MY UNCOMMON SENSE – That Quirky 2nd Amendment!

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Click on the image to go to an interesting CNN article.

I’ve been wanting to do a “Second Amendment” post for a long time now and I suppose this being an election year there might be some value to making this post now.  Now.. before you roll your eyes thinking this is just another grand volatile and scathing opinion in favor for or against gun ownership or gun control let me preface this by trying to explain my motive here.  I like to present my views not so much based on debating facts and figures but in trying to inject some common sense into trying to understand the argument in general.

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Why Trump Won’t Win The Election (And Why I’m Glad He Tried)

My umpteenth election.

My umpteenth election.

Oh, I know.  Who am I to venture any sort prophecy about the result of the upcoming general election this November.  More to the point, why would I even think anyone else would care what I thought one way or the other.  Well, it’s my blog.  I’ve also seen a lot of these elections come and go in the last 65 years.  So I suppose I qualify an opinion on the subject simply because I’m an aging Baby Boomer helping to bankrupt Social Security and presumably leaving future generations to flounder in some apocalyptic social debt.  (P.S. – I’ve heard that political theme all my life.)

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My Own List Of Urban Fact, Fantasy, And Speculative Conjecture Regarding Police Violence And The Apparent Upsurge In Racism In America.

Who fears whom here?

Who fears whom here?

Whew.. that is a long post title!  Well, like the suddenly popular photo above captured by Reuters’ Jonathan Bachman suggests, this whole thing is simply about fear.  Fear of loosing something, fear of surrendering something, fear of being a victim, fear of the status quo, fear of loosing the status quo… and the beat goes on.

The following is my list of current subjects of conjecture that are permeating our news feeds.  It all boils down to fear… not who to blame.

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…And Then There’s Trump.

Bragging?

Bragging?

There’s something about the Donald I’ve always kinda liked.  Well, not seriously.  Real estate guru and quasi-politician aside, I suppose he’s entertaining, in his own right.  But he’s an interesting composite of narcissism, flamboyance, myth and legend, who tries to convince the world that he’s humble regarding his wealth and power, yet in the same breath wants us to know he’s rich… and he’s the boss.   Put all that in an easily illustrated caricature of blonde hair, bushy eyebrows, an assortment of facial expressions, and an outspoken demeanor and you have a popular fellow you either hate or like. Continue reading

Everybody Has An Opinion, But Mine Counts.

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The strength of blogging is that us bloggers get to reach out into the seemingly endless void of the internet and find others to prop up our egos or flat out go tell us to fly a kite (or, go to hell).  The real talent are those people who can write a reply to your post, profoundly agree with what you said in their first paragraph, then spend the rest of their reply nicely telling the you how much of an intellectual buffoon you are.  Gotta love it.  Yet as bloggers we relish the number of followers we can get as if it were some medal of honor achievement to have 5,231 followers who you think are indulging in your every printed word as if you were the Pied Piper. Continue reading

Golly! I Have A New White Man’s Job; I’m Supposed To Challenge Racism Among My Peers!

I prefer, "Human Lives Matter"

I prefer, “Human Lives Matter” because racism affects all humanity.

Back when I joined the military in 1971 the Pentagon had a program targeted to try and ease race relations tensions on government installations.  By the time I arrived on the scene the urban civil violence of the 60’s was waning a bit; the racial demonstrations and civil rights marches of the day had torn up a few major urban areas around the country and things were cooling down. Continue reading