Category Archives: politics

Really?

In a week when we have seen a man shot by his dog and a boy killed in an accidental shooting, we get an ad for a second amendment sale. The second amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads:  “A well … Continue reading

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They call it the “death tax”

Politics this year has focused on personalities and not on issues.  And that is a shame. But one issue that has come up is the inheritance tax or the estate tax.  The Republicans call it the “Death tax,” and oppose … Continue reading

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Farm Supplies

A local farm supply store included this flier in the Sunday paper. Really?  30 round magazines? Guns are not toys.  

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Why Politicians Need to Understand Biology

I have tried to stay away from politics with this blog, but today a politician made it impossible for me to do so. Todd Akin, Republican candidate for Senate from Missouri, said a woman can’t get pregnant from a “legitimate rape.” … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, Part 109: Rattan is a Verb

The assault on J. B. Grinnell by Lovell Rousseau and his cane happened in June 1866, and may have been sparked by conversations that happened then.  However, I would be willing to bet that the event was planned far in … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 108: Grinnell’s Reply

Rousseau was apparently not present when on February 6, 1866 Mr. Grinnell gave his speech on the Freedmen’s Bureau reauthorization bill.  He called Rousseau on a statement he had made a on the third.  He also insulted the state of … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, Part 107: Rousseau’s Speech

Historical reports about Grinnell and Rousseau often state that the assault was because Mr. Grinnell insulted Rousseau personally and insulted the State of Kentucky.  That is true, but that is not the whole story. The Congressional Globe recorded debates that … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 106: Another View

The National Republican was a Washington D.C. newspaper that started operation during Lincoln’s years in office and promoted, not surprisingly, causes aligned with the Republican Party. On the day after Rousseau’s assault on Grinnell, here is what they wrote about … Continue reading

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Raise My Taxes

Once again I feel I must veer from the really important stuff, like what bug I saw in my back yard, and talk about politics. Lately there has been a big debate about the national deficit and how to reduce … Continue reading

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The Dysfunctional Party

Occasionally I drift from the important stuff—like bugs I find in my back yard—to the trivial issues.  This time it is politics. It seems to me that the Republican Party has become quite dysfunctional.  On the current debt ceiling debate … Continue reading

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