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Opinions are fun. My friends tell me I am someone with lots of opinions and that's fine since I don't get mad at others when they disagree with me. In this same spirit I am interested in hearing yours views as long as you are able to share your views without boiling over. I look forward to hearing from you. I tend to write in the form of short essays most of the time, but contributions do not need to be in this same format or size. Some of the content here will date itself pretty quickly, other content may be virtually timeless, this is for the reader to judge.


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It is easy to hate politics

Posted at: Oct/16/2018 : Posted by: Mel

Related Category: Politics & Gov, Watching America,

I used to think there was nothing I hated more than the childhood memory of my mother’s terrible attempts as serving liver at our Wednesday dinner. With age and a broader experiences in life and people I have come to accept that politics and all its related drama tops my list of hates. Nothing exemplifies the worst of American politics more than the recent Supreme Court nomination hearing for Bre.....read more…

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What happened to the Supreme Court?

Posted at: Oct/13/2018 : Posted by: Mel

Related Category: Politics & Gov, The Law, Watching America,

We just completed the very contentious hearings and eventual appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States. Considering all the mudslinging, political maneuvers and protests, it is amazing that we could ever get anyone appointed to the high court. Yet, more interesting still is that the Congressional fight over the appointment of judges is a fairly resent manifes.....read more…

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Could Splitsville be the answer?

Posted at: Mar/28/2018 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Politics & Gov, Watching America,

With the election of Donald Trump, the divides in America became ever more apparent. In response to the presidential election of 2016 one group in California circulated a petition supporting the state’s secession from the U.S. While movements like this are hard to take seriously, there are clear divisions in America. In recent decades, the political differences between rural areas and metropolita.....read more…

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Protesting the National Anthem

Posted at: Oct/12/2017 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: People, Politics & Gov, Watching America,

There has been a lot of media noise recently about professional athletes protesting the national anthem. The response to these protests have ranged from Presidential tweets to calls for boycotting the sporting events of these athletes. Others say the anthem itself is racial. Regardless of your personal stance, nothing creates controversy more than snubbing national symbols. Colin Kaepernick,.....read more…

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Be careful who you blame

Posted at: Mar/15/2017 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Politics & Gov, Watching America,

With the conclusion of the 2016 Presidential election now a part of history and Donald Trump in office for more than a month, many are still asking how this could have happened. There are a host of theories circulating. Some have proposed that this means the Electoral College is no longer viable. Some folks want to point to voter fraud and there are a few who are sticking to the notion that “th.....read more…

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Trying to define 2016

Posted at: Feb/09/2017 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: People, Perspectives, Politics & Gov, Society,

We are 5 weeks into 2017, so it seems only fair to look back and try to access or define 2016. Definitions by their very nature need to be short to be effective and understood. In a dictionary, definitions are seldom more than 8-10 words in length. Sometimes a year is best described by a new word added to our lexicon, in this case I have settled on an old word that has taken on a new emphasis. 20.....read more…

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What just happened?

Posted at: Nov/21/2016 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Politics & Gov,

The 2016 Presidential Election wrapped up a couple of days ago and the American people have chosen. Despite 18 months of campaigning and a winnowing from 20+ candidates to one winner we are blessed with protests claiming “Not my President.” The real surprise in this election was not who won, but how misguided and out of touch the pollsters, pundits and experts appear to have been. The final c.....read more…

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What was SCOTUS up to?

Posted at: Apr/30/2016 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Historical Insights, Politics & Gov, The Law, Watching America,

Listening to lawyers speak beyond the fictional versions of television can be extremely boring and confusing. The most prestigious place in the United States for a lawyer to argue a case is before the United States Supreme Court. Acting as presumed experts on the Constitution, the Supreme Court therefore is tasked to evaluate judicial appeals, new laws and other legal content with respect to ens.....read more…

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She Said What!

Posted at: Dec/24/2015 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: People, Politics & Gov, Watching America,

There are lots of ways to find entertainment through your day. Television is a good start, but you will eventually run out of content and start binge watching programs from 20 years ago to sustain this input form. Another possible form of entertainment is the programs sharing videos of people either being caught in a bad situation, or just being incredibly stupid. This path could easily lead to.....read more…

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The Children won’t play nice

Posted at: Oct/16/2015 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Behavior, Politics & Gov, Watching America,

As a parent, having a house full of children can be a very rewarding experience. You get to see them teach each other things, show their individuality, and mature into unique adults. One of the most rewarding times is when they all play together with a respect and tolerance for each other. Ah, but I reminisce for this behavior is now only the stuff of legend and lore when watching our Congress .....read more…

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