The Fight of Our Lives

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - 11 hours 27 min ago

“See, my children, resolute children / By those swarms upon our rear, we must never yield or falter / Ages back to ghostly millions, frowning there behind us urging / Pioneers! O pioneers!” -Walt Whitman, “Pioneers! O Pioneers!,” Drum Taps: The Complete Civil War Poems You would not have liked to live in the time […]

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January 2021

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - 15 hours 47 min ago

18 Monday A little alcohol. Just a little. How little it takes for you to get the benefit — the effect — of something. Chili night. Your Crockpot. Walks with friends. A tired dog. Push-ups. Tom Brady. Journalists. Feeling ahead. Having work to do. 17 Sunday Newspapers. Yourself. Extra sleep. Corn chips. Clean sidewalks. Your […]

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Which side are you on?!?!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Sat, 01/16/2021 - 2:55pm
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Pence letter – no to 25th

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Tue, 01/12/2021 - 7:41pm
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QAnon- what to do?

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Sun, 01/10/2021 - 11:10pm

When folks around you are mired in QAnon, conspiracies, lies, what to do? I’ve come around to thinking that what’s needed is intervention, and treatment and/or deprogramming, as with cults, or in 12 Step chemical dependency models.

After this last week, each of us should be asking this question and grappling with action.

From Psychology Today:

Part 1 – The Psychological Needs That QAnon FeedsWhat to do when someone you love becomes obsessed with QAnon


Part 2 – How Far Down the QAnon Rabbit Hole Did Your Loved One Fall? What to do when someone you love becomes obsessed with QAnon


Part 3 – 4 Keys to Help Someone Climb Out of the QAnon Rabbit Hole – What to do when someone you love becomes obsessed with QAnon

This is a little too “psych lite” for me, but in talking about intervention, there is this, which makes sense:

Another form of psychotherapy that could be applied to conspiracy theory beliefs is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which is designed to challenge “cognitive distortions” and false beliefs by looking at evidence to disconfirm them.

From the article, a reading list:

David Neiwert’s forthcoming book Red Pill, Blue Pill: How to Counteract the Conspiracy Theories That Are Killing Us also looks to be a worthwhile read.

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Fill the Tank

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Sat, 01/09/2021 - 3:16pm

Coming back from illness and stress you want to return to baseline — but not so fast. You emptied your well. It must be refilled. Make few assessments; you haven’t been functioning at normal levels. Instead, rest. Stretch. Move. Drink water. Eat food. Read. Consume other art. Write without effort or expectation.

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Do you support our democratic republic?

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Sat, 01/09/2021 - 2:50pm

U.S. Representatives Hagedorn and Fischbach for their vote January 6, 2021, to disenfranchise voters in other states, do you support our democratic republic?

Representatives Steve Drazkowski, Jeremy Munson, Tim Miller, Cal Bahr, Eric Lucero, Mary Franson, Glenn Gruenhagen and Shane Mekeland, and Senators Mary Kiffmeyer, Mike Goggin, Andrew Mathews, Mark Koran, Bill Weber, John Jasinski, and Rich Draheim, who wrote to Texas A.G. asking that Minnesota be included in the Supreme Court challenge, and addition that would be asking to disenfranchise Minnesota voters, do you support our democratic republic? (click on name for contact info)

SHAME on MN Legislators wanting MN added to TX suit

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Call Reps. Hagedorn and Fischbach

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Thu, 01/07/2021 - 2:23pm
Reps. Fischbach And Hagedorn Among U.S. Lawmakers Who Objected To Confirming Biden’s Win

U.S. Representatives Hagedorn and Fischbach both persisted in their attempts to disenfranchise voters in their objections to certifying the election results. This wasn’t about Minnesota voters, which is good, but how dare they work to disenfranchise ANY voters, and how dare they stick their nose into any other state’s voting process. HOW DARE THEY!

Rep. Michelle Fischbach (202) 225-2165

Rep. Jim Hagedorn (202) 225-2472

Statement from the Minnesota Bar Association:

Here’s the list of all of those objecting to certification of state election results:


Cindy Hyde-Smith, Miss.

Cynthia Lummis, Wyo.

John Kennedy, La.

Josh Hawley, Mo.

Rick Scott, Fla.

Roger Marshall, Kan.

Ted Cruz, Texas

Tommy Tuberville, Ala.

And the HOUSE:

Adrian Smith, Neb.

Alexander X. Mooney, W.Va.

Andrew Clyde, Ga.

Andy Biggs, Ariz.

Andy Harris, Md.

August Pfluger, Texas

Barry Loudermilk, Ga.

Barry Moore, Ala.

Ben Cline, Va.

Beth Van Duyne, Texas

Bill Johnson, Ohio

Bill Posey, Fla.

Billy Long, Mo.

Blaine Luetkemeyer, Mo.

Bob Gibbs, Ohio

Bob Good, Va.

Brian Babin, Texas

Brian Mast, Fla.

Burgess Owens, Utah

Byron Donalds, Fla.

Carlos Gimenez, Fla.

Carol Miller, W.Va.

Chris Jacobs, N.Y.

Chris Stewart, Utah

Chuck Fleischmann, Tenn.

Clay Higgins, La.

Cliff Bentz, Ore.

Dan Bishop, N.C.

Daniel Meuser, Pa.

Daniel Webster, Fla.

Darrell Issa, Calif.

David Kustoff, Tenn.

David Rouzer, N.C.

David Schweikert, Ariz.

Debbie Lesko, Ariz.

Devin Nunes, Calif.

Diana Harshbarger, Tenn.

Doug LaMalfa, Calif.

Doug Lamborn, Colo.

Earl L. “Buddy” Carter, Ga.

Elise M. Stefanik, N.Y.

Frank Lucas, Okla.

Fred Keller, Pa.

Garret Graves, La.

Gary Palmer, Ala.

Glenn Thompson, Pa.

Greg Pence, Ind.

Greg Steube, Fla.

Gregory F. Murphy, N.C.

Guy Reschenthaler, Pa.

Harold Rogers, Ky.

Jack Bergman, Mich.

Jackie Walorski, Ind.

Jacob LaTurner, Kan.

Jason Smith, Mo.

Jay Obernolte, Calif.

Jeff Duncan, S.C.

Jeff Van Drew, N.J.

Jerry Carl, Ala.

Jim Baird, Ind.

Jim Banks, Ind.

Jim Hagedorn, Minn.

Jim Jordan, Ohio

Jodey Arrington, Texas

Jody Hice, Ga.

Joe Wilson, S.C.

John Joyce, Pa.

John R. Carter, Texas

John Rose, Tenn.

John Rutherford, Fla.

Kat Cammack, Fla.

Ken Calvert, Calif.

Kevin Hern, Okla.

Kevin McCarthy, Calif.

Lance Gooden, Texas

Lauren Boebert, Colo.

Lee Zeldin, N.Y.

Lisa McClain, Mich.

Lloyd Smucker, Pa.

Louie Gohmert, Texas

Madison Cawthorn, N.C.

Mario Diaz-Balart, Fla.

Marjorie Taylor Greene, Ga.

Mark E. Green, Tenn.

Markwayne Mullin, Okla.

Mary Miller, Ill.

Matt Gaetz, Fla.

Matt Rosendale, Mont.

Michael C. Burgess, Texas

Michael Cloud, Texas

Michael Guest, Miss.

Michelle Fischbach, Minn.

Mike Bost, Ill.

Mike Garcia, Calif.

Mike Johnson, La.

Mike Kelly, Pa.

Mike Rogers, Ala.

Mo Brooks, Ala.

Morgan Griffith, Va.

Neal Dunn, Fla.

Nicole Malliotakis, N.Y.

Pat Fallon, Texas

Paul Gosar, Ariz.

Pete Sessions, Texas

Ralph Norman, S.C.

Randy Weber, Texas

Richard Hudson, N.C.

Rick Allen, Ga.

Rick Crawford, Ark.

Robert B. Aderholt, Ala.

Robert J. Wittman, Va.

Roger Williams, Texas

Ron Estes, Kan.

Ron Wright, Texas

Ronny Jackson, Texas

Russ Fulcher, Idaho

Sam Graves, Mo.

Scott DesJarlais, Tenn.

Scott Fitzgerald, Wis.

Scott Franklin, Fla.

Scott Perry, Pa.

Stephanie Bice, Okla.

Steve Chabot, Ohio

Steve Scalise, La.

Steven Palazzo, Miss.

Ted Budd, N.C.

Tim Burchett, Tenn.

Tim Walberg, Mich.

Tom Cole, Okla.

Tom Rice, S.C.

Tom Tiffany, Wis.

Tracey Mann, Kan.

Trent Kelly, Miss.

Troy Nehls, Texas

Vicky Hartzler, Mo.

Virginia Foxx, N.C.

Warren Davidson, Ohio

William Timmons, S.C.

Yvette Herrell, N.M.

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Stoicism and the Art of Archery

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Wed, 01/06/2021 - 10:04pm

John Sellars • Essay • Modern Stoicism (July 23, 2016) Process matters, product not so much. The How matters more than the What. The less one concerns oneself with the result the more likely one is to experience a positive one. (Though this is not a gimmick. You shouldn’t secretly care about the result.) For […]

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Carol Overland - Legalectric - Wed, 01/06/2021 - 4:55pm

tRump is Toast — resign or you’ll be removed:


And C-SPAN Live via ALT-immigration

And Reddit, smashing equipment of media:


We have got to bear down and keep at it, get to work.

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Something That’s Hard to Forget

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Wed, 01/06/2021 - 5:50am

Sugar ages you faster.

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When You Are Lost

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Tue, 01/05/2021 - 4:55pm

The way back to you is always available through the words on pages. And it doesn’t take long. The ultimate shortcut. You can get there from here.

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Frost Dates in the Vegetable Garden

My Northern Garden - Mary Schier - Mon, 01/04/2021 - 9:35am

Last frost. First frost. Frost free. Hardiness zone. For vegetable gardeners, frost dates are important in determining when you should plant and what you should plant. During my recent interview with author Niki Jabbour on the Grow it, Minnesota podcast, we talked about how she decides when to plant seeds or transplants in her under-cover ... Read More about Frost Dates in the Vegetable Garden

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A Few Extra Pounds

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Sun, 01/03/2021 - 11:32am

The memory is powerful. More so than you give it credit for. When you wade around in that pool, be careful and be kind. You are already processing so much in present time. It takes not a lot more to be too much — to be enough to short your circuits. Maintain mental boundaries as […]

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Keep Showing Up

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Fri, 01/01/2021 - 10:41am

Do not doubt your decisions even if they do not produce immediate results. Keep on. It’s the daily repetitions that get you there. Nothing today does. Do enough to know you are working but not so much that you don’t want to work tomorrow. Time. Just put in the time. The results will come.

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The Key

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Fri, 01/01/2021 - 8:22am

“When the ruling power within us is in harmony with nature, it confronts events in such a way that it always adapts itself readily to what is feasible and is granted to it. For it attaches its preference to no specific material; rather, it sets out to attain its primary objects, but not without reservation, […]

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Fierce Attachments

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Fri, 01/01/2021 - 12:18am

Vivian Gornick • Book (Memoir) • FSG (2005) Initially published in 1987. A good year. Picked up after seeing this memoir listed in the New York Times as the best of its genre in the last fifty years. Author especially gifted at describing emotional interplay with people she loves. The book is largely about this […]

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Self Regard

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 12:10pm

Remember that you like you.

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