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|Riding with Reagan - Part II
When we left our intrepid hero he was somewhere in darkest Texas, asleep at a Loves gas station. The day is long, and the night short. Yesterday he covered one thousand and fifty miles in a variety ...
|Riding With Reagan - Part I
In many areas of human pursuit, that which gladdens our hearts and fills our spirits with joy can also bring the greatest of sadness, often when least expected. This was the case for my wife and I ...
|Oklahoma - Determined to be First at Something
There are many lists produced annually, ranking states in merit order for a variety of topics. When it comes to the good ones, Oklahomans don't start at the top of the list looking for our state, ...
|I Have No New Year Resolutions But ...
From Melissa Harris-Perry I offer this: "The struggle continues ... Daddy" Happy, Prosperous and Successful New Year to all our friends The Twigg ...
Dear God it's only ten weeks since I wrote this awful Diary This morning my wife and I had to tell those three beautiful children that their Daddy died last night. Fuck Cancer!
|Today We Made Our First Mortgage Payment for Five Years
As a couple, Mrs Twigg and I are keen to take on only commitments we can manage, and thereafter meet those obligations. One such commitment was a mortgage to buy a family home back in early 2008. ...
|"Tasteless, Offensive, Inflammatory"
The title does not refer to the St Louis Rams who simply voiced the feelings of a broad spectrum of American society, but to the St Louis Police Officers Association, who described their actions ...
|The Future is Bright - Plumes and Music
With the assaults on education becoming a fashionable part of mainstream political agenda, good things can be hard to find. While we rightly criticize the cuts and the growing drive for private ...
|"How Many Stages Are There, Steve?"
As my step-son came through the dining room on his way out for some fresh air, he was leaving his sobbing sisters in the girl's bedroom. He stopped when he saw me, this thirteen-year-old boy who I ...
|Governor Mary Fallin (R (what else?) - OK) Haz A Sad
Following the hoped-for, but unexpected decision by the Supreme Court to refuse to hear an appeal from the 10th Circuit, five states, including (snigger) Oklahoma, just embraced marriage equality. ...
|The "Victim Blaming" Has to Stop!
I read the brief Diary on the latest round of Celebrity Nude Photos here: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/20/1331203/-More-Nude-Celeb-Photos-Leaked It was as I suspected before clicking the ...
|Just an Everyday Tale of Ordinary People
Mrs Twigg and I are the eponymous "Ordinary People". We both work fulltime at skilled and necessary jobs. We have a modest home in a cheap state, a home we have been fighting Bank of America over ...
While President Obama is busy welcoming Congressional support, and asking for additional authority and resources, what is Congress doing? ...
|"Atheists are Inhuman" - A Response From an Atheist
This morning, a Front Page writer on this blog posted the following comment. I am not linking it nor providing the name of the commenter, if you want to know, go look it up. If ive ever met any ...
|Rick Smith (Socratic Method) 1948-2014
It falls to me, at the request of Rick's family, to pass on the news that Rick died peacefully following a long illness. You knew him as Socratic Method , founder of the Group "Personal Storytellers"
|Shorter President Obama ...
"My Fellow Americans, So badly did we break Iraq, so egregious were our actions, that Iraq can no longer function as a country. Our leadership in the world is necessary, and a force for good, yet ...
|Whatever Happened to the American Dream ... and American Dreamers?
As a long time user of, and subscriber to this site, I find myself among the more thoughtful (mostly) examples of American Society. So involved and aware are they that it can become difficult to ...
|"You May be Right, I May be Crazy ..."
My readers here are veterans of my motorcycling Ride Reports, but for those unfamiliar with the format, a brief explanation. I belong ...
|The 4th of July ...
... is my Birthday. Today I will reach fifty five, which sounds a great deal older than I feel. I actually feel this old: Although it is first my birthday, I have been ...
|No Exemptions to Employment Law, for Anyone
Like most everyone here I have spent two days listening to folks blather on about this poor corporation, and its tender feelings. So I propose a solution to the Hobby Lobby and Eden Foods of this ...
|On Matters "Constitutional"
There will doubtless be many thousands, nay millions of words published over the next few days and weeks, as there have been in the recent past, on decisions made by the Robert's Court. I have just ...
|"A rose, by any other name ..." A progressive perspective on why names matter!
In the searing heat of a World Cup clash England, the reigning world champions met Brazil, a team determined to regain their crown. The match was played in Guadalajara, Brazil. The year was 1970. ...
|The Daily Kos Community has some Choices to Face
It is usual following each and every mass shooting incident in this country, for there to be an out-pouring of emotion and calls to action. Indeed, were that not the case there would be something ...
|Chuck Todd ... This is How it is Done!
Recently MSNBC presenters have all fronted promo slots which, I guess, are designed primarily to promote the network first, and their roles on MSNBC. That cable channel is the nearest thing to "...
|You ain't nuttin' but a HoundDog .... but you Made My Day!
William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice , Act III Scene I (Shylock) Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same food, hurt with ...
|"Keep it Straight, and Keep it Eighty"
Before dawn on a warm and clear Texas morning, several dozen motorcyclists left their chosen starting points. They each had but a single ambition; be in ...
|If "Right Wing Humor" were this good, we would be in a great deal of trouble!
Posted to Facebook by Jamie Kennedy No comment from me is necessary!
|When a Son asks his Dad a Question, Sometimes Dad Doesn't Have the Answer - Help Needed
My son Joe is nineteen years old. He is currently attending a Music College near London studying for a BA in Professional Musicianship (Guitar). Joe has an innate empathy that is remarkable in one ...
|Nineteenth Amendment Brings Hardship to Millions of Women
Washington DC: In a surprise move, the Congress of the United States recently voted to extend the right to vote to women across the country. Despite the best efforts of some Senators to filibuster ...
|America the Beautiful
There are those times when you are reminded that America really is beautiful. This is one of them:
|Bank of America - Our Fight is Almost Done and We Need Advice
Over the last few years I have been enormously gratified by the support and advice my wife and I have received from the users on this wonderful Blog. You can read about the fight we have had in ...
|Joe Says .... On Education
Joe is the younger of my two English sons. That's him on the right, playing rhythm guitar at a school function when he was sixteen. It was less than three years ago. I miss both my sons. They are ...
|Happy New Year Community Spotlight
It was my great pleasure and privilege to serve with you for two years. Two of the best years I have spent on this site was spent in the company of the Rescue Rangers, and I learned from you all, ...
|Phil Robertson - I'm with Sarah Palin, et al, over this
I'll keep this brief. The clamor of the Right over the suspension of Phil Robertson would be nauseating, were there not an important political point writ large in the noise machine. They appear to ...
|Making Sawdust, and Creating a Desk
In a break from your regularly scheduled programming, after all, all politics makes Jack a very dull boy, we are taking a trip through my woodshop. In theory, wood, usually oak, walnut etc, enters ...
|Black Friday - a.k.a. Twigg Discovers American Culture :)
I am not normally one for re-visiting material I wrote in the dim and distant past, yet I am sometimes reminded of older material that makes me smile at a fondly remembered incident, and happens to ...
|Was the President's Apology a Mistake?
Meh! The President was correct for about 97% of policyholders. If all politicians were right 97% of the time, then I rather think we would live in a fairer society. The President hasn't canceled ...
|"Out in Luckenbach, Texas, Ain't nobody feelin' no pain"
It was cold and dark when thirty motorcycles gathered at a gas station on the Texas side of the border, in ...
|Gun Owners Need to Get Used to a Few Things
So I replied to a completely ridiculous comment , by pointing out the obvious false equivalence, and for my trouble I was accused of being a bigot. This took me somewhat by surprise, as bigotry is ...
|Paying the Bills
Many Americans face a similar struggle. Time marches forward, incomes vary, and are rarely enough, yet the bills seem to come with the regularity of a cesium atomic clock, and they generally get ...
|Does "Cloud Cuckoo Land" have its own Zipcode?
Okay, shit just got weird. There is a Facebook page called "Keep America American". I'm not entirely sure quite what that title actually means, but I'm coming to expect less-than-deep thinking from ...
|Why the "Sux" "Rox" Debate is a Sign of a Growing Political Maturity
There are some very smart and well-informed people who comment on the political life in this country, and they are neither confined nor exclusive to the more public, or mainstream environments. In ...
|Waiting For My Daughter, while the Band Marches On
It's a warm night. The sky is clear and even at 11.30 pm the heat of this early September day still radiates from the High School parking lot, and the surrounding buildings. I get out of the car ...
|Tangled Webs - Chemical Weapons and American (and British) Complicity!
I had planned an image for the top of this Diary. When I went looking, most were simply too horrific to post on a family blog! There is something deeply disturbing about the "hand-wringing" going ...
|President Obama, Prime Minister Cameron, and that Pesky Parliament
Since the vote in the UK Parliament that put paid to any British involvement in military action in Syria (at least for now), I have observed some confusion as to whether or not it is linked to the ...
|Building an Audience
There can be little about this site more disappointing than writing a Diary, putting your heart and soul into a piece you are proud of, then watching as it plummets down the Recent Diary List and ...
|John Boehner - Cry Me a Freakin' River!
John Boehner - Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States Congress haz a sad! Apparently the President of the United States of America is contemplating using the military for, ...
In a myriad of tiny ways, and some not quite so tiny, we each face those times in our lives when something has to change. It can be as small as handing the TV remote to your partner ... Oh okay, ...
|Breaking: UK Parliament Will Vote Twice Before Any Syria Action
David Cameron, Prime Minister has recalled Parliament for a debate tomorrow on the growing Syrian crisis. Originally the parliament was to debate a motion that authorised any measures necessary in ...
|It is Time to Call Congress Into Session
As the news reports ramp up the rhetoric, and all outlets appear to be girding their loins for "war-reporting", it would be a good time to pause. We have been here before. We have been here in ...
|Woman Caught Breastfeeding in Own Home
Oklahoma City:- Late this afternoon, news was breaking that a woman in a Tulsa suburb was understood to be breastfeeding in her own home. At 4.30 pm, a local "peeping tom" called police when he ...
|Allow This Brit to Remind Some of You What Matters to Americans
There is some debate on this site about which issues are more important than others. There is no debate among people who do not live in a political bubble, whether that be Wall Street, Washington, ...
|Tales From the Daily Kos Bunker
The day dawned bright and clear. A gentle breeze was bringing the fresh cool air from the Pacific right into Berkeley, as Markos pedaled the last couple of miles before descending three floors ...
|R T F D
We are very fond of describing this place as a "Reality Based Community". There are those who decry this description, alleging variously that people live in an alternate reality or that reality is, ...
|Mr President, Would You Have Pardoned Nelson Mandela?
Written into the US Constitution is the well-known power granted to the President, the ability to Pardon those convicted of a Federal crime. The power to reduce their sentence or fines and restore ...
|Terrorism and the NSA - Let's All Just Calm Down, and Gain Some Perspective
There is little doubt that the events of September 11th, 2001 were shocking and tragic. They shocked the world, and rightly so. America has never experienced an attack on its own territory that even ...
|"Hate Speech" is Not the Same as "Free Speech"
One never has to look very far to find those who would cast a baleful eye on any group, any minority, any political or religious belief at variance with their own, and accuse that group of being the ...
|Does America Have the Moral Authority for its President to Make Remarks Like This?
Today the President made public remarks about the current situation in Egypt. On the face of the remarks, they were measured, reasonable and should be supported by all sides of the political spectrum.
|We Need a New Thread to Discuss Markos' Capricious Behaviour
The old thread is now running 1000 comments, and is increasingly difficult to open, or follow. Below the fold I have copied the new rulz proposal, and it might be easier if we simply started a new ...
|The Strange Case of Barrett Brown
Barrett Brown is an Internet Activist and Journalist. For the last twelve months he has been sitting in prison, facing trial on a multitude of charges including, but not limited to "trafficking in ...
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|If you are American, and reading this ... This is How Your Country Treats its Heroes
Words fail me. I am left almost speechless by the breathtaking inhumanity that can be dealt to the widow and children of an American hero, by the city he helped to save.
|Who Reads the Newspapers?
The New York Times is read by the people who think they run the country The Huffington Post is read by the people who think they should run the country The Washington post is read by the people ...
|The Handier Household Help
I refer you to this Diary for an excellent treatise on the hidden value of a certain household product. Useful as that is, and in the spirit of saving both the planet and the supermarkets, the ...
|When Will the GOP Come for My Daughter?
I am blessed not just with two fine boys of my own, but with three step-children. My sons are almost grown, one is in his final year of college, in London, the other about to embark upon a BA in ...
|What does it take to stop a good guy armed with a sidewalk?
Answer: A racist, armed with a gun. So listen children, let Uncle Twigg give you good advice. Never take a sidewalk to a gunfight. Meanwhile, I find myself asking: "Is murder still even illegal ...
|America - Why Does a "Freedom Loving Nation" Live in Fear?
When the call came to "Go West, young man", I paid attention. That was in 2004. I was not particularly young, nor did I travel west from my English roots to my Oklahoma home from some desire to ...
|Breaking: Man pretending to be Justice Scalia overturns Voting Rights Act
Washington DC: In a startling revelation, staff and interns at the Chambers of Justice Antonin Scalia have been seen wandering the halls looking for the missing 76 year old. When asked, one un-named ...
|If The Hood Fits, Wear It!
It is not often that I am moved to express my disgust in a stark, and maybe hyperbolic manner. In this case, I make an exception. We are fond of declaring to others that we live in the world's ...
|"Have You Stopped Beating Your Wife?"
Answer: "I reject entirely your ridiculous attempt to smear me as a violent man. Implicit in your question is the premise that I have a case to answer. You do not get to attempt to frame me, or ...
|Nelson Mandela is Critically Ill
Nelson Mandela has suffered a setback in his health. As is now being reported by the South African government, and just about every news agency on the planet, his ...
|Solving Rape? - A Very Short Statement For Those Who Just Don't Get It!
There are some subjects where EVERYONE who posts to a site such as this should have no disagreement about. The violent crime that is the forcing of unwanted sexual attention on another person is ...
|"My Country, Right or Wrong"
These are the famous words, so beloved by uber -patriots everywhere, redolent as they are of exceptionalism, jingoism and all the other "isms" one might care to apply. Like many tropes however, ...
|Security Kabuki, and the Police State
Amid the back and forth that this place is justly famous for, there are some real concerns about privacy, the need for privacy and the natural desire to make the country safe. All I want to do here ...
|Tulsa City Council Will Let You Live - Provided You Pay Their Outrageous Fees
When the sky turns a funny shade of green, and then falls on your house with a ferocity that can only be imagined, then a storm shelter might be the only ...
|Oklahoma: Who is to Blame for the Lack of Storm Shelters?
It has been a busy couple of weeks here in the Southern Plains. Since I have been in the US there have been several years where the number of tornado deaths recorded has been zero. ...
|A brief note to those expressing "concern"
The people in the Southern Plains, and Midwest of the United States live with the fear of weather that can kill us. Every year, primarily in spring, we prepare our "fraidy holes" and put new ...
|Existentially Speaking ...
Why do I exist? It has to be for something more than turning beer into piss. Is it possible I might grow Broad Beans in our narrow garden? If I am the center of my universe, and you are the center ...
|Education: No Community Left Behind!
I recently passed the eighth anniversary of my arrival on these shores. I followed the advice to go west, young man, when I was not really young, but young enough to still cope happily with ...
|The Day Journalism Died in Oklahoma
In a week when Oklahoma has taken center stage on the national news media, one might have expected our local embedded journalists to step up, and report not just that which they see before their ...
|A Tale of Two "Toms" - Cole and Coburn
Oklahoma is hurting today. It is not the first time, nor will it be the last that a natural disaster leaves families and communities mourning their dead. The dust has literally not settled yet, nor ...
|I Wrote "To Kill A Mockingbird" - Plagiarism and Other Follies
I mean ... Who will remember that Harper Lee published the book in 1960? It's a terrific story, probably one of the greatest works of American Literature, and well worth re-telling. Though I have ...
|South Padre Island ... or Bust!
The picture on the right is a city sign. It is not special, it is pretty much the same as many thousands of similar signs ...
|Lindsey Graham (Dipshit-SC) is a Threat to the Rule of Law
From Lindsey Graham's Twitter Feed: Lindsey Graham is a complete disgrace to the State of South Carolina, the people who live there, and the Senate in which he serves. Lindsay Graham has ...
|Westboro Baptists - Are they God's Punishment on us all?
As a man, a husband and father, as a resident of this country and a member of the human race, I hold no truck with Hate Speech. If a Constitutional Amendment allows such speech, then that amendment ...
|Knife-Wielding Lunatic Attacks 14 in Houston College
Houston - ABC The attack about 11:20 a.m. on the Lone Star Community College System's campus in Cypress sent at least 12 people to area hospitals, including four people taken by helicopter, ...
|"Every Man's Death Diminishes Me"
I remember the words of John Donne whenever someone dies. It is a time of personal mourning, and sometimes a time of wider distress. There may be any number of tributes to, and critiques of ...
|Twenty Four Hours, 1500 Miles, a Road Sign and Toothache!
In the Heart of Texas they gather. Motorcyclists from all over the country congregate to embark ...
|They're Not Your Grandpa's Grand Old Party!
There is a conventional wisdom that suggests that a healthy democracy benefits, nay demands at least a two party system. In one sense this is true, it being the logical position that for the ...
|Breaking: Obama Government Stealing Time
Washington DC: In a surprise move by the Department of Homeland Security, the Obama Administration stole one hour from the lives of Americans. While there is precedent for this action, sequestering ...
|The only Progressive Tax is Income Tax - All the other taxes should be scrapped
Tax policy, and the tax code has grown into an impenetrable nightmare of allowances, exemptions, credits and loopholes. So complex is it that even in my very simple ...
|David Waldman invokes "Cloture" on Armando
Before we begin I would simply like to state that I have no connection with Daily Kos Radio , Netroots Radio or any of the vehicles used to carry it. I am a listener and I wanted simply to share my ...
|Breaking: Supreme Court Repeals 14th Amendment - Returns US to Dred Scott
Washington DC: In a landmark decision the Supreme Court today declared the 14th Amendment to be unconstitutional. The immediate effect is that the precedent returns to the previously held position ...
|Justice Antonin Scalia is utterly wrong, and here is one simple reason why
In the Supreme Court today, and as we are all aware by now, Justice Scalia described parts of the Voting Rights Act as a "racial entitlement". On any number of levels this is wrong. Voting is an ...
|"You will never be a "Real American""
As the final strains of the immortal words of Francis Scott Key still hang in the air; ...
|Lance Armstrong - Department of Justice Priority, Clearly
I have little sympathy for Lance Armstrong. I don't actually care all that much that he cheated at sport, lots of people do that every day. What I dislike about his actions was the apparent bullying ...
|Dear Harry - Let Me Tell You About Republicans
Harry Reid is a smart man. There can be no doubt about this, but like the President there is something he needs to know about Republicans. It's really not my place to be saying this, but along ...
|Cops say "Burn it Down"
On any number of levels this is a difficult story to write about. So I will not add any hyperbole to the story, simply show the video and invite comment, because the discussion on the actions and ...
|im·mi·nent /ˈimənənt/ Adjective: About to happen: "imminent danger"
We need a wider debate not about the justification of the use of Predator Drones, but about the morality and implications of so doing. That they are being used is clear. They are being used as ...
|Effective Regulation and Tort Reform - Some Talking Points
I know these Diaries are read by a bunch of highly intelligent people who are well versed in many of the political intricacies of American culture and law. Indeed, better versed than I, if truth be ...
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