the Heartland

Finding Hope in the Heartland

On November 8, 2016, I, along with 63 million other Americans, entered the voting booth and cast my vote for Donald J. Trump. I want you to know that my decision to vote for Trump was the culmination of months of debating whether I could even bring myself to vote for either candidate. I, like a lot of Americans, found

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The Top 5 Lies of Trump’s Stolen Presidency

The Top 5 Lies of Trump’s Stolen Presidency

George Costanza from the hit TV Show Seinfeld, once told Jerry, "Remember, it is not a lie if you believe it". Donald Trump's surrogates must live by Costanza's statement because they are constantly trying to push a false narrative on every talk show across the country. Meet the Press host Chuck Todd calls these statements falsehoods, they are not falsehoods,

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Nuts with Nukes

Nuts with Nukes

Donald Trump neither is fit to be president, nor qualified to issue an order for a nuclear first strike. His inability to seek counsel, weigh consequences, or consider the well-being of 325 million Americans not only handicap Trump's capacities for office, but also dynamically endanger the health and safety of every American - civilian and military alike. On Tuesday afternoon,

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Mightier Than the Sword

Mightier Than the Sword

I am a message maker. I change minds. If I do my job well, the swayed minds I create don't even realize any change has occurred; they simply go on with their lives as if they had always believed what I told them to believe. Persuasion, you see, is an art, a powerful, subtle art, and one I have been

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The March of the Frightened

The March of the Frightened

What began as a march of irrelevant, underemployed white men with statue-issues escalated into a national tragedy on the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia last Saturday. It caused the death of American patriot Heather Heyer and, if justice exists, it will also bring about the death of the alt-right movement and the hate it spreads. But for all the fiery messages

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Don’t “breakup” with your favorite celebrity over politics

Don’t “breakup” with your favorite celebrity over politics

The current state of politics and our Country has everyone on edge. Friendships have been lost due to heated political arguments. I've read about friend's family members unfriending each other on Facebook due to political disagreements gone overboard. It seems crazy, but it's happening every single day in America. Relationships and friendships destroyed by politics. But what happens when the

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Our American Goals

Our American Goals

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. School House Rock has a video on the

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