Saturday, February 15, 2014

"Is Hillary Clinton Too Old to Run?"

Before Obama and Bush 43, there was the Clintons, as Rand Paul so cleverly (some would say deviously) reminded us, of the Clinton Fatigue, almost everyone who follows politics, admitted having at that time. The days that turned into months, covering the Monica Lewinsky chapter, of the Clintons life in the public eye. Those days may have long passed into the recesses of our minds. Do we summon the energy to recover them again, a la Mia, Woody and Dylan, or do we let someone else, with youth and vigor, have a chance to run and make new richly entertaining mistakes?

From a National Journal Article...
Is Hillary Clinton really a 100 percent lock to run? I think it is a pretty good bet, maybe 70 percent chance or so; but that also means there is an approximately 30 percent chance that she doesn't throw her hat in the ring. The current political environment certainly argues on behalf of a Clinton run, and it would be very difficult—but not impossible—for anyone to beat her for the nomination. However, these choices can never be considered 100 percent political decisions. Clinton turns 67 this October. At that age, she will likely be making her candidacy decision, and if nominated Clinton would turn 69 two weeks before the 2016 general election, notably the same age Ronald Reagan was when he was first elected in 1980. The choice to run for president is effectively a nine-year commitment: one year to run, another four years if she wins a first term—finishing up that term at age 73—and then, assuming she runs for reelection and wins, serving four more years to end a second term at 77 years of age. None of this is to say that the age issue could successfully be used against her. After all, Reagan won the presidency at the same age. But how many 67-year-olds make nine-year commitments, and what concerns have to be addressed if they do?

According to The Atlantic, during her tenure as secretary of State, Clinton traveled for 401 days to 112 countries, totaling 956,733 miles, a distance equal to more than 38 times around the globe; wags have taken to calling it "odometer diplomacy." But also worth noting is how in Secretary Clinton's last year at her post, particularly the last few months at the State Department, the position clearly took a toll on her health; she experienced an episode of fainting or passing out, and suffered a head injury. None of this necessarily is to argue against her running, but she would be undertaking something that, as she well knows, is considerably more physically demanding even than her previous position, and at an older age. This is not necessarily an end-all-be-all argument that she should or would not run, simply that she likely would have to think long and hard as to whether she is physically up to the rigors of running and serving in office. Having run for president once before, and enduring two presidential campaigns and terms as a spouse, no one understands more clearly than Hillary does what the position demands. Do all of the people who say that she absolutely will run know and appreciate this as much as she obviously does? READ MORE 

A Missive From Sir Archy

TTBurnett relayed a missive from Sir Archy regarding propriety in the context of writing dirty:
'Tis always better to retrench those Details of Frolicks in which the Author has permitted his Turn for Humour greatly to outrun his Sense of Decency & Propriety. Extream License, giving Offense to the thinking Part of the Publick, is the Clap-Trap of mere Scribblers; and unworthy of those whose Aspirations are higher than the cheapest Confines of Grubb-Street. Additionally, Warmth of Temper may lead some Authors to engraft the Characters of living Individuals into their Performances for the sake of insinuating Satyrs & Calumnies. For the most part, such literary Flights are tædious Displays of an Author’s Adamancy, when his Flattery of the Publick were more serviceable and call’d for. Occasionally, such Performances may even entail a Palinode, which no meritorious Author ever wishes to compose.
Howsoever our present Author may have err’d in Point of Judgement or Discretion, he ought to defy the whole World to prove he was ever guilty of one Act of Malice, ingratitude, or Dishonour.
It sounds to me like Sir Archy knows his Galateo.

"The Genetic Atlas Shows You Where You Came From"

"Humans have a long and super complicated history: Someone became a human in Africa and then started walking, some of us mixed with Neanderthals, others didn’t, some of us hopped across that land bridge in Russia, others headed for Europe instead. A new map helps us make sense of it all and can help tell you where you came from."
The genetic atlas was put together by researchers at Oxford University and University College London and covers 4,000 years of human migration and mating histories for 95 different populations in Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America.

To assemble it, researchers analyzed the DNA of nearly 1,500 people and traced them back to their origins. The DNA was then compared with each other for similarities.

The results give us a glimpse into human history. The map will tell you, for example, that the average Irish person is 9 percent Greek, 4 percent Italian, 45 percent Scottish, and 26 percent Norwegian. An accompanying research paper about the map’s inception was published in Science.

Much of the map aligns with previous theories about human migration, but researchers say there were some surprises.

“Because our approach uses only genetic data, it provides information independent from other sources … We see evidence of previously unrecorded genetic mixing,” Simon Myers of Oxford University said.

The map tells all sorts of genetic stories, from the Arab slave trade of the 7th century to the influence of China’s Silk Road and the migration of the Spanish conquest. It's definitely worth poking around a bit.
Motherboard

"Volkswagen Vote is Defeat for Labor in South"

"In a defeat for organized labor in the South, employees at the Volkswagen plant here voted 712 to 626 against joining the United Automobile Workers."
The loss is an especially stinging blow for U.A.W. because Volkswagen did not even oppose the unionization drive. The union’s defeat — in what was one of the most closely watched unionization votes in decades — is expected to slow, perhaps stymie, the union’s long-term plans to organize other auto plants in the South.

Standing outside the Volkswagen plant, Mike Jarvis, a three-year employee who works on the finishing line, said the majority had voted against U.A.W. because they were persuaded the union had hurt Detroit’s automakers.

“Look at what happened to the auto manufacturers in Detroit and how they struggled. They all shared one huge factor: the U.A.W.,” said Mr. Jarvis, who added that he had had bad experiences with other labor unions. “If you look at how the U.A.W’s membership has plunged, that shows they’re doing a lot wrong.”

Mike Burton, a VW worker who led the anti-union drive, said many workers felt that they were paid well and treated well without having a union and thus saw no need to have one. He said many workers objected to the U.A.W. having initially sought unionization based on what it said was having a majority of cards signed favoring a union.

“We don’t need the U.A.W. to give us rights we already have,” he said. “We can already talk to the company if we have any problems.”
This story appeared in the NY Times without a comments section for their readers.

Saturday Morning Cartoons - Bugs Bunny's Best Bits


Facercise



This works. For reals. 

It sounds goofy in places, new-age-like in certain exercises, "imagine the energy going into your cheeks" it is her way of describing what she is doing and it works.

My eye was closed, a tooth bashed through a cheek, the whole half of my face was damaged. I could not speak properly nor brush my teeth. I waited before going into the doctor, as I do, a miracle could happen overnight you know, within the first week you know, there is no point in rushing to doctors all the time in my world view, healing itself is a miracle, so bring it. That's my attitude. 

Before my description of my complaint was finished the doctor's nurse said, "Bell's palsy." 

I hate that. 

How dare her be so astute. 

Turns out she is right. Doctor described he's seen two types. One heals quickly the other heals not at all. I was hoping for the first type but that was not to be. 

Online sources are discouraging. Forget about it. And now I do see these faces all over. On Talking Heads, on Fox News, On C-Span. All over. 

I am telling you the exercises in this book helped me locate the muscles to tweak. They are hard to find when they are unresponsive. When they are dead. By isolating them and tweaking one side you can feel what is required on the other and keep at it until something happens. And that is what happened to me.

I recommend this book, Facercise by Carole Maggio, and I don't care how silly it sounds. It changed my life immeasurably. 

Lincoln, 10th


Lincoln cuts across a hill. The hill undulates in places. A block down the street, the whole sidewalk becomes a steep hill for the vehicles of local channel 4, the whole half block is messed up that way.

This ↑ is directly across the street, Lincoln, from this ↓ on a hill.


Beyond this spot of the onset of intense debilitating energy-sapping hunger the rest of this block rises up six steps or so to complete the block. It's odd.


I don't know why I take off without eating but I do habitually. I know better than that but I am not hungry in the decision making moment so I don't, that is the only reason I have, not a good reason but my reason and when I think about it, I miss not just one meal but two in a row sometimes, if you are counting and going by such things as time of day and clockwork. It all depends on actual hunger. I cannot be bothered until I feel it. So I am off already and realize too late I do not have the energy to keep going, yeah, now I can feel it. What a dunce.

There is a young woman standing against the wall with three tiny dogs on thin leashes.

"Taking the little poopers out for a walk?"

"No. Yeah, they were all just inside." 

"That's a Corgie, innit." 

"No. Yeah, a corgie-chiuaua mix. KNOCK IT OFF!" 

The dogs were all barking. At me. And they did knock it off.

"Pembrook, huh." I said definitively. 

"What?"

"Nothing. Is this deli any good?"

And so I struck it up, right up, there on the windy street with a pleasant young responsive and friendly woman who answered all my questions regarding the nearby deli. I was starving, honestly I would have eaten anything. She went into depth explaining their menu. She knew it quite well. 

In the deli I am the only one there. 3:00 pm, odd time of day for eating. The owner is there with two teenage boys, he  says, "Hi" and from the door at a distance as I approach I begin, "I asked a random person outside if this place is okay and I was told that yes it is great." They guy beamed. Took a direct interest and explained his menu in detail, all that again, a complicated affair hanging from large placards intended to be read from a distance. It is impossible to take it all in at once. But it is clear the place is not a regular deli. Not what I hoped for, nothing at all like a New York deli. You can get a pastrami but they do not make the pastrami right there. I was disappointed, frankly, could eat only half the sandwich I bought. But then in walked the woman with the dogs and now with another woman. That gave me the chance to say, "This is the random person who recommended you." He already knows her as customer now he knows her as recommender. He could not have acted more pleased with all that.

I should have ordered the Ruben. 

And there are better places directly across the street. I still have the other half of my sandwich and I'm dreading looking at it.

The two women ordered takeout and waved to me and smiled as they left with their three litte dogs. The dogs behaved perfectly well in the shop.

But what is that right here now?


I did not notice anything not advertising food.  The ladies are dog groomers and there is a medical marijuana store between them and the deli. 

The timing was perfect. Floyd's said there would be an hour and half wait. That is a long time for them. I finished the half sandwich, packed the remainder and set off.

"If you think my ears are hairy you ought to see this guy from India." 

"What? No. No. No. No. No. I only cut one tiny hair. Ha ha ha You should see my uncle. It's all fuzz inside. All inside here." 

She rimmed the inside of my ear with her finger. 

"This is fun." 

"What is?"

"Spinning around like this." 

"Ha ha ha Oh yeah." 

It was the fussiest shaviest haircut I ever had. Snipping around my eyebrows. I already trimmed them but she trimmed them more. Awkward, actually because she kept spinning me back and forth being fussy with details in the back, totally into it, blending back and forth, spinning the chair, whipping it back, but stopping me directly facing the guy in the next chair making me out to be the pervy voyeur, so I had to keep casting my eyes down, but it's her doing it not me.

"No really, they're like tuffs."

"Ew, gross. Ha ha ha." 

"He's proud of them. Combs them outward."  The hairiest ears in the world.  As the narrator says in perfect English, "Rally long eh heh." 


Principles of Liberty, Colorado


Dot org, that's one word "principlesoflibertydotorg," the guy neglected to go "doink" with his finger for "dot" because it is really not all one word as stated, but we know he means anyway, bookmarked the website and signed up for the mailer.

And I never am sure if it's principles or principals. It's always a guess.

They are a group that reviews, let's say rakes, each piece of legislation going through Colorado legislature just as the unions and the interest groups rake each piece of legislation that affects them directly and now the group Principles of Liberty is getting attention and considerable traction.

They rake according to core principles.

They define their core principles closely examining the role of government by challenging each piece along the lines of,

Individual liberty
Personal responsibility
Property rights
Free markets
Limited government
State vs. Federal balance of power
Fiscal responsibility
Equal Protection/Rule o law
Uphold the Constitutions of U.S. and the State of Colorado

Each of these categories expand here.

From their website:
Our goal is to help influence political policy in Colorado by focusing upon the core principles of good government that our nation was founded upon and comparing the actions of our state legislators with principles of good government. The primary tools for accomplishing this goal are our weekly Legislative Analysis Report of bills being run in the State House and Senate in the Colorado Legislature and our annual review/grades of legislator voting records.
Grades? 

There is not much to this website. One thing that sticks out, right in the middle in red, "Grow a Pair!" Come on, that's irresistible, I click, it is an essay about the 'national discussion' about allowing knives on airplanes. They're for it.

Back to the grades. pdf

For 2013 In the Senate Republicans had consistently lower scores. Highest scores are B-. 

The House experienced a lot of changes people moving all over, but it were Freshmen House Republicans who led from the rear, two A+, one A, one A-

Senate Democrats could have saved a lot of money by just mailing it in, their votes obviously predetermined. Their scores ranged from 8.5% - 12.9%, a very tight range, and low.

House Democrats, same thing 7.8% - 12.1%

Principles of Liberty defends, 
Again, that's not because we only rated a few bills. The House Democrats' voting records generated 16,765 data points on POL rated (raked) bills this year. The number of data points per Democratic legislator ranged from a low of 369 to a high of 523. Despite this good sample size, the narrow range of Democrat scores is alarming.
2013  results, at the bottom of the page, here pdf 

House 

Everett 94.7 A+ (Really? That's an A+? I thought A+ would have to be 100) 
Saine  94.2 A+
Humphrey 91.2 A
Holbert  86.5 A-

So, easy grading system. You don't even have to get 90 for an A. But still too harsh for most.

7 Bs
5 Cs
9 Ds
35 Fs

I saw this on television. On PBS, some show I never see that discusses political things. I woke up to it. The segment with a man representing Principles of Liberty was introduced ironically as "now an interview with two bald guys," suggesting the segment couldn't possibly be interesting, and I almost did click off.

There's my segue.

I want to talk about the guy's hair because this is important and I was distracted the whole way through so that it interfered with full comprehension, in fact I never did hear or see the guy's name, and I looked for it. 

The interviewer who made the introduction is properly bald. You can see that his head is shaved. He is not particularly handsome nor rugged but he is particularly masculine but not in demeanor. His kind and gentle wit and charm shine through with his intelligence.  

The interviewee is losing his hair dramatically. A band of hair is still there around the sides. It is trimmed short, not at all like images Benjamin Franklin where the remnant band is grown long and wilted. 

And I was just talking about this very thing today with a hairdresser and using another hairdresser with a full head of hair but cut so severely as to be nearly bald. 

The interviewee's band of hair makes his whole face look avuncular and goofy. He speaks and imparts tremendously agreeable levelheaded utterances, not at all the clowning that his hair suggests. His eyes sparkle with life, he tilts his head and smiles and although charming straightforward and intelligent all gravitas is forfeited by his silly appearance, the camera shifts to the completely bald interviewer doing all the same conversational things and more so, observable behavior less serious but more masculine in appearance due to hair management, and you see immediately the difference. 

I say, although psychologically difficult, say goodbye to the hair altogether and take the clip attachment off the shaver and say hello to a whole new tighter more masculine look. Ten out of ten hairdressers agree with me in my mind.

Friday, February 14, 2014

For my funny valentines

Lem

Darcy

chick

Haz

Pasta

Chip

Synova

Lunch Time


KLEM FM

The excerpt below is from a book I'm reading called "Hendrix: Setting The Record Straight" by John McDermott with Eddie Kramer. Just to set the stage a bit, by the summer of 1969, the original Jimi Hendrix Experience had broken up. Hendrix had moved out of NYC to upstate New York near Woodstock where he rented a house.
Though Hendrix may have sought a quiet retreat among Woodstock's fabled wilds, he managed to stand out as much as he had in Harlem. 'Jimi used to drive through town in his red Corvette,' recalls Leslie Aday, an employee of Albert Grossman, who became friendly with Hendrix during his extended period upstate. 'He'd have the top down and be dressed in all his glory. Nobody in Woodstock had a red Corvette. These people were into growing organic vegetables and making their own clothes!' 
The musicians Hendrix had invited to the house were no mere motley crew. Hendrix, recalls Aday, had expressed his concept of a band that comprised musicians from a variety of racial backgrounds. The timing for such a concept, he explained, couldn't be better. Aside from Jimi's own celebrated mixture of Cherokee Indian and Negro heritage, percussionist Jerry Velez was an Hispanic from New York's Lower East Side; [Mitch] Mitchell (who would rejoin Hendrix) a white Briton; [Billy] Cox and [Larry] Lee were African Americans steeped in the Delta blues tradition; and Juma Sultan an African American who had embraced Africa's vast cultural heritage. 
Juma Sultan was well known within the Woodstock artistic community, a respected percussionist actively involved with the Aboriginal Music Society, which presented a broad mosaic of musical influences in semiconcert form on Sunday evenings at the Tinker Street Cinema. Sultan introduced Hendrix to the aggregation of local musicians, but when they played together, Hendrix couldn't help plowing through their delicate, polyrhythmic patterns. He had not yet integrated softer elements into his live music, volume and feedback remaining the essential ingredients of his style. Even his rhythm playing, while not as bombastic as his solo work, was still delivered with great force. It would be this simple fact, plus a lack of adequate rehearsal time, that would doom the Gypsys Suns & Rainbow, the moniker he invented for his new band.
A brief summer of spontaneous jamming turned to serious rehearsals after Hendrix was signed to headline the musical festival in August which became Woodstock. Hendrix and his jam buddies closed the event at dawn on a Monday morning, several hours after the festival was supposed to have ended. Only a fraction of the fans actually witnessed his performance. This is how they sounded, playing one of the few original songs not belonging to the Jimi Hendrix Experience; it's called Jam Back at the House:

 

Eddie Kramer, hired to record the entire festival, was not impressed:
Tracks such as "Jam Back at the House" -- born from incessant jamming -- did more to showcase the band's deficiencies than strengths. Larry Lee was a close friend and an accomplished player, but he was not in a league to be trading solos with Jimi Hendrix.
That song has long been my personal favorite from that performance. It's deceptively simple -- seemingly just an endless riff driven over and over. Only a real genius like Hendrix could make that interesting. I especially like how he plugs in and comes back at around 4 min 40sec, puffing his cigarette no handed, breathing like a dragon.  But now I see Kramer's point. Hendrix overwhelmed the other players. Of those on stage, only Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox would stick with him.  Only they could keep up. 

"Venezuela is 1 of the worlds top Twitter users due 2 censorship"


Minority Report


"Report: Gov't success in immigration court drops"

"Nearly half of immigrants facing deportation are now winning their cases before an immigration judge, their highest success rate in more than 20 years, according to a new analysis of court data published Thursday."
The U.S. government has been losing more deportation cases each year since 2009, according to the Transaction Records Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, which collects and studies federal prosecution records.
It is no coincidence that Eric Holder, who wants felons to have the right to vote, has been the Attorneys General since 2009.
Immigrants in California, New York and Oregon have been most successful recently, while judges in Georgia, Louisiana and Utah have sided more often with the government, according to TRAC.
Or, to put it another way, judges in California, New York and Oregon have sided more often with the illegals "undocumented".
Immigration supporters accuse the Obama administration of deporting too many people, but Republicans say the president is too lenient on immigrants living in the country illegally.
As more "undocumented" persons come in to the country, it is perfectly conceivable that more of them would be picked up on questions unrelated to their immigration status. It would defy human nature, if, as more undocumented immigrants snuck in, less of them were to run afoul of the law.
Nearly 2 million immigrants have been removed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement under President Barack Obama.
For the rest of the article click AP

A Love Story In Progress

[A Guest Post From Trooper York]

Julia sat in the diner sipping her tea and looking at the plate of eggs that the harried waitress had set before her. They looked greasy and hurried. Much like the rest of the patrons of the diner.

Why had she agreed to come to his horrible place to research an article for “The Huffington Post?” She had to leave her comfortable studio apartment that she paid five thousand a month for in Williamsburg Brooklyn to come to this cold winter landscape of North Dakota. She had to leave behind so much. Her books. Her supportive friends. Her organic food market. Her cat. Oh God her cat. She missed her so much.

The little bell at the top of the door jingled and a man walked into the diner. He was tall and lean. Wearing jeans and a down parka with a yellow hard hat. He must be an oil worker. The type of person she was supposed to talk to in order to get a good article. He walked up to the counter and sat down. He put his hat and gloves on the counter and opened his coat.

“Hi Jack” said the waitress as she set a cup in front of him and filled it with steaming hot coffee from a battered glass pot. “Any luck last night?”

“Yeah Flo I was pretty lucky. But you know me. When I drill I always strike a gusher. I push and push and push my tool down the shaft until I make something happen. That’s what I do.” “Ha you’re a kidder” laughed Flo as she flushed red. “The usual?” “Sure.”

WLEM AM

Where the hits keep on coming.






City council installs wheelchair ramp

A woman in Duntocher Clydebank England spent two years working for improved access for her wheelchair-bound daughter and finally they came through, installed to the tune of
£40,000 ($66,600).

Council said given regulations it is the only solution.


But it is a great skateboard ramp, so there's that.

Paolo Nutini, New Shoes

Scottish guy. From his de butt album, These Streets. MP3s on Amazon here



Today in incredibly fortunate winter weather I walked down to the main city Post Office, so it is real official-like with letters spelling out the place over the doors carved into whatever that material is, to send off a card to a farmer in a near isolated portion of southwest Nebraska. The PO two blocks one way and four blocks another, and I could feel every single footstep hitting perfectly on the heel and rolling properly and pushing off with ease and the whole thing felt excellent. I owe it all to good shoes.


I did not realize there is parking on the roof. 

It faces this police building across the street, 14th.




There is not even a word for that in my vocabulary. Foreboding. Uninviting. Retentive. Insecureish. It strikes me as almost the least of everything at once; post modernistic, neoclassic, Brauhaus, decorative, armorial, brutalistic. If I were to sign it I would use the word "building" + "punch" and not the drink kind of punch. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

They gave their consent

Answer to "What is the problem?" As U.S. plummets in global press freedom rankings.


Seen on Smalldeadanimals. Well spotted, Kate. 

Man, that's a good one. Glenn McCoy. Cartoonist hosted at Town Hall. Works include The Duplex. Works with his brother Gary on daily panel titled The Flying McCoys. (Looks a bit like someone. Let's talk about his hair.)


"Ninth Circuit holds Second Amendment secures a right to carry a gun"

"So holds today’s Peruta v. County of San Diego (9th Cir. Feb. 13, 2014) (2-1 vote). The court concludes that California’s broad limits on both open and concealed carry of loaded guns — with no “shall-issue” licensing regime that assures law-abiding adults of a right to get licenses, but only a “good cause” regime under which no license need be given — “impermissibly infringe[] on the Second Amendment right to bear arms in lawful self-defense.” The Ninth Circuit thus joins the Seventh Circuit, and disagrees with the Second, Third, and Fourth Circuits. (State courts are also split on the subject.)"

Washington Post - VC 

"I'm getting this monkey off your back and you're not even going to clap?"

John Boehner backing away from budget fight. His thinking as stated is now the mess of Obamacare rollout can command full attention without distracting unproductive bruising fights.

And apparently tea party types are monkeys.

Monkeys on his back.

The trillions off dollars of unchecked public debt, now intergenerational, is the monkey that tea party types are concerned with, that and constitutional fidelity, so budgetary integrity and constitutional fidelity and intergenerational morality are monkeys on Republicans backs that is appeased by simply caving to Democrats.

The man has got no fight in him. And neither do the rest. Whereas their opponents fight fight fight no matter how far off the ultimate goal no matter how many other fights are already in progress. His opponents are fighting on all fronts at once, opening new fronts as Boehner caves on this one. He sees himself as winner for Republican business as usual while the rest of us see loser for Republicanism in general. Goodbye Republicans Party, I cannot add it's been nice knowing you.


Reported by Washigtonpost.com

“In my class, my students get marked down for originality"

Once caught plagiarizing, actor Shia LaBeouf claimed it was a performance art project. One of the people the actor plagiarized, a poet, reacted rather amusingly... or so I thought, you be the judge.
Goldsmith told TIME that he had never heard of LaBeouf until the actor started quoting the poet extensively on the web, claiming the words as his own. While these acts of plagiarism caused some victims like Daniel Clowes to consider legal action, Goldsmith wasn’t among them: “I thought it was great,” he said. “You know, that’s what I do.”

Normalizing plagiarism is Goldsmith’s bread and butter. He’s written a book about the subject and discussed it on the Colbert Report, in his classroom at the University of Pennsylvania, and even at the White House. “In my class, my students get marked down for originality,” he said. “They must plagiarize well and convincingly, and I don’t think [LaBeouf] has done that so far. Quite frankly, that’s why people have been so angry with him. Had he been a better plagiarizer, a smarter plagiarizer, people actually would have been admiring of his action rather than scornful.”
Time Magazine

Turley: "We Have Become a Nation of Enablers"

Transcript excerpt of Law professor Jonathan Turley on Fox's News with Megan Kelly.
KELLY: Why is it so dangerous? What' so bad that will come of this?

TURLEY: Well, you know, a system in which a single individual is allowed to rewrite legislation or ignore legislation is a system that borders on authoritarianism. I don't believe that we are that system yet. But we cannot ignore that we're beginning to ignore a system that is a pretense of democracy if a president is allowed to take a law and just simply say, 'I'm going to ignore this,' or, 'I'm going to shift funds that weren't appropriated by Congress into this area.'

The president's State of the Union indicated this type of unilateralism that he has adopted as a policy. Now, many people view that as somehow empowering. In my view, it's dangerous, that is what he is suggesting is to essentially put our system off line. This is not the first time that convenience has become the enemy of principle. But we've never seen it to this extent.

KELLY: What is supposed to be done about it? You know, I know in your testimony before Congress you cited Ben Franklin who believed that the other branches would work in their own self interest to try to reign in a president who got drunk on his own power, or however you want to put it. You know, Congress doesn't have -- they can withdrawal money, they can move to impeach, they can file lawsuits --which they've done -- I mean, what are they supposed to do?

TURLEY: Part of the problem really rests with the federal courts. For the last two decades, federal courts have been engaged in a policy of avoidance. They are not getting involved when the executive branch exceeds its powers, they're just leaving it up to the branches. And often they say Congress has the power of the purse, Congress can simply restrict funds.

But one of the complaints against President Obama is that very clearly dedicated funds in areas like healthcare, have been just shifted by the White House unilaterally to different areas. And the courts have adopted this avoidance policy.

I am astonished by the degree of passivity in Congress, particularly by Democrats. You know, I first came to Congress when I was a young page and there were people that fiercely believed in the institution. It didn't matter what party held the White House. But what we're seeing now is the usurpation of authority that's unprecedented in this country.
Real Clear Politics h/t Rush Limbaugh. (Video at the Link)

Tammy (2014) movie trailer cracked me up when I saw it


Tammy TEASER TRAILER (2014) - Melissa McCarthy

Number Three

Country music legend Waylon Jennings, dead at age 64.



Rest in peace, highwayman.

EDIT:  Reliable sources now confirm that Waylon Jennings died in 2002 on this date.

Balance of Trade (Open Thread)


"Belarus confirms software work for U.S. medical and insurance companies"

Up until now, most, if not all assurances by the administration, as to the efficacy of the ACA, better known as ObamaCare, have fallen short. That is not just the administration's detractors saying that. So Please, keep that in mind, as you read this story.
Software developed in the former Soviet state of Belarus is part of networks used by U.S. medical and insurance companies that are now part of President Barack Obama’s health care reform program, according to a senior official of a government technology park in Minsk...

Security concerns about foreign software and possibly malicious code from Belarus were raised inside the U.S. government last month...

Tsepkalo told a Russian radio program in June that one of “our clients” was the Department of Health and Human Services and that “we are helping Obama complete his insurance reform.”

“Our programmers wrote the program that appears on the monitors in all hospitals and all insurance companies—they will see the full profile of the given patient,” Tsepkalo told Voice of Russia Radio June 25.

The comments prompted the U.S. intelligence warning that malicious software from Belarus may have been implanted by state-controlled software engineers in Belarus, making the Healthcare.gov software vulnerable to cyber attack.

Asked about the Belarusian official’s comments, HHS spokeswoman Joanne Peters did not directly address them.

In a statement, Peters said consumers who fill out online Healthcare.gov applications “can trust that the information that they are providing is protected by stringent security standards.”
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Washington Free Beacon via Bill Gertz tweet

"North Dakota Leads in Job Creation for Fifth Straight Year"

There is something happening here and I do know what it is...
For the fifth consecutive year, North Dakota topped all other states in employee perceptions of job creation at their workplaces in 2013, as measured by the Gallup Job Creation Index. North Dakota's +40 index score easily surpasses the District of Columbia's and South Dakota's second-place +30 scores. Rhode Island workers saw the least job creation, with a +12 score.
Job Creation Index, 2013 (Gallup via Hot Air)

Top States, Gallup Job Creation Index, 2013Bottom States, Gallup Job Creation Index, 2013



good luck, you guys.

United States, Vietnam, Polynesia, Australia, Malaysia, Moldova, Singapore, good luck making your cards.


That's for today.

Smithsonian online

360 degree tour of Smithsonian and the grounds. Navigation takes a bit of getting used to.

Gosh, it's like I've actually been there.

America's attic, you know.

And so far it turns out looking like any ordinary museum. Although I haven't explored the gem room yet, that gallery is big with lots of dots to land on and explore. I was hoping for things uniquely American. The junk that they save that turns out to be valuable eventually like weather vanes and pot metal objects and large clay pots, Travon Martin's hoodie and civil rights memorabilia, but no, so far it is all regular things. Naturally my initial interest is specific.

Civilization, the early years.


The box top right navigates the building. You can click on the dots and be positioned in that spot. At the top of the list "Western Cultures" the third dot goes to Egypt. Before that the two previous dots are blah.

And I recognize that scene, of course, and I recognize that writing. Not only that, I recognize the handwriting as being other than copied from the most famous of all copies of "Coming Forth by Day" drawn up for Ani. It sticks out. These hieratic characters are cleaner than the scribe's handwriting for Ani.

The writing was done in an ancient workshop. Ani chose the chapters he wanted for his burial. His name was filled in later by a separate scribe, Ani's name often appears at the beginning of a block of text or following a rubric introducing him and sometimes omitted where it should be. Oops. The artwork is by separate teams of scribes. The whole thing is a mess, actually, chopped up in pieces irrational to the story but convenient for transporting. Presented out of order the ancient text does not match the modern translations page for page, after all that effort making sense of the thing and thought put into its representation the result is barely intelligible and annoyingly difficult to follow. That is, looking for their interpretation of anything specific is harder than translating myself.

And Ani's is different from the Smithsonian's representation, Ani's little word-birds have feathers. It makes the handwriting completely different.

On the second floor, Egypt has a tiny section and that makes me sad. Only two dots to click.


Anubis does not lead Ani anywhere in Ani's copy.

Here is my copy of Ani's copy, and look, ibis-headed Thoth scribe is exactly the same at Smithsonian except different colors.

Exactly. Hand and arm configuration, posture, proportion canon, scribe implements. But the words above the picture are different. I cannot even locate those words ↑ in my copy ↓. (bottom right in both)


Disappointing all around. Meager.

Well I had just go to New York for interesting Egyptian exhibits. They have the best.

"I've kept P-38's in my tackle boxes the last 62 years and counting!"

"What are you talking about?"

"Can openers. Military, Viet-Nam era. Great for camping."

 Pack of 10 for $5.00 on eBAy or $1.00 each.

"That's great, I need a new can opener. Mine is rusty where it needs to be stainless. Maybe I should get a pack of these."

"No. Not for that."


What do people do down there in all those circles and squares?

You see them flying over and must wonder, what is it like down there?

The squares are sections a mile x a mile. The sections are sold in pieces. A farm can be chunks of separate sections, they usually are.

Southwest Nebraska, the northeast portion of the county.



I asked a lot, actually. I always imagined I'd be good at driving one of those tractors. I can focus, and stay focused. I'd make straighter lines, better turns, I'd follow the terrain better than what I would see as passenger driving by. I imagined myself a farmer.

And wheat, don't get me started. I am fascinated about every aspect of it. I can listen for hours about yields, protein levels, red VS white, winter VS spring, hard VS soft. Where it is stored, how the grain is mixed, where it goes, how it gets there, who buys it, how silos work, and tractor implements. I am a good audience for otherwise taciturn ranchers. I am specifically interested in the details of wheat.

I ask, and am answered.

This is personal!
Always nice to hear from you.
The new Google earth updated satellite view of my farm was taken in 2013, showing the effects of our ongoing drought. Not one acre was harvested in 2013, first time in the history of our farm since 1917. Even in the worst year of the dust bowl, 1934, we received 4 inches of rain, but in 2013 only 3 inches total for the year. 2014 is shaping up to be just as bad. An early frost stopped the growth of the newly planted wheat so there wasn't enough growth to survive the below zero temps of late, shrinking the plant to below the surface so now all the land is highly erodible from wind. It's a real mess with sifted dirt drifts. The odd result, however, is that I made more money with Federal Crop Insurance than if I would have had a normal crop. 


I took my third Belgian to the house center of this screen grab. The house with the arched driveway. She would not let me out of her sight. Not one second, not one foot. There would be no chance of our separation.

I was told drive up to the big white house but all I saw was a small one so up to that I went. With nothing around for scale everything looks small. Once inside the house the foyer is large as my apartment. To the left is a room that used to be several rooms now with windows on three sides. Full windows on three sides that open up to wheat all around. It is like looking out from a boat upon a true sea of amber waving grain.

But not now.


Farmer Dean spoke about health. I spoke about exercise. His exercise is impressive, I said.  He mentioned he thought he wasn't having enough and I countered he has more than most. Walking up and down the ladder into the tractor is excellent exercise right there, but not for an hour, for a whole day. Then in deeper than ankle-depth dirt, fine dirt, the most extraordinarily groomed dirt you ever saw. Dust, actually, but it smells alive. The dirt must be cleared of weeds, the kind that grow and dry out and turn into tumbleweeds. Those type get caught up in the grooming equipment and must be cleared out by hand. The farmer climbs out of the cab to release the pulled up weed caught in the groomer so that it does not spread seeds throughout the whole field. 

That is what I learned from my day as farmer. 
The new tractor I bought this year is gigantic (400 horsepower) and so computerized that I can't even drive it. Thankfully, James has a degree in computer science from Georgia Tech so he can program everything on the touch screen in mere minutes. It even chooses the gear & engine rpm for you automatically depending on the soil conditions. Here's a pic (scroll down on pics to see computerized controls:)
Embarrassed to tell you that I paid $238,000 for the damn thing. There's five steps up to get to into the cab, as opposed to four on the old one & wouldn't ya know, James missed that last step on our last day of planting, fell hard to the ground & broke his ankle.
Bummer. (The link provided was unhelpful. I could not find what it was supposed to show.)
Earthstone Energy from Denver is planning on drilling an exploratory oil well on my land in early March. We haven't drilled for oil since 1972, dry hole at 4700 feet. They will be drilling to 6200 feet this time. We told them we do not want any more natural gas wells (though if they hit gas & not oil they will tie in to the existing pipe line.) We now have 17 gas wells (I have 5 on my own land and my family has 12 on the theirs). I'm also very concerned about the fracking chemicals going into our water supply. Natural gas is so cheap that it cost us more to farm around them than what the royalty check adds up to.  I could certainly use an oil well if my health prevents me from continuing to farm. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
So far he's spoke only of his father. I thought that is all the family there is.

So that is what they do. I also learned about family-farm politics. One family is (was) buying up property in the area and bragging about how many combines it takes to harvest their sections. Six or seven harvesters whatever. It angers other farmers who do not take to bragging like that so when one of them sells they arrange in advance to avoid selling to the successful land aggregator that brags too much.

I was also told the house at the bottom left was originally a Sears house, bought directly from a catalog. Added on to since then.

One thing about living out there in isolation like that is you can wake up in the morning and step out onto the front porch stoop to greet the day and take a morning piss right there with nobody around to observe or judge you.

That is what happens down there in those circles and squares.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

They Always Go in Threes, right?

Sad news: One of television's original comic stars, Sid Caesar, has died. He was 91 and at home in Los Angeles, according to his friend and former collaborator, Carl Reiner, reports Reuters.

First, Shirley Temple; now, Sid. Who will be next?

AllenS Westminster Winner


Just Jumpy the dog
 
von Muller's

Rand Paul: "Do we no longer have a Fourth Amendment?"


 
 
"The constitution is not a negotiable piece of parchment to be ignored or abused at the presidents whim" - Senator Ran Paul.

Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Via Washington Examiner

Did I tell you how Sky won Westminster Best In Show?


"Sky, Wire Fox Terrier and Veteran Show Dog, Wins at Westminster"
A bloodhound named Nathan stole the crowd’s heart Tuesday night at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Each time a camera caught his droopy-faced countenance, or a judge came within a few feet of him, his fans at Madison Square Garden erupted. They were nuts about Nathan, who was unfazed by the commotion.

But the sentiments of Nathan Nation did not sway Betty Regina Leininger, the Best in Show judge, who wore a gown in the distinct hue of Westminster purple. She was wowed by another dog that the crowd liked, but clearly did not adore.

Instead, she leaned on a breed accustomed to the winner’s circle at the elite show. She chose a 5-year-old wire fox terrier named Sky as the winner, giving that breed its 14th win in the 138th edition of Westminster. All told, terriers have won 46 times, the most of any group. A hound has won only five times; no bloodhound has ever won.
NYT

WLEM AM

Where it's always a balmy 84 degrees.



If you had a raincoat with four sleeves, which movie star would you share it with?

Wizard of Oz by Eyes Alive! Florida School for Deaf and Blind

37 minute play by children in sign.



Honestly, I do not know what is going on here. Some of the children, a few of them sign as if they do not understand what they are saying.  I suspect not all of them are deaf. I could be wrong about that but some children sign as deaf and others do not.A few words stick out specifically, for example:

One boy says the word "help" as if he does not know how or why the sign means help because nothing is being helped, the movement is present but backwards where the helping hand is pounded instead of helping lift the opposing fist-hand. Whereas the other children say the same word "help" as if they do understand the how and why of it.

The trees are not so clear, nor the flying monkeys.

All the children say the word "witch" as if they do not know the hook relates to the nose. I think I saw one or two point to the nose first but not so clearly, then "hook" but the word is really a double hook; hook nose + hook = witch, most of the children are doing hook=witch. None of them were clear about an ugly witchy hooked nose. Much of their signing is not so clear and not so emphatic or dramatic.

Except for the witch. She comes across loud and clear, there is no mistaking her meaning. She is beautifully clear and cogent throughout.

Dorthy: You sign very well. How can you sign without a brain?

Scarecrow: Yeah, strange, huh.

That cracks me up. The little lion falling down at the slightest provocation, wiping his eyes with his tail as in the movie. The kids are a delight to watch.

That reminds me of being a kid and not understanding what the big deal is about adults falling down. I did that every day. A couple times a day. Adults make it sound like some kind of gigantic emergency requiring immediate medical attention and further medical tests to determine what went wrong. But the kid drops to the ground on a dime. He's hilarious he never misses his cue to drop like a brick and he cracks me up each time.

They all spell "wizard" throughout. There are signs for the English word "wizard," one refers to conical hat, others refer to "magic+personification" another, "beard+magic+personification" otherwise "expert as math-wiz" or simply "brilliant"

They compressed the story excellently. They rewrote the witch's death scene by skipping the castle and guards altogether, it is the monkeys that rejoice.


60 years later, video surfaces of WWII B-29 rescue

Originally reported by Denver 9News Nov. 11, 2010.

Harrowing. Hole blown in wing, lost two engines, bomb bay doors blown off. Plane ditched.

The plane was shot down under heavy flak seventy miles from the coast of Japan miraculously near to an American submarine. The entire crew was rescued. An officer aboard the sub captured the whole thing on film in color.

Two years previous to the Denver 9News report a copy of the film showed up at Denver resident Richard Vanden Huevel's front door. Apparently a son found it in the father's closet.The video clearly shows Vanden Huevel being rescued 60 years earlier when he was twenty years of age.

Strapping lad too.



I see a young kid who doesn't see fear," Vanden Huevel said.
We see that too. [The video share code from 9News is a mile long. It displays here but without an opening image. I do not trust it.]

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

De Blasio diaries: Called Police Over Pastor's Arrest

In New York City's criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: the police, who investigate crime; and the district attorneys, who prosecute the offenders. That is unless you know the new mayor ;-)
A member of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's transition team who had two outstanding warrants was arrested Monday night after a traffic stop but was spared a night in jail in a case in which the mayor contacted a top police official, New York Police Department officials said.
Mr. de Blasio called Deputy Chief Kim Royster, a top official in the NYPD's press office, shortly after two police officers pulled over Bishop Findlayter as he drove a 2012 Lincoln sedan at 11:21 p.m. at the southeast corner of Clarkson Avenue and East 92nd Street in Brooklyn, officials said.
De Blasio spokesman Phil Walzak said the mayor reached out to the deputy chief to "get clarification on word that there had been an arrest of a respected local clergyman."...
John Jay College professor Eugene O'Donnell, a former NYPD officer and prosecutor, said he wasn't "aware of any patrol guide provision that would allow" Deputy Inspector Lehr to release anyone wanted on a bench warrant. "Every day people get dragged through the system for technical reasons and spend time in jail, but that's the system we live in," he said.
Wall Street Journal

KLEM FM



I have a vivid memory of being in the darkened basement at a neighbor's house, watching one of those flickering light bulbs and listening to "American Woman" by The Guess Who. I must have been around 11 or 12. That 7-Up commercial had a big influence on boys my age. We were all going into 6th grade and taking our first shop class. It seemed like everybody wanted to make a lamp out of an old can or bottle. I used an empty fifth of "Southern Comfort" which I retrieved from a dumpster at the famous Club Tavern. The instructor in shop class (we called it "industrial arts") taught us to safely drill holes through glass and also a bit of wiring. The light bulbs were available at places like the Moon Fun Shop on State St. (right next to the old Capitol Theater). I threw out my lamp long ago but wish I still had it.

And I was wrong about the song used in the commercial. I've looked in vain for a version of that commercial using "American Woman." This is how I/we misremember things: mixing our reality with commonality and then shaping a new memory.

Pour La Fissure


Will it even ever be mended?

The "Mark Twain" has always been my favorite ride at Disneyland. A couple years ago, I even got the chance to ride in the wheelhouse with my kids. There's a little hidden cabin too with a cot where Walt used to nap.

I thought of Chip Ahoy when I saw this


"MA NAACP President Compares Dem’s Assault On A Woman To “Jaywalking”"

From Massachusetts Radio talk show Michael Graham's blog...

The New England Area Chapter of the NAACP released a letter this morning urging the Massachusetts House of Representatives not to vote to expel convicted woman-beater Rep. Carlos Henriquez. Henriquez is currently serving simultaneously in the State House and the “slammer” up in Billerica. (Or rather was. The House voted 146-5 to expel him.)

I asked the NEAC President, Juan Cofield, who signed the letter, to join me on my radio show today and discuss it... (go here to listen to it)

***

From Wikipedia...

War on Women is an expression in United States politics used to describe certain Republican Party policies as a wide-scale effort to restrict women's rights, especially reproductive rights. Prominent Democrats such as Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Boxer, as well as feminists, have used the phrase to criticize proponents of the laws as trying to force their social views on women through legislation. The expression is used to describe Republican policies in areas such as access to reproductive health services, particularly birth control and abortion services; the prosecution of criminal violence against women; the definition of rape for the purpose of the public funding of abortion; and workplace discrimination against women.

Essay: The End of Sex (The “Porn Oscars” and the pornification of America)

First paragraph...

"Vegas, Baby — “Eggs are expensive, sperm are cheap.” That’s a plain-English approximation of Bateman’s principle, which holds that in a species with two sexes, the members of the sex that invests less biologically in reproduction will end up competing, sometimes ferociously, over the members of the sex that invests more. Because healthy men can in theory reproduce almost without limit while women are constrained by the number of pregnancies that they can take to term in a lifetime, women have a very strong incentive to be more selective about their sexual partners, while men don’t: snipers vs. shotguns, basically. In a 2004 paper under the forthright title “Sexual Economics: Sex as Female Resource for Social Exchange in Heterosexual Interactions,” two scholars from the University of British Columbia and Florida State took that insight and examined mating behavior through the lens of market competition. And if you doubt for one second that the pitiless laws of supply and demand provide an excellent explanation of human sexual behavior, then by all means make a reservation at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino for the annual awards ceremony hosted by Adult Video News, a.k.a. the “Porn Oscars,” the most mercilessly Darwinian sexual marketplace you will find this side of Recife."

National Review Online via Hot Air. As they say in the blogs 'read the whole thing' here.

***

About 10 years ago, I remember reading from a reputable source, that, porn industry revenues had surpassed most major sports revenues, in America, combined. Two years ago the site Skeptics Stack Exchange concluded that indeed this was the case.

"The sex industry is HUGE - $57 Billion Worldwide, $12+ Billion in the United States. It is larger than all the sport franchises put together"

WLEM AM

Where six degrees of separation is not enough.



Overheard: "furtive unprotected spurting". Please discuss.

"Bobsledder Who Got Stuck In Sochi Bathroom Is Now Stuck In Elevator"

"Damn, Johnny Quinn just cannot catch a break. Just two days after having to Incredible Hulk his way through a bathroom door that wouldn't open, the American bobsledder has once again found himself victimized by the jankiness of the Sochi Olympic facilities."
 


"That's Quinn in the picture above, trying to force open the doors of an elevator that he and two fellow bobsledders got stuck in today. Quinn tweeted that photo just over an hour ago, but his account has been quiet since. Please, someone go get Quinn out of that elevator. He doesn't deserve this."

[Twitter

Monday, February 10, 2014

Obama: 'I Can Do Whatever I Want'

"[I]n the latest big delay of the health-law rollout."
The Treasury Department, in regulations outlining the Affordable Care Act, said employers with 50 to 99 full-time workers won't have to comply with the law's requirement to provide insurance or pay a fee until 2016. Companies with more workers could avoid some penalties in 2015 if they showed they were offering coverage to at least 70% of full-time workers.
The move came after employers pressured the Obama administration to peel back the law's insurance requirements. Some firms had trimmed workers' hours to below 30 hours a week to avoid paying a penalty if they didn't offer insurance.
On his usual Fox News appearance a frustrated Charles Krauthammer said “This is stuff you do in a banana republic

(Post title quote here)

On Hatred

“A thorn in your side will drive you to find someone or thing to remove it. Therefore, don't hate your enemies. Thank them. Without them, you wouldn't have traveled as far in your life to find peace and happiness.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“He couldn't think of a good place. At first he thought she hated all living beings equally. Lately he had come to believe he held a special place in her heart, just below rattlesnakes, pederasts, and spirochetes. Definitely a tough place to start from, but determination had always been Conal's strong point.”
― John Varley, Demon

“Love is wise; hatred is foolish. In this world, which is getting more and more closely interconnected, we have to learn to tolerate each other, we have to learn to put up with the fact that some people say things that we don't like. We can only live together in that way. But if we are to live together, and not die together, we must learn a kind of charity and a kind of tolerance, which is absolutely vital to the continuation of human life on this planet.”
― Bertrand Russell

“... in a cycle as old as tribalism, ignorance of the Other engenders fear; fear engenders hatred; hatred engenders violence; violence engenders further violence until the only "rights", the only law, are whatever is willed by the most powerful.”
― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

“Will any man despise me? Let him see to it. But I will see to it that I may not be found doing or saying anything that deserves to be despised.”
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

“Most people who spew hatred aren’t very intelligent or motivated. They tend to be lazy, and if for some reason they are coaxed into picking up a pen, their messages are mostly incoherent and largely illiterate.”
― Damien Echols, Life After Death

“My request today is simple. Today. Tomorrow. Next week. Find somebody, anybody, that’s different than you. Somebody that has made you feel ill-will or even hateful. Somebody whose life decisions have made you uncomfortable. Somebody who practices a different religion than you do. Somebody who has been lost to addiction. Somebody with a criminal past. Somebody who dresses “below” you. Somebody with disabilities. Somebody who lives an alternative lifestyle. Somebody without a home.

Somebody that you, until now, would always avoid, always look down on, and always be disgusted by.

Reach your arm out and put it around them.

And then, tell them they’re all right. Tell them they have a friend. Tell them you love them.

If you or I wanna make a change in this world, that’s where we’re gonna be able to do it. That’s where we’ll start.

Every. Single. Time.”
― Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

“The paradox of anti-Semitism is that it is invariably up to the Jews to explain away the charges. The anti-Semite simply has to make them.”
― Jack Bruce

“Hatred only tarnishes the soul that carries it.”
― D.B. Harrop

“The hatred of hatred is still hate.”
― Ralph Dominic Castro

“The greatest spiritual leaders in history have all preached love for others as the basis for all happiness, and never did they accompany such mandates with a list of unlovable actions or deeds. They never said, love everybody except for the gays. Love everybody except for the homeless. Love everybody except for the drug users. Love everybody except for the gang members, or those covered in ink, or the spouse abusers. They didn’t tell us it was okay to love everybody with the exception of the “trailer trash,” those living in poverty, or the illegal immigrants. They didn’t tell us it was okay to love everybody except for our ex-lovers, our lovers’ ex lovers, or our ex-lovers’ lovers. The mandate was pretty damn clear, wasn’t it?

Love others.

Period.”
― Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

“Islamo-Fascism is NOT the result of economic deprivation or legitimate blowback because of Western foreign policies or even heinous drone attacks on Muslim civilians. All non-Muslims as Infidels, regardless of their faith or lack of it, are in an ideological war with a demonized, freedom-hating Muslim death-cult rooted in their accurate interpretation of the Qur'an!”
― Gary Patton

“Staying with detractors is like sleeping in a room located just behind the public toilet. You will never feel comfortable until you relocate.”
― Israelmore Ayivor

“Not all ‘whites’ are racists. Not all racists are ‘white.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“We should never let another person get under our skin to the point that we feel hate for them”
― Daniel Willey

“Many people today agree that we need to reduce violence in our
society. If we are truly serious about this, we must deal with the
roots of violence, particularly those that exist within each of us. We
need to embrace 'inner disarmament,' reducing our own emotions of
suspicion, hatred and hostility toward our brothers and sisters.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

“An insincere critic of a sincere person never wins.”
― Criss Jami

“You need to forgive people you don't understand; if not, try to understand people you want to forgive.”
― Shannon L. Alder

"You cannot change the world.  You can only change yourself, and is so doing, you will change how the world relates to you"
---Michael Haz