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Politics ain't my abiding force.
Jim Broede
Posted: Thursday, February 11, 2016 11:08 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
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My dilemma. Don’t know whether to support Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. For president. Really, I prefer Sanders. Because he’s a true socialist. And more of an idealist than Clinton. But I’m afraid that Sanders won’t get elected. And that would mean a Republican would likely end up in the White House.  Yes, a political disaster. Clinton has a better chance of winning. Therefore, she may be the practical wiser choice. --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Sunday, February 14, 2016 11:15 AM
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Fairness. It’s so hard to define. What does it mean to be fair? Especially in dealing other people.  With friends and associates. With ourselves, too. I start with a negative. By identifying the people that I perceive as being unfair. To me. Or to others.  Possibly to society as a whole. That’s why I’m a political liberal. And down on conservative Republicans. But still, I try to be fair. To everyone. Even to the so-called unfair. The people I dislike. Often for social, political or economic reasons. For being grossly unfair. Sometimes, I allow myself to be unfair to the unfair. Because I think of them as mean-spirited. As downright selfish beings. As opponents of the common good. They probably treat me the same way. For the same reasons. Tit for tat. We can’t ever agree on what’s fair. To everyone. Maybe that means fairness is an impossibility. Therefore, we have winners and losers. The prevailing attitude. Not everyone can win. But I’m not so sure about that. I’m willing to compromise. For the sake of fairness. But I can’t seem to get the other side to meet me halfway.  So I offer to give 70 percent. And to take only 30 percent. But still, they demand. That I give 100 percent. Now that’s being unfair. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Thursday, February 18, 2016 8:05 AM
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I create fanciful worlds. In which politicians. On the extremes of conservatism and liberalism. Find ways to get along. To cooperate. To work for the common good.  By compromising. Yes, old fashioned give and take. Setting aside their petty differences. In the spirit. Of love and gratitude. For each other. Dreams. Dreams. Dreams like this. Keep me going. I am the creator. The god of love.  There is no hate. In my fanciful world. Only love. --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Friday, February 19, 2016 4:56 AM
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I suspect. That Barack Obama practices love. Far more than his politically conservative critics. Especially the ones that claim Obama was born in Kenya. And that he’s a secret Muslim. They say that stuff openly. But what they don’t openly confess, is that they can’t stand having a black in the White House. Wish I were wrong about that. But that’s the way it is. Tell me, please, that it really isn’t true. That people love other people. Some of them actually do. That’s the nicest consolation of all. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Saturday, February 20, 2016 6:26 AM
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Don’t know why I pay attention to politics. Maybe because it’s such an evil and dirty game. Makes me wonder why people get into politics. Maybe it’s the evil and dirt that’s so attractive. I take an interest. As a sideline observer. Guess it’s that I have my own opinions. About the most nasty of the politicians. And so I voice ‘em. And make judgments. I’d never want to be a politician. Though sometimes I act like one. And it makes me feel evil and dirty. As if I need a thorough cleansing. Of my soul. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 7:07 AM
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I tend. To not worry. About what other people think. About me. They can think ill and bad. And I’m not bothered. Because I was meant to be misunderstood. I know me. I’m not bad. And that’s good enough for me. I sleep well at night. Because I have confidence. In me.  Really. Though I claim to be superior. I’m not. I only brag. With humorous intent. I like to play a role. Maybe I missed my calling. I should have become an actor. Capable of immersing myself. Into playing absurd roles. So that I can get the feel of random crass personalities. Such as politicians. --Jim

 

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Thursday, February 25, 2016 5:37 AM
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Indeed, it’s hard for me to fathom. But as a political liberal. If I had to endure a Republican in the White House. Better it be Donald Trump. Rather than the bevy of other potential closed-minded Republican aspirants for the job. Yes, it comes down to triumphal Trump being the lesser of the evils. Fortunately, I’ll have another choice. The Democratic nominee. Still, there’s no guarantee that I will have my way. But as a liberal and a political realist. I know full well. That more often than not, I don't come close to getting my most fervent wish. I’ve suffered and agonized mightily through conservative Republican administrations. Knowing full well. That I have no control over the political  fates. What will be, will be. Sometimes, I pray for only the lesser of the evils. After all, the state of American politic is inherently evil. Political goodness isn’t an option. Therefore, if it has to be a Republican president, give me Trump. Because the guy doesn’t fully know what he's doing. Or what he truly believes. He’s basically empty-headed.  A shallow intellect. But like virtually every politician, he has a gigantic ego. He’d want to be known as a successful  president. Which means. He’d probably  work with both liberals and conservatives. For the sake of getting things done.  He’s truly business-oriented. A robotic pragmatist  A deal-maker. He’ll make a deal with anyone. Even with the devil. But maybe even with the opposition. On the other side of the political aisle. Imagine that. Achieving the impossible. The end of political gridlock in Washington. Yes, goes to show. I’m more than a mere political liberal.  First and foremost. I’m an extraordinary dreamer. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Saturday, February 27, 2016 8:40 AM
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So very, very many Republicans hate Barack Obama. They want him to fail. At everything. They won’t even support Obama when he sides with Republicans on political issues. Yes, that’s how deep the hate runs. Makes me think it’s a racial thing. I’m convinced. That if Obama were white. The hate would change. To merely disliking Obama. Hate. Hate. I wonder if there’s anything worse than hate. However, I am unable to hate hateful Republicans. I try. To not hate anyone.  Better to despise. Than to hate. --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 12:00 AM
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Let’s  face it. Some people are unable to help themselves. And they are neglected. By friends and acquaintances. And by society.  They are allowed to waste away. Because they don’t get assistance. Don’t get care. That’s the nature of things. Nature of the world. Survival of the fittest. Or is it survival of the richest? The luckiest people are the ones able to take care of themselves. The ones that are healthy and able. With the know-how and the resources to deal with life. I’m of the political, economic and social mind that there’s such a thing as the common good. Which means that the needs of the needy should be met. One way or another. But mainly with political, economic and social programs – serving the common good. --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Saturday, March 12, 2016 10:03 AM
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A sense of decency. That’s what I’m looking for. Mainly, in my friends and acquaintances. And in strangers, too. In everyone. Unfortunately I don’t always find it. That’s disappointing. At times, I wonder if we live in a mostly indecent world.  Especially in the realm of politics. But really, at all levels. In the business and social worlds, too. We often treat each other in insulting and disrespectful manner. I try to counter. By being decent. To everyone. Even to the indecent. Better that. Than lowering myself into their gutter. But that takes being a saint. And I’m no saint. So I plod ahead. And  merely do the best I can. In dealing with an indecent and obscene world. --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Friday, March 18, 2016 6:34 AM
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Give me room. For negotiation. To settle our differences. That’s all I ask. For give and take. For reasonableness. Let’s talk. Let’s reach accord. That would be my position. If I were a politician. I’d not be obstinate. I’d play the game. By trying to be a decent and fair guy.  Wouldn’t that be nice? --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Saturday, March 19, 2016 1:41 PM
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Look at the way career politicians treat each other. Like scumbags. Like dirt. With total disrespect. As examples. Take those Republicans. Trump. Cruz. Rubio.  The so-called elites.  Running for president of the United States. They lambaste each other. Mercilessly. No gentlemanly manners. If they treat each other that way. Imagine. How they’d treat you and I.  And they have the gall. To ask for our support. For our votes. They gotta be kidding. But still, there are some of us who treat them as heroes. To be idolized. Indeed, it’s a strange and mysterious world. --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Monday, March 21, 2016 3:18 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
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When it comes to religion and politics, I’m my own man. Religiously, please call me a Broede-ite. Politically, I’m a devoted follower of Broede-ism. Yes, I’ve created my own religion. My own politic, too. To the best of my knowledge, I’m the only Broede-ite and the sole proponent of Broede-ism. I’ve tailored my religious and political beliefs. To suit me,  period. I call the shots, entirely. Without interference or advice from others. Nobody tells me what to believeLike I declared at the outset, I’m my own man. Independent. A free-thinker. Furthermore, I don’t foist my ways on others. People are free to choose. For themselves. From existing religions and the usual political persuasions. Or they can be innovative, like me. And create their own unique set of beliefs. --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2016 1:16 AM
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Violence perpetrated by terrorists. It’s become a hot political issue. Maybe a bit overblown. In comparison to other violence. Going on at the same time. Yes, the terrorists are bad, bad guys. A few bad women, too.  But they don’t match the rampant violence occurring daily. In 2013, for instance, we had 33,169 firearms-related deaths in the U.S.  We Americans have learned to accept violence. As part of our culture. Except when it’s done by terrorists. Then we get indignant.  And insist that politicians do something about it. Right away. To make us feel safer. But it’s not the terrorists doing most of the killing. It’s us. We Americans do the lion’s share. On our own.  Some 11,298 homicides (murders) in 2013.  And every year, over 20,000 of us use a firearm to commit suicide. Appalling, isn’t it? We live in a violent world. -Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Sunday, March 27, 2016 12:43 AM
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 Give me the news. Straight. And to the point. In the process, I don’t have to be entertained.  Unfortunately, the news business, which I used to be in, has become entertainment. The public wants to be entertained. Rather than informed. Entertainment sells. Straight and accurate news doesn’t. Anyway, that’s my impression. If nothing else, we’re having an entertaining nominating process. For the next presidential election. The focus is on the entertaining stuff. If it happens to be silly and scurrilous, so be it. That’s more entertaining than focusing on real issues.  Or so the news media keep telling us. Makes me wonder. What we’ve come to. As a society. I’m watching. And believe me. It’s very, very entertaining. Scary, too. But I’ve concluded. It’s better to laugh than cry. --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Monday, March 28, 2016 5:36 AM
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Can I even imagine becoming a terrorist? What would it take to push me over the edge? Indeed, it would be very difficult to imagine. Easier to imagine moving to another galaxy. Easier to imagine an afterlife.  To imagine something I really wanted. A better life. Such as universal love. I have no desire to become a terrorist. But I have a desire to live forever. Possibly as a loving spirit. But I can’t imagine killing people. For virtually any reason. Or for a political or social cause. I’m even opposed to capital punishment. For terrorists. Better to treat them. For a disease. Because that’s what terrorism seems to be. A mental disorder. People gone crazy. I would want to find an alternative to terrorism. A better solution to a perceived problem. Is it a sense of righting/correcting an injustice? Is that what makes a terrorist? Maybe a terrorist feels there’s no solution to the perceived problem. Therefore, in frustration, the terrorist lashes out and takes to random killing. Of innocent people. Or maybe it’s that the terrorist feels everyone is at fault. Society is at fault. The economic, political and social systems. They are all at fault. And the only solution is to lash out. In destructive ways. Because there is no possibility of a constructive solution. In the terrorist mind. In the terrorist lifetime. So the terrorist says ‘To hell with everything. To hell with existence.’  It’s crazy, crazy, crazy. Yes, that’s the essence of terrorism. An example of a world gone crazy..--Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Sunday, April 17, 2016 10:14 AM
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Being strange. Isn’t necessarily the worst thing to be. Think about it. Strange can mean being different. Even in very nice ways. For instance. Being honest. With one’s self. And with others. Can be construed as very strange behavior. Or as an attribute. As an example. Take an honest politician.  One might conclude that there is no such species. Perhaps there was one. Once upon a time.  Or maybe it was in a fairy tale. Anyway, here’s the question I’m putting forth. Can an honest being (man or woman) be honest and a politician? All at the same time?  Maybe that’s an impossibility. Perhaps there’s a rule of political nature.  Honesty and politics don’t mix. Never has. Never will. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Monday, May 2, 2016 12:02 AM
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What will happen, will happen. Whether I like it or not. Therefore I try to adjust. For instance. Our next president is likely to be either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. I’ll vote for Clinton. But if Trump ends up in the White House, I’ll gripe and lament. And then get on with the rest of my life. After all, what else can I do? Like I say. What will happen, will happen. If I stew about it, it’ll be bad for my mental health.  Therefore, I won’t let it bother me. I’ll focus on things other than politics.  Yes, on whatever makes me happy. Believe me. I’ll find something.  --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Friday, May 6, 2016 4:40 PM
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I’ll tell you what Democrats should do. Scuttle thoughts of running Hillary Clinton for president. She’d be an OK president. And better than Donald Trump or any Republican. Instead of Clinton. I want a ticket of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.  Doesn’t matter which one is at the top of the ticket. As long as they are both there.  The trouble with Clinton is she’s too blah. Too conventional. Too orthodox. We need pizzazz. A ticket that arouses the passions. Sanders and Warren. True believers in political change. That’s it. I want passion, passion and more passion. To bring it all about. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Sunday, May 15, 2016 7:16 PM
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Theoretically. I’d like everything to fall into place. Just the way I want it to. To conform with my concept of  perfection. And of moral right. Yes, the so-called right thing to do. Of course, that won’t happen. Just as well. Because I’d then be all-powerful. Even more powerful than the creator himself. The creator, after all, seems to have left everything to random chance. Just let things happen. Willy-nilly. Probably because that’s the fairest way. Better than favoring any individual. Let it be. The way it works in a lottery. Imagine me. Dictating the outcome of the lottery. I’d pick me. As the sole winner  I admit. That ain’t right. Ain’t fair. But still, we humans are masters at rigging economic, social and political systems. To give the power to an elite few. That’s the way it is. And I object. --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Monday, May 16, 2016 7:27 AM
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Thing is. Objecting to political outcomes. Isn’t good enough. If I object to Donald Trump becoming president, that won’t prevent him from becoming president. If it’s so ordained. No matter how many and how vociferous my objections. I’ll have to learn to live with it. Maybe by moving to Italy. Or by ignoring politics. And getting on with life. In a reasonably decent manner. Yes, without being bothered by politics.  Focusing on other stuff. And living in isolation. Away from the nitty-gritty.  I’m prepared to live happily. One way or another. --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 9:32 AM
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I’m with Hillary Clinton. Of course, I’d rather have Elizabeth Warren as the next president. But Warren isn’t nearly as ambitious as Hillary. One more reason why Warren would be the better president. A little less ego. And more dedicated to the common cause. If Hillary were wise, she’d pick Warren as her running mate. Imagine that. Two women at the top of the ticket. Running against self-styled macho man Donald Trump. The Donald versus the Hillary.  Indeed, that could be an entertaining campaign. Yes, that’s what politics is becoming. Entertainment. Exactly what the media craves. Entertainment sells. We Americans were born to be entertained. --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Friday, May 20, 2016 5:14 AM
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My dream ticket. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Or Bernie and Hillary. Doesn’t matter the order. It’s bound to win. Either way. It’d be a ticket made in heaven. But  it won’t happen. Because both candidates don’t want it. One would have to surrender ego. By agreeing to be second on the ticket. Yes, that’s the biggest roadblock in politics.  Ego. Ego. Ego plays the big role. I have other dream tickets, too. What about Hillary and Elizabeth Warren? Or Bernie and Elizabeth?  Yes, I’m a dreamer.  Nothing wrong with that. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 12:30 PM
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Let’s pretend I’m a politician. Taking on Donald J. Trump.  Would I try to out-bombast him?  Of course not. Trump thrives on insults. He’s a master at it. Both on giving and taking verbal slaps. Instead, I’d keep labeling Trump as a bold-faced liar. He can’t go a minute without telling a lie. Could be, he even believes some of his own lies. Yes, Trump is a natural born liar.  He spouts lies encased and coated with smeary B.S. I’d make an enormous list of Trump’s smelly lies. Granted, some of Trump’s lies are entertaining. The funny, funny lies. But hey, let’s get serious. A lie is a lie is a lie. I’d give Trump credit. For making up audacious stuff. He’s taken the art of lying to a new and spectacular level. It’s Trump’s schtick. He does it well. With flamboyance. And his followers allow him to get away with it. Because they are entertained. So my goal would be to out-entertain Trump. I’d run a masterful comedian against Trump. A satirist. A guy such as Bill Maher.  Or Minnesotan Senator Al Franken. Indeed, that would make for the most entertaining presidential campaign ever. Full of raucous laughs. Never a dull moment. And may the funniest guy win. --Jim


Jim Broede
Posted: Friday, June 10, 2016 11:57 PM
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I could be wrong. About everything. On political, social and economic issues. But that doesn’t stop me from taking stands. From expressing opinions. About almost everything. When people disagree with me, I’m not easily offended. Because I acknowledge, I could be wrong. Of course, I could be right, too. Meanwhile, I’m amused  by people who never concede that they could be wrong. They’re so cocksure of themselves. Unfortunately, many of them end up being immovable politicians. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2016 1:24 AM
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Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Bothers me more.  Than the intransigent mean-spirited Republicans. They’ve made American politics hard to watch, Politics. When it’s run right. Should be the art of compromise. Both sides acting as friends. Rather than enemies. In an effort to do what’s best for the nation. Getting things done. With a give and take attitude. Where both sides of the political spectrum genuinely try to be fair to each other. That’s the way life is supposed to work. And it would, too. In the political realm . If politicos quit acting like politicos. And became decent human beings. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Saturday, July 2, 2016 10:44 AM
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I could easily be overcome. Emotionally. By disappointments. In events occurring around the world. Daily. Disappointment in people. That do things.  That make me sad. That make me lament. But I refuse to grieve. Over the realities that make for an awful world. Instead. I focus on falling in love. With something. With someone. With life.  Yes, I choose to create my own version of reality.  And to hell with the truth. --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 12:04 AM
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I don’t get it. Why? Why are politicians some of the most mean-spirited people in the world. Take Donald Trump, for instance. He’s a mean spirit. Through and through. I’d hate to deal with him. Because he’s downright nasty. He likes only people who agree with him. Who butter him up. Everyone else is a crook or a dimwit  --unfit to be  respected. Therefore, I am baffled. Unable to understand Trump’s political appeal. He’s wrapped up the Republican nomination for president.  With insults. He’s belittled everyone of his opponents. It’s uncanny. The comedian, Don Rickles. Uses insults. Meant as humor. But in Trump’s case, his insults are meant to be cruel. But a large chunk of the electorate is buying what Trump has to offer. Who knows? The world is full of surprises. Maybe Trump will become our most mean-spirited president ever. Strange as it may seem, maybe that’s what most Americans want. A leader with a mean spirit. --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Friday, July 8, 2016 10:40 AM
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Wouldn’t it be nice? If mean spirits were barred from becoming politicians. It would change the whole nature of politics. Of course, that’s wishing for too much. The world can’t exist without mean spirits.  Think of it. Mean spirits need sustenance. Therefore they gravitate. To their version of heaven/paradise. Where they can easily practice their craft. With mean-spirited relish.  --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Friday, July 15, 2016 11:13 AM
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So many, many times. This country. And that country. Has gone down a wayward path. One that could have been avoided. But wasn’t.  With disastrous results. For virtually everyone. For the world.  Yes, countries have embraced. The likes of Adolph Hitler.  Ruthless and stupid leaders. Because that’s what the times seemed to dictate. Movements. Often built out of fears. Rather than common sense.  If Germans had known. The consequences. They might have opted for a different, more moderate and sensible and sane course.  Makes me wonder. If America is reaching that critical point. --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Saturday, July 16, 2016 9:04 AM
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I wonder. If one has to learn to live with terrorism. Because acts of terror are part of human nature. Sad. Sad. If that’s true.  Murder has always been a part of us. Maybe the act can be controlled. To some degree. But it’ll never be eliminated.  War, for instance, is a form of murder.  Societal-sanctioned murder. Of countless innocents. Merely for the heck of it. Apparently, we have learned to live with war. And what can be more terrifying than  bloody war? The dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Maybe those were the most flagrant acts of terror ever. But they accomplished a goal. Of winning a war. Think of it. Those two acts of terror. Killed more people in two swoops than the thousands individual acts of terror in recent times.  Yes, makes me lament. That terror will always be with us. --Jim  

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 5:37 AM
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Makes me wonder. If the mentally disturbed. Abound. They are all around us. Which implies. That I am okay. And that it’s merely the others. That have to be watched. Of course, to be fair. I should concede That I’m one of the crazies. Because I imagine seeing people in dire need of mental health treatment. Including a fair number of my neighbors. It doesn’t help. When I turn on the TV or read the newspapers. Now that we are in the midst of a presidential election campaign. I’m convinced. That I’m living in a world gone crazy. Now tell me. Does that make me crazy? --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Friday, September 2, 2016 1:12 PM
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Angry people make me angry. That is, momentarily. Because I immediately tell myself, don’t get angry.  Happens every time I hear a certain politician. Running for president. I have quit listening. Makes no sense. For me to get upset. And angry. Instead, I focus on the beauty of life. On being in love. That sure beats hate and anger. --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Sunday, September 11, 2016 11:34 PM
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Two-thirds of voters with a favorable opinion of Donald Trump believe President Obama is a Muslim, and a quarter of them believe that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was murdered, a poll released recently shows. The Public Policy Polling survey showed 59 percent of those who viewed Trump favorably think Obama was not born in the United States and only 13 percent believe he’s a Christian. Goes to show that some people are easily brainwashed. All it takes is repeating a lie over and over and over. For them to believe it’s true. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Thursday, September 15, 2016 6:35 AM
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I want the facts. Nothing but the facts. But I seldom get the facts. Because there are so many different versions of the facts. We live in a time of outright lies. One after another. Makes for confusion. And a distortion of the facts.  Take the presidential election, for instance. Hard to differentiate between fact and fiction. There are thousands of versions of the truth. Of what’s really going on. Everything is distorted. We have media outlets. In the business. Of telling lies. But they avoid calling a politician a ‘liar.’ Because that would be deemed in bad taste. And a biased way of presenting the news. So it’s called ‘stretching the truth.’  No longer do we present the news in an objective and unbiased manner. Because politicians don’t speak in objective and unbiased ways. Lies, lies, endless lies. We know they are lies. But we don’t know the truth. That’s the problem. Everything seems to be built on a foundation of lies. --Jim