Call to Action #1

It's been so long since I posted to my blog that I almost forgot how to do it.  I tell you, middle age is not for the faint of heart. Friends, the Trump administration has proposed rule changes to the policies of the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Departments of Agriculture, Education, Homeland … Continue reading Call to Action #1

Your Day in Court: A Public Service Announcement

Happy Monday & a pleasant Earth Day, y’all. I hope all you beautiful Bloggers have a great day and a wonderful week.

I’ve been extremely busy for the past few weeks; ain’t it crazy how life gets that way sometimes? I am about 3 weeks behind in sharing my bookthoughts (and goodness do I have some thoughts to share! Spoiler: I recently finished quite possibly the worst book I’ve ever read. It was so bad I couldn’t quit reading to see how much worse it would get. Can’t wait to let y’all know what I think about Phil Valentine’s The God Players.)

But for now, I’m gonna share an essay I first posted 2 years ago because, well, it’s just time, dammit. For those of you who’ve seen it before, I apologize for the repeat, but I feel I’ve gained enough new followers in recent months to justify reblogging it. It has the added bonuses of being helpful, informative, and funny to boot, so enjoy!

The Ceaseless Reader Writes

Court rules 2 Common Rules in a Middle Tennessee County Courthouse

I’ve been a probation officer for going on 14 years and have served in many different Criminal, Circuit, General Sessions, and Municipal courts.  I’m wise enough to know I haven’t seen it all and experienced enough to know there are very few human behaviors or actions that will shock or surprise me.  But because I continue to see repeated patterns of courtroom behavior that seem far outside the realm of common sense, I decided to offer some advice to those of you who have never or don’t often see the inside of a real courtroom.  If you don’t already know it, they bear small resemblance to the ones you see on TV.

Now I know I’m a member of a vast and sophisticated, educated, law-abiding group of fine, upstanding e-citizens endowed with bottomless stores of smarts and common sense and that most…

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One Small Step from Democracy, One Giant Leap Toward Dictatorship

Hello friends and fellow Bloggers! After Trump refused today to take action on the Russia sanctions he signed into law in August 2017, my friend Lydia posted this excellent entry. Please read it, take action, and don’t forget to check out Lydia’s blog at

Take care, be well, and happy Blogging!


A lot from Lydia

For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, Donald Trump violated the Constitution of the United States of America yesterday when he refused to enforce the law.

What law?

Sanctions against Russia, as punishment for their confirmed interference with the 2016 presidential election, became law with a vote of 419-3 in the House and 98-2 in the Senate.

What is a “Constitutional Crisis?”

In the course of government, a crisis results when one or more of the branches of government, (judiciary, legislative, or executive), willfully chooses to violate a law of the constitution.

A constitutional crisis results when factions within a government ideologically disagree about the extent to which each faction holds sovereignty to legally exercise administrative power.

What action?—

Again, Congress voted 517-5 to impose sanctions on Russia. Yesterday was the deadline to enforce the law.

The President (Trump) decided to ignore that law.


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