Dixon Wragg 
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Re: “Under the Prairie Sun

"...cooking Italian food and talking Rasta." Rasta pasta!
I live on the same property. It's a nice little community. Mooka, Nate and the bunch are great folks, and the somewhat rural ambience is sweet. I encourage those who seek recording, mastering, concert sound, etc. services to check out Prairie Sun, and those wanting to learn the craft ought to consider Prairie Sun's internship program.

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Posted by Dixon Wragg on 08/10/2016 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Flag Waiving

Jim, it's always nice to get another example of crappy discourse from those who closed-mindedly hold ugly, indefensible positions, (right-wing or otherwise) so thanks again, LOL!

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Posted by Dixon Wragg on 09/07/2015 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Flag Waiving

Jim Bracco, in my previous response to you, I made a number of arguments which (whether they're right or wrong) you have chosen not to address at all. Instead you have responded with an ad hominem attack. This is not a rational or constructive response. In fact, it's tantamount to acknowledging that you can't make your case but are still unwilling to accept my position even though you can't refute it. This does not reflect well on you.

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Posted by Dixon Wragg on 09/04/2015 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Rethinking Cosby

Marsha Singer, it's predictable but still sad to see such nasty comments here in response to your essay. Greg starts out with an ad hominem (ad feminem?) attack. (Greg, Marcia's essay was not "mind numbing". Your mind was numb long before you read it.) Suzanne Smith's manifestly black-and-white thinking leads her to attack you for presenting a nuanced view. LAD's accusing you of defending rape shows how thoroughly her/his emotional response has distorted his/her understanding of what you really said.

While I disagree with your condemning and shaming of "condemning and shaming" (and encourage you to examine the irony of that), I otherwise appreciate your nuanced view, and I appreciate even more your willingness to state it publicly, knowing that you'd be attacked for it. As a frequently outspoken independent thinker (and recent Open Mic writer) myself, I can empathize!

Posted by Dixon Wragg on 08/27/2015 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Flag Waiving

Hey, Jim Bracco--
I'd like to thank you for several things:

1. Thanks for expressing your counter-argument. As an outspoken guy myself, I know how scary that can be sometimes.

2. Thanks for admitting that you endorse genocide. At least I think that's what you implied. Your characterization of (all?) Indians as brutal seems to be in the context of justifying the Europeans' treatment of them. [Of course, there are a couple of problems with your thinking here. First of all, not all of the hundreds of Indian nations engaged in slavery, wars of aggression etc., though some did. Secondly, if pointing out that some ethnic group has done evil things justifies exterminating them, understand that this leads to an unending cycle of genocide. The same "reasoning" would justify the genocide of all Americans, then the genocide of whoever killed us, etc. ad infinitum. But something tells me that if, e.g., the Chinese did to us what we did to the Indians, you wouldn't be keen to wave their flag.]

3. Thanks for illuminating the darkness at the heart of the American psyche by responding to my attack on genocide and slavery as if that constitutes an attack on the USA. I couldn't have put the connection more clearly myself, and you did it without even trying!

4. Thanks for giving a brief list of the sort of feel-good misconceptions that make up the myth of national righteousness, so popular in the USA as well as many other countries ("...freedom, liberty, peace and prosperity..").

There's not space here to educate you out of the patriotic mythology and into an honest understanding of American history and policy. I'd offer a reading list, but I suspect you don't want your bubble popped. So I'll content myself here with a few comments:

It's unclear why you thought my smoking weed was relevant to the discussion at all. For the record, I don't do it nowadays, but I used to. When I smoked weed, I had to be careful not to be caught by the US government, which would happily have made money by criminalizing me and jailing me, substantially ruining my life in the process. So it's ironic that you bring up the subject of weed in the context of your starry-eyed rhapsodizing about how "free" we are in this country, LOL!

The idea that you consider a freedom fighter like Sitting Bull less worthy of memorialization than a genocidal slave owner like Washington speaks volumes about your values, and what is says isn't pretty.

Note that some of your arguments are the same arguments people are offering in support of the Confederate flag. If they justify waving the one flag, they must justify waving the other.

You invoke "...our ability to surmount our deficits and advance toward our ideals." But you seem oblivious to the fact that that must start with admitting (and not justifying) our brutalities. Rationalizing them and venerating the perpetrators is a recipe for continued brutality, not a path to "surmount(ing) our deficits and advanc(ing) toward our ideals."

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Posted by Dixon Wragg on 07/27/2015 at 1:37 AM

Re: “Flag Waiving

To Sandy Murphy: I spelled it "waiving" because it's a pun.
Incidentally, I don't think "truthiness" is a good thing. I have the impression that "truthiness" means something like propaganda or convincing BS. Am I wrong?
As always, thanks for your support.

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Posted by Dixon Wragg on 07/16/2015 at 2:26 PM

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