Category Archives: Politics

The Day After

The early morning shot of the ballot processing room. Lower left, you can see stacks of ballots in their lavender envelopes ready to be processed. The green bins on the lower right look to be ballots ready to be opened … Continue reading

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Vote Center

Here is an “action” shot of our county’s third vote center–the socially-distanced tables for filling in the blanks. This image was captured between the lunch hour and 3pm–our two busiest times. The state of Washington still operates with paper ballots. … Continue reading

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Of Dodgers, And Not Dodging The Virus

I notice that Los Angeles has collected the second championship of the pandemic era. I had a good friend in ministry years ago in Virginia who was all things Dodgers. I imagine he is thrilled his favorite baseball team has … Continue reading

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Elmer Fudd For President

Election officials frequently see candidates written in for public office. In my state, the November slate for lieutenant governor features the top two vote-getters from August’s primary. Since they are both Democrats, a Republican is mounting a serious write-in campaign. … Continue reading

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Call Some New Holidays

The annual hang-wringing over Christopher Columbus now mostly completed, my thinking is that we need a few new federal holidays right now. Not as replacements, but as additions. Other countries get nice things like more vacation than US Americans. We already … Continue reading

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Of Columbus

I know the holiday is here by the apologists who contribute to my communication feeds. I’ve been a Knight of Columbus for over twenty years. Perhaps the national office’s presumption is that they will find a friendly eye and ear … Continue reading

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Which Comes First?

Fact-check or spell-check? I don’t have a problem with entertainment folk diving into politics. I think satire can be a good release, a sort-of third millennium court jesterhood. So, this headline appeared on my social media feed: Any Coney Barrett Says … Continue reading

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Solicited Apologies

When I was growing up, my mom had some strange notion that a person needs to learn to do things like apologize without being prompted. Much. I suppose it was some Baptist literal interpretation of Matthew 5:23, which actually cautions … Continue reading

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Unreliable

As news about the US president’s health circulated in social media Friday, I was slightly surprised at the breadth of skepticism. That a few of my friends would think it was all a lie to develop sympathy, avoid debate2, or … Continue reading

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Mammonized

Who was it that said that little dollop about faith and disbelief? For the person of faith no proof is necessary; for the non-believer, no proof will be enough. Probably Chesterton. Anyway, the same kind of thing seems to apply … Continue reading

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On A Justice

I see much hand-wringing on the political situation surrounding the latest nomination to the SCOTUS. It’s lamentable that so much ideology is invested in a judiciary, one way or the other. Like some people, I don’t think this is really … Continue reading

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Forced Exit

Somebody asked me, “Who’s Becciu?” The only thing I knew about him was how to pronounce his last name–assuming it’s Italian. The tale of his departure from the active cardinalate is whispered here. Apparently, it’s about finances. Maybe a decade ago … Continue reading

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Burying

A friend of a social media friend protested the accusation that Christians have been seen as disrespectful of the late Justice Ginsburg.  I haven’t seen any evidence of that. If I hadn’t read a regular blog, or been facebook-attached to … Continue reading

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Russian Venus

My wife mentioned to me that Russia has claimed Venus. The Soviets were at the forefront of exploration on that planet for the early decades of the Space Age. Sometimes international politics is more noise than substance. In space, there … Continue reading

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FOCA, Many Years Later

I see the American Right is ginning up the “base” on abortion again. Must be a federal election year, eh? I was reviewing some old writing here from almost twelve years ago. One friend posted: For the record, if Obama … Continue reading

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