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Charlie My Boy

So Much More Than Just a Dog
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There was no traffic at 3am. That’s good in one respect as I needed to get my dog to the Emergency Animal Hospital and it’s horrible in another respect in that I knew what would happen when we got there. There was a little more traffic at 4:30am, when I drove back to my house [&hellip
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It was clear months ago that there were no more grown-ups left in the room. Presidential candidates seemed caught between being in their “terrible two’s” and the awkward bully stage of junior high school. So it ...
No, It Does Not Go Without Saying

The Bern Left Me Cold

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It was clear months ago that there were no more grown-ups left in the room. Presidential candidates seemed caught between being in their “terrible two’s” and the awkward bully stage of junior high school. So it shouldn’t be surprising that now not only do Republican campaign events end in violence and threats; now the Democrats [&
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On May 10 New York legislators introduced a bill to legalize medical aid-in-dying. Similar legislation is being considered in other states and earlier this year California became the fifth state to legalize the practice, ...
This could be the year that finally starts to change

Too Few States Allow Medical Aid In Dying

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On May 10 New York legislators introduced a bill to legalize medical aid-in-dying. Similar legislation is being considered in other states and earlier this year California became the fifth state to legalize the practice, which allows doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients if certain specific criteria are met. T
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In the latest sign of end times, Florida vigilante George Zimmerman wants to auction off the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin, a 17-year old unarmed African-American boy. As if that wasn’t horrific enough, Zimmerman ...
Step 1: Open Your Ears and Mind More Than Your Mouth

How To Talk About Race Without Being An Asshat

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In the latest sign of end times, Florida vigilante George Zimmerman wants to auction off the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin, a 17-year old unarmed African-American boy. As if that wasn’t horrific enough, Zimmerman wants to use the money from the auction to challenge the Black Lives Matter movement. After I stopped repeatedly [&helli
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Walt Whitman got America. If he were alive and kicking today, I wonder if he would be the great white American hope. Instead, of, well, let’s not even say it. I’m well aware that as a resident of the heathen-haven ...
I Hear America Not Singing

Looking For a Sliver of Hope in America

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Walt Whitman got America. If he were alive and kicking today, I wonder if he would be the great white American hope. Instead, of, well, let’s not even say it. I’m well aware that as a resident of the heathen-haven New York City, my values are apparently out of touch with other of my fellow [&hellip
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Soon President Obama will become the first sitting U.S. President to visit Hiroshima, one of two Japanese cities the United States dropped nuclear bombs on at the end of World War II. Mr. Obama had said for several years ...
Can The U.S. Admit Its Weaknesses and Still Be Strong?

The Game of Sorry

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Soon President Obama will become the first sitting U.S. President to visit Hiroshima, one of two Japanese cities the United States dropped nuclear bombs on at the end of World War II. Mr. Obama had said for several years that he would like to visit the city and with his upcoming trip to the G7 [&hellip
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The Panama Papers went live on Monday May 9. So if you’re looking for something fun to do you can now search through the massive data leak and find out specifically who has been avoiding paying their fair share of taxes. ...
The only question is how to kill them

The Panama Papers are Live, Tax Havens Should Be Dead

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The Panama Papers went live on Monday May 9. So if you’re looking for something fun to do you can now search through the massive data leak and find out specifically who has been avoiding paying their fair share of taxes. There have been some surprises in the data (Jackie Chan?) and some non-surprises (Vladimir [&hellip
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It’s fitting that while I was researching viewpoints for this post that I really had to pee. Unlike transgender individuals in North Carolina, I didn’t have the extra pressure of deciding between violating state law or ...
North Carolina, HB2, and Discrimination

He Sued, She Sued

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It’s fitting that while I was researching viewpoints for this post that I really had to pee. Unlike transgender individuals in North Carolina, I didn’t have the extra pressure of deciding between violating state law or relieving myself in a facility where I felt uncomfortable and unsafe. But it made me think; something the majority [&
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This campaign isn’t being decided by you, it isn’t being decided by me, and it isn’t being decided by all the other American citizens who will (hopefully) cast a vote in November. Instead, it seems to be in the ...
One Person, No Vote

Donald Trump v. Special Interests: A Wake Up Call for Democrats

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This campaign isn’t being decided by you, it isn’t being decided by me, and it isn’t being decided by all the other American citizens who will (hopefully) cast a vote in November. Instead, it seems to be in the hands of the media, and more importantly, the people and groups who don’t care about the [&hellip
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For the longest time we complained about how far too few ‘Muricans bothered to vote and now here we are, staring into the abyss waiting for the sweet darkness to overtake us and wishing most of the people who schlepped ...
Where Did We Put Our Passports?

Trumpocalypse: THIS IS NOT A DRILL

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For the longest time we complained about how far too few ‘Muricans bothered to vote and now here we are, staring into the abyss waiting for the sweet darkness to overtake us and wishing most of the people who schlepped their lardasses out of their recliners had just stayed home to watch reruns of The [&hellip
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Dear sweet baby Jesus in a tuxedo shirt! This 2016 Presidential campaign is about ready to strip away what little sanity we had left here at The Snap Download. We wish we could look away but it’s like whenever someone ...
Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and Dodge

If You Can Dodge a Wrench, You Can Dodge a Question

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Dear sweet baby Jesus in a tuxedo shirt! This 2016 Presidential campaign is about ready to strip away what little sanity we had left here at The Snap Download. We wish we could look away but it’s like whenever someone gives Sarah Palin a microphone and tells her to talk about America; we are glued [&hellip
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On Friday, May 6, North Korea will begin a Workers’ Party congress, a series of forums, meetings, and celebrations of the country’s communist party. It’s the first Workers’ Party congress in 36 years and Pyongyang, ...
The upcoming celebration may bring more bad news

Things In North Korea are Not Looking Up

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On Friday, May 6, North Korea will begin a Workers’ Party congress, a series of forums, meetings, and celebrations of the country’s communist party. It’s the first Workers’ Party congress in 36 years and Pyongyang, the capital, is pulling out all the stops. The city has been cleaned up and decorated with banners bearing festive [&
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If you didn’t know, it’s 2016. Hard to tell sometimes, I feel you, but here we are, nonetheless. Now, they have let me out of my unmarried thirty-something woman cage for a bit, so I can share with you YET ANOTHER ...
Family Matters?

Playing the “Family Card”

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If you didn’t know, it’s 2016. Hard to tell sometimes, I feel you, but here we are, nonetheless. Now, they have let me out of my unmarried thirty-something woman cage for a bit, so I can share with you YET ANOTHER REASON this election seriously blows, and reeks of something out of the 1950s. What’s [&hellip
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As the Last Single Woman in America (cue the ballad “All by Myself”) you think I’d be impervious to attempts to call me out on my chronic singleness but you’d be wrong. Recently I was at a function, surrounded by ...
Long May She Rage!

The Last Single Woman in America Strikes Back

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As the Last Single Woman in America (cue the ballad “All by Myself”) you think I’d be impervious to attempts to call me out on my chronic singleness but you’d be wrong. Recently I was at a function, surrounded by people, when someone who had only recently left the state of chronic singleness herself actually [&hellip
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