Slope of Hope Blog Posts

Slope initially began as a blog, so this is where most of the website’s content resides. Here we have tens of thousands of posts dating back over a decade. These are listed in reverse chronological order. Click on any category icon below to see posts tagged with that particular subject, or click on a word in the category cloud on the right side of the screen for more specific choices.

American Splendor

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It’s been frequently said here on Slope that George Carlin is our patron saint. Most folks probably consider that a kind mark of respect for the man, but I honestly believe that George Carlin was one of the greatest Americans to even live.

I am sincere. When I say one of the greatest Americans, I put him up there with the likes of Benjamin Franklin (not quite Abraham Lincoln level, but still, way up there). And I use “American” very deliberately, because he embodies for me the properties that I believe made this country great – – – a strong will, fierce independence, the ability to think deeply, the propensity to articulate thoughts well, and the willingness to express himself.

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You Mean Old Bear!

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Over the past week, there has been a sea-change in the psychology of bulls out there.

Although we’ve been in a bear market for a solid six months now, they have been quite, shall we say, understanding about the whole situation. They haven’t been upset. They haven’t been angry. They figure it’s just a “correction” and, as always, things will recovery. So bears like me are harmless nuisances, to be pitied more than feared.

But as someone with about 22,500 followers on Twitter, I’ve got a pretty good feel for the hive mind out there, and the entire tone has changed, and changed quite suddenly.

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