It’s the little things…

So I managed to tune in to the big game at the exact moment that commercial came on. You know the one. There’s not enough eye bleach in the world to get that image out of my mind. Who was it for? I’ve forgotten, because ICK! I was going to watch the rest of the Read More …

Ya know, I’ve got a lot of experience reading between the lines…

Unless you’re living under a rock (and you’re probably not if you’re reading my stuff), you already know about the blowback from the trade of former POW Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl for five former residents of Gitmo, Afghan detainees we were preparing to keep indefinitely. As in forever. As in we never ever intend to close Read More …

It’s all there. All you have to do is look…

Sedition: In law, sedition is overt conduct, such as speech and organization, that is deemed by the legal authority to tend toward insurrection against the established order. Sedition often includes subversion of a constitution and incitement of discontent (or resistance) to lawful authority. Sedition may include any commotion, though not aimed at direct and open violence against the laws. Seditious words in writing are seditious libel. A seditionist is one who engages in Read More …

Tired of listening to the blame masters…

This is a lovely and simple video right up until you realize that the GOP forced tax cuts to fall far, far short of what President Obama wanted in the first place, and because we’ve dicked around with spending for the last 30 years and not paying for it in taxes. The Bush administration added a HUGE Read More …

Today’s the day.

There is no irony for me today, no sense of amusement that our recognized Inauguration Day falls today on the same Monday when we honor the life and recognize the too-early death of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Yesterday, in our congregation, we sang this anthem and spent a time considering not just its historical Read More …

There are words…

In 2005, I lost eight people (either through direct relationships with them or indirectly through my friends). Children, parents, people with whom I was friends, and one I worked with weekly as a parent in a co-op nursery school. I found I couldn’t make sense of some of the things I heard during the funerals Read More …

One month to go…

The end of November is often too busy to step back and look at where we are. Between prep for Thanksgiving (which came disturbingly early this year) and all the Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday-Tuesday… and so forth, it’s hard to imagine anyone actually accomplishing anything before the Advent calendars start opening on the 1st. Read More …

Casting the Seeds of Doubt…

Creedless: The lack of any system, doctrine, or formula of religious belief…  (See http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/creedless) As a result of my mother’s incapacitating long-term illness (Multiple Sclerosis), my father raised my sister and me as a single parent, at a time when such things were very far from the norm. Dad, not interested in organized religion, nevertheless instilled in me a wish to understand Read More …

VP Debate Transcript (October 11, 2012), courtesy of debates.org

VP Debate Transcript (October 11, 2012), courtesy debates.org

So here we are, less than 24 hours post-debate, and the news is making the rounds. Who won for style, who for substance, who for veracity of claims. The proof is in the words used, not necessarily how they were said and what reactions they caused.

When I launched this blog, it was in reaction to the volume and quality of the conversations I’ve had regarding the current state of our union, and what the candidates intend to do about it. I’m not looking for conspiracy theories, but they are dropping in my lap as I try to sort out truth from deception and attempt to make what I consider to be the best choice for the next four years.

In response to a FB friend’s comments about the sometimes condescending attitude of VP Biden towards Sen. Ryan, I discovered I was sharing, again, articles I had shared at least once on FB. I read a lot of the articles that have been written over the last four years. I’ve found that, by and large, FactCheck.org is a reliable source for reality versus fiction that is often passed off as truth by some news organizations. Here are today’s features from last night’s debate:

 

Trying to distinguish fact from blatant propaganda isn’t as easy as it ought to be, especially with members of the press serving more as mouthpieces for corporate and political greed and less as the objective sources they should be. Fortunately, not every source is as biased as some, but when it comes to checking the facts, I will believe what can be proven.

I’m a born skeptic. If I can’t find a basis in reality, I choose instead to disbelieve. I have every reason to think that some members of the GOP (most notably identified as Tea Party or Libertarian) have worked extra hard to make it possible for our economy to gain ground. This perpetual shooting ourselves in the foot can be traced back (if one cares to) as far back as Reaganomics. The culture has existed, to varying degrees, for at least 30 years, but has gained a recent toehold through emboldened fanatics who have attained office through the force of unenforceable promises and fear-mongering.

These top five articles go a very long way toward expressing my concerns about the looming political crisis. Those who are seeing this on FB for the first time might have missed them in the onslaught of my own personal war on stupidity and fear, so I’m not particularly sorry to be posting them again for future reference. As it is, I expect to slow down (somewhat) on the number and variety of posts each day, just to try and stem the constant flow. Not everyone has the time to sort and sift through the volumes of material these days. That’s why I’m here to call out the articles I find that have value for the discussion. 

Your mileage may vary (as always).

Back again later with more as I have the time. We are at 15 days and counting until early voting begins in Maryland, and another 10 days until Election Day. If you’re still undecided you still have time to consider your choices carefully. Even if you’ve made up your mind, read through these items. You might find you’re surprised by what you learn.

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Fair Warning (reposted from Facebook)

I posted this Note in response to some seriously inane conversation as a result of one of the many items I put up on my FB wall. It’s stunning how much better I can think when I have a night’s sleep. Y’all should probably be relieved that I’ve moved the majority of my political posts Read More …