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The haunting fear

Posted 4 August 2010 by
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H. L. Mencken said that Puritanism was “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” Why do the reactionary among us have that haunting fear that government somewhere, somehow may hold the solution for our problems?

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Child soldiers

Posted 3 July 2010 by
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Was William Billings describing the facts when he wrote that British generals fled before our beardless youth in the Revolutionary War? Or, was he being boastful?

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Immigration and the American Nation

Posted 3 July 2010 by
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The Declaration of Independence

Refusing to pass immigration reform law was an issue used as a bullet point against King George III in the Declaration of Independence. Apparently the more things change, the more they stay the same. What do you hear in the Declaration?

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May Day

Posted 30 April 2010 by
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Because of what happened in Chicago on 1 May 1886, we all stop on May Day to remember those prayed for the dead and fight like hell for the living.

Oh, wait.

We do not honor labor on May Day in the United States.

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Fly your flag to show support for federal employees through February 25, 2010

Posted 18 February 2010 by
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Why should a person be subject to death simply because they work in a federal office building? We need to show our support for all federal employees at this time. Some accuse them of being a serious problem. Of course, it isn’t true. They are working according to the conditions and standards we set for [...]

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TSA Police: Using air marshals as train platform security patrols

Posted 13 February 2010 by
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On February 12, 2010, I had opportunity to ride the Sounder from Seattle to Everett during the evening rush hour. I much prefer paying the premium fare to ride the train over riding the bus. You do not get stuck in the traffic following an accident on a train. You have toilet facilities on the [...]

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Combatant defined

Posted 23 January 2010 by
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Two recent strings of news stories have raised a question in my mind. First, there are the stories about bringing those detained at Guantanamo to the US mainland. Second, the death of the CIA officers in Afgahnastan. I feel they are related. The reason for using the term “enemy combatant” for those detained at Guantanamo [...]

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Carrying a handgun

Posted 1 December 2009 by
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I am not against firearms. There are legitimate uses. I question the standard reasons given for the average person carrying a handgun. Particularly the reasons for carrying a concealed weapon. The reason for carrying a concealed weapon is protection from other humans. If you encounter a bear in Everett, your typical handgun—concealed or open carry—is [...]

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Only one prosecuting attorney candidate with comprehensive experience

Posted 1 December 2009 by
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This is a letter I sent to The Daily Herald in Everett, Washington regarding replacement of the Snohomish County Prosecutor. The Snohomish County Council needs to replace our prosecuting attorney. There is a lot of talk that only one candidate deserves it. That is true. The Office of Prosecuting Attorney oversees more than criminal prosecution. [...]

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Obama as Nobel Laureate: To see ourselves as others see us

Posted 10 October 2009 by
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One of the first things I heard today on Weekend Edition Saturday was Scott Simon’s essay “Gandhi, King, Walesa, Mandela—Obama?” The essay ends with this twist. The president said yesterday, “I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who’ve been honored by this prize.” [...]

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There’s a name I haven’t heard in a while

Posted 6 October 2009 by
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John Birch Society

On Monday evening, October 5, 2009, I watch the PBS program “Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Times.” Knowing about the quality reporting attributed to the Los Angeles Times in recent times, I decided to watch this program. With its recognized quality today (even after a buyout from Chicago), I was a bit surprised to [...]

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Just what we need: another day that will live in infamy

Posted 11 September 2009 by
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The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building two days after the bombing

I can hear the smallest child asking, “Why is September 11 different from all other days?” When will we have the ability to say it isn’t? Don’t get me wrong. What happened on 11 September 2001 combined horror and heroism, bigotry and beauty, history and the here-and-now. But, how does this make it different from [...]

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I am going to vote the way I want to vote

Posted 4 September 2009 by
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Nothing like stopping a crowd with giving an answer that is not expected. This also turned into a good discussion on health care reform. Did everyone catch that Switzerland has very regulated private health care insurance companies? This is the cost of not having some sort of public option. Congratulations to Senator Franken for showing [...]

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Another Rick Larsen achievement

Posted 13 August 2009 by
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Hon. Rick Larsen on the Colbert Report

In honor of US Rep. Rick Larsen’s hosting of a medical reform legislation town hall meeting with about 3,000 people last night in Everett, it is time to honor Larsen’s other great achievement. Being on the Colbert Report. The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Better Know a District – Washington’s 2nd – [...]

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Kabuki theater can be a good thing

Posted 12 August 2009 by
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Rick Larsen at the Everett Town Hall on Health Care

The Hon. Rick Larsen, US Representative from the 2nd District of Washington State (D), moved his Everett, Washington, town hall forum on health care to Everett Memorial Stadium. For a bit more than 2.5 hours, Rep. Larsen led a respectful discussion with a crowd estimated by several sources of around 3000 people, including the Everett [...]

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Kabuki health care theater

Posted 11 August 2009 by
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Since the word kabuki is believed to derive from the verb kabuku, meaning “to lean” or “to be out of the ordinary”, kabuki can be interpreted as “avant-garde” or “bizarre” theatre. The expression kabukimono (歌舞伎者) referred originally to those who were bizarrely dressed and swaggered on a street. (Wikipedia, Kabuki, retrieved 11 August 2009) US [...]

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