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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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Anger Disguised As Political and Religious Reasoning

Most of the extremist people I know, left or right, have troubled backgrounds.  There is no other way to say it.  Today I am going to use a dear troubled friend as an example.  Of course, the name has been changed.  Some will argue that this is mere anecdotal reasoning and thus not comprehensive enough […]

7Mar2016 | | Comments Off on Anger Disguised As Political and Religious Reasoning | Continued
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Trash Talk – The Elixir of Human Life

My predecessor at thefiresidepost.com, Ohg Rea Tone, was entertaining – if not always correct.  He slung sarcasm like a pig in a sty.  Mr. Tone recognized the elixir of human life was trash talk.  Those moments in life when humans harmoniously agree on everything are just the one minute break between rounds.  We can tell […]

18May2013 | | Comments Off on Trash Talk – The Elixir of Human Life | Continued
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Old Women Talk and Gay Marriage

My mother is eighty-five years old.  She has been living alone the past two months after my father, her husband of sixty-three years, passed away.  She asked me to help refinish her dining room table – and what are you gonna’ do?  So I sanded and polished while she sat and talked.  I was surprised […]

7May2012 | | 8 comments | Continued
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“…a false sense of urgency.”

We are worn out from GOP primary fatigue.  Is that redundant?  Doctor John Sharp, Harvard Medical School psychiatrist and  author of The Emotional Challenge, recently said, “…fatigue dis-emboldens us.”  The 21st Century has proven to be fast and furious.  War is present.  Facebook dominates.  Ipad, ipod, smart phones, wi if, financial upheaval – economic uncertainty, […]

13Mar2012 | | Comments Off on “…a false sense of urgency.” | 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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2011 – Dawn of the 21st Century

On  September 11, 2001, the rooster crowed.  A new age was upon us but the world was slow to awaken.  Stumbling in the early morning darkness we knocked over two countries, alienated our friends, and disrupted world commerce.  The people of the United States have finally wiped the sleep from their eyes and the Dawn […]

11Sep2011 | | Comments Off on 2011 – Dawn of the 21st Century | Continued
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Treachery On The Trail To The Presidency

Every four years scores of people venture out on the trail to the Presidency.  Ultimately only one will finish the journey – will reach the goal.  There is danger at every turn.  One false step and the candidacy can be doomed.  Some recover from a slip or a slide – some perish, dashed on the […]

26Mar2011 | | Comments Off on Treachery On The Trail To The Presidency | Continued
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Investing Our Self In A Cause

When we completely invest ourselves in any cause we risk our sanity.  From religion to politics to civil rights to social justice – to being employed in a noble profession – any cause can be consuming.  Problems come when we identify ourselves in the context of the cause.  We risk losing touch with social norms.  […]

14Jan2011 | | Comments Off on Investing Our Self In A Cause | Continued
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Of Wars and Politics – Patraeus and Obama

War is a mystic business.   Mystic because there seems some supernatural quality required for agreement on strategy.  September 11, 2001, defined a moment – a moment of political cohesion.  Pearl Harbor served that role in WWII.  The Lusitania was the protagonist in WWI.  The battleship Maine served the focal point of the Spanish American War […]

7Jul2010 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Politics – Individual or Team Sport

Way back in about 1970 the folks down the road in St. Joe, Mo, voted to have non-partisan politics for their City Council.  So no one ran for office as a Democrat or a Republican – just interested community citizens.  The idea was that partisanship caused too much bickering.  The people in St. Joe wanted […]

15Apr2010 | | Comments Off on Politics – Individual or Team Sport | Continued
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Social Solidarity in a Troubled World

When people suffer anxiety and fear, whether from physical insecurity, economic strife, or terrorism, they form what Robert Muchembled calls social solidarities. These systems of survival come in a variety of forms. Many folks form loose confraternities around causes: Global Warming, Abortion, Guns, Political Parties, Civil Rights, Feminism, Gay-Lesbian Rights, and even around faith based […]

7Apr2010 | | Comments Off on Social Solidarity in a Troubled World | Continued
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Obama, Oil, And Rational Leadership

I wanted a new car – but I didn’t have the money.  I wanted to go skiing at Aspen – but I didn’t have the money.  I bought a good used car for cash and drove it to the local Missouri ski slopes.  I am relaxing today with my feet immersed in hot salt water […]

31Mar2010 | | Comments Off on Obama, Oil, And Rational Leadership | Continued
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Make Hay While The Sun Shines

The Democrats thought the sun was shining.  The election of 2008 swept the Democrats back into power in Washington D.C.  – or so they thought.   It now appears that Washington is not so different than Punkin Center, Missouri.  Here in Punkin Center we live and die by old sayings.  The relevant saying aptly applied to […]

26Jan2010 | | Comments Off on Make Hay While The Sun Shines | Continued
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The Rise And Fall of 20th Century Fundamentalism

Fundamentalism is always reactionary, always combative, always fearful, and often militant.  The term originated with American Protestantism and gained momentum in the early 20th Century, but may now be aptly applied to a variety of religions and politics.  According to Merriam-Webster fundamentalism is “a movement or attitude stressing strict and literal adherence to a set […]

28May2009 | | 4 comments | Continued
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Political Candidates as Supreme Court Justices

Justice David Souter is rumored to be retiring from the Supreme Court.  Appointed by President George H. W. Bush, Souter has surprised everyone with his more liberal perspective on the constitution.  There will be pressure on President Obama to appoint a woman or a Hispanic – political pressure is always present. President Bush the First […]

30Apr2009 | | Comments Off on Political Candidates as Supreme Court Justices | Continued
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Politics of Racism, 1903, 1968, 1988, 2009

I collect political memorabilia. As I looked through my junk last night I realized how much we have changed.

I have a George Wallace neck tie from his 1968 run at the Presidency. It is a thin white tie with bold red letters horizontally positioned that reads Wallace ’68. Twenty years ago I attached a campaign button to the Wallace tie – it reads Jesse Jackson ’88.

19Jan2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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What’s the Matter, Don’t Like Actually Reaching Across the Isle?

To date, the Obama engine has been fueled by a rhetoric of change and hope. The “change” part of that language is not referring to a change in the political party in charge of ruining the government, it is a change in the fundamental way that we approach all of the decisions that we make fromt he top down. Rick Warren invited Obama to speak at his church, and Obama has invited Rick Warren to speak at his innauguration. Some say that this will alienate progressives, and I think that, to some degree, that is true. But let me ask you this: What is more progressive than going beyond sitting around a table together, but removing the table entirely and finding a way to stand together?

18Dec2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Obama’s Chicago Vulnerablitiy

Here we go again.  Washington partisan politics 101.  The political corruption in Illinois will dramatically affect the Obama Administration.  This is not about guilt or innocence – it is about perception.  And particularly the perception of vulnerability. When Bill Clinton won the Presidency in 1992 there followed some corruption news in Arkansas.  This gave rise […]

11Dec2008 | | Comments Off on Obama’s Chicago Vulnerablitiy | Continued
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The Blurry View Of Barack Obama’s Religion

Barack Obama has said, many times and in no uncertain terms, “I am a Christian.”  He has been on the cover of Sojourner’d magazine, a Christian publication.  His former pastor, The Reverend Jeremiah Wright, was in the spotlight for some unseemly comments about patriotism (among other things), but Reverend Wright was clearly a Christian preacher.  […]

29Oct2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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False Attack Latest In McCain Camp Disgust

This story is just disgusting.  Even more so because it was promoted and encouraged by the McCain Camp.  This disturbance is a direct result of McCain’s use of the Dark Arts of Rovian Politics. McCain and Palin and their Republican cronies have stooped to hate speech, lies, threats, and now fake stories to try to […]

24Oct2008 | | 8 comments | Continued
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The Root of Obama’s Calm is Humility

Why is Barack Obama so calm.  People have been throwing rocks at him for two years that we know about – and he smiles and nods his head, he remains calm.   The world of finance collapses and Obama remains calm.  John McCain calls him a Muslim terrorist and he remains calm.  What is going on […]

24Oct2008 | | 8 comments | Continued
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Gender and Ages and Race, OH MY!

Here at The Fireside Post, we intend to drive home our suggested connection between the elements of this election cycle and the the kooky world of Frank Oz.  Allow me, if you will, to expand on it a bit. There are some great messages of hope and tolerance in the Wizard of Oz.  The movie […]

15Oct2008 | | Comments Off on Gender and Ages and Race, OH MY! | Continued
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Teddy Roosevelt, Racism and the Presidency

Teddy Roosevelt was the Vice President under McKinley. He went about the ceremonial duties of the Vice President of that time – accepting an invitation by Booker T. Washington to visit Tuskegee Institute. But fate interceded, McKinley was assassinated and Roosevelt became President. Roosevelt offered a dinner invitation to Booker T. Washington which was readily […]

9Oct2008 | | 1 comment | 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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Wicked – A Garden of Good and Evil

You can’t beat a good story in the hands of a skilled craftsman. Gregory MaGuire has crafted a Fabula story in “Wicked, The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.” The story has the freshness of spring flowers in a perennial emerald green garden. But this story is not for the faint […]

6Oct2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Voting on Faith, or Faith in Voting

This is a tough one.  We allow freedom of religion, of spirituality, freedom to worship as one chooses.  But what about when it is time to vote.  We want a person in office who is reasonable, intelligent, some education about government or economics or business or work or something is useful.  We look to past […]

5Oct2008 | | Comments Off on Voting on Faith, or Faith in Voting | Continued
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Rovians From The Planet Bushanus

They are finally being arrested, secured, immobilized.  They come from the planet Bushanus and are called Rovians.  Rovians live in the bowels of humanity, infecting civilized people with flu like symptoms.  We wander through the news cycle, feeling nauseated, faint-hearted, and dismayed.  Some suffer lethal effects, others are carriers. They came to this planet about […]

5Oct2008 | | Comments Off on Rovians From The Planet Bushanus | Continued
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The Tragedy of Sarah Palin

The McCain Campaign is absolutely ruthless.  These folks will use and abuse anyone necessary for a win at the polls.  Caught up in this disaster of morality is Sarah Palin, the Governor of Alaska.  Palin has to own some of the choices she makes – but the allure of power has distorted her powers of […]

5Oct2008 | | 12 comments | 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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Redneck Loan Sharks

We was run out of the general store cause we talk too much politics.  So we is now hanging out at the Bait Shop.  It’s good cause they expect us to lie. Bobby Joe:  Where is Hank these days, ain’t seen him around much?” Bobby John:  He decided to start a bank. Bobby Joe: How’d […]

22Sep2008 | | Comments Off on Redneck Loan Sharks | Continued
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Nasty Campaigns by Angry Old Men

Nasty wins in short term political elections – but nasty does not serve well as a way of life – or as a way of domestic or foreign policy. But that is what the country has experienced. So now we have a new election. The election of 2008 will be studied closely by historians. This […]

11Sep2008 | | 5 comments | Continued
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John McCain is General George Armstrong Custer

History tells us of a West Point General who graduated last in his class, General George Armstrong Custer.  It turns out he was a little man with a huge ego.  His scouts said, Don’t go down in that valley – there are ten thousand Indians waiting to scalp you.  But General Custer had his eyes […]

11Sep2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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McCain’s RNC speech – text & video, 2008

I don’t mind a good fight. For reasons known only to God, I’ve had quite a few tough ones in my life. But I learned an important lesson along the way. In the end, it matters less that you can fight. What you fight for is the real test.I fight for Americans. I fight for […]

5Sep2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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RNC Video Bio of Sarah Palin

We don’t have to comment – the video speaks for itself. We are proud that America produces great leaders.

5Sep2008 | | Comments Off on RNC Video Bio of Sarah Palin | Continued
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John Stewart on Palin Supporters and Sexism

John Stewart has come through again – highlighting the hypocrisy of the shameless republicans. We can see clearly the conflict the choice of Sarah Palin has created with the Republican biased media.  Highlighted in this segment are Karl Rove, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, and Dick Morris.

5Sep2008 | | Comments Off on John Stewart on Palin Supporters and Sexism | Continued
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Michelle Obama for First Lady

Glamorous, intelligent, kind, good judgment, well spoken, great parent, good taste in men – what is not to like about this lady? She is speaking tonight at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. Many people do not know or understand the power of this great lady – a lady this writer would be proud […]

26Aug2008 | | Comments Off on Michelle Obama for First Lady | Continued
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The Yearn for Normalcy

We really don’t know what ‘normal’ is – but all of us want it. We want safety and security. We want to own our home, raise our children, attend school plays and athletic events. We want proper health care for our family. We want to go to work and receive a decent pay check. We […]

25Aug2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Obama / McCain – with Rick Warren, 8-16-2006

Pastor Rick Warren, the phenomenon of modern Christianity that projects a sense of reasonableness, is hosting an interview with both Barack Obama and John McCain. This is an exciting time because a presumably reasonable man – thick with faith – is going to challenge Obama and McCain on a variety of issues. Thefiresidepost.com will be […]

17Aug2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Self Image of Presidential Candidates

Theodore Roosevelt knew he was the best man for the job.  He knew it in his heart and soul.  H. W. Brands wrote “T. R. The Last Romantic.”  While reviewing the 1904 election Brands writes candidly about Roosevelt,: “Like most great men, and like many who fancy themselves great, Roosevelt convinced himself that his own […]

30May2008 | | Comments Off on Self Image of Presidential Candidates | 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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Political Bracketology by Pundits

We are coming out of the political semi-finals.  The Old Man beat the Evangelical.  Now the Old man is poised to face off with the winner of the Black Man versus White Woman contest. Are these useful characterizations?   Personally, I don’t think so.  But if we listen to the 24/7 cable news channels we […]

20Mar2008 | | Comments Off on Political Bracketology by Pundits | Continued
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Declaration of Independence – 2008

Declaration of Independence 2008 (All comments in italics are direct quotes from the United States Declaration of Independence penned in 1776) “When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the […]

4Mar2008 | | 5 comments | Continued
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Obama Clinton Ohio debate, 2-26-2008

6:30 PM CST at Cleveland State University. The debate should be interesting. We will open with a brief synopsis of the past few days and then have a running commentary during the debate – the post will be updated every 15 – 20 minutes, the first update at about 8:20 PM CST. I sit at […]

27Feb2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Schizophrenic Politics – a Penrose Triangle

The observation of politics is a science and an art. The Love/Hate relationships of candidates create that schizophrenic confusion that befuddles ordinary people. The triangles of relationships is unsettling. Obama and McCain challenge each other – but what is the context? We can follow an argument, or debate if you will, along logical lines – […]

26Feb2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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McCain is a Mall Walker – Letterman

Son, David Letterman really took off on John McCain. Is this a sign of things to come? Are the comedians going to make fun of old people, or just John McCain? Does humor have boundaries? Not in this case. McCain has put himself out there – knowing as an experienced politician that all thing are […]

21Feb2008 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Declaring Independence from Politics as Usual

Son, This is truly an exciting election.  I have said Revolution, and the numbers continue to support that conclusion.  Wisconsin is important.  This state represents a string of victories for Barack Obama – with a two week break before the next big primaries in Texas and Ohio.  But are there any other demographic changes from […]

20Feb2008 | | Comments Off on Declaring Independence from Politics as Usual | Continued
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An American Epic – the Election of 2008

Son, Pay attention.  Don’t blink.  We are watching history unfold.  We are seeing voters showing up for Party Primaries in numbers that are unprecedented.   The Democratic Party is drawing twice the number the Republicans are drawing.  We see a black man, a woman, and aging war hero, and an evangelical Christian minister in the […]

13Feb2008 | | Comments Off on An American Epic – the Election of 2008 | Continued
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Obama and Momentum

Son, Momentum is a buzz word in sports and politics.   Obama has won a string of State victories since Super Tuesday.  He is winning again today.  So what does this mean?  Not much. Obama shocked the nation when he won Iowa – took the big momentum into New Hampshire and soundly lost to Hillary […]

13Feb2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Skipjack Politics

Son, The Chesapeake Bay separates the DelMarVa Penninsula from the rest of the world.  The folks on the Eastern Shore have always had their own ideas about  the world.  With the power on independent thought they changed the world.  And these folks vote just like the rest of us. In was on the Choptank River […]

12Feb2008 | | Comments Off on Skipjack Politics | Continued