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Cultural Appropriation

Hi, Guys! Stilli, here.

I've known many of you for nearly 10 years. You've been my mentors in my political transformation from long time conservative Republican, voting for Barack Obama, to liberal Democrat. Remember the old TPM days when we'd stay up until the wee hours of the morning debating everything under the sun?

I know I haven't been around much lately, at least not commenting, but I pop in and read a bit now and then.

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Republican Spank Bank

I knew the country was in trouble as soon as it became obvious donald would win. But I had no idea how bad it would be.

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Goodbye American Presidency

Give him a chance.


Every day is a new horror. No matter how I try to shield myself from it. It follows me wherever I go. If it isn't on facebook, it's on the commentary shows I used to like to watch, or coming across my yahoo news.

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TRYING To Wrap My Head Around This Election

It's taken me awhile to even be able to write much about the situation we find ourselves in. Wrapping my head around it is proving to be a difficult, if not impossible task.

I was in Havana, Cuba election night, in a hotel room at the Nationale, surrounded by like-minded Americans. We thought it would be a close election, but there was not a one of us who thought for moment donald would pull it off.

We'd been telling frightened Cubans for a week that Hillary would win. They wanted to make sure we voted before coming over, and we assured them we had. 

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Scary Stuff

I have for some months now been afraid there is something fundamentally scary going on in our country.

As both Trump and Sanders have gained popularity, it occurred to me that they are two sides of the same coin, each in their own way appealing to people who have lost faith in our government, and are willing to follow a "leader" who not only acknowledges that anger, but feeds it. Even more concerning to me is that neither of these leaders have a workable solution to the problem, and their followers don't seem to care.

From an article in the Guardian:

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Anyone Else Overdosing?

If you're like me, you may have overdosed on the subject of gay marriage the last few days. I am only affected in that I am saddened when any group of people does not have the same rights as everyone else. In the context of the SCOTUS decision, I don't see it as a religious issue. Each individual religion will decide that for themselves. Even within the Christian community there is division. Some churches have accepted it, some haven't, and some are still wrestling with the issue.

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Much Ado About Nothing

The internet is blowing up with unhappy comments from Christians about the the SCOTUS decision on same sex marriage.

I don't get it.

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"Female" and "Republican" - Huh???

I like to think of myself as being open-minded (my deceased uncle accused me of having such an open mind that my brains had fallen out!) and willing to listen to anyone's point of view, if for no other reason than to do a reality check on what I think vs. what others think. I have learned a lot listening. And SOMETIMES I am even able to refine my thoughts based on what I've heard. I am not wishy-washy, but I am able to evolve in my thinking, when presented with an idea that has merit. Little of what I think is carved in stone, and I like that about me. 

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Religious Freedom? I Think Not.

Religious freedom, my ass.

None of this stuff going on right now is about religious freedom. It's about fundamentalist Christians wanting to shove THEIR religion down the throats of everyone else.

I haven't heard a SINGLE SOLITARY Christian leader come out and say how wrong it was for the country to basically FORCE Mormons to abandon polygamy, even though it was a basic tenant of their religion from the get-go.

I haven't heard a SINGLE SOLITARY Christian leader come out and say that the Muslims should be able to practice Sharia Law, according to their religion.

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Thought on the Indiana "Discrimination Law"

It's been quite a long time since I've done any political blogging. It just got to be too much. Too much negativity, too much bickering. I needed a break. But I needed to write, so I started my own blog, mostly about the artsy stuff in my life.

But there are times when the important stuff bleeds over, as was the case today, when THIS went up on my blog:


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