Rethinking my relationship to Tennessee

I still love Tennessee. And I will continue to defend against lazy stereotypes. But not like before. Not after so many Tennesseans supported this coward conman, who caused this insurrection. Not after being so intellectually lazy too. Stereotypes are, after all, based on some kernel of truth. It appears the grain of truth in Tennessee was more extensive than I had imagined.

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Tribute to my Father

If having a heart threatens our way of life, then it’s a way of life that is doomed to failure anyway. Having a heart is a feature, not a bug, for the denizens of this country. It is why we are so prosperous, not in spite of it.

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Can’t Handle the Truth?

While facts can be interpreted differently depending on one’s unique inherent life experiences, confirmation biases, etc., traits that we ALL have and must face, there is and will always only be one set of verifiable facts. For that, the much-maligned “mainstream” media is the only media that at least pretends to hold themselves accountable to journalistic standards, some baseline degree of ethics, and a minimum level of integrity.

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The Truth is the ONLY Defense

In an era of brazen political lies, Mr. Mugica has emerged as an unlikely figure with the power to put the genie back in the bottle. Last week, his lawyer sent scathing letters to the Fox News Channel, Newsmax and OAN demanding that they immediately, forcefully clear his company’s name — and that they retain documents for a planned defamation lawsuit.

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Happy Holidays from New York City

No, we can’t (or shouldn’t) shop till we drop at big department stores, nor can we (or should we) hit big Holiday parties. At least not this year. We can instead celebrate the silver lining of this moment in our lives. We can rise to the moment to revel in Christmas’s true meaning by giving to others and practicing goodwill towards all our fellow humans.

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News or Confirmation Bias? Truth or Alternative Facts?

I am not a male super-model, I will never be a male super-model and therefore, I will not waste my time pursuing a career as a male super-model… I’ll try something I am more suited for and stop staring in the mirror trying to see something there, that is clearly not.

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Reflections on Christianity and the Election

Though my thoughts on religious ideology have expanded and evolved immensely as I’ve grown older, this basic fact is what I still believe. We are all imperfect but are tasked with striving to be better every day. I would add that we should strive to leave our fellow humans in a better place when we leave than when we entered.

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Reflections in 9/11/01

For weeks after 9/11/01, I smelled the burning embers and flesh. But when I went uptown, it was as if it never happened. Folks went about their lives, eating out, laughing, having a good time. I wondered about how humans can do such everyday things when near so much suffering of neighbors.

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A Song for Venezuela, a Lesson for Us All

Roman’s collaborator was tortured by the current Venezuelan regime and escaped to live to tell the horrific tale. He now has a message of hope for all Venezuelans living through unspeakable darkness for so many years. He survived, he is fighting, and is still optimistic, a lesson for us all here in the USA, as we struggle through these dark times in our own country.

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Punk Rock Covid Deniers

Everyone was skeptical and slow to react appropriately at first, but then conspiracy theories lit the internet on fire and gave people an excuse to be ignorant.

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Covid 19 Sparks Childish Behavior in the USA

Personal responsibility means taking control of your dignity, character and morality. Stand tall and do the right thing and if you still get sick, you will be mentally strong enough to overcome it. Or if not, at least you can bravely face what God has intended for you.

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Journalistic Fact vs. Opinion

For those who scream “fake news” for any info that challenges their ideological world view, and for those who support folks in power who rage “enemy of the people” because the media are doing their job, and even for those who just those take freedom of an independent press for granted, please consider where we’d be if the only news we received were from the government.

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The Problem With Oops, Sorry!

I’ve noticed that pandemic downplaying or wild conspiracy theories tend to propagate mainly from right and left extremes and often, from otherwise intelligent people.

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Don’t like the USA leave it?

Truth doesn’t know a party or a political leaning. Life is tough for EVERYONE. Don’t like it? Take it up with your Maker, not the other political party. I’ll say it again, YOU ARE WHERE YOU ARE BECAUSE OF WHO YOU ARE. Can you look in the mirror and tell yourself that without flinching? Do you like what you see? If you don’t, see someone, get some help. You tell me that if I don’t like the USA I can leave it… I tell you that If I don’t like the USA I will work to change it.

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Saying Goodbye to a Friend of Raw Travel (and me).

When I would get frustrated with the rigors of trying to be an independent media entrepreneur, I’d often call Dan and we’d end up talking for longer than we both probably should have given our respective “to-do” lists. Mainly we’d laugh and complain about how business ethics and “doing the right thing” just didn’t seem to resonate with some folks like it did he and I. We were full of righteous indignation and we loved it and we regaled each other with stories of crooked characters, shady shysters and incompetent, puffed-up, insecure people in a business renowned for them. It got me through a lot of frustrating moments and we never took what we said or ourselves too seriously.

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Robert Rose