Trump v Patton and the Biden disaster

June 5, 2021
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There’s a scene in the movie Patton where Karl Malden playing Omar Bradley informs General George Patton (George C. Scott) that Third Army supplies are being diverted to British forces in the north to destroy German V-2 rocket sites targeting London. Patton suspects his war time rival, British general Bernard Montgomery, who he’d always...

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It’s not the sale, it’s their sacrifice

May 29, 2021
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The task seemed simple enough.  Take to the internet in search of a new patio rug. I started with one of the more popular online sites and before I even had a chance to browse the selections, there it was, in all its disgrace, a banner ad blaring out: “memorial day blowout – 70%...

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Through strength and perseverance, a pride well earned.

May 22, 2021
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When Joplin was ripped apart on that afternoon of Sunday, May 22, 2011 I was safe at home recovering from outpatient surgery.  It would take an agonizing four more days before I could do anything of value in town so I did the only thing I could at the time.  I scribbled together some...

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A celebration fit for a Queen

May 15, 2021
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From whatever direction, you see it from miles out as you make your approach.  A great white sentinel jutting out of the flatness.  A marvel of engineering holding within its over fifty bins over 2.2 million bushels of the seeds that feed a world. If the life blood of a city is its office...

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A trillion here, a trillion there. For what?

May 8, 2021
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The second Iraq War and the twenty-year effort in Afghanistan have cost the U.S. treasury approximately $3 trillion dollars.  And that doesn’t account for the incalculable price of over 7,000 dead. Considering the state of affairs in those countries today, a cost/benefit analysis points strongly to the “not worth the cost” column. Domestically, a...

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A night of two Americas

May 1, 2021
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“I will not impose any tax increase on people making less than $400,000.  But it’s time for corporate America and the wealthiest one percent of Americans to just begin to pay their fair share.” Those words are from President Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress last Wednesday evening. And they are...

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