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Donegal Descendant

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As of December 1, 2012 I will also be posting on Our Salon. Note that I am unable to open any pm's I receive due to software dysfunction here.


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OCTOBER 24, 2013 10:27AM

Wiil Democrats Cave on Social Security?


Not long ago I added my name to an online petition opposing cuts to Social Security in the name of “reform”. “Take Action Now!” the blurb said, as if a mouse click qualified as “action.”Today I got a lengthy automated reply from one of “my”Read full post »



My "continuing education":

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want the crops without plowing the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful rRead full post »

AUGUST 29, 2013 1:33AM

Summer of 1963



I graduated from high school in Oakland, California on the day Medgar Evers was murdered in Mississippi. I was 17 that summer. I got along  with black people, didn’t feel superior to them but had no close black friends and no special insight or sensitivity to the chRead full post »


Now he tells us?


There I was, innocently rummaging through an unsolicited complimentary copy of  The Progressive Populist, subtitled a journal from America’s Heartland.

“Harkin Letting Loose as Retirement Nears” was the headline of a story by Ari Cullen on&nbRead full post »

JULY 15, 2013 12:31PM

"They Always Get Away With It"


Yes,  it sure seems like they always get away with it...


 Yes, any gun-toting, self-styled vigilante has the unconditional right to chase you down and confront you. You have no right to confront him. He has the legal right to stand his ground no matter where he is, including

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JULY 10, 2013 11:31PM

It's The Relationship That Heals



The small, nonprofit mental health agency I contract with is doing more Medicaid billing these days. Reading supposed “clinical literature” about current requirements and guidelines for documentation, from that (and various other sources), I just feel overwhelmed with institRead full post »


(Voter supression in Colorado takes a different form than in the Old South where Neo-Confederates dominate state govenment. I think this post is useful in reminding us of the myriad ways GOP and conservative voter suppression efforts take.  It is noteworthy that in Colorado, voter suppresRead full post »



(in the wake of the recent Supreme Court attack on the Voting Rights Act, so enthusiastically received by  Neo-Confederate state officials, this seems an appropriate time to repost this entry from August 28,2012) 

How Can You Not Connect the Dots?

*33 stateRead full post »

JUNE 27, 2013 10:03AM

Supreme Court: Killers of the Dream?



(pace Lorraine Hansberry)

The U.S. Supreme Court has truly earned the title “Killers of the Dream” as SCOTUS decides Article 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act was constitutional when enacted in 1965 but is now unconditional because thanks to its effects, conditions have changeRead full post »



It's Open Season on Voting Rights.As soon as the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the State Attorney Generals of  Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, and North Carolina gleefully announced their restrictive “Voter ID” legislation would im/Read full post »



Another old story, this one from 1993.

Frustrated with the bureaucratic nonsense at my current job, I applied for a position with an independent community mental health agency that was a spin-or or new outgrowth of a 21-day substance abuse residential program. They had advertised for psRead full post »



Late November 1970. I was standing with my thumb out alongside a highway in Santa Cruz, just 100 miles from my San Francisco home. It was the last leg of a hitchhiking journey that had taken me almost 3,000 miles from S.F. to Tucson, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, LasRead full post »

JUNE 18, 2013 2:53AM

"The Blackest Black Man..."

(This is an anecdote from way back, a memory triggered by a recent post by L in the Souheast)


Back in 1964 while a student at San Francisco State, I answered a spot job ad on the student employment board.When I called, the lady explained it was just one-day’s work cleaning upRead full post »

(Repost: originally posted 10/21/10 on my blog  The Edge of Cedar Mesa on Word, before I started posting on Open Salon)

Sally Swift, on her Open Salon blog ( had an interesting Veteran’s Day list of “Who Served Our Country and Who Did

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MAY 17, 2013 4:18AM

the Wonderful 401(k) World!

Your Key to Success: the Wonderful, Wonderful World of 401 (k) s!

Gee, isn’t it great to realize you are standing on the cutting edge of an Exciting New Era?

Boy, Thomas Friedman’s recent op-ed column in the NY Times on Labor Day [sic!], “It’s a 401K World” reallyRead full post »

APRIL 17, 2013 10:31AM

You May Never Be Able to Retire

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn), co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, laid it out very clearly and succinctly recently:

“Why Cutting Social Security Benefits Is Such a Big Deal”  ( 4/16/13

"To understand, here’s some context. American famiRead full post »

(well, maybe it was only a suicide gesture like slashing your wrists, which usually isn’t fatal)

“The Grand Bargain is about showing the world we can hurt people, so they will know we are serious.”

Dong Johnson, “Elite Pundit Deficit Frenzy Just Like ‘Run Up’ toRead full post »

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MARCH 16, 2013 11:02PM

Did We Have an Election Last November?

Did't we have an election last fall?

(Oh, never mind. Sorry to ask such a naive question.)

I think we did but I guess it just didn't matter.

Both political parties agree: The poor must suffer more for the incompetence, recklessness, and crimes of the banks, hedge fund managers andRead full post »

[repost from one year ago: little has changed, so no evision needed]

Annual observances of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day tend to focus almost exclusively on the struggle for juridical equality for southern blacks. Since blacks in the south can now vote, serve on juries, use the public libraries,Read full post »



The following “news story” appeared in a local libertarian rag under the headline “Delta’s Deitch Haus restaurant closing due to bad economy.”

Pete Miller made his decision to close the restaurant in July, long before the reelection of President Barak ObamRead full post »

DECEMBER 22, 2012 9:47AM

Dan: the Aftermath (Part 5)

Why did Dan lose his mind? Why did a friend turn into my worst enemy, acting self-righteous while spewing mindless rage, falsehood, hatred, malice, and sadism? Why did evil come to dominate his being? I certainly never experienced anything or anyone like this my lifetime. I hope I never do again.… Read full post »

DECEMBER 21, 2012 9:39AM

Dan Loses His Mind (Part 4)

...and maybe his soul:

I’d never had any friend, much less a good friend, turn savagely on me as Dan did, and for no evident reason. After many years of friendship, he showed me a sadistic, snarling, malicious, psychopathic side of his personality I had never seen before. He acted like… Read full post »

DECEMBER 20, 2012 12:25PM

Dan: Illlusions and Reality (Part 3)

Such a seemingly impressive resume Dan recounted over the years! Earning a B.A. and an M.S. in social psychology at the University of Utah, starting a Ph.D. program there but dropping out short of completion in defense of more humanistic values. He studied under some distinguished professors, big nam… Read full post »

There were many side stories and back stories to Dan’s colorful personal history. One was his father, who had been a professional Texas Rassler during the 1930s, then a sports promoter, then a peddler of organic, holistic, magical “herbal cancer cures” (supposedly learned from nativ… Read full post »

Dan died this week, I just learned. He was someone I met back in the 1980s, someone whom I once considered a best friend, a great stimulus, a major influence on me, but who, without apparent reason, eventually became a monstrous enemy, causing me to order him off my property andRead full post »