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The Progressive Coalition: An Invitation

Dear Berniecrats, Green Partiers, Socialist Alternatives, and other Progressives… I extend to you an invitation to build a Progressive Coalition. I get it. Your views create separation from the Democratic party. Your views are not fully captured by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Platform. You long for a more representative movement. It is not my […]

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The Kshama Sawant Problem…

Is it time to remove Democratic support for Socialist Sawant? In 2013, I supported Kshama Sawant in her race for Seattle City Council. I’m not a socialist, but I was convinced that she represented enough of our shared values that among the mix of nine city council members, she’d help create space for a more […]

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Fix it.

The intent of the 2nd Amendment is to keep us safe. The result of the 2nd Amendment is that we are less safe. The 2nd Amendment doesn’t work.

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Voting as Lesser of Evils…

“Voting the Lesser of Two Evils…” This meme is fundamentally dishonest in the context of Democracy. To use it says you simply don’t understand what a Democracy is; don’t understand what it means to be in community with “We The People.” If you choose to see voting as a choice between evils, then you are […]

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We. Will. Will we?

We. Will. Will We? We will. Or, we will not. We is choice. One can’t choose relationship without first choosing fidelity. Fidelity is the choice. Some aspects of fidelity and infidelity are natural. We is (or can be) transcendent of the so-called human condition. If two (or more) will it to be. Why so-called? Because “human” […]

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On Bernie, Hillary, Purity and being in Community with We The People…

I grew up with an ideologically pure belief system. For years, good/evil were pure concepts for me. Defined by this belief system, I could categorize anyone very quickly, and place them on a neatly defined spectrum. That all came crashing down, as do many notions of purity, once the reality of the world beats us […]

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We The People: Persuasion, Not Revolution

The Tea Party on the Right and the Bernie Supporters on the Left frame the dysfunction of government this way: “The Establishment is ignoring us!” This is a fundamental misunderstanding of the way Democracy works. Democracy is, by definition, an averaging of political will. Push. Pull. You hope for two steps forward for every one […]

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FDR Wasn’t a Socialist

Bernie Sanders and his campaign are fond of comparing themselves to FDR. They use FDR’s New Deal policies as examples of the socialism they’d hope to implement. But FDR himself denied that he was implementing socialism.  

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On Purity and Politics…

Inherent in “We The People” is a rejection of purity politics. Democracy requires compromise; otherwise it’s merely authoritarianism. The hard work of our lives is the slow work of convincing our neighbor. There is no other way. There is no short cut.   From one of my favorite philosophers, Tony Kushner:   “The principle of […]

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Election Model, Bell Curve Distributed Ideology

Premise: Where voter ideology is distributed along a bell cure, “Left Center” and “Right Center” candidates are more viable than “Left” or “Right” candidates, producing 1 win or 1 tie compared to 1 tie or 1 loss. Results from Matchups: Left or Right Candidates will produce: 1 tie, 1 loss Left Center or Right Center […]

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Rise of Berniecrats, Death of Democrats, Ergo, Death of America

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The Democratic Party is being severely weakened, and will be unable to mount any serious challenge to the Trump wing of the US.
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Jean Baudrillard, Postmodernism and The Wiz

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Wherein reading the postmodern philosopher Jean Baudrillard causes me think of the sage words from the 1970's musical The Wiz...
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The Fake Theory of Neoliberalism

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 don't believe that "Neoliberalism" is an actual economic…
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If She'd JUST Been a Better Candidate!

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Topic: Clinton was a Wall Street SHILL! Shilary! Let’s…
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Hey Democrats. Stop apologizing.

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illary shouldn't have apologized for the server; what did the…
An Analytical Review of The New God Argument
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An Analytical Review of Lincoln Cannon’s “The New God Argument"

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uring my exit from Mormonism and for a few years after, I engaged…
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Guns Don't Kill People, Statistics Do

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he primary reason given for gun ownership is protection. That…
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News Should Look Like News

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I want my Newscasters to be grisled and bruised. I want their…
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Trump The Cuban Missile Crisis

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NOTE: While there is a humorous tone to this post, I take the…
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An Open Letter to Conflicted Republicans...

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Dear Republican Friends... I get that many of you are conflicted.…
Fortunately, it's not this hard!
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A Trump IRS FOIA Request

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n Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, I submitted a Freedom of Information…
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Karmann Ghia

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1974 Karmann Ghia...best car I ever owned.  
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Judging Hillary: They Who Are Without Sin...

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I became angry at a fellow Democrat this weekend... he's…
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Holding Nose? Nonsense...

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here's a common narrative this election cycle that most voters…
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Hillary Clinton & Racism

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ecently, in a discussion on racism among recent presidential…
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Invisibilia: The Problem with the Solution

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Americans LOVE solutions. But are there problems we shouldn't…
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The first challenge

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he first challenge in a life lived honestly is to unravel our…
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Tolerating the intolerant? No.

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olerance of intolerance violates the law of noncontradiction. It's…
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An Obstacle to Progress

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" know that most men [people], including those at ease with problems…
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Invisibilia: How To Become Batman

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Alix and Lulu examine the surprising effect our expectations…
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The No Doubt, Improbable Seahawks Win

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mprobable Moments in an Unbelievable NFC Championship Game: First…
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The Primacy of Trust

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irst, trust. Absent trust, nothing. With trust, the possibility…
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The Opportunity & Danger of New Faith

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ne identifying mark of young faith is the idea that those who…
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Human Dignity Requires Equality of Economic Opportunity

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re you a supporter of basic Human Rights? Do you bristle at racial…
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Destroying Plato's Theory of Forms

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This short video succeeds in destroying Plato's Theory of Forms,…
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We Hold Onto Each Other a Little Harder...

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...I will not let go. I cannot agree with the Buddhist philosophy…
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The Value of Discontent

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wonder at the value of internal peace and tranquility. While…
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Freedom OR Democracy?

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THIS conversation is one that we should be having. We need to…
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Honest Disagreement...

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onest disagreement, open to real discussion, can energize a relationship,…
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Opt Out of the GOP

An organization named Generation Opportunity made a video trying…
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Tangentially Speaking: Christopher Ryan's Podcast Interview of me...

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y good friend Christopher Ryan, Author of the book Sex At Dawn,…
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A Must Read: A Plutocracy Ruled by Self-Centered Jerks

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"Two studies released last week confirmed what most of us already…
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Dan Savage in Conversation with Andrew Sullivan

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This is an amazing conversation; perhaps the pinnacle of modern…
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How Much I Feel

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s an overly romantic kid, I spent a good portion of my youth…
LDS-owned Ancestry.com reports 2005 death of Mitt Romney
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Black Ace. Red Lady.

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egas is a cold mistress. Loss expected, we sit at the table anyway.…
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Ecstasy

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ad thinking leads to bad results. Previously, I’ve stated…
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How To Interview Mitt Romney About Sexism

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Ask: Could a woman ever be appointed to lead your religion? Should…
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Post-Atheist: Moving Beyond Belief

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Summary Asking whether one believes in God is a nonsensical,…
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On Satchels and Sexuality

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’m leaning against a bar, swirling Johnnie Walker Black on…
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Lakoff & Obama: The Country We Believe In

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George Lakoff suggests that Obama's April 13, 2011 speech provides…
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David Frum and the Failure of Conservatism

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Summary David Frum reversed his position on gay marriage. Conservatives…
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Progress is Winning

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Conservatism is the anchor on the ship of progress.
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Foundational Values: A More Perfect Union

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Summary The United States has a single foundation: The Constitution.…
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Racism and the LDS Church. The Mormons!

his is an issue that just won't go away, darn it! That's frustrating…
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22 Years, 9 Months, and 28 Days...

hat's how much time passed between Rosa Park's refusal to give…
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What is an LDS Feminist?

In relation to my recent entry LDS Male Feminists? Where your…
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LDS Male Feminists; Where your heart lies...

recently attended the Sunstone conference in Salt Lake City,…
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Gay Rights and Right-wing Wrongs

ight-wing histrionics blog Sound Politics continues its never-ending…
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On Determinism...

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The majority of humans will get caught into basic routines of…
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A President In Denial

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In his weekly radio address, President Bush, today, stated the…
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The Magdalene Laundries; A Study in Authoritarian Idealist Regimes

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o, I'm late in viewing the movie The Magdalene Sisters. I had…
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Note To Self...if ever "on-the-lam"

f I'm ever a fugitive from justice, and if I ever use the alias…
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Manufacturing Votes in King County?

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s Republicans are trying any and every argument that they can…
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My Articles of Faith

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NOTE: This is an old version of my values. There are two newer…
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Aural Fixation

I just can't get enough of the brit group Zero 7. And, this song…
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Too Busy Gathering Material...

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ust a quick note to explain the lack of posting lately... As…
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A Swift Kick to Free Speech

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resident Bush is now requesting that all 527s cease their activity,…
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Feeding the Beast

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've long considered myself a capitalist. By which I've meant…
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Passionate Agnosticism

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hen asked about my beliefs in God, I describe myself not only…