Truth vs. the GOP’s BIG LIES

In my lifetime, every election has seen more and more (mostly) white, poor-to-middle class Americans buying into the GOP’s big lies and voting against their own self-interest. They latch onto the fear of “the other” (minorities, immigrants, women, LGBTQ, you name it) being peddled in place of honest policy by those who are deep in the caverous pockets of the 1%, and despite mountains of evidence to the contrary, refuse to let go.

With the Iowa caucuses just around the corner, we here at Off the Rails are going to try to combat the Big Lies with – shock! – a little truth. We may be preaching to the choir, but always better to light a match than simply curse the darkness.

For starters, a brief video by Robert Reich, economist, former Sec. of Labor under President Clinton, and all round progressive guy.

This is truth, verifiable economic truth. No more, no less. Listen and remember when you go to the polls.

 

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Alan Rickman 1946-2016

Another luminary snuffed out too soon.

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It has been a very rough start to the new year, losing so many incredible people so suddenly. Today. a small tribute to Alan Rickman, an actor and director of wit and humor and  great intensity. Alan-Rickman-Wallpaper-alan-rickman-6979161-1024-768

Most young people know him from the Harry Potter films. though one of my favorites has always been “Truly, Madly, Deeply.”

And for fans of Severus Snape, a little something to remind us of the hero he was.

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Alan Rickman will be sorely missed.

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David Bowie. 1947-2016

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I grew up on the genius of David Bowie. Indeed, I played my cassette of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars so often it wound up spliced and respliced until it finally wore through. In music, film, fashion, life, he was as if from another realm entirely. His chiseled androgyny served as both lure and challenge, as he capered across the cultural landscape, forever reinventing himself, pushing boundaries with an eerie prescience.

Many words far better than mine will be written about Ziggy Stardust/Aladdin Sane/The Thin White Duke/Regular Dude, et al., and his profound influence on the creative world of the past 50 years. So I won’t ramble. For now, let David Bowie’s work speak.

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Fly high and thank you. What gifts you gave us all.

The Important and Insignificant

The Important and Insignificant
By Jennifer Kiley

Important
Insignificant
Makers of distinctions
Determining the rankings
Powering up corruption

It’s time for…phasing out ‘Better then’
It’s time for…being inclusive
It’s time for…shutting out no one
It’s time for…representing everyone

Protect the environment
Homes for the homeless
Food for the starving
Wisdom for the ignorant
Empower the different

© jk 2016

[this is a growing power]
[and a growing poem]
[hope to add new verses]
[including the chorus]
[on Off the Rails – Track 451]

Which Side Are You On? – Pete Seeger

[You will also find this posted on Expats Post on the 4th January 2016]

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016!

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“Hope
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”
― Alfred Lord Tennyson

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M a c K e n z i e – K i l e y  C l a n

W I S H  A L L  I N

2 0 1 6

G O O D  C H E E R S  F O R  A L L

&

H A P P Y  NE W  Y E A R

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“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things,
learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world.

You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes.
Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. 
Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect,

whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

― Neil Gaiman

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“The great miraculous bell of translucent ice is suspended in mid-air.

It rings to announce endings and beginnings.
And it rings because there is fresh promise and wonder in the skies.

Its clear tones resound in the placid silence of the winter day,
and echo long into the silver-blue serenity of night.

The bell can only be seen at the turning of the year,
when the days wind down into nothing, and get ready to march out again.

When you hear the bell, you feel a tug at your heart.

It is your immortal inspiration.”

― Vera Nazarian

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“In the New Year, dream something that you have never dreamed!”

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