By: Paul S. Cilwa Viewed: 8/22/2017
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Various essays of mine with a political angle. Because politics is hilarious!
Politics

People, as the venerable Art Linkletter used to say, are funny. And they are never funnier than when arguing. Consequently, few things strike me as more hilarious than politicians lying about things that are easily validated, and their followers believing those lies despite personal experience to the contrary. So here are a few essays I've written on the subject…!

Pirate Movies

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 12/15/2006
Topics: #History #InternetPiracy #Movies #Music #Politics #Science Page Views: 2302
Let's point out the REAL villains in the movie and music piracy wars.

As early as 1398, the word "royalty" was borrowed into English (from the French roialte) to refer to the "office or position of a sovereign". In those days, the King owned everything. If you wanted to live on a bit of property, or cut down a tree, or hunt for a rabbit—you had to pay that royalty for the privilege. As centuries passed, people accepted "paying the royalty" as a fact of life. By 1839, the word was used to refer to paying any landowner (not just a King) for the use of a mine, and by 1857, payment to an author or composer for the use of his work.

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A Sign of the Times

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 2/3/2006
Topics: #Humor #RepublicanCorruption Page Views: 2149
US Representative Bob Ney of Ohio wishes the Republican Headquarters had been placed in another building.

US Representative Bob Ney of Ohio wishes the Republican Headquarters had been placed in another building.

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Cracking The Corporate Shell

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 12/28/2006
Topics: #Conspiracy #HealthCare #Politics #Science Page Views: 2390
I explain Open Source and how it relates to cavemen.

Originally, based on studies of contemporary indigenous peoples, mankind lived in smallish groups in which each person contributed to the welfare of all. We know from fossilized burials that our cousins, Homo Neanderthalensis, as well as our own ancestors of 50,000 years ago and more, cared for sick and injured members of their tribes. (Some fossils show evidence of serious, but mended, injuries.) In other words, cavemen had access to free health care.

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And Now, Tomorrow's News

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 3/6/2007
Topics: #9/11 #Conspiracy Page Views: 6857
Let's examine the possibilty that some very significant news events have been officially reported…BEFORE THEY HAPPENED!

We know that all the TV networks, and virtually all radio stations and newspapers, are owned by the same, small number of global corporations—and these corporations own stock in each other, making them more inbred than any family of Ozark mountaineers. The same corporationsalso own major defense contractors (the guys who make money from war), major pharmaceuticals, and Big Oil. It's far more in their interest that they suppress a free press than risk exposing their own schemes.

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…And Your Little Dog, Too!

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 4/6/2007
Topics: #Conspiracy #ConsumerRights #Food #Health #Pets #Politics Page Views: 2492
Let's examine the spate of dog food posisonings and how the effect it may have on human diet. /

A bill was passed before the 2006 elections to erect a 700-mile fence along our southern border, to keep out "illegal immigrants". The efficacy of such a fence aside (the Great Wall of China failed to keep out the Mongols, and it was almost 4000 miles long…and the Mongols didn't have airplanes), we again see the parallel to the walled city that buys its groceries from outside. If we are so afraid of human immigrants we want to wall them out, how much more cautious we should be about the microscopic immigrants that we welcome, via a hundred interrelated multinational corporations, from overseas with open arms.

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Knowing When To Quit

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 6/4/2007
Topics: #Humor #Iraq #Politics #Trucking Page Views: 2745
Blog Entry posted June 4, 2007.

Apparently he did not notice the sudden drop in speed as the top of his trailer contacted the roof of the tunnel. Apparently he didn't hear the tortured screams of metal-against-decorative ceiling tiles as the top of his trailer peeled off as he proceeded. The tunnel is a mile-and-a-half long. Surely in New York, someone in the tunnel tried blowing a car horn to warn him things were awry?

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Just Say 'No' To Crazy Religious Freaks

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 6/13/2007
Topics: #AdolfHitler #BushCrimeFamily #HealthCare #JamesW.Holsinger #ReligiousPolitics #RepublicanCorruption #Sexuality Page Views: 2049
Religion should NEVER be a requirement for a government job..

There's an urban legend that, in the days of World War II when radar was first being developed as a defensive weapon, Hitler might have had it first. His scientists on both sides were working on it. But Hitler had a lot of strong metaphysical beliefs, largely influenced by Theosophy, that, besides the certainty that Germans comprised a superior form of humanity (which was used to justify the extermination of "inferior" forms), included the belief that the sky above us was, in fact, a star-studded dome suspended just a few miles above the surface of the Earth. When his scientists sought to demonstrate the power of radar to detect distant objects before they could be seen, Hitler had them direct their radar devices upwards, in order to determine exactly how far overhead the dome of sky was located. The radar, of course, detected nothing—no dome. To Hitler's mind, this proved that radar was useless. He therefore refused to make use of it, which gave the Allies a tactical advantage as we could detect the Nazi planes and ships at a distance, while he was unable to detect ours.

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Lenses

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 6/22/2007
Topics: #Optometry #Politics Page Views: 1069
A new law forces me to have an unnecessary eye examination.

Just before leaving on our historic Caribbean cruise, I realized I was just about out of contact lenses. So I ran to the store to pick up a pack of them—and ran smack dab into the government's latest foray into my personal business and none of theirs.

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Bang For A Buck

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 7/5/2007
Topics: #Arizona #RepublicanCorruption Page Views: 3198
Blog Entry posted July 5, 2007.

You won't be surprised to hear that I never intended to go to Tempe for fireworks again. But then Karen found herself spending the day there to work, and Zach wanted to watch the fireworks where she was, and besides even though it would be hot, they now have a splash park within the grounds and there would be inflatable kiddie bounce things and if we got there early enough, there shouldn't be an issue with parking.

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Love, Republican Style

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 8/28/2007
Topics: #RepublicanCorruption Page Views: 2400
Blog Entry posted August 28, 2007

Men, women, boys girls, cops, even mules—is there anything a Republican won't screw, in between "defending marriage" and sending the sons of Democrats to die in Iraq for Bush's oil war?

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Political Humor

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 8/29/2007
Topics: #Humor #Politics Page Views: 2515
Sometimes ya just gotta laugh.

Given the past two weeks' excess of Republican hilarity, I thought it was time to present a few choice bits of political cartoons I've been saving.

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I'm Sorry

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 10/1/2007
Topics: #Blogging #Humor #Politics Page Views: 747
All about our return from Connecticut.

Last year, I was so busy during the month of October that I didn't have a chance to blog at all. Near the end of the month, I began to receive emails from loyal readers I've never met, wondering if I was all right! Since this month promises to be as busy as October of last year was, I figured I would apologize in advance. But, this is October 1st; so at least, no matter how bad it gets, I will have blogged at least once in October! And the topic is, The Return From The Funeral.

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Dude, Where's My Party?

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 10/19/2007
Topics: #Blogging #BushCrimeFamily #Politics Page Views: 1172
Blog Entry posted October 19, 2007

So, does the Bush Administration still suck? Yes. Have the Democrats given in to the blackmail Bush's wiretapping made them vulnerable to, or the fear that, like Paul Wellstone (whose mysterious death came just 11 days before his potential re-election in a crucial race to maintain Democratic control of the Senate) and his wife and daughter, they, too, will be murdered if they don't dance to Bush's tune? Of course. Do the media, two examples of which received anthrax letters when they threatened to reveal some of the lies surrounding the false-flag attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, continue to report without question every lie the Bush Administration tells? Certainly. But life goes on. Unless you happen to be a civilian in Iraq.

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Meet Those Who Still Support George W. Bush

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 10/25/2007
Topics: #Humor #Politics Page Views: 2474
Blog Entry posted October 25, 2007

A British reporter came to our shores and located the final 24% of Americans who think George W. Bush is doing a good job. You've seen them (they can be spotted by the Bush/Cheney 2004 bumper stickers on their 4X4s); you know they exist; but you still haven't wrapped your head around the fact that anyone could truly be that ignorant.

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Missing The Point

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 10/29/2007
Topics: #BarackObama #Humor #PresidentialCampaigns Page Views: 2952
Blog Entry posted October 29, 2007

There's a hilarious new product coming soon to your Costco store shelves. It's called Batter Blaster�; and, according to its web site, "it makes organic light and fluffy pancakes and light and crisp waffles in minutes!"

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Turning The Other Checkbook

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 11/27/2007
Topics: #Humor #OrganizedReligion Page Views: 2484
Blog Entry posted November 27, 2007

Muslims believe that it is a sin to take a life under any circumstances, which is why they never engage in terrorism or suicide bombings. Hindus believe we are all One in Brahman (and therefore of equal importance) which is why they never developed a caste system. Christians believe in forgiveness, which is why none of them ever sue a pedophilic priest or minister.

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I Have A Sale

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 1/25/2008
Topics: #Commercialism #MartinLutherKing Page Views: 2759
Blog Entry posted January 25, 2008

The man who was martyred on April 4, 1968, for his activism in trying to end the de facto slavery of America's largest (at the time) minority couldn't be silenced by death. You might think that creating a national holiday in his honor would be proof of that; but it's quite the opposite. The man who once "had a dream" now is used as an excuse for three-day-weekend sales. Don't believe me? Here's a full-page ad from the L.A. Times:

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Look Out For Mr. Stork

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 2/20/2008
Topics: #BushCrimeFamily #Conservatives #Humor #Politics Page Views: 3090
Blog Entry posted February 20, 2008

The significance of the stork mythology to us is that it vividly portrays an example of eagerly well-meaning parents telling lies to their children on the assumption that the child doesn't need to know the truth. (How many Victorian girls found themselves pregnant, with no idea what was happening to them, since they hadn't been near a stork?) These same parents, of course, would vehemently deny the same kids the right to withhold truths from them on the basis that the parent didn't need to know! Yet we adults find ourselves living beneath a paternalistic government which believes we should be "protected" from truths we don't need to know. And, as with the stork, the consequences of living with false information are hard to gauge but should not be ignored.

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A Little Bird Named Enza

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 2/22/2008
Topics: #BushCrimeFamily #Conspiracy #HealthCare Page Views: 2766
Blog Entry posted February 22, 2008

On last night's American Idol, Simon Cowell mentioned not once but three times that we Americans are in the grip of the "worst flu season in history!" This had, apparently, come to his attention because a number of the contestants had come down with the flu that week and the sickness had affected their performances. He also claimed to have never heard the Spiral Starecase song, "More Today Than Yesterday", or, for that matter, of the group itself.

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Another Republican Bites The…Prostitute

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 4/10/2008 4:00:00 PM
Topics: #RepublicanCorruption Page Views: 4403
Blog Entry posted Aprinl 10, 2008

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. When sex is forbidden, sex is hidden. Forbidding it only pushes it below the surface, where it frequently becomes perverted as it inevitably is expressed anyway.

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Caught Up In The Rapture

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 6/6/2008
Topics: #FundamentalistChristians #Humor #Rapture Page Views: 3167
Blog Entry posted June 6, 2008

A new web service allows Fundamentalist Christians to annoy their non-Christian friends after they have been assumed into Heaven in the Rapture.

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Marriage Equality

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 6/17/2008
Topics: #GayMarriage #Humor #MarriageEquality Page Views: 516
Blog Entry posted June 17, 2008

A video that's simply too funny not to share:

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Wordles

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 6/27/2008
Topics: #DavidVitter #GayMarriage #GeorgeW.Bush #LarryCraig #RepublicanCorruption #wordclouds #Wordles Page Views: 3053
Blog Entry posted June 27, 2008

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Freedom

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 7/3/2008
Topics: #Freedom #Humor #Politics Page Views: 795
When the price of freedom, is freedom.

Can you do the work you want to, that you love? How many compromises have you had to make in your life in order to keep yourself fed, clothed and housed? If the answer is more than none, you are not truly free.

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The Fantastic Founding Fathers

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 7/4/2008
Topics: #Freedom #Humor Page Views: 3317
If the Founding Fathers had been super-heroes…

If the Founding Fathers had been super-heroes…

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Brains Being Rushed To Few Remaining Bush Supporters

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 7/30/2008
Topics: #BushCrimeFamily #Humor Page Views: 2597
Blog Entry posted July 30, 2008

As news of President George W. Bush's continued approval by fewer than one in five Americans makes its way around the world, an outpouring of generosity has resulted in the Brains For Americans campaign to donate unused brains to the 18% of the American population who have been doing without.

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Marriage Equality

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 8/12/2008
Topics: #GayMarriage #MarriageEquality Page Views: 2612
Gays have the right to be as unhappy as anyone else.

You can't help but think that, if these people would devote half the energy to their own marriages that they have spent trying to prevent other people from getting married, their own marriages might be a lot more satisfying.

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Dog Fight

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 9/30/2008
Topics: #EconomicCrisis #Zachary Page Views: 2802
Blog Entry posted September 30, 2008

Last night, Zachary informed us that he really wanted to take the dogs for a walk. His mother is very strict about adhering to his bedtime, so he had to elicit a promise from Michael and me that we would leave at exactly 8:00 pm. We agreed.

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A Body Of Work

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 5/13/2009
Topics: #ArizonaStateUniversity #BarackObama #Humor Page Views: 3354
Blog Entry posted May 13, 2009

How I came to be invited to ASU to hear President Obama's speech, how I heard it, and how I left the Sun Devil Stadium afterwards: A blog post in three acts.

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Who's Trying To Kill Health Care Reform?

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 8/27/2009
Topics: #HealthCareReform Page Views: 2378
Blog Entry posted August 27, 2009

Exactly who is trying to kill health care reform? Is it really an angry populace determined to keep the government out of their hospitals? Or is it, simply, the corporations that stand the most to lose if our current system is altered? The answers are easy to come by when you simply follow the money, which is a matter of public record.

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You Might Be A Republican If…

By: Bruce Linder Posted: 10/15/2010
Topics: #Humor #Republicans Page Views: 2476
Let's examine common Republican beliefs.

It turns out that it's easy to identify Republicans these days. Just check in on a few of their beliefs. You might just be a Republican if…

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Early Ballot, Nov 2010

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 10/21/2010
Topics: #Politics Page Views: 745
I expose my secret ballot.

For those who live in Arizona and wonder who I voted for on my early ballot, sent in today, wonder no longer. The answers are here (suitable for being printed if you need a cheat sheet)!

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Early Ballot, Nov 2016

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 10/28/2016
Topics: #Politics Page Views: 597
I expose my secret ballot.

For those who live in Arizona and wonder who I voted for on my early ballot, sent in today, wonder no longer. The answers are here (suitable for being printed if you need a cheat sheet)!

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A Right To Be Here

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 4/22/2008
Topics: #Desiderata #Immigration #MaxEhrmann #Spirituality Page Views: 2804
When the way to happiness doesn't include walls and fears.

One day in 1926, retired lawyer Max Ehrmann awoke in his quiet home in Terre Haute, Indiana, with the idea that he should do something, create something new, and yet not new. He had awakened with notions in his head that seemed ancient and true, yet forgotten; and it seemed he might be able to return them to the public consciousness if he only tried.

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Aw, Shoot!

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 4/20/2007
Topics: #GunControl Page Views: 2867
Let's look at the issue of gun control.

I find it interesting that the conservatives, who want the law to regulate pretty much every part of my behavior (especially my love life) want no government interference in their ownership of guns. I find it interesting that the liberals, who want people to be free to do what they want, insist the government interfere in that same ownership. Am I the only one who finds this odd?

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Banner Decade For Nitwits

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 3/6/2006
Topics: #Conservatives #Humor #RepublicanCorruption Page Views: 186
This may finally be the decade for the dumb.

When I was growing up, I learned to identify previous decades by the epithets that had been assigned to them by the Columbia Record Club. "The Gay Nineties", "The Roaring Twenties", "The Swinging Forties" and so on were both names of record collections and descriptions of life in those long-gone eras.

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Big Mouths

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 5/10/2006
Topics: #Politics Page Views: 2210
How to make a person stop telling jokes…or expecting to hear the truth.

In fact, I believe the only reason any investigations at all have been undertaken—Enron and Delay and Abramoff and Libby and the rest—is because Internet bloggers, who for the most part are owned by no one and responsible only to their own sense of integrity, have taken over for the now-irrelevant media journalists, using their numbers and geographical distribution to dig out the facts and share what they've learned. And when enough people have heard about the crimes of Bob Ney or the tanker named after Condoleezza Rice by a grateful oil industry, the traditional media has no choice but to say something—or risk Everyman's discovery that it the media is, truly, irrelevant.

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Bomb Hats Away!

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 2/9/2006
Topics: #MohammedCartoons Page Views: 2295
Does this seem like too much fuss over a few cartoons?

Whenever I find the mass media monopolizing its airwaves and headlines with the same story, hammered over and over, it makes me wonder what they're trying to hide.

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Case of the Runaway Emotions

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 2/24/2006
Topics: #CurrentEvents Page Views: 2158
Should our government be run by emotions, or facts?

It was almost a year ago that Jennifer Wilbanks, a young woman who was about to get married, instead embarked on a cross-country journey on which she claimed to have been abducted, but in fact had merely freaked out over her impending wedding. Worse, she didn't do this on the spur of the moment; she had purchased a ticket to Las Vegas several days before and had even arranged for a friend to drive her to the bus station. Most of us, when we heard the whole story, could have easily ticked off more rational solutions to the problem:

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Cattle Free, People Caged

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 9/15/2006
Topics: #Arizona #Constitution #KentKnudson #Politics #Snowflake Page Views: 2206
Why do the rights of cattle trample over the rights of humans?

When people are caged so that hamburger can roam free, something is seriously amiss.

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Cheney's Got A Gun

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 2/13/2006
Topics: #DickCheney Page Views: 2904
We're all in trouble when Republican blow-hards actually fire weapons.

Anyone can have an accident, right?

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Conspiracies

By: Paul S. Cilwa Page Views: 804
What THEY don't want us to know.

People who are uncomfortable with the idea that a group of men can commit a crime and hide it, have tried to make the term "conspiracy" an automatic punchline. But the fact is, conspiracies do happen all the time. Even the events of 9/11 are absoultely a conspiracy—perhaps a conspiracy of Muslim terrorists, but also perhaps a conspiracy of NeoCons that includes men in the highest levels of government. See, the controversy isn't over whether 9/11 was a conspiracy; just over who was behind it.

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The Ex-Dem Movement

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 6/6/2006
Topics: #Humor #Politics Page Views: 2385
CNN's Paula Zahn interviews the head of a group that claims to be able to 'cure' Democrats and turn them into Republicans.

Is being a Democrat a result of nature or nurture? Tonight's guest is Richard Gone, founder of the Ex-Dem Reparative Therapy movement, which claims over twelve former Democrats as members. Mr. Gone, your therapy is controversial at best, and many psychologists say you are trying to cure a condition that isn't an illness."

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Fear of Facts

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 2/6/2006
Topics: #9/11 #BushCrimeFamily #Conspiracy #RepublicanCorruption Page Views: 2234
The official story of 9/11 is so impossible, only intentional ignorance allows a person to accept it..

As a nation, we are currently living in a shadow world where suspension of disbelief is the only ticket in. In this world, Muslim terrorists attacked the United States in 2001, leading to a justified "war on terror" and invasion of two sovereign nations to prevent their attacking us with weapons of mass destruction. Leading us in this fight is the brave and noble George W. Bush, winner of two elections and possessor of a mandate to right wrongs and bring safety to the American people, in spite of the best efforts of liberal scum to thwart him.

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Gay Rights

By: Paul S. Cilwa Topics: #GayRights #MarriageEquality Page Views: 810
My views on gay rights and the politics of exclusion.

One would think that, in the 21st Century, we would stop trying to withhold rights from human populations based on labels, and it's true…we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel! But it's been a long, hard road and while gays are finally getting equal rights, many other groups aren't there yet. So, learning about how we got here is significant and a worthwhile endeavor.

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How Big Is Too Big?

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 5/11/2006
Topics: #CivilRights #Politics #Wiretapping Page Views: 2154
Information like this is a weapon, and weapons are made to be fired.

The human eye can perceive about 16,000,000 different shades, except for Martha Stewart, who can perceive over 24,000,000.

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Identity Theft

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 5/24/2006
Topics: #Politics Page Views: 2101
Pretty much all the so-called Republican officials of the current Administration are masquerading as Republicans, but they are not Republicans that Eisenhower would recognize.

A cute series of ads running on TV these days shows a regular person—a guy at the gym, or a barber, or a housewife—speaking in a voice that clearly doesn't belong to that person. A black guy at the gym will have the voice and accent of a Valley girl, or a white housewife will sound like a Japanese teenager. The ads are intended to raise awareness of the new phenomenon of "identity theft" and a particular credit card that claims to insulate its customers from such a crime.

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Language of the Heart

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 4/28/2006
Topics: #Immigration #Politics Page Views: 2235
What's wrong with singing the National Anthem in Spanish? Don't you know the English words already?

Today's crisis is the fact that someone has sung the United States' National Anthem in Spanish.

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Loose Lips Sink Shitty Politicians

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 4/27/2006
Topics: #CivilRights #Constitution #FreedomOfSpeech #Politics Page Views: 2117
This undoubtedly sounds noble and correct to the retired generation raised on the catch-phrase "Loose Lips Sink Ships". However, the Founding Fathers who cherished Freedom of Speech might think differently.

Arizona Republican Congressman Rick Renzi has introduced an amendment into the bill authorizing intelligence programs for the coming year, that makes it illegal to leak secret information to the press. The amendment is non-binding, but urges the White House to take "firm action" against government employees (and ex-employees) who leak secrets to the press.

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Once Upon A Measured Time

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 1/12/2007
Topics: #Conspiracy #Freemasons Page Views: 757
Here's a way to take over the world, in case you ever wanted to.

Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far, away, there was a world that turned in natural balance, its sustainable tool-using population fed, clothed and housed in a simple manner that left much time for contemplation, artistic pursuits, and the enjoyment of life.

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Playground Bullies

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 2/2/2006
Topics: #FreedomOfSpeech #PatriotAct #Sedition Page Views: 2154
Religious bullies are the worst kind.

I remember a kid from the schoolyard playground. Danny loved to play King of the Mountain. He loved it, because he always managed to be king. Our "mountain" was a one-foot high lump in the playground, and he would gleefully, and with excessive force, push anyone who tried to replace him there. However, when one of the kids got hurt by this shoving and complained to the playground nun that he'd been pushed, Danny got very upset. "I did not!" he cried. "We were just playing!" And then, in a flash of brilliance, he added, "That kid just doesn't like me! He's trying to get me in trouble! He's always trying to get me in trouble!"

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Reefer Sadness

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 2/21/2006
Topics: #History #Marijuana Page Views: 2464
When such an industry makes it its business to bad-mouth a natural drug, it isn't surprising that people, even former marijuana users, begin to believe the propaganda.

In colonial America, tomatoes were thought to be poisonous and were grown as an ornamental plant called the "love apple." The odor of the leaves made people think it was poisonous. It wasn't until the 1800s that tomatoes made their way into American cookbooks, always with instructions that they be cooked for at least three hours or else they "will not lose their raw taste." Personally, I am not a big fan of tomatoes. But considering that I recently co-authored a political thriller in which the major characters grow medical marijuana (and smoke a little, too), one might assume that I am an experienced user of this other, so-called, "poisonous" plant. I am not. But marijuana's press has been just as misleading as that of the tomato once was.

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Religious Politics

By: Paul S. Cilwa Topics: #ReligiousPolitics Page Views: 821
The United States government was founded on a principle of utter separation between church and state. This is a principle that must be protected at ALL costs!

Although I detest when religions lie to people, I am not against religion per se. I'm perfectly okay allowing fools to their own folly, and I must admit that organized religions can lead a small number of their devout on a journey to spiritual enlightenment. (I am one of those, myself.) BUT it is becoming more and more clear that some of those fools are trying to drag me, and the rest of us, into their folly with them…and that is something we must never, ever tolerate.

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The Return of Prissy Pamela

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 6/29/2006
Topics: #GayRights #ReligiousPolitics Page Views: 2185
Self-expression is the way we live the life we were intended to live.

One day, as I sat waiting for my piano lesson, my classmate Pam, the most popular girl in the class (as she had described herself to me) came out from her lesson and had to sit with me on Mrs. Capella's porch to wait for her mom. And she wasn�t reticent to talk to me. She had a long list of my shortcomings, and was eager to share them. In other words, she spent the next twenty minutes telling me exactly why I was a creep.

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Sea Change

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 3/2/2006
Topics: #ReligiousPolitics Page Views: 2221
America is experiencing its own sea change right now, from the warm, inviting waters of a land rollicking with diversity to one with the merciless, icy depths of religious fanatics who will stop at nothing to achieve their agenda of turning the United States into a theocracy

As you drive from Miami to Key West, down around the swamps and cypress islands of Key Largo, there's a place where the road is a causeway with water on each side . The most stunning thing about this causeway is the difference between the east and west sides. Both sides are viewed through thickets of scrubby bushes; both bodies of water are dotted with palm tree-bearing islets and, if the wind is blowing, saucy little whitecaps. In fact, it is the same body of water, or should be; occasionally the causeway gives way to a drawbridge and the water flows freely between.

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Shut Up About Human Rights!

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 1/31/2006
Topics: #GayRights #ReligiousPolitics Page Views: 2395
Ten nations deny access to LGBT rights groups.

The United Nations allows about 3000 groups to come before it and speak on subjects of concern. These groups include the International Red Cross, for example. Which groups can be heard by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is controlled by the NGO (Non-Governmental Organizations) committee. 18 nations are on this committee, including the United States.

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Signs

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 7/16/2007
Topics: #AnimalRights #Language #MassMedia Page Views: 2596
Talk to the animals?

In 1990, when I lived in Virginia and was still writing Midnight Harvest, I took the kids to the National Zoo in Washington. It was a drizzly Wednesday, and the place was almost deserted, with far more animals present than humans. The primate house has a great area in the middle surrounded by the glass-walled cages. The only visitor other than us, was a woman sitting on a bench, making odd motions with her arms. The orangutan on the other side of the glass watched her intently, then made gestures of his own. I had seen enough deaf people in Georgetown (Gallaudet University is there) to know I was watching two beings communicate in ASL (American Sign Language). I knew about the experiments with Washoe the chimp and Koko the gorilla, but this orang seemed to be an ordinary primate in an ordinary zoo.

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Sleight of Hand

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 2/10/2006
Topics: #BushCrimeFamily #Conspiracy #DickCheney Page Views: 2398
The lies regarding 9/11 are falling apart.

As most people know, magicians do their tricks by a technique called "misdirection." That is, if the magician's right hand is about to grasp a card or uncage a dove, the audience will have their attention riveted to the magician's left hand or foot or something, anything, but his or her right hand. For almost six years, George W. Bush, fighting his ill-defined "war on terror," has made vague claims that this "war" is succeeding; that his tactics have saved American lives from attacks by terrorists.

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The Spin On Bridey Murphy

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 7/10/2007
Topics: #BrideyMurphy #MassMedia #Metaphysics #Reincarnation Page Views: 2642
Blog Entry posted July 10, 2007.

Every now and then, I hear someone plead that the government, or the press, or some "them" just tell us the truth. About UFOs—about metaphysics—about 9/11. But, folks, it ain't gonna happen. It isn't in the nature of the beast. The mass media, owned by the global corporate conglomerate, exists only to serve its master: The global corporate conglomerate. Continuing to support it by paying attention to its lies, only allows it to last longer, like patronizing a whining child.

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Stop, Thief!

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 3/1/2006
Topics: #Diebold #RepublicanCorruption #StolenElection Page Views: 704
Blog Entry posted March 1, 2006.

Does this ever really happen? On a crowded sidewalk, a thief snatches a woman's purse and dashes away. "He stole my purse!" the woman cries, and some hero takes off in pursuit, tackles the would-be villain, and rescues the purse to the applause of onlookers who, despite not helping, are pleased the woman got her purse back.

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Strange and Amazing Coincidences

By: Rigorous Intuition Posted: 2/12/2006
Topics: #9/11 #Conspiracy #DickCheney #ProjectForANewAmericanCentury Page Views: 3337
The official 9/11 story can be believed—if one wants to badly enough.

Conspiracy theorists are a strange bunch. They see what any normal person would identify as simple coincidence, and perceive a conspiracy. Here are some facts regarding the 9/11 attacks, and their simple explanations…

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Terrorists On The Line

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 5/17/2006
Topics: #CivilRights #Humor #Politics Page Views: 2131
Presumably, the millions of Americans who've called 1-900-BIG-BOOB and 1-900-ASS-LICK have shrugged in only mild discomfiture, knowing that if they get into trouble for this, so will most of the Republican party.

So now that we know the NSA is building the "world's largest database" of all our phone calls—from all time, according to the source who leaked the story to USA Today (presumably not over the phone)—many of us are mentally reviewing every phone call we've ever made, wondering if one of them will eventually come back to haunt us.

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The Truth Has Sharp Edges

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 7/23/2007
Topics: #Conservatives #Republicans Page Views: 800
Blog Entry posted July 23, 2007.

We liberals like to think that we have "truth" on our side, and can't understand why that isn't enough to make conservatives see the light. But the fact is, these people don't understand what truth is. To them, truth is agreeing with what they believe should be, not acknowledging what is. Conservatives cannot bear the thought of a reality with sharp edges, and they'll do anything—including lying to themselves and others—to avoid it.

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Unexpected

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 4/17/2006
Topics: #Constitution #CurrentEvents #VirginiaTechShootings Page Views: 3004
We should ask themselves why the deaths of 33 students in Virginia should cause us to reconsider banning weapons, when the deaths of 300 blacks in Tulsa, or 300 Native Americans at Wounded Knee did not.

As you must have heard by now, yesterday's tragic shootings at Virginia Technical Institute claimed the lives of 33, including the shooter. Unsurprisingly, some mainstream media pundits were already calling this the "worst mass shooting" in the history of the United States, although a few of those outlets qualified it as the worst mass civilian shooting, which conveniently brushes aside various massacres of Native Americans such as those at Sand Creek, Wounded Knee, and Marias (and others). In those massacres, the shooters were Army soldiers and the victims were people of color, and the media tends to ignore the entire act of genocide of this nation's first inhabitants, except for the occasional blockbuster movie.

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Voting At The Primary

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 9/13/2006
Topics: #Arizona #CivilRights #Constitution #Diebold #Elections Page Views: 2190
In which I wrestle with Arizona's need for even more proof that I am not a Mexican.

But first, I had to be identified. Arizona recently passed a controversial "voter identification" bill, which means a voter registration card isn't enough. So much for the American Constitution's declaration that a "universal ID card" will not be required. "May I see your papers, Herr Citizen?"

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Welcome To My Blog, James Frey

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 1/20/2006
Topics: #Blogging #Humor Page Views: 726
I start a blog.

Okay. I've finally done it. Started a blog, that is. The name of this blog comes from a bit of current-event trivia that will undoubtedly be forgotten within six months. A Million Little Pieces is a book by James Frey that has gotten him and his publisher, Random House, into a bit of trouble. It was sold as non-fiction and picked up by Oprah's Book Club and so sold millions of copies. There was one little catch. It turns out it didn't really happen. It was a novel.

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Wish I'd Thought Of That!

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 6/19/2007
Topics: #Astronomy #ConsumerRights #Humor #RepublicanCorruption Page Views: 786
Let's meet a Republican businessman of the year.

Dennis Hope is a pretty happy guy these days. In 1980, it occurred to him that there were, literally, trillions of acres of unclaimed land in our solar system alone: On the Moon, on Mars, and on the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, not to mention on the hundreds of thousands of asteroids whizzing around in orbit. And that's only in our solar system—hundreds of planets have been discovered orbiting stars other than our Sun.

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Wolf In The Fold

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 2/27/2006
Topics: #AdolfHitler #Conspiracy #History #RepublicanCorruption Page Views: 2531
Is there a fundamental difference between the man-in-the-street and the leader of industry?

In myth and in kids' cartoons we have all seen the image of the wolf who disguises himself as a sheep to infiltrate the flock and turn it into a fast-food buffet. We even use the phrase, "Wolf in sheep's clothing" to describe a person who presents himself as one thing but is, in fact, another. However, we think of this as a rare occurrence and one that is usually quickly recognized. When that belief is held by the sheep it is almost always fatal…for the sheep.

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