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The REAL Shock and Awe? In a very strange and bizarre way, I almost think the Trump presidency was *designed* to re-awaken a smug and complacent Democratic party. It had drifted too far to the center, and too many accepted a weak candidate . . . just because. Did the U.S. get what it deserved? That’s probably going too far. But, did the Democratic party get what IT deserved??? As a terribly disillusioned lifelong Democrat, sadly, I have to say YES. Republicans didn’t do this to us. We did it to ourselves. Next time, maybe we’ll think twice about supporting someone who more than *cozied up* to Wall St fat-cats, and either dismissed, marginalized, or shamed people of her own party – or at least people who always HAD identified as Democrats – “as either sexist, self-indulgent, ignorant, petulant, privileged brats or dupes.” The “basket of deplorables” crack was nothing compared to how they alienated their own people! — YUR


Foxes Protect Their Earth, Colltalers

A tax reform to better the welfare of those who pass it. Sponsoring a nominee who’ll heed to his supporters’ demands. The redesigning of vote districts to increase odds of electing agreeable candidates. That is, the old fashioned feathering of one’s own nest taken to a novel level.
While people are entitled to defend their own interests, living in a democratic society implies that common causes often take precedence over individual needs. And ideally, we elect governments so to arbitrate and find balance over conflicting extremes. Except when they don’t.
The staggering number of special-interest decisions the U.S. president has taken reveals a disturbing reality: as more Americans get caught in the fallout of the administration’s unfair policies, many are realizing that our current head of state has in fact little regard to the state he heads.
Two months from his first year in office…

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Hit the Streets

There are a lot of petitions out there to keep Net Neutrality. Find one and sign it. And, if it asks you to call your Congressperson, then do it! — YUR


Protest to Keep Access to
the Web Free & Democratic

Today, step out and make yourself heard. Don’t let anyone take the right to access the World Wide Web away from Americans and citizens of the world. Fight to keep Net Neutrality and don’t allow the Federal Communications Commission or anyone to hand the Internet to media and cable companies to act as gate keepers.

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Jumble Spoiler – 11/15/17

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Visual Description:  Pint-sized Picasso.


Clue/Question:  What’s the best way to display a backward drawing?

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(A pretty literal pun.  But, I like that Greg included a sailboat, although it’s not sinking.  All of today’s clue words are old favorites, but all of the jumbles came up as new.  They were good, but none of them tripped me up any.  The answer letter layout was another fine jumble.  Nicely cryptic.  Cute cartoon.  I hope Toby doesn’t rat out Eddie.  I don’t get The Buckets in my newspaper, but it looks like a sweet gig for Greg.  His dog’s name is Gi’Tli, Cherokee for ‘dog’.   Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

The Contemporary Mystery of Uranus

Perfect example is the VP over at CBS, who said she didn’t feel all that bad about the Las Vegas shooting because most country music fans are republican! And, she was dumb enough to say this on Facebook! I kinda doubt that Steven Paddock was an ultra-anti-country music critic anyway. The woman at CBS had allowed her politics to overtake her empathy. — YUR

It Just Popped Into My Head

I find it hard to fathom

the stupid shit that comes

out of people’s mouths

on almost frequent occasions,

like their brain

doesn’t connect to their mouth

and anyone with even a simple

sense of logic

or common sense

would throw up the big stop sign

to their jaw

before spewing some of the dumbest,

least empathetic words

I’ve heard

in this lifetime.

If only we still

believed in Santa,

who could install

some kind of tripwire

from our reckless thoughts

to our vocal cords.

It’s OZ

and the scarecrows are everywhere:

they’ve mated with the Tin Woodsmen

to create a hybrid species

of thoughtless, heartless zombies

whose sole purpose

is to get to the wizard,

regardless of who is puddled

in their path.

And of course,

I’m only speaking of adults,

who should honestly

behave much better,

tsk tsk tsk.

The children I work with

are the most earnest

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Be a good person but don’t waste time to prove it. ~•~ İyi insan ol, fakat bunu ispatlamak için vakit harcama.

Humility is a great balancer of life! — YUR


Be a good person but don’t waste time to prove it. Don’t let people pull you into their storms… Pull them into your Peace.

Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.

“Life consists of two days , one for you and one against you . So when it s for you don’t be proud or reckless , and when it s against you be patient , for both days are test for you.” (Ali RA)

When your failure brings you closer to your Creator, that’s NOT failure. That is your success. Thank the Almighty for it.

Allah heard the little ant. Do you think He didn’t hear you calling on Him? 
(Muhummad-peace be upon him)

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Jumble Spoiler – 09/08/17

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Visual Description:  A celebratory baseball team?


(Guessing on the)  Giving us:  BOWNONWY

Clue/Question:  The baseball team’s winning streak continued – – –

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Answer:  WON BY WON

(Many thanks to our buddy, hal!  No new clue words for this day.  I don’t remember the jumbles so I can’t tell if any of them were new.  As hal mentioned, it seemed to coincide with the Cleveland Indians tying, or setting, the AL win streak record.  Boy, that was sure something!  My memory of this Jumble are very shaky, so I’ll end my comments here.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Labor Day Cryptoquote Spoiler – 2017

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If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day weekend.”   —   Doug Larson

(I’m always mixing up Doug with Gary!  A little surprisingly, Doug is still with us, at the ripe old age of 91!  There are a lot more quotes of his than photos of him!  Be well and safe . . . and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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