Category Archives: Opinions & Commentary

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Another False Alarm, Again

Gun sight Crosshairs

Gun sight Crosshairs

This past Friday I was caught up in an “active shooter” alert inside my ten-story office building. The alert turned out to be a false alarm, triggered in error during a building drill, but for about five minutes I, and everyone who received the alert, were thinking about the real possibility of being shot and killed inside our office.

 

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Something Good Happened this Week.

Tesla's Starman

Tesla’s Starman

With all the horrors of news these past months, there are times when I need to step back and realize that there are some really cool things happening in our tired old world. One of those really cool things happened this past week.

I’m talking, of course, about Tesla’s Starman and an incredible advancement of our exploration of space.

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Trump’s Shithole Country

Pres*dent Trump

Pres*dent Trump

So a couple of days ago our Pres*dent expressed his knowledge of world geography by referring to all African nations, the Central American nation of El Salvador, and the island nation of Haiti, as “shitholes.” This presumably also referred to the people native to those countries, as trump used his “shithole” comment to prove why those people should not be allowed to emigrant to the United States of America. 

I have something to say about this. 

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Are We A Police State Yet?

Unfriendly Cop

Unfriendly Cop

This past Sunday, a paying passenger was forcibly removed from a United Airlines (UA) flight in Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, in the process beaten and his face bloodied by airport security officers removing him. The paying passenger’s crime, the reason for this violent removal from an aircraft after being seated? UA needed the seat so some of their own employees could travel instead. 

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We Are All Immigrants

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

All four of my grandparents were immigrants. One, my maternal grandfather, entered the US “illegally.” Both my first and present wives are immigrants. My first wife left the Philippines during the final years of the Marcos dictatorship, at a time when conditions in that country were rapidly deteriorating.  

The decree Pre*ident trump issued this past Friday, blocking all Muslims of seven nations from entering America, deeply and personally offends me.

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A Day To Stand Up

Woman in Pink

Woman in Pink

Yesterday our national nightmare started, and today is the first day for American’s to stand up and let the world know that this is not who we are. I cannot get to the Women’s Watch on Washington event, so I’m going to have to do what I can to show my support. Consider this simple post on my bit of Cyberspace as my contribution to the cause.

 

 

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What Happens Next?

Our National Loss

Our National Loss

It’s still difficult for me to process all my emotions from November’s election results. Feelings of dread about what happens next; feelings of loss for what could have been; feelings of disbelief knowing that so many of my fellow Americans voted for a person that represents the worst side of humanity; I’m trying to process all these feelings running on the same track. Underneath all of these is a feeling of deep anger at the people who believed Trump was anything more than a master con artist who says anything he has to, to get what he wants, and does whatever suits his ego.

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A Reasonable Price?

Gun Sight Crosshairs

Gun Sight Crosshairs

In considering America’s latest record-setting mass murder of unarmed people – the Orlando nightclub shooting of June 12- I have to once again ask this question;

“Is a periodic mass murder of innocent people inside homes, churches, schools, shopping malls or other public places, a reasonable price to pay for the unrestricted right of anyone to own as many guns, of any type, that they desire?”

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In Honor of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr

Martin Luther King's Celebration of Life

Dr. Martin Luther King’s Celebration of Life

Today is the national holiday honoring the birth of Martin Luther King Jr, the man who forced America to examine our history of racism for a short while. I was only 12 years old when he was cut down in the prime of his life, but I remember the day of his assassination just as clearly as I remember the day President Kennedy was cut down.

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