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The Impeachment arguments by the GOP

Defense 1: Trump did nothing wrong.

Response: Trump hit the trifecta of impeachable conduct by subverting an election, seeking foreign influence, and putting personal interest ahead of national interest. And he obstructed Congress by refusing to produce any witnesses or documents

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Politics by the People

One of the people who likes to pop in on one of my political comments from time to time, to just engage in name calling and baiting, did so again recently and so I decided to go to his Facebook timeline and start fact checking all of his meme posts. His timeline was almost nothing but meme posts from conservative propaganda content websites.
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Let the Past Die

The new Star Wars movie; The Rise of Skywalker is about to come out and I feel the need to once again point out that The last Jedi was a good Star Wars movie and meant to subvert your expectations on purpose. If you didn’t like that, then that’s more on you than it is on the movie.

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“The human spirit is more powerful than any drug, and that is what needs to be nourished: with work, play, friendship, family. These are the things that matter. This is what we’d forgotten, the simplest things.”

Swiftboating

“The term swiftboating is a pejorative American neologism used to describe an unfair or untrue political attack. The term is derived from the name of the organization “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” (SBVT, later the Swift Vets and POWs for Truth) because of their widely publicized—and later discredited—campaign against 2004 U.S. presidential candidate John Kerry”

– Wikipedia

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Mumford & Sons

Long time fan of Mumford and Sons. I saw them when they came though in Guthrie a few years ago during the Gentleman of the Road tour but this concert was far better. Great performers, all of them.

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Testing the GoPro Mount

I recently purchased the suction mount for GoPro cameras and did a test run on the front of the windshield on the way to the hardware store. Took a mile or two to get some trust in it, but it did well.

Lake Hefner Ride

This is probably of interest to no one besides myself, but I finally took the GoPro out for a ride around lake Hefner last week and made this video with over dramatisation of music for the effect of making me look cool.

An Audio Scrapbook

I used to be better at taking a break at what I was doing, enjoying my surroundings and sometimes capturing it on audio to give me an audio recall of that moment in time. Here are a few examples that I recently came across.

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Nancy Pelosi

U.S. Elections 2018

The elections last night were complicated. Both sides are feeling victory and loss today. The hardest losses for me to absorb seem like in hindsight, were an obvious outcome – Republicans won in the very red states and promise more of the same. Clearly no one is happy with “the same”, but people don’t like change of values even more, and these races were made about (perceived) values and nothing to do with leadership, so we will keep on keepin on.

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Boomtown

A well written book by Sam Anderson about the historical beginnings of Oklahoma City to the NBA franchise of the OKC Thunder basketball team, each chapter going back and forth from then to now.

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The Podcast List

I love podcasts. It’s not as much of a commitment as a book, it can be serialized, and they aren’t as depressing as the news. I like having something playing in the background while I work so I’ve vetted many to see what appeals to me. I didn’t mean to make the list in order of preference. But after making it, yea, this is pretty much the order I would rank my top 10.

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Starlight Supper

Every year, Oklahoma City has a Starlight Supper downtown. This was my first time to go and it was a great experience to meet others in Oklahoma City as well as Drinks and Dinner outside in the beautiful weather.

Banff, Canada

The New Year brought a trip to the Canadian mountains in Banff. Beautiful landscapes of snow and mountains, despite the -16F temperatures. One of the highlights was probably standing in the middle of the lake or enjoying the hot springs.

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New Year’s Eve 2017

Celebrating the new year in Banff, Canada this year. It’s insanely cold here though, so cold we filled the flask up with Canadian Rye before heading out in the -18F weather for the photo hike. The hotel is amazing but walking even just down the street and you are a human meat-sicle. by the time you get there.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Movie historians baffled that critics of the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi were expecting more serious toned literary greatness from the predecessor of a samurai space opera knock-off of Flash Gordon (Seriously, look it up, Lucas wanted to originally do a Flash Gordon movie but couldn’t secure the rights).
 

No spoilers, you’re welcome.

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