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NFL, NASCAR and America

So the Divisionaries continue to divide… It’s true that NASCAR has only had 4 black drivers in its history, notably one being a black woman. Yet, the popularity of the sport fades in the light of Football. Where 64% of Americans claim to be fans. Break that down to 73% of men and 55% of […]

26Sep2017 | | 3 comments | Continued
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The Homosexual Paradigm – Personal Experience

(Originally posted May 1, 2012.  Re-posted out of a sense of need for the current discussion). There is no universal homosexual paradigm – but there are strong paradigms that drive our society.   Previous generations of Americans often ignored the Gay community – you stay in your closet, I’ll stay in mine.  Today we find the […]

1Mar2017 | | 8 comments | Continued
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Page Displays In A Mobile World

thefiresidepost.com launched in 2007.  We had some success.  Success caused a ripple in our egos – my son’s and mine.  Some people liked our political commentary while others preferred our essays on recipes.  Where should we focus? was the question.  By 2008 we determined that we had an online magazine.  Our magazine knows no bounds […]

2Dec2016 | | 1 comment | Continued
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thefiresidepost.com is Back On Line. Bluehost, SiteLock, and Malware

What a pain in the whazoo.  Sorry for the down time folks.  We are back on line.  Here is the deal as I understand it. I am not a good wordpress site administrator.  My son usually does that work but he actually has a real job so I have been taking care of updating our […]

1Dec2016 | | Comments Off on thefiresidepost.com is Back On Line. Bluehost, SiteLock, and Malware | Continued
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Donald Trump Late Night jokes

“Yesterday, Donald Trump said, ‘If I lose, I don’t think you’ll ever see me again.’ So finally, a Trump campaign slogan we can all get behind.” –Conan O’Brien

24Oct2016 | | Comments Off on Donald Trump Late Night jokes | Continued
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Aren’t We Done Yet?!

I can recall earlier Presidential campaigns that were contemptuous to say the least and how I really, really could hardly bear the wait till the first Tuesday of November. This year is the worst I could ever have imagined. Although, recent postings on social media show us there is nothing new in this world and […]

4Oct2016 | | Comments Off on Aren’t We Done Yet?! | Continued
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BREAKING NEWS!!!

BREAKING NEWS!!:  We just realized today that, based on historical statistics, our mortality may be in jeopardy.  Seriously, we cannot support the idea of immortality with any historical facts.  And even more serious – aren’t these statements obvious!  So why did I start with “BREAKING NEWS!!!” I was born at about the same time as […]

21Sep2016 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Does Race Really Matter?

Transcript from Walla Walla Union Bulletin, Walla Walla, Washington December 20, 1950 Seattle (AP) – A blow on the head with a baseball bat in a neighborhood altercation was fatal Tuesday to Merritt Scotten, 33 year old Seattle pipe fitter. He died of a skull fracture Saturday night. Leon W. Venson 28 a neighbor has […]

25Nov2015 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Starbucks vs Christmas Cheer or Lack of

OK, here’s my tilt on the subject. I don’t recall Starbucks declaring an affinity to any religion. Not that they haven’t, I just haven’t heard anything about it. They are a business in the business to make money by making coffee. I have never had a Starbucks product. Probably never will, I find spending more […]

12Nov2015 | | Comments Off on Starbucks vs Christmas Cheer or Lack of | Continued
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Mr. Clark and Ohg Rea Tone

Last year Mr. Clark, the Editor of this magazine took away my writing privileges because he said I was too caustic.  I got it.  I am sarcastic – and I understand sarcasm can be toxic.  I was told that I rant and rave too much.  He likes my witticisms.  He thinks I am clever.  He […]

7Mar2014 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Duck Dynasty – When Rednecks Are No Longer Funny

You might be a redneck if you go to family reunions looking for girls.  Pretty funny stuff right there.  God forgive me.  Duck Dynasty is a reality show airing on A&E.  The premise is simple – some rednecks living in the swamplands of Louisiana became rich selling hand wrought Duck calls.  But, alas, they remain […]

25Dec2013 | | Comments Off on Duck Dynasty – When Rednecks Are No Longer Funny | Continued
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The Ressurection of Ohg Rea Tone

Ohg Tone and I have been friends for forty years.  I first remember him when my oldest daughter was two years old.  Ohg showed up and brought sarcastic humor into my family.  As crude as he is – there is always a spark of humor.  Ohg became a writer for thefiresidepost.com in 2007.  After five […]

25Dec2013 | | Comments Off on The Ressurection of Ohg Rea Tone | Continued
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Climate Change Is About Rate Of Change And Individualism

We have argued before that climate change is about rate of change.  Our planet has been as much as fourteen degrees hotter than our current temperatures and life flourished.  Dinosaurs roamed the lush tropical forests of South Dakota.  Scientists have known for years that we are not going to bake in the oven.  The question […]

20Nov2013 | | Comments Off on Climate Change Is About Rate Of Change And Individualism | Continued
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Nostalgia from the Left and the Right – Shallow Thinking Prevails

The baseball player was right about one thing – Nostalgia is not what it used to be.  Rewriting history to favor any particular opinion is not new or unusual.  What is different is the opportunities of expression.  Social media, for example, allows for immediate dissemination of whatever nonsense is popular at the moment.  Little effort […]

9May2013 | | Comments Off on Nostalgia from the Left and the Right – Shallow Thinking Prevails | Continued
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The Gun Control Debate is no Longer About Guns

The vitriolic language from the far right over Second Amendment rights tells a story beyond the fear of losing the right to a thirty round clip in the favorite 9mm semi-automatic hand gun.  This debate is not about guns – this debate is about fear of government.  That is one way to say it – […]

14Feb2013 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Some “Pope” Resignation Headlines

Pope Benedict the something has resigned.  Some of our politicians might consider the example.  No Pope has resigned his office in the last 590 years.  Shocked, the news media went into action.  There were some pretty funny and clever headlines. Here are a few: “Holy see you later” “Vacancy at the Vatican” “Can Popes do […]

12Feb2013 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Obama, Racism, And Gun Violence in South Chicago

A family buried their daughter today.  15 year old Hadiya Pendleton was killed earlier this week by that crazy phenomenon of irrational gun violence.  Did I mention that Hidiva was black?  Did we note she was killed on Chicago’s South Side – the epicenter of gun violence in new reports.  This is tough to talk […]

9Feb2013 | | 4 comments | Continued
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Just for laughs

I do not know anything about this stream of videos.  Someone posted this on facebook and I happened to see it.  enjoy:  

8Jan2013 | | Comments Off on Just for laughs | Continued
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The Crusades of the Religious Fundamentalists

The 21st Century is shaping up much like that of a thousand years past.  A few Muslims poked us in the eye and all of our kinfolk came out of the woods to defend our honor – something like that.  We do not intend in any way to suggest the the horrid attacks on our […]

2Oct2012 | | 1 comment | Continued
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When The State Fails To Protect The Citizens

Long ago, in a less complicated time, my family lived in a quiet neighborhood.  The homes were close together in that old neighborhood.  This was not suburbia.  The lots of the Harris Addition were fifty feet wide and one hundred and fifty feet deep.  The depth was measured from the street to the alley.  Our […]

4Aug2012 | | Comments Off on When The State Fails To Protect The Citizens | Continued
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Ban Movie Theater Costumes – Not Guns

We live in an increasingly strange world of conservative logic.  Last week a disturbed man went into an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater, armed with sophisticated guns, and shot 71 people – 12 died.  This is a time of national mourning.  The conservative politicians and pundits are saying, out of respect for the dead and wounded, […]

24Jul2012 | | Comments Off on Ban Movie Theater Costumes – Not Guns | Continued
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Boy Scouts – False Prophets – Eject Gay Eagle Scout

According to the St, Joseph, Missouri, News Press, “A 19 year old Boy Scout has lost his job at Camp Geiger after disclosing that he is gay”.  Words like ‘hypocrisy’ come to mind.  That boy was “trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent,” and what did that get him? […]

19Jul2012 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Drop Secret Service Protection, Arm The Candidates

FOX News is making a big toot about a recent law that bans protesting within a certain distance from anyone who is protected by the Secret Service.  FOX is proud to note that “Obama signed the Law” – as if the President acts alone in passing laws.  The Republican House passed the law.  The Democratic […]

22Apr2012 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Profiling the Usual Suspects – We Are All Guilty

The facts are not yet clear.  They are muddled more every day by people with agendas who leak information.  One thing is certain – everyone with a comment about Trayvon Martin’s death has an opinion based on limited data.  It seems the profiling did not end with the assessment by the neighborhood watch man accused […]

29Mar2012 | | Comments Off on Profiling the Usual Suspects – We Are All Guilty | Continued
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Poor Judgement in a Fast World

Dear Readers of thefiresidepost.com: I have to personally apologize to readers of thefiresidepost.com (FSP).  I am the Editor – and sometimes I need to be edited.  I have said before that I am more clever than I am smart – and I proved that point again this week.  The visual at the top right is […]

29Mar2012 | | 5 comments | Continued
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Trayvon Martin – Racism – and the Media Message

We live in difficult times.  The murder of Trayvon Martin in Florida has refocused our Nation’s conscience on racism.  After a month of media review it appears that the murderer, George Zimmerman, was an over zealous wannabee-police-officer neighborhood watchman.  Zimmerman  was looking for his chance to be a hero.  He saw a young black man […]

24Mar2012 | | Comments Off on Trayvon Martin – Racism – and the Media Message | Continued
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People at Wal-Mart Video

I can not help it.  Most of these pictures were taken at the South Belt Wal-Mart in St. Joseph, Missouri.  Two of the people are my siblings – but I will not say which.

1Mar2012 | | 1 comment | Continued
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NASA – Visualization of Global Warming

Imagine Pat Robertson and NASA agreeing on anything.  The anti-scientist and the pure manifestation of science are on the same page.  Pat Robertson recently spoke on Global Warming on the 700 Club television spectacle, saying, They are defending the society. But I tell you stay in doors ladies and gentleman. Stay cool. Get fans or […]

30Jan2012 | | Comments Off on NASA – Visualization of Global Warming | Continued
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The Coming Culture of Mean-Spirited Dissent

Mean-spirited dissent has replaced statesmanship as a guiding principle.  The maddening downward spiral of political retribution has become the norm.  The madness is magnified and given inertia in direct correlation to the speed of modern communications and the unleashing of vast amounts of money in SuperPacs.  There is no time for thoughtful reflection.  Every encounter […]

29Jan2012 | | 4 comments | Continued
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Cisco – A Tale of Addiction, Justice, and Redemption

People are dying.  Our Prisons are full. Families are being destroyed.  Government sponsored religion in the Criminal Justice System is not working. Federal, State, and Local funds are rewarding bad behavior.  We are talking about the Criminal Justice System sanctioned treatment programs for alcohol and drug addiction – substance abuse treatment. Cisco, A Tale of […]

1Dec2011 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Traditional Conservatives – An Oxymoron

There was a time when to say someone was conservative was to say that they were invested in healthy tradition.  Change for the sake of change was a foolish notion.  In the world of the twenty-first century the conservatives have changed the meaning to something more like:  Progress for the sake of Progress is a […]

5Nov2011 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Gun Lovers – This Guy Shot Himself

We have written before on the passion of gun lovers.  Personally, I enjoy some guns.  I teach gun safety to my grandsons.  We enjoy shooting clay pigeons, blue rock, skeet – whatever you call it.  We go to the local shooting range located just outside of town.  It is run by the Missouri State Conservation […]

11Jul2011 | | Comments Off on Gun Lovers – This Guy Shot Himself | Continued
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Dear Oprah – You Are Mistaken About Addiction

I wrote an email to Oprah.  Her address is oprah@oprah.net.  Some of the attachments from the email are included as Adobe pdf images following the text in this post.  The Cisco Synopsis follows. Dear Oprah, Your daily talk show has inspired many, including myself.  But I am troubled at something you said.  While interviewing Ralph […]

14Jun2011 | | Comments Off on Dear Oprah – You Are Mistaken About Addiction | Continued
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American Idol: Dump Randy Jackson, Jamie Foxx as Judge

American Idol has transitioned a few times in the past ten years – often with improvements in the judging.  The most notable failure of inspiration is the retaining of Randy Jackson as a Judge.  Randy talks too much and never says much.  Jackson is worthless as a judge.  Clearly, Randy Jackson feels inferior to the […]

19May2011 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Japan 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami (Video)

Tragedy is unfolding as we type.  The fifth largest earthquake ever recorded, 8.9 on Richter Scale, struck Japan about eight hours ago.  Youtube has become a conduit for video information.  Here are several examples of the results of the Japan quake. Tsunami: More Tsunami: Another view: The following video may be the most comprehensive: The […]

11Mar2011 | | Comments Off on Japan 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami (Video) | Continued
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Disastrous Fialures of Human Endeavors

TwisterNederLand has some great videos of epic failures of individual human endeavors.  This is funny – and can cause pain to viewers.

28Feb2011 | | 1 comment | Continued
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I Was A Grade School Bully

My grandson is beginning the sixth grade.  The past few years he has been practically overwhelmed by three school bullies.  Jubila is intellectually gifted – from the perspective of a proud grandfather.  He has exceptional language skills – that is to say that he has a strong vocabulary.  His natural interest is probably centered around […]

30Aug2010 | | 10 comments | Continued
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Walker Texas Ranger Marathon

I like the part where Chuck Norris kicks the bad guy in the face.

2Aug2010 | | Comments Off on Walker Texas Ranger Marathon | Continued
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A Soldier’s Funeral, A Sour War

We Americans should never forget the cost of War. And the death of a soldier warrants more than an incremental ticker on Page Two B

22Jul2010 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Mel Gibson to Lead Tea Party

Actor, Director, Producer Mel Gibson is negotiating terms to take over leadership of the Tea Party in America.  Every candidate must demonstrate proper character traits consistent with Tea Party advocates.   Candidates must be willing to demonstrate these character traits in a very public manner – there should be no sense of shame or fear of […]

14Jul2010 | | 1 comment | Continued
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U. S. Postal Stamp Price Increase – Who Suffers?

This past week the United States Postal Service announced plans to raise the price of a postage stamp by $.02.  What is two cents?  Two Cents is virtually nothing to most of us.  But to those who depend on the Postal Service that two cents can be an increasing burden on an already difficult life.  […]

9Jul2010 | | Comments Off on U. S. Postal Stamp Price Increase – Who Suffers? | Continued
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Writing as a tool of personal development

My son and I began this magazine almost three years past.  I have personally written over eleven hundred (1,100) posts.  That is more than one a day.  Why would anyone do such a goofy thing?  I write because I am compelled to write.  Every thought that crosses my mind must be written – and examined.  […]

22May2010 | | Comments Off on Writing as a tool of personal development | Continued
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Nashville 2010: The Day the Music Died

A long, long time ago… I can still remember How that music used to make me smile. And I knew if I had my chance That I could make those people dance And, maybe, they’d be happy for a while. I don’t have cable.  My family does not value the television enough to pay that […]

7May2010 | | Comments Off on Nashville 2010: The Day the Music Died | Continued
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Time Magazine Cartoon

5May2010 | | Comments Off on Time Magazine Cartoon | Continued
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Crystal Bowersox is a Redneck

Does that title sound insulting?  It does if you buy into the Jeff Foxworthy definition of a Redneck.  Crystal Bowersox is in the final five on American Idol.  She has mesmerized the judges and home audiences for however long this season has been on.  But Crystal is a Redneck. We at thefiresidepost.com come from a […]

4May2010 | | Comments Off on Crystal Bowersox is a Redneck | Continued
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Legal Mexican Disguises To Avoid Arrest

There is a misconception across this country that Mexican-Americans in Arizona can be arrested for looking like a Mexican without a driver’s license.  An arrest could happen – but there are measures, completely legal, to avoid unnecessary arrest.  We recommend simple disguises to thwart the Sheriff and his Deputies. We begin with the standard Groucho […]

1May2010 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Uniform Design Contest For Huffington Post Police Badges

Arianna Huffington has established a secret police force to monitor and control reader comments.  Additionally the Huffington Post will now monitor, for free, reader social networking sites.  Three different levels of  ‘badges’ of authority can be earned by following Huffinton’s guidelines.  The Fireside Post is volunteering to assist with the design of Huffington Police Uniforms.  […]

30Apr2010 | | Comments Off on Uniform Design Contest For Huffington Post Police Badges | Continued
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The Problem With Liberals 1965 – 2010

After the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964 the liberals of both parties felt emboldened.  They were ready to challenge the fertile ground of poverty, aging, war, college education, and woman’s rights.  These were and are noble issues.  By some definitions the liberal movement of that era was quite successful.  But there were some […]

26Apr2010 | | Comments Off on The Problem With Liberals 1965 – 2010 | Continued
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Regaining Respect for the Office of the Presidency.

We, in this country, have a proud history of respect for the office of the President. We rally around those who inspire us and lead us through troubled times. We have worked to separate the man from the office, and we have been successful in the past. There have always been jokes about the President, and comedians are supposed to push the envelope, to go where you don’t expect them to go. Something has changed, however, in the last decade. Where there was once reverence for the office and a certain degree of respect for the man in the White House, there is now complacency about the treatment of the Presidency. In previous generations, bad jokes about the President would have been met with a frown or, at best, a nervous chuckle. But today, the Presidency is the bread and butter of late night routines and gets only slightly better treatment in the mainstream media.

18Apr2010 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Obama To Appoint Tina Fey To Supreme Court

Have you ever actually read a Supreme Court ruling?  Those stuffy old people are really boring.  Most of us don’t get what they are talking about – so we are left to our politicians to interpret for us.  That will no longer be the case when Obama appoints Tina Fey to the Supreme Court. Even […]

12Apr2010 | | Comments Off on Obama To Appoint Tina Fey To Supreme Court | Continued