The Dixie Dove

January 15, 2018

The President is a Bully

How Bullying Works.

Bullies don't have to be bigger smarter or more attractive than their victims, they just have to pick an unpopular victim and or try to make them unpopular with gossip. Then the bully simply starts a feud with the victim. When the bully wins the feud the bully becomes more popular and the cycle can continue.

Democrats really need to take congress back in 2018.

January 14, 2018

MLK

I am re-posting a true and factual biographical story here which I have sent out to various publications many times over the years. It has been published as a letter to a few small newspapers. I am from South Carolina and Georgia and now reside in Trinidad Colorado.
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A WALK WITH MLK-MY PROUDEST DAY.
One bright morning when I was a 12 year old boy living in Sandy Springs GA, my mother June announced to my younger brother and sister and me that we weren't going to school that day. She told us to dress nice and get in the car. We only found out as we were leaving the house that we were going to march in Martin Luther King's funeral procession.
It was a short quiet drive. I don't care for crowds and I was worried that this was going to be a long hard sermon to listen to, but I knew we were doing the right thing. We had mostly grown up in the poorer parts of various southern towns and we were used to both colors of people sharing the streets, but this was an amazing feeling to be the only people of one color we saw in such a large crowd. I wasn't surprised at how warm and comfortable it felt. And I realized immediately what a good idea Momma had to come there.
The entire walk and service seem like a beautiful, if melancholy dream. Never had we felt such an outpouring of peace and goodwill through such sadness. All of us have shared our memories over the years, many times. The whole event passed like a song, but midway through my younger brother, only 8, began fidgeting, being so short he was staring at people's stomachs and bored. Then slowly and quietly, without a word, a tall strong man standing behind Steve reached down and picked him up over his head and gently placed him on his shoulders so he could see. Steve was quietly mesmerized and still says it was the most amazing experience he ever had to be lifted up over the crowd and to watch the whole panorama from his private box.
It was a small piece of heaven on earth that the reverend brought to all of us there that day. My mother and sister and brother and I all agree that was all of our proudest day. Not for anything we've done to help with King's cause, but what we did for ourselves by being there. It changed us. It was a religious experience.
When I see pictures of the good doctor and his statue on the mall, he is very real to me. He is still alive, I'm sure of it.
And I wouldn't be at all surprised if he came back one bright morning.

TIRED OF THE SLEAZE

To see why we are so divided today in our society just look at the song Sweet Home Alabama where Lynyrd Skynyrd sing... 

"Watergate does not bother me
Does your conscience bother you, tell the truth"

That's where we are today in American politics and pop culture in general.

More and more we are giving sleaze and evil respect in our popular culture.

I am a white man so I take this example of what I mean and I hope other people will take up this cause.

TIRED OF THE SLEAZE

A Surfer's Prayer to Jesus H Christ

A Surfer's Prayer to Jesus H Christ

Dear Jesus,

You were a good dude and your parents too, so I say in your name goodness resides.

Peace and Love

--
Chip Shirley
Trinidad Colorado

January 11, 2018

STOP SMOKING CIGARETTES

V A P  E

January 10, 2018

Male fashion tip

Use laptop carry-bags as purses! [COPYRIGHT 2018-James Shirley]

With or without the laptop the bags free up your pockets great and don't effeminate you!

You're welcome

January 9, 2018

A WALK WITH MLK-MY PROUDEST DAY.

I am re-posting a true and factual biographical story here which I have sent out to various publications many times over the years. It has been published as a letter to a few small newspapers. I am from South Carolina and Georgia and now reside in Trinidad Colorado.
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A WALK WITH MLK-MY PROUDEST DAY.
One bright morning when I was a 12 year old boy living in Sandy Springs GA, my mother June announced to my younger brother and sister and me that we weren't going to school that day. She told us to dress nice and get in the car. We only found out as we were leaving the house that we were going to march in Martin Luther King's funeral procession.
It was a short quiet drive. I don't care for crowds and I was worried that this was going to be a long hard sermon to listen to, but I knew we were doing the right thing. We had mostly grown up in the poorer parts of various southern towns and we were used to both colors of people sharing the streets, but this was an amazing feeling to be the only people of one color we saw in such a large crowd. I wasn't surprised at how warm and comfortable it felt. And I realized immediately what a good idea Momma had to come there.
The entire walk and service seem like a beautiful, if melancholy dream. Never had we felt such an outpouring of peace and goodwill through such sadness. All of us have shared our memories over the years, many times. The whole event passed like a song, but midway through my younger brother, only 8, began fidgeting, being so short he was staring at people's stomachs and bored. Then slowly and quietly, without a word, a tall strong man standing behind Steve reached down and picked him up over his head and gently placed him on his shoulders so he could see. Steve was quietly mesmerized and still says it was the most amazing experience he ever had to be lifted up over the crowd and to watch the whole panorama from his private box.
It was a small piece of heaven on earth that the reverend brought to all of us there that day. My mother and sister and brother and I all agree that was all of our proudest day. Not for anything we've done to help with King's cause, but what we did for ourselves by being there. It changed us. It was a religious experience.
When I see pictures of the good doctor and his statue on the mall, he is very real to me. He is still alive, I'm sure of it.
And I wouldn't be at all surprised if he came back one bright morning.

January 5, 2018

What should the whole world say to god?

Dear god, we are so lost and alone and we are so wrong in so many ways, please show us the light, please show us how we can find peace.

January 4, 2018

man said prize TRUMP RESIGNS

Everyone agrees...really...yes..t..n...igh....t

January 3, 2018

Trump Resigns

Thank you Lord Jesus

December 29, 2017

December 23, 2017

Trump Continues to Lick his own Balls

As of tonight, according to news sources the president of the united states is licking his balls in the Oval Office. Wow.

December 22, 2017

December 11, 2017

December 9, 2017

December 1, 2017

RULES OF LIFE

Infinity
Love
Animals
Individuality
Democracy
Environment
Monogamy

November 27, 2017

November 17, 2017

I know Al Franken, I love Al Franken

When I first moved to New York City in 1981 (just out of college, hoping to be an actor) I met Al and he befriended me. He actually got me an agent. I felt nothing but kind-hearted decency from him and his beautiful wife Franny. Even then, he was talking about the need for those who benefited the most from our great US economy to 'give back'. Al knew that I was from the conservative deep south and he took time to explain to me that Democrats didn't want to create a 'welfare state' but instead invest in the health and education of all Americans, knowing that a 'healthy and happy neighbor is a good neighbor' to paraphrase him.
I have never known a kinder or gentler soul than Al Franken and this scandal has hit me like running into a wall. I honestly never knew him to say or do anything that was in any way sleazy or sexist. The only way I can begin to understand or explain the dichotomy between the Al that I knew and the Al (as he is portrayed) in the news today, is to say this... I too am a man who has at times let my dick take over for my brains and it has always gotten me into trouble, deservedly. I am so sad and ashamed of a few things I have done that are reminiscent of this sad chapter of Al Franken on a USO tour. I have learned to accept that I am accountable for this ugly side of my personality and to battle it and, as best I can, make ammends. Horrible, especially illegal, behaviour is never justified, but I am certain that the Al Franken we see on the front page of the newspapers today, is not the real Al. What we're reading about is Al at his ultimate worst and I'm betting this is a unique occurence. 

I imagine that on the USO tour, where these events unfolded, Al saw himself in the role of Donald Sutherland or Elliott Gould in the movie M*A*S*H, playing sexually provacative pranks on 'Hot Lips Houlihan' Sally Kellerman and trying to 'get in her pants'. I know how vulgar that sounds and how wrong it is, but I'm just trying to comprehend how such a good person could have fucked up so badly. What we're reading about today is a small fragment of the true Al Franken and I am positive that he will learn from this and pay his dues and make ammends. I still love you Al.

November 1, 2017

We need to bring back the Fairness Doctrine.

What we see happening today with fake news 'propaganda' posing as truth, is exactly what the Fairness Doctrine was designed to defuse and it worked very well from 1949 to 1987, before Ronald Reagan ended it. 
Reagan ended the FD and we've been becoming ever more dysfunctional as a society, trying to communicate and progress, since then.
I recall clearly (as a child growing up in the 1960s) listening to the radio and hearing 'editorial commentary' allowed by the Fairness Doctrine. It really intrigued me to note that the radio station would allow 'opposing viewpoints' as a matter of practice. I thought then (as a 9 year old) that this seemed like a good idea. I still think it's a good idea today and ever more important. These Airwaves are our Airwaves!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairness_Doctrine

Chip Shirley-The Dixie Dove

October 25, 2017

Instead of standing for the flag, we duck and cover.

I pray, that the 'powers that be' in the military have Trump handcuffed. I have always wondered if they did that to W and Cheney to stop them hitting Iran, after the insanity of Iraq.

October 17, 2017

October 13, 2017

There is no News God

All of our political conflicts could be solved if we only agreed on the same facts. And you would think that cable news and the internet would help us...but nooooooooo, as John Belushi once said.

Like some biblical tower of Babel, cable news and the internet are pushing civilization towards miscommunication by offering massive volumes of contradictory information that are equally verifiable on cable and the internet.

If we get our news and information on cable and the internet today we must study it the way a scientist studies an experiment.

That is a lot to ask of the whole world.

October 10, 2017

Ban the National Anthem from Sporting Events

This is Sports not Politics.
Why play a nationalist anthem and demand that athletes and spectators stand in allegiance to it at the start of an athletic contest? This is a sports event, why make fans and participants honor a specific government and its policies and actions to start play?

October 8, 2017

And we're still here...

And we're still here...

the world is still turning, but what are we learning 

are we just getting by?

but what are we doing?

laughing and screwing as the world blows up high?

It's sad to be here, but it should be moving

because everything we're doing touches us everyday of our life

Can't we take on a mountain, drink from the fountain, deal with tomorrow, take what we can find and open up our minds.

October 2, 2017