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Trump is more Beckett than Sartre

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 13:56
David A. Graham’s latest in The Atlantic, “There’s No Way Out”, is subtitled, “Trump’s presidency may be a dysfunctional disaster, but there’s no apparent way to end it.”. In the piece, Graham offers a survey of observations and incidents on his way to building the case that we have no exit from Trump and his… 2
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Enough with Goldwater Rule, we have a duty to warn

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 12:38
For more than a year, many United States citizens have been expressing unease when it comes to talking about whether our country’s president has a personality disorder or is behaving in a way that isn’t healthy and should get attention from people who can alter it. However, regardless of whether someone has a state-issued mental… 2
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Two ice orchids and an inch of growth

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 00:52
This is a excerpt from a longer work in progress. When you’re 54 years old and you haven’t had a physical exam in four years, you need to prepare. I shouldn’t have waited four years. Not while I had health care coverage and a capacity to pay – never to be taken for granted. And… 6
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Oprah the Candidate, Oprah the Leader, Oprah as Oprah

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 00:30
When it comes to supporting people for public office, we think we know what we don’t want and maybe what we do want, and then we find ways to disqualify people one by one because they do or don’t conform to those expectations, hopes and desires. Rarely are we left with candidates we love, I… 2
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The day the news died

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 00:15
I was on the treadmill. It was late 2016. I caught myself watching Good Morning America after 8am, instead of C-SPAN, CNN or MSNBC. I never watched “those” morning shows – the ones with the cute banter and cuter outfits, with audiences waving inside and outside and segments about the hottest new something – toys,… 0
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Update re: invitation to Ohio elected for getting policy input from social work students

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 19:15
I’m pleased to report that I followed up this morning’s blog post regarding HB 457 with an email to State Rep. Antani. I sent him a link to the post and an invitation to visit with one or both of the classes of social work students I have this semester. He responded very promptly and… 0
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Invitation to Ohio State Rep. Niraj Antani

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 09:12
On Wednesday, January 3rd, the Dayton Daily News reported that Ohio State Representative Niraj Antani (R-26, Miamisburg) is “pushing a bill [HB 457] that would require people on parole or probation who test positive for illegal opioids [to] be jailed or sent to a 30-day residential drug treatment program”. The article also indicates it would… 1
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Editorial Note

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 00:16
Thank you to everyone reading WLST. On one hand, I can’t believe I didn’t write a single word here throughout 2017. On the other hand, I know exactly why I didn’t and will write more about that in future posts. I will publish daily on the weekdays but other than this note, I do not… 7
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Bannon’s one word description of Trump that 60,000+ mental health professionals are implying

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 00:53
From BuzzFeed two days ago about email content in a 2016 Breitbart-related exchange that reflects at least one true thing expressed by Steve Bannon: In response to Bannon’s criticism of Trump’s lack of humility before God, Breitbart’s Washington political editor Matthew Boyle chimed in. “…He can’t do anything wrong, at least in his mind,” Boyle… 2
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If we wear makeup when no one else is around to see it, does it matter?

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 01:39
This morning, on my Facebook page, I posted the following question: “Do you wear makeup if you know you’re not leaving your house for the day?” People – including a few cheeky men – were generous with their responses: some do, some don’t, some don’t like the underlying presumption in the way the question is… 4
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How to climb the ladder of political engagement if you don’t run for office (yet)

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 00:55
I don’t feel like I can walk under ladders every day, but generally speaking, I’m lucky and I’ve even been able to climb higher on the ladder of political engagement than I ever imagined: A few people know I moved to Ohio not quite 30 years ago to get a joint degree in law and… 3
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Is it too late to run for office in 2018?

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 08:39
You’re seething. You cannot believe, again, what is coming from the Twitter handle of the person the electoral college placed in the White House. Tonight, he’s saying his button’s bigger than Kim Jong Un’s button, and that Monday, he’s going to give out his own “THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA awards” (uppercase in the… 4
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No, I’m not running but here are tips on how to get started

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 00:55
In Spring 2017, I was flattered and thrilled to have a writer friend refer me to BUST Magazine for a freelance gig on how to run for office. “Don’t Get Mad, Get Elected: The How-To Guide For Launching A Political Campaign” sketches out most if not all the major, and several more minor considerations to give… 0
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