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Cutting Line

           Low expectations. I’ve most always presented as happy, except when I was terrified, run down, and shot up to get back out and play on a field that had left me in a state of shock. I believed. The doctor said I was good to go so I was, even if I wasn’t.  

            To rule, or measure, it used to be one needed line of sight. I started working with instrumentation, photography, field data collection in grammar school. I did not cut line until I was close to thirty, after I…

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Added by Robert B. James on February 12, 2019 at 9:23am — 2 Comments

Guest Post:Thomas Jefferson, Monster of Monticello

Tom Cordle and I have a basic disagreement re the nature of Jefferson's attitude towards slavery and slaves. You may read Tom's commentary on the matter at:

http://oursalon.ning.com/profiles/blogs/atrocious-saints

What follows here is a seminal essay which is the basis of my contribution to the discourse and rebuttal of the essential elements of Tom's perspective on the man who wrote "All men are created…

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Added by Ron Powell on February 11, 2019 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

Negotiators Reach Deal to Avert Government Shutdown

Negotiators Reach Deal to Avert Government Shutdown:  Congressional negotiators have announced an "agreement in principle” on a broad spending bill they hope will satisfy President Donald Trump's demands for additional border barriers and avert another government shutdown at…

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Added by Johnny Robish on February 11, 2019 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Leopard, Shepard {POEM}

Alive and cold here, snow covers all horizontal. Windless dawndark. A great silence like a speechless child. Heat machines spark, burn and ravage flame. Pent up warmth, a leopard prowls through tin, then its fog wisps a moonwalk, vanishing, words unspoken. Slant snow too high for the tongue, glimmers-surrounds a road lamp, maintains the eye on white. Dark trees, a woolten shepherd, vertical ideas, sentinels as dark as wire, hold the nighttime, allowing the sun a faux return, so reticent and…

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Added by J.P. Hart on February 11, 2019 at 1:03pm — 4 Comments

Atrocious Saints

In a comment on my previous post, I was taken to task for pointing out the simple fact that Nathan Bedford Forrest, former Confederate General and first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, disbanded the Klan a couple of years after its founding, when it proved…

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Added by Tom Cordle on February 11, 2019 at 12:06pm — 35 Comments

Reincarnation: Why Not?

      I don’t know when or even why reincarnation was removed from the book, I’m not a book banging person. I ran into a couple on the trail who liked my quips so much that they thought maybe I might come to their weekly meeting. Sunday’s are not enough. 

       I love stories, but don’t work with fiction. I was raised on fiction. I believed every story I was told. And then I grew up. I tried my usual short lecture on belief, as in I love stories, but...and the then the male says his…

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Added by Robert B. James on February 11, 2019 at 8:17am — 8 Comments

There Was A Time...

How about we play read, decipher, and interpret the look on the WHITE MAN'S face both before and after the exchange of slaps in this iconic scene from "In the Heat of the Night"...

Oh, and, yes, there was a time when for a substantial and significant percentage of the white population:

The Emancipation Proclamation was that slap in…

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Added by Ron Powell on February 10, 2019 at 9:00pm — 12 Comments

Meat Industry Trying to Axe the Word Meat From Meat Substitutes

Meat Industry Trying to Axe the Word Meat From Meat Substitutes:  Meat industry lobbyists across the country are attempting to get politicians to outlaw the use of the word “meat” on the labels of products that are actually “meat substitutes.”  Yea, well my take…

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Added by Johnny Robish on February 10, 2019 at 8:20pm — 3 Comments

The Soft Target

The Soft Target

You came to me with a hardened heart

Seeking a tin soldier who…

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Added by Doc Vega on February 10, 2019 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Laying Tracks

       I hardly text or email. If I’m on the phone twice in a day, that’s a lot anymore for me. I’m listening, reading, pecking away at the book...but I’m not driving an agenda, or selling anything. 

        I think. I’ve got the time to do it. I fill the bird feeder. I cook. I sweep the fake wood floors of the double wide. Breadcrumbs won’t work. A trail is a trail. 

         I learned to read tracks and how to trail as a boy. I was always an observer more than a participant…

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Added by Robert B. James on February 10, 2019 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

A Little Bit of Black History?: The First Democratic Socialist?

We've been there at least since the FDR New Deal...

However, the real  precursor to modern day welfare (democratic socialism in America) might be traced to Abraham Lincoln....

The Freedmen's Bureau,…

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Added by Ron Powell on February 10, 2019 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

Prince Philip Surrenders Driver’s License After Crash at Age 97

Prince Philip Surrenders Driver’s License After Crash at Age 97:  After Prince Philip flipped his Land Rover last month and miraculously walked away completely uninjured from what could have been a deadly accident, Buckingham Palace has announced the 97-year-old Prince has decided to “voluntarily”…

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Added by Johnny Robish on February 9, 2019 at 8:30pm — No Comments

He’s Got Game

     I’ve almost written this bit before, but before was Open Salon. I used the bit to introduce my first first major work after graduate school finished for me in Newark, New Jersey May of 2011. By late fall I was considering PhD programs, but not seriously, and  starting to write a historical novel based on my field work. I was fifty four  and was one of the few in my graduate seminars who was not already in or going to a PhD program. Most were at least twenty years younger than I, and I…

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Added by Robert B. James on February 9, 2019 at 9:28am — 2 Comments

Hey, Where did Margaret go?

The woman in the back office was transforming bit by bit each day. No one noticed the incense at first, or the soft music, full of chimes and long sustained notes.

Her wardrobe went from Grandma-shops-at-Kohl's to flowing long jackets to coarse linen robes without any of the busy young women around her looking up from their laptops.

When one had a fight with her boyfriend, she appreciated the chocolate that appeared on her desk.

Another, who had made a very early…

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Added by Lydieth A on February 9, 2019 at 7:10am — 1 Comment

Kim Kardashian Can’t Wait to Be "Enlightened" With Fourth Child

Kim Kardashian Can’t Wait to Be "Enlightened" With Fourth Child:  Kim Kardashian recently told Jimmy Fallon that while her house is really full, her fourth child will be a game changer because she’s heard that “parents of four are the most enlightened and calm of all parents.”

Now I…

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Added by Johnny Robish on February 8, 2019 at 10:02pm — No Comments

More Scientists Dropping off the Man Made Global Warming Band Wagon Why? Because It's a Scam!

TO ALL OF THE CARBON TAXING GLOBALIST CRIMINALS AND THE IDIOTS THAT BLINDLY DRINK THEIR KOOLAID, THIS LETTER WOULD JUSTIFY YOUR INDICTMENT, IF JUSTICE EXISTED! 

NEVERTHELESS, YOUR CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED !!!!!!!!!!!!!

The following is a letter to the American Physical Society released to the public by Professor…

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Added by Doc Vega on February 8, 2019 at 12:20pm — 3 Comments

Great Uncle Amazon

     I actually had one. My father’s father’s sister’s husband. Captain Amazon Littlefield USCG.  Grandfather James did quite well during Prohibition. My father, Robert...thought himself beyond crime, left home to join the Marines at 17 in 1944 and then went to college on the GI bill back in Rhode Island, where Grandfather James grew up before coming to New Jersey during Prohibition. 

      In 1983, I formed Procurement and Distribution International  after eleven years of…

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Added by Robert B. James on February 8, 2019 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

Do You Want 4 More Years of Trump? Because This is How You Get 4 More Years of Trump!

You just need to keep allowing elitist, corporately owned, neolibs like Pelosi, Schumer and Perez to keep running the Democratic party. 

The ENTIRE left political spectrum and one hell of a lot of Independents will vote third party or stay at home because of crap like this.  We have no ability to change the Democratic Party because most of us are not members (nor want to be any longer) and they refused to listen to…

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Added by Safe Bet's Amy on February 8, 2019 at 7:30am — 17 Comments

Jeff Bezos Claims National Enquirer Trying to Blackmail Him

Jeff Bezos Claims National Enquirer Trying to Blackmail Him:  In a blogpost on Medium, Amazon chief Jeff Bezos made a most atypical public disclosure - alleging that National Enquirer chief executive and longtime Trump friend David Pecker, is threatening to publish embarrassing nude photos if Bezos didn’t…

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Added by Johnny Robish on February 7, 2019 at 7:32pm — 3 Comments

Why Democracy?

The illegitimate exercise of authority is oppression.

The exercise of illegitimate authority is tyranny.

The purpose of Democracy is the prevention of both the illegitimate exercise of authority and the exercise of illegitimate authority by placing the authority of government, and the authority of the government to act, in the collective control of the people governed.…

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Added by Ron Powell on February 7, 2019 at 4:29pm — 6 Comments

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