Author: Paul

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Depressing, Isn’t It?

It’s glorious how for those first few days after some high-profile person commits suicide that depression and national help hotlines get back in the headlines, isn’t it? Except it isn’t. It’s a Band-Aid, a weak offering of help to those who cannot, will not, and may not even realize they need to ask for help. While the world has made...

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Conservatives don’t get protests

I was struck by this post in my news feed this morning. In it, the author tries to compare players kneeling at an NFL football game with such things as peeing on Ted Kennedy’s grave, or (nonsensically) to the illegal immigrant who killed Kate Steinle in San Francisco a couple of years ago. (Go ahead and read it. It’s going...

Professional Development Is Humid

I have never been to a professional conference–not one that was outside of the town I lived in, or longer than a single day, anyway. That changed this past week as I was dispatched to Orlando to attend the IAITAM ACE Conference. First off, let me explain something: I work in IT Asset Management, which usually requires a great deal...

So, It’s Been a Year…

Pardon my vanity, but honestly, that’s what a blog is all about, right? This blog is, and frankly, always has been, about me. And those around me. And I’ve always wanted it to be something that was entertaining, interesting, meaningful, and, well, something I’d be compelled to do because it was cool. And fun. Almost 22 years after I started...

…Of, by, and for the people…Or not.

Like a groundhog stepping out of his hidey-hole to see his shadow, Trump and his fellow conservative, white, rich guys…er, administration…have come forth blinkingly into the sunlight, with their tax plan. While this coincides with the 100th day of their rule of our fine land, please note that it is not a celebration of that time. Rather, it is punitive for those who...

“…And That Is Why You Fail.”

Tracy Claeys was fired from his job as the head football coach for the University of Minnesota. Honestly, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone (including Claeys himself who noted that he told his family that he likely would be fired Tuesday morning), but in interviews he’s been doing, he keeps hitting on a few points that clearly illustrate...

Fake News Isn’t The Problem

The headline should say it all, but I know that people won’t get it, so here goes the explanation… First, fake news isn’t the reason the election turned out the way it did. There are many reasons for that, not the least of which was the remarkably large number of people who stayed home and didn’t bother voting. To those...

Transparency, My Ass

Quietly, in the dead of night, and out of the glare of public scrutiny, House GOP members voted to make significant changes to the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE). (Note: they have since rescinded their move after a backlash not only from the public, but also from their own speaker of the house and president-elect.) Now, rules changes aren’t abnormal acts...

New Year, New Plan

Wow. What an election, right? You’re probably either shocked, scared, shocked, terrified, or just shocked at the outcome. And now the 2017 political session is looming, and we’re all holding our communal breath to wait to see what happens. For the site here, I haven’t posted since August, and need to pick it up, because there’s a lot to say and...

There Are Lessons Here, Part Two

If your values and beliefs are unimportant enough that you’re willing to blow up your own party and give up any political influence you have, how is anyone to accept that you really believe in them?

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