The Dixie Dove

February 18, 2018

Trinidad Colorado is Selling More Weed than Any Other Town in the World

All of the statistics in this story from the Denver Post for Las Animas County are in fact specifically from Trinidad CO.
https://www.thecannabist.co/2018/02/09/colorado-marijuana-sales-southern-border/98669/

Recreational marijuana sales highest per capita in Colorado’s southern border towns

Las Animas County led the state with more than $3,100 of recreational cannabis sold for every adult and child

February 17, 2018

February 15, 2018

We're a Culture of Bullies with Guns

Our society worships selfishness, fame, hate, violence, guns and bullies and we shouldn't be surprised we create monsters like Nikolas Cruz. The same sick values that created this monster are embodied in our national leaders and legislators who give us insanely lax gun laws. Even so-called 'liberals' who decry our lax gun laws are part of our bullying culture and it shows as most of them turn a blind eye to the bullying which mutated Cruz and other school shooters and leads to counless suicides by others who are bullied. Even the Liberal mockery of 'Thoughts and Prayers' represents hateful bullying.

It's obvious to me that we need much stronger laws over the control of guns, but there is a bigger point here. Our citizenry and our most basic values have become selfish, cruel and violent. Friendship has become a mafia, heroes have become evil, killing has become fun. We are now a world of bullies with technological capabilities never dreamed of only 100 years ago.

Pop Culture reflects our society very well. Christmas ads where the more wealthy mock the less.  Car ads where people risk their lives and other's thrill seeking. Music and Movies that lust for blood. In today's world Bullies are Cool. Ashawnty Davis was bullied because she was a great basketball player. Gabriella Green was bullied because she was beautiful. Adam Lanza was bullied because he looked different.

Ten year old Ashawnty hung herself after video of a schoolyard fight showing her being beaten mercilessly was posted on the internet. Twelve year old Gabriella hung herself after she was painted as a slut on the internet. 20 year old Adam shot himself in the head at the school he attended through 6th grade where he was bullied as 'a freak', but he killed 26 people before taking his own life.

I know that there is no excuse for what Adam Lanza did. Killing is not the answer, but what further punishment could we as a society have threatened to stop him? He wanted to die. And the people who bullied the two young girls certainly deserve to die more than Ashawnty and Gabriella did.

Our values have become cold, hateful and vile and we are reaping what we've sewn.

Ashawnty Davis
https://nypost.com/2017/12/01/bullied-10-year-old-girl-hangs-herself/

Gabriella Green
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/2-preteens-busted-cyberbullying-student-hangs-article-1.3775109

Adam Lanza
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/lanza-article-1.1309766

February 12, 2018

Toll Road Trump

February 10, 2018

I ask all Americans to read this speech by Huey Long

According to the tables which we have assembled, it is our estimate that 4 percent of the American people own 85 percent of the wealth of America, and that over 70 percent of the people of America don't own enough to pay for the debts that they owe.
How many men ever went to a barbecue and would let one man take off the table what's intended for 9/10th of the people to eat? The only way to be able to feed the balance of the people is to make that man come back and bring back some of that grub that he ain't got no business with!
Now, how are you going to feed the balance of the people? What's Morgan and Baruch and Rockefeller and Mellon going to do with all that grub? They can't eat it, they can't wear the clothes, they can't live in the houses.
Giv'em a yacht! Giv'em a Palace! Send'em to Reno and give them a new wife when they want it, if that's what they want. But when they've got everything on God's loving earth that they can eat and they can wear and they can live in, and all that their children can live in and wear and eat, and all of their children's children can use, then we've got to call Mr. Morgan and Mr. Mellon an Mr. Rockefeller back and say, come back here, put that stuff back on this table here that you took away from here that you don't need. Leave something else for the American people to consume. And that's the program.
We're not going to destroy the Gulf Refining Company; we're not going to destroy the Standard Oil Company, but we're going to say that the limit of any one man's stock ownership in the Standard Oil Company is from 3-to-5 million dollars for that individual and the balance to the people of America who own the balance of what the Standard Oil Company is worth!
Then, we start from the bottom. That the 25 or more million American families shall have a homestead. A home and the comforts of a home, including an automobile and a radio, the things is takes in that house to live on.

We say to America, 125 million, none shall be too big, none shall be too poor, none shall work too much, none shall be idle. No luxurious mansions empty, none walking the streets, none impoverished, none in pestilence, none in want, but in the land blessed by the smile of the Creator with everything to be consumed, to be eaten, to be worn, that America will become a land, sharing the fruits of the land, not for the favored few, not to satisfy greed, but that all may live in the land in which the Lord has provided an abundance sufficient for the luxury and convenience of the people in general! I thank you.
http://www.speeches-usa.com/Transcripts/huey_long-sharethewealth.html

Our issues are old and outdated. Yes they are complex, but they are simple too. To love each other is to have free speach everywhere, including business and trade relationships.

February 1, 2018

Hope Hicks is Trump's 'Lewinsky' !!

You can see it in her eyes and with the lusty way she vengefully crucifies his enemies...

Hicks and The Donald are doing it!

But they won't be loving much longer, Melania is gonna lay a 'Tiger Woods' Wife' blow upside Trump's Little Red Corvette!

January 30, 2018

Trump 'Says' THE MARIJUANA WAR IS OVER!

Trump Whiffs on Marijuana! During the 'Drug War' section of the SOTU Trump hit the Opiod Crisis, but NOT A WORD about Marijuana Legalization in states around the nation, or his recent edict to federal prosecutors to crack down on Marijuana. THE MARIJUANA WAR IS OVER!

January 27, 2018

Epitaph for Rock?

In the beginning (Chuck Berry ex) "Rock" was dance music and it was successful commercially as a musical genre, with many bands and artists sharing in the profits.

In its second phase (Led Zeppelin ex) Rock became introspective and less rhythm and beat oriented and was still commercially successful, but with far fewer bands and artists sharing in the profits.

In the third phase (Punk, New Wave ex) Rock went back to its dance roots and was still commercially successful and for many more bands and artists than it had been in the 2nd phase.

Today, "Rock" is no longer dance music and commercially speaking, Rock has been usurped by Country and Hip Hop and is no longer commercially viable for many bands and artists.

The music of Rock's past is vastly more commercially successful than Rock is today. Ironically, big Hip Hop stars refer to themselves as Rock Stars!

RIP Rock?

January 26, 2018

I warned the Liberal Elite about the rise of fascism and they laughed.

What we're seeing today in Trump and our politics is something I sounded the alarm on in 1995 when I discovered Rush Limbaugh. I wrote the NYT and WashPost saying 'We need the Fairness Doctrine back, rural folk are being brainwashed!' They mocked me for listening to 'the crazies'.

Then Jon Stewart and other 'political comedians' normalized the rise of evil by giving the same criticism to Liberal hypocrites as they did Conservative fascists. In his 2008 'Rally to Restore Sanity' Stewart equated Keith Olberman with Rush Limbaugh and the ensuing Democrat disaster in the mid-terms seriously set back president Obama.

Stephen Colbert was a part of Stewart's naive blunder in turning idealistic young voters into cynical anarchists. Then in 2016 Colbert mockingly begged for the Republicans to nominate the fascist Trump.

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.