Monthly Archives: December 2016

Are Celebrities With The Force?

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

Surprised at the endless fawning over the recent passing of notable celebrities? Notwithstanding their star status, should one be surprised that they die? Carrie Fisher at age 60 and George Michael at 53. British pop star Michael reportedly died of heart failure. His acknowledged drug abuse may have led to his ultimate demise. Fisher, aka, Princess Leia, of “Star Wars, “ fame had a history of cocaine use, which she claimed, “made her feel normal,” may have contributed to her massive heart attack on a plane. Fisher’s lineage of “Hollywood royalty,” offspring of 1950’s crooner Eddy Fisher, and starlet Debbie Reynolds, who passed a day later at 84, claiming she “wanted to be with Carrie.” That may not be a safe place. read more

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What To Expect From The Land of Czars

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

“From Russia With Love,“ was a 1963, James Bond movie. Don’t expect any. Strained Russia and U.S. relations are nothing new. Dominating the media is President-elect Trump’s manufactured link with Vladimir Putin, as “Putin’s Puppet.” This conflagration of Russian cyber hacks purportedly threaten our national security. History ruminates the October 18, 1956, speech at the Polish Embassy, in Moscow, by Nikita Krushchev, the Associated Press translated his speech, “We will bury you,” breathing threats during the Cold War, directed at the West in general, and the U.S. specifically. Years later, some insist it was a mistranslation. Most don’t. That threat prompted a generation of Americans to practice drills of “duck and cover” in school rooms across the nation, and families constructing “bomb shelters.” As if either would have “saved our bacon.” read more

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An Open Letter to Wyoming Seniors and Their Loved Ones

It has come to my attention that certain groups or entities have been using my name to try and get donations from seniors. Some of these solicitations imply that folks won’t get their Social Security benefits unless they pay $10 and sign a petition addressed to me. These letters are misleading and aim to prey on those who are vulnerable and worried.  No one has to pay anyone in order to share their views with me and these professional petition organizers are not as effective as they may claim. I am working to make sure Social Security benefits remain available for the future to the hard-working Americans who have paid into the system and earned them. Signing a petition or sending money to an unknown agency will not affect your Social Security benefits. Reforming Social Security to make sure it remains solvent will. read more

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Where Does Christmas Go?

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

Recent Pew Research poll indicates over 90 % of the adult population celebrate Christmas. A majority polled still believe in the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ. Pagans must be in short supply. Our Christmas range of celebration is extreme and complex in America. Hardly monolithic. Some choose to ignore it. A small minority find it irksome. Perhaps they too are duped by the commercialization; and the ensuing remorse. For many it‘s the exchange of gifts, family gathering, a festive, hardy meal, then it‘s back to the routine, in a mad dash to New Year’s celebration. Some find the prelude to Christmas, and the attendant glitz as their gala attraction. For a contingent “decking the halls” to the hilt is their buzz. Those with young children anticipate reading “The Night Before Christmas,” as it has since it was first published anonymously in 1823. Written by Clement C. Moore, it’s arguably the best known Christmas poem for children. Its original title, “A Visit from St. Nicholas,“ was first read to his family in 1822. read more

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