Author Archives: Jim

About Jim

I've been leading outdoor environmental education in the YMCA since the 1970s. I love teaching nature, history, current events, being a dad, fixing stuff, groups, and general thinking.

On Blaming

JP said, "with the Republicans controlling everything, they will only have themselves to blame when their policies don’t magically make everything better." We can say that blaming does nothing. It was blame that Trump falsely foisted on Hillary for her … Continue reading

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David Hume was prescient

​​David​ ​Hume’s quotation,​ ​from a famous passage discussing the "motivating influence of the will" in his Treatise on Human Nature and reads in full: "Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend … Continue reading

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How Did This Happen?

I am shocked, in mourning for our nation. There is no reason to expect this president elect can govern. We cannot expect this man to shed his racist, misogynist, immature, vindictive and invented reality ways. I could go on, (and … Continue reading

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No Republican Response, no Democratic Response Either

I have about 10 problems with Lakoff’s wish list. In short, it’s not my wish list. And that is why I do not hope he goes in that direction, regardless of political expedience. He might go further than I want … Continue reading

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Movements on the National Political Stage

Two big and obvious movements among Republican House Members have caught our notice. John Boehner has apparently turned at least part of his back on the far right. “Are you kidding me?” and, “Frankly, I just think they’ve lost all … Continue reading

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A Modest Healing Proposal

The government shut down has set the public rightly against the sad and ridiculous ideals of the Tea Party and the complicit Republicans. Rightly so. And the same obstinate and hapless people have set for themselves the task of magnifying … Continue reading

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On Leadership

Now that the government shut-down and debt ceiling crisis has – for the time being – passed, a call for leadership is all the rage, and to some extent it has been for years now. For many, asking for leadership … Continue reading

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