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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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....

GOP Columnist: The Very Bad News For the GOP From Their Midterm Victory

A GOP strategist has declared that the week of the Midterm Elections “was a dark week for Republicans, and for everyone who wants to see America remain the world’s most vibrant, most powerful nation.” What the HELL! Where was he?

ACA/ObamaCare Year 2: Essential Info and Links to Share

In the face of a renewed GOP effort to end Obamacare....This weekend, you’ll be able to sign up for 2015 health coverage through the Marketplace. Open Enrollment begins on November 15th this year.

The GOP Wave Pool: Money, Lies, Ignorance and Democratic Apathy

The halo effect. Tip O'Neill said that all politics are local. Not last night. All politics were national. 6 years of negativity about the President paid off. Every election was a test of Obama's popularity.