Tesla Factory a Shrine?

Because I’m a minister long-concerned for the ethics of how we get and use energy, my recent trip to tour the Tesla factory to the San Francisco bay area (Fremont) had an inspiring feel to it, like going on a pilgrimage to a shrine. Tesla doesn’t advertise or use dealerships, yet it is rapidly transforming the car world.  This isn’t just for money.  CEO and early investor Elon Musk’s life-intention has a “massively transformative purpose.”  Above the doorway to the factory it reads, “Our Mission:…

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Love Trump?

Despite my many criticisms of Donald Trump, I haven't given up all hope. Between the few good things he's done and the Women's March, I've come to a place of potential loving welcome for this rascal. He's a rascal, but he thinks for himself and can go his own way. He's bold enough to skillfully hide his ordinary bald head with a crown of golden fleece.  He has a better hair-do than most women!  This shows a can-do spirit of someone who masters his personal…

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Shoot Trump?

As of tomorrow, I can’t even raise the question without violating the law about threatening presidents.  But the question and possibility will remain if Trump begins to copy Philippine President Duterte’s slaughter of over 5000 supposed drug pushers and users.  If Trump okays living by the sword in other countries or here, he deserves that same sword. They’re called “extra judicial” killings, meaning “lawless,” only using terms that make it sound “especially legal.”  Calling them “sub-human beings who deserve to die,” Duterte bragged he’s like…

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Trump Victory as Republican Funeral

At this inaugural moment, Republicans should consider Lao Tzu’s warning: conduct your victory as a funeral.  Your gloat of power could turn on you. For the next four years, or forty, or four hundred, you could be making America groan again. After eight years of disloyal, insulting, relentless ridicule and obstruction of our decent president, after blatant racism and bully threats, after gerrymandering of congressional districts and voter suppression, after stoking the worst in us, after flippantly ignoring and excusing blatant Russian and FBI manipulation…

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I Blame Me

I blame Hillary for passively absorbing Trump's "crooked Hillary" mantra instead of snapping back at him with "How dare you, you insulting liar," or some-such.  I blame her also for letting Trump take Bernie Sanders' concern for jobs and trade deals from the Democrats as if he will fix both. I blame MSNBC for pairing the "crooked Hillary" mantra with their line-up of shows, letting the only quasi-liberal commentary we had be classically conditioned to their murder investigations and life-in-prison shows. I blame Bill Clinton…

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Carrier on Carrier

Because my last name is Carrier I've long-noticed the air conditioning company by the same name, secretly hoping there's a pile of money there waiting to find me as its inheritor.  Shy of that, I can gripe about the hype The Donald tried to foist on us. He brought it up at least four times during the campaign, saying the 2100 Carrier jobs would not go - or there would be a 35% tariff on the returning products.  Turns out about 1250 Carrier jobs will…

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Hail Haley? We’ll See

President elect Donald Trump has a chance to actually make America great and secure a lasting heroic role in history. Or he could could be remembered as just another fascistic glory-glut who does lasting damage before being deposed. I have a lingering glimmer of hope he isn't as bad as he's been portrayed.  He seems more pragmatic than ideological.  He's no King Ashoka ("he who is without sorrow and regards everyone with affection") but he could be remembered as the surprise president who healed a…

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Dear Donald

Dear Donald Trump, I have to admit, despite all your faults, I don't dislike you.  You have pizzazz, boldness.  You've brawled your way from the outside through the Republican primary and our national election to win the presidency, something few believed could be done.  Your utter negativity and gravely voice worked.  I don't mind your fancy hair-do.  Your wife is pretty. Maybe you're not as bad as I and others fear. Lest readers think I am only and always negative on you, here are some…

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Oops!

"Oops," said Texas governor Rick Perry during the Republican primary. He couldn't remember which vital branch of our government he would flippantly trash.  Now, such silly, sad, slogan-laden stupidity of the Tea Party and Alt Right might attack us and our government with all the finesse of a sledge-hammer. "Oops," says America.  What frivolous, furious, folly have we voted into rule?  Trump and his supporters will be making America groan again!  And again.  We will wince for generations. He'll be making America grope again too,…

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Making America Grope Again!

In keeping with his so-far-successful strategy of appealing to the repugnant values of his base, making America groan again, Donald Trump has reached for a new low - groping the groins of those he finds attractive. Most people are aghast at his pushing his star status on pretty women.  I am not.  It is an evolutionary trait that some women make allowances for men of position, money, and power and for some men to take advantage when they can.  Henry Kissinger famously said, "Power is…

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