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The Fable of the Scorpion and the Frog

A scorpion asks a frog to carry it across a river. The frog hesitates, afraid of being stung, but the scorpion argues that if it did so, they would both drown.election 2016 donald trump hillary clinton

Considering this, the frog agrees, but midway across the river the scorpion does indeed sting the frog, dooming them both.

On the way to their deaths, the frog asks the scorpion: WHY?? The scorpion replies,

“You silly. It’s my nature.”

Fable text via Wikipedia under Creative Commons License Share-Alike 3.0.

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Hey, fellow Froggy Voters. Let’s not be surprised when a candidate proves true to their nature. We’ve had plenty of warnings, haven’t we?

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As I did for the 2012 election, I’m linking again to VoteMatch. Go ahead and answer the questions, and see if you get any surprises. I did.

And if you still need more, plot yourself on the Nolan Chart (see how well you know yourself).

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On the Crime of Being Adopted

News came recently of Adam Crapser, a married father of two who was detained last month and sits in a cell in Tacoma awaiting deportation to Korea , a land he hasn’t seen since he was adopted from there 40 years ago, in 1976. His crime is not his own, and his life in the US can be summarized in four chapters, each its own tragedy:

  • Abused by adoptive family #1, as was his biological sister.
  • Separated from his biological sister when Child Services got involved.
  • Adopted again by a new family, without his sister. Abused and tortured again.
  • Is today facing deportation charges because among all those charged with his care, none ever finalized his naturalization.

Today I offer guest post that reveals injustices around how adoptees are treated in the United States. Adam Pertman, founder of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency, tells of previous cases of adoptee deportation — Adam Crapser’s is not an rarity — along with what you can do to help make things right.
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I Do Not Think That Word Means What You Think It Means

Four Words for Inigo Montoya

My husband and I enjoy watching the Sunday news shows together.  We’ve been doing this since early in our marriage when we lived overseas and Meet the Press was one of the few American shows we could get.

Yesterday morning we watched as NJ Governor Chris Christie spoke with George Stephanopolous about issues including the military, social security, law enforcement, immigration, and national security policy: “I’ll continue to have conversations with [Trump] to be able to make all of these things more fulsome.”

Roger wondered if fulsome was the word what he meant to use. We looked it up (yes, we’re those people).

  • What Governor Christie might think it means: wholesome.
  • What Dictionary.com says it means*: offensive, disgusting, excessively lavish. Probably associated with foul.

We came up with three other words that are often misused. Continue reading I Do Not Think That Word Means What You Think It Means

Insignificantly Significant

I’ve always loved going to the planetarium and exploring the galaxy, the universe. I live in a place with light pollution, but it wasn’t always this way. When I was a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to gaze into the vastness of the night sky. I’d feel so small — infinitesimal — and yet so big and important at the same time.

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Scientists tell us there are billions and billions of stars and planets that go out unimaginably far. I look up and I feel my absolute insignificance. I am but a speck of a speck of a speck of a speck. Continue reading Insignificantly Significant

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