Can anybody tell me what that even means?

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Social media is always a fun place to find amusement concerning politics. Monday, January 18, 2021, was Martin Luther King Day. As the chatter about the upcoming inauguration of Joe Biden escalated I saw this post on Facebook, “Wonder how many people celebrating Martin Luther King’s birthday realize he’d be considered a conservative today?”

Speaking of comparisons between current day politicians and historical figures, I saw one that again tried to compare Trump to Lincoln. We’ve all seen those for four years.

I watched all of the inauguration events in a marina in Florida on our sailboat. Immediately after Air…


There’s still time to pick up some wings and beer before it starts

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Merriam-Webster defines spectator sport as a sport that many people watch, or, something that people watch other people do without becoming involved themselves.

On January, 6, 2021, we all watched our country’s Capitol be overrun by a few thousand people whose intentions were to take control of Congress. A couple of days later I had a brief conversation with a neighbor. He said “there’s going to be a civil war before it’s over”. I quickly responded, “what’s that going to look like?” His response was predictable — “Liberals are going to get their asses kicked.”

Again: What is that going…


My brother was murdered. After 15+ years, here’s what I remember and what is yet to come.

Mark Anthony — one month before his death

They say that time heals all wounds. Some of us know that simply isn’t true. However — at least for me — over time, many details fade from the forefront of my memories. Here’s what I remember about the events that happened in the aftermath of Mark’s death.*

It was February 16, 2004; President’s Day. I spent the day painting the foyer and staircase of our Burke, Virginia, home.

Just after 5:00 p.m., I was applying the finishing touches when I heard the phone ring. It was for me — who is it? Ricky Pollard?

Hey Chris, it’s Brother Ricky…


I decided not to vote against the candidate that I despise

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I voted on October 19th. It’s a done deal.

For most of my adult life, I was a single issue voter. I enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1981 and served until my retirement in 2005. I had very little interest in politics for most of my military career. There was one issue that enticed military, particularly the enlisted, to vote. It was pay raises. Since the mid-1960s, one party opposed larger military budgets, while the other more often favored them. That was all I needed to know about politics and I voted accordingly.

Looking back, that was…


A few days ago I had a discussion with a friend about the economy. The conversation centered around whether or not the economy would return to pre-COVID levels, or fall when the extended unemployment benefits finally expire. I expressed my concerns that the stock market will crash to some extent once the stimulus and unemployment benefits run out. The response was, “well, you know that is what They want.” When I asked who They is, well, I never got an answer. I suddenly realized that the solution to the world’s problems is to get rid of They!

Many years ago…

Chris Anthony

Retired veteran and civil servant with 37+ years of Federal service. Wannabe writer.

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