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I’ll never move to Florida. It is a genuine mess. Maybe a cushy place for rich whites to vacation, or to buy second homes? Or maybe the problem is ordinary people don’t vote?
Flint Michigan is a mess, too. Mayor Kathryn Weaver allowed poisoned water to go unchecked until someone squealed. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has not managed to come up with money to fix the problem-yet.  But, Florida Governor, Rick Scott is worse.  He pays lip service to ordinary people and personally profits from his policies. Isn’t that a conflict of interest?
  • He closed public health clinics in Florida so that they wouldn’t compete against his own chain of clinics.
  • He ordered drug testing of basically everyone other than rich white men, to be done at . . . his own chain of clinics.
  • He vetoed funding for 30 rape crisis centers.
  • He slashed paychecks for teachers, police, and firefighters.
  • He cut $300 million from public universities, and $1 billion from K-12 schools.
  • He shut down the only tuberculosis center during the worst tuberculosis crisis in twenty years.
  • He abandoned a rescue dog that he adopted as a campaign press stunt.
It is almost embarrassing to continually point out Republican Opportunists. I call them bad guys. Surely there has to be Democrats that are just as bad. I recently subscribed to three different “right wing”  newsletters. I thought it would give me a balanced view. The Unfiltered Patriot, The American Spectator and  The National Memo.  I just got my first National Memo. It gives doomsday scenarios of the coming downfall of the United States with pictures of Obama;  and people downcast from Social Security supposed to fail on April 30th. No facts, or attribution, of course. And the material is called an Advertorial. What in the devil is an Advertorial?  Is it really a word?

Yup!  Here it is:

An advertorial is an advertisement in the form of editorial content. The term “advertorial” is a blend (see portmanteau) of the words “advertisement” and “editorial.” Merriam-Webster dates the origin of the word to 1946.[1]
In printed publications, the advertisement is usually written in the form of an objective article and designed to ostensibly look like a legitimate and independent news story.
Well, there you have it. I guess I’ll unsubscribe to the advertorial. But, I learned a new word today.

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Shakespeare said, “There is history in all men’s lives.”  Thomas Carlyle thought all history is biography. The past is a record of people and societies interacting

.  We visited Fort Hauchuca Historical Landmark yesterday, just 20 miles from Tombstone where I read these words: History must have a human face. It must glower at us from under bushy eyebrows. It must laugh at us from a snaggle-toothed mouth. It must refract the depth and candor of the human experience.  I can say with certainty, the people from Fort Huachuca and Tombstone both reflect that candor. What fascinates me about these two places, so close to each other and intermingled in many ways, is so much of valor and honor at the fort, and killing and disregard for human life in Tombstone.

Two gamblers argued at the Oriental Hotel. Short shot Storms and the faro dealers barely raised their heads, just went on playing while they removed the dead man to his bed.

The fort was established in 1877 to protect the settlers and travel routes to the West from Indians and bandits.  Ed Schieffelin, a prospector heard about the fort and decided to prospect the desert near by to be protected from hostile Apaches. A soldier told him, the only thing you’ll find out there is your tombstone. He filed his claim and named it Tombstone. The claim proved good, others came and the town took its name from his claim. And it turned out to be an apt name for the town considering how many died violent deaths and are buried there.

Leslie killed Killeen over a disagreement about Kileen’s wife. Leslie married the widow. He was a cold-blooded killer. The “cowboys” were mostly cattle thieves and ranchers didn’t want their hands called cowboys because of it. Alvord was a lawman, later turned outlaw. Bands of cowboys would slip over the border into Mexico and steal their herds. The only good Indian was a dead Indian mentality was prevalent. When whites killed Indians, it was to protect their women and children. When Indians killed whites, they were murderous, massacres, when in reality they were trying to protect their own land and scarce food supplies.


Whitside was the first commander. And the early days were rough and ready to be sure.  The honorable part came later.



The curator of this museum used the men’s words to describe their situation, and I will follow up on another day as the signal is painfully slow.

Last night we had dinner at the 3rd largest VFW post here in Sierra Vista, with over 2,000 members, also a result of being right next to Fort Huachuca. Margaret,the post manager,confided to us that the building used to be a bus station and that it is haunted. They have ghosts, apparitions and wierd things happening at night. They had Ghost Busters  try to remove them.  They still have ghosts. Margaret says she warns all employees and most of them have had encounters with the ghostly apparitions at the post..

This was a big, friendly, well run post, the food was delicious Friday night fish-fry and I chose a table where a couple sat without anyone near them to talk to. We sat down, introduced ourselves, and Allen and Jo were from San Jose. He,  a former San Jose Policeman who also knew where Murphys and Angels Camp are located. He used to ski at Bear Valley. For those who do not know, that is my stomping grounds. It was way fun.




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