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Afghanistan – Stay together for the children?

Afghanistan a divorce story
"No Matter The Timing, Withdrawing From Afghanistan Was Wrong " - that's the headline. I suppose that is a point of view we have to address because there are reasons to have stayed. At this point I still suspect we will go back. But, time will tell on that front. I am assuming that "no matter" in this headline is hyperbole. If taken on face value the only option would be to make Afghanistan a US t...
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Practical Stoicism

Practical Stoicism
I am not a true stoic. I am a modern stoic. I came to that long before I knew what stoicism was. Let me explain how that happened. I frequently use the phrase, "it is, what it is" which is a very stoic phrase. It is a phrase of acceptance. My mind came to that way of thought from the Serenity Prayer. It is most frequently employed by those in Alcoholics Anonymous. A plaque, similar to the one pi...
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A Climate Apology – Too Little – Too Late

Climate Apology
I don't think any single person has the right to apologize on behalf of environmentalists any more than I think a consensus of scientists saying something means they must be right and "sciency". However, it is nice to hear. It is nice to hear someone acknowledge that fear has been the propaganda of environmentalism. We hear it in an article titled, "On Behalf Of Environmentalists, I Apologize Fo...
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What’s with the rise in autism rates?

Mr. Rogers and Platy
The below musings were inspired by this article: Changes in gut microbiome play a role in autism development, study reveals (studyfinds.org) What causes autism? I don't think there is a single cause of autism. I don't think we are really talking about a single thing. What we call autism, I believe, is the presentation of symptoms rather than the disease itself. This isn't unique or new. Real...
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Episode 64 – Cultural Appropriation – So, So, Good!

Episode 64 - Cultural Appropriation - So, So, Good!
https://youtu.be/Hd_L5wNYEw4 Actually, Jackass, it is reasonable to believe that people have been sharing their cultures from the very beginning. As long as there have been humans those humans have been sharing ideas. Ogg and the chieftain Kroup'!tun met around a camp fire and told stories, shared food, and exchanged a slightly better way to sharpen a stick. Ogg left with a necklace and a flint...
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Lying Liars Lie – The worst kind of lies and Cuomo – #510

Lying liars lie
"People value the truth," said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during an interview on MSNBC. "Incompetent government kills people. More people died than needed to die in COVID." Cuomo said this before revelations came out that he hid information from the department of justice. You and I hear this and we are shocked. Fantastically shocked. I shouldn't be shocked of course. As Orwell put it, "Politica...
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But they sell Hitler! and other comments on bans – #509

but they sell hitler
Time and time again I see this point being made. You can't get Dr. Seuss, but you can get Hitler! Yes. So? The reason I say that is because the answer to "so?" seems to be that they should ban those books too, or in some cases if they allow those they should allow Dr. Seuss. My personal thinking is simple, they have the right to decide what to sell and consumers have the right to be upset about...
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Reparations are Racist and Wrong – Post#508

Reparations are Racist and Wrong - Post#508
This is a tactic of the political class that we should always pay attention to. They say things that pretty well everyone can agree to but leave off the solutions they propose because they know that people won't agree on those. We aren't as divided in the country as people thing. We agree on most things. It's what to do about those things that causes contention. Let's break down a little from Whit...
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Capitalism and the “failed” business – Post#507

Capitalism and the "failed" business - Post#507
Funky electronics chain Fry’s is no more | The Seattle Times Even as a young platypus I was into electronics. I used to take things apart and solder them back in different formats. When Fry's Electronics opened up it was my Mecca. I loved going in and picking a case, a motherboard, a processor, graphics card, hard drive, etc. Putting together your own system was the way to do it. I could afford...
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Episode 63 – Ted Cruz: The Great Escape

Episode 63 - Ted Cruz: The Great Escape
Ted Cruz ran away, fled the country, skipped town. If only he would have stayed he could have melted the ice or spun the turbines with his mighty breath! From both left and right I have read stories assailing Ted Cruz. Some say he "fled" to Cancun, some that he "escaped". One even said he "abandoned" them. As if he could have taken the entire state of Texas with him! Now some squinty-eye...
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Episode 61 – Rush Limbaugh Rest in Peace

Episode 61 - Rush Limbaugh Rest in Peace
Rush Limbaugh has passed away. For those who listen to Rush Limbaugh this announcement was expected. He had lung cancer. There are many on the left raising a glass to toast his death I am sure. He was always misunderstood by his critics. They obviously didn't listen to the show but only to the sound bites they were given. I have listened to Rush Limbaugh for a while now. Long enough to k...
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The Minimum Wage is Bad. Bad I tell you! Bad.

Blog Post 506 Minimum Wage
People want to do well. It is understandable that they would want government to ensure they get a good wage. People, you and I, want others to do well. It makes sense, that those who don't need the minimum wage, might still support it for the benefit of others. The idea breaks down quickly though if one ponders it honestly. If $15 is good, why not $20 or even $50? Eventually people will tell yo...
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Episode 59 – Black History Month Racism Run Amok

Episode 59 - Black History Month Racism Run Amok
It seems no matter where I look I see people telling me to pay attention to race and skin color. They want me to watch shows from a certain skin color and even buy from certain vendors because they have a certain skin color. I have been taught my entire life that this was racism but people are acting like it isn't. They are wrong.
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Episode 58 – Unmasked Bandit – Dottie Penguin Comments

Episode-58-Unmasked-Bandit---Dottie
PASADENA, Calif. (KABC) -- A maskless man was denied service at a Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles - so he returned with a gun, authorities say. Looks like a fellow in Pasadena, California wanted some chicken and waffles and the store wouldn't give him any because he wasn't wearing a mask. Dottie has commentary.
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