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Boardwalk--Adam Ickes-

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Here we are for another week. Today we’ve gathered on a virtual boardwalk over  virtual wetlands. Our hostess for this weekly gathering is the talented and gracious author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We’re the Friday Fictioneers group. Our challenge this week and every week is to write an original story  with no more than 100 words, not including the title. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt is a repeat supplied by Adam Ickes and requested by Sandra Crook. Thanks, Adam, and Sandra.

Except for a few minor changes, this is the same story I wrote for this prompt in March of 2014.

To read the other stories by the group members, just click on the link given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

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Isaiah 17

Arlin Sorensen's Thoughts on Scripture

Isaiah 17 has the prophet putting it on the line about Damascus and what its future would be.  Damascus was one of the most beautiful cities of the ancient world, but the coming Assyrian judgment would reduce it to a heap of ruins.  Isaiah doesn’t mince words – he paints a pretty gloomy picture of what is to come.  At this time, Israel and Syria were closely aligned against Judah. Since they are such close friends, God will announce His judgment against Ephraim, against Israel, at the same time He speaks to Syria!  There is going to be a big change coming from Assyria.

God’s going to get their attention.  “In that day man will look to his Maker, and his eyes will look on the Holy One of Israel”.  In the midst of such severe judgment, some will respond as they should, with humble respect for God. He’s…

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Jukebox Hell

The Bound & Gags Wonder Blog

I hate jukeboxes. Let me rephrase that. Jukeboxes, since they were invented, are an engineering marvel. They ushered in era of rock ‘n roll. They were often a place where you’d hear a song for the first time. They were even a place where a guy named Earl could steel himself against a cruel world by playing ‘My Way’ sixty three times in a row.

And that’s the problem. The technology, as most technology, is perfect. It’s when we put humans in the mix jukeboxes, like most other technological advances, begin to suffer.

Music is supposed to be exciting, its a path to discovery. Music is not supposed to be the two 1972 hits from Dr. Hook And The Medicine Show played back to back ( did not know this. I looked it up). As a guy does at this one place every time he comes in. Dr. Hook should…

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REALPOLITIK: Hillary Clinton and the Dogs of War – By Nicolas J. S. Davies

Ernest Hemingway on my mind as I read this piece.


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A poll taken in Iowa before the presidential caucus found that 70 percent of Democrats surveyed trusted Hillary Clinton on foreign policy more than Bernie Sanders. But her record as Secretary of State was very different from that of her successor, John Kerry, who has overseen groundbreaking diplomatic breakthroughs with Iran, Cuba and, in a more limited context, even with Russia and Syria.

In fact, Clinton’s use of the term “diplomacy” in talking about her own record is idiosyncratic in that it refers almost entirely to assembling “coalitions” to support U.S. threats, wars and sanctions against other countries, rather than to peacefully resolving international disputes without the threat or use of force, as normally understood by the word “diplomacy” and as required by the UN Charter.

There is another term for what Clinton means when she says “diplomacy,” and that is “brinksmanship,” which means threatening war…

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REALPOLITIK: ‘The New Fundamentalism’, Understanding the U.S. War State – By Prof. John McMurtry (Flashback)

We can’t repeat this enough. Big and powerful countries step on less powerful and developing ones illegally in the name of helping those countries while in actual fact, they are helping themselves.


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“..The U.S. state military invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq in under two years are expressions of this new supra-market policy. Before we pass over the pattern of facts at work as merely realpolitik, we should note that this armed-state project resembles fascism: not only in war criminal attacks on other countries in violation of international law, but in repudiating market relations to seize others valuable goods by armed force.. …No rogue state in modern history has remotely matched this continuous and systematic violation of international law and procedures to implement international law”:

(Understanding the U.S. War State: The New Fundamentalism, “America is God” – By Prof. John McMurtry)

“It is easy. All you have to do is tell the people they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.” – Hermann Goering

April 09, 2014 “

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