Guest post: Jerry E. Smith – Hand is a verb

Sue brings a poem of truth from Jerry E. Smith.

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo


Between the hands is an awesome place.

There, you  have the power to:

Caress a loved one or strike out in anger.

Build up a mountain of brick, mortar and concrete or

Tear down a mountain of rock.

Create volumes of literature, paint myriads of art work,

Compose epic poetry and sonata’s of music.


Write really hateful words, build bombs, wield weapons

To spread fear and terror, hold cameras to record

Horrendous acts. You can hold down victims

While doing atrocious things to them,


You can reach out to lift up those who are down,

You can sooth the fears and hurts of the victims,

You can act preemptively to prevent abuses, and

You can create trust between peoples of vastly

Different backgrounds.

Of all these things you can do with your hands, which

Ones do you think will benefit you, your family and

Friends? Which actions will…

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Seven Reasons I’m Sleeping With Your Husband

Skinny One — well, be sure to go all the way to the last line.

I Ruin Joy

seven-reasons-im-sleeping-with-your-husband1. You forgot him. You’ve forgotten all the cute notes he used to leave you. You’ve forgotten the reasons you fell in love with him. You forgot him and I gave him a blowjob.

2. You stopped making him laugh. You didn’t tell him the silly thing that happened at the store, you don’t tell him about your goofy antics. You just stopped but I gave him a blowjob.

3. You didn’t ask about him. You didn’t ask about his silly antics, you didn’t engage in any conversation at all. You just didn’t ask but I gave him a blowjob.

4. You put your children first. You give them all your time, your affection and your love. You’re so busy with them that he has become secondary. Why isn’t HE first, how did you get these kids again? The guy just wants a blowjob.

5. You effin let yourself go…

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Thank You – Charlene/Lorna Evol

Nicole brings a guest with a message of what healing looks like.

Nicole Lyons

It has taken me a great while to find the peace to say the words that I knew I needed to. Many long dark nights and cold days have brought me to this place to speak to you. I’m sure you are expecting searing words to pour from the pain you caused me. It would be a lie to say that there are not many tear stained pages filled with that anger, but today I came to say Thank You.

You and your actions, as cold and cruel as they were, saved me. I can’t deny you acted in complete selfishness, but you gave me something that will never be taken away. You taught me how to dig down deep into my soul and find the will to fight. It was a hard lesson and so many times more of a curse than a gift, but I came out the…

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An Expendable Pleasure

She writes beautifully of that particular pain

The Angrivated Mom

Like dirty dishwater flowing down the sink drain,

The love you felt for me has gone away.

Shadows linger where your light used to reside,

Storm clouds brim with all the tears I’ve cried.

This fairy-tale we wrote never actually existed,

A phantasmal love which my desperation should’ve resisted.

Icy winds now flow chillingly from your stare,

Seething with rage aimed at my heart’s despair.

Disgust and contempt replaced the warmth of your touch,

My lungs deflated by this wayward sucker punch.

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Fraudulently, intentions were only meant for the moment,

Not thinking beyond this needed whirlwind elopement.

Hatred hides beneath your words laced with charm,

Promising all the right things to convince me there’s no harm.

With your mask conceded, an escape plan went into play,

Too cowardly to admit you would never want to stay.

Hope was resting on the trump card’s revelation,

Using against me…

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When I speak of Conservatives, I have to be mindful that my understanding of that way of thinking harks back to the serious thinkers involved in Conservative v. Liberal/Progressive debates of the 19th and early 20th Centuries, including the often subtle, nuanced, and very entertaining debates between William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal, and my sense that many who now call themselves “Conservatives” depart much in both ideology and rhetoric from those historical standards. Still, that is how they identify and in this discussion I will attempt to refer to values and understandings of the world that carry through that tradition, and how those might be interpreted in support of a single payer health system.

I choose that description, “Health System”, very intentionally, as meaning a comprehensive system of education and care to promote and, so far as possible, maintain a high general level of health in a population, as well as provide care for illness and infirmity. I see our current system as too generally a “sickness care industry.”

What is the history of national health systems, primaraly as developed in Europe late in the 19th Century and into the 20th? The first of these that I know of was created by Kaiser Wilhelm I and his Chancellor, Otto von Bismark. These two were not Socialists, or Communists, or Liberals, or Progressives, not by a long shot. They were empire builders with great ambitions to create a united Germany and make it a Great Power. They drafted young men into their army to build that power, but found that far too many of those young men were found to be medically unfit to serve. They had, in the terminology of our draft system, too many 4Fs. The King and his “Iron Chancellor” understood then that to have the great, powerful, and productive nation they envisioned, they needed healthy soldiers and sailors, and healthy farmers and workers to supply them, and healthy mothers having healthy children to carry that on into the next generation. Their solution was the beginning of a national health system, and it got results. Soon, the other rulers and parliaments of Europe noticed and the idea caught on for all the same reasons. One American President, Theodore Roosevelt, Mr. “Speak softly and carry a big stick,” got it too and proposed a similar system which went nowhere on Capitol Hill. The essence of the argument is simple; A healthy nation is a strong nation, and a sick nation is a weak nation. In other words, on a national scale, the healthier each one of everybody is, the better it is for everybody else, however that may be measured.

But, I hear the cry, “What about the cost, the huge, horrible cost and the immense tax increase?”

Currently our total collective spending on health care in the United State is approaching 20%, of GDP, that is 1/5 of the total value of all goods and services in the economy. Some of that huge river of money is coming from taxes, some from insurance premiums paid by businesses and individuals, and some paid by individuals in co-pays and to meet deductibles. We spend more per capita on health care than any other industrialized nation, and as a population have poorer health outcomes. Of course, when it comes to spending on insurance premiums, whether by individuals or businesses, or from taxes in the form of subsidies, the overhead, including profits to the insurance companies, ranges from a statutory 20% maximum in the ACA exchanges, to over 30% in the rest of the market. As a comparison, the overhead (the cost of running the program) of Medicare runs around about 3%.

The point is, the money is already flowing and being spent. A single payer system would redirect that same money, possibly less, possibly a bit more into (if well designed) a more efficient management with the power of a monopoly to negotiate prices. Yes, taxes would be higher, but we would not also be paying in all those other ways.

I know it is easy to find anecdotal stories of problems in other countries’ systems, some of which may be exaggerated or more the exception than the rule. The truth is that humans rarely, if ever design and implement any perfect or foolproof plan for any problem at large scale. Whatever we in this country do do about our heath care system it will not be perfect by any practical or ideological definition. The goal has to be that it is good enough. “Socialized Medicine” is a buzz word, but accurate in the larger sense than it is usually used. Health care is a vital and important part of our social system, a social and, however organized, a social activity in which we all participate in some way throughout life. The real question is how can we structure it to work best for all of us. To accomplish that task we, whatever our ideological preferences, need to go past the old buss words and epithets to what actually works for our people and nation. After all, that nation is We The People, all of us.


Yes, I’m talking about the current President of these United States. He was able to say, after a week of avoiding the question, that antisemitic threats, attacks, and vandalism are “horrible and painful.” Curiously, this came after a tour of the Museum of African-American History, with, so far as I’ve heard, no mention of crimes against Black people. How that might fit together is a mystery too strange to contemplate. Still, he said some right words. He even said, “It will stop.” He talked the talk.

I’ve asked myself, “What would he need to do to show me he can and will Walk The Walk that goes with those words?” What can a President do to make it stop? I came up with two actions and a context.

THE CONTEXT: A Prime Time address on TV carried by all the services from the Oval Office with lots of PR build up, but no preview or leak of the content.

THE ACTIONS: Live on TV he would read aloud and sign the needed Executive Orders and/or Memoranda to accomplish two things. The text of those documents would be clearly seen and readable on screen.

Action 1: To return all the domestic, non-Muslim hate groups formerly included in the Terrorism Watch List to that list, immediately.

Action 2: Direct the Attorney General and the Director of the FBI and (if appropriate) the Director of Homeland Security to expeditiously, thoroughly, and aggressively investigate all reported hate crimes and prosecute the perpetrators and their organizations, and assist State and Local law enforcement systems in doing the same. He would make fighting hate crimes, regardless of who the victims may be, or who the perpetrators may be, a top priority.

Some might ask, “What about terrorism?” Is that not also a hate crime? Or, rather, are not hate crimes, whom ever toward or by, not terrorism?

That is what really walking that talk would look like. That is what truly keeping the Presidential Oath of Office in this regard would look like.

Might he do this? I’m not holding my breath. Words are easy for him. And, some people do seem to have taken this President’s election (and, his choices in some of his advisers) as a sign that their time has come to have permission to act out their hatreds. He would be disappointing them. But he has said he does not share their prejudices, and that may be true. His actions will speak louder, in either direction, than his words.

Fantastic Meme Found in Crested Butte

Susie reports a find

Susie Lindau's Wild Ride

bikes leaning across trail Telluride

Danny and I biked on a trail through Crested Butte. As we rode out of town, we noticed a gathering of people taking pictures. We dropped our bikes, walked up to the cement post, and cracked up.

Things I hate meme from Crested Butte

I would love to meet the person who tagged it. This is my kind of humor.

If you had the opportunity and courage to tag, what would yours say?

I would tag mine:

Things I love –

1 . Respect for property

2 . Natural selection

3 . Sarcasm

I still like the other one better.

Have you ever tagged anything? A wall? A desk? A tree? Would you?

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