The horror of normalizing chaos government

The horror of normalizing chaos government

We are nearly four and a half months away from being a mere three years removed from the emergence of the ultimate political chaos candidate announcing his intent to seek the nation’s highest office.  As a political novice who had previously never been elected to anything, he managed to turn convention on its head by masterfully using his media background to belittle, humiliate and dismiss all other GOP  primary opponents on his way to his party’s nomination.  Credit where credit is due, *President Donald J. Trump demonstrated a keen superiority at campaigning.  He was in fact so good at it that he readily pivots back to it when the duties of his office fail to net him enough of the praise he so craves.  His target marketing use of blatant demagoguery...

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The Moody Blues: 50 years of future passed

The Moody Blues:  50 years of future passed

As I have stated on several occasions previous, music that touches the soul and inspires the spirit forms a tapestry that serves as the backdrop of life.  Few things arouse the senses as thoroughly as a live performance of by an artist and group that has been an integral part of one’s daily auditory escape for most of the past fifty years.  Tuesday evening January 23rd, Justin Hayward and The Moody Blues filled the BOK Center in Tulsa with an evening of melodic and harmonic satisfaction.  This concert, a stop on the 50th anniversary tour commemorating the group’s  album Days of Future Passed,  was not yet three weeks removed from the passing of founding group member Ray Thomas.  There was a period of reverence before the beginning of the show...

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USS Pueblo Incident + 50: An unresolved issue with North Korea

USS Pueblo Incident + 50:  An unresolved issue with North Korea

The more things change the more they stay the same.  That particular aphorism may be wearing pretty thin of late but it sure fits this particular anniversary.  Members of the “below 50” demographic  may remember reading or hearing about it in the Cold War chapter of a high school U.S. History course.  Yours Truly was a wide-eyed third grader at Kendall Elementary when America learned of the seizure of the USS Pueblo by the North Koreans on the evening news.  Fifty years ago today that aforementioned Cold War became very hot when naval and air forces of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea fired on, boarded, took the Captain, officers and crew prisoner, seized the vessel and took it to Wonsan.  This action was undertaken by the DPRK forces...

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Capturing progressive inertia

Capturing progressive inertia

Is it ever too early to begin thinking about and planning for what may lie ahead?  The future is upon us and the time to plan for it is the here and now.  I have always been pretty hit-or-miss when endeavoring at matters involving what might happen on the timeline forward of the present.  I do not have a big crystal ball to make wild predictions or foresee who might rise and rate the favor of that fickle dynamic known as fortune.  At this point in any election cycle just like before the first game of any sport of any season, all candidates be they challengers or incumbents are winners in a landslide. I have however been able to see and read the proverbial writing on the wall and in no uncertain terms there is a growing level of dissatisfaction with government at...

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Endings, beginnings, aspirations and expectations

Endings, beginnings, aspirations and expectations

This week as I transitioned into living in 2018, I experienced a deep and visceral sensation that I am sitting stationary on a huge existential conveyor belt being slowly but forever pulled forward on a great master timeline.  So many times in my life the month of January has been one of endings and beginnings, both literal and metaphorical.  I remember forty years ago the passing of my last living grandparent on New Year’s morning 1978.  The following day the Barry Switzer coached Oklahoma Sooners were dealt a humiliating drubbing in the Orange Bowl at the hands of the Lou Holtz coached Arkansas Razorbacks.  The current January is showing signs of continuing in such a tradition.  Although nobody close to me died this week, on New Year’s Night, my...

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