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A Farewell to Our Salon in Song

Added by Ron Powell on June 20, 2019 at 1:16pm — 1 Comment

A Single Sentence on The Biden V Booker Dust-Up

There is more generational divide than there is racial divide in this dispute between competitors for the the Democratic presidential…

Added by Ron Powell on June 20, 2019 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

THE RED FLAG CAUTIONS: REMEMBER THE MAINE AND HOW YELLOW JOURNALISM WAS USED TO START THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR PART TWO THE BATTLEGROUND SHIFTS TO CUBA

As the Industrial Revolution evolved, the United States grew eager expand its boundaries and enlarge its international presence—and economic markets [as the Trump and his capitalist cronies wants to do in…

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Added by mary gravitt on June 20, 2019 at 10:28am — 1 Comment

No Regrets

I'm signing off in a few days, with no more posting to follow this.

The only tasks remaining are to download a few more posts and comments. The comments are where it got gritty and people would open up.

Soon all that will gone into the ether, so to speak.

It's been interesting reading comments to see how well I got along with some people at times. For the most part anyway. Things change of course and for a myriad of reasons some exchanges have devolved beyond…

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Added by alsoknownas on June 20, 2019 at 7:30am — 8 Comments

The Magus Plural

          They coached his swing but could not make a hitter out of him. I could always hit but did not like getting hit, or yelled at, hazed, or bullied. Why play ball if it does not make you happy? I stopped. 

           I had gotten hit in the head with both bat and hard ball in my grammar school baseball career. Not hard enough to knock me out, but enough to ask myself what was in this for me? I have a dog memory for head injuries. The ones I don’t remember are the worst, I…

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Added by Robert B. James on June 20, 2019 at 7:29am — 1 Comment

DNA: The Cat's Away

the Lord of Song

set the table

we all arrived

ready, unstable,

willing, peculiar,

able

all 10,000 lakes not

counting Lake Superior

10,000 years

old with Indians

canoeing, splashing

a vast love like

Giuseppe Fortunino

Francesco Verdi

we all grew up like

puzzle parts, soon

to navigate starlit

deep…

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Added by J.P. Hart on June 20, 2019 at 6:47am — 1 Comment

One Last Farewell Post (I've Been Painting) (A Lot)

Hello to all who remain as we close out our final weeks here at Oursalon. 

It's been a ride.

Mostly, very enjoyable.

I will miss the wonderful diverse and interesting pieces contributed by so many here; some gone to the next plane, some simply moved off, and some still slugging it out...

I'm not sure what I'll do about Bindlesnitch. I've got an account there but can't make heads nor tails about how to post my artwork. I will keep checking in there and see what's…

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Added by Rosigami on June 19, 2019 at 4:54pm — 6 Comments

Pen for Hire ( Bathos, Pathos)

Coupla three light years ago (Esquire) had an article (something to the effect)'How to Speak Intelligently'.

It discussed 'bathos' and quote pathos unquote, drawing the distinction apropos correct albeit 'occasional' usage of either. A so-called 'concrete poet' of reliable repute with some semantic fluency and euphonious-nous (harmonic) suggested that an inversion of the 'p' and 'b' (in particular if one reads too much or not enough) the 'learning curve' (or…

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Added by J.P. Hart on June 19, 2019 at 11:23am — 6 Comments

Trump and The Concept of Stange Bedfellows

Politics makes strange bedfellows. Political interests can bring together people who otherwise have little in common. This saying is adapted from a line in the play The Tempest, by William Shakespeare: “Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.” ---Wikipedia

The Trump phenomenon is a clear and present danger to everything that we know and believe to be good and positive about America...

He has brought…

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Added by Ron Powell on June 19, 2019 at 10:00am — 7 Comments

Always Out Front.... Anyway

            I know a coast; or knew a coast before I changed from former colony to republic close to a coast I can never know half as well as I knew the one I knew. I was no less out front there as I am here, where I walked on knowing rank to be a smell, to begin, yet again, at the oceans edge.

             Maybe eight years out front in a bigger role is enough time to have an opinion, but having been the native son of a place where people who did not know it called the shots, I don’t…

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Added by Robert B. James on June 19, 2019 at 8:34am — 1 Comment

NARCISSISTIC ABUSE AS AN EXTENSION OF RELIGIOUS AND MORAL PERSECUTION

     What the neoteric nomenclature classifies as “Cluster B” Personality Disorders, namely that of “Narcissistic Personality Disorder” and “Antisocial Personality Disorder”, back in the 'day' of our Lord's brief yet profound tenure on this earthen expanse, was merely designated as “evil” and “evildoing” and…

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Added by Valerie Lynn Stephens on June 18, 2019 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Ice Age Wolf Discovered Fully Preserved in Russian Permafrost

Ice Age Wolf Discovered Fully Preserved in Russian Permafrost:  The decapitated head of a 40,000-year-old wolf subspecies, has been discovered intact in northern Russia - with its ears, fangs, brain and tongue perfectly preserved in the permafrost.  Scientists believe the animal may have been a wolf queen in her pack, who was beheaded after telling the hungry wolves…

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Added by Johnny Robish on June 18, 2019 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

One Flew Under Radar

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Added by J.P. Hart on June 18, 2019 at 3:15pm — No Comments

Tolerance and Bigots

Tolerance implies a sense of superiority.

I don't think it is thought of that way very often.

Intolerance is not so terribly different because it is another way of thinking that implies superiority. Most of us recognize that a person who repeatedly spews their intolerance towards thinking that is different than their own is guilty of bigotry. Maybe it's lesser than that. Maybe it is just small mindedness.

Indifference is the ability to go on without caring what…

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Added by alsoknownas on June 18, 2019 at 2:20pm — 6 Comments

The Denial of White / Straight / Centrist / Male / Judeo-Christian Privilege

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Although I expect 99.999999% of the people who read this to go though denial/anger/"yeah, but they hit me back FIRST!" histrionics, unless you are an atheistic, female, true Progressive, LGBTQ, person of color, they have ALL benefited greatly from their privilege and will defend it to their dying breath.

There has been some great examples of this behavior recently right here.  There have…

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Added by Safe Bet's Amy on June 18, 2019 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Where Jaws was Filmed

Bright red ankle skin shinned her alabaster legs, and the sun was white over here, here, high noon to the left over the beach. I fluffed the towel over her just-beginning-to-sting redness. You should know the girls and I sat knees up--now and again prone, relaxing on Navarre Beach. From our vantage the sun was to the left nearly centered. If you are on the internet you may wish to search elsewhere for beach images, maybe in Google images, and find…

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Added by J.P. Hart on June 18, 2019 at 11:19am — 5 Comments

THE RED FLAG CAUTIONS: REMEMBER THE MAINE AND HOW YELLOW JOURNALISM WAS USED TO START THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR

Gulf of Oman tanker attacks: US says video shows Iran removing mine…

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Added by mary gravitt on June 18, 2019 at 10:52am — 3 Comments

Sequential 4th of July 1963 09*JAN*09

We'd parked the burnt sienna '59 Chevy, the one with the cat's-eye tail lights, in the shade at the curb under an elm tree. The day promised to heat up, and we had decided to take a city bus ride to the Great Circus Parade rather than challenge the unknowns of a huge crowd and parking problems or risk walking on and on too far away. Our family's women usually made such decisions. Mom was pregnant, big for only five months, her mother was fond of saying.…

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Added by J.P. Hart on June 18, 2019 at 10:43am — 3 Comments

I’m Not A Buddhist

              Maybe Jesus was. I am a historian, so I am trained not to be attached to any version of the past. We guess at it, but work hard at being objective. We gather data and make up stories to connect the dots. Stories, to us, are stories; not marching orders. 

               Im not a Buddhist, but I have stolen from them, and many others too, in order to make up stories that are just guesses at best. I’m pretty sure that they are not offended. I love stories. I love listening…

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Added by Robert B. James on June 18, 2019 at 7:42am — 5 Comments

2 Questions for Kosh and Jon

There's a huge difference between white people who happen to be Jewish and Jewish people who happen to be white...

There is no appreciable rhetorical difference between:

"...the Jews of the 1960’s went to the streets but the Jews of 2019 don’t..."

And

"...Jews, as a group, cannot be counted on to take the fight to the…

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Added by Ron Powell on June 18, 2019 at 2:30am — 9 Comments

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A Farewell to Our Salon in Song

Posted by Ron Powell on June 20, 2019 at 1:16pm 1 Comment

No Regrets

Posted by alsoknownas on June 20, 2019 at 7:30am 8 Comments

The Magus Plural

Posted by Robert B. James on June 20, 2019 at 7:29am 1 Comment

DNA: The Cat's Away

Posted by J.P. Hart on June 20, 2019 at 6:47am 1 Comment

Pen for Hire ( Bathos, Pathos)

Posted by J.P. Hart on June 19, 2019 at 11:23am 6 Comments

Always Out Front.... Anyway

Posted by Robert B. James on June 19, 2019 at 8:34am 1 Comment

One Flew Under Radar

Posted by J.P. Hart on June 18, 2019 at 3:15pm 0 Comments

Tolerance and Bigots

Posted by alsoknownas on June 18, 2019 at 2:20pm 6 Comments

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