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Yesterday there was another mass murder, this time at a Florida high school where a white-supremacist killed seventeen people. Once again, the NRA and the GOP are blaming “mental health” as the reason. I wrote about the origins of this song twice before on these pages, but this time I’ve changed the title from “Blow
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Grow Hemp For the War 1943

It looks like Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the new commander in the War on Drugs, is back in the business of stomping out the evil weed rather than the opioid epidemic. I’ve been very interested in the subject since my college days in the 1960s, and my first novel is based on the premise that
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To a Better Year in 2018

  We’ve survived the first year of the Trumpies’ assault on the fabric of American society, although it hasn’t been easy for a political junkie like myself. We’re both a little grayer, and other than a few aches and pains, we are in great health. Here’s hoping you are too.  

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"Blow the NRA Away," take 3

  Scotty & The Skeptics–Mp3 November 17, 2017 Seems as though I posted this songwriter demo just yesterday after the shooting in Orlando, but that was in June of 2016 when I was just starting to blog, so it’s been over a year since that “worst mass shooting” in U.S. history. Then last month the
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Can Trump Get Into Heaven?

It’s interesting that so many religious evangelicals, such as the son of Jerry Falwell, Jerry Jr., and the son of Billy Graham, Franklin (both of whom, like Trump, inherited lucrative empires from their fathers), are firmly in the Trump camp. What with his multiple wives, each one younger and hotter than the last, and his
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Playing Guitar & Trumpie Ennui

I haven’t had much to say in the last few weeks. A birthday, hosting guests and a general sense of ennui with all things Trump have  contributed to my inherent laziness. I was grateful for the failure of TrumpCare, and I did check out the legalities of  Trump trademarking “Keep America Great” and how it
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Keep America Great! The Trademark fight

Yo! This is an open letter to anyone who knows more about the legalities of trademarks than I do. Here’s the situation: Donald Trump wants to trademark “Keep America Great!” and “Keep America Great” as the theme for his 2020 re-election campaign. My company, Castalia Communications, has been using Keep America Great on a bumpersticker
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Alternative Facts

Don’t you just love the Trumpies’ assertion that we should respect the “alternative facts” of our new President? He says three million “illegals” who voted cost him the popular vote. It wasn’t Americans, it was illegals. I have wonder if this is just another narcissistic delusion in his mighty brain, or a calculated attempt to
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The 2020 election begins!

Jan. 20, 2017 So Trump is officially in office. I can’t add much to the thousands of other writers and citizens who are pounding out the pixels on their high-speed connections. However, I do have something nobody else seems to have: a way to piss him off, right off the bat. I recently read that
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Personal–2016 Round-up & Forecast

(This annual update {edited here for general readership} accompanied my note to my personal Christmas card list {see previous blog post}.) My wife and I are both doing well, just the usual growing pains. She spins at the gym or does Pilates five days a week and tap dances. She teaches one course per semester,
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