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If found, please return to the American People

We recently observed the 79th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. So the 9/ll attack on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the aborted strike on an unconfirmed target in Washington D.C. was actually the second time in modern history an enemy has attacked our homeland. Both strikes led to war.


But not since the Civil War has the United States been invaded. Until COVID19. We now have a foreign agent in our midst, killing 284-thousand and climbing rapidly. There are 15 million cases spread, and spreading faster, across…

“I alone can fix it.” But You Didn’t

An open letter to Donald J. Trump

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Donald Trump, Cleveland, Ohio, July 21, 2016

Mr. Trump:

“Nobody knows the system better than me. Which is why I alone can fix it.” Do you recall these words? They are yours, spoken while accepting the Republican nomination for president, exactly four years ago, July 21, 2016.

You spoke a lot of crazy s##t during that campaign. For me, this statement stuck. I wondered if you could possibly be that self-absorbed, so blind to your limitations, or oblivious to the underlying reason for your success. That would be your father. …

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We’ve All Heard of the Tulsa Race Massacre.

But what have we learned?

This question was posed by Oklahoma Senator James Lankford on the U.S. Senate floor on May 25th, 2016. Lankford was anticipating the 2021 Centennial anniversary of this senseless massacre, where Greenwood, the African-American district of Tulsa, was decimated. “And in five years the entire country will pause and will look at Oklahoma and will ask a very good question: ‘What has changed in 100 years?’”

For the record, the Tulsa Race Massacre wasn’t one of the worst, but in fact “the deadliest outbreak of white terrorist violence…

“This Land is Your Land” Almost Wasn’t.

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As the original manuscript reveals, Woody Guthrie wrote the populist American anthem This Land is Your Land 80 years ago, February 23rd, in a flop house in midtown Manhattan. It was another four years before he recorded, a full decade until it was published, then finally popularized in the mid-1950’s by fellow traveler Pete Seeger and his group The Weavers.

In the decades since, dozens of artists, from Peter, Paul and Mary, and the Kingston Trio to Bing Crosby and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir have recorded the song. Bruce Springsteen called it “the greatest song every written about our home.”…

You know the type; very likely you’ve witnessed or experienced the behavior: mean-spirited, critical, never acknowledging weakness or error, melodramatic, totally lacking in empathy, always acting like the smartest guy in the room.

“I know these boys,” says clinical psychologist John Robertson. “I know their use of exploitation and manipulation as strategies to gain and exert power and control, how they avoid responsibility for that behavior, their objectification of others, particularly women, as being other than, therefore less than. So, I don’t know Harvey Weinstein personally, but I know his type.”

Robertson’s experience is based on a decade of clinical…

Frank Barthell

I am a 68 year-old male, interested in traveling and hearing, then re-telling stories.

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