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Nov. 22, 2017 6:28 pm
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was interviewed by Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday on 19Nov2017; Mnuchin attempted to explain the Republican Tax plan(http://video.foxnews.com/v/5651797383001/?playlist_id=930909788001#sp=show-clips). Wallace begins by playing a clip of Nancy Pelosi - Democrat & House Minority Leader - asserting the Republican tax plan "gives a scrap tax-cut to the middle-class,...  Read More
Nov. 22, 2017 12:10 pm
Senator Pedophile Trumpy-Dumpy falls and cries for more. His lies are proving so poor. He feels so put upon, So few will buy his con — When, lo, his Clone! “Every girl’s a _____.”  Read More
Nov. 21, 2017 12:27 pm
Sometimes the use of a word, or the repeated use of a word, will draw one's attention to the individual employing the word. Cant - or the false show of concern - for a particular thing (a person/s, place/s, activity/activities...) is thrown at Scrooge, by the ghost-of-Christmas-Present when Scrooge - in a softening of his cold-heart inquires of the ghost the possible future of Tiny Tim. The ghost...  Read More
Nov. 21, 2017 2:13 am
Since President George H.W. Bush granted a reprieve to a turkey at the White House, presidents have made such poultry pardons an annual tradition. Chief executives before the 41st president sometimes spared turkeys presented to them, but clemency has become standard since Bush. This Thanksgiving, there is no need to present the president with a turkey. Some would say giving Trump a turkey would...  Read More
Nov. 19, 2017 6:43 am
Manichee America “I still thought that it is not we who sin but some other nature that sins within us. It flattered my pride to think that I incurred no guilt and, when I did wrong, not to confess it... I preferred to excuse myself and blame this unknown thing which was in me but was not part of me. The truth, of course, was that it was all my own self, and my own impiety had divided me...  Read More
Nov. 16, 2017 9:06 am
Let me not take from someone who will not give. I know now that this is no way to live. Let me not give to someone who will not take. I know that life is too short for his and my sake.  Read More
Nov. 15, 2017 1:59 am
Our 71-year-old so-called president, Donald Trump, was treated to flattering, ego-massaging pomp and circumstance on his lengthy Asia trip, and he lapped it up like a dog. But he returns to Washington mostly empty-handed. In his absence, his party — the GOP is predominantly the party of Trump — continues to be buffeted by powerful political storms. His party still hasn’t been able to accomplish...  Read More
Nov. 14, 2017 2:46 pm
On Monday, Beverly Young Nelson became the fifth woman to accuse Roy S. Moore of sexually assaulting her. Moore was an assistant district attorney in Etowah County, Ala., at the time, and Nelson was a 16-year-old high school student who worked as a waitress. Moore is now the Republican candidate for Senate in Alabama, in a race to fill the seat previously held by Jeff Sessions, before Sessions...  Read More
Nov. 13, 2017 10:32 pm
Saturday last (11Dec2017) we walked in a minute or two late for the local Catholic Men's Group; our ears were greeted with a couple of members discussing the empty Church's. After several minutes of listening, this writer asked a number of questions e.g., "Why the Church's are losing attendance/members?" and then a number of questions which followed their answers... This was not the first time...  Read More
Nov. 13, 2017 12:10 am
On Sunday, Oct. 1, Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas, killing 58 innocent people and wounding 546. The gunman rained down death from his perch 32 stories high in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. At least a dozen of the 23 firearms used by Paddock in the massacre were rifles legally modified with bump stocks, an...  Read More
Nov. 12, 2017 1:55 pm
Readers of bestthinking.com who remain interested in my work after the 12.31.2017 cessation may visit my personal webspace. Here -- EROTROPE by R. Allen Shoaf -- I include poems and essays and works in progress. Readers who would like to see particular pieces posted originally on bestthinking.com may email me their requests and I will load PDFs of those pieces to my webspace. Thank you, ...  Read More
Nov. 10, 2017 1:49 am
One of the oft-heard/read assertions made regarding things moral - in the public-square - in at least the 2 nd half of the 20 th century (the claim may antedate those days - by many years - but this writer was not around to witness/hear/read such claims...) is: "We cannot legislate morality!" Although this writer isn't advocating the "legislating of morality" we are noting that law – by...  Read More
Nov. 7, 2017 3:12 pm
We know that Patrick Matthew, the (1831) originator of the theory of macroevolution by natural selection (see Sutton 2017) , truly believed in later life that a supernatural deity set nature up to evolve from original designed creations. But Matthew never included that notion in his 1831 book 'On Naval Timber and Arboriculture', which contains the original complete theory of evolution by...  Read More
Nov. 7, 2017 3:11 am
On Sunday morning, Devin Patrick Kelly opened fire at a Texas Baptist church, killing at least 26 innocent people, including small children, and injuring some 20 others. America’s latest mass shooting took place in Sutherland Springs, a small, unincorporated community in Wilson County about 21 miles southeast of downtown San Antonio. The gunman wore a tactical vest and carried and AR-15-style...  Read More
Nov. 6, 2017 8:58 pm
The Trump Health and Human Services Agency has proclaimed that human-life begins at conception on October 10, 2017. That seems to be a first… It is likely considered scandalous among the malefic that advocate for a woman’s right to choose to murder her baby, and what a difference an election makes; had Hillary won the Presidential election she would have continued Obama’s sanguineous...  Read More
Nov. 4, 2017 12:01 am
I knew she was special when I first clapped eyes on her on level 1 of Da Nang’s Ho Motel 2. I had been the premise’s unofficial ‘writer in residence’ for the past month, having elected Da Nang as my location to knuckle down to some week’s solid writing in the midst of a four-month long trip to Asia. “Excuse me. Do you mind if I sit there while I check something?” I lifted my gaze from the...  Read More
Nov. 1, 2017 11:16 pm
If Special Counsel Robert Mueller is looking to find collusion between the Trump Campaign and the Russians – in the 2016 Presidential – it is may be that he is investigating the wrong candidate and the wrong campaign? About the time that Donald Trump was wrapping up the Republican nomination the Republican hedge-fund manager billionaire Paul Singer’s Washington Free Beacon stopped funding...  Read More
Nov. 1, 2017 1:16 am
So Robert Mueller has brought charges against Paul Manafort, and Rick Gates, but the charges have nothing to do with the 2016 Presidential Campaign. Then there is a volunteer George Papadopoulos – he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about the time period in which he met with a Russian “Professor,” and subsequently tried to get people in the Trump campaign interested in the ostensible dirt the...  Read More
Oct. 31, 2017 5:34 pm
"Can startup Invisibly be the new revenue stream publishers dream of?" asks Ken Doctor in his very interesting Newsonomics piece last week. Led by the cofounder of Square, Invisibly promises “four-figure CPMs” and a way to make big money off readers who won’t subscribe. It says it has most of the U.S. digital news industry on board. But is it just “an ad network dressed up as a savior for news...  Read More
Oct. 31, 2017 2:24 am
Right after Halloween, from Nov. 3-14, President Trump departs on his big trip to Asia. It’s scary because he will bring his reckless, headless foreign policy to Japan, South Korea and China, and the trip will be focused on his efforts to confront North Korea over its nuclear program and its ballistic missiles. Trump lacks the cleverness, smarts and skill of Brom Bones, the character in...  Read More
Oct. 30, 2017 4:24 pm
The first of what may be many shoes dropped this morning in the Russia investigation. Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, a business associate, were charged in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign. A former foreign policy advisor to Donald Trump’s campaign, George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty on Oct. 5 to lying to...  Read More
Oct. 25, 2017 11:20 pm
Wow, it looks like all the false narratives with which so many have been tagging POTUS Donald Trump are imploding. In their place will be the sound-of-crickets from the social-political Leftists that claimed such concern for the survival of the Republic because Donald Trump stole an election from Hillary Clinton. It turns out the collusion existed (dating back to 2009; Paul Manafort was a liaison...  Read More
Oct. 25, 2017 3:54 pm
The Dollar is at a significant turning point, and it could mean a substantial rise against the Yen and Euro. Look at the monster reverse head-and-shoulder forming in the Dollar Index. The only thing left for the Dollar Index to do now is break the next line around $94.25, and the Dollar could see a significant move higher from current levels. It seems more than possible to see the Dollar Index...  Read More
Oct. 25, 2017 3:32 pm
Equity Markets are taking a wild ride today, with the S&P 500 down by nearly one percent at one point. But there has been a bit of snap back, with a recovery off the lows. Biotech just continues to get pounded, while Technology has had a rough go as well. Apple has managed to hold despite the weak day. The SP 500 appears fine on the chart below with no significant technical damage. All the gaps...  Read More

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