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Elusive Is Funny?

Evasively Elusive

What a time we're in, somewhere between Shakespeare and the Marks Brothers, or perhaps Orwell's "Ministry of Truth" and Colbert's "truthiness." Is this tragedy or comedy? The Nightly News brings bad news, medical complications, and warnings about taking expensive new medicines advertised by cheery people dancing in their kitchens. Do you have to be sick to have fun? Be sure to consult your health care "provider." Away from the news, we can watch numerous versions of shows that alarm us with "murder!" Even PBS hawks…

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A Blue Tie!

Why no signature red tie expressing his angry aggression? Instead, he wore a bright blue tie, complaining about "blue Manhattan."  So-called Blue Democrats in New York and elsewhere are not legitimate Americans in his view.  He complained that the judge and jury were "rigged." "Everybody knows what happened here," he whined. Indeed, they do. He wasn't able to install a MAGA judge and jury. Instead, he had to put upwith ordinary Americans in an ordinary trial. Unlike the rest of his privilegedpast, expensive lawyers couldn't…

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Civil War Movie Review

Civil War Warning

Here’s a warning: Don't see this movie if you can’t stand violence or want clarity about who the good and bad guys would be in a potential civil war. Do see the movie if you can stand the disturbing violence and if you care not to let our country descend into civil war. In an appropriately disturbing way, the new movie is a wonderful warning - for two reasons. First, it is masterfully constructed and shot.  All the actors are effective.  The soundtrack is clear…

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Left. Right? Wrong.

Left, right. We used to just walk and talk. It's all messed up lately. The left is a losing label.  It can mean left behind, left out.  The left is the non-dominant side of the body in most people, the weak, inept side.  Meanwhile right is called right, correct, approved, and moral.  It’s the strong side.  I’d like to be called right, but I’m left moping for the losing side, the naïve idealists, the bleeding hearts.  In my life, I’ve seen the right as usually…

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Tired of Trying

Last moments of the year, late in life, I confess to my readers how spent and irrelevant I’ve become.  I try to come up with something interesting and useful every month.  Posting here at EarthlyReligion has become the echo of my earlier rounding up pertinent issues and images to codify into a twenty-minute sermon rooted in the larger context of the Sunday Service and the community hosting it.  I devoted myself to that as a UU minister, doing the best I could with the limits…

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Progress and Regress

Progress for me recently was buying a used 2012 Mitsubishi MiEV. Regress is the miserable direction our world is headed politically. I'll address both here. Regular readers here know I am a proponent of appropriate technologies such as electric vehicles. They are unquestionably better for our environment - simpler, peppier, and less expensive to operate. They are environmentally, economically, and ethically better for us. That's why I used my electric bike for three years around town instead of my big Taurus V-6. I like my…

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On the Edge

Uneasy I had a dream the other night where I had taken a corner too fast on a sharp curve and went over the edge, trying to steer down a cliff-like drop.  It reminds me of our country lately, especially my part in this. (Sorry, readers, this post appears to be current when in fact it appeared in 2016. Blue Host (publisher of my web site) attached the current date to it, and I don't know how to fix that.) The half-way decent Republican we…

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