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Archives: May 2014

May
25th

A college commencement speech you’ll never hear

If I were a snippy kind of guy, the fact that I didn’t receive a single invitation to deliver a college commencement address might irk me. But I’m not. Sniff.

Outside of a handful of web-surfing insomniacs I recognize that few people have heard of me. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have something to contribute to the graduation zeitgist (whatever that is). This is the speech I might have given, if anyone had asked.

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Hey kids. Thanks for inviting me to speak at the commencement of the class of 2014. You guys look great in those caps and

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May
19th

Eatonville tragedy another stat in a quiet epidemic

Cognitive dissonance: (noun) the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change.

Thursday’s scathing news assaulted our senses: A man kills his wife and turns the gun on himself. In that short sentence are a thousand unspoken fragments. Two children, orphans. Family, friends, confusion, grief.

Sadly, this story could easily be supplanted in the headlines of any newspaper virtually anywhere. That it happened in Eatonville is just coincidental (TNT 5/15). It has shaken this small town, yet for all the disbelief and outrage, experience suggests this crime

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May
12th

Gruesome murder raises question: Is homicide ever a sane act?

A homicide trial is no place for the faint of heart. That is especially true in the murder trial of John Ben Jones Jr., a Tacoma man whose crime requires adjectives usually reserved for the jacket of a Stephen King novel.

Start with macabre. According to Sean Robinson’s article (TNT 5/9), a foul smell emanating from Jones’ room led his mother to discover a man’s decomposing body.

Move on to grisly. The body, that of Jones’ friend, Wayne Williams, had been partially dismembered and stuffed into trash bags.

The shock value of Jones’ crime is undeniable.

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May
4th

Extremism, not gay marriage, will kill the Constitution

According to the National Archives website the U.S. Constitution is written on animal skin.

In describing the process of creating parchment (scraping, stretching and drying the dead flesh of farm animals), the conservators of our nation’s foremost document fail to mention its most compelling attribute: It is elastic.

How else would one describe these five pages which together create the framework for a legal system that has withstood a savage tug of war for more than two centuries?

An example of the Constitution’s elasticity played out in Tacoma last week when Roy Moore, the controversial chief

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