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If I Were Coming To America, I’d Be Depressed, Too

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I said I was going to take the rest of the week off from ranting and raving, but I read a story this morning that just won’t let me do that.

A woman from Canada, Ellen Richardson, is a paraplegic. In 2001 she attempted suicide as a result of delusions and depression. Therapy and medication got her lined out, and she did really well for around 11 years, until the summer of 2012, when she experienced a bad breakup. She then went through a bout of clinical depression – nothing millions of other people haven’t done. She once again sought therapy (she has a psychiatrist with whom she has excellent rapport), and once again came through the depression to be a normal person.

Earlier this year, she booked herself a cruise – her fourth – that is organized by the March of Dimes. For this 10-day Caribbean cruise she paid around $6,000. She was ecstatic and couldn’t wait. Then she got to the airport where her plans crashed and burned.

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What Is It Going To Take?

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Corporations own politicians. Banking scandals. Housing foreclosures. Wage disparity at unheard of levels. The NSA. The TSA. Unemployment. Healthcare.

I could go on and on and on and on, and I’m sure every one of you can add to the list of “Things America Needs To Fix Before It’s Too Late”.

But how do we go about doing just that?
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Black Thursday

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Most retailers have decided to start their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving Day. That’s the new big shopping day.

When I think about that, I really wish Americans had the collective willpower to stay home on Thanksgiving. I wish we had the collective willpower to tell businesses like Wal-Mart that we can wait one day for the Black Friday sales and we would rather they just give their employees the day off. Read the rest of this entry

Political Gladiators

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When it comes to the failings of our current political system, I can sum up the problem in three words: Read the rest of this entry

50 Years Ago Today

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50 years ago today President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas during a parade. Almost immediately the conspiracy theories started up; the CIA, the mafia, anti-Castro Cuban exile groups, the military industrial complex, sitting Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, Cuban President Fidel Castro, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, the KGB… The list goes on and on. It might also shock you to know that if you believe there was a conspiracy, you’re in the majority. Nearly 75% of the people polled by CBS said that they think there was some type of conspiracy and/or coverup.

While some theories are more likely than others, we’re told that five different governmental committees each decided independently that Oswald had acted alone and wasn’t, as Oswald himself said, a patsy. (I won’t go into the different theories – you’re on the internet so you can look those up yourself.) Some are ridiculous (yet entertaining), others may leave you wondering if you really know what’s going on.

The short answer is no – we have no idea what’s going on. We go by what we’re told, and with increasing frequency, we’re being told either a) less and less or b) the official variation of the story.

Folks, stand up to your government. Call them out on their bullshit. Write to your Representatives. Write to the president. Let your voice be heard.

Because if you don’t, pretty soon we’ll all be dodging our own version of the magic bullet, be it legit or … well, legit.

Best,
Clyde O. Watson

“I respect you. I just don’t think you should have basic human rights.”

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Yeah, the title of this one is a little inflammatory, but it’s something I’m hearing too much to just ignore.

And yeah, I’m talking about marriage equality. Read the rest of this entry

The Power of Words

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I’m gonna’ admit something here… after some thought, I think I’ve been wrong in my view of offensive language.  Let me warn you up front that some of the things I say in this blog will be horribly offensive. It’s not gratuitous, though. The horrible things I’ll say are to illustrate a point. Okay, with that out of the way, here we go… Read the rest of this entry

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