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Commentary and opinion on Human Behavior, Society, Current Events, History, Science, Politics,  Pandemics, growing older, wishing I were younger, defying the odds, defying authority, the strange mating practices of Liberals, mysterious medical maladies of Conservatives, and anything else that deserves my commentary and opinion… whether you have any interest in my random palaver or not.
I do NOT know where Jimmy Hoffa is buried so don’t even ask.
(Huh?  Did I just hear someone out there ask, “Who the hell is Jimmy Hoffa?”)
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Is American Democracy Failing?

Is American Democracy Failing?

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Today’s Pontificate –  Just experiencing during the last four years the national political mood impacting cultural norms, the effects of the pandemic, the seeming disarray of once trusted government institutions, the continued fighting for individual equality in government and society, a tumultuous election that strikes at the core of our prime democratic liberty… one could very easily interpret a whole lot of this as some failing of American democracy.  To answer the question that is the title of this post… no, American democracy is not failing.


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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (wtf?)

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (wtf?)

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Today’s Pontificate –  The title above is actually a place on this planet.  Just when you thought you knew all there is to know in life, something like this pops up to humble one’s self.


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Characterizations Of Charisma

Characterizations Of Charisma

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Today’s Pontificate –  No.. this isn’t a post about the guy pictured above.  Well, it is a bit of an “in memorium”, but his character persona was his charisma.  Yet it does illustrate to some degree how some people can manage to find loyal followers based on a personal “charisma” in delivering particular message… at the right time.


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Jeffery Toobin And Cancel Culture

Jeffery Toobin And Cancel Culture

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Today’s Pontificate –  This last week we learned of yet another celeb-of-sorts dangling a bit too many participles on a vidcam to the world.  What usually follows is the almost predictable late night jokes and public judgement that can change careers.  Sometimes justifiable… sometimes, uh… questionable.


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The “High Hatters” Social Club

The “High Hatters” Social Club

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Today’s Pontificate –  Like Joni Mitchell sang, “you don’t know what you got till it’s gone”.  My parents’ generation carried with it a culture of family inclusion and friendships and simply getting together on a regular basis to give their own lives an incentive for what was important to them.  I witnessed and experienced a piece of that.


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Some Personal Thoughts About Being A Military Veteran

Some Personal Thoughts About Being A Military Veteran

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Today’s Pontificate –   I served, and I survived unscathed.  I guarded nuclear weapons in storage, and I guarded nuke-laden bombers on alert, ready to launch on a Presidential go-ahead.  I supervised others on that same mission assignment…. knowing my responsibility was to assure our nation’s ability to strike at an enemy.  I simply served and did my duty. No heroics found here.


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