Category Archives: Politics

Let’s Have Another Surge

Why not? Because 2020 was so much fun, especially for health care workers. Last time I checked, the operation for vaccines was developed under Mr Trump’s administration. So I find it super curious so many of the man’s ideological supporters … Continue reading

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That Phone Number, Please?

Honestly, the lack of knowledge demonstrated by some Republicans these days (not to mention finesse) makes me wonder. Governor Noem from twitter: A little geography lesson, recalling that we often cite Columbus or Leif Eriksen as discoverers of “America,” despite … Continue reading

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More Maturity

In my real life as a citizen, I listen to good advice from people who want to control a pandemic. I began wearing a mask outside of my home and car when I was advised to do so late last … Continue reading

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CDF Sets The Table

This is an interesting development, as described at Whispers. (T)he Holy See’s distinct, but veiled skepticism over a Communion clash has taken a marked leap in volume, with the church’s lead doctrinal official warning that the push would be “misleading … Continue reading

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Rick Santorum, Non-Smoker

Note: this post does not endorse the activity of inhaling the smoke of burned leaves native to the Americas. Or support of Big Tobacco in its efforts to enslave the world to nicotine. If a North Carolina senator tried to … Continue reading

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Rick Santorum’s Civics Lesson

The retired GOP senator-turned-pundit doesn’t cover himself in glory with his timid walk-back from native culture remarks last week. He thinks it’s mostly about the west. Maybe his family will reject pasta aglio e olio for Thanksgiving dinner and bring … Continue reading

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City-States?

I noticed that GOP Senator Susan Collins spoke in favor of returning the District of Columbia to the state of Maryland. In this way, the people of the city of Washington get representation in Congress, but not two extra Senators. … Continue reading

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State Names

It seems like a cottage industry, picking apart this unfortunate quote from earlier this week: We came here and created a blank slate. We birthed a nation from nothing. I mean, there was nothing here. I mean, yes we have … Continue reading

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Native Culture In Money

It’s over a hundred years ago, but amazingly, a Native American was depicted on a $5 silver certificate. Here’s the description from the Antique Money site: The Native American depicted on the 1899 $5 bill is not just a random … Continue reading

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The Rick Santorum Diet

I was noting some headlines involving Rick Santorum’s quote: We birthed a nation from nothing. I mean, there was nothing here. I mean, yes we have Native Americans but candidly there isn’t much Native American culture in American culture. Some … Continue reading

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Bloody White Mischief

When the background hum tells you something is off: I viewed the Bush II admin with suspicion on their intrusion into citizens’ lives over a decade ago. I observe that after more than 3 months of being a Minnesota resident, … Continue reading

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I Hope It’s True

I notice a politician from a neighboring state embarrasses himself on science. It’s not really news to see politicians tripping themselves up on things. These days, it’s often sex. Maybe the GOP is particularly prone to bumbling science. And sex. … Continue reading

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Cancel Hypocrisy

What complainers today are calling cancel culture, I once termed the hermeneutic of subtraction. I remember well the subtractions by conservatives in recent times: that Super Bowl quarterback who knelt, that 2004 USCCB employee who supported the Kerry campaign, the … Continue reading

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First Books

I have no memory of what must have been my first childhood books. I do remember my mother subscribing to a book club, and I found the Dr Seuss tomes and other volumes a bit too childish for my six- … Continue reading

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On Bullying

A Catholic blogger dismantles the USCCB twitter case against Equality here. One of her five points touches on the issue of bullying, on which the bishops may have a point. But alas, I haven’t ever experienced Catholic institutions as being … Continue reading

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