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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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Education Secretary Betsy Devos calls student debt forgiveness 'a truly insidious notion' and free ...
wordywalt comments on Dec 2, 2020:
Devos is a truly mean-spirited person.
Have you lost friends or family due to the division in America?
wordywalt comments on Dec 2, 2020:
I have cut off all contact with two nephews and their families. Their open racism and reactionary stances cause me much more anguish than I want or need.
Rumored: Trump will pardon everyone who has been or who will be convicted of a federal crime.
wordywalt comments on Dec 1, 2020:
No. Will not happen. The public would not stand forf it.
Favorite philosopher?
wordywalt comments on Dec 1, 2020:
Jean Paul Sartre. Followed by John Dewey, and Reinhold Niebuhr. Neibuhr was a theologian, but had much to say of great value
With Tanden Choice, Democrats Stick it to Sanders Voters
wordywalt comments on Dec 1, 2020:
Why are some Sanders supporters so prickly and aggressively defensive????
Citing rise of 'Christian nationalism,' Secular Democrats unveil sweeping recommendations for Biden
wordywalt comments on Nov 30, 2020:
The extreme right has attempted to appropriate (and claim as solely their own) key words, symbols, and values. And they use those both to incite their members and followers and to falsely stigmatize their opponents. We cannot pull followers away from them by attacking those symbols and values. Instead, we must attach new and more appropriate meanings to those and continually use them to our own advantage In so doing we can make real inroads. That was a key message in Postman and Weingarten's book, THE SOFT REVOLUTION, written in the early 1970s. It was an insightful and astute book -- still worth reading.
Reasons trump should not be pardoned.
wordywalt comments on Nov 30, 2020:
I believe that, if the Supreme Court is asked to rule on the issue, it will rule that Trump cannot legally pardon himself under the provisions of the constitution.
Morals Without Religion? How?
wordywalt comments on Nov 30, 2020:
Real morality has nothing to do with religion.
Mario Murillo Says Refusing to Accept Biden’s Victory Is a Test of Loyalty to God ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 30, 2020:
The twisted crap that some of these religious nuts come up with is almost unimaginable.
Rick Wiles: Trump Should Use a Firing Squad on Supposedly Traitorous Liberals | Hemant Mehta | ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 30, 2020:
What a vicious excuse for a human being. What is worse, I think that Wiles comes from a family of distinguished and kind educators. What went wrong with him?
Christian Evangelist Denounces “Godless” Agenda of Human Decency and Education | Hemant Mehta | ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 30, 2020:
Graham is an immoral demagogue.
Alleged Rapist Says Victim Was of Legal Age… Based on Her Date of Conception | Hemant Mehta | ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 30, 2020:
I hope that he gets the book thrown at him, both because of the rape and because he will not take responsibility for his actions.
As Iran buries slain nuclear scientist, leaders vow revenge and no negotiations with the West
wordywalt comments on Nov 30, 2020:
The real issue is that Netanyahu ordered the assassination now to try to prevent Biden's negotiation of a new Iran agreement.
The South’s Deadly Revenge for the Emancipation Proclamation
wordywalt comments on Nov 30, 2020:
That was just the beginning of the South's revenge. The entire region's morally, socially, and economically retarded today due to a continuing racist culture which focuses more on keeping Blacks down than it does on opportunity for development of all people in the region.
Hey, I made it to level 7! 🎢 go me! 🎢 go me!🎢πŸ₯³πŸ•ΊπŸ’ƒ Wonder if I’ll still be ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 30, 2020:
It'll be a while. I have been on the site for some 3 years and am at level 8.8. If you think getting to 7 is slow, wait until you get on level 8.
Poor thing! Hope she lands on her feet after daddy loses his job. /s
wordywalt comments on Nov 30, 2020:
I hope that she lands on her pampered ass and that it really stings!
Rick Wilson urges ‘humiliation and incarceration’ for the GOP’s ‘grubby sellouts’ who ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 30, 2020:
I love this guy's righteous indignation!
Letters From An American 11/29/2020
wordywalt comments on Nov 30, 2020:
Do you expect anything different under the "leadership" of McConnell in the Senate? The only answer tis a Democratic majority in the Senate so that we can push Mitch's sorry ass to the side.
Although I don't believe the world is ending soon , I believe there's a God, a force that has power ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 29, 2020:
We are not "superior" over animals. We are animals. I do not understand your apparent insistence on a hierarchy of control and superiority.
They really do keep making this so easy. [m.dailykos.com]
wordywalt comments on Nov 29, 2020:
As a Floridian, I am deeply ashamed of our U.S. Senators ( Rubio and Scott) and of our Governor Desantis. They are all morally bankrupt.
Whole Foods CEO blasts socialism: It's 'trickle-up poverty' that 'impoverishes everything'
wordywalt comments on Nov 29, 2020:
I detest such ideological demagogues who have a way of wrapping everything they disagree with (often simply out of greed within the blanket of a negative hot-button term.
The Role of Cognitive Dissonance in the Pandemic - The Atlantic
wordywalt comments on Nov 29, 2020:
Well done. As Festinger pointed out, the coercive power of a cohesive group in which specific beliefs dominate, can lead one to lose contact with facts and reality if one wishes to (or has to) remain a member of the3 group.
Statement From Dominion on Sidney Powell's Charges - Dominion Voting Systems
wordywalt comments on Nov 29, 2020:
Powell is a nut job pretending to be a lawyer.
Trump's "Spaghetti Agianst the Wall": [alternet.org]
wordywalt comments on Nov 29, 2020:
Rauch has nailed it!
Last night I had a friend call asking if she could come over.
wordywalt comments on Nov 29, 2020:
She will be nothing But trouble for you. If you do not politely drop her out of your life, you will regret it.
So is it possible for a 21 year old person straight out of university who is telling a 50 year old ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 28, 2020:
You are never doing anyone a favor by failing to correct false beliefs. Sounds like the 21 year old need to be taught some humility.
Is it ok to affirm someone's untrue beliefs?
wordywalt comments on Nov 28, 2020:
It is never okay to affirm someone else's false beliefs. You are doing he person and all others involved no favor in falsely affirming untrue beliefs.
Former CIA head, Cruz trade jabs over killing of Iranian nuclear scientist: 'You are unworthy to ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 28, 2020:
I do. Cruz is a slimy, self-serving demagogue.
I would like some opinions! (And these are examples of why some women are disdainful of some men .
wordywalt comments on Nov 28, 2020:
Unfortunately, some men are clueless about relationships with women.In my lifetime, I have had some great friendships with specific women with no attempt on the part of myself or the women to have a sexual relationship.
I have neuropathy in my feet.
wordywalt comments on Nov 28, 2020:
She does not sound like much of a doctor. I am a diabetic and have been for close to 40 years, and now insulin dependent. I have never had any serious foot neuropathy. My doctor stays on my case to . mange my diabetes as well as I can '' helping me to manage my diet, urging me to exercise regularly -- which I have done seriously and almost religiously. For years I walked 3 to 5 miles a day, and over the past 14 years I have been on a ve3ry heavy wightlifing routine 3 times a week. He has also helped with changing medications -- especially with the addition of Trulicity. If you are not seriously managing your diet and exercising seriously and regularly, there is not much you can do to help. It is more in your hands than in those of the doctor.
Downfall. Bunker Boy starts his run for the big house.
wordywalt comments on Nov 28, 2020:
So accurate!!!
IMO, the three biggest political diseases in the last 12 years are the Tea Party, the Republican ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 28, 2020:
Add to the brew Mitch McConnell -- a disease in and of himself.
Baby Trump Needs to be Recalled!!!!!!! [forbes.com]
wordywalt comments on Nov 27, 2020:
Too bad that our constitution does not include a recall provision.
Trump Flips Out at Reporter in Thanksgiving Tantrum: “Don't Talk To Me That Way!” | Vanity Fair
wordywalt comments on Nov 27, 2020:
If I had been the reporter in question, I would have responded, "Don't ever talk to a professional journalist like that, you corrupt, arrogant ass!"
Trump Says He is Mentally Unable to Concede - But Will Leave WH When asked by reporters on ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 27, 2020:
Drag the bastard out in shackles!!!
Opinion | Yes, the Biden administration should hold Trump accountable - The Washington Post
wordywalt comments on Nov 25, 2020:
Hear! Hear!
Flynn was just pardoned.
wordywalt comments on Nov 25, 2020:
Most people have forgotten that Flynn was serving as Chief of Military Intelligence during the Obama administration. But,l he was such an insubordinate loose cannon that Obama removed him from his post with prejudice. With his military career virtunally over,l he retired in disgrace. But he was so bitter that he joined Trump just to get back at obama.
Televangelist: Criticism of Trump is Satan’s Plan to Block the Return of Jesus | Beth Stoneburner ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 24, 2020:
The demagogic idiot is insane.
White Christians' voting patterns are an indictment of churches | National Catholic Reporter
wordywalt comments on Nov 24, 2020:
Someone needs to do the same for American protestantism.
Letters From An American 11/23/2020
wordywalt comments on Nov 24, 2020:
That is exactly right. Southern racism hijacked the core of Republican thought and action and started its decline to the putrid, characterless blob.
PMS For 2024? [politics.theonion.com]
wordywalt comments on Nov 23, 2020:
Given the personalities of many female Republican politicians they should not have too much trouble finding a woman who can fit that description.
America at risk: Trump behavior suggests mood and personality disorders
wordywalt comments on Nov 22, 2020:
It you add to those observations Trump's human psychological development, you get the full picture of a damaged and damaging excuse for a human being -- exactly what he is.
In Letter, James Dobson Says God Gave Us a “Spiritual Reprieve” in Donald Trump | Beth ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 22, 2020:
No "minister" who supports Trump can call himself a Christian, but a demagogic charlatan.
Trump Supporters in Georgia Threaten to Destroy GOP, Boycott Runoff Elections
wordywalt comments on Nov 21, 2020:
Due to its own bad behavior, the GOP was already on very shaky legs. All the Trumpwters need to do is to knock those shaky legs down, and we can watch the entire mess self-destruct.
Arizona certifies November 30th
wordywalt comments on Nov 21, 2020:
The idiot is going down and will never come up for air again. By that fact alone, America is already on its way back up again.
We know Trump will ignore any oath he has taken.
wordywalt comments on Nov 20, 2020:
I do not believe that the military will follow the idiot Trump.
I Grew Up Surrounded By Religious Fanatics. Here's What I Know About Trump Supporters. | HuffPost
wordywalt comments on Nov 20, 2020:
Sad, but true.
Anglican Church of Canada Fears “There Will Be No Members” by 2040
wordywalt comments on Nov 20, 2020:
Progress.
Whilst America suffers, here's the schedule of the man who is supposed to be caring for the nation.
wordywalt comments on Nov 20, 2020:
By now, it should be apparent that the idiot Trump is among the laziest of all human beings, literally "not worth his salt."
Our democracy is in great danger as long as the orange turd is in power.
wordywalt comments on Nov 20, 2020:
I belief that our democracy is under assault by the idiot Trump, but not in great danger. We do need a smooth transition, but will survive without one.l The fool will lose and his day will be over.
Conservative Atheists in the world?
wordywalt comments on Nov 19, 2020:
There are atheists of all political stripes.
Really Rudy?
wordywalt comments on Nov 19, 2020:
What a bizarre figure the fool has become.
President Trump is a religious leader
wordywalt comments on Nov 18, 2020:
I disagree. All religions have an ideology. Trump is making it up as he goes.
Letters From An American 11/17/2020
wordywalt comments on Nov 18, 2020:
The Republican party has become an obscenity.
Hate crimes in US reach highest level in more than a decade
wordywalt comments on Nov 18, 2020:
And Trump is directly responsible due to the culture he is creating and encouraging. The man is a clear and present danger to us all and to our nation. He must go!!
The Republican Party Is Dead. It’s the Trump Cult Now.
wordywalt comments on Nov 17, 2020:
It certainly is on its way to killing itself, but the reasons are more complex than that.
Why do men think this is a weapon?
wordywalt comments on Nov 17, 2020:
That behavior may be true of some men, but by far, not all. Many of us deeply value reading and feel that it is appropriate at any time and place.
Have you guys seen this member's posts? Here's a good example.
wordywalt comments on Nov 17, 2020:
What a demagogic fool!!
How did you change a bad habit?
wordywalt comments on Nov 16, 2020:
Research says that one acts his or her way into believing, not vice versa.
Trump Celebrates College Dean Who Claimed Biden Voters Were All “Anti-Christian” | Hemant Mehta ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 16, 2020:
A pair of moral idiots.
This Isn't Feminism, It's Imperialism In Pumps Caitlin Johnstone “Let's clear this up ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 16, 2020:
I disagree strongly.
Trump is not handling over transitional information, because that would be rational and ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 16, 2020:
Rational and pro-democracy is per se anti-Trump.
Eulogy for the GOP: "Fools" said I, "You do not know Silence like a cancer grows Hear my words ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 15, 2020:
I would change the last line to "within encroaching malevolence. "
At the end of World War 1, the majority of Germans were flummoxed and refused to believe they had ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 15, 2020:
Ain't gonna happen unless we stand by and let it happen.
Scary. . . [huffpost.com]
wordywalt comments on Nov 15, 2020:
He may try, but he will not succeed, In a way, I wish he would try. That would guarantee that he would spend the rest of his life in prison.
My 89 year old mother is a strict Catholic and has known for several years that I do not believe ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 14, 2020:
Yes, if they accept you for who and what you are, not just as they would like you to be.
Mary Trump on the end of Uncle Donald. All he has now is breaking things. [theguardian.]
wordywalt comments on Nov 14, 2020:
A typical two=year-old brat's response: "If I can't have it, you can't either."
The Big Legal Threats Trump Will Face If He Loses the Election
wordywalt comments on Nov 14, 2020:
He deserves all that and anything else that they can prosecute him for.
Booming population helped Dems in Georgia. Mississippi's "brain drain" is keeping it red.
wordywalt comments on Nov 14, 2020:
The same is true of the entire rural south, from Florida to North Carolina, Kentucky, to Arkansas. There is little economic opportunity in the entire rural area, so more intelligent people either leave, or they go into the military and stay under-educated. I speak from experience.
Pretty sure this is the checklist they're using.
wordywalt comments on Nov 13, 2020:
Keep scratching the options off.
Your Thoughts?
wordywalt comments on Nov 13, 2020:
It ain't gonna work!
Preacher Andrew Wommack: God Had Nothing to Do With Biden Becoming President | Hemant Mehta | ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 13, 2020:
Sheer idiocy!
For the sake of unity, and in the spirit of fairness, the Republicans need to embrace the ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 13, 2020:
You expect too much from these spineless moral idiots.
Proud Boys Infighting Sees Leading Member Form Breakaway Group to Fight 'White Genocide'
wordywalt comments on Nov 13, 2020:
You can't expect any of these irrational nuts to anything that makes sense.
As pandemic intensifies, Trump curtails 'day-to-day governing'
wordywalt comments on Nov 12, 2020:
He is still sulking like a two year-old.
Florida’s Gov. DeSantis Wants To Allow Armed Citizens To Shoot Looters And Rioters | HuffPost
wordywalt comments on Nov 12, 2020:
DeSantis is well on his way to being a one-term governor.
Paula White Asks God to Override ‘Will of Man’ and Keep Trump in Office; Her Son Urges God to ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 12, 2020:
White is just as morally corrupt as Trump. Few "preachers" have abandoned their husbands and congregations simply out of lust for wealth and recognition, like she did in "Tampa.
So, a lot of people are concerned about governmental over-control and the rise of political ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 12, 2020:
What an angry, aggressive, yet suspicious person he is.
Hate-Preacher: Girls Who Look Like Rachel Maddow Are “Repulsive” to “Normal” Men | Hemant ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 11, 2020:
Another demagogic and blasphemous evangelical preacher.
Tucker Carlson Says There's Not Enough Fraud to Change Election Results: 'We Should Be Honest'
wordywalt comments on Nov 11, 2020:
Such a statement is rare from Carlson.
With many networks cutting live feed off Trump because he was dribbling shit ie giving false and ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 11, 2020:
It is way past time for the media to decide what is news, not demagogic politicians.
Happy Veterans’ Day! This is me in 1985 in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, studying to be a 91Q ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 11, 2020:
My service was from 1959 - 11962, most of it in West Berlin.; I kow what you ,mean. Sometimes it does seem 2 lifetimes ago. But the time in Berlin profoundly shaped my life.
Does anyone have any insights into what the Biden Cabinet will end up looking like?
wordywalt comments on Nov 11, 2020:
I want to see people in the cabinet who have knowledge, true expertise to get things done, and the courage to dodo it. .
No former president has ever been imprisoned for crimes while in office.
wordywalt comments on Nov 11, 2020:
I certainly hope so!
A recent article in the "Seattle Times" should be worth shouting about.
wordywalt comments on Nov 11, 2020:
In the south, what it takes is the courage of individuals. In the mid=1960s in central Florida, I taught high school biology. I went to the principal and told him that I wanted to teach a unit on sex education. His response was, "it's your ass on the line." I very carefully planned it. I told the biology students that I wanted to do it, and asked them all, by secret ballot, if anyone would feel more comfortable being taught, segregated by sex. One female said she wanted to be caught the unit in a girl's only group. I went ahead and taught the unit, without a single complaint from students or parents. I have s strong hunch that the students who had parents who might have complained simply did not tell their parents. If I had publicly asked for permission, I would not have gotten it.
Each red spot has more population then all the gray combined.
wordywalt comments on Nov 11, 2020:
Perhaps we need a constitutional amendment changing the number of senator possibilities to 2 or three, depending on population.
WATCH: Jon Voight Suggests "Leftists" Are Working With Satan.
wordywalt comments on Nov 11, 2020:
I agree with his daughter.
Wisconsin Lawmaker Calls On State’s Electors To Choose Election Winner, Ignore Voters - The ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 11, 2020:
Pure authoritarian demagoguery.
This is what happens when you get friendly with raccoons and start feeding them. [youtube.com]
wordywalt comments on Nov 11, 2020:
Feeding them is not advisable.
The Big Bang never happened but fusion will - Asia Times
wordywalt comments on Nov 11, 2020:
And, it evidently had little acceptance in the scientific community.
This is just disgraceful for our country. [axios.com]
wordywalt comments on Nov 10, 2020:
That says a lot about both the respect Biden has, and about the characterless Republicans.
Is 45 planning to attempt to suspend the Constitution and declare himself a dictator?
wordywalt comments on Nov 10, 2020:
I hope that he does. Then he can go to jail more quickly.
Will the President’s Lawsuits Overturn the Election?
wordywalt comments on Nov 10, 2020:
Not a snowball's chance in hell!!!!
Two hours ago tweeting ''WE WILL WIN",he's insane.
wordywalt comments on Nov 10, 2020:
Not insane. Just sociopathic, corrupt and stupid.
I Just Have to Get This Out Here/There, You'll Understand; [dailykos.com]
wordywalt comments on Nov 10, 2020:
Absurd evidence of corrupt greed.
Trump Administration Moves To Freeze Wages For Farmworkers Before Leaving Office | HuffPost
wordywalt comments on Nov 10, 2020:
Farmworkers are already the lowest paid of all people in the USA. A corrupt injustice.
TYT fan or not, this is a must watch! After all the awful craziness, this is some craziness that's ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 10, 2020:
Paula White is no spiritual advisor to anyone! She is a greedy, demagogic, charlatan fraud.
So all the money spent and baseless accusations are not about the integrity of elections but to ...
wordywalt comments on Nov 8, 2020:
Of course. That is not news.
The bastard is definitely hurting!
wordywalt comments on Nov 7, 2020:
Ohhhh YES!!!!
Wash that trump right out of your hair.
wordywalt comments on Nov 7, 2020:
So well put in a picture.