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Good Morning Thinkers - Today is Saturday, February 13th, it is the 24th day of the Biden Kakistocracy. In recognition of this critical day in our nation's history we will consider the words of eminent scientist Carl Sagan,

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”
― Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

The universe is infinite.
The universe has limits.
A paradox?
Not when dealing with humans - especially Rangers.
We have seen first hand what we, and others, are capable of achieving with the indomitable mind set. Every day we move further, faster, and fight harder than any other soldier - consistently giving 100% and then some. It’s our creed.
On the other hand, our disregard of personal circumstances in pursuit of our objectives can put us in the express lane to self-destruction. My recent absence from this platform is a direct result of this phenomenon. We can drive a beast, even ourselves, only so hard.
The universe is infinite.
The universe has limits.

Oversimplification is the opiate of the stupid - Ellis Reyes (2016)


Ad hominem attacks are the refuge of the ill prepared - Ellis Reyes (2016)

"The Constitution is not a living organism, it is a legal document. It says what it says, and it doesn't say what it doesn't say," Justice Antonin Scalia

Teenagers don't sleep, they hibernate nightly. Ellis Reyes (2016)


A teaching colleague posted a really cool rendering of her Bitmoji classroom for March all decorated in shamrocks and green for St. Patrick's Day. Here is my response:

I would be destroyed in my school/district for displaying anything so Eurocentric and blatantly Christian. As a male, perceived white educator, I would clearly be exploiting my privilege and position of power and authority to oppress those community members and comrades with my systemically racist, sexist, misogynist etc. worldview.

In public schools, Marxism is a big yes, God is a big NO!

A Black political science professor is profiled in the Seattle Times because he has a lot to say about the Trump impeachment trial. Here are the comments that I posted publicly:

How does the esteemed professor have any legitimacy addressing this issue as he is not a Republican, not a conservative, and not a upper income white male? Isn't permission to address issues publicly granted by one's membership in the group being scrutinized? I've been told countless times, "No uterus, no voice," when addressing women's rights issues. I've been shouted down by BLM activists because of my melanin deficit when addressing issues of race and  culture. And I've been canceled on LGBTQ+ issues because of my cis-heteronormativity. Why does this man have a platform on anything related to the GOP?

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