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Postcards From the RNC, Robo Calls That Is!

I keep getting robo calls from the RNC…. They desperately need $75 from me to fight the biased media and drain the swamp. What?? That is roughly 1/12th of my total monthly income. I have no problem telling them I am living on Social Security and not much of that, but I’m talking to deaf […]

21Nov2017 | | 0 comments | Continued
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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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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 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Clinton Trump Debate Can Go Off The Rails

WOW!  We are in for a treat.  Maybe I should restate that – if we like fireworks we might like the Clinton Trump Debates.  If we like the idea of diplomats debating world affairs we are probably not going to enjoy the evening.  Let the debates begin – with more potential for fireworks than any […]

30Aug2016 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Calling Rush Limbaugh, Debate Michael Moore

Rush Limbaugh, the fat mouth piece of the Republican Party has challenged President Obama to a debate. Of course, Limbaugh knows this is a safe challenge – because it will never happen. Rush is like that – safe. Limbaugh has captured and audience of angry malcontents, people who are looking for some one to blame for their miserable lives. Limbuagh feeds their anger, thus keeping them in the fenced yard. If Limbaugh wants to really debate someone, why not challenge Michael Moore.

5Mar2009 | | 8 comments | Continued
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A Conflict of Ethics

All of us have ethics. We may not think consciously about them – but we have them. Sometimes these ethics are in conflict with each other – when that happens we find Hamlet, struggling with self doubt, pondering, “To be or not to be?” Ethics do not follow a smooth continuum of linear progression, with […]

6Dec2008 | | Comments Off on A Conflict of Ethics | Continued
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Undecideds Laughing At, Not With, McCain

From TIME’s Amy Sullivan: In politics it is generally not considered a good sign when voters are laughing at you, not with you. And by the end of the third and last presidential debate, the undecided voters who had gathered in Denver for Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg’s focus group were “audibly snickering” at John McCain’s […]

16Oct2008 | | Comments Off on Undecideds Laughing At, Not With, McCain | Continued
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Debate Expectations

The CW this morning seems to anticipate fireworks (any one see today’s cover of the New York Daily News?) in the last presidential debate tonight: another Hail Mary pass from John McCain, though in exactly what form is anybody’s guess. As Maureen Dowd noted on GMA: McCain needs a big rabbit out of a small […]

15Oct2008 | | Comments Off on Debate Expectations | Continued
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Live Debate analysis – McCain, Obama, Video Excerpts

We will be posting live on the final debate between McCain and Obama.  Tonight we will refine our process to include live analysis, and possibly scoring points as the debate unfolds.  The pictures framing this paragraph reflect our expectations and bias. Stay with us: Bob Schieffer is the moderator – the format is a sit […]

14Oct2008 | | Comments Off on Live Debate analysis – McCain, Obama, Video Excerpts | Continued
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Can McCain Win The Debate?

McCain can win this debate – but he will have to hire Bill Clinton as a stand-in to do so.  We are seeing very clearly that words do matter – and Bill Clinton is the modern master of words.  McCain is a seasoned politician, able to deflect criticisms, able to spin content; but this debate […]

13Oct2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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McCain, Palin is Great Because I was a POW

John McCain had a news flash for Americans in the town hall debate the other day.  McCain was clever in demonstrating his comprehension of American politics.  Some of his jargon is difficult to follow – probably because his language was affected while serving as a POW. Highlights from McCain’s debate answers: The moderator is a […]

8Oct2008 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Obama, McCain, Townhall Debate, 10-7-2008

Obama and McCain  will be facing off tonight in a Town hall style debate.  This is a format that McCain has favored.  During the primaries, when McCain was down in the polls and in money, he resurrected his campaign with a town hall format.  McCain is relaxed in smaller groups of people, talking freely with […]

7Oct2008 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Tina Fey In The Debate

Saturday Night Live has hit a gold mine with Governor Sarah Palin.  Tina Fey has mastered the impersonation.  This particular piece of October 4, 2008, captures the comedy of Joe Biden and Sarah Palin in their one and only vice presidential debate. …… Check out Brian Williams with David Letterman HERE.

5Oct2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Letterman with Brian Williams

This is just a fascinating segment on David Letterman.  Letterman, as most know, has been after McCain for a week – McCain bailed out on a Letterman segment.  But to have Brian Williams on this talk/comedy show brings up issues that would really be funny if they were not so serious. Brian Williams notes with […]

4Oct2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Biden, Palin Debate, 10-2-2008

Tonight is the night.  This is the most talked about debate in recent memory (we have Alzheimers, or some cousin of that dementia) – so it should be interesting.  Everyone is looking for theater – It is almost as if no one expects substance – we are looking for the big gaff.  The nice thing […]

2Oct2008 | | 4 comments | Continued
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Who Won The Debate, 9-26-2008

This writer watched closely. We felt that each candidate accomplished what they needed for this particular evening. Obama showed he could stand on the stage of foreign policy with McCain. After a tumultuous week of zig zagging McCain needed to show himself in command of his faculties. Here are some reviews done by other media […]

27Sep2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Obama, McCain Debate, Video and summary 9-26-2008

Tonight is an important event in the 2008 Presidential election.  The debate on national security between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain will help voters understand their choices.  These are very different men.  They have very different ideas about National Security.  Both are patriotic – both are ambitious. The Fireside Post will be posting […]

26Sep2008 | | Comments Off on Obama, McCain Debate, Video and summary 9-26-2008 | Continued
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Obama Responds to McCain Campaign Suspension

(Editor Note: The picture with this post looks like Obama is waving goodbye.  That is a coincidence). 3:40 PM CST:  The opening comment, “There is much blame to go around but we are now here.  We have to act quickly but we have to get it right… I reached out to Senator McCain because many […]

24Sep2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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McCain to Suspend Presidential Campaign

2:00 PM:  John McCain wants to suspend his campaign for President in order to return to Washington to work on the economic Crisis. McCain wants to postpone the Presidential debate scheduled for Friday, September 26, 2008.  That debate was to focus on national security. What is McCain trying to do?  Is he trying to show […]

24Sep2008 | | Comments Off on McCain to Suspend Presidential Campaign | Continued
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Commander in Chief – Role of a Citizen

The Constitution of the United State of America vests the power of Commander in Chief with the Executive – The President. This feels clear to this writer that the intent was for a citizen, elected by the people, to act as Commander of the military. There was purpose in this intent. Here is a quote […]

22Sep2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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McCain/Palin – Unstable/Unable

This is the week that was.  John McCain could not have had a harder time.  Every day, and sometimes twice a day, McCain changed his position and philosophy on the economy.  At times he sounded like he might be in early stages of oldtimers disease. John McCain, that once bold and brave warrior, has been […]

21Sep2008 | | 5 comments | Continued
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Obama, Clinton, ABC debate, 4-16-2008

6:40 PM: Here we go again. These debates are tiring – but very necessary. There are undecided voters out there who want information. They want to make a good decision – they know that bad decisions in the past two Presidential Elections have proved disastrous for our country and for the world. Clinton has been […]

17Apr2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Anecdote – Stoking Flames of Conversation

The Fireside often presents reason in the form of anecdote. We are not alone. Anecdotes are the parables of modern discourse. They are not scientific, not products of statistical analysis. Anecdotes offer insight by personalizing issues. Anecdotes are used to wrench the gut, to appeal to the human emotion, to define issues in terms of […]

1Apr2008 | | Comments Off on Anecdote – Stoking Flames of Conversation | Continued
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Obama, faith, and Isaiah 40:31

Son, Isaiah 40:31 – but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. I was reminded of this verse of scripture as I watched the debate in Austin, Texas, last evening. Hillary […]

23Feb2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Clinton, Obama Debate in Austin 2-21-08

This will be a running commentary: Beginning at 7:00 PM CST. The debate is on with Hillary Clinton making the first opening remarks. Senator Clinton does not have Obama’s speaking style – but she always strikes me as charming and sincere. Senator Clinton put on a face of confidence. Senator Obama chose to speak second, […]

22Feb2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Clinton Obama Hug after debate

Son, It was quite a debate. We have come to understand debate to mean confrontation and animosity. There was little if any of that last evening when Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton sat together to answer questions by Wolf Blitzer. Actually, the atmosphere was so cordial that one might have thought these two had already […]

1Feb2008 | | Comments Off on Clinton Obama Hug after debate | Continued
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Obama – Clinton, Democratic Debate analysis by ORT

Son, This is a very good year in American politics. Senator’s Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have been debating for a couple of hours. They have been cordial. They have talked about a variety of issues, and they have talked with clarity and detail. The best observation of the night is that these two agree […]

1Feb2008 | | Comments Off on Obama – Clinton, Democratic Debate analysis by ORT | Continued
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Obama – Clinton, Democratic Debate, 1-31-08, II

Son, The debate continues. To Obama: why are you qualified? Obama recounts his entire resume, “I have found that the leadership that is needed is someone who can bring people together… I respect Senator Clinton’s record but I believe that the skills that I have are the right skill that are needed right now…” To […]

1Feb2008 | | Comments Off on Obama – Clinton, Democratic Debate, 1-31-08, II | Continued
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Obama is shaping the national debate

Son, Giuliani was on television tonight – talking about the need to overcome the idea of red states and blues states, noting that we have to be united. Romney is on right now – talking about a new generation of problems.  New technologies and new competitors on the world market.  “We must leave our children […]

30Jan2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Republican Debate, 1-24-08

Son, Brian Williams is on stage to moderate his biased colleague Tim Russert. The Republicans are at it. These folks are much less inspiring than the Democrats. Is this because I don’t believe that any one of these men will be elected President. Perhaps. At any rate the Republican debate is at times boring. Mike […]

25Jan2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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The Debates – good or evil

Son, There is value in our election process. The Founding Fathers debated the idea of having the popular vote. There were some who thought the idea was flawed. Some said only landowners should vote. Some said only those with an education should vote. Some wanted a Monarchy. The debate amongst the Founding Fathers – a […]

24Jan2008 | | Comments Off on The Debates – good or evil | Continued
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Edwards brings dignity to debate, 1-21-08

Son, The democratic debate was a series of heated exchanges between Clinton and Obama.  John Edwards brought the debate back to the issues.  Chris Matthews would probably say that women and black folk don’t know how to talk civilly.   The reality is that Obama and Clinton see each other as the competition because the […]

23Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Edwards brings dignity to debate, 1-21-08 | Continued
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Bush ‘idiot’ video – is or is not

Son, Is linguistic skill the qualifier for intellect? Does one have to speak well to be considered intelligent? Does George Bush fail at speech, or does the problem run deeper? Joe Scarborough hosted a worthy discussion on the intelligence of President Bush. Dad

22Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Bush ‘idiot’ video – is or is not | Continued
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Democratic Debate – January 21, 2008

Son, These folks are working hard to distinguish themselves from the crowd.  They have similar position on a variety of issues – so what is left to distinguish.  Leadership, character, honesty, courage…  This sounds personal – but I think there is purpose. Obama has been doing well – and that attracts attention.  Clinton and Edwards […]

22Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Democratic Debate – January 21, 2008 | Continued
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immigration, hate crime, gun control —

Son, The conservatives have lost their bearing.  And I must say that if not for the craziness I would be enjoying myself watching the circus. Here is the conservative philosophy – one which I cannot dispute: Less Government, fewer laws – generally better.  The philosophy goes to a level of foolishness.  Hate crime you say […]

16Jan2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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The Nevada Debate, 1-15-08, Domestic Issues

Son, The final section of the debate is on domestic issues – but the first question is on support of the military at college and universities and whether ROTC should be offered and military recruiters should be allowed on campus. Clinton says “Yes, they should allow recruiters and not do anything to disrespect the military.” […]

16Jan2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Nevada Democratic Debate, 1-15-08, economy

Son, The debate continues. Williams, Many financial corporations are selling shares overseas, how does this strike you? ” Hillary, “I am very concerned, these are called sovereign wealth funds and they are controlled by governmental entities.  We’ve got to know more about them… But let’s look at how we got here – our institutions made […]

16Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Nevada Democratic Debate, 1-15-08, economy | Continued
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Nevada Democratic Debate, 1-15-08, On race

Son, The debate is on.  Brian William is giving the introduction of a Q & A format.  Time Russert is there – unfortunately.  But Brian Williams is a fair journalist and will moderate his colleague.    It begins with race. BW to Clinton: How did we get here? Clinton, “MLK’s dreams have been realized.  Senator […]

16Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Nevada Democratic Debate, 1-15-08, On race | Continued
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Republican Debate – 1-10-08

Son, Who are these guys? Where did they come from? John McCain is the only legitimate candidate in this field. Fred Thompson is campaigning for vice-president, hoping to return the position to one of ceremony and afternoon naps. Mike Huckabee is seeking the office of Witty Spiritualist. Rudy Giuliani hopes to be Chief Bomb Sniffer. […]

11Jan2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Representing US to the World

Son, We live in a Republic.  Our government represents us.  Taxes, infrastructure, social justice, law, common defense – all of that traditional stuff.  Stuff that is defined in the preamble to our constitution.   But we live today in a global community.  Someone has to represent us to the world.  That someone is the President.  […]

6Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Representing US to the World | Continued
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Chris Matthews on Morning Joe

Son, Chris Matthews has lost complete touch with reality. Matthews is the host of the MSNBC program Hardball. They call it Hardball because Matthews is supposed to be asking the hard questions. That was probably true – a couple of years ago. On Morning Joe this morning, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, Joe and Matthews were talking […]

29Nov2007 | | Comments Off on Chris Matthews on Morning Joe | Continued
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Republican CNN YouTube Debate – November 28

Son, A new event is happening in America. The CNN YouTube Presidential Debate. I am skeptical but hopeful. I remember the first televised debate between Kennedy and Nixon in 1960. That event ushered in a new technology – we are seeing another. I’ll try to keep up. A question to Giuliani on Immigration – the […]

29Nov2007 | | Comments Off on Republican CNN YouTube Debate – November 28 | Continued
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Democratic Debate II – October 30

I posted my last commentary after a half an hour. I was trying to capture actual quotes from the candidates. After posting that hodge-podge of information, I sat back and just listened. I am beside myself with conflict. We have some really fine people running for President on the Democratic ticket. I like Joe Biden. […]

31Oct2007 | | Comments Off on Democratic Debate II – October 30 | Continued
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Democratic Debate – October 30 8-8:30 PM

Brian Williams, the moderator, set the stage with his first question to Barack Obama, asking “Why do you think that Hillary Clinton votes like a republican?” Barack answered by explaining the need for change and his take on Hillary is that she is a person steeped in the experience of Washington politics. Then John Edwards […]

31Oct2007 | | Comments Off on Democratic Debate – October 30 8-8:30 PM | Continued
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how do we change our behavior?

Dad, Our conversations tend to evaluate religion through the lens of scholarly interpretations. The problem with religion and scholarly discussion is that we can leverage the dialogue to avoid subjects that might get personal, and therefor inhibit growth. When people start to talk about feelings and families, about what they like and dislike about themselves, […]

28Sep2007 | | Comments Off on how do we change our behavior? | Continued