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How did you know?

(c) Tamara Beck

Commerce and friendship don’t feel like birds of a feather. That is not to say that we can’t do business with people we know and like, but we don’t want to be blindsided by a pitch.

In this spirit, I was a bit unnerved when PC Richards popped upon my Facebook feed. Yes, I had Googled the company  for its nearby location. Yes, I checked out some of their HD TV products after our little 16″ Dynex blew out. We’re fine, thank you. Its 40″ replacement is all set, awaiting the Big Game. The vivid colors on the screen should highlight the events at Minnesota’s Hardrock Stadium on February 4th.

I was non-plussed since I was not the one to make this surprise announcement. FB seems to have known. How? Is there a leak at Google revealing my search history?

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Or to erase what you’ve written….

via Daily Prompt: Candid

Really, is that what you think?

Frankly, I need you to be completely candid with me.

Can you do that?

#Facts · #history · #observation · America


OnTyrranyWe’ve got sort of shoot the messenger administration in power. Senator Durbin reports an appalling truth and he’s faulted for the fact that the Congress can’t pass DACA legislation. People who’ve contributed to America, and lived here for years are being deported, and surely we can’t blame Dick Durbin for regressive policies carried out by the administration and its cohorts. Clearly, it’s their racism that is responsible for failing to allow immigrants who dream of a better life and whose dreams have been fulfilled during nearly a lifetime in the United States to continue living the American dream.

Most Americans come from a long line of dreamers. We are descendents of men and women who came here to start over and to do better. Chances are that your grandpa was an immigrant, or that great grandma came through Ellis Island. An ancestor worked the railroads or participated in the gold rush of 1849. There may be a Revolutionary War veteran on your family tree; he came to America to escape persecution. Some came for economic opportunities. Others travelled across the seas to find a freer society.

Still others were forced here against their will, and lived here enslaved until the Emancipation Proclamation attempted to integrate them into American life.  Racism, then as now, worked to keep these newly minted citizens from enjoying their liberties and rights. Americans who were brought here in shackles have traversed a tougher road in becoming part of the fabric of this democracy.

The main agenda for the dominant party today is a kind of war against people of color. The urban poor are the principal targets of this unprincipled party line. The tax bill, immigration policy, the fight over healthcare, attacks on Medicaid and the defunding of CHIP,  the call to close the borders, all affect services. Education, transportation, housing, are all left to flounder and founder under the burdens of making the wealthy a lot richer. Tax cuts to businesses and their owners will not trickle down to citizens living in or on the boundaries of poverty.

The  predominantly white, rural poor may still support the underlying principles of a racist political regime. They are also financially at risk, but they may feel gratified that inequality takes precedence in our national life, and white supremacy is not just condoned but a guiding political ideal. Is having token representation reward enough for their loyalty?

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Divide and conquer

via Daily Prompt: Carve


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Christopher Marlowe [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Tamburlaine cut up the earth once upon a time in Marlowe’s brilliant text.

He marched across the map, laying claim with a stomp of his foot to the world he was conquering.

It is a moment of supreme madness, yet one of extreme beauty.

To carve  your place in places that do not belong to you, that is the madness.

The ferocity with which the character says “And this is mine” as he ravages the known-world, that is wherein lay the beauty.


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Author Unknown [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons: Laundry 1871
via Daily Prompt: Funnel

Money that has been scooped from one purpose to another is said to be in fact funnelled when its use is not legitimate. This kind of laundering takes place everywhere, from government to private industry; politicians often funnel funds designated for one social need into another aspect of the budget. This may fall under the category of creative accounting, or you may just call it malfeasance.

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I will not

d3693-1-hesaidshesaidI will not lie and suggest it doesn’t shock

Change is so subtle that it goes almost

Unnoticed in the familiar, your  body to

Which I am as accustomed as to my own

Moves around me, its faultlines evident and

Marked just as the wrinkles that drag on

Mine mock my mortality so that it can no longer

Be denied or ignored, your frailty comes as a

Sudden surprise, my darling, change so subtle

That it has gone almost unnoticed, time has

An astonishing effect, its outcomes, not always

Welcome, or received as happy news. We are

Old, my darling. It is a consequence of time

And its subtle, almost unnoticed changes

I will not lie or suggest it does not shock


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Things to avoid

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via Daily Prompt: Allergic

It’s not easy avoiding pollen.

As a consequence, many of us are downing antihistamines all spring and fall.

We have developed an allergic reaction to the air we breathe so that breathing has become a difficult endeavor.