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ON BECOMING ILLITERATE

                                                            ON BECOMING ILLITERATE

If the definition of being illiteracy is “unable to read or write in any language” I am inexorably moving in that direction. In fact I can barely read or write now. I’m typing this as a Word document using 22-point type and a seven-power magnifier close at hand. I make lots of typos and despite using spell check some of them escape my being reminded what books matter to me rarely matter to…

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Added by Donegal Descendant on July 3, 2017 at 8:19pm — 6 Comments

The Transpaent Pathology of Donald Trump

Those of us who pointed out what a malignant narcissist Donald Trump is were not wrong. So much of his seeming puzzling behavior is readily explained once we understand this is a very rigid, limiting behavior pattern his disorder has him trapped in.

Authoritarian leaders seek total control. He believes he has the power to define truth and reality. “Truth is whatever I say it is! My assertion makes it so!” followed by “If I don’t admit it’s real, it’s not!” Magic belief in the power of…

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Added by Donegal Descendant on May 11, 2017 at 11:50pm — 2 Comments

MLK's Continuing Challenge to America: the Need for a Revolution in Values

MLK’s Continuing Challenge to America: the Need for a Revolution in Values

January 22, 2013

 

[I have been reposting this for several years on MLK Day because it remains timely and gets to the heart of America's dilemma. In 2015 American military forces dropped over 26, 00 bombs on Muslim-majority countries. Imagine our reaction if they had one that to us! Ye Americans persist in this fantasy of fake innocence:…

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Added by Donegal Descendant on January 16, 2017 at 11:56am — 1 Comment

The First Step Toward "Maing America Great Again"

The Republicans’ first step towards Making America Great Again:

 

Bye-Bye Obama care!

(Means: Bye-bye health insurance for 20  million Americans)

Bye-be Medicare!

(Means: Bye-bye health insurance for 45 million aged and 9 million disabled Americans))

Bye-bye Medicaid!

(Means: Bye-bye health insurance for 33 million children, 19 million adults and 17 million aged and disabled)

Bye-bye Social Security!

(Which 65 million…

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Added by Donegal Descendant on December 29, 2016 at 10:51pm — 1 Comment

The First Step Toward "Maing America Great Again"

The Republicans’ first step towards Making America Great Again:

 

Bye-Bye Obama care!

(Means: Bye-bye health insurance for 20  million Americans)

Bye-be Medicare!

(Means: Bye-bye health insurance for 45 million aged and 9 million disabled Americans))

Bye-bye Medicaid!

(Means: Bye-bye health insurance for 33 million children, 19 million adults and 17 million aged and disabled)

Bye-bye Social Security!

(Which 65 million…

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Added by Donegal Descendant on December 29, 2016 at 10:51pm — No Comments

Donald Trump: What Malinnant Narcissism Looks Like

Note: This does not pretend to be a formal psychological evaluation. While I am a 30-year veteran mental health professional who has assessed, evaluated,  diagnosed and treated many hundreds of clients and who was for a number of those years particularly interested in the special challenges of working with people with personality disorders, I free admit this is an informal series observations and thoughts based entirely on Donald Trump’s public behavior and is based on public records of his…

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Added by Donegal Descendant on December 22, 2016 at 9:43pm — 7 Comments

Lament of the Neo-Confedearates

Those Yankees took our slave away and we’ll never forgive them for that! Boo hoo!, Feel sorry for us!”

“Even after the war was over they still didn’t give us our slaves back! That’s no fair!”

 That’s why we have been posing as Angry Victims for 150 years now.

Angry self-pity is our stock in trade. It is the fuel that keeps our engines running, our outrage going. It is what defines us. We have built our whole identity around this [Big Lie] so we can’t give it up…

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Added by Donegal Descendant on July 17, 2015 at 11:30pm — 9 Comments

Rambling (and Rumbling) Southern Thoughts

Random, rambling thoughts in the wake of the Charleston church massacre.

Will the walls come tumbling down…finally?

I guess we have to specify which of dozens of walls. No doubt some will crumble, others will be breached but still standing, others will survive apparently untouched…

In the 1964 elections the white South abruptly defected to the Republican Party because the democratic candidate, Lyndon Johnson signed a rather modest Civil Rights bill into law. Shortly…

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Added by Donegal Descendant on June 27, 2015 at 9:04pm — 2 Comments

Nothing Senseless About the Massacre of Black Church members in South Carolina

Contrary to the view of many Sunday pundits in the media, I see nothing at all “senseless” about an aimless young white man’s racist murder spree at Emanuel AME church in Charleston, SC. It was a more case of “natural consequences.”

Given that South Carolinia was the birthplace of the Confederacy, where the War of Southern Aggression in Defense of Slavery and White Supremacy started and where even today that “heritage,” that cherished “legacy.” legacy is celebrated,…

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Added by Donegal Descendant on June 21, 2015 at 10:20am — 8 Comments

Sen. Harkin: "We had the 60 votes for the public option"

Now he tells us?



There I was, innocently rummaging through an unsolicited complimentary copy of  The Progressive Populist, subtitled a journal from America’s Heartland.

“Harkin Letting Loose as Retirement…

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Added by Donegal Descendant on August 5, 2013 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

"They Always Get away With It"

JULY 15, 2013 12:31PM

 

Yes, any gun-toting, self-styled vigilante has the unconditional right to chase you down and confront you. You have no right to confront him. He has the legal right to stand his ground no matter where he is,…
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Added by Donegal Descendant on July 15, 2013 at 10:26pm — 2 Comments

It's The Relationship That Heals

The small, nonprofit mental health agency I contract with is doing more Medicaid billing these days. Reading supposed “clinical literature” about current requirements and guidelines for documentation, from that (and various other sources), I just feel overwhelmed with institutional rhetoric about the “mental health industry” (sic) and “industry standards,” ‘behavioral health, “behavioral medicine” and “evidence-based treatment strategies.”

All but the last of those…

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Added by Donegal Descendant on July 10, 2013 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Repost: How Voter Suppression Came to Colorado

 This first appeared on Open Salon last September. In light of the recent SCOTUS attack on the Voting Rights Act, I think it is essential to review recent (2012) history to antticipate what we can expect in the immediate future, as the GOP has been given a green light to renew their efforts to disenfranchise as many minority and likely-liberal voters as possible. Unlike the Confederate States of the South, voter suppression took a different, more subtle form in Colorado:…

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Added by Donegal Descendant on July 7, 2013 at 4:38pm — 2 Comments

Repost: "You People Have Done All the Voting You Need to Do!"

(in the wake of the recent Supreme Court attack on the Voting Rights Act, so enthusiastically received by  Neo-Confederate state officials, this seems an appropriate time to repost this entry first posted on Open Salon, August 28,2012)

How Can You Not Connect the Dots?…

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Added by Donegal Descendant on July 1, 2013 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Racism a Thing of the Past, Doesn't Exist Today, says U.S. Supreme Court

 

It's Open Season on Voting Rights.As soon as the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the State Attorney Generals of  Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, and North Carolina gleefully announced their restrictive “Voter ID” legislation would immediately become law. The gloves are off, they…

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Added by Donegal Descendant on June 25, 2013 at 9:29pm — 11 Comments

The Wonderful 401(k) World!

Your Key to Success: the Wonderful, Wonderful World of 401 (k) s!

Gee, isn’t it great to realize you are standing on the cutting edge of an Exciting New Era?

Boy, Thomas Friedman’s recent op-ed column in the NY Times on Labor Day, “It’s a 401K World” really rekindled my fond memories of the wonderful world of 401(k) s. Let me explain to you how this wonderful New World works!

You see, I’ve worked for six different mental health organizations in the 28 years since…

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Added by Donegal Descendant on May 17, 2013 at 6:17pm — 1 Comment

The Democratic Pary Attempts Suicide

 

(well, maybe it was only a suicide gesture like slashing your wrists, which usually isn’t fatal)

“The Grand Bargain is about showing the world we can hurt people, so they will know we are serious.”

Dong Johnson, “Elite Pundit Deficit Frenzy Just Like ‘Run Up’ to Iraq War,” posted on Our Future (http:/www.blog.ourfuture.org) 4/12/13

The White House proposal to impose cuts on Social Security and…

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Added by Donegal Descendant on April 15, 2013 at 11:10pm — No Comments

Did We Have an Election Last November?

 

Didn't we have an election last November, just a few months ago?

(Oh, never mind. Sorry to ask such a naive question.)

Both political parties agree: The poor must suffer more for the incompetence, recklessness, and crimes of the banks, hedge fund managers and plutocrats in general that caused this castastrophe.

This sadistic scapegoating is called “austerity”.

Democrats join Republicans in acting like the November 2012 elections never happened.

For…

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Added by Donegal Descendant on March 22, 2013 at 10:28pm — 11 Comments

Martin Luther King's Ongoing Challenge to America: the Need for a Radical Revolution in Values

Annual observances of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day tend to focus almost exclusively on the struggle for juridical equality for southern blacks. Since blacks in the south can now vote, serve on juries, use the public libraries, Dr.King's cause is now portrayed as over, as history, safely consigned to the past. They ignore his broader vision, his sweeping vision of the ongoing need for what he called "a radical revolution in values." This year, I thought I would remind everyone of the broad,…

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Added by Donegal Descendant on January 21, 2013 at 11:03am — 2 Comments

A Small Businessman's Vocie from the Real America

 

The following “news story” appeared in a local libertarian rag under the headline “Delta’s Deitch Haus restaurant closing due to bad economy.”

Pete Miller made his decision to close the restaurant in July, long before the reelection of President Barak Obama, but the outcome of the Nov. 6 election confirmed the decision he’d already made, he said this week.

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The owner of the building and property wanted a five-year lease, and…

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Added by Donegal Descendant on December 26, 2012 at 7:00pm — 8 Comments

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Remembering Julie Johnson

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Open Our Salon For Good

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