Bro Tom

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  • Bro Tom commented on the blog post Ever “Tricky” but he’s just the trendsetter

    2014-08-14 04:34:51View | Delete

    How about that George Will, huh? I remember Jimmy Carter at a gathering, being asked if there were anyone he could not “forgive”. (Sort of a Christian values question.) Carter admitted there’s one: George Will. His story: he had a private notebook stolen, in which he had notes for anticipated questions in an upcoming debate with Ronald Reagan. Somehow the notebook landed in the hands of George Will, who managed to get it into the hands of Ronald Reagan.

  • Bro Tom commented on the blog post The Roundup for June 10th, 2014

    2014-06-11 08:59:52View | Delete

    Re: The Second Sex article under Jessica Valenti: Long ago, I caught a late night interview with Jimmy Carter (for a group with Christian interests, I believe.) In the discourse, he admitted that there’s one person whom he has never been able to “forgive” in a Christian way. George Will.

    He revealed that George Will somehow ended up in possession of his personal diary that was stolen from the White House, in which he (Carter) had written notes in his efforts to meet tough questions in the upcoming presidential debate with Ronald Reagan. But George Will found a way to deliver that diary to Reagan before the debate, and Reagan is no less a scumbag than Will.

    I have never run into that revelation again. Has anyone else?

  • Bro Tom commented on the blog post We Sadly Need to Make Marijuana Edibles Maureen Dowd-Proof

    2014-06-04 12:37:11View | Delete

    How big a brain does it take to reason that ingestion of cannabis through the digestive system is going to be 100% of the product. And ingestion through smoke in the lungs will result in much being literally blown to the wind in exhale.

  • Bro Tom commented on the diary post Weekend Photoshop: Michael Kinsley Illustrated by Presumptuous Insect.

    2014-05-25 18:42:54View | Delete

    No, wasn’t it that asshole who always wears a bow tie that took the conservative side? I’m having a brain cramp on the name. Anyway, they were both jerks, which made it somewhat entertaining if you could forget that people took them seriously.

  • Bro Tom commented on the blog post The Roundup for May 20th, 2014

    2014-05-21 11:43:45View | Delete

    I can’t believe NPR chose Tell Me More to cut, assuming something had to go.

    I won’t claim that Tell Me More defended a progressive point of view on political issues, but neither did Michele Martin. It’s mission concerned an informed “balance”. But the real strength is its cultural content and mission. Considering all the crap on NPR, it really sucks that Tell Me More gets the ax. It is NOT a program exclusively for minorities. I am white and I love the program. It positively enhanced the quality of my life.

    I am glad that Michele is staying on in some capacity. She’s one of the best personalities on all of NPR.

  • Bro Tom commented on the diary post Atheists Caught on Film by David Swanson.

    2014-05-04 09:46:28View | Delete

    I’ve been both a Christian and then an Atheist in my life. But I am now finally very content in my spiritual and ethical and philosophical life as a Neo-Pagan. I feel like taking all the pieces of your article and making a different puzzle. I am also left with the impression that “The Unbelievers” [...]

  • Bro Tom commented on the blog post #Mozillagate: National Review Attacks Free Association

    2014-04-04 12:53:58View | Delete

    BTW, is it me and a few others I know who just coincidentally had found Firefox beginning to be unreliable? I’m a bit surprised that disassociation of a few software associates would cause a CEO to cave. Or were those players that important to the overall quality of Mozilla’s product? (Yes, I am largely computer illiterate.)

    I had switched over to Google Chrome a few weeks ago, unconnected and unaware of these interior political and socio-political dynamics. Now that I know, I think Mozilla got what it deserved but that’s beside the point. Or is it?

  • The biggest benefit of allowing home growing is removing money and profit which marketing and its problems bring.

    As for the process of growing it, take it from an old hippy of the 60′s and 70′s, it is incredibly easy. It really earned the knickname “weed” because it is that easy to grow and cultivate. Once people learn this, it would be the state that becomes concerned, fearing for its anticipated tax revenues.

  • Didn’t his father advise Nixon it’s OK to napalm men, women, and children of North Vietnam because they are Godless Commies?

  • Also, for anyone who is, or have a family member who is, invited to a Wiccan festival affair, and this is a concern, just ask in advance. If “sky clad” is required, you can skip it. “Required” is rare and certainly never against anyone’s will or you’ve run into something other than Wicca. Yet, be advised that for large camp-out Pagan (Wiccan or not) festivals in mountaintop wilderness, clothing is usually optional and many find conversion. But an individual’s free will is a sacred thing that trumps whatever.

  • I understand your intent, which is well taken and I like, but you might want to brush up on the meanings associated with “warlock”. Some may support your use of the word here, others may bring a snicker.

  • The most succinct answer to that question I’ve ever heard. Thanx, I’ll remember it next time I’m asked.

    Wicca is a religion that rescued me when I was spiritually dead, for which I’ll forever be grateful and practice the constructs that still resonate for me.

  • Shit, I only get ONE? It’s too easy–obvious in your own reply. There are people too immature to handle freedom and the rest of us have to protect ourselves from them.

  • Why not a licensing system for adults. You choose: pot or booze, but not both. (Both being still illegal for underaged.) It won’t take that long for adults to overwhelmingly drift to pot, a superior high and far less dangerous, less destructive, and less anti-social. And less expensive — you can grow it yourself in a window box.

  • Bro Tom commented on the blog post What a Functional Health Care System Looks Like

    2014-02-14 10:55:31View | Delete

    I married into a Mexican-American family and lived a number of years in South Texas border towns. Notwithstanding early deaths linked to such factors as agricultural chemicals, I know part of the longer lifespans enjoyed by that population has to do with trusting natural remedies (eg, herbal therapy) for routine health issues and maintenance. They don’t sacrifice their lives to the pharm. industry, which they can’t afford or access anyway.

    Many, if not most, would prefer to venture across the border (this was before the drug cartel war there)to see a curandera than risk going to an American allopathic pill pusher, at least for mainstream health concerns. Although I only speak for those people I’ve known and all my in-laws.

  • Bro Tom commented on the blog post Michael Sam, Race, Sexual Orientation, and Commodities

    2014-02-11 16:25:22View | Delete

    I’d challenge anyone who wants to be so ignorant as painting the American Black Community anti-gay. (Notwithstanding more recent stupidity of the Black clergy, an abnormality of a different…um, color. And there’s always the deviant in any issue).

    I am a Septuagenarian. I was in the domestic War of Civil Rights in the 60′s and 70′s (incidentally, a Northern white.) I am also bisexual and have spent my life comfortably in both, or either, the gay culture and straight culture. (Frankly, I prefer gay but it was always easier in straight, to deal with the outside world. I’m not proud of often choosing the easy way out as long as it was not anti-gay.)

    But I know by experience that Black Americans have their values in the right order when push comes to shove, compared to white. My evidence may be all anecdotal, but I can keep going until you drop dead from the marathon of listening.

    And Goddess Bless the young people of today for standing up to us assholes from a bygone era.

  • Oh, 3X is only the beginning, the nursing home care itself. The State also needs more paper pushers, lawyers, and court fees to handle the confiscation and dispersings of recipient properties, to recover part of that expense.

  • Bro Tom commented on the blog post Americans Think This Is the Worst Congress They Ever Witnessed

    2013-12-26 17:15:51View | Delete

    Actually, it seems like there is a small but powerful group who DO believe in a “third party”. And they were smart enough to realize they were alone in that belief so they built a strategy involving a working on the inside of the powers they sought to vanquish. A Trojan Horse strategy. And it worked. They took advantages where they found them. Mission accomplished.

    Everyone else helped them succeed, even (and perhaps especially)the general on the White Horse. Perhaps unfortunately, even the most “progressive” of the Progressive flank also denied the viability of a third party. Even while occasionally offering limp lip service to the superior vision of third party candidates of their own political persuasion. “Third parties don’t work, can’t succeed. “Sorry.”

    I don’t need to spell the name of the third party that did succeed, do I? It begins with a “Tea”. It took 6 yrs for the idiots who brought the horse through the gates to even recognize what they had done (apparently too late.)

    …OK. So I’m looking through Green colored glasses.

  • It’s amazing. I dumped TV because I couldn’t stomach the commercials any longer. Voila!! Buy one, Get one! Not only dumping obnoxious and relentless commercials, but all the stupidity in the programming too. The sick joke, up with which I put for years, of clowns like Maddow calling themselves “journalists”, I can now laugh at in earnest.

    It’s unexpected joy in this fucked up world which, unfortunately, I still have to learn about, but fortunately there’s the internet. And Alternet and FDL and the Real News Network and Bill Moyers and Matt Taibi and, and, and.
    Fuck television. …well, I did keep mine because I have a library of vintage movies on VCR tapes that I can’t fit into my computer’s disc slot.

  • I want she who can look Obama in the face and render him speechless. I want Malala

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