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Dr. Bill Atwood

A tough week

The past few days have been quite interesting if you happen to be a news junkie such as I am. President Trump fired the director of the FBI unifying many on opposite sides of the aisle in their comments. Donald Trump finds that he and Rosie O’Donnell agree on that issue and many conservatives who were mad at James Comey over not charging Hillary for her crimes are happy he is gone.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all. Yes, even the guys are wished a happy Mother’s Day if you follow the original intent of Anna Mae Jarvis, who conjured up the idea of celebrating the gift that mothers are in our lives with a special day. Miss Jarvis, who wasn’t a mother, wanted to pay honor to her mother and that was her idea. When she wished people a, “Happy Mother’s Day,” she was honoring that person’s mother and not the person to whom she offered the greeting.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Rule of Law

Last week I had the opportunity to join with several hundred students and a couple of dozen federal and state jurists in the celebration of Law Day in Yosemite National Park under the leadership of the Federal District Court Magistrate, Michael Seng, who has a great team that provides a superb program for students.

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Secrets to saving on your summer city vacation

Cities attract people for different reasons, which is partly why cities are such popular vacation destinations. Summer is one of the best times to visit, as the long days give you extra hours of sunlight for exploration and many cities host a variety of free activities. The busy season can mean rising prices, but there are a few city-specific savings tactics that can take some of the strain off your budget.

Dr. Bill Atwood

A little safer

Donald Trump seems to be a combination of a Timex watch and the Energizer Bunny. He just keeps on ticking people off and he just keeps going and going and going. The bombing raid in Syria confounded everyone. Many of his supporters were in shock because he had stated President Obama was wrong to be involved there and that he felt we should stay out of that Civil War.

Dr. Bill Atwood

He is risen

Happy Easter - When many of us walk into our various churches on Sunday, we will greet one another with the statement, “He is risen.” The response back will be, “He is risen indeed.” This exchange has been going on for centuries and it is the statement that embodies why people are Christians. The tomb in which Jesus was buried was empty on the third day.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Muddied waters

Does anyone anywhere have a clue what is happening in Washington D.C. with regard to who is spying on whom? Hollywood would have a difficult time selling this plot and the cast of characters in a movie. The viewers would find themselves so very confused with the plot and the lies and the “He said, no; he said, nope; I said, then again I said that he said that they said that he told them…”

Peter Cavanaugh

Patsy

Pat-sy (patsē), noun: a person who is easily taken advantage of, especially by being cheated or blamed for something. A fool. A sap. A sucker.

Peter Cavanaugh

Fool

“I guess I’m here, what? 64 days? I never said, ‘Repeal and replace Obamacare.’ You’ve all heard my speeches. I never said, ‘repeal it and replace it within 64 days.’” - President Donald J. Trump late Friday afternoon after “Trumpcare” was pronounced D.O.A. and laid to rest by imperial decree.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Leave us alone

Really? After being stuck with the socialist medical insurance now known as Obamacare for seven years since it was passed by the Democrats, and signed by the community organizer, the Republicans had a chance to spare us all from more governmental control of our lives. They dropped the ball to be sure.

Dr. Bill Atwood

A robed wonder

Last week a federal judge in Hawaii staged a coup against the rule of law in this great nation. That doofus ruled against the temporary ban on refugees from nations that had been identified by Barack Obama.

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