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review 2016-04-30 21:41
Hmmm. Another book not for me?
A History of the Republican Party To Make Men Free (Hardback) - Common - by Heather Cox Richardson

I must say, I'm a bit surprised. I've had this book on my books to read for quite awhile and finally decided it was really a good time to pick it up and give it a shot. Unfortunately it was definitely not something that worked for me.


As the book purports to be, the author is looking at the Republican Party of the US. From its birth from prior to the Civil War and touching upon the election of Barack Obama as POTUS.According to the author the party struggles to balance for the right to equal opportunities, property ownership, plus issues like race/class/religious considerations, etc. You may agree, you may not, but that's the author's thesis.


I didn't have trouble with the content or her bias and normally this would very much be a book I'd like and read. But I found the book unbelievably boring and a struggle to get through. I'm confused because numerous reviews talk about how it's an "easy" read and I didn't get that sense at all. I don't mind history or really big books. But I just found the author's style exceptionally tedious and wonder if it's me or whether I'm not actually in the mood for this or what.


Certainly would be of interest to those who want to know more about the GOP. And as reviews warn, there's a definitely liberal/progressive bias. Personally I thought the writing was excruciating in terms of style but perhaps it's a book I should revisit in the future instead.

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text 2015-10-29 00:07
How Republicans Are Fucking Everything Up For Themselves

With the GOP debate scheduled for tonight, I started thinking of questions to tweet to what could be the biggest group of poster children for mental instability ever to be gathered in one place and televised (seriously, have you heard Carson and Trump speak?). But then something occurred to me. Something that might actually sway some Republicans to rethink their positions on critical talking points like raising the minimum wage.


If you're a republican, you're fucking things up for yourselves. No, don't run away, read the rest of this. I will try to be respectful from here on out, but I have very little filter, so I apologize in advance if I offend you with how poor this nation is.


While I was out at my local thrift store today, I noticed how busy they were on a Wednesday afternoon. It's quarter-book day, but I was the only person in the book section, something I still cannot comprehend. Anyway, it astounded me that this place would be so packed in the middle of the week. And then it hit me. 


When the nation has such little disposable income and the minimum wage isn't a living wage and trickle-down economics is a thing, you're really and truly screwing yourselves. People shop secondhand and Walmart and hit up neighborhood food pantries. Do you know what all these things have in common? Zero to very-little tax income. Thrift stores put no money back into the community, at least not here. All the thrift stores in town are church owned, and we all know churches don't pay taxes. Food pantries do not pay taxes on the food they give away. And Walmart employees are paid such low wages that they require public assistance just to survive.


Why is this? Republicans cannot be this blind. You're stealing from yourselves by not raising the minimum wage. If consumers cannot consume new items, you're missing out on tax dollars. How are the rich going to get any richer if the government doesn't have the money to offer them tax breaks and loans? How are you going to buy poster board and sticks and markers to protest Planned Parenthood if there's nothing to trickle down? How in the name of all-holy Tom Cruise are you going to buy more guns if the NRA goes broke due to lack of government kickbacks? What are you going to do?!?!?!?!?!?


Surely we must vote to raise the minimum wage so that you may continue to be rich and comfortable and entitled and segregated from the filthy working class. Because if you don't, the terrorists win.


*hugs and high fives*



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review 2015-07-26 00:05
Between The Lines by J. Scothworth
Between the Lines - J. Scott Coatsworth

“The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable,” ~ James A Garfield

If possible, would you really want the ability to know what people are thinking between the lines of what they say? With the help of a magical medallion, Brad Weston is able to hear what people really think of him and it hurts. Brad finds the people he respected and trusted, who he thought felt the same way about him, harbor awful thoughts about him. Brad's world shifts on its axis, everything he thought he knew is not what others think about him. It causes him to doubt himself and he mistrusts what everyone else says or does. Brad needs to reorder his life and isn't below using the medallion to help him.

Despite the Republican party's stance on LGBT rights and other matters Brad holds dear, he has gained what he thinks is a well-respected position with them as a state senator's chief of staff. His boss dumps a lot of her work on Brad, but it seems to go with the territory. Until the medallion revealed her inner thoughts, Brad would have never believed they are, at best, bigoted and condescending. It is quite a blow to Brad's ego. As if that weren't bad enough, his boyfriend of five years, Alex, is acting peculiar and dismissive and is gone more than usual. The medallion is supposed to be a five-year anniversary present. Sadly, Alex disappoints and hurts Brad deeply when the medallion shows him Alex's true feelings. Feeling totally lost, Brad doesn't know in which direction to turn, but he still has the medallion which he's learned to depend upon to show him the truth. Just as he's about to give up, Sam, the intern in his office, makes a move in his direction and won't take no for an answer. Brad wonders if he can trust Sam, or anyone for that matter, to be truthful and turns to the medallion for answers.

Sam appreciates the opportunity to intern in the senator’s desk, but it's not his life's ambition. He's more comfortable in jeans and a T-shirt, but, as his mother tells him, it's time for him to grow up. He sees the internship as a stepping stone to something bigger and more suitable for him. Until then, he's willing to play the game, even though it keeps him in the closet.  Sam is interested in Brad, who is his boss and acknowledges Sam's existence by the special cup of coffee he brings him every morning. Right after Brad's awful revelations of truth, he runs out of his office and right into Sam, literally knocking him down. Sam sees his distress and tries to comfort him but Brad, blind with rage, tries to reject him. Sam won't be deterred and steers Brad somewhere where they can talk.

This is a brief but well-written love story about two men working in politics, but with different outlooks; for Sam it's just an internship, but for Brad, it's where his future lies, despite some of the party's attitudes being in conflict with his beliefs. Brad is still idealistic enough to think he can make a difference, even though the Republican party's ideals have shifted from governing and into bargains, bribes, and donations. The medallion is an excellent way to show Brad where he is in life, rather than where he hopes to be and gives him the opportunity to change it. If you like politics, gay men, magical medallions, truth, and honesty, then you may enjoy 'Between the Lines.'  Thank you, J. Scott, for the informative insight into politics and for reminding us that honesty is the best policy.

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text 2014-10-08 15:09
O'reilly asks Panetta the Tough Questions




Props to Bill O'Reilly for asking the tough questions and to Mr. #Panetta for answering them...now watch the spin begin...my predictions:
1) George #Bush signed a Statement of Forces ( #SOF ) agreement before he left office and for some reason that prevented #Obama from making a decision on his own (which is just laughable)

2) We shouldn't have been there in the first place

3) #Oreilly is shown on #FoxNews so nothing he says can be trusted

Forget the facts, forget the tens of thousands of people slaughtered in Iraq, it's just about trying to salvage SOMETHING from the failed policies of this#President

#politics #democrat #Republican #Iraq #ISIS #tcot #tlot #slipstream #WilliamFripp

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text 2014-10-01 22:40
Why Modern Liberals Hate FoxNews




Everyday when debating issues with people I hear the same old tired complaints from leftists:


"Well, you get your news from Faux News/Faux Noise/(insert thinly veiled  insult disguised as pseudo witticism here)"


As if the only way I, an independent conservative former Libertarian, could ever develop an informed opinion without my conservative "masters" telling me what it is and how to present it. I find this highly insulting and, to be blunt, this is the epitome of the proverbial pot calling the kettle black. When I hear the same talking points ad nauseum and verbatim from so many different people, I cannot help but assume that they came from the same source, because it's virtually impossible that so many different people can parrot the same exact lines without harvesting them from the same orchard. I could be wrong, but a duck is a duck, after all.


So, is Foxnews really Satan's platform for spreading the subversive messages of modern conservatism? No doubt they have an agenda, no doubt that agenda is right leaning and no doubt there are scores of people who do indeed get their opinions from that single source, exactly the way left says they do. FoxNews viewers and right wing extremists share a common core; rejection of everything "liberal", in the modern sense, though not all are rabid extremists and not all agree on everything.


The main reason "liberals" hate FoxNews is that until FoxNews came along, the "liberal" left had a monopoly on so-called "news" coverage in this country and there was no outlet for the other side except Rush Limbaugh, and Ozzy knows that message is about as right leaning and shrill as any political entertainment program out there, but it was the ONLY one for a long time. FoxNews emerged as a conservative voice in a "liberal" wilderness of PC thuggery and right wing hating demagoguery that demonized anyone and everyone who dared speak out against anything "progressive" (which is another word bastardized into meaning exactly the opposite of it's original definition). Still, to this day, FoxNews pretty much stands alone as the only conservative based "news" media outlet, pitted against NBC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, the Huffington Post, Mother Jones and so many other left leaning "liberal" apologist sources that there are too many to name in this blog post. (Here is a link that lists most of them) *This same source has an equally long list of conservative news outlets, most of which are internet based*


And what is the message these "news" outlets want you to know? Conservatives are ALL racists, backward thinking, mouth breathing, knuckle dragging contrarians who want to keep you down, take all the "wealth" and hoard it so no one can ever hope to rise above the poverty level, leave your parents and grandparents destitute and steal their Social Security, deny children an education and food...basically we are all evil and hate anyone who isn't white and rich. Conservatives want to "...have dirtier air, dirtier water, less people with health insurance..."; we are "tea baggers", neo-Cons, war mongers, homophobes and religious nuts and all we want is more, more, more...


So, is it really surprising that, in the face of this much raw hatred from the left, fomented by every "news" outlet on television, in print and on the radio, conservatives would flock to the one place where they can have their beliefs and their ideals championed? I was bullied as a child, mercilessly, because I was a skinny little runt with big ears and because children are the cruelest creatures on this earth until they learn what it feels like to be on the receiving end. I was beaten, ridiculed, terrorized and tortured for most of childhood, until I found a friend who decided I was worth talking to, worth being with and once I found that one friend, I knew for sure that no matter what happened to me, I always mattered to him. He was there when I needed him (and still is), so I stuck to him like glue. FoxNews emerged as that one friend for conservatives, when the rest of the media world was bullying them. And "liberals" hate Fox, not because of the message itself, but because it isn't THEIR message, because it offers a different (though not necessarily always correct) choice than "fall in line or f**k off". 


To be fair, "liberals" these days are no less demonized, no less the subject of hate filled diatribes from the right leaning pundits and ideologues and have every right to be as insulted by what some on my side throw at them, the caveat being that the vast majority of right wing mudslinging occurs on social media and the internet rather  than from institutionalized and highly regimented "traditional" news outlets. 


But if you're reading this far, if you haven't automatically fallen into the trap of dismissing my message because it's true but it's different from yours, then read this:


DON'T get your views from television shows, DON'T base your opinions on the same misinformation others in your "party" spoon feed you and DON'T let your default position be whatever the news media you watch tells you it should be if you want to be a "good American", because America wasn't born with that mindset, it was born with the mindset that WE ALL, "conservative", "liberal" or whatever, have an equal say in the direction the country takes, we ALL are important and we ALL have a voice...don't let yours be silenced by FoxNews, or MSNBC or me or ANYONE...the future of the country depends on it.



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