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  • Kurt Brindley 4:02 pm on February 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , freedom, , , PEN America, , Second Amendment,   

    KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS 

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    You know, in the past, regardless the president in power, it has always pretty much been a constant whine from all the many millions of gun lovers toting their many more millions of guns that their Second Amendment rights are under constant attack by a relentless blizzard of liberal, commie-shaped snowflakes… so their steady stream of bawling blather has always been received by me as nothing more than unintellig-ent/ible, self-flagellating noise.

    But now, with our First Amendment rights under a for real attack by Trump and his pack of stooges, it pains me to have to assume that those same Second Amendment Peters who were constantly crying Wolf about losing their rights are now happily standing by, armed and ready, to support and even help facilitate our Wolf-in-Chief achieve his vicious autocratic goals.

    Unbelievable.

    Seriously.

    I never could have believed, and still can’t, that we in the United States of America would ever have to be seriously concerned about seriously losing our First Amendment rights…

    But, alas, here we are so very seriously concerned.

    So concerned, in fact, that PEN America felt the need to publish an article entitled DEFENDING FREE EXPRESSION: A TOOLKIT FOR WRITERS AND READERS.

    If you aren’t familiar with the freedom-defending organization, this is what PEN America is about:

    PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.

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    Here are some “bullet” points from the toolkit for our intellectual self-defense:

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  • Kurt Brindley 1:19 pm on February 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Betsy DeVos, , , freedom, , , , LGBT Community, , ,   

    Transgender Community* Trumped by the Arc and Bent of Autocratic Politics 

    WARNING! THIS IS A LONG POST:
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    AS IS THIS ONE:

    My fury throughout the whole last campaign to and through the election until now has never been much about politics.

    Politics in this country, while they have been expanding outward toward the wacky fringes leaving the mostly moderate radicals (the rarity of moderates these days makes us rather radical) like myself quite lonely, have always, and hopefully will continue to, arc this way and that.

    Because if our politics are not forever fluid and free to flow this way and that depending upon the tides of our national temperament, then it must mean that someone must have dammed up our river of democracy.

    Metaphors… sigh.

    Anyway, I don’t know if you’ve read my about page but there you will see in one sentence how I feel about politics and politicians…

    To me, politics is simply acting for ugly people. Pretty actors go to Hollywood; ugly actors go to Washington DC.

    Consequently, as our politics arc to and fro in this country, our politicians arc right along with them…only always just slightly behind the arc as they forever fail in their efforts to try to predict its toing and froing.

    No, my fury for the most part has been directed solely at Trump and his bent towards authoritarianism; which means then that the more he contorts himself into a true to life autocrat, the more he is strengthening his power at the expense of my freedoms…

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    • giffmacshane 2:42 pm on February 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      With you all the way!

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    • Bonnie Follett 9:35 pm on February 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      When you are Mr. President T, it is very difficult to try to look sane while at the same time appeasing your rabidly hateful base. But he seems to have no trouble wearing flip-flops.

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    • quillella 2:17 pm on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Well said! It’s times like this that I feel glad I’m Canadian…

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    • Aetherielle 11:03 pm on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I love the post. Just a little FYI regarding the title. Transgender isn’t a noun. There are no “transgenders”- a term which is often used erroneously and/or derogatorily by the alt-right crowd. Transgender people, individuals, or community would be preferable. Keep up the fight. :)

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  • Kurt Brindley 2:03 pm on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , freedom, , , , , , , , ,   

    ON US 

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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    While the president does everything within his power, which is growing mightier by the day, to convince us that the press is the enemy, we have to seriously consider alternate means for holding him accountable for these egregious actions of his that are direct attacks on our freedoms.

    I don’t believe he will ever in a declarative, political manner take our eloquently expressed Constitutional freedoms away from us by any messy and slow Rule of Law means; for, this would require him to rallying the Congress to write and pass the laws that would strike down our freedoms, and which would require such a slanted stacking of the Courts with those who would find such invalidating laws…legal.

    Not his style.

    Besides, there is no need for him to go through all that effort…

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  • Kurt Brindley 9:36 am on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , free press, freedom, , , , , , Sweden, Sweden Last Night,   

    Happy Presidents Day 

    The Face of an Authoritarian

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    • bikerchick57 10:17 am on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      These are great quotes, thanks for sharing. I honestly wonder what Ronald Reagan would say today about this President and the Republican Party. I have to believe it wouldn’t be good.

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      • Kurt Brindley 11:41 am on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I believe he would be sounding a lot like John McCain, perhaps the closest Republican left to Reagan, if not even more alarmist…

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        • bikerchick57 12:12 pm on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          I’ve mostly liked McCain as a person (one of very few Republicans), and as a Senator when he worked across the aisle with Russ Feingold. This is now our great divide…Politicians refusing to work together for the good of the country and its people. It’s both frustrating and heartbreaking.

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    • Barbara Barbex 12:45 pm on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Why pray for Sweden?

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  • Kurt Brindley 1:22 pm on February 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , anarchy, , Breitbart, , , freedom, hate speech, , Leslie Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, , transgender issues   

    Milo, Milo, Milo… 

    [IMAGE COURTESY YIANNOPOULOS.NET]

    WARNING: VERY STRONG VULGAR & INSENSITIVE LANGUAGE [NSFW]

    TOPICS:

    • Free speech
    • Transgender rights
    • Leslie Jones
    • Violent protests
    • Anarchists/Black Bloc
    • Alt-Right
    • Russian hacking
    • Wikileaks

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  • Kurt Brindley 5:52 pm on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: April Ryan, , , , freedom, , , prejudice, , , , , ,   

    You’re Black so obviously that means… 

    As if today’s press conference wasn’t awkwardly terrifying enough with all its threats to our freedoms, Putin-puppet Trump takes a question from White House correspondent April Ryan, an African American female reporter and author, concerning the state of the inner cities and seems to assume that because she is Black she must be friends with the members of the Congressional Black Caucus. And, from this assumption he, in his typical tone deaf, entitled outlook toward reality, asks her to set up a meeting between him and the CBC as if she were a member of his staff.

    No really… That actually happened.

     

    #whitepresidentialprivilege
    #stayrelentlessmyfriends

     

     
    • Brandon L. Rucker 5:55 pm on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I just can’t with this guy, man.

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      • Kurt Brindley 5:59 pm on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Just another Trump WTF moment… Unbelievable.

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        • Brandon L. Rucker 6:03 pm on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          It’s simply bananas. You guffaw. You shake your head. You facepalm. Change the channel. Everything short of throwing the remote at the TV or throwing the TV (or phone, tablet) out the front door unto your lawn.

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          • Kurt Brindley 6:10 pm on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

            If it weren’t for my blog as an outlet I’m not sure what I’d do to relieve my frustration but whatever it would be I’m sure I would have a lot of time behind bars to contemplate its efficacy afterwards…

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    • anisioluiz2008 6:02 pm on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on O LADO ESCURO DA LUA.

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    • TJ Geiser 7:47 pm on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      You’d think he could pick up a phone, call congress, and ask for face time with Heckle and Jeckle all by himself. Asking her to do it for him wasn’t very presidenty.

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      • Kurt Brindley 9:24 pm on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I’m afraid to ask of whom you are referring to as Heckle and Jeckle. Referencing old school insensitive and often blatantly racist cartoons from days past can unsettle an atmosphere very fast. Otherwise, yes, I do agree, Trump wasn’t very presidenty.

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        • Tj Geezer 8:01 pm on February 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          Sorry, Kurt – forgot to put in a tag after the Heckle and Jeckle business, which I intended as a snarky reference to His Malignancy’s obvious and offensive stereotyping. Sometimes, given the constant barrage of absurdities coming from Occupant, Oval Office, I find it hard not to imitate his style. Always a mistake, I know.

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          • Kurt Brindley 11:46 am on February 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

            Thanks for clarifying and I I hear ya… he’s a hard man no to react negatively toward. Just think of all the negativity he’s inspiring in all those who actually support him.

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    • Sukanya 8:47 am on February 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      This was ridiculous. It was like whatever little sanity there was in that meeting went out of the window.

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  • Kurt Brindley 6:08 pm on January 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Booker T. Washington, , , emancipation, Emancipation Proclamation, , freedom, , Leviathan, , Thomas Mann, ,   

    With Eloquence: Booker T. Washington 

    Remember when we as a people wrote and spoke with informed eloquence?

    Yeah, me neither…

    But I was reminded such a fairy-tale time did, in fact, exist when watching former senator and Secretary of Defense William Cohen introduce retire Marine Corps General James “Mad Dog” Mattis to the Senate Armed Services Committee prior to its hearing regarding the general’s selection to be President-elect Trump’s Secretary of Defense. At the end of his introduction, which was eloquent in its own right, Cohen quoted from the famous 1884 Memorial Day Address delivered by the renowned law scholar, author, and orator Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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    • Cille 7:15 pm on January 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      As eloquent as the words of Booker T. Washington are, I wonder if he would dare repeat those same words if he was part of 21st century America. Indeed freedom of the soul cannot be legislated or penned. Over one hundred since Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, there are still those who fear those of a different color. All across our nation there is evidence that the disadvantage of some can be manipulated to the good of others. If only Mr. Washington’s words were a reality.

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      • Kurt Brindley 7:47 pm on January 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, I too wonder.. There are many eloquent and varied speeches in the book. I choose this one specifically as a contrast against today’s intolerant and vitriolic times.

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  • Kurt Brindley 11:33 am on September 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , freedom, , , , , , , , ,   

    Fenc’d no.8 

    Fenc'd no.8

    life’s truest restraints
    its most true and confining
    are those which we think

     

    #iamthatiam

     
     

     
    • lghoelson 2:03 pm on September 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I have to find more time to dig into your work. I’m 74 so better get my butt in gear. huh

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    • Mike Fuller Author 3:55 pm on September 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, man, that was the summer of love, dude. When the festival was over I woke up but couldn’t remember where I parked the car. Bummer, dude.

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    • Aimer Boyz 6:08 pm on September 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      True. We build our own prisons. Here’s to breaking out :)

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    • CheesyJ 4:11 pm on September 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Well put. We confine ourselves and sometimes throw away the key. Have to keep an open mind and open spirit. Great post and thank you for the follow.

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    • Robyn 3:49 pm on September 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Kurt, you do make me laugh…for all the right reasons, I hasten to add. Such independence of thought is amply displayed throughout this site. It’s such a joy to sift through, and you are really generous with material. PS: you’ll be glad to note there’s only one ‘Kurt’ in this comment. Er, hold on, technically two, but you know what I mean!

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  • Kurt Brindley 7:41 pm on July 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , carnivals, , , freedom, , , New Freedom. United States,   

    Ain’t That America… 

    Reporting live from the New Freedom Carnival in New Freedom, Pennsylvania

    Reporting live from the New Freedom Carnival in New Freedom, Pennsylvania


    #happyindependenceday

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 4:36 pm on June 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: adventure, challenges, freedom, , , , , , , , ,   

    Give Me the Ocean 

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    aye! ’tis the deep blue
    aye! ’tis the sting of the mist
    aye! tack to the wind

     

     
    • davecenker 11:00 am on June 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Initially, I convinced myself I moved to the east coast of Florida for the weather. Alas, you have now reminded me that the ocean is the real reason – the sight, the sound, the smell – it’s captivating.

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      • Kurt Brindley 4:57 pm on June 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah man. Spent many of my youthful summers down on the FLA A1 beaches. Wouldn’t mind homesteading down there some day…

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  • Kurt Brindley 2:23 pm on April 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , freedom, , , , , , , self-restraint,   

    Fenc’d no.7 

    Fenc'd no.7

    Tho’ bound by boundaries bound by boundaries
    ‘Tis the warden found within
    That keeps us from our freedom
    Release the cage key to the wind

     
     

     
    • Russell J. Fellows 2:32 pm on April 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t know why, but I really like the perspective of the photo. The angle just gives it a feel of stretching on forever and fits the poem hauntingly.

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    • cindy knoke 5:32 pm on April 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      powerful!

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    • Aimer Boyz 10:12 pm on April 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      “the warden found within” Nice!

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    • tmezpoetry 4:45 pm on May 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      There are layers and layers to this poem. Now for myself, usually caught by dualistic thoughts rather quickly at first glance, I like the cage that keeps me observant to a thing, forcing me to stall on the mundane becoming visible. On the other hand, the warden serves me time too well, unto distain.

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    • tmezpoetry 4:45 pm on May 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      disdain rather.

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  • Kurt Brindley 4:33 pm on March 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , freedom, , heresy, , , , , , , , ,   

    Take Me To Church no.4 

    Take Me To Church #4

    grant faith its freedom
    let truth receive its pardon
    let heresy live

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 12:11 pm on March 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , commitments, , freedom, , , obligations, , , , , ,   

    Fenc’d no.6 

    Fenc'd no.6

    tho’ life has limits
    tho’ bound we are to its end
    still my spirit soars


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  • Kurt Brindley 1:01 pm on February 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Charlie Hebdo, , , extremism, Eye for an Eye, , freedom, , , , ,   

    The Happily Disgruntled Writer reflects on the healing power of religion… 

    The Happily Disgruntled Writer reflects on the healing power of religion

     
     

     
    • @St-Manuel 3:23 pm on February 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Be polite and God-Like while hurting others.

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    • parparvan 3:24 pm on February 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      lol

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    • REDdog 6:16 pm on February 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition, Kurt?

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      • Kurt Brindley 6:50 pm on February 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        If it so pleaseth the Heavenly Power(s) That Is/Be/Are*, perhaps. Who am I to speak on behalf of the Happily Disgruntled Writer and his ambiguous attempt at humor; but it seems to me that modernity, civility, and rational thinking have failed our secular spirits thus far reactionary response of a fight… A lot of blood is being unforgivingly purged and only one side is doing so willingly in the name of a higher calling (as warped as their interpretation of that calling may be). I wonder if that even matters…
         

        *non-Deity specific

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    • jhanagan2014 9:24 am on February 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I find that quote from Hebrews chilling, Kurt. But that was written 2000 years ago–and one would think that consciousness would have grown a shade since then. Maybe it has, but I am bewildered by the interplay of the lovely souls I meet in the street, and the twisted hateful souls I see in the news. I still think there is far more of the former than of the latter.

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:00 am on February 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Let us pray that it is and remains so, sir. The lengthy challenge I see us in the “former” camp facing is no matter how much love, compassion, understanding, reasoning we express to those in the “latter” camp, it grows less and less effective day by day. When humanist and secularist ideals that we have fought so hard for and which have evolved so beautifully over the past 2000 years hold absolutely no sway over the irrational medieval madness of those working toward a new world order led by the caliphate, what is a rational and reasoning boy to do?

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    • SIN 11:58 am on February 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I have to wonder though, how would Secularists treat people that mean to do you harm?

      For example, how would you treat a Serial Killer or Child Molester?

      Is it polite to punish these people? Lock them away? Put them on Death Row?

      I really want to know. What would you do as a Secularist?

      Judeo-Christianity is Esoteric that can be expressed Exoterically, I don’t see the contradiction.

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  • Kurt Brindley 2:11 pm on January 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Fenc’d no.5 

    Fenc'd no.5

    where the road may lead
    and what the fence may restrain
    for both I allow

     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 9:56 pm on January 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , freedom, , , intellectual slavery, , , , , ,   

    Fenc’d no. 3 

    Fenc'd no. 3

     

    [#intellectualbondage]


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  • Kurt Brindley 5:20 pm on January 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: #jesuischarlie, , , freedom, , martyrs, , , , religious extremism, , , ,   

    A Song for the Martyrs for Freedom 

    worship what thou shalt
    live, die, indeed kill for it
    freedom, I’m for thee

    #JESUISCHARLIE

     
     
     

     
    • olivierlehe 5:49 pm on January 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      There is no way with integrism and destruction of people and ideas.
      There is no innovation without free idea and ability to think what women an men want to think.
      There is no possible solution if there is not the indignation of every citizen facing human barbarity.
      If you are interested by this post, you can access to it and read also my website at: http://worldofinnovations.net/2015/01/07/je-suis-charlie-no-innovation-without-free-ideas/

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    • chrisrenney 5:59 pm on January 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Je suis Charlie

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    • PaulXylinides, May the mermaids sing to you ... 6:21 pm on January 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      It seems to me that the supreme freedom and the one most difficult to bring into practice is the freedom to respect each other

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    • gabriel360live 6:32 pm on January 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, Kurt. I hope you don’t mind, but I nominated your blog for the One Lovely Blog Award. If you accept, click the link below for details on what to do next.

      https://gabriel360live.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/you-like-me-right-now-you-like-me/

      Just my way of saying: I appreciate your posts. Thank you. :)

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    • estelea 7:45 pm on January 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I posted on the same topic. Thanks for your post, Thanks for your beautiful words. What happened in my country yesterday is devastating, for the freedom of expression, for the principles of tolerance and respect. And last but definitely not least for all the moderate Muslims who’ll again be assimilated to those terrorists who disfigure their religion.

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    • Sarah 8:03 pm on January 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Touching

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    • mstaciestark21 8:03 pm on January 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on StacieMStarkActivist.

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    • Laura L. 8:53 pm on January 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Je suis Charlie Hebdo, godfuckingdamnit

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    • BLaine Robert Parker 12:45 am on January 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on D. Blaine's Space.

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    • Tieme 2:24 am on January 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Lovely words Kurt. What a horrible, dreadful, disgusting action this was.. The Dutch news showed footage of a police officer being shot multiple times.. I don’t think that image will go away from my brain soon..

      Luckily they have the first bastard, the youngest murderer, his brothers will be captured any time now (I think, and hope).

      Recently 2 teens were arrested in my home town. They went to Syria to train with these extremist. Terrorist in the making.. It shows that every country should be ready to be attacked.

      No words but sadness, and anger raging through my mind. I am afraid the Dutch penal system will be to kind to these boys and release them too soon. It happened before.

      There are some serious issues in The Netherlands right now. We have lots of Turkish and Moroccan immigrants living here, and the atmosphere is getting more tens. Recently two Moroccans wanted to rob a jeweller in The Netherlands and threatened to kill him pointing a gun at him. His wife was in the back-office, saw it on the security cameras and stormed in shooting both robbers. Now the Maroccan community want his wife to be jailed for life and expect an apology since she murdered two innocent man (because they weren’t evil according to the family)!

      Now in Turkey Dutch journalist are being arrested by the Turkish police, since they wrote: “Turkeys journalist have no freedom of speech”, and because they showed the world what evil government the Turkeys government truly is (trying to get the sharia in Turkey to rule – another Iraq in the making?).

      Let’s hope the government acts wisely. It is a delicate situation: rule with an iron fist (a Dutch way to say: be a hard ruler), and you’re next for an assassination by a terrorist organisation. Rule too softly and your countries original inhabitants get angry.. I am glad, I am not a politician right now ;)

      Pff, what a rant huh? Let’s hope the next days are calmer. Also in France.
      My thoughts and feelings are with the France right now. They too have many problems with muslim immigrants. Shame for the innocent immigrants, Syria has these troubles every day..

      Love and peace to you and your beloved ones mate!
      Tieme

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      • Kurt Brindley 9:19 am on January 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Heavy heart. Heavy times. With this going on and my country still dealing with our own troubling internal issues of race relations, cop killings…it’s a mad world.

        Love and peace to you and yours, as well, my much appreciated friend.

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        • Tieme 6:33 am on January 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply

          Yeah, it seems like the world is on fire. And the last developments in Europe add to the fear, that Ferguson like scenarios might come over from the USA.

          It is a mad world. Luckily, there are countless wonderful moments, people, animals, flora, et cetera.

          Happy weekend mate!
          Tieme

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    • laurabennet 11:19 am on January 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      It sounds like you have led a very interesting life. I wish you all the best in your writing and everything you put your hand to. Thanks for taking time to stop by my blog. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I hope you will find something helpful there.

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    • Ellar Wise 5:39 am on February 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Kurt. Not that simple to be Charlie. I know CHARLIE HEBDO and what it stands for and I’ve been keeping notes of what’s happening in France ever since the massacres (not forgetting the Jewish Deli massacre).

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  • Kurt Brindley 12:54 pm on December 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Literary Zen VI 

    Literary Zen VI

     
     

     
    • M.A. 1:24 pm on December 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      This from Pound??

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      • Kurt Brindley 2:44 pm on December 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Yes

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        • M.A. 2:47 pm on December 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

          I guess I’m surprised because of the oppressiveness of some of those he actively supported.

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          • Kurt Brindley 3:24 pm on December 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

            Ironic, perhaps. However, he did distance himself from his youthful bigotry in his later years.

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            • M.A. 3:44 pm on December 29, 2014 Permalink

              I take your point, but he was hardly youthful at the time. He befriended Mussolini when he was in his 40s and broadcast antisemitic and fascist propaganda throughout his 50s and until the end of WWII, when he was 60. Just saying.

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            • Kurt Brindley 3:54 pm on December 29, 2014 Permalink

              Just saying what? The quote is attributed to a bigot so I shouldn’t have posted it? I’m unclear as to your point.

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            • M.A. 3:58 pm on December 29, 2014 Permalink

              I’m not at all saying you shouldn’t have posted it. You can and should post whatever you want on your blog. I was just responding with my reaction to seeing Pound associated with freedom from oppression, which is that I was surprised given his background. That’s my only point.

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    • tchistorygal 1:57 pm on December 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t imagine being a slave, and not knowing what freedom is. I think there’s more to slavery than that being passive. I’ve read about many non-passive persons who still ended up in slavery, and lost their lives trying to get free. It’s a part of history no one should want to repeat. Next time around it could be me. Looks like you have a lot of successes here. :)

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      • Kurt Brindley 2:47 pm on December 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I read this also as a metaphor for someone whose mind is trapped in the dark nether-realm of unoriginal thinking…

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        • tchistorygal 3:47 pm on December 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

          That I can agree to, and have lived there in spite of myself! It’s hard not to be trapped by who we are. :)

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    • Mike 9:39 am on December 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Great post. Pound was a driven, inspired, and tragic figure. His relationship with Hemingway was mutually beneficial and complex.

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      • Kurt Brindley 11:35 am on January 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        And that they boxed together always made me wish more than all the other wonders of and from those of The Lost Generation of Paris that I could have been there…

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    • This girl from the UK 1:00 pm on December 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Contizental.

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  • Kurt Brindley 1:39 am on October 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , dance, freedom, , , , , , , , ,   

    A Song of Life for Thee, A Song of Life for Me #3 

     

    sing out savior songs
    dance free amongst the cherubs
    listen for the wind

     
     

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    • sarahthespaz 6:06 am on October 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I like your haikus. I find that haikus are particularly difficult to write well and with any meaning, but visiting your page you have proven me wrong!

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    • PaulXylinides, May the mermaids sing to you ... 11:54 am on October 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Synchronicity. Here is an email I received this morning from a friend:

      Thank you. I see you are joining the night owls…Neat eh?…ahhhh…the stillness…….Last night I could not fall asleep…all night eyes wide open rolling and tossing…….I decided to get dressed and walk before there was too much light…rain and all….I was not dressed warmly enough, but decided to not return home, so I continued walking while I grumbled with myself for not being able to fall asleep, even though I have a bottle of melatonin…..As I was quietly and grumbly moving along, I suddenly began to giggle, then chuckle, then laugh…for no apparent reason…I just could not understand it…the more I moved along the more i giggled..forget being grumpy…lol…then I could hear people laughing excitedly…I looked around and could find no group…I thought that Spirit was playing tricks…Finally, with all this uncontrollable giggles, I stopped to enquire…Looking around, no one…the giggles stopped and start…stop and start…then I looked up into the trees and at the moment I looked, all wass quiet, but I knew from where the giggles came.I could see the wind as it moved the leaves……….and then…I realised….every time the wind blew and moved the leaves, they ACTUALLY GOT EXCITED TO BE TOUCHED BY THE OUTGOING BREATH OF GOD; AND SO THEIR LAUGHTER WAS LIKE SOMEONE TICKLING THEM…..It was an awesome moment as I stood there in amazement…as the wind stopped, the laughing stopped…when the wind started again, the minute it touched them, they giggled…WITH HUMAN VOICES…I will never see the Wind as just wind again….I really want to experience what those trees were enjoying..so at peace.so light.. so joyous…so very exciting…I am realising how much of LIFE I have missed.Now I must catch up…Now I cannot wait to go out into the wind and experience God’s outbreath…i HAVE EXPERIENCED HIS INBREATH, THE SAME WHIRLWIND AS JOB…SCARY…LATER…J

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      • Kurt Brindley ✍ ✄ ✍ 2:27 pm on October 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        My Paul, that is beautiful. You seem to be a convergence point for this…sentiment. Wish I could touch you right now…you know, for luck.

        I wonder if you would do me a favor. It would make me very happy if you were to write something in response to this – a poem, a reflection, a drawing, whatever form it moves you to take – and allow me to share it here.

        No worries if you’d rather not. However, I do hope you find some way to share this message of yours.

        Thank you for this, Paul. It’s special.

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  • Kurt Brindley 2:22 pm on October 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    “PRO” TIP – DO NOT MODERATE ME! 

     

    And by me I mean us.

    At least those of us who learned as children that Sticks and Stones Can Break Our Bones But Words Can Never Hurt Us…

    Okay, maybe sometimes words can hurt but that is not the point.

    Okay, maybe that is the point but so what?

    We’re Writers, right?

    And if you’re not a Writer (which has to be just about impossible if you are posting stuff online) then you’re a Poet or an Artist or some kind of Creator who turns dreams into magical data streams for the world to observe and appreciate.

    And as Creators, aren’t we the ones who are supposed to be leading the way to the Ideal?

    Aren’t we supposed to be the voice of those who have no voice, or who have no means, or freedom, to express that voice?

    If so, then what are most of you out there afraid of?

    Okay, based upon my exceedingly-less-than-scientific observations, this post should either offend or illuminate just about every WordPress Content Creator, i.e., blogger, out there.

    And my gut (where my science is explored and calculated) is telling me that most of you will mostly be in the “offend” camp.

    I would say easily ninety-percent of the comments I leave in response to a thought provoking post have to first be approved or moderated by the site’s Creator before they are published.

    Why would you, you the Writer and/or Poet and/or Artist, you the Creator, why would you do that?

    What are you afraid of?

    Words?

    Are you getting so many responses to your posts that the evil hoards of Trolls have taken up arms (Words) against you in an evil effort to suppress your magic and genius?

    Probably not.

    But if you are, congratulations are in order.

    To me, the evil Trolls are just a sign that you made it. You are a success.

    Your voice is being heard.

    And that is a good thing.

    And we all know, because Ms Yin and Mr Yang tell us so, that with the good comes the bad.

    In all honestly, I can’t wait until the Trolls come after me.

    Bring it.

    Anyway…

    You know what I see whenever, which is almost always, I get that little message that says my comment has to first be approved/moderated?

    I see fear.

    I see you hiding in the shadows cast by the glow of the light of your computer screen.

    I see you shaking in your pajamas, afraid of what someone might say in response to your artistic genius.

    SOMEONE MIGHT NOT LIKE IT!

    SOMEONE MIGHT SAY SOMETHING MEAN!

    Yeah, maybe.

    But while you are busy screening and redacting all the comments you are receiving, there are people all around the world fighting, and dying, to be heard.

    To have a voice.

    To not be moderated.

    What, you think I’m being a little melodramatic?

    You think it doesn’t matter whether or not you screen your comments.

    If so, then I think you are being very, very (adverbs…yeah, I know) naive.

    Law of Attraction, my little insecure genius…

    Anyway…

    At a minimum, first impressions matter.

    What is one to think of you when their first interaction with you involves you first having to do a security check on them?

    Trust issues, is what I think.

    But then again, some of you may not even know that you are the Putin of your very own Police State.

    You may be suppressing freedom and free speech literally (yes I said literally…because I mean it!) around the globe and not even know it.

    So, for all the Freedom and Free Speech Lovers around the world (of WordPress), here is all you have to do to fight back against the evil forces of oppression:

    Go to your Dashboard, click on Settings, click on Discussion, and then please, please, please, if checked, uncheck the Comment must be manually approved and Comment author must have a previously approved comment boxes.

    Do it and I guarantee you will feel empowered knowing that you are not afraid of all the evil forces that are out there just waiting for the right time to attack.

    And if you are afraid, it’s okay.

    We all are to some degree.

    Because, let’s face it, Words really can hurt.

    And that’s a little scary.

    But when the attack comes, and it will, be ready for it by building up your arsenal of creativity now.

    Rise Up! to the challenge.

    Work like a possessed ninja on your Writing and/or your Poeting and/or Arting skills.

    Use The Force.

    Be the Creation.

    And when the attack comes, destroy it with Creativity and Expression!

    And if that doesn’t work, you ask.

    Fuck it…just delete it.

    Like the Boss Moderator that you are.

    Power To The Putin

     
    • Laura L. 2:34 pm on October 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I liked your post, because it was well written and an honest stance. I do require moderation on my blog, but not for any of the reasons you state. I do it for spam. In other blogs I have had unmoderated comment opened up an annoying, time consuming bunch of spam. Sure, spam can be deleted, it is just a pain. Sites that are cluttered with spam look like the owners don’t care about their sites.

      I have no fear of disagreement. I’ve looked for constructive criticism. I have no fear of telling an asshole they are an asshole, politely or not.

      For over three years I was trolled online by my own personal troll, too. It is a pain in the ass.

      One thing that doesn’t appear to work on my blog, though, and I do need to look into it, is that supposedly you can moderate once and if you approve the author you shouldn’t have to approve any more. That function doesn’t seem to be working.

      I found your views to be interesting and thought-provoking enough to consider taking the moderation off. But as soon as the spam starts flowing in, I’d change it back.

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      • Kurt Brindley ✍ ✄ ✍ 4:04 pm on October 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        You know, I didn’t even think about the spam when writing this and probably should have. The reason I didn’t think about it probably is because I rarely get any. Every once in a blue moon I do on a couple of my other sites…but not here…not yet, anyway.

        I’m glad you’re taking on the trolls. For the most part they’re nothing but bullies and bullies tend to fall apart when someone pushes back.

        Thanks for taking the time to comment, the good feedback, and the nice comments.

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      • Lynne McAennyl 9:55 pm on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Totally “get it”, Laura.

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    • elmeltone 2:38 pm on October 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Kurt, thank you for telling me how to turn off the comment moderator. Being fairly new to WordPress, moderating comments was set as a default on the Blog To Oblivion. My blog has now been liberated from my Putinesque comment moderation. Cheers.

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      • Kurt Brindley ✍ ✄ ✍ 4:07 pm on October 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Good. I’m glad the post was useful to you because, regardless of all the trolls and free speech stuff surrounding/suffocating it, it is meant as a helpful blogging tip.

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    • R. Todd 3:04 pm on October 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I, as with Laura, moderate mine due to the spam aspect. If you have something negative to say, I’ll approve it. It is after all only considerate due to you having spent the time reading my commentary that I pass along yours, whether I agree or not.

      I have set it so that once I approve a comment from someone, it allows them to post again without moderation. I prefer that method because instead of a random mass of nameless people, I get a chance to peruse the works of the new commentator (not that I get so many people reading my blog, but.. hey, it could happen)

      Other then that, I totally understand where you are coming from.

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    • ettemeyer 3:55 pm on October 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      How very contrarian of you. Good on you for advocating the marketplace of ideas and that free speech should be tolerated. I’m all for it in the public sphere. However, WordPress isn’t a public forum, and I don’t mind having my comments moderated. For me, free speech doesn’t absolve me of responsibility for what I say. Not everyone shares this view, and that’s okay: it’s their blog space. The blogger/creator has a right to be the gatekeeper of his/her own space. They decide whether to engage and if commentary is conducive to their overall vision of their blog. Just as I have a right to unfollow a blog if I feel it’s not worth my time.

      But, you’re right that we can always use the delete button. However, I need as many brain cells as I can get just to breathe some days – why waste creative time and energy on spam and trolls? I’m a bad Trollhunter, and I’ve failed your challenge :-(

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      • Kurt Brindley ✍ ✄ ✍ 4:20 pm on October 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I’ll take it that you mean “contrarian” in a good way, right? Either way…I’m not sure I follow you when you say “.WordPress isn’t a public forum…” It isn’t? Do you have your site set to private? Then if so, this post should not apply to you, as that would be the ultimate gatekeeping.

        But yeah, I agree, we as the Site Masters control the destiny of our sites. I certainly cannot make anyone do anything online, but I sure can advocate for the marketplace of ideas and free speech, as you so poetically described it. And I surely will. :)

        Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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        • ettemeyer 4:38 pm on October 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

          No, contrarian (did I misspell that, sheesh low brain cells) in a good way to spark debate.

          And I meant public forum in the strict sense that the government/people own it; and hence, have a public platform for freedom of assembly, debate and speech without fear of government censorship (at here in the US). From what I understand, WordPress is a private organization with rules and regulations/terms of service you have to follow even if your blog is “free.”

          Anyway, thanks for letting us comment.

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    • eclecticalli 4:36 pm on October 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I know the spam aspect has already been brought up (one of the reason’s I’ve decided to moderate), but the other is purely self-serving. If I have to approve a comment it means I have to take the moment to read it, and therefore might as well just take the moment (as well) to respond to it. It’s a built in reminder to myself that I want to respond to the comments. Otherwise I’m likely to see that they are there, and then forget in the blur of the day that I had intended to read and respond. All non-spam (and non-duplicate) posts get approved. And if I “edit” a post for any reason (really, they give us such power!) I will mention in my response that I have done so, and why.
      My two cents :)

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    • wifemothersurvivor 7:00 pm on October 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I’m with eclecticalli :) I have it set to only having to be approved once. I also do that so that when my ADD kicks in, I’ll still have an alert for new comments.

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    • john flanagan 9:11 pm on October 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Kurt,
      i enjoyed your post very much and in principle you are right. Spam is a pain is the arse and unfortunately are comments that hurl personal abuse at the blogger and have nothing to do with the post – i’ve had a share of those and i’m not going to tolerate them.
      Thank you for sharing this.
      john

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      • unsaintly 9:57 pm on October 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Hello Kurt!
        I love this post. My reasons for moderating align with the previous ones posted. I’d been stalked for a long time to an almost criminal degree. So that added to my decision to moderate comments. I don’t need the added stress of babysitting infantile, online trolls with serious mental issues (no seriously, they have mental issues) who have no jobs and take pleasure in tormenting me. I’d rather allow thought provoking debate, even if they disagree with my views.

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        • Kurt Brindley ✍ ✄ ✍ 12:05 am on October 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

          Hello unsaintly. Well, I’ll have to wait and see how it goes. To see what it’s really like when the Trolls attack. As of yet, I don’t have the “problem” of having so many comments to wade through that I can’t manage it.

          And it may already be showing through…but I kinda like a wee bit o’ confrontation.

          Thank you for taking the time to read and respond. Really appreciate it.

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      • Kurt Brindley ✍ ✄ ✍ 12:08 am on October 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Hey john, I agree. I, too, am intolerant towards intolerants.

        Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to read and comment.

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    • intuitivemeditation 11:40 pm on October 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      From my experience, the best way to deal with bullies is to give them no chance to be heard. It defeats their entire purpose. That’s different than someone disagreeing with me; that I can handle. So … Keeping it on moderate. But I ain’t skeered.

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      • Kurt Brindley ✍ ✄ ✍ 9:12 am on October 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Well, like I said a bit earlier, until I get the high volumes of comments you must be receiving, I’ll have to wait and see.

        I don’t want to put bars on the window until I am actually scared.

        Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts, intuitivemeditation.

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    • sarahthespaz 6:06 pm on October 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Guilty! I totally blog in my pajamas! I really love your blog- a lot of your “isms” remind me of my retired AF dad: humor and snark with a whole heap of fun. Thank you for this post-especially because I didn’t even know that setting was a thing, let alone how to correct it.

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      • Kurt Brindley ✍ ✄ ✍ 8:41 pm on October 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Geez, sarahthespaz, thank you very much for leaving such a kind and humorous comment for me. It really means a lot to me to hear that you are enjoying this blog. And because you’re so nice, I will not give your dad a hard time for joining the AF instead of the military. :) TELL DAD I AM JUST JOKING! But, I’m sure he understands since that’s the typical inter-service way of how we express our gratitude toward for each other.

        Thanks again, sarahthespaz. Stay both forever cool and forever pajama’d…

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    • arabpikachu4wp 5:45 pm on November 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I happen to be a Moderator for my 3 blogs but only do this to make sure spam doesn’t flood my blog (hope you can respect me for that).

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    • Amy 11:24 am on February 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You make some very good points and I may get the courage to take the moderator off. I like getting the e-mail prompt when I get a comment, and responding back. It seems like most of my spam is filtered out into a spam box, so I am not sure if taking off the moderator button would change that. I don’t get that many comments or views, so I probably need to step up my game so I have something to actually worry about :). Thanks!

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      • Kurt Brindley 11:28 am on February 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        And the very few spam bots that do get through the filter often leave interesting comments of which I usually respond to. :)

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    • Rose Red 9:28 pm on February 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I am starting to understand your view, but not the emotion behind it. I kind of shrug at moderated blogs. I don’t recall having any of my comments un- approved. But then I don’t go back to look either, that’s like looking at tissue after

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    • Spyros 2:21 pm on October 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I get mostly afraid of what I could do with my words. And secondarily, with reactions that could occur. I think the second wouldn’t occur without the first. ;)

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    • gdicm 12:17 pm on October 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Like muslims complain if their children are subjected to a Bible in school, they also moderate the internet. Talk about stacking the words in their favor. They complain if any children are shown a Bible. “Like you say ” , , , , , words will never hurt me.”

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    • Lynne McAennyl 9:53 pm on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Kurt. I accept you have a good point re moderating comments, where you mean (by ‘moderating’) not allowing them to be seen.
      I have mine set just as you ask us to not do. I moderate only a person’s first comment – and Only because I don’t want to be trolled by shills promoting their “skills” in writing My content! For a Fee, of course. On a different blog, for which I did not moderate, I found for one post alone, eight shills commenting and re-commenting to sell their service.
      My way stops them coming back.
      But, one thing you Have made me decide is…I Must mention that Only the first comment will be moderated. So thanks for that call to action.

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    • Pleasant Street 10:31 pm on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I ended up thinking it over and removing moderate from my blog comments ^_^
      My that was a while ago. Hope you are well.

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