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From a Layman's Point of View

From a Layman's Point of View

Apr 29 , 2016 | Posted by: Charlie | Elections, Politics | 4 Comments

There's a lot to do with the election process that I'll admit I don't understand, and I'm sure that a lot of the more cosmopolitan minded pundits and professional practitioners of the art, science, three-ring circus or whatever modern day ...

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National Disgrace

National Disgrace

Apr 25 , 2016 | Posted by: Charlie | Politics, VA | 6 Comments

We've all heard the stories about veterans with serious medical problems being put on long waiting lists and denied the immediate attention they need, to the point that some have even died waiting.

When confronted, the president and ...

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The Problem With Weakness

The Problem With Weakness

Apr 22 , 2016 | Posted by: Charlie | America, Obama, Russia | 7 Comments

 When I was in grammar school, my dad's job necessitated several moves, requiring my attending three schools in a single school year more than once.

This was over 70 years ago when disagreements among school aged boys were likely to ...

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Playing Catch Up

Playing Catch Up

Apr 18 , 2016 | Posted by: Charlie | Politics | 7 Comments

When a team falls behind in the fourth quarter of a football game, it changes the game plan and the strategy, as they throw caution to the wind and take chances they ordinarily wouldn't take in an all out effort to erase the deficit before the ...

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Illusions

Illusions

Apr 15 , 2016 | Posted by: Charlie | America, General | 11 Comments

Several years ago, the CDB was performing with a symphony orchestra and a few minutes before the show was to start, one of the symphony officials came back stage and told me that there was a gentleman sitting in the audience who was offended by ...

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Democracy Denied

Democracy Denied

Apr 11 , 2016 | Posted by: Charlie | Elections, Politics | 12 Comments

 I have been a patriot all my life.

I was five years old when Pearl Harbor was bombed and World War II lasted through my formative early years and respect, gratitude and admiration for the military and confidence in the president and ...

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The Hag: Exit of Another National Treasure

The Hag: Exit of Another National Treasure

Apr 8 , 2016 | Posted by: Charlie | Merle Haggard | 19 Comments

I was in the recording studio working on an album on April 6 when I received a text from my manager with only one line.

“Merle Haggard has died.”

I immediately shared it on Twitter and almost as immediately, Paula, our publicist, ...

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The Truth

The Truth

Apr 4 , 2016 | Posted by: Charlie | Politics | 6 Comments

 When He was on trial before Pontius Pilate, Jesus said, “Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” Then Pilate asked the question, “What is truth?”

The question, ...

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Desires - Special Edition Soapbox

Desires - Special Edition Soapbox

As I sit here, it is a little after 4:30 AM on the morning of Tuesday, March 29, the year of our Lord 2016 and it will be a day like no other I've ever lived in my soon to be 80 years.

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Bad Choices

Bad Choices

Mar 28 , 2016 | Posted by: Charlie | Cuba, Obama, Terrorism | 6 Comments

Recent events in Belgium, Paris, Cologne and San Bernardino have proven that Obama's supposed 65 nation coalition to combat terrorism is about as effective as a BB gun against an alligator.

First of all, who are these mysterious 65 nations ...

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