#781 – Dick Bernard: The Tea Party, Anger and "Freedom"

Out of curiosity, I checked to see when the words “Tea Party” first became part of my vocabulary on this blog. The answer: April 15, 2009: “Today is Tax Day, April 15, 2009, the annual celebration of the loathing of taxes. This day there will be a new spin on an old theme: “Tea Parties”, […]

#780 – Dick Bernard: The Looming U.S. Government Shutdown/Tea Party. Yes or No.

Bizarre has become the normal in Washington D.C. politics, so it is easy to pretend “there they go again” – that it will all work out. One can only hope. But what if, this time, it’s the time for bizarre to become reality? Do you favor the Shutdown of the U.S. Government if Tea Party […]

#779 – Dick Bernard: The not-so-simple art of international diplomacy (and other similar things)

A short while ago I was looking for the oldest e-mail I had from a recently deceased friend who was anti-war to the very core of his being. It turned out to be a Nov. 10, 2005, e-mail asserting “26 lies by Bush people” about the Iraq War during the George W. Bush administration. If […]

#778 – Dick Bernard: The Affordable Care Act, President Obama Cares

Today at the gym I was treated to Sen. Ted Cruz doing his filibuster to supposedly protect Americans from the evil Affordable Care Act (called “Obamacare” by some). Recently, a majority of the U.S. House of Representatives, for the 42nd time, I believe, voted to repeal Obamacare. Those who follow this issue know the rest […]

#777 – Dick Bernard: War as Hell; and the International Day of Peace.

(click to enlarge photos) “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” ― Abraham Lincoln remembered by Minneapolis Park Commissioner Brad Bourn on Sunday, September 22, at Lyndale Peace Park. Saturday, September 21, was the Annual United Nations International Day of Peace. In Minneapolis, I attended the observance of the day […]

#776 – Dick Bernard: A letter to the Audience* of the Minnesota Orchestra

NOTE: The ongoing “parking lot” for all links regarding the Minnesota Orchestra is at August 30, 2013, here. Ongoing information from the musicians point of view is here. On Sunday, September 8, 2013, a full page ad appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, paid for by the Minnesota Orchestra Board, headlined “Eight Days Left. But […]

#775 – Dick Bernard: A Fond Farewell to Bob Heberle, Veterans for Peace, "Let There be Peace on Earth"

The old St. Joan of Arc Church in Minneapolis was filled to overflowing today, the crowd there to remember Bob Heberle, a man of many talents but above all a passionate advocate for peace and justice. (click on photos to enlarge) The program for the Memorial Service is here: Bob Heberle Sep 14 2013001. His […]

#774 – Dick Bernard: The A(De)scendance of "Me"/Tea

This morning my spouse, Cathy, is on a mission of mercy for a friend. Cathy is very good at “missions of mercy”. In this case, she’s going to a private school to retrieve the belongings of a troubled adolescent who was dis-invited (or, shall we say, thrown out). None of this was a surprise, including […]

#773 – Dick Bernard: The Minnesota Orchestra, Facing Armageddon, and "A Man's Reach"

The Minnesota Orchestra Managements full page ad in the Sunday Minneapolis Star Tribune ominously said: “Eight days left….” Today is Thursday. That must mean there are four days left, which means next Monday is the day. According to the folks who approved the copy for the ad, anyway. I wonder how I’d vote, if in […]

#772 – Dick Bernard: An American Flag, and a message on 9-11-13.

Before April 12, 2013, I can recall only one time ever entering the imposing near-40 year old Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis MN. Simply, I’ve never been a resident of Hennepin County, Minnesota’s largest. I go there often for various things, including every Sunday for Church, but I’m not a resident. That single visit […]