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Don midwest
Don midwest

I have been very busy doing construction on my son’s recording studio at his house.

Just stopped in now and then and glad to see that you do great even when I am not here.

In other words, even if I would drop off the face of the earth, this blog will continue.

Keep up the great work.

one words, sentences, from Trump tweets. Loaded file into WORD and it was over 300 pages.

the overwhelming propaganda

The Complete List of Trump’s Twitter Insults (2015-2021)
By Kevin QuealyJan. 19, 2021

As a political figure, Donald J. Trump used Twitter to praise, to cajole, to entertain, to lobby, to establish his version of events — and, perhaps most notably, to amplify his scorn. This list documents the verbal attacks Mr. Trump posted on Twitter, from when he declared his candidacy in June 2015 to Jan. 8, when Twitter permanently barred him. More recent insults are highlighted.

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Welcome back Don.


sweet! i forgot, what does your son play?


Don, credit goes to LD for starting this blog. Its 6th anniversary is coming up this spring. We are all part and parcel of it now. 🙂 I, for one, consider it my cyber home and feel proud and comfy here. That is way cool (h/t the kids) about your son’s studio. 🙂


Good luck on the project DM glad you took time to let us know as your comments and links are missed here.



Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Damn. Please tell me that Dumb Dore’s dumb anti AOC rants have caused him to pick up a lot of right wing nut cases who are penning such disgusting tweets. How could any progressive say such a thing? They can’t be progressives can they?


Is Dore a drunk or just an attention-grabber?


Hey polarbear4. I know you’ll be glad to know I’m not taking the bait today.
Will just use this as an opportunity to post some things that are yet unnoticed.

This interview is great. They discuss Assange in the latter half.
Michael Ratner was amazing.

Chris Hedges talks to Michael Smith about civil rights attorney Michael Ratner’s recently published memoir

More dose of reality from Chris Hedges
Papering Over the Rot

saw this completer text on reddit a couple of days ago.
“”Riddle me this…
If Joe Biden lies about something, but everyone is out eating brunch, does the lie then exist?
As I’ve said previously: nowadays “the truth” isn’t what’s objectively proveable, but what
enough people can be convinced into repeating as “fact”- usually so some action can be
conveniently taken in response, despite a deeper (frequently opposite) reality.
“Lies” are subjective here in the Land of the Indoctrinated, where we’ve outsourced our
critical thinking skills to the highest bidders. Paid context is everything now. “”


thanks, will look these up. Hedges is always a welcome voice.

i considered not posting it, but realized that as long as we keep it civil, we don’t want to start censoring ourselves ahead of time. it is what it is. a personal experience and Lauren is well respected. it really wasn’t intended to poke you, it was something i would’ve shared last week or the week before.

glad we can exchange thoughts and if it brought up a treasure trove of Hedges, all the better. thanks!

I know I need to sharpen my critical thinking skills and my taking the time to mull and maybe read and let things sift through and then respond. work in progress. :o)


With so much information flowing, we all need to improve our critical thinking skills. It’s not my intent to curtail discussion. Besides, I don’t think I’m going to change anybody’s mind here.

Great response. Thanks.


I like looking at all angles when people post here so keep posting away. I generally as a personal rule dont try to change any minds as once your mind is made up only you can change it. And to do that it takes info and points of view from all that post here. Then at some point your own view point evolves and changes eventually-sometimes not though. Several posts here have altered my viewpoint on things since the start of the TPW.




i figured you were about as far from wanting “curtailed discussions”:) as anyone! glad we are on the same side, comrade!

and you have made a difference. i respect you, so i am softening towards Dore a bit, at least not being so reactive… ty.


Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow. It’s six more weeks of winter

Not even the COVID-19 pandemic, nor snow, could keep Punxsutawney Phil from getting his job done on Groundhog Day on Tuesday.

The great weather-predicting groundhog could not be stopped, forecasting six more weeks of winter after seeing his shadow during the annual spectacle at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

Over the 135 year-tradition, it is the 106th time Phil has seen his shadow.

While the event usually draws thousands to the borough in Jefferson County northeast of Pittsburgh, this year’s festivities were all virtual.

The exception: About a dozen members of Phil’s “Inner Circle,” a group of men in top hats who organize the event each year. Some cardboard cutouts of some previous attendees were placed around the tiny hill just outside Punxsutawney.

Here a look at the celebration that has gained a foothold in lore across the U.S:

Tradition says Phil seeing his shadow is a sign that the next six weeks will bring wintry weather.

If Phil doesn’t see his shadow, it means an early spring.

Groundhog Day isn’t scientific (in fact, Punxsutawney Phil’s weather predictions are wrong most of the time).

If we’re being honest, it even defies common sense.

The legend is simple: the groundhog’s shadow on Feb. 2 predicts the weather for the next six weeks, until the start of spring.

A sunny day means the groundhog will see his shadow — this is taken as a sign that the next six weeks will bring wintry weather. A cloudy day means the opposite.

What keeps Punxsutawney Phil going?
In Punxsutawney, 1886 marked the first time that Groundhog Day appeared in the local newspaper. The following year brought the first official trek to Gobbler’s Knob. Each year since then has seen a steady increase in participation of the celebration from people all over the world.

It’s been the same Punxsutawney Phil for all 135 years of the tradition, according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. That’s over 15 times longer than the upper end of a groundhog’s typical lifespan. That’s an old groundhog.

Those at the club say a special diet keeps Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog coming back each year, according to

The club’s Inner Circle, 15 members tasked with protecting and perpetuating the legend of the great weather-predicting groundhog, claim they keep him immortal by feeding him the ‘groundhog punch’ every year.

In the late summer, the club makes a Trek to Phil’s Stump at Gobbler’s Knob to feed him his “Elixir of Life,” members say. The elixir is made from a secret recipe and provides Phil with the potion that has sustained his longevity and youthful good looks, they said.

Phil’s first official shadow sighting came in 1887, followed by several years of no official recordings.

The first front page coverage came in 1908, when Phil saw his shadow. In 1913, John Frampton was the first to grab photo for the newspaper of Phil spotting his shadow.

His longest stretch of seeing his shadow is 21 years, which came between 1913 and 1933. His longest streak of not seeing his shadow — two years between 2019 and 2020.

The only time he did not make an appearance came in 1943 during the middle of World War II.

If the rest of the winter is as mild as January was in the midwest, it shouldn’t be too terrible.


The artic air is on its way starting this weekend highs in the single digits and lows 10-15 below with out wind chill factor, so old man winter is leaving a reminder for us in my area for much of this weekend and next week


RP Book Club – The Deficit Myth

A series of webinars to read and discuss The Deficit Myth by Stephanie Kelton. Each week will cover a single chapter. The first part of each session will be reading excerpts of the text, followed by Q&A and discussion.

Feb 2, 2021 08:30 PM
Feb 9, 2021 08:30 PM
Feb 16, 2021 08:30 PM
Feb 23, 2021 08:30 PM
Mar 2, 2021 08:30 PM
Mar 9, 2021 08:30 PM

I tried to give you the direct link bc the tweet was a little confusing to me, but it had my info. anyhoo, you don’t have to have read the book, since they will be reading excerpts and discussing. you can just stay quiet, i’m sure, other than an introduction, probably.

i have another thing going on tonight, but will try to make it some weeks. iirc, tonight is Ch. 5.


you can get to it from the tweet. and

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:

Please click this URL to join.



T and R, jcb!!❄️☮️😊👍 It is nippy down here today, upper 30s last night. Years ago that would have been a hard freeze. Not now thanks to climate change.😡 Hope all is warm and well. 👍


Its gonna get nippy even by WI standards this weekend 🙁