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There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river.  We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in.
    —    Bishop Desmond Tutu
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On This Day In:
2021 The Mirror Would Know
Mamasaydobeddyalong
2020 Why #45 Is Always Crying
Watching #45 Hold A Rally
2019 I Think Reading Books Is A Good Place To Start
2018 And Pay In Full
2017 If Only
2016 Equal Justice
2015 Not Enough
2014 Are You Even Listening?
2013 Namaste
2012 Looking Up
2011 Et Tu Brute?

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The rich are always going to say that, you know, just give us more money and we’ll go out and spend more and then it will all trickle down to the rest of you.  But that has not worked the last 10 years, and I hope the American public is catching on.
    —     Warren Buffett
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On This Day In:
2021 Hold That Thought
Got Love?
2020 Everyone I’ve Ever Met
A Secret Chord
2019 A Big “IF”
2018 Silence Presence
2017 Feeling Small Standing In Front Of My Shelves
2016 Show Willing
2015 If He Only Knew…
2014 Dared To Love
2013 Strong Kung-Fu
2012 Two Tribes
2011 Made Any Assumptions Lately?

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As citizens, we knew we had ceded some of our individual rights to society in order to live together as a community.  But we did not believe this social contract included support for an immoral system.  Since the people invested government with its authority, we understood that we had to obey the law.  But when law became suppressive and tyrannical, when human law violated divine principles, we felt it was not only our right, but our duty to disobey.  As Henry Thoreau strongly believed, to comply with an unjust system is to accept abuse.  It is not the role of the citizen to follow the government down a path that violates his or her own conscience.
    ―     John Lewis
From his book: “Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change
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On This Day In:
2021 Vote NO In The California Recall
On And On
2020 The Importance You Can Have
Slow Dancin’
Trump Reaffirms His Administration Is The Cause Of West Coast Wildfires
2019 A Lifestyle
Day 16: Cheat Day
2018 The Children Are Our Future
2017 And Three
2016 Nine Parts Mystery
2015 Little Or No Common Ground
2014 Just Between Me
2013 Beyond The Strings
2012 Saving The Union
2011 Still And Too Often

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Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness.  Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
    —    George Santayana
From:  “The Life of Reason
[In less than 70 days, we (the U.S.) will be having our “mid-term” elections.  This is typically a referendum on the sitting President and his / her policies.  It sometimes results in a change in majority party in the House of Representatives, the Senate – or, less frequently, both.  At the moment, both are “controlled” by the Democrats, but it is generally believed the Republicans will “flip” both come November.  I believe this will almost certainly happen if Democrats fail to get off their “duffs” and vote – much as they failed to do in the Presidential election of 2016 – which resulted in the election of Trump to President, to Republican control of both sides of Congress (House and Senate) and, ultimately, to Republican control of the Supreme Court.  (How has that worked out for us, folks?)
Elections have consequences!  Register early.  Confirm your registration.  Talk to your friends and family.  Ask them to register AND to vote.  And you VOTE, too!!  Elections are NOT won by the majority of the people.  They are won by the majority who VOTE.  Make your voice heard:  VOTE!    —    kmab]
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On This Day In:
2021 You Really Are
What You Want
2020 So Far The Only Burden Shifted Has Been The Cost
Rockin’ The Hammond
2019 The Powers Of Mind
Day 10: Into Double Digits
2018 Up For Progress
Day 1.5: Done (For Now)
2017 And Second By Second
2016 Bakeries And Coffee Shops
2015 Spirit Not Form
2014 Sometimes Even Kneeling Seems Insufficient
2013 Hobgoblins
2012 Got Sleep?
2011 Not Another Barren Corner

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Voting is your chance to be heard!
If you are registered:  VOTE in November!!  And tell your eligible family, friends and neighbors to do the same.
Vote by mail, by drop-box, or in-person;  vote early or vote on election day.
If you are not currently registered, see if your state will still let you register.  If not, see if they will let you register and vote on the same day.
Take the time to learn about your local issues / candidates and vote down ticket as well as for your Congressional House District Representative (or Senator if they are running).
Your vote ONLY counts IF you (they) actually cast your (their) vote.     —     kmab
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On This Day In:
2021 Practically Worthless In Every Way
It Never Was
Frustrating Incentive
2020 You Too?
Six Degrees
2019 A Branching Stream
Day 9: One Day At A Time
2018 Pity The Nation (Part 2)
Day 1: Redux
2017 Good Blogs, Too
2016 My Prediction For #AmnestyDon
2015 Worth A Try
2014 I’m Feeling It
2013 May I Have A Little More, Please?
2012 Increasing Doubt
2011 You Can’t Touch This

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When you look at all of these people, breaking all of these laws, all over the country, thinking that they live in a world that’s not only a post-fact world, but a post-law world, and they really believed because Donald Trump always seemed to get away with breaking the law.  That they could just break the law.  And now we’re seeing that actually, they’re all feeling gravity’s pull.  That this was not a vacation from history.  This is not a vacation from criminality.
I think for millions and millions of Americans that probably don’t even like what Joe Biden is doing right now, this is a relief, this is a relief that actually in America, if you break the law, you still — there are consequences.
But I think it’s a relief for a lot of independents, a lot of swing voters, a lot of people who aren’t a member of either tribe, that, my God, laws still matter in this country, and these people are getting rolled up by authorities for going out of their way to breaking the law, whether it was battering and abusing cops on Jan. 6, trying to beat them to death with American flags, or whether it’s, you know, and it’s not just criminal, it’s also civil.  If you lie about election workers, you’re going to pay the consequences, like there are actually guard rails in America’s democracy, even if Donald Trump tried to convince millions of Americans that there were not.
    —     Joe Scarborough
Co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe
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On This Day In:
2021 Practically Worthless In Every Way
It Never Was
Frustrating Incentive
2020 You Too?
Six Degrees
2019 A Branching Stream
Day 9: One Day At A Time
2018 Pity The Nation (Part 2)
Day 1: Redux
2017 Good Blogs, Too
2016 My Prediction For #AmnestyDon
2015 Worth A Try
2014 I’m Feeling It
2013 May I Have A Little More, Please?
2012 Increasing Doubt
2011 You Can’t Touch This

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It’s an old split.  Like the one between art and art history.  One does it and the other talks about how it’s done and the talk about how it’s done never seems to match how one does it.
    —    Robert M. Pirsig
From:  “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
[If you aren’t willing to make “some” compromises, you are not able to govern in a democracy.  We’ve known this since (at least) the Greek city states.  This is why Republicans are better in opposition than they are when trying to run things.  The same would be true for a “radical” left party, if the United States ever developed one.    —    kmab]
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On This Day In:
2021 Back To Paying Dues
Keep Rollin’
2020 Diets And Lifestyle Changes
Pay Attention
Just Not Sure, And That’s Okay
2019 The Right Questions
Day 3: Still Difficult
2018 A Thought For Those Continuing To Support President Trump
Day 36: Pushing On
2017 Imagining Humor
2016 So Go On And Deal With It
2015 From A Letter To A Friend
2014 Your Part (Here)
2013 Complements
2012 Sound And Light
2011 Two Politicians Visit A Farm…
2010 Labor Day And Honorable Men

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We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart.
    —     Blaise Pascal
[The sooner #45 is charged and brought to trial, the safer the country will be.    —    kmab]
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On This Day In:
2021 Helping Refugees
2016 A.D.
2020 Imagine That!
Call Me Sometime
Before It’s Gone
2019 Imagine If…
2018 How Many Now?
Day 29: Tied (By The Time You Read This)
2017 Earn The Gift
2016 Still Loud
2015 Surprise! No Evidence
2014 Real Ideals
2013 A Happiness Weapon
2012 An Eagle Has Departed
Ummm
And In My Prayers
2011 Welcome Doubt
2010 Talk, Talk, Talk…
Every Day At Least
Democratic Suicide
Pleasurable Reading
Loose Joy
Do, Er, Write – Whatever
This Glorious Company
Relax With A Good Book
Neither Vice Nor Weakness
That’s Rich!
Man Will Prevail!!!
Frankly Speaking to Arizona
Brother By Another Mother

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Freedom is the continuous action we all must take, and each generation must do its part to create an even more fair, more just society.
    —     U.S. Representative John Lewis
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On This Day In:
2021 Universal Vibrations
Stitched With Love
2020 Weakness In The Oval Office
Doo Wop (1961)
2019 A Temporary Surrender
2018 I Am Spartacus
The Privilege Of Milking
Day 20: Relief
2017 Try Not To Run Short, Too
2016 I Feel The Same (Thankful)
2015 It Couldn’t Hurt
2014 Sir, I Have Reasoned It Out!
2013 What Are We Becoming?
2012 Miracles
2011 “W” Finds A Nut!
2010 No Strain At All, But I’m Not Sure About Stress…
An Evening at the Pavilion…

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Cherishing children is the mark of a civilized society.
    —     Joan Ganz Cooney
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On This Day In:
2021 In A Way
Solo In The Middle Of The Backroads
2020 What’d I Miss?
A Little Closer
But I Grew Up A Niner Fan…
2019 Tragedy
2018 The Beam In Your Eye Adds Up
Day 18: My Body Mass Index (BMI)
2017 Open Your Eyes (And Your Heart)
2016 Privilege Too…
2015 Otherwise Obscured
2014 Fundamentals
2013 Proof – ing
2012 Deluge, n.
2011 Hail, Caesar!
Why Were You Sent?

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Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.
    —     George Bernard Shaw
[To all you Independents and “conservative” Democrats who want to send a “message” to President Biden by voting for Republicans in the November mid-terms, remember in doing so, you are voting against supporting the middle-class worker, against voting rights, against national health care, against personal privacy and against reducing climate change.  If you are “okay” with the Republican stand on all of those issues / positions – fine.  Vote your conscious.  Otherwise, I suggest you find and support EVERY Democrat at your local, state and national level – and vote for them.  Elections have consequences.    —    kmab]
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On This Day In:
2021 Awaiting The Polisher
With Old Friends (And Family)
…Before You Leap!
2020 I Don’t Want To Get Any Older…
Maybe I’ll See You There
2019 Free At Last!
2018 Some Basic Virtues
Day 17: Fit In 48’s
2017 Too Soon We Part…
Rigorous And Difficult
2016 Where And Why
2015 The Beauty Of Thy Voice
2014 Faith In Men
2013 An Average Verge
2012 Dew Drop Secrets
2011 Champion Freedom

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Last evening we attended the kick-off re-election gathering / party for my daughter (Rebecca), who is running to keep her seat on the Contra Costa County Community College Board.  If re-elected, this will be her second four-year term on the board.  Even though a junior member of the Board, she has already completed a year long rotation assignment as Board president and she hopes to be able to continue to bring her energy / exuberance to bear helping students achieve their life ambitions via affordable education.
Ever the proud dad, I encourage everyone reading this to make a donation at:  Rebecca Barrett for Community College Board 2022
If a donation is beyond your means, I hope you will get involved in your local politics and make your part of the world a better place for all.  Believe it or not, your limits ARE your imagination and your willingness to stand up and participate in making the future you want to see.
If nothing else, please be a part of the solution:  register for and VOTE in the upcoming election(s)!
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On This Day In:
2021 Living At The Edge
A Simple Song
More Sounds (Guitar Review)
2020 Poor Proof
Right From The Start
You Voted For An Incompetent And Corrupt Business Person To Drain A Political Swamp
2019 I Wish This Were More True
2018 Used To Rejection
Day 16: Looking Ahead (Just A Little)
2017 Tonight
I Rejoice
2016 Conscientious Courage
Speaking Of Which…
2015 The Beautiful Snow
2014 Nurtured By The Voices
2013 Précis
2012 Fear And Understanding
2011 Just Being Human

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Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
    —     Mark Twain
[Why do viewers watch a channel that’s been demonstrated to lie to them.  Oh yeah…  Because they (the viewers) want to believe the lies.  Why does Faux do it?  …To laugh all the way to the bank.    —    kmab]
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On This Day In:
2021 Living At The Edge
A Simple Song
More Sounds (Guitar Review)
2020 Poor Proof
Right From The Start
You Voted For An Incompetent And Corrupt Business Person To Drain A Political Swamp
2019 I Wish This Were More True
2018 Used To Rejection
Day 16: Looking Ahead (Just A Little)
2017 Tonight
I Rejoice
2016 Conscientious Courage
Speaking Of Which…
2015 The Beautiful Snow
2014 Nurtured By The Voices
2013 Précis
2012 Fear And Understanding
2011 Just Being Human

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Rivers know this:  There is no hurry.  We shall get there some day.
    —    Winnie the Pooh
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On This Day In:
2021 Still Stumbling
Make It Your Own…
2020 #45: Diarrhea Of The Mouth, Constipation Of The Brain
Not As Often As I Used To
2019 Four Buffett’s
2018 Change Happens
Day 13: Ginger / Mint Relief
2017 Still Removing Bricks
2016 Namaste
2015 Still Learning
2014 Dark Processes
2013 To The Last Link
2012 Slept In Again
2011 Home Again, Naturally
2009 Thoughts after a long day of OT…

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Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps.  The sleeper must awaken.
    —     Frank Herbert
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On This Day In:
2021 And It Will Be Here Last
Still Goode 40 Years Later
2020 Necessary And Desirable
Who Made The Rules?
2019 The Far Side
2018 Hold On
Day 11: Just Plain Tired
2017 Why Don’t You Tell Us What You Really Think?
2016 Discontent
2015 Do You Know Me?
Appetite For Life Update
2014 Tough Journalism
2013 Things I’ve Learned
2012 Abstainer, n.
2011 Rain, Rain, Rain
Test Your Strength
2009 End the mistakes…

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