2000th Post

I happened to look at the far left corner of my laptop screen just after hitting the ‘publish’ button for my last post and it said: your 1999th post. Thus this is #2000. Is that a milestone? Whatever, but I was surprised at the number. Apparently I babble quite a lot. So do others because there have been 8,982 comments so far.

The first post on Man with the Muckrake was on June 11, 2007. I had just returned from a trip to Europe and commented on a photo of a memorial I came across one morning in a German cemetery titled, “We Died for You,” and it listed the names of the German soldiers who died in WWI and WWII. War and the military has been a popular theme on this blog as it was on an earlier blog that I wrote before I created this one.

In July of 2007 a post titled Toledo Bishop Caught in Web of Deceit was the first of several religious posts commenting on the secrecy of the Roman Catholic Church.  Interestingly, today it continues much as it has for centuries with sex abuse cover-ups. Quite a bunch of topics on this blog were directed at Fundamentalism, most specifically Christian Fundamentalism. In September 2007 my first fundamentalism post featured a book written by Bishop Shelby Spong in a post titled, Christian Bishop Decries GOP Fundamentalist Agenda.

If Neanderthals Could Have Talked written in October 2007 was the first of many science topics that interested me. Often I connect a newly discovered science item with fundamentalists, hoping to enlighten The People in the anti-science agenda of this religious group.  With each new, daily science discovery the ‘facts’ stated in the Bible whither like clipped grass on a sunny day.

Of course, politics is a hot topic here; the first political post, My First Socialist Workers Meeting, spoke of the need for health care in this nation.  Little did we know back in 2007 how divisive that topic would become during the 2008 election and afterwards with the parade of idiots in DC- our first taste of the Tea Party.

Celebration of Race Equality Day celebrated in Toledo in late summer began regular posts on race, gender and sexual orientation equality issues.  Not surprisingly, they often dovetailed with political and religious posts.

Education issues are seemingly always in the news- mostly bashing teachers and the lack of funding for schools. Late in 2007 I wrote, The Happy Idiot’s Guide to Education: Part 1.  I’m not sure that there was Part 2, but the subject of the education of the youth of America never seems to be solved. Money and political and religious agendas are constant roadblocks thrown into the path of education reform.

I’m an amateur psychologist and am keenly fascinated with the human mind. Oh, I’d never want to sit in an office and listen to the person lying on the couch; rather, the theory of it all fascinates me.  This is why in December 2007 I wrote, The Out-of-Sync Child– a study of certain children in our society, our schools who appear to be just a tad off.  Not off as in psychologically deranged, but these children do not seem to react the way ‘normal’ students do.  They have what is termed sensory integration dysfunction. Pity the child who has this disorder sitting in a classroom with a teacher who has no training in this disorder.

The changing climate of earth continues to make headlines often with new records of temperature, increasing of storms and melting glaciers. The environment and the jeers directed to Al Gore come to mind. My foray into this theme at the end of my first year of this blog was a post I titled, Greenland Melt Accelerating, According To Climate Scientist. Well, still melting despite the anti-science hollering by the usual set of luddites. It continues with the nonsense rhetoric spewed by head of the House Committee on Science.

Thus, in retrospect, what issues have changed and/or remained the same over the past 6 years?  Where is the current interest in the topics of the Environment, War/Peace, Religion, Education, Politics, Justice, Psychology and Science?

Thank you all for reading and commenting on this blog. Often I think that I should abandon this blog and leave it to the dustpan of history. But not just yet.

Thanks also to those who feel free to post here:  Microdot, Laci and Engineer.  Your shared insight is always welcome.

Anyone else care to be a contributor?

 

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23 thoughts on “2000th Post

  1. Hello Mudrake,

    I stumbled upon your column and surmise that you inhabit the Toledo area. Thought you might find some upcoming activities of interest. Move to Amend (https://movetoamend.org/) has a Toledo affiliate working at the grassroots to promote alternatives to corporate-dictated policy and control of government. One big project we have coming up is a renewable energy conference co-hosted with Sierra Club on April 27 featuring Jill Stein & Harvey Wasserman. ( for more info https://movetoamend.org/oh-toledo). This might be some interesting stuff for your blog. I can be contacted at toledo@movetoamend if you are interested.

    1. The Sierra Club here in Mississippi has been actively involved in trying to
      stop a coal plant from developing. The Sierra Club lost to jobs and
      money!

      1. Just got back from Central Pennsylvania, Oil City area. It’s fracking central there.

        1. I believe that the state tax rate on PA fracking is lower than that in Ohio. Our governor wants to lower it more and then tax the citizens more. Right-wing stupidity.

  2. LOLOL. I’ll contribute to your little diddy. I’ve given some thought about starting a second blog, strictly dedicated to Unions. Past, present, and future. Including insight into the current Union atmosphere. So let me know if you would be interested in such contributions.

      1. Actually Muddy, the study of Unions and subject matter for posts is not narrow at all. Public, Private, and in house Unions. The effect that the economy has on Unions and vice verse. Unions involvement with politics. The dawn of Unions during the Industrial Revolution. Don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t right a 900 page novel on the subject. But I think I can ink out a few good posts. And it would be more for educational purposes, not venting. AHHHHH, you know me too well.

  3. In case anyone is interested in the latest chatter about Obama’s relationship to the devil brought to light in the current History Channel fiction series “THE BIBLE”:

    “President Barack Obama, already famous for having flies attracted to his face, is now the subject of devilish talk after Sunday night’s episode of The Bible miniseries on the History Channel. This is not the first time some in the public have made a connection between evil in the Bible and President Obama. On Nov. 5, 2008, the very night Obama was first elected president, the Illinois Pick 3 lottery number for the Evening Pick was 666, a number associated with ‘the beast’ mentioned in the Book of Revelation. Obama’s home state at the time was Illinois. In January of this year, WND reported how prophecy websites were having a field day with the worldwide attention Obama received for sparring with a fly. Those reaching to connect Obama’s fly troubles with the darkest biblical references won’t have much difficulty. One name commonly used to refer to Satan is Beelzebub, which translates from Hebrew into ‘Lord of the Flies.'” – Joe Kovacs, writing for World Net Daily.

    1. Yes, I saw the character and, without any prompting I noted the resemblance.

      By the way, there is a local religious blog on which I occasionally post comments. A few days ago I commented that the Bible, to me, was neither an important nor sacred document, but rather the ravings of a wandering middle eastern tribe 3000 years ago.

      A bible-thumper wrote a reply to me wherein he quoted several sections of THE BIBLE to refute my claim. The absurdity is overwhelming!!

  4. Hard to believe it has been this long! I have tried to be a contributor but wordpress seems not to like me, lol. Guess I will just have to settle to be
    a commentator….

    It seems to me that we have beat the religious topic into the ground, over and over again. I prefer topics in the real world, not the supposed after world. As to psycholgy some thhink I should be the one on the couch and
    not the one asking the questions. I have to wonder if psycholigist really help the person. Maybe they can tell us something about the working of the mind, but to change the mind I’m not too sure of. The serial killers in Tucson and Aurora, for example, are being giving drugs to “temporarily relieve thie symptoms solely for the reason of standing trial. It just seems more reasonable to me to declare them mentally incompetent and put them away than tring to drug them to stand trial and be eligible to receive the death penalty. Guess this christian country needs an eye for eye and its pound of flesh. So who is the psycholigist helping?

    1. Guess this christian country needs an eye for eye and its pound of flesh.

      These ‘good chrisitans’ were cheering loudly ten years ago at the inception of the war on Iraq. But, after all, they had god on their side and the other side was the Infidel and deserved to be killed. Too bad that THEY didn’t know Jesus like WE know Jesus.

  5. Why am I interested in knowing Jesus?Is it because I can only attain the mythical heaven by accepting Jesus as my lord and savior?

    1. Yes, exactly. And if you don’t say those 8 magical words then it’s HELL for you! ETERNAL DAMNATION, my friend, so remember: recite those 8 words each morning, noon and before you go off to sleep.

      1. I have a personal relationship with Jesus (actually his real name is ישוע‎ Yēšûă‘–Call him Josh) since both my wife and him are Jewish. In fact, one of the reasons for anti-semitism is its hard to say that Josh really was the messiah if there are still Jews running around saying the messiah hasn’t arrived.

        Worse, you ask if they have a relationship with Jesus and they correct you on the name and say “Of course I have–he’s one of my wife’s family and they’re all meshuggah!”

    1. Laci- thank you for the link. I am curious about the Scandinavians. Here is a quote from the link: “Overall,” the scholars wrote, “the Scandinavians emerged as the best informed, averaging 62–67 percent correct responses”

      It is interesting to note that the same group of people are some of the most NON-religious people in Europe. Is there some correlation?

  6. I forgot, I saw one of your early posts where you mentioned Pokegon, which was a place my American Grandparents would take me when I visited them in Butler, Indiana.

    1. If you happened to see me and my girlfriend tipping over in the canoe on the lake, we were doing that on purpose.

    2. Yes Pokagon State Park is a favorite spot for the entire tri-state area. The Potawatomi Inn has been in operation since the WPA helped build it. My children and now my grandchildren love that spot. So do I.

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