MurphTheSurf3

Proud to be an Independent Progressive. I am a progressive- a one time Eisenhower Republican (from 1965 through 2004)who is now a Democrat. I live in a very RED STATE and am a community activist with a very BLUE AGENDA. I was a professor of history, and am now a researcher and gentleman farmer. My political positions are mixed - thus my preferred identification as a Progressive Independent. I am conservative on matters of military intervention, in regard to abortion, immigration, the public school system, gun rights, taxation, voter ID. But I am a traditional conservative, a Buckley, National Review, Eisenhower Republican..... I am a liberal on matters of health care care, funding education, taxation (yes one can be both liberal and conservative on this), civil rights, and alternative energy development/climate change.
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The Planned Parenthood Videos: GOP Legislation Based On Major Misrepresentation

An analysis of the "SHOCKING Planned Parenthood" Videotapes reveals that GOP legislatures are once again action on unsupported claims and falsified information.

Obama Ally Cameron’s Conservatives Win The Day In The UK: What It Means

To the surprise of the British Pollsters Thursday's General Election wasn't even close. Cameron's Conservative (aka Tory) Party trounced Labour and saw its allied Liberal Democrats diminished even further. What does this mean for the United States' closest ally?

Remembering Selma – The Civil Rights Movement: What Went Wrong?

I went to a church service last night on the anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March at a small AME congregation. Mostly black, mostly middle class farmers. The minister, part time, as he is a farmer too, spoke passionately of the zeal of those protestors who stood up against injustice and of the cause that they lifted up. BUT, he also challenged the congregation to do more than just recall....

Will Boehner Get The Boot? Not Likely But He Will Remain Hobbled.

John Boehner and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week last week....to be followed by another Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week this week.....Where's the Love?

American Sniper: Brutal Honesty, Devastating Images; Unexpected Greatness

American Sniper is the first truly great film made about the war in Iraq. It is not a celebration of war; or a call to action against Muslims. It is a sad film about the bravery of warriors in battles whose purpose is lost in the fog of war.

Watching “Selma” In A Nearly Empty Theater. Why?

Selma received nearly universal acclaim from film critics. It got tons of publicity. So where are the crowds? Well, I live in very conservative Missouri in an area where there are few blacks but "12 Years a Slave" did rather well here. It was made for $22 million and made $188 million. So???

In 1967, A High School Junior, Me, Was Invited To A Speech By Dr. King

In a hot auditorium in Charleston, SC on July 30, 1977, I heard Dr. Martin Luther King declare: "I'm not gonna say, 'Burn baby burn'!" I'm gonna say "Build baby build!"

Two faces of Islam: The Jihadist and The Modernist

The Islamic Testimony Means Something Quite Different for Modernists versus Jihadist; and that could make all the difference.

For Your Consideration: Thoughts on the Oscar Nominees

This Year's The Academy of Motion PIctures Arts and Sciences offered up what it believes to be its best. So For Your Consideration.......

If Obama had gone to Paris the Right Would Still Have Gone Ballistic!

For the Right anything Obama does is grist for the mill and fodder for the fools. They are railing because Obama did not go to Paris, but what if he did....