Personal challenge update

Last week in a blog post, I issued a challenge to myself when using social media such as Facebook and Twitter. The results was a somewhat underwhelming mixed bag. There were differences but none of them were major or Earth shattering. Early on, I was thinking that I was going to be getting responses from... Continue Reading →

Some tips for adding one of the most common themes in works of art.

A Writer's Path

by Jacqui Murray

How do we characterize love in your writing?

Because, if you’re a writer, you must. It doesn’t have to be sex but it has to take readers that direction, right to the edge of the cliff. Yes, you can leave the lurid details out, but let readers peek over the edge.

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To say Fox News has changed political discourse would be an understatement. However, they have pioneered turning journalism into state sponsored propaganda and poisoning of people's minds. This is entirely anecdotal, but after O’Reilly’s departure was announced, I thought about who among my conservative friends watches O’Reilly. The only person I could think of was... Continue Reading →

Like most people, I spend way too much time on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. I will even admit that I am not above wallowing in the mud in comment sections of political articles. I have decided that instead of my usual pontificating, I will ask questions instead. Would anyone care to speculate... Continue Reading →

Under the Rule of the Czar: Week 12

Welcome back everyone. This week we got to see Operation: Shut Up about Russia escalate even more. The theater of operations has increased to three fronts by adding Afghanistan and North Korea. Some people, including yours truly, are beginning to wonder if the goal is to start World War III. The week began with Senator... Continue Reading →

Donald Trump: Small hands controversy [Cross Post]

This article is cross posted from Factually Challenged Nation. Claim: During the Presidential primaries Marco Rubio accused Donald Trump of having small hands. During the Republican primaries, Marco Rubio accused then candidate Donald Trump of having small hands.  Officially, his campaign's position was that Trump was not someone who could be trusted.  Unofficially, pundits were saying... Continue Reading →

How policy remains stupid, stupid, stupid

Fully Myelinated

Republicans.  No, sorry, more than that.  A hell of a lot of status quo bias as well.  And powerful, intense interests with narrow, but substantial benefits.  Loved this Planet Money episode on how incredibly stupid our tax filing system.  In the rest of the modern world, tax returns are simply not a big deal.  Most voters have straightforward taxes and the government already has the key information on file.  You get a pre-filled tax return and you can check through it to make sure everything is in order, and that’s that.  Not so, as you well know in America.  Instead, here we waste millions and millions of hours– not to mention the frustration– and spend lots and lots of money (to the benefit of HR Block, Turbo Tax, etc.) to so something that is a cheap, straightforward function of the government.  Yeah, America!

The Planet Money story is about a…

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