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Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 09:41 AM PDT

Summers Over

by Timothy L Smith

Summers is over, but the heat lingers on.  Many are seeing this as a rejection not only of Obama's choice, but a clear message that the 'new' New Left is gaining influence within the Democratic Party.

Beinhart at The Beast has this  and Graham at The Atlantic has this

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Mon May 13, 2013 at 05:07 AM PDT

Live from America

by Timothy L Smith

This quote from a witness to the New Orleans shootings as reported in the Times-Picayne:

"Another woman, Erica Garner, whose nephew and sister had been shot, said the shooting exemplified how the city's violence is out of control.

"This ain't nowhere to live," she said. "This place a hellhole."

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Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 09:54 AM PDT

Cynicism Repaid with Skepticism

by Timothy L Smith

The naked cynicism of Mitt Romney's campaign (and personal character) has been on view for months now.  From flip-flop to Etch-a-Sketch to bald-faced lying, the press has tolerated his cynical approach to politics.  With the outcome now becoming clear, and the end-game to the money for eyeballs circus in sight, some pundits are finally recognizing what the polls are showing—that skepticism is the reward for their own, and Mitt's behavior.

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Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 09:36 AM PDT

EJ Dionne nails it.

by Timothy L Smith

Dionne has recognized something in the current Romney strategy of embracing Obama's positions, or if you prefer, changing his own to suit the moment that should be appreciated by our side.  The craven appeal to the center, says Dionne is a de facto admission of defeat by the Tea Party and its ilk.


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In a recent political discussion with a colleague of mine who was an associate of Stephen Covey, a Mormon bishop and an active church member for years, the question of Mitt Romney’s character came up.  Since both my colleague and I work in the leadership development field and have helped individuals and organizations to maximize their leadership potential, I was interested when he pointed me toward the following statement by another former LDS leader.

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Job creators.  Here's what I know about how its done, and some of it is fairly personal since I'm married to one who does it.   I can claim no such distinction myself, being a one-man band plying my trade with neither the benefit nor the responsibility of having employees.  But my wife, she's another story, and here it is.

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Tue Oct 25, 2011 at 06:39 PM PDT

Finding Fred

by Timothy L Smith

If  you are of a certain age, and had a parent or parents who lived through the depression, fought in World War II and then came back to create the 'modern' world of the last half of the past century, then we share a certain sensibility about the current situation in which we find ourselves, as well as a history of believing that what we attempted to accomplish in our 'awakening' of the 60's is again demanding our attention not so much as actors but perhaps now as supporters of what a new generation must do.

This story is not about the 60's, but about the 50's and what shaped this writer's view of his world;  the issues of trust in government, military accountability, loss and deprivation, and community all resonate for me still in my political, economic and social views formed in the crucible this story limns.

Some of you may enjoy the following excerpt from my memoir Finding Fred, available at in multiple e-book formats.  

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Sun Mar 30, 2008 at 12:27 PM PDT

On McCain-Another POW's View

by Timothy L Smith

One of my main compadres is  survivor of the POW experience who went on to be a national leader of Veterans for Peace and a respected activist for many local and national causes.

Over the years, as his student and then as a colleague and friend, we've discussed the POW experience, and of course, John McCain who became the most recognizable of that cadre.   The reflections he offers below are consistent with those discussions and provide, I believe, a unique point of view on McCain.  It is a point of view that cannot be dismissed easily, as this man's treatment was more severe that JM's and yet he chose a completely different life response to the terror and torture he experienced.  The letter following is written by one of the most thoughtful and concerned individuals I know.  His views are his own, and I can say categorically l that I know of no person with greater personal integrity.  He deserves an equally thoughtful read.

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Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 10:29 AM PDT

Liars in Hell

by Timothy L Smith

Something, perhaps, to raise your lip above your teeth this Monday morning.  Something besides O'Reilly, that is.

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Mon Jul 16, 2007 at 12:33 PM PDT

The Call

by Timothy L Smith

We are being called.

All of us.

But more than others, we graying baby-boomers are being called to fulfill the promises we made in that shining moment of our youth when life was full of possibility, danger, and the chance to make a  difference for ourselves and others by opposing the corruption of the old order.

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Tue Jul 03, 2007 at 11:42 AM PDT


by Timothy L Smith


This excerpt is from Diane Feinstein's reply to my impeachment email.

"Dear Mr. Smith,

At this time, however, I believe that impeachment proceedings against President Bush or Vice President Cheney will only divide the country even further, frustrating our hopes for a meaningful change in direction, while having little chance of success."

O really?

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Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 11:28 AM PDT

A Lesson from the Amish

by Timothy L Smith

I am not a Christian, but I admire the Christ-like responses of the Amish community to the horror visited there in the past week.  I think the opposition party could learn something from these remarkable people when it comes to dealing with the so-called 'christian' right.
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