Archive for the ‘Civics’ Category


Stretching the Mind about Racism




A friend sent me this image and honestly wanted to know if I considered this racist, and why. My brain went down the rabbit hole, and this is what I came up with as an answer.

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The Fault in Our Election


We live in the same country we did before the election, the only difference is that all of the things we mistakenly tried to keep hidden in the dark corners of our lives are now out in the open for the whole world to see, and where we can no longer pretend that they never existed. The division, the division of the haves and have nots, the division of the educated and the uneducated, the division of religion, the division of race, the division of sex. We have to admit that we have allowed these things to continue to thrive in the dark, because we were too afraid to admit these things might be growing within ourselves as well. And we have to admit that we have failed to believe in the most sacred of the texts in our constitution, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…” Their Posterity has failed to keep this promise. We have failed to uphold our duties as Americans. We made this happen with our neglect. The fault belongs to us.

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Evil Media


Social media & cellphones get a really bad rap much of the time, but I want you all to think about this…

In 1989, Eugene Thompson went on a murderous spree in Arapahoe & Douglas counties, crashing his car one block from my parents house, and then holed up inside a house across the street from my baby brother’s school. It took forever to get into phone contact with my mother, we had no way of communicating with either of my brothers (1 in Jr & 1 in Sr HS). There was no information being provided by the schools to find out if I could pick any of them up. My mother was trapped in her home with several small children and information was slim and sketchy. Because of this the Jr HS was about to let the kids leave with parents, just as the gunfire broke out across the street. It wasn’t until the next day we had any real idea of what was happening.

In 2012, I awoke to a hail of text, FB, and Twitter messages about the theatre shooting in Aurora, and in within a few minutes knew what had happened, had checked on my family and friends, and started checking on my associates. The police and the community effectively communicated all the important information, set up & directed people to resources, and generally had the public safety restored within a few short hours.

Tell me again how evil social media and cellphones really are, please?


Mother of Exiles


For some time now, even before 9/11, I’ve been hearing groups of people complaining about the immigration policies in America. Recently, I’ve seen people using comparisons between Mexican immigration policies and American ones, and it’s given me reason to pause. And being the kind of person I am, it’s also given me the impetus to do a little research.

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Thoughts inspired by the Colorado Wildfires


A few things I need to get off my chest in regards to the recent fires in Colorado..

1) Seeing how everyone pulls together, and works to get through these things makes my heart fill with so much hope for us as a society.

2) Witnessing the sometimes stoic, but always strong nature of the emergency services people makes me very proud. These are the people we should admire and respect above all else.

3) Mother Nature is NOT predictable, dependable, or fair. It is the randomness of basic life which allows many things to happen, and seeing people trying to place blame &/or fault on anyone or thing for that randomness just makes me want to scream. There is no one to blame when 65mph winds force the flames to flow in another direction, or when lightning strikes in remote locations set dead timber to fire, or if someone has a blowout that causes a spark which lights the prairie on fire. There is no grand plan, there are just things that happen, you must simply accept them and react to the situation. The only thing you have ANY control over is your own reaction to the things that happen.

4) Please, take some time to use these randomly tragic events to be grateful for and acknowledge all of the good things and people in your lives. And be sure to make a plan of your own to deal with emergencies. Never let the notion of “it could never happen to me” infect your brain. It can always happen to you, and you will never know until it does, and just because you plan for something DOES NOT mean you are asking for it to happen. I’ve had a will since I was 21 years old, and update it often. I also have insurance, and I’ve always made sure to express my wishes, in the event anything happens. And at every single opportunity, I tell people how much they mean to me.

5) Be safe, hug your loved ones, ask for help if/when you need it, and know that I am so grateful for everyone who has graced my life with their presence, no matter how long or brief that association has been, it has value to me, as do each one of you.

*To help with the Colorado Fires from a distance, I suggest you use the resources from this Denver Post article.


A True Separation is Needed


I read an article today that really got me thinking about the root problems with one of our biggest social debates today. Civil unions, the institution of marriage, gay marriage, the sanctity of marriage; these are all issues running around regarding the legal commitment between two people who choose to bind their lives to one another. I think the real source of the trouble between the groups of people supporting each of these issues boils down to a lack of understanding about our core values as a country and semantics.

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A Defining Moment



noun, often attributive \kə-ˈmyü-nə-tē\

plural com·mu·ni·ties

Definition of COMMUNITY

1 : a unified body of individuals: as

a : state, commonwealth

b : the people with common interests living in a particular area; broadly : the area itself <the problems of a large community>

c : an interacting population of various kinds of individuals (as species) in a common location

d : a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society <a community of retired persons>

e : a group linked by a common policy

f : a body of persons or nations having a common history or common social, economic, and political interests <the international community>

g : a body of persons of common and especially professional interests scattered through a larger society <the academic community>

2 : society at large

3          a : joint ownership or participation <community of goods>

b : common character : likeness <community of interests>

c : social activity : fellowship

d : a social state or condition

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Learning from the Past, No Matter How Painful


My world is ruled by the study of history and statistics. This is both a curse and a blessing. It is a blessing, because I have a strong foundation rooted in the history of this country and I take the information gained from the past to help me make decisions about the future. The curse comes when I can see the same paths being taken, because I’ve seen it happen before, and I know how that path will end.

Twice this week, I came to the realization that the past was repeating itself, and neither of the events I was reminded of ended well. What follows is the first of those realizations.

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The Media, Democracy & You


In a world where digital social networking has become the norm, and businesses scramble to harness its unimaginable power, there are both good and bad things to come from this revolution of communication. I do believe the good things to come out of this technology far exceed the bad, but the bad things seem to shine a light into the sometimes surprising darkness of the human condition.

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