Category Archive: Political Issues

Dec
11

WHY BAD PEOPLE DO NICE THINGS

Why do bad people do nice things? I don’t know why. They just do, at least the ones I personally know, the ones I call “friends”. They’re not close friends, thought. When they invite my wife and me to their homes, it’s just us and them. Our bad friends don’t mingle us with their other …

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Nov
24

Who told you that?

I’m stupid with foreign languages. Flunked French, faked my way through Spanish and really, really tried to learn German. I didn’t. Nothing stuck. Not good. My wife is German…from Germany, along with the rest of her family who visit us all the time, like they are now. My forty-something nephew and his wife are leaving …

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Oct
11

Don’t Think, Acquire Now

I’ve always considered myself beyond mind control, commonly called Mass Marketing. Advertisers are essentially psychologists putting behavior science to work. To stay ahead of them, I’ve checked out psychology research myself. I know the tricks and the way the distractions are used. But still, I got had at benevolent Trader Joe’s, and that meant a …

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Sep
13

How Much Should You Care?

I’ve been following the tragedies in Syria, as well as the entire Middle East and I can’t decide what’s the right thing to do anymore. Intervention? No intervention? The Syrian civil war is so complicated with so many players, there is no way to predict how our country’s response, or lack of it, will reshuffle …

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Aug
01

WHY TOTAL TRUST IS B.S.

If you were your character, in this situation, how would you feel? Honesty lends credibility to unbelievable situations. This is Emma Coats’ Story Basic #15 – a series of literary concepts she compiled and tweeted. With number 15, I think she’s implying that readers will believe any situation you propose, within realism or fantasy, as …

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Mar
28

MY MOM IS AN ACTIVIST

Mommy is an activist. She’s ninety-three. Every week she sends forwarded emails, encouraging me to sign a petition, write my congressman, watch a video and pass on a message. I’ve given up trying to get off her mailing list. She keeps putting me back on. That’s what activists do. They DON’T take “no” for an …

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Mar
02

Fear, Guns and Pastrami

Barbara is sort of a friend. We had an undeclared falling out over political differences a few years ago and have since edged back together. Barbara wants our connection to be like it was, before she started forwarding me emailed epitaphs about how the current President is taking down our country and freedom. I would …

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Feb
07

Irv’s Out of the Closet

I’ve been building up to this. So far I’ve stayed clear of confession ‘cause I’d hate to lose readers. But every week I need new things to write about and I’m running out of ideas, the ones where we all agree. So I’ve been thinkin’, if I opened this door and exposed my hidden clothes, …

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