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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.

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Trump claims he ‘never meant’ Mexico would directly pay for border wall despite repeatedly ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 10, 2019:
If that is the case, does he ever mean anything he says?
Donald Trump Jr.: Border Wall Is Like A Zoo Fence Protecting You From Dangerous Animals | Michael ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 10, 2019:
Wat a deplorable bigot!
WhiteHouse.gov Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the little envelope. They make ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 10, 2019:
Thanks! Using the site, I just sent him a message telling him that I consider him tp be "the most despicable excuse for a human being to have ever been in American government and that I "consider him to be a threat to our democracy, our m[nation, our people and our entire moral code."
Do you think atheism can lead to higher consciousness?
wordywalt comments on Jan 10, 2019:
I have no idea of what you mean by "higher consciousness." Atheism does lead to a greater wareness of reality.
Curious how long before the Democrats give in. And rationalize their giving into another Republican ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 10, 2019:
Who says that Democratic politicians are the ones who will give in? Trump is the perso losing credibility every day.
Sean Hannity Warns Tax Hikes Would Stop Rich People From Remodeling Homes | HuffPost
wordywalt comments on Jan 9, 2019:
What babble!
Totally serious prophecy says the apocalypse will occur in 2019 (for real this time, guys)
wordywalt comments on Jan 9, 2019:
People have been predicting it for many centuries. Why should they stop now?
I'm contemplating getting a cat ?. I have had dogs most of my life but I have never really owned a ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 9, 2019:
I love cats -- their combination of independence and being very affectionate (when they want to be). I find that cats sense one's mood much more than dogs.
My local CBS/ABC affiliate's Facebook poll, in a thoroughly conservative district of a deep red ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 9, 2019:
Let's hope that the trend continues to grow.
Is There a Need for a Men’s Rights Movement? - YouTube
wordywalt comments on Jan 9, 2019:
Surely, you jest.
Trump quietly shuts down HIV cure research to appease the religious right / LGBTQ Nation
wordywalt comments on Jan 9, 2019:
The man is a brainless malignancy on our entire nation.
American Psychological Assn. links "masculine ideology" to homophobia and misogyny
wordywalt comments on Jan 9, 2019:
Machismo is the enemy of civility and empathy.
Exactly!
wordywalt comments on Jan 9, 2019:
Trump may try, but will never be a Hitler from the podium. He can't string together a coherent message, and his emotional tone is flat and off key. Still, he would like to be a Hitler and may try to act like one.
Did you hear about this today? Proof Manafort gave Russians polling information in 2016. Was it at ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 9, 2019:
No, it is not likely that Trump did not know about this.
Remnants of viral DNA in the human genome may cause disease. [the-scientist.com]
wordywalt comments on Jan 8, 2019:
Not surprising.
Mitch McConnell Calls to Cut Social Security, Medicare
wordywalt comments on Jan 8, 2019:
That was always the Republican strategy from the very beginning -- cut taxes paid by the wealthy and by corporations to reduce government income, then cut "entitlement" programs to reduce the deficit. That type of immoral reasoning and action matches the corruption of Trump. McConnell is just as bad as Trump.
What Exactly Does Trump's Obsession with "Winning" Say About Him?
wordywalt comments on Jan 8, 2019:
It says that Trump is a loser with an inferiority complex, and with a need for confirmation of greatness that is not -- and will never be-- his. He is and will always be totally self-absorbed.
The liberals running this website tolerate all kinds of crap from the Trump bashing left wing ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 7, 2019:
Give me a break! I have never seen the liberals on this site deliberately misstating facts or attacking other members maliciously. Your hands are NOT clean!
The wall is not about protecting our border. It is about white supremacy
wordywalt comments on Jan 7, 2019:
Of course it is about white supremacy.
Right-wing blowhards are having a tough time with this whole women-in-power thing in Congress - Los ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 7, 2019:
Let's make them choke on it.
Trump says he has considered national emergency powers to build wall - CNNPolitics
wordywalt comments on Jan 7, 2019:
If he tries it, he should be impeached immediately.
Krugman weighs in in new tax proposals ...AOC right-Trump wrong [alternet.org]
wordywalt comments on Jan 6, 2019:
Krugman is the best economist in the country. Politicians would do well to listen to him.
Has Evangelical Christianity Become Sociopathic?
wordywalt comments on Jan 6, 2019:
Yes, many of its most vocal leaders and spokespersons have become sociopathic. They are so focused on gaining p down people's throats -- via the force of law -- that they will do the most evil things and support the most evil people. They do this simply so that they can benefit from the control that they seek.
Jerry Falwell Jr.’s Christian Defense Of Donald Trump Has To Be Seen To Be Believed | Zack Hunt
wordywalt comments on Jan 6, 2019:
This man's words are so distorted and untrue that one can only conclude that he, himself, is an evil man. I do not see how any real Christian could believe a single word he says.
Shared from my Facebook page:.
wordywalt comments on Jan 6, 2019:
Total;ly true! Well stated.
The growing divide between the haves and the have-nots, in one stunning chart - MarketWatch
wordywalt comments on Jan 6, 2019:
The culture of greed has reached at least temporary dominance. It is time to act to stop them.
It's my birthday!! I'm 61 today. My kids and grandkids are taking me to lunch today, and my favorite...
wordywalt comments on Jan 6, 2019:
Happy birthday. Take care of yourself physically and mentally and you will probably have many more. I hope so.
Homosexuality is to blame for sexual abuse, not Catholic church, claims German cardinal ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 6, 2019:
The individual who committed the offense, straight or gay, is responsible for the act. The Catholic Churhc is responsible for covering it up and allowing it to continue. Both are acting reprehensibly.
Those Never-Ending End Times! Part Three As per previous installments, the following headlines ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 6, 2019:
Those religious "true believers" will never stop that crap. Read Leon Festinger's WHEN PROPHECY FAILS.
BREAKING: The Pentagon Chief of Staff has resigned. This comes a day after Trump claimed he ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 5, 2019:
All honorable men in this administration should make it known that they will not enable Trump's greed, corruption anxdd insanity.
Once u are made aware of a shortcoming how would you react? Would you change or just ignore the the ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 5, 2019:
If the attribute in question contradicted the beliefs and beliefs I consider central to my definition of myself, it it were likely to interfere with the goals I wanted to achieve, and/or if it would cause others to see me as something I do not want to be, then a would certainly act to change that aspect of myself.I have done that a number of times in my life. I I would also thank the person(s) for their honest feedback.
Atheism???
wordywalt comments on Jan 5, 2019:
What do you mean by "higher consciousness"?
Four passports and a dishonorable discharge raises the probability that dude was up to no good to 11...
wordywalt comments on Jan 5, 2019:
Yes, he was probably up to no good, but highly unlikely to have been spying for the USA. No spy agency would have touched him with a 10 foot pole.
If you aren't happy single, you won't be happy taken. Happiness comes from withing not from a man ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 5, 2019:
Agreed.
Is it possible that the key fundamentals of all prominent religions and cosmologies can ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 5, 2019:
Not likely.
Trump has shut down part of his own government. Isn't it about time he shut himself down?
wordywalt comments on Jan 5, 2019:
Long since past time.
Trump is out of control. [nbcnews.com]
wordywalt comments on Jan 4, 2019:
That has been evident for a long time.
The Extinction of the White American Male Dinosaur
wordywalt comments on Jan 4, 2019:
As and old white male who grew up in the deep south, I can say with certainty that the society that most males in the south (and many others in other parts of the country) want a racist, ethnocentric, and authoritarian patriarchy to be the dominant social form. They ARE afraid that they are losing it, and it scares the shit out of them.The article is on target. I genuinely hope that their fears are realized, and the sooner then better.
Have you heard of the Rothschild family?
wordywalt comments on Jan 4, 2019:
Europe sure knows of them. A common retort to something being expensive in Germany is, "Do you think I a Rothshild?"
GOP Sen. Cruz, Rep. Rooney introduce constitutional amendment to impose term limits on Congress - ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 4, 2019:
Those are good questions. I would like to see a thorough analysis.
I write as an English observer across the pond. So many people here can do nothing but demonize ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 4, 2019:
I think that you fail to appreciate what a destructive intellectual and moral idiot Trump is.
Source: Trump tells Schumer he can't accept Dems' offer because he'd 'look foolish' - CNNPolitics
wordywalt comments on Jan 4, 2019:
Fools always look foolish.
Christians Celebrate Trump’s Government Shutdown As Sign Of Christ’s Return | Michael Stone
wordywalt comments on Jan 3, 2019:
Such idiocy!
If you are in your late 40's and are working on a factory job that could easily could be exported ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 3, 2019:
Invest your own time and energy in acquiring added skills that will add to your employability.
The next door children have just lit a fire to your shrubs and in the past have broken windows ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 3, 2019:
I would warn the parents that if the boys do any more malicious damage that you are aware of, you will report them to the police. Maybe the parents will then get serious about controlling the boys.
How many women are there in the Senate?
wordywalt comments on Jan 3, 2019:
Not nearly enough.
Good Advice
wordywalt comments on Jan 3, 2019:
There an old folk adage: 'never argue with a fool, because people may not be able to tell which one is which."
Tucker Carlson Blames Higher-Earning Women For 'Men In Decline' | HuffPost
wordywalt comments on Jan 3, 2019:
I cannot believe Carlson. He is an educated, but demagogic buffoon.
The President just gave a history lesson, praising the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan. How...
wordywalt comments on Jan 3, 2019:
Trump continues to try to rewrite history with a false narrative favoring Russia. Why?
Just more corruption
wordywalt comments on Jan 3, 2019:
He sounds like a Trump supporter.
Do you store MRE's for a big emergency?
wordywalt comments on Jan 3, 2019:
No.
Sneaky 45 is doing this to Veterans. [facebook.com]
wordywalt comments on Jan 2, 2019:
When I was in the US Army, servng in the military was a guaranteed path to US citizenship for a resident alien. When did that change?
Would you confine a drug addict upon a first offense to a drug program and possibly save their life?...
wordywalt comments on Jan 2, 2019:
Yes.Even if he or she is not yet addicted, he or she is on the path to addiction. And, the disruption to his or her daily life would make him or her think again.
How often do you think a person having a gun license should be evaluated with regard to keeping such...
wordywalt comments on Jan 2, 2019:
And, any instance of assualt and battery, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and any felony should result in revocation of the gun license and the suspension should be for 10 years, with no further offenses.
Why Trump Reigns as King Cyrus
wordywalt comments on Jan 2, 2019:
Loony bin demagoguery!
Increased Privatization of the VA Has Led to Longer Waits and Higher Costs for Taxpayers - Pacific ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 2, 2019:
I am not surprised. Almost all attempts to privatize governmental services has resulted in decreased quality of service and increased cost.
Donald Trump's business links to the mob - BBC Newsnight - YouTube
wordywalt comments on Jan 1, 2019:
I have long said that Trumps business "empire""is a corrupt organization. Under the scrutiny of 17 different investigations, that is not coming into the light of day.
Well said by Mark Twain . . .
wordywalt comments on Jan 1, 2019:
I have always been a Twain fan.
Half of Southerners believe the US was founded as ‘explicitly Christian,’ new poll finds
wordywalt comments on Jan 1, 2019:
That is due to the evangelical influence in the South. n Baptist Convention is the largest church in the south and it was formed as a breakaway sect from the larger Baptist church -- specifically to support slavery.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she will seek the presidency in 2020 - The Washington Post
wordywalt comments on Jan 1, 2019:
She will be my first choice -- and would have been in 2016 if she had run.
How about this bumper sticker campaign: 'DUMP TRUMP !'
wordywalt comments on Jan 1, 2019:
How about "Tromp Trump"! For those not familiar tromp is a slang expression meaning beat mercilessly.
A National Sales Tax, tied to the actual annual budget for any given fiscal year, is I believe the ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 1, 2019:
A sales rtax is the most regressive form of taxation. That is, it impacts those with the lowest income to the greatest degree. I am totally opposed.
How would you rate yourself?Below average,average, above average genius? The choice would depend on ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 1, 2019:
I would rate myself above average. My career goal was to improve teaching and learning in our public schools. I helped over 100 school districts do that, (as indicated by student achievement) in my roles as a staff developer, director of 3 mu, and assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in a district.
Happy New Year to all of you! Hopefully we can return to some form of normalcy in the coming ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 1, 2019:
Let us match our hope with fervent action .
Do you or will you get the flu vaccine? For sake of argument let's assume that the vaccine ...
wordywalt comments on Dec 31, 2018:
At my age, 81, I ge th ful shot just to be safe, although I am not sure how effective it will be against the current dominant strain. I guess that I am somewhat lucky, as I have not had the flu since 1953.
Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity
wordywalt comments on Dec 31, 2018:
Very true. If we really care the people with whom we have close relationships, we become more and more ware of their actions, their gestures, their postures, their facial expressions their words and what they all portray. That enables us to sense their sadness and comfort them, their discomfort and help them to alleviate it, and their joy and share it with them.That, indeed, is the glue which binds us more and more closely together.
[youtube.com] Explains perfectly why intersectionalism is dying, and will be the death of the ...
wordywalt comments on Dec 31, 2018:
Pure reeking horse manure!! This just the kind of absolutely false demagogery that I detest. We Democrats DO NOT see ourselves as victims, but as those who see productive ways of improving our country and society and wish to pursue those enabling and empowering alternatives. As a man who grew up in the rural deep south as a conservative, I know all too well how racism, narrow self-interest, and false dogmatic ideology govern the thinking and actions of conservatives, particularly those in the south.
So this morning we filled up the bird feeder with seeds - the birds started flocking to it - so, of ...
wordywalt comments on Dec 31, 2018:
We had the same thing happen with an immature hawk. I guess he had seen all the birds and decided that it was a good place to just sit and wait for them to come in so that he could catch them. He sat there for a long time, but no bires came.
Do you believe in the concept of "a soul"?
wordywalt comments on Dec 30, 2018:
No. Not at all.
Just for fun...or practice :) You wake up and see breaking news of Trump being arrested...what are ...
wordywalt comments on Dec 29, 2018:
Holy shit, we did it!!
All the more reason to secure the southern border.
wordywalt comments on Dec 29, 2018:
As I said in response to a similar post, white supremacists murder a hulluva lot more people and police offices then do immigrants. Do you want to kick all of them out of the country?
Republicans would rather build a giant wall than fix crumbling bridges, roads and other ...
wordywalt comments on Dec 29, 2018:
An accurate statement -- and sheer idiocy!
Don McLean - Vincent ( Starry, Starry Night) With Lyrics - YouTube
wordywalt comments on Dec 29, 2018:
The comments on this post clued me in to the fact that there may be other great Don McLean songs that I never heard. I went to UTube music and searched. I was amazed! I found a number of beautiful songs, fantastic poetry -- some sad, all poignant. Let me recommend highly that you also listen to some of them on UTrube. Among those I recommend arte (1) :Crossroads", (2) "Homeless Brother" (McLean takes woody Guithrie 10 steps further), (3)"When July Comes", (4) "Empty Chair", (5) "The Pride Parade." Let me know what you think.
Aint that about a bitch? [newsweek.com]
wordywalt comments on Dec 29, 2018:
Nothing about the corruption in that family surprises me.
All kinds of Schadenfreude in Columbus today. [bleacherreport.com]
wordywalt comments on Dec 29, 2018:
I am sure. I would have liked it better if Ohio State were the team getting clobbered.
Don McLean - Vincent ( Starry, Starry Night) With Lyrics - YouTube
wordywalt comments on Dec 29, 2018:
I was teaching at Knox College in Illinois when McLean's "Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie" came out. At time, a young lady was doing her student-teaching at a local junior high and I was her supervisor. She was teaching a unit on poetry (and you know how little interest most junior high kids have in poetry). Brilliantly, Chris used "Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie" as a lead-in to the unit's study, and had them analyze it. The kids ate it up! Then, they were so willing to venture into poetry that she was able to have them deal with more conventional forms of poetry, loving it all the way! It was beautiful to watch.
Don McLean - Vincent ( Starry, Starry Night) With Lyrics - YouTube
wordywalt comments on Dec 29, 2018:
MCLean did some fantastically good music. but far too little of it. I have often wondered why he did not produce more music.
Trump issues executive order freezing federal workers' pay
wordywalt comments on Dec 29, 2018:
Why?
[bearingarms.com] Illegal immigrant murders police officer.
wordywalt comments on Dec 29, 2018:
White supremacists murder a helluva lot more.
I grew up in Daytona Beach and after 30 years in Chicago, I'm now going to spend my winters here and...
wordywalt comments on Dec 29, 2018:
Just make sure that the time you spend here is not summer. I grew up in Florida, too and hate the heat and humidity in the summer -- and Florida cracker conservatism all year long.
Breaking News: Dems approve of a Wall for tRump and the GOP!
wordywalt comments on Dec 29, 2018:
And that wall is already built. It won't cost us an added nickel!
This is getting bizzare. Democrat supporters creating "Russian bots" to influence elections. This ...
wordywalt comments on Dec 29, 2018:
Where did you come up with that crap? More misinformation and misdirection.
Life would be more meaning full if we believe there's a life after death but not as the once given ...
wordywalt comments on Dec 29, 2018:
The only "life after death" that will ever exist is that which (1) in the memories of those who knew us, and (2) in the influence we had on the lives of others which, in turn, they may pass on to others.
Wisconsin Lawmaker: Convert To Christianity Or Be ‘Destroyed’ | Michael Stone
wordywalt comments on Dec 28, 2018:
What a vicious, falsely self-righteous SOB!
When the world tells you that you can't. You probably can but won't. Or will you?
wordywalt comments on Dec 28, 2018:
Depnds on two things: (1) how important the issue is to me, and (2) opportunity/cost or cost/benefit. What will it cost me (in time, effort, status, money, etc.) to pursue the issue, versus what I am likely to get out of it or likely to really accomplish?
The ecological disaster that is Trump’s border wall: a visual guide - Vox
wordywalt comments on Dec 28, 2018:
No man-made barrier to natural ecological movement is environmentally sound. Further the wall would greatly interfere with property rights and economic interests of people who live along the border.
Writing on behalf on another person
wordywalt comments on Dec 28, 2018:
That is wierd. I think you did right in not trusting any of them.
This whole Russia social media thing is turning out to be my best Christmas gift yet. ?
wordywalt comments on Dec 28, 2018:
You deliberately belittle the seriousness of the Russian nefarious efforts. What is your motivation?
How important to you is it that your partner has the same religious beliefs as you? 1 - Not ...
wordywalt comments on Dec 28, 2018:
My wife and I have been happily married for 23 years. She is a devout Catholic and knows that I am an atheist. We simply respect each other's right to believe as we choose, and we do not discuss religion.
How do you explain to others that you have morals and ethics despite not being religious?
wordywalt comments on Dec 28, 2018:
I simply tell them that my moral code is built on the idea of treating all people and the environment with dignity and respect and making choices based on minimum violation pg the environment and of the dignity of people. I tell them that I am responsible for my action and choices and their consequences as In each case, I could have chosen otherwise.
[bbc.com] Gardening can help you live to be 100. Well, really, I don't want to live to be ...
wordywalt comments on Dec 28, 2018:
I do it because I enjoy growing, eating, and sharing fesh vegetables; but I echo your sentiment.
Why the Catholic Church Is So Conflicted about Sex - TheHumanist.com
wordywalt comments on Dec 28, 2018:
None of the Catholic church's attitudes and preachings about sex came from the original words of Jesus. The teachings about birth control come simply from a desire to increase the number of people who are Catholic. The idea of forcing priests to remain celibate is simply nonsensical dogma created by the church's aristocracy. And, the church knows this. That is why they try to sweep sexual abuse by priests under the rug.
[americanthinker.com] Fair assessment of the EU and a joint military force? I don't know. ...
wordywalt comments on Dec 28, 2018:
You fail to recognize several key points. At the end of World War II, Europe was in ruins and Russia was threatening to engulf the entire continent. If it had done so, the only barrier between us and the Communist threat would have been the Atlantic Ocean. By 1960 Russia was also gaining footholds in Cuba and other Latin American sites. It was to our strategic advantage to strengthen and protect western European nations, both economically and militarily, so that those nations would (1) become viable and thriving democracies, and (2) would act as a buffer so that we did not have to face the Russians on our borders. The fact is that Russia is still a threat and those states still act as a buffer. Continuing to assist them militarily is still totally fiscally and strategically sound. If you do not recognize that, you -- like the idiot Trump -- are being terribly short-sighted.
What is the difference between God and Canada? This is not a trick question. Both cannot be ...
wordywalt comments on Dec 28, 2018:
God and Canada are human constructs, both of which carry a lot of conceptual and emotional baggage with them. But, that baggage is entirely different. I do not see the point of what you are doing. It reminds me of the sterile and useless intellectual games as depicted in Hermann Hesse's MAGISTER LUDI.
I want to just throw this out there....What about a Bernie and Beto ticket for 2020? A blending of ...
wordywalt comments on Dec 28, 2018:
How about Biden and Beto? Or Elizabeth Warren and Beto?
What is the difference between God and Canada? This is not a trick question. Both cannot be ...
wordywalt comments on Dec 28, 2018:
Such inanity!
MSNBC ratings top Fox News for first time in 18 years
wordywalt comments on Dec 27, 2018:
The more people who get weaned off Fox Propaganda the better!
MASA! FTMFW! [thehill.com]
wordywalt comments on Dec 27, 2018:
Do you think he is smart enough to realize this?
"Check Out Walmart Fashion"
wordywalt comments on Dec 27, 2018:
It is no wonder that they need medication.
Most of us older folks remember this.
wordywalt comments on Dec 27, 2018:
Yeah, I had one.

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