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Fighting Trump and Social Minimalism ideology

Jan 27, 2017 No Comments ›› Dan Bodine

  By Dan Bodine   Asking us to get over Nov. 8’s election that has crowned radical-capitalist Donald Trump and his Trump-towers wealth as symbolic king/president of our country is asking us to do more than just shrug off what Catholics describe as a venial sin. It’s asking us to bow to Republican’s far-right politics …

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Cleburne’s untold mentally retarded tale bit freakish too

Mar 26, 2016 No Comments ›› Dan Bodine

    By Dan Bodine   U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) — in legislation some call the “Wanderers Bill” — seeks devices to help monitor whereabouts of special children once lumped together as mentally retarded. News stirred ghosts of yesteryear. My hometown, Cleburne, Tx, was ground zero in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court clash over the …

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“Another Vietnam” questions war, too

Feb 10, 2016 No Comments ›› Dan Bodine

 ————————— By Dan Bodine     Samplings of photos from the book, “Another Vietnam: Unseen images of the war from the winning side” — viewed over the weekend– stirred in me old conflicts on America’s military-industrial complex. About who exactly wanted the war? And who won it? And as history seems to be proving now, whether …

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Pope Francis may be helping usher in postcapitalism

Sep 25, 2015 No Comments ›› Dan Bodine

“Toward the end of 2014, U.S. Catholic hierarchy was so right-wing conservative you’d thought it held a tea party charter membership. Now with the Pope in, at the onset of what probably will be the most contentious presidential election campaign in recent history, Church soft-pedaling is hard to hide. Someone order a muffler?”

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Catholic marriages and fury the Synod loosened

Nov 5, 2014 No Comments ›› Dan Bodine

One year earlier  awaiting the Catholic marriage:  Dan and Noemi Bodine, along with Noemi’s brother, Javier Molinar of Phoenix, Az., are seen (right) March 5, 1995, at the end of the couple’s “civil” wedding in Presidio. Noemi “grew up” Catholic, but with Dan she couldn’t take communion. Even with conversion and this civil re-marriage, he …

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Social minimalism author writes on N. Korea’s human rights

Feb 23, 2014 No Comments ›› Dan Bodine

By Dan Bodine   Wars and rumors of wars! Since forever, no? Is the world more dangerous today than it was 50 years ago? A hundred years ago? More intolerable? More crueler? In the majority of places? One of the reasons I remain optimistic that the sky isn’t falling on our present economic and political …

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Twerk journalism and demise of Monarchs just coincidence?

Feb 1, 2014 No Comments ›› Dan Bodine

By Dan Bodine     News the El Paso Times is part of a media project further turning away from newsprint to “digital priorities” on mobile devices came Wednesday, perhaps coincidentally, with news the once grand Monarch butterfly migration to Mexico each winter essentially is a thing of the past, too. Holy Cow! How do …

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Immigrants, if you’re different from us, get out of here!

Jan 23, 2014 No Comments ›› Dan Bodine

By Dan Bodine   Who knows why we’re like this, but humans are. If you want to stir up suspicion among your “insiders,” just attempt to bring in something or someone strange from the “outside.” Doesn’t matter if it’s only a conversational topic you’ve floated, say a three-legged mule with bright-colored ribbons on its head. …

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