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What’s in a Name?



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Once upon a time, people started calling each other names.

Seriously, they did. At first, they were clever plays on a person’s original name to be more representative of their character. Take Izabel in the Old Testament. You probably know her a Jezebel, but that is a play on her name, calling her a name if you will, that reflected the character the writers of the Books of Kings wanted to project upon her.

But from long ago it seems like names have both deep meaning, expressing the hopes and dreams of the family, and an opportunity to make fun of them.

And where are we now? Now we get parents who seem to not understand that the names they give their children actually do matter. They set the kid up – no, that’s not it – they set themselves up to be mocked.

Twitter gets people fired. Or criticized for not being contrite enough. Or not being woke enough before it was time to be woke.

Rent-a-Crowds are a thing. Seriously, you can rent a crowd to show up for basically anything.  But why…?


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Hanoi Jane Says Sorry



A long time ago, an actress went to North Vietnam. In the ensuing years, she has gone on to wealth and fame and high esteem in the eyes of those who were unmoved by her trip. But for those who saw her trip to visit the enemy for treason, it hasn’t been quite as fun of a journey. Now, Jane Fonda has issued what is being reported as an apology. So why is it that Veterans, both from the Vietnam War and after that, seem so unwilling to accept her purported apology? There is a reason, and it’s really not that complicated.

The Director for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy 3 was fired when his history of Tweets was uncovered and he was found to have made disparaging comments about pedophilia.  Following his firing, the cast and crew of the film have made it clear that they want him rehired since his tweets were “jokes.”

Meanwhile, a young Pitcher for the Atlanta Braves comes without one out of a no-hitter on Sunday. Within seconds of the end of the game, his Twitter record is released and is full of disparaging comments and phrases about gays.

So what is it? Do we conduct a Twitterpast witch hunt every time somebody does something positive? Do we use the results of that hunt to destroy not just the accomplishment, but the future as well? Luckily, a US Senator has a plan


A Tax Too Far



There are a lot of things that I never thought I would see in my lifetime. The Pyramids of Giza, the Fjords of Norway, the Lights of Paris, The Mariners win a World Series, the Seattle City Council backing away from a tax so fast it’s dizzying. 

For all of that, one of the most surreal things I’ve ever seen now includes the President of the United States shaking hands with the leader of North Korea.

I have no clue who Ankit Panda is, but he’s forcing me to see myself and my own biases in a mirror. Why? Well… he’s already writing (on CNN, of course) that the Trump-Kim Jong-Un summit is a complete and total failure.

The City of Seattle is running away from the Head Tax faster than a vegan who accidentally walks into a McDonalds. Why? Because at the end of the day, when socialist utopian dreams meet the hard cold asphalt of reality, something has to give. While Socialism can and usually does try to force its way, even the City Council of Seattle realized that this time they’d gone a tax too far.


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