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Agree w/trump in part

The person who has posed the most destructive threat to our political system in the past few decades left the Oval Office on 01/20/2021, replaced by President Biden, who won the 2020 election by over seven million popular votes. Now trump has surprised me. 1/3

I still am a primary-qualified Republican & precinct committee person (Marion County, Indiana, Washington Twp 21-01). I agree w/trump, in part. He said: “If we don’t solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020" the “single…


Added by Mark Small on October 14, 2021 at 1:09pm — No Comments

1 piece of paper worth $1 million

Guy in his 20s, charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana, was entering into a diversion agreement. If he stayed out of trouble for a year, followed other terms, there’d be no conviction. His Honor held the agreement up & asked the guy how much that was worth. 1/7

The guy, politely, said “I don’t know, sir.” His Honor said, “One Million Dollars” & explained how a criminal conviction, even for a misdemeanor, could block things in the future: student loans, enlistment in…


Added by Mark Small on September 28, 2021 at 8:25pm — No Comments

"Mouthwash" on Afghanistan: Tiffanie on the Right gets it wrong

John Schmitz hosted episode 32 of his podcast (on FB) “Mouthwash,” Tuesday, Sept 14. The primary focus was U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Panelist Tiffanie (on the right) said this country has been blessed be cause we never have had to fight a war on U.S. soil. 1/10

Tiffanie’s statement is wrong and implies divine support for this country. “God” has not spared the soil of the U.S. of A. We have fought five wars. (U.S. Const. Art. I §8.) War #1: The War of 1812 was fought mostly on…


Added by Mark Small on September 17, 2021 at 8:16pm — No Comments

We have failed to learn from history & probably will repeat it

If we fail to learn from the attacks of 9/11/01, we are more likely to see such acts repeated. They were abhorrent, but not “senseless.” They were carried out by cowards, but there were reasons for the attacks & why others in the World supported them. 1/6

First, we should not celebrate the day with shows of military strength. 1) Conventional military is not effective vs small bands. (See: U.S. revolutionary war; or Vietnam). 2) U.S. military support of and aid to dictatorships was…


Added by Mark Small on September 11, 2021 at 8:19am — No Comments

"$ideline$: 1st press conference & a catatonic lineman

6 Hair a bit wet from the shower & the garb seemed odd. The now-former franchise Prez (oddly) left a tux in 41-regular w/cumberbund festooned w/flamingoes & penguins in a weird trop-arctic environment, but neither is a predator of the other so maybe it’s cool.

Drawback 2 bagging classes in undergrad? Impact to GPA. Advantage? Slackers watch > tube & ∴> press conferences. This room was full & hot & the podium held a dozen mics w/a few more hanging from rods.…


Added by Mark Small on September 9, 2021 at 8:07pm — No Comments

Reagan's legacy of ignorance & death

Society has a right to defend itself when children become weapons of ignorance. The defense is knowledge. The attack crystallized on 1/20/1981. Reagan demeaned knowledge. As California’s governor he gutted the State’s system of public universities.

Reagan was far from original: “Government isn’t the solution. It’s the problem.” He cribbed that from Eldridge Cleaver, one of the founders of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. Reagan was pro-2nd Amendment for others, but wanted the…


Added by Mark Small on September 6, 2021 at 8:37pm — 2 Comments

How do you count the dead in Afghanistan? Base-8? Base-10? Base-0?

‘War” did not end for the U.S. in Afghanistan. “Congress shall have Power ... To declare War ...” U.S. Const. Art. I, § 8. The last day the U.S. was in a war was September 2, 1945. After 9/11, a lot of the rest of the World supported the initial responses of the U.S.

U.S. forces hit camps in Afghanistan where terrorists (remember the reasons?) trained for 9/11 & U.S. forces required materiel. Lots (LOT$) of money (pallet$ of bundle$ of C-note$) was lost on mountainsides & in…


Added by Mark Small on August 31, 2021 at 6:23pm — No Comments

If 78% of Nobel-track scientists use PEDs, why do corporations not give them urine screens? ($Ideline$)

5 Enjoying the preseason? This is what happened in a preseason past, after the reporter slipped a “Mickey” into things. But you know what? That gave me a “reasonable and even” view of a game I only ever had watched. 1/8

The night-long conversation was bizarre. The orange bear, @ 1st, made more sense, her/his/its voice quite mellow. The bear’s pal, no more than 3 feet tall, was swaddled in brown rags and only grumbled. The TV was tuned to a traveling team of acrobats from China.…


Added by Mark Small on August 22, 2021 at 8:42pm — No Comments

Nominee for Teacher Hall of Fame: Lance Alter

When people discuss public education, some things are lost. Several of the best teachers from whom I learned were right-wing as could be. In 8th grade Lance Alter was our teacher for Reading. He also taught English, later on in the academic sojourn. 1/5

Sophomore year we had to write a book report (one of several). He asked if I had a book in mind. After a pause, he said I might like “this” book. Until then I’d read sci-fi (e.g., The Foundation trilogy) or political novels (e.g.,…


Added by Mark Small on August 21, 2021 at 7:18pm — No Comments

"$ideline$": a novel by tweets of greed, violence &, oh yeah, football

4 “This way?” I asked Debi and gestured toward a door marked “President” beside a chair w/a very large, motionless man. Firing the club “President” was easy. I opened the door & yelled: “That’s disgusting and a violation of team morals policies! You’re fired!” 1/9

Guys with hand trucks materialized. “I figured you’d need them to move stuff,” Debbie said & added: “This franchise has a vibrant history w/moving companies.” They had that office cleared in 5 minutes. They left a…


Added by Mark Small on August 18, 2021 at 8:24pm — No Comments

$ideline$: novel by tweets & a coach takes power

Umtell: a cheat, bully, coward, spoiled as hell, not the sharpest knife (or spoon) in the drawer but felt entitled to > everything; i.e., a classic American “businessman.” He grabbed & guzzled his 3rd (by my count) bottle of single malt. His BAC had to be fast approaching his IQ. 1/10

Things moved fast. A woman (had to be Debi), early 20s, entered. The leather of a satchel in her hand matched her bodice (w/plunging neckline) and boots. Umtell grabbed the satchel and tossed it…


Added by Mark Small on August 17, 2021 at 5:31am — No Comments

"$ideline$": a novel of tweets in which a coach is hired.

2: He shuffled, didnt offer a cut & dealt off the bottom of the deck badly. He caught my stare. I asked “Why bother stacking the deck when you’re using marked cards?” His voice came from behind me: “Because I can.” I turned around. His face filled the TV screen. 1/10

A voice-over explained how Bill Umtell was the first pro sports owner to realize American cities will whore themselves out to get an NFL® team. His realization meant his team might have the worst record, but it…


Added by Mark Small on August 16, 2021 at 6:23am — No Comments

"$ideline$" - a novel of tweets

A hot, Hoosier 105% humidity day had glued the polyester suit I’d worn for the nonexistent job interview to my skin via sweat, but at least I looked presentable. A mask dangled from an ear. The bartender kept track of beers vs money on the classmate’s tab. 1/9

Mid-afternoons on weekdays are “down” time in most bars, even more so in a club. The 2 other habitues were playing gin as the TV played sports. One gin player, in his 60s, looked familiar. He bitched for another round. Bartender…


Added by Mark Small on August 15, 2021 at 6:44am — No Comments

A novel of tweets: football coach without qualifications...

For your amusement ... c. 2021 by mark small. a novel: "Sideline$" CH 1. Liberal arts degrees land one in odd places. In high school I was skinny and short, so sports were not my “thing.” I was president of the Latin Club. Yes, a real “chick magnet.” In college I was only slightly heavier, plus I was a hippie. 1/5

At least I was creative. I could figure out how to solve things, in general, just not how to end my unemployment after they made me receive my degree. I didn’t want to leave…


Added by Mark Small on August 13, 2021 at 5:45am — No Comments

Ignorance has fostered COVID

Ignorance has driven the COVID outbreak. Many who question viability of vaccines and cite “variants” as support also scoff at evolution as “only a theory.” But theory is “carefully thought-out explanation for observations of the natural world that has been constructed using the scientific method, and which brings together many facts and hypotheses.” The Field Museum. Where possible it is subject to testing. Stanford Encyc of Philosophy.

Variants have emerged because COVID has been…


Added by Mark Small on August 1, 2021 at 5:47pm — 1 Comment

Privatized prisons: 7/27 at 7 p.m. on civildiscoursenow

If we are the “land of the free,” we should not have 25% of the World’s prison inmate population with only 5% of the World’s total population. The notion of providing incentives to corporations to warehouse more people in prisons is bizarre.

Tonight, July 27, at 7 p.m. Indiana time (about 1958 on others’ calendars), Indianapolis attorney Andrew Maternowski will join me on Civil Discourse Now to discuss privatized prisons. So many people talk about crime, maybe…


Added by Mark Small on July 27, 2021 at 5:47pm — No Comments

Texas demonstrates racism is alive

Texas has demonstrated the racism is alive. In June its governor signed into law a prohibition against Critical Race Theory (“CRT”), a view that racism “is embedded in our society and legal systems to uphold supremacy of white persons.”

Of course our Nation’s history is steeped in racism. Slavery was protected by The Constitution. Only in 1954 did the Supreme Court rule that “separate” was inherently “unequal.” The Texas Senate has passed S.B. 3 that drops some requirements for school…


Added by Mark Small on July 20, 2021 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Gitmo release of a man held 19 years without formal charges...

Abdul Latif Nasser was released from captivity after 19 years. He never was charged with a crime. He never was given the basic right of a trial. The “Great Writ” is habeas corpus, Latin for “you have the body.” Black’s, 10th ed., and means the government has to justify detention.

Even former (temporary) Hoosier Chuck Manson was given due process after the 1969 murders for which Manson was infamous. To hold a person without charges indefinitely is unconscionable. We neither won “hearts…


Added by Mark Small on July 19, 2021 at 8:06pm — No Comments

Demo Texas members walk out? Tactic used by GOP, too

Democratic members of Texas’s legislature have absented themselves for votes on voting rights to deprive the body of a quorum (“smallest number of people who must be present at a meeting so that official decisions can be made.” Black’s Law Dictionary, 10th ed., 2014, p. 1446).

Texas GOP politicians were just as miffed as Democratic members of Oregon’s legislature when GOP members there walked out earlier this year. The GOP was angry in 2011 in Indiana when Democratic members... There…


Added by Mark Small on July 15, 2021 at 8:20pm — No Comments

1954 to present: only glimpses of greatness

Tonight at 9 p.m., on “Mouthwash,” John Schmitz’s FB podcast, the topic: Critical Race Theory (“CRT”). Florida’s education regs say it is a view that racism “is embedded in our society and legal systems to uphold supremacy of white persons.”

After the Civil War, the Party that pushed for equality was the Republican. The Democratic Party came to rely upon the “Solid South” for votes of electors and Congress. When President Truman ordered the military be integrated, the Democratic Party…


Added by Mark Small on July 13, 2021 at 1:27pm — 1 Comment

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