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  • Sound was veep Mike’s recom(Pence)
    Tuesday, January 12, 2021 4:00 AM
    That sound you heard in Washington DC, last Wednesday, wasn’t just the crash of shattering glass, but was the sound of Mike Pence’s political ambitions crashing to the floor.
    Mike Pence, who attached his career to the flaps of a billionaire television star in the hopes of rising to the top spot, has discovered that Donald Trump is willing to drag those coattails through the rising muck. In the meantime, Trump kept his own hair out of the cesspool by staying seated on the back of others.
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  • Off-season greetings from John
    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 4:00 AM
    Get a lot of stuff for Christmas? I did, and it makes me wonder where it all comes from, and how it all gets here. Oh yeah, Santa and his elves figure that out for us, every year. Right? Although that’s true, we have to admire all the planning that goes into moving our holiday goodies to market.
    Now that the holiday season is behind us, who besides Santa is thinking of next Christmas? Thankfully, lots of people are.
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  • Counting down to new year and what we have learned
    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 4:00 AM
    Let’s get this out of the way, right now. I really don’t like countdowns.
    Maybe back when late night comedians counted the Top Ten of some topic in reverse order –– from the least significant to the most –– countdowns were worth a few laughs. But now the novelty has worn thin.
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  • 12 Day of, oh . . . whatever
    Tuesday, December 22, 2020 4:00 AM
    So, this is Christmas.
    For a great deal of my life, I’ve been an on-again, off-again Christmas music fan. A veritable part-time three-quarter timer. Eleven months of the year, I enjoy music. When December rolls around, I grow weary of the holiday favorites.
    Yes, I am a music Scrooge. A “Scroogic.”
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  • ‘Jus’ in time for holidays
    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 4:00 AM
    Get ready! This time, the holidays will not be the same.
    People all over the world are dropping into basements, or venturing into attics, dragging out their family traditions to share another year.
    Our customs, wrapped in time’s tissue, are gently lifted from storage boxes, dusted off, and gingerly arranged for all to see, as if staging the delicate porcelain figurines of great grandma’s heirloom creche.
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  • 9 go to meeting; only six come home
    Tuesday, December 8, 2020 4:00 AM
    Hilda Neiemier brushed the crumbs from Frank’s sweater as she rose from pecking his cheek goodbye. It was a routine the two shared for thirteen years, the years since Frank retired as production supervisor for a flooring manufacturer.
    Hilda loved having Frank at home. Their two daughters lived far from the Neiemier’s bungalow in their snug neighborhood, made cozier by a lifetime of familiarity.
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  • Advent-ually, things surely will get better
    Tuesday, December 1, 2020 4:00 AM
    Sunday marked the first day of Advent. Advent is the period of time on the Christian liturgical calendar –– a season, if you will –– which leads up to Dec. 25, the day we commemorate the birth of Christ.
    Advent covers the span of four weeks preceding Christmas, and includes all four Sundays. In Eastern Orthodox tradition, it is the 40 days prior to Christmas. The word advent comes to us from the Middle English folks, by way of the Latin, meaning “coming toward” us.
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  • John is over Thanksgiving – almost
    Tuesday, November 24, 2020 4:00 AM
    I’ve mentioned before how much Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.
    Oh, I suppose you can buy into the new argument of how the Pilgrims’ arrival to the Americas shouldn’t be celebrated. How they brought European diseases to the indigenous peoples. How they wiped out entire nations. How they exploited the tribes.
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  • To kiss, or not to kiss is the issue
    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 4:00 AM
    Without delving too deeply into the festering canker that is my love life, let me admit this: I like kissing.
    Needless to say, I have kissed a person or two along the way. It’s terrific fun if it turns out right. Yet kissing always coexists with a perilousness. It’s like piloting a spaceship the last fifty meters to the International Space Station. You’ve come all this way, but make a tiny little mistake now, and you are doomed to drift aimlessly through the void of outer space. Forever.
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  • What’d election teach all of us? Looks like a lot
    Tuesday, November 10, 2020 4:00 AM
    It seems like nearly everyone you talk to has an opinion about the presidential election. Here’s mine:
    Oh, I’m not congratulating the winner, by any means. In fact, at the time I am writing this, there is no clear winner of the top prize in American politics. I’m praising you — the voter! Well done, I say!
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  • What could be next for Trump?
    Tuesday, November 3, 2020 4:00 AM
    Donald Trump . . . Come on down!
    By the time you read this, the 2020 Presidential Election will be nearly complete. I hesitate to suggest that a determination is eminent, because in this whacky year the fears of Supreme Court actions, voter fraud, hanging chads, and recounts still loom.
    Heck, we can’t even take the possibility of a political coup d’état off the table, yet.
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  • Ghouls just wanna have fun
    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 4:00 AM
    Distinguishing myself has always been a paradox. I’ve craved to set myself apart from the crowd in some grand fashion. Yet, life has gifted me with few tools to accomplish that feat.
    That was not the case at Halloween.
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  • Confusing early voting for early counting
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 4:00 AM
    Growing up on the farm, one of my Uncle Dick’s favorite sayings was “You’ve got to get up pretty early to fool me about politics (or whatever).” For the most part, he wasn’t boasting. That’s partly because very few people were ever willing to beat Uncle Dick’s 3:45 a.m. wakeup call.
    After stoking the fire, there was the livestock to tend: cows to milk, chickens to feed, hogs to slop. The team had to be turned out into the pasture. 
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  • Digesting Trump’s hidden health
    Tuesday, October 13, 2020 4:00 AM
    I was talking with my friend, Boomer, the other day. Boomer and I live on opposite ends of the political spectrum, yet we remain great friends.
    That’s because we both usually come back to the same point, albeit by different routes. Boomer and I hate to see people hurting, and we will gladly surrender our points of view to improve things.
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  • Best candidate? Who’s winner? It’s up for debate
    Tuesday, October 6, 2020 4:00 AM
    Last Tuesday, I upheld a promise to myself. Never watch another Presidential debate on televi-sion. I did, however, listen to it.
    The promise was made some time ago, purely by accident. I was driving, and tuned in the ex-change on the car radio. I discovered that I was better able to concentrate on what the candi-dates were actually saying. I was not distracted by the variety of camera angles and other stage directions that visual media use to tell a story.
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