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Sad news...

No, not the election. That may be sad but it's hardly news any more.

Bob's dad, Peter T. Andina, graduated from this life shortly before noon on Thurs. Nov. 4 at the age of 90. He had suffered two massive…

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get the prayer wheels spinning again....

I'm fine, thanks--about to be discharged from physical therapy (and ordered into a gym membership, where my orthopod's trainer can keep an eye on me lest I backslide) and (knock wood) coming out the other side of a nasty allergy…

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Why Do I Have a Short Written Fuse?

I've found myself in the past few days sharing NY Times links fast and furious on Facebook.  Knowing me by now as I'm sure you do, they are all by educated and experienced common-sense liberals who have fact-checked their asses…

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I Want MY Country Back!!!!

Last year at this time, during the GOP's carefully-choreographed Senate-vacation jihad against health care reform, we sat transfixed, with a mixture of bemusement and scorn, as "Teabagger Zero" (as I now call her in retrospect) blubbered the bigoted and xenophobic…

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Sometimes the majority ought not rule

I am dismayed to learn that Pres. Obama's stance (echoing those of the NYC Zoning Board and Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg) favoring the construction of a mosque near (note--not AT) Ground Zero may be endangering both his and the Democratic…

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Defending Marriage...and our Nation

This is a momentous weekend ahead for the institution of marriage in this country. First, my friend Ron is marrying his soulmate Sunday (on Saturday--have I confused anyone yet? Good).  Both have experienced life and love (found, lost, found again)…

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A few pieces of my mind.....

No, not the answer to "How much of a brain does Sandy have left?" but rather random musings that I need (or think I need) to share.  This was inspired by the profound existential questions posed in last weekend's "Ask…

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Pocketful of Rants: Do We Know "What" We Are?

(English majors and teachers:  yes, I know that at first blush, the "What" in the title seems as if it should be "Who." Bear with me for a moment).

Once again, I have a pocketful of rants (not to be…

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a non-political rant

I had planned to shoot my mouth off tonight about obstructionist legislators, prevaricating PACs establishing the Tea Party Express purely to profit their PR firms, and even about how Organizing For America is a grassroots way to combat the effects…

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WARNING: Geniuses at work (check your pocket for your wallet)

We are coming down to the home stretch of the marathon run towards the first step of health care reform. Conservatives (and those who believe them) are decrying the bill's deficit spending during a recession.  But there is evidence of…