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retired educator who grew up in the southern bible belt, but row totally rejects that biased culture. Profoundly influenced by several years in Berlin, Germany at the height of the Cold War. As I believe in a multidimensional approach to issues in grad school, I did some work in political science, intellectual history, sociology, social psychology, human development, human cognition and learning, and philosophy.

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I spent almost a year in the pre civil rights South. It was October, 1962 to August 1963. Jim Crow ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 3, 2019:
Good question. The Southern Baptist Convention was formed in the 1940s as a breakaway sect specifically to support slavery. It also openly supported the Confederacy, and the Jim Crow south. Much of its membership today is still highly ethnocentric and outright racist. And, still today, the Southern Baptist Convention allows its churches to choose their own pastor with no input from the Convention. That means that where there are still racist congregations, they choose racist pastors.
if this doesn't alarm you . . . . just leaving it there [independent.co.uk]
wordywalt comments on Nov 2, 2019:
Is Trump that stupid? This is purely and simply another count in the impeachment charges.
If trump should be re-elected, has anyone else thought of leaving the country ?
wordywalt comments on Nov 2, 2019:
I stood for and with our country in West Berlin under the constant threat of attack by the Russians. I will stand with and for it again against Tump. We need true patriots, not people who leave when the going gets tough.
‘It’s like nothing we have come across before’: UK intelligence officials shaken by Trump ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 2, 2019:
There are no limits to the sociopath Trump's depraved and corrupt ambition.
Trump Civil War? [crooksandliars.com] Shown on AM Joy this morning and Michael Steele said, ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 2, 2019:
Gohmert is so stupid that he would be a total embarrassment to the constituents of most of America. I cannot imagine who would vote for him.
Only now do we understand the true cruelty of Trump’s family separation - The Washington Post
wordywalt comments on Nov 2, 2019:
There seems to be no limit to Trump's depravity.
Steve Bannon Targeted 'Incels' Because They Are 'Easy to Manipulate,' Cambridge Analytica ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 2, 2019:
Bannon has no humanity -- only twisted ideology and ambition.
Supporting Impeachment - TheHumanist.com
wordywalt comments on Nov 1, 2019:
That is very difficult then the great majority of Republican members of Congress simply do not seem able to wut honor, morality, patriotism, and the good of the country and people ahead of their own political positions.
Keystone Pipeline spill over 380,000 gallons of crude oil in North Dakota
wordywalt comments on Nov 1, 2019:
That is what happens when politicians care more about profit and exploitation of natural resources than they do about people and the environment.
What is non-religious but spiritual? If one is not religious then it's reasonable to assume they've ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 1, 2019:
As I do not believe that any spirits exist, I do not use the word spiritual. Some things are deep or beautifully poignant, yes. Spiritual, No.
Deduct tithes straight from workers’ salaries, Archbishop begs govt – Punch Newspapers
wordywalt comments on Nov 1, 2019:
Hell, no! Who does he think he is?
What is a non-religious ritual you commit to?
wordywalt comments on Nov 1, 2019:
I can't think of a single one.
This is his defense???? 🤯 Trump's audacious impeachment defense [cnn.com]
wordywalt comments on Nov 1, 2019:
An abomination!
Charitable effects on the environment. This is something I discovered 25+ years ago and it ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 31, 2019:
It is both human overpopulation and patterns of consumption, waste disposal, and overexploitation of natural researches which are fueling climate change.
As an Agnostic I am always interested when the sciemce takes a serious look at a spiritual topic. ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 31, 2019:
I do not find it convincing.
Largest Private Coal Company Goes Bankrupt Despite Trump’s Promise To Save The Industry ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 31, 2019:
The only bad thing about it is that there goes much of the miner's pension funds.
Christian TV host: Vegetarian hamburgers are a ‘Luciferian’ plot to change human DNA – ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 31, 2019:
These charlatans are ridiculously malicious.
Lions Club International.....seems to be a Secular organization. In my little town, where the ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 31, 2019:
I was a member of the Lion's club for several years. Many of its members are religious true believers. It is as religious or secular as its local membership.
Don tRump Jr's oh-so-clear perspective on family ties. Poor deprived thing! Trump Jr.: I Wish I ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 31, 2019:
What damnable hypocrisy!
Whistleblower's Identity Has Been Leaked By Sleazy Republican, Devin Nunes (Yes, I added the ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 31, 2019:
Sleazeballs surround themselves with fellow sleazeballs.
As a third generation veteran I am torn between amazement and disgust at this president and his ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 31, 2019:
As an old Cold War vet, I could not agree more!!! Thanks for your words of truth.
What is the purpose of this site?
wordywalt comments on Oct 30, 2019:
It is common in any culture dominated by "true believers" in any dogmatic ideology -- political or religious. As a native son of the south, the region gives a double whammy -- both political and religious.
Impossible Whopper........thinking i was being good to myself, i ate an Impossible (plant-based) ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 30, 2019:
I do not patronize Burger Kings anymore. They moved their headquarters to Canada to avoid reasonable taxes. They are not a good corporate citizen.
I have had an unusual amount of free time at work and stumbled upon this clip of Michio Kaku ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 30, 2019:
Idle speculation. What he says is unknowable to the human mind. I also disagree with Hawking. It is impossible to prove either the existence or non-existence of any god. I choose to believe that no gods exist. I do not believe that anyone can present me with any evidence that my belief is untrue.
Republicans move the impeachment goal posts after Pelosi announces the vote they’d demanded ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 30, 2019:
They are getting very worried. Pelosi is backing them into an untenable corner. It will soon be game, set, match.
'Extremely disturbing': Top Dems alarmed over NSC official's testimony on Trump-Ukraine call ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 29, 2019:
More nails in the idiot Trump's political coffin.
Conservative columnist: Mitch McConnell might be the key to removing Trump from office — here’s ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 29, 2019:
I hope that Trump, McConnell, and the Republicans all lose in this impeachment fight.
What is respect? In religion respect is unquestioning deference of authority, whereas in scientific ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 29, 2019:
Respect means treating with simple dignity and civility.
Is hope realistic?
wordywalt comments on Oct 28, 2019:
It depends on the situation and what one is hoping for.
Would you ever date somebody who is religious, if they respected your beliefs and did not try to ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 28, 2019:
I have been happily married to such a person for 24 years. We simply respect each other's right to believe as we choose.
I have a deck covered in snow. I am not thrilled or amused. On the other hand, maybe it will knock ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 28, 2019:
It was 90 degrees in Tampa today I would like to see some cold weather.
Now we are reinforcing troops for the oil field. Trump is always talking about securing the oil ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 28, 2019:
I don't trust Trumps's moties either. But, ISIS is a threat to the entire world.
Senate Confirms Another Trump Court Pick Rated ‘Not Qualified’ To Serve
wordywalt comments on Oct 27, 2019:
Damn McConnell!
Unpaid Bills Pile Up In The Wake Of President Donald Trump Rallies [m.youtube.com]
wordywalt comments on Oct 27, 2019:
What should they expect. The idiot is a cheap scam artist.
Their plans for us
wordywalt comments on Oct 27, 2019:
Don't blame just Trump. Those are the plans of McConnell and most of Republican politicians. That is why they must ALL be defeated and put under control.
NOT surprising! Trump ordered Mattis to 'screw Amazon,' according to new book [www-m.cnn.com]
wordywalt comments on Oct 27, 2019:
Not surprising. The idiot has a vicious personality.
Bible belt living...wow. I am a former military wife. My daughter has never lived anywhere ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 26, 2019:
Not different from rural South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, or Texas.
Republican Media Is Already At The ‘Trump Is Too Dumb To Fail’ Stage
wordywalt comments on Oct 26, 2019:
That stance is impossible to comprehend.
Under Medicare for All, You Will Never Lose Your Health Insurance Ever Again
wordywalt comments on Oct 26, 2019:
And, you will not (1) ever suffer bankruptcy due to medical expenses. (2) have any added medical costs such as those for co-pays, prescriptions, , or needed tests or procedures.
Scientists reveal how the fossil fuel industry misled the public about climate change
wordywalt comments on Oct 26, 2019:
Reminds me of the tobacco industry. Corrupt corporations must be fought!
White Christian Nationalism — Not Secularism — Is Destroying America | Sojourners
wordywalt comments on Oct 26, 2019:
It has been a curse to America at least since the 1840s.
Politician charged in human trafficking adoption scheme
wordywalt comments on Oct 26, 2019:
And, people vote for these rotten reprobates!
William Barr’s Wild Misreading of the First Amendment | The New Yorker
wordywalt comments on Oct 26, 2019:
He is not so much an idiot as deliberately devious -- and that is a helluva lot worse.
Right-Wing Extremist are a Bigger Threat to America than ISIS
wordywalt comments on Oct 25, 2019:
Such racist ahd white supremacist extremists have been the greatest threat to our nation ever since the 1840s.
I’m assuming that these predictions are for just USA and not all of North America. But do you ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 25, 2019:
If these trends predictions prove accurate, expect the evangelicals to become much more aggressive and unethical in their actions, as they will feel threatened.
Girls soccer team is yellow-carded after wearing ‘equal pay’ shirts - ABC News
wordywalt comments on Oct 25, 2019:
Good for the Girls. They have spirit!
How you stay motivated for your goal?
wordywalt comments on Oct 24, 2019:
Define you goal clearly. Also define sub-steps which need to be achieved for real movement to occur toward the goal. Celebrate the achievement of each sub=step. Also, keep other involved and use them as sounding boards.
Don't drink the water
wordywalt comments on Oct 24, 2019:
Tracking should be outlawed.
Newest Consciousness theory
wordywalt comments on Oct 24, 2019:
Metaphysical wind wanderings.
I heard a saying today that I'd heard before, I hope I don't come across as a hippie. "Things will ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 24, 2019:
Dream on. it ain't gonna happen. There are simply too many self-centered people in the world.
Some of the replies to my posts have led me to ask this question. Is this a religious hate group? It...
wordywalt comments on Oct 24, 2019:
More than a few people on this site are aggressive anti-theists. Others of us are long past religion and simply see it as irrelevant. We typically do not think about religion until someone or some groups attempts to impose religious beliefs on us. Then we get angry.
Republicans can't defend Trump anymore. They can only attack the process.
wordywalt comments on Oct 24, 2019:
An accurate statement.
In case you missed it... [youtube.com]
wordywalt comments on Oct 24, 2019:
What an idiot! His knowledge of geography is sorely lacking -- like his knowledge in almost all areas of human activity.
HOLY TRIGGERED, BATMAN! I cannot believe how outraged some atheists get when they see someone ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 23, 2019:
I don't use the word "spiritual", but I do not criticize people who do -- so I understand your point. .
Team Trump admits holding back billions for Puerto Rico disaster recovery Trump administration ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 23, 2019:
The man is a vicious, greedy bigot.
Skin care brand Sunday Riley wrote fake Sephora reviews for two years, FCC says
wordywalt comments on Oct 23, 2019:
Simply a part of the culture of greed and corruption that seeks to exploit others.
Trump Constituency
wordywalt comments on Oct 22, 2019:
Add to those groups Republican politicians without a trace of a moral or patriotic spine.
Are Atheists racist
wordywalt comments on Oct 22, 2019:
Some people are both atheists and racists. There are some of those on this site.
DO YOU THINK DISORGANIZED (NEW AGE) RELIGION IS AS BAD AS ORGANIZED RELIGION?
wordywalt comments on Oct 21, 2019:
All religionis based on ignorance, fear, and false premises.
One of the posts I read indicated that being an atheist or an agnostic is a choice we make. Is this ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 21, 2019:
Any decision is a choice. Pure and simple.
Why so many posts about God?
wordywalt comments on Oct 21, 2019:
My sentiments as well. I am more than 55 years past religion. Thoughts about it are not part of my life. Seems like a lot of members on this site are still struggling with the issue.
Good morning all!!!
wordywalt comments on Oct 21, 2019:
Just wait. It is early.
What If Trump Wins? - POLITICO Magazine
wordywalt comments on Oct 21, 2019:
It must NOT occur!!
Michele Bachmann: Climate Change is a ‘fraud’ because God promised Noah there’d be no more ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 20, 2019:
Bachmann has always been more than a few bricks shy of a load.
Do you think Elizabeth Warren is a LUFTMENSCH (an impractical person with their head in the clouds) ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 20, 2019:
Hell, NO!! Warren grew up in near poverty, yet grew up with a real desire for learning and to be of service to others. These troubled times are ones which shout out for bold ideas, ass did the 1930s and the Great Depression did. There is nothing impractical about her ideas. What is impractical in our politics is shallow depths of information and analysis. We are the ONLY industrialized nation in the ENTIRE world that does not have an effective system of universal healthcare. Such systems work and cost much less than our current healthcare system does. People need the real facts and to get their minds straight. I am no flaming left=winger. I am an 82 year odd man grew up in poverty in the dep South, acquired an extensive education, served my country in the US Army, and believes in true democracy which serves ALL of the people we.. Warren is the REAL THING!!!
What are the TOP 5 ‘must have’ qualities that your potential partner MUST have before you would ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 20, 2019:
Intelligence, truly knowing and accepting herself, caring and empathic, wanting to make a difference in a positive way, honesty.
Green Party communications manager Michael O’Neils, peaking on behalf of the Green Party, Friday. ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 20, 2019:
Given the fact that about 1/3 of our voting age population is composted of marginally educated, ethnocentric, religious people who feel left out and not in control of a culture that is changing and that they do not understand, and often easily appealed to by right wing demagogues, the emergence of a real third party would create the threat of that group coming to dominate our culture, and politics -- leading to the creation of a tyrannical, repressive and vicious permanent dictatorship.
THE CONCEPT OF NOTHING. I really do not get this myself. I simply cannot imagine "nothing." Let's ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 20, 2019:
When we use the word nothing, we usually mean "not one thing."
Possible or is he not smart enough. [deepleftfield.info]
wordywalt comments on Oct 20, 2019:
This man is capable of any corrupt act.
The Nancy Pelosi photo is a Rorschach test for an America cleaved into two - The Washington Post
wordywalt comments on Oct 20, 2019:
Too many of our Americans live in self-chosen delusion fed by ethnocentrism, fear, and xenophobia.
Ronald Reagan's shameful legacy: Violence, the homeless, mental illness | Salon.com
wordywalt comments on Oct 19, 2019:
Reagan was no hero.
Russia Picked Donald Trump and Ran Him for President, Former Israeli Intelligence Officer Says
wordywalt comments on Oct 19, 2019:
I believe it.
Tracking the Truth: Media Bias and Media Bastions
wordywalt comments on Oct 19, 2019:
From PBSm NPR, NBC, and CNN.
US Democratic hopeful criticises Clinton over Russia remarks | News | Al Jazeera
wordywalt comments on Oct 19, 2019:
Clinton would do well to stay out of presidential politics. She had her chances and blew them. She adds little or nothing of value to the dialogue.
Bill Maher regarding Trumps constant sniffing while talking He has treasonal allergies.
wordywalt comments on Oct 19, 2019:
How about the added possibility of drug addiction problems?
Trump's G7 gambit isn't like his other emoluments problems (it's worse) | MSNBC
wordywalt comments on Oct 19, 2019:
Sheer unbridled greed.
Trump's Character Always Made Him Unfit to be President | Time
wordywalt comments on Oct 19, 2019:
How anyone ever felt Trump fit to be president is and has always been unimaginable to me.
Architect of bin Laden raid says Trump is working to 'destroy' the country - CNNPolitics
wordywalt comments on Oct 19, 2019:
His actions and their results are nothing but damaging to us and our country.
HUD officials knowingly failed 'to comply with the law,' stalled Puerto Rico hurricane relief funds
wordywalt comments on Oct 19, 2019:
All persons involved should be fired immediately -- and should be sued individually by Puerto Rico..
Admiral McRaven is a former commander of the United States Special Operations Command. Op-ed in ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 18, 2019:
The number of highly reputable people now speaking out against Trump is piling up -- to the point that it has to begin to affect Republican politicians who do not want to go down in ignominious flames, and even some of his non=politician supporters.
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wordywalt comments on Oct 18, 2019:
He deserves it! He has become spineless.
We've been disappointed many times to see Trump survive what appears to be a term ending ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 18, 2019:
Be prepared. We MUST defeat as many Republicans as possible in 2020.
More on Trumps taxes... ProPublica: Trump Organization fudged revenue and occupancy figures on ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 17, 2019:
Of course. It involves Trump doesn't it?
'Arrest and Detain Giuliani Right Now,' Say Critics, After Trump Lawyer Refuses Congressional ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 17, 2019:
Damned right!!
Trump is a sociopath. [independent.co.uk]
wordywalt comments on Oct 17, 2019:
Without the slightest doubt!!!!
A two-fer! Is Trump Melting Down... Politically and Internationally? In extraordinary letter,...
wordywalt comments on Oct 16, 2019:
Nah. He is just being the idiot he is.
It was said many times, but I find it by own experience. You cannot have a discussion based on any ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 15, 2019:
Horse manure. I will carry on a rational discussion with anyone who will remain rational, stay within the facts, and not become uncivil. Right wingers cannot do that. In short, you are full of it.
If you were in need of an organ transplant, would you do it or would you say, "I've had a good life,...
wordywalt comments on Oct 15, 2019:
I am 82 years old, and I will not seek or accept any organ transplant under any circumstances. I have lived a full life and see no need to continue an increasingly marginal life at huge cost.
U.S. Health System Waste Hits $935 Billion A Year
wordywalt comments on Oct 15, 2019:
That is why we need universal healthcare.
„If premodern cultures were generally less bothered by the meaning of life than Franz Kafka, the ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 15, 2019:
It is thankfully true that pragmatism does not subscribe to true belief in grand political or religious ideologies. But that does not mean that pragmatism would deny the need to try to grasp the "bid picture" by analysis and synthesis of empirical information. Any tenable culture seeks to see the big picture.
Trump’s retreat in Syria turns into a mess - The Washington Post
wordywalt comments on Oct 14, 2019:
Given his inability, ignorance, and impulsiveness, "big picture" thinking is impossible for the idiot Trump.
What is the endgame with the current slaughter being played out in Syria? What is Trumps strategy? ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 14, 2019:
He has no strategy. He is simply a sycophant to autocrats.
Ask not what your country can do for, Ask what you can do for your country Trump: Run like hell, ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 14, 2019:
Infuriatingly true!
Apathy encourages entitlement. This is why I do not let people get away with "I'll pray for you" or ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 14, 2019:
If anyone attempts to proselytize with me, I make it clear that I am not interested.
Teachers Sounding The Alarm Over ‘Room Clear’ Method | NBC Nightly News - YouTube
wordywalt comments on Oct 14, 2019:
As a former teacher, specialist in the research in effective teaching and school effectiveness, and administrator, I would say that something is terribly wrong here. First, any principal who would allow such things to happen in his or school should be fired. Second, I would lay odds that the teacher is truly lacking in classroom and disciplinary management skills, and/or in ability to connect with her students . Those three things are almost always the sources of such chaos.
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wordywalt comments on Oct 14, 2019:
It is time for nold ideas which truly serve our nation and people, Those ideas can and will work, and will show just how bad a bill of goods the Republicans have been selling our people for decades. You want a country that will truly serve our constitutional democary and the well-being of our people? Think and act boldly!
I firmly believe this, and before anybody says "yankee", I was born in South Carolina, and raised ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 14, 2019:
As a person who was raised in the southern bible belt, I can attest that this post is true.
Trump Fears Next Election Will Be Decided by Americans | The New Yorker
wordywalt comments on Oct 13, 2019:
Let's make the idiot's worst fears come true.
Pastor Claims Gay People Are Possessed By “Fart Demons” That Can Drive Pigs To Suicide / Queerty...
wordywalt comments on Oct 13, 2019:
The crap that these "ministers" come up with is hard to believe.
A Pastor Used the Death of an Atheist Mom’s Baby as a Sermon Illustration | Hemant Mehta | ...
wordywalt comments on Oct 13, 2019:
This is religion at its most heartless.

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