Does the end justify the means?

Does the end justify the means?

We are now 160 or so days into the Trump era and I have been watching and listening in mostly silent and at times stunned amazement at how the polarized factions of the American nation are evolving.  I must say I am not surprised by most of what has been attempted by the GOP-controlled Congress.  For all the token efforts to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act over the past seven years, the GOP replacement is anything but a done deal.  The entire evolution seems to underscore the old adage “be careful what you wish for, you might get it.”  Like the proverbial barking dog that finally caught the car, the House and Senate GOP got the tar baby that is health care reform dropped in their lap and have since discovered, like the 45th...

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One hundred days of lunacy

One hundred days of lunacy

A couple of weeks after winning the November General Election, the then President-elect delivered a speech to the nation detailing his bold plan for this first 100 days: Policy Plan for the First 100 Days Any non-Fox “News” journalist, ie, any reality based media person who is not a cheerleader for the current regime and is capable of reporting unvarnished real world first person facts will paint a much different picture than the 45th President’s alternate reality highlights.  Admittedly, Keith Olbermann is one of the guy’s more caustic critics and pulls no punches: The Resistance with Keith Olbermann on the First 100 Days For all the grief President Obama’s detractors spewed over the his alleged overindulgence in perfecting his golf...

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Turning back the Conservative tide

Turning back the Conservative tide

Regular readers may recall posts over the past couple years where I have taken note of massive tectonic plate shifts generated by high court decisions in favor of some of the pressing progressive social issues of our time.  A year ago I posted about feeling the axis tilting leftward in the aftermath of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.  Obviously,  I was not the only one to feel that leftward tilt as the conservative majority in the Congress took a stand and executed a well played strategy of “stall, dismiss and ignore” and succeeded in leaving a vacancy on the Supreme Court to be filled by the 45th President.  Here along the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66, the former Oklahoma Attorney General who prided himself on his reputation for...

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The United States of Oceania?

The United States of Oceania?

We have survived into the second week of President Trump’s America and to say this has been a newsworthy few days is an understatement.  In just over one week there have been over a dozen Presidential Executive Orders including some that impose unconstitutional overreach on specific segments of the population.  Through it all, the President has opted to attempt to underscore his legitimacy by floating the rightwing go-to argument of pervasive voter fraud.  This is playing out before the backdrop of the overarching intertwined issues of which facts, (empirical, experiential or “alternative”) will determine truth, who will control the frame of the message and which source or sources will be recognized as a legitimate deliverers of it.  This real...

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Processing the results: Arriving at my fork in the road

Processing the results:  Arriving at my fork in the road

As of 1:45 AM CST this past Wednesday morning all members of the Democratic majority throughout the nation and along this the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66 who care passionately about their country and its future have been working through the five stages of grief after Tuesday’s historically cataclysmic electoral loss.  I, like all the others, have been internally struggling hard to reconcile what the results mean for me and what my duty is going forward to exemplify in my daily life the democratic and humanistic values I hold dear.  I have done my best to lend a sympathetic ear to all kindred progressive spirits who are seeking decompression from wrestling with a toxic mixture of negative feelings of fear, disbelief, bewilderment and a growing...

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Documentary Film Review: Eat That Question–Frank Zappa in his own words

Documentary Film Review:  Eat That Question–Frank Zappa in his own words

Ever since that magical time in my youth when I acquired an eclectic taste for not only his music but the dark humor and excoriating social commentary of Frank Zappa, I have often retreated into my happy place where I keep my personal altar to one of my favorite musical and messaging geniuses.  Of all the great entertainers and enlightened minds that we have lost over the past twenty-five years Zappa ranks among the two I miss the most, the other being Mr. George Carlin.  Tulsa’s Circle Cinema was the venue on Friday evening for the premier of the new documentary film on the life of one of my all time favorite musicians, Eat That Question:  Frank Zappa in his own words.  There was even a Frank Zappa trivia session in the Circle’s gallery before the...

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