Saturday, July 23

Mourning in Munich.

Goood Morning, America!

How are ya?

    Pocahontas wanted V.P. slot so badly but wasn't chosen because she has done nothing in the Senate. Also, Crooked Hillary hates her!
  1. Tim Kaine is, and always has been, owned by the banks. Bernie supporters are outraged, was their last choice. Bernie fought for nothing!
  2. The Bernie Sanders supporters are furious with the choice of Tim Kaine, who represents the opposite of what Bernie stands for. Philly fight?

Friday, July 22

Northwestern, Stanford, Vikings, Cardinals.

RIP Dennis Green, dead at 67 of cardiac arrest.
He blazed a path in the pro ranks, and left with a 113-94 professional record in the NFL.  Well done!

Green is the Vikings' second-winningest coach in franchise history behind only Bud Grant. He led Minnesota to the playoffs in eight of his 10 seasons, and was the coach of the 1998 15-1 team that set a then-record for points in a single season with 556.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Green grew up in a working class household in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. His father was a postal worker and his mother a beautician. His father died when Green was 11 and his mother died when he was 13.
In 1981, Green was named the head coach of Northwestern University, a school that had gone 1-31-1 in its last 33 games. In 1981, he was only the second African American head coach in Division I-A history.
The high point of Green's Vikings career was the 1998 season, when the team went 15–1 and set the NFL record for the most points scored in a season (the 2013 Denver Broncos under John Fox currently hold this record). The Vikings advanced to the NFC Championship game, losing to the Atlanta Falcons after Atlanta's Morten Andersen made a field goal in overtime.

That's Good Enough for Me. *

America is a nation of believers, dreamers, and strivers that is being led by a group of censors, critics, and cynics.

Remember: all of the people telling you that you can’t have the country you want, are the same people telling you that I wouldn’t be standing here tonight. No longer can we rely on those elites in media, and politics, who will say anything to keep a rigged system in place.

Instead, we must choose to believe in America.
History is watching us now.

It’s waiting to see if we will rise to the occasion, and if we will show the whole world that America is still free** and independent and strong.


*  Cougar (Mellencamp):

No, I cannot forget where it is that I come from
I cannot forget the people who love me
Yeah, I can be myself here in this small town
and people let me be just what I want to be...

Got nothing against a big town
Still hayseed enough to say:
"Look who's in the big town!"
But my bed is in a small town

oh, and that's good enough for me.

Well, I was born in a small town
and I can breathe in a small town...

**  Are you still free?  Can you be?

Stand up in a clear blue morning
Until you see what can be
Alone in a cold day dawning
Are you still free? Can you be?

When some cold tomorrow finds you
When some sad old dream reminds you
How the endless road unwinds you...

While you see a chance take it
Find romance, take it
Because its all on you.

(Don't you know by now:
No one gives you anything?
And don't you wonder how you keep on moving?
One more day, your way...  )
~ Winwood.
Bonus Trac:  The Finer Things.

Think about it...
There must be Higher Love.

Thursday, July 21

The World is Black. The World is White.

It turns by day, and then by night...

(c) Copyright 1956 by Templeton Publishing Co., Inc.
- SONG HITS, Summer 1974.

"Black and White" is a song written in 1954 by David I. Arkin and Earl Robinson. The most successful recording of the song was the pop version by Three Dog Night in 1972, when it reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The song was inspired by the United States Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Board of Education that outlawed racial segregation of public schools. The original folk song was first recorded by Sammy Davis Jr. in 1957.

The original lyrics of the song opened with this verse, in reference to the court: "Their robes were black. Their heads were white. The schoolhouse doors were closed so tight. Nine judges all set down their names to end the years and years of shame..."

The ink is black. The page is white
Together we learn to read and write...
A child is black. A child is white.
The whole world looks upon the sight, a beautiful sight...
And now a child can understand
That this is the law of all the land, all the land... 
The world is black. The world is white.
It turns by day and then by night...
A child is black. A child is white.
Of mixed race, he grows to see the light, to see the light...
And now at last we plainly see
We'll have a dance of liberty. 
Get It.

My Father's House Has Many Rooms.

If that were not so,
would I have told you I am going there to prepare a place for you?
You know the way to the place where I am going...

Thomas, ever the doubter, said to him, "Lord, we don't know yet where you are going, so how can we know the way?"

Jesus answered,
"I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.
No one comes to the Father except through me."

~ John 14

Wednesday, July 20

Two Wrongs Don't Make It Right.

Giuliani attacked Hillary Clinton over the Obama administration’s decision to help depose the Libyan dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi. He said, rightly, that Libya is now in chaos. But he conveniently left out that President George W. Bush’s decision to wage war against Saddam Hussein and Iraq was the gigantic blunder that set up most of the subsequent horrors in that part of the world.
Here's an idea:  let Donald Trump's truth-talking do to Hillary Clinton what his truth-telling did to the Bush Bros.  Send 'em all packing!

The media never successfully confronted George W. Bush (that scamp!) for his war crimes.  They were too embedded with his crimes. The media also has conveniently ignored all the ways Americans have abetted our enemies over the years.  Truth is one of the biggest casualties in these never-ending wars.

If we want true change, we really have to do more than lip service:  we really have to Change ourselves, and soon...

The lives we save might be our own.  Respect national sovereignty.  Declare war only as a last resort, with the American people's backing.  Otherwise, who will be paying these bills?

Someday, the American Baby Boomers will have to answer to the next generations...
They've set the world on fire, all right, but the world will not be a better place for their having intervened.

Tuesday, July 19

Trump - Pence - Glynn.

Count me in. On the team.
(It's the voters who are going to have to win this thing, after all...)

ADDED:  How refreshing, really, that an immigrant woman and potential first wife -- if not in chronological order --  is seemingly copying the tone and style of her African-American, Princeton-educated predecessor.  That's America, folks.  Strivers -- black and white, male and female.  Native and foreign-born citizens alike.

Michelle should be flattered, not offended.
I would think.

Friday, July 8

11 Dallas Police Officers Shot, 5 Killed.

The American president releases a statement from Poland:

There’s no possible justification for these kinds of attacks, or any violence against law enforcement,” he said.

He added: “Our police have an extraordinarily difficult job, and the vast majority of them do their job in outstanding fashion.”
Leadership abroad,
or leadership at home?

Leader, leader... who'll be our leader?

Who do we have out there who could appeal to the younger demographics and teach them to reject the current American cycle of violence and revenge that has proven so costly and ineffective, and to use instead their brains and the 21st century thinking tools to overcome the destruction caused by guns and violence and to build a lasting legacy as the killings abate?

"Obama... out!" (Nope, not him, afterall...)

Psalm 121
A Song of Ascents.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
On that note,
make it a great weekend!

Climb every mountain.
Ford every stream.
Follow every byway...
until you find your dream.

Thursday, July 7

Turns Out, the 3 a.m. Wake-Up Call...

won't be related to foreign affairs...

It will be a domestic incident here at home.

A crowd of about 200 protesters turned up outside Gov. Mark Dayton's residence in Saint Paul, Minn. at 3 a.m. demanding for him to "wake up" and speak to them. They shouted "No Justice? No Peace!", and video shows them chanting Philando Castile's name again and again in a show of unity.

A man outside the Governor's mansion wrote on Twitter: "We're protesting at the governor's mansion. The police sent two delegates to make peace. They brought their guns."
And the incident -- or the direct aftermath -- will be televised:
The police officer, audibly panicky and afraid, continues to point his gun at Castile, and at one point screams 'I told him not to reach for it!'

The eyewitness in the vehicle remains calm as she confronts him: "You told him to get his ID, sir."
'I told him not to reach for it!' the cop screams, sounding close to tears. 'I told him to get his hand up.'

America First -- is that really such a bad thing, confronting and policing our own problems before we attempt to fix the world?

ADDED: Heartbreaking details about the deadly aftermath:
'Oh god, don't tell me he's dead,' they eyewitness says. 'Please don't tell me my boyfriend just went like that... please don't tell me that he's gone.'

The cop tells her to keep her hands 'where they are, please' and she agrees, but then goes back to chanting about her boyfriend's possible death. 'Please don't tell me this Lord, please Jesus, don't tell me that he's gone.'

'Please officer don't tell me that you just did this to him. You shot four bullets into him, sir,' she says, her voice finally beginning to crack with emotion. 'He was just getting his license and registration, sir.'
In the video, the 4-year-old daughter of the eyewitness is glimpsed a couple of times.

Towards the end of the video, as she begins screaming in anguish, her daughter says 'It's okay. I'm right here with you.'
Bearing witness...

The children will miss him, no doubt:
A website for J. J. Hill Montessori Magnet School lists Phil Castile as its cafeteria supervisor.

Clarence Castile, Philando’s uncle, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that his nephew had worked in the school’s cafeteria for 12 to 15 years, “cooking for the little kids.”

ALSO: The dead man's mother asks an important question:
Valerie Castile described her son as a “laid back” and “quiet” man who worked to provide for his family.

“He’s not a gang banger; he’s not a thug,” she told CNN. “He’s very respectable and I know he didn’t antagonize that officer in any way to make him feel like his life was in danger.”

She said she assumes her son did have a firearm with him because “that was something that we always discussed” but that he had a license for it. She said she always taught him to “comply” with law enforcement.

“The key thing in order to try to survive being stopped by the police is to comply,” she told CNN. “Whatever they ask you to do, do it. Don’t say nothing. Just do whatever they want you to do. So what’s the difference in complying and you get killed anyway?
Y’all please pray for us,” the eyewitness says at the end of the video.

I ask everybody on Facebook, everybody that’s watching, everybody that’s tuned in:
please, pray for us

Wednesday, July 6

Navy Kills Sailor in Deliberate Dunking Death

For shame.  The killer(s) should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  Because Life Matters.

James Derek Lovelace, 21, was struggling during an exercise in which trainees tread water in the pool wearing combat fatigues and boots, according to the medical examiner's report. Multiple witnesses told investigators that prior to the instructor laying his hands on Lovelace, the sailor's "face was purple and his lips were blue."

During the exercise, "instructors are reportedly advised to not dunk or pull students underwater," the report says.

But in a video of the incident, the report says, "an instructor in the water approaches the decedent and apparently dunks the decedent underwater. Over the course of the next approximately five minutes, the instructor follows the decedent around the pool, continually splashing him with water. The decedent is also splashed by other instructors in the water. Throughout the time period, the decedent is observed to go under the water multiple times."

At one point, the report says, another student approached Lovelace and tried to help him keep his head above the surface. One individual considered calling a "time-out" to stop the exercise, the report says, but failed to do so.

"The instructor appears to again dunk the decedent and continues to follow him around the water," the report says. "The instructor also appears to pull the decedent partially up and out of the water and then push him back. Eventually, the decedent is assisted to the side of the pool where he is pulled from the water."

The instructor involved, a petty officer first class who joined the Navy in 2008, had continued in his job immediately following the incident. He was removed from duty only after a story by NBC News and The Pilot challenged the narrative initially released by the Navy.
Good on the journalists who reported the story.
Because Truth still matters too... Don't let them tell you otherwise.
The instructor remains on administrative duty, Navy officials said, and no charges have been filed.

Naval Criminal Investigative Service Ed Buice said his agency's investigation into the death is ongoing, and no "conclusions have been reached regarding criminal culpability."

"It is important to understand that 'homicide' refers to 'death at the hands of another' and a homicide is not inherently a crime," Buice wrote in a statement.
Stupidity Kills. Never forget...

Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

If you remember correctly, that was the policy created for gays in the Clinton years:  those willing to hide who they were and who they loved were able to forge ahead with their military careers.  Those who found it a sham to hide, and who refused any special treatment for those who kept their heads down, found themselves without further careers.

Now it's 2016.
Some of the older folk are embarrassed to "admit" homosexuality, but for the most part, we are over that.  It's not illegal not to hire someone, or keep them employed, when you learn they are gay, but it's not the right thing to do.  You don't judge people by their skin color, gender or who they physically love.  The young people get that.

Does Hillary Clinton?
I hope I'm not spilling any secrets outside the Beltway here:  rumor has long held that Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin -- her close aide -- share more than political factsheets, emails, and long campaign trails.  Some say they are lovers.  Some say they are in a lasting relationship, physically.  Some say, despite Bill Clinton and Anthony Weiner as spouses, that the two are lesbian lovers.

That's not a slur, nor is it mere gossip.  If the two women have found something, why the need to continue the lie?  Because of Clinton's career?  Because, even in 2016, a married lesbian -- married to someone else -- would not fare well in the eyes of voters who have known her back when she was but Arkansas' First Lady, raising her daughter and helping her husband's career.

If it came out that Mrs. Clinton and Mrs. F.D. Roosevelt shared a character trait other than being hard-working political women married to former presidents, likely Clinton would lose her career.

Again:  so what?
The Obama administration was itself rushed out of the closet by the giddiness of Joe Biden, who is too honest to keep too silent for too long.  What's the big deal, he asked.  The right-thinking people of our nation responded, and legal barriers fell...  That's progress.  That's hard work, coming to fruition.  That's America, right there.

How can you blackmail someone with something they are not hiding any more?

Yesterday, FBI Director James Comey was a brave man too.  Everyone understood Mrs. Clinton would do no jail time, face no charges, for her breach of security as Secretary of State, going rogue with her private email server.  But Comey did not quit there...

He spoke out.  He told us, Clinton like her husband was devious.  She cherry-picked which emails to present during the investigation, and the FBI found some that were not initially disclosed.  Were she a lower-level employee, her security clearance would have been snatched.

But she is Mrs. Clinton, and perks are privileges to people like that.
Today, Mrs. Clinton is blessed by the sitting president as the person "most qualified" for the office.

How sad that Hillary Clinton, she of the maid mother and the philandering husband, might still be lying to herself, marrying her lover off to a man who tweets his weiner to strangers for a little affection and attention online.  Why?

It's 2016.  The problems America has collectively made in the world with our military misadventures and refugees on the run -- even as we destructively "liberate" their homelands -- are ours to own.  Bush Obama Clinton ... the blood all runs together at this point.

Obama got the top job that Clinton covets, and now he allegedly is going to get the people who voted for him to magically vote for her.  Women whose own sons were labeled Super-Predators and locked up, safely off the streets, are going to give Hillary Clinton their vote, to put her in office despite her crippling baggage?

I don't believe it.
The law-abiding Hispanics are here because they know what it is like to live in 3rd world countries where strongmen are above the laws, and rules are arbitrarily enforced.  And the black people crave law and order too -- look at what is happening to their children, and their fathers and sons, on the South Side, where Obama had his one little bit of real life work experience before he started growing his political career...

It's time for a change, for sure.
It's time for openness, and healing.
If Mrs. Clinton still has something to hide today, you deserves to lose because her time, like her husbands, was in the past when people played under a different set of rules, and hid who they were to serve their nation.  Today, it might be that Mrs. Clinton is still hiding who she is, but primarily to serve herself.  That is not how you make our nation great again, and both the Clintons, and the Obamas, know it.

Make it a great day, people.
Write about what you know?
ADDED:  A fight, a fight! A black and a white!  Frank Bruni adds his two bits to the mix.  (He's the gay republican from the big Italian family the NYT hired as a diversity columnist, elevating him from a food and movie critic to cover law and politics):

Clinton asked the North Carolina audience to think of “the early patriots who met in Philadelphia” in 1776.
“Nobody who looked like Barack Obama or me would have been included back then,” she said. “But we’re here today because the story of America is the story of hard-fought, hard-won progress.”
That’s the tale that Obama has always told. It’s the narrative that so many of us cling to. Where does Trump fit into it, and does it survive him? Instead of just wondering and worrying, the departing president has joined the fight.
 Somebody should explain to Frank the difference between a true story and a myth...  It's not too late, really. He's old enough to understand the truth and the price ultimately paid by those who keep silent for far too long.

SOUNDTRACK:  Erasure, Drama!
One rule for us, for you another.
Do unto yourself as you see fit for your brother...
Is that not within your realm of understanding?
A fifty second capacity of mind, too demanding?
Well then poor unfortunate you!

To quote Skynyrd: turn it up!

Tuesday, July 5

Hillary Will Never Be Commander-in-Chief.

How could she be, when she can't even get a security clearance now?

President Obama might think he can just use another executive action to anoint his successor -- passing the baton, he calls it.  But nope, she has to win over the confidence of the American people.

Do the blacks really want Super-Predator Clinton preying on their young, while she is above the law?  Do the voting Hispanics really want to tear up their citizenship papers, and live in a country where the imported workers do not have citizenship rights?

Will women really want to encourage their daughters to follow in Hillary's path, to claim success through cheating, lying and distorting the records?

Are we going to let Mrs. Clinton do to OUR country what she has done to Libya?  Overthrow the leaders because tribal warfare is best?

No, Mrs. Clinton makes a loyal wife, a fine grandmother, and a career elite.  But she will never hold the office as America's commander-in-chief.

It will take a lot more than scare-mongering over an alleged Star of David graphic to do that.  If you accept Orlando as the new normal, vote for Mr. Obama to baton-pass to Mrs. Clinton.

But if you want to make America great again?
You know what you have to do... voters will vote.
Obama/Clinton still have to deal with that messy fact on their watch.

Because Elite White Lives Matter More?

If you believe the political elites are above the law, vote Clinton.

If you believe white privilege is at play here, vote Trump.

Your choice -- SuperPredators gonna prey, prey, prey, prey...

Mr. Comey was clear that while these email habits weren’t criminal, Mrs. Clinton and her staff were “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.” He added that “any reasonable person” in Mrs. Clinton’s position should have known that she was playing with fire.

Mr. Comey’s remarks also contradicted Mrs. Clinton’s repeated assertion that she didn’t send or receive material that was “marked classified” at the time. She did.

He went on to say, “None of these emails should have been on any kind of unclassified system, but their presence is especially concerning because all of these emails were housed on unclassified personal servers not even supported by full-time security staff.”
Perhaps more troubling was the F.B.I.’s finding that Mrs. Clinton “also used her personal email extensively while abroad, including sending and receiving work-related emails in the territory of sophisticated adversaries,” adding that “it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal email account.”
Mr. Comey’s conclusions — legal recommendation aside — can be seen as nothing less than a censure of Mrs. Clinton’s judgment.
Either we are a nation of laws, or we are a 3rd world country...

Do our elites have to follow rules, or just ... your people?

Today is the day we recognize, and end, elite white privilege.

Yes we can!

Thursday, June 30

The best thing about my job...

of course is the weekly paycheck.
Beyond that, it's the interesting documents we get to read and review.

And finally, it's the flexible schedule that permits 11.5 hours days, with a shortened Thursday and workweek freeing us up to pursue other options once our 40 hours are completed.

I'm not talking about jobs that have you working for 5 or so hours a day, 3 times a week, for 9 months at a time...

No tenure here, not many benefits either.
But it works for me --  I am able to sacrifice, live out of a commuter apartment, and maintain my expenses to live within my means while paying off the interest-free credit card loans I was forced to take during the economic hardship years when work was harder to find, and I am ashamed to say I was not making enough to pay my daily bills without credit.

The wolf will always be outside, close to the door, for me now.
I invested in education, in a time when that was no guarantee; that what you knew -- as compared to who you networked with -- was devalued.

Still, I celebrate my independence this year more than ever.
May you, and yours?, too have a happy holiday weekend, overcoming any obstacles, and carving out a place for yourself in our great nation.

Best Country on Earth, a democracy if we can maintain it,
and I am ever grateful to my own father, and mother, for making the journey and sacrifices necessary to make me a legal citizen from birth of this great land...

Yes, I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free...
And I won't forget the folks who worked
to ensure that right for me...
And I'll gladly stand Up! -- next to you?
and defend her, still today,
'cause there ain't no doubt I love this Land...
God Bless the U.S.A.*
~Greenwood, Lee.

(Not schmaltzy, or a war anthem, to me.)
See you back here next week, God willing...

* From the lakes of Minnesota
to the hills of Tennesee...
Across the plains of Texas,
from sea to shining sea...
From Dee-troit down to Y'ouston,
from New Yawk to LA,
well there's pride in every American heart,
and it's time we stand and say...

Yes, I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free...
And I won't forget the folks who worked
to ensure that right for me...
And I'll gladly stand Up! -- next to you?
and defend her, still today,
'cause there ain't no doubt I love this Land...
God Bless ...the ... U.S.A. !

Presidential Duties Not Keeping His Busy Enough?

Can't this wait until he is safely out of office, and can do the planning on his own time?

Obama Picks New York Architects to Design Presidential Library

The president and his wife, Michelle, spent months poring over proposals for the project and meeting with prospective architects at the White House

He's just a symbolic figurehead really,
no concept of the work he's shirked at all.
Nothing going down in our country, or around the globe, is too important for America's commander-in-chief to worry about but building his legacy?

"Obama... Out".
Never forget.


How to Swallow a Sword

Desensitize your gag reflex. Concentrate.


I thought it was a "family" newspaper...
They need a street-smart editor in there, badly.

The President Rants but was Unable to Act on his Promise.

The president said he cares about poor people, about workers having a collective voice in the workplace, about kids getting an education and ensuring that the U.S. has a fair tax system.

"I suppose that makes me a populist," Mr. Obama said.

If only he had been willing to stay home and work to overcome the resistance of others to make the needed Change he promised, instead of arming the world and meeting with the upper-classes of nations across the globe...  Hillary has outshined him there.

During the press conference, Mr. Obama also addressed Trump's comments Tuesday in which he talked about withdrawing from trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) or the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

"The prescription of withdrawing from trade deals and focusing solely on your local market, that's the wrong medicine. It's not feasible," Mr. Obama said.
Maybe Mr. Trump will be able to implement the promises Mr. Obama made?  We will see, we will see...

Wednesday, June 29

Simple Solution.

The Hasidic community that has religious restrictions against men and women mixing in public places should simply fundraise and finance their own pool, privately.  Then, they could set their own rules, religious-based or otherwise. 

We've been here before, afterall.

When Catholic parents did not like the educations their children were receiving in public schools because they preferred to teach their children their own religious values during school hours, they went private.  After 20 years of discrimination against boys and men who do not share their faith, why should the Hasidic community be allowed to impose their religious restrictions on others?

For 20 years, the center has blocked off female-only hours to accommodate the area’s large Hasidic population. The pool has no male-only hours, and some Hasidic men swim during the hours that are open to all genders. An anonymous complaint was lodged recently with the city’s Human Rights Commission, which sent a notice to the parks department this spring saying that the policy might violate a city law barring gender discrimination in public accommodations.
Women’s hours are held three times a week during the summer months. At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, a lifeguard’s whistle squealed. “Everybody out,” she said.

In fact, the message was just for the men. The women’s hours would begin at 10:30 a.m. (There was a half-hour break in between.) Swimming freestyle in the lane marked “Slow,” Tim Main stopped and gripped the pool ladder, peeling off his goggles. He turned to the nearest pool-goer and threw up his hands. “I hope this goes all the way to the Supreme Court,” he said before climbing out and shaking off.

“The idea of being kicked out from swimming time isn’t really the issue,” Mr. Main, 56, said later, now dry and standing on Bedford Avenue in front of the brick pool house. “It’s the creeping of religious stricture into public space.”
Gripping a yellow pool noodle, Miriam Kahn, 77, treaded water in a pink dress and a pink ruffled swimming cap on Wednesday morning. “In our religion, women don’t go to no beach, don’t go to no movies, nothing,” she said in a thick Israeli accent. “Can’t we have this something?”
Sure you can, Mrs. Kahn.
But you cannot do it while discriminating on the public dime.

Take a lesson from the Catholics:  privatize if you feel so strongly about gender roles, segregation and modesty.  But please understand:  you do not have the power in America to impose your religious values on others in public spaces.

Too bad the Supreme Court got that ruling wrong about publicly imposing Christian prayers at the start of public meetings... That too will change one day, sooner rather than later, I hope.  Nothing prevents politicians and the public from gathering together before such meetings to pray privately, but that should not be mandatorily imposed on others either, who might or might not share the prayer leader's faith and religious practices.

That's America, one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all.  God knows where he stands in our hearts and souls, and he'd much rather be present in our actions rather than be used to divisively favor this group or that.


I want you to imagine how much better your life can be if we start believing in America again.

I want you to imagine how much better our future can be if we declare independence from the elites who've led us to one financial and foreign policy disaster after another.
If we're going to deliver real change, we're going to have to reject the campaign of fear and intimidation being pushed by powerful corporations, media elites, and political dynasties.

The people who rigged the system for their benefit will do anything - and say anything - to keep things exactly as they are.

The people who rigged the system are supporting Hillary Clinton because they know as long as she is in charge nothing will ever change.

The inner cities will remain poor.
 The factories will remain closed.
 The borders will remain open.
 The special interests will remain firmly in control.

Hillary Clinton and her friends in global finance want to scare America into thinking small - and they want to scare the American people out of voting for a better future.

Today, we import nearly $800 billion more in goods than we export.
This is not some natural disaster. It is politician-made disaster.
It is the consequence of a leadership class that worships globalism over Americanism.
This is a direct affront to our Founding Fathers, who wanted America to be strong, independent and free.
 Oh yes we can!
(Don't believe me, just watch...)

And on that note... make it a great workday America: stay cool, stay strong and happy hump day.

3 hours later, the police responded...

Orlando Police Radio Calls

Radio transmissions by Orlando Police Department dispatchers reflect hours of chaos that followed the first reports of gunshots at the crowded Pulse nightclub on June 12.
--------------------If it hadn't been a gay nightclub, you have to wonder if the police would have summoned the courage to go in earlier?
The first call was made to Orlando police department at 2:02 a.m., from a caller informing cops of “shots fired” inside the gay club where people had turned out for a Latino night.

Cops were at the scene of the shooting less than two minutes after that first call, but it wasn’t until after 5 a.m. that 11 Orlando SWAT team members burst into the club...
In the three hours it took for police to take action, victims inside the club stayed on the line with police dispatchers, many of whom had been shot and were clinging to life, the logs reveal.

Let Them Rest in Peace Already.

The NYT dredges up another tale of failure amongst the victims.  Why?

Escape Tunnel, Dug by Hand, Is Found at Holocaust Massacre Site

In 1944, 80 captive Jews who were being forced to burn bodies at a Nazi extermination site attempted an escape.

But ultimately, they failed and we all know the rest of the story...
Who in the audience demands these stories of the NYT, and the persistence of the ongoing narrative that Jews are but victims?  Not any victims, history's ultimate victims.

Who is still buying into these stories, I wonder?

Tuesday, June 28

"Oh, He Got Up!"

Secure your loads before you travel...
and always wear your helmet.

The life you save might be your own...

Brendan Jankowski was the man at the handlebars of that motorcycle, a 2015 Yamaha he had just purchased for his 20th birthday two weeks prior to the crash. The dashcam video (taken by Linda Leverty and posted both to her YouTube and Facebook accounts) captures a black Chevy SUV passing her vehicle in the left lane pulling a ski boat with the the large rolled-up water mat on the back deck.

As the video continues Jankowski also passes Leverty's car, and is approximately three or four car lengths behind the boat when the mat rolls off. He tries to change lanes but is unable to avoid the mat, and both Jankowski and his new bike are sent cartwheeling down the pavement at highway speed.

Jankowski rolls like a log down the interstate, coming to a rest square in the middle of the left lane of I-94. He is extremely fortunate another vehicle is not right on his heels, or he would have been run over.  
Jankowski tells KARE 11's Dylan Wohlenhaus he only suffered minor injuries, scrapes, bruises and road rash, likely because he was wearing a helmet and a new jacket he had purchased just 30 minutes before the crash.

Heh! Ride, Sally, Ride...

With Warren on Clinton’s stump, 
it’s double trouble 
for Trump...
By Kathleen Parker

RIP Buddy Ryan.

Never forget the level at which men will compete when they LOVE their leader! (the '86 Super Bowl Bears, and Buddy, taught me that...)

In 1978, George Halas brought in Ryan as defensive coordinator. With the Bears, Ryan created the 46 defense, but it wasn't until 1985 that the scheme was perfected. This was due in large part because of Mike Singletary's ability to single-handedly dominate the middle of the field.  
Then Bears head coach Neill Armstrong was fired in 1982. The defensive players lobbied Bears owner George Halas to let Ryan take over, or pleaded for the owner to retain Ryan as defensive coordinator.  
Mike Ditka was hired as the head coach. Ryan and Ditka feuded openly, though Ditka delegated the defense to Buddy and left him in charge. 
Ditka challenged Ryan to a fight during halftime of the Bears' 1985 matchup versus the Miami Dolphins, with the team at 12–0 and trailing 31–10 in a nationally televised Monday Night Football broadcast. The guys on the team had to separate them—the offense getting Ditka away from Ryan and defensive guys holding Buddy. The Bears went on to lose the game 38-24, which was their only loss of the season.  
However the team would go on to Super Bowl XX where they would dominate the New England Patriots 46–10. The Bears defense carried Ryan off the field on their shoulders ...right behind Mike Ditka, who was also being carried off the field.
Defense, defense, defense...
ADDED:  Learn something new every day...  I knew about the Purple People Eaters.  Did not know Buddy Ryan was behind that too:
In the mid-1970s Ryan served as defensive line coach for the Minnesota Vikings where he was integral in directing the team's dominating defense. The defensive unit known as the "Purple People Eaters", was heralded for the defensive line's ability to punish rivals. Their motto was to "meet at the quarterback." This unit helped the Vikings to post-season appearances from 1973 to 1978, including three appearances in the Super Bowl - two of those seasons with Ryan as defensive line coach.

Country Boy Can Survive.

Hank Williams, Jr -- turn it up:

The preacher man says it’s the end of time
And the Mississippi River she’s a goin’ dry
The interest is up and the Stock Markets down
And you only get mugged
If you go down town

I live back in the woods, you see
A woman and the kids, and the dogs and me
I got a shotgun rifle and a 4-wheel drive
And a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive

I can plow a field all day long
I can catch catfish from dusk till dawn
We make our own whiskey and our own smoke too
Ain’t too many things these ole boys can’t do
We grow good ole tomatoes and homemade wine
And a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive

Because you can’t starve us out
And you can't make us run
Cuz we're them old boys raised on shotgun
And we say grace and we say Ma’am
And if you ain’t into that, we don’t give a damn

We came from the West Virginia coalmines
And the Rocky Mountains and the western skies
And we can skin a buck; we can run a trout line
And a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive

I had a good friend in New York City
He never called me by my name, just hillbilly
My grandpa taught me how to live off the land
And his taught him to be a businessman
He used to send me pictures of the Broadway nights
And I’d send him some homemade wine

But he was killed by a man with a switchblade knife
For 43 dollars my friend lost his life
I'd love to spit some beechnut in that dudes eyes
And shoot him with my old 45
Cause a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive

Cause you can’t starve us out and you can’t make us run
Cuz we're them old boys raised on shotgun
And we say grace and we say Ma’am
And if you ain’t into that we don’t give a damn

We’re from North California and south Alabam
And little towns all around this land
And we can skin a buck; we can run a trot-line
And a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive

Hitting Below the Belt...

Not content to surrender their journolism cards* to the biased political reporting this political season, the NYT went out of its way to hire an African writer to develop a short story based on ... MRS. Trump.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s interest began with Ivanka Trump, who “seems to me too thoughtful and too intelligent to truly believe that her father’s erratic, ungrounded policy positions would genuinely be good for the United States. And so I imagined her as a kind of unknowable character, and I needed a foil of sorts for her, which is how Melania Trump became the center of the story.”

“Fiction can remind us — and because of the blood-sport nature of politics, we constantly need reminding — that the players in politics are first human beings,” Adichie said.
Why can't you leave the private political players alone, and concentrate on those who put themselves in the spotlight based on the issues that need addressing?  This really is hitting below the belt -- going after somebody's wife.

Turns out, Ted Cruz had nothing on the folks at the New York Times, afterall.  Who will they target next?

I think the journolists who are behind-the-scenes hoping to elect Mrs. Clinton are afraid to discuss the current issues:  American foreign policy, the growing inequality between the do-ers and the takers/taxers, the future of the country, economics, politics, and race.  Much much easier to pay off an unknown to take on somebody's immigrant wife.

Never Forget:  The elites know best...
and they'll go to their graves thinking that.
(Y'all come back now, y'hear?)

* I hope Trump pulls all the press passes today associated with the New York Times political coverage.  Get 'em off the bus already.  Why feed the hand that bites you and yours?

Over The Hills And Far Away,

Oh darling, darling, darling...walk a while with me?
Ooooh, you got so much (too much) so much...

In his column today, David Brooks plumps for "Hillbilly Elegy", a young Yale writer's take on the white working-class.  Brooks eats this shit up!

Many have I loved - Many times been bitten
Many times I've gazed along the open road.

Many times I've lied - Many times I've listened
Many times I've wondered how much there is to know.

Many dreams come true and some have silver linings
I live for my dream and a pocketful of gold.

Mellow is the man who knows what he's been missing
Many many men can't see the open road.

Many is a word that only leaves you guessing
Guessing 'bout a thing you really ought to know, ooh!
You really ought to know...
 Maybe Vance will be the white Teh-Nehisi Coates.  Using his "people" to further his bankroll.  And then debarking for ... Paris?

Why is it the elites love them some 'merican memoirs of folks gone wrong?  Do it help them think they understand others who share their nation?  Don't they understand that people are only too happy to serve up the slop the elites say they want to consume?

Doesn't make it objective non-fiction though...  just a subjective "I was there" new style of fiction for the new century.  Cashing in on your own kind.  That's easy.  Understanding cotext?  That's harder, and likely something they no longer can teach at Yale...
This honor code has been decimated lately. Conservatives argue that it has been decimated by cosmopolitan cultural elites who look down on rural rubes. There’s some truth to this, as the reactions of smug elites to the Brexit vote demonstrate.

But the honor code has also been decimated by the culture of the modern meritocracy, which awards status to the individual who works with his mind, and devalues the class of people who work with their hands.

Most of all, it has been undermined by rampant consumerism, by celebrity culture, by reality-TV fantasies that tell people success comes in a quick flash of publicity, not through steady work. 
 How come we can call white people hillbillies, anyway, and yet we shudder at those using words like nigger or redskin?  Riddle me that, Mr. Brooks, next time you have a book-of-the-moment to push...

Liberian Girls...

Michelle, her mother and the two Obama girls visit... Liberia.
Where they encounter... Mayor Eddie Murphy.
And... classes are cancelled!  All to spread Michelle's message to African girls that it is important to stay in school to prepare their minds to meet the world.

 (You couldn't write this kind of comedy if you tried...  And dig the way NBC worked "mother land" into their headline...)

Michelle Obama, Daughters, and Mother Land in Liberia for Visit

First lady Michelle Obama landed in Africa on Monday with her daughters and her mother for an overseas trip promoting education for girls, starting with a country recovering from the recent Ebola epidemic.

The Obamas were welcomed in Liberia's capital with a red carpet and traditional dancers wearing the red, white and blue colors of both the American and Liberian flags. They also will visit Morocco and Spain.

While in Liberia, the first lady will meet with the president of the West African country, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the continent's first elected female head of state.
The Obamas then visit a leadership camp for girls in the town of Kakata.
"People are going to consider her to be a sister to them," Mayor Eddie Murphy said. "We are overwhelmed."

A main topic of the trip is how to address the barriers facing girls trying to get an education after the Ebola outbreak. More than 4,800 people died in Liberia, and children missed several months of school.
The Obamas' last stop in Liberia is at a school in Unification Town to speak with adolescent girls, according to Tina Tchen, the first lady's chief of staff.
Founded as part of an effort to resettle freed American slaves, Liberia has deep ties to the United States. The country's oldest technical and vocational high school, located in Kakata, is named for the African-American educator and civil rights activist Booker T. Washington.

The school suspended mid-term exams scheduled to start Monday "to allow the students to give Mrs. Obama a rousing welcome to appreciate what the United States has done for us," principal Harris Tarnue said.

"She will be a real inspiration to the young girls around here," he said.
 Now I'm sure Michelle and the girls will visit the South Side someday soon, to inspire the living little girls there, in America, to keep up hope despite the lack of progress by her husband's administration.  They're not global elites, afterall.  They are American girls...
Well, she was an American girl
Raised on promises
She couldn't help thinkin'
That there was a little more to life somewhere else.
After all it was a great big world
With lots of places to run to...
 Now don't be jealous of Michelle.  What can she tell those Liberian young ladies?  Marry well and pin your hopes to a man who might one day become president? Personally, I think the trips outside of America are her payoff for staying sweet, smiling and standing by her man.

Do you think she'll be qualified to one day run for president herself?  How many miles is she racking up on these foreign visits anyway?  Surely somebody is keeping track...

Monday, June 27

Bill Cunningham: He's no David Carr...

I mean that as a compliment.
But of course, David the druggie is the one with the movie coming out, the memoirs written by the daughters he had while inebriated...

Poor Bill.
He was just a responsible man, dedicated to his craft.
Sadly, he will be forgotten while Carr is lionized.

Que sera...