Sunday, January 18

Sun-day Lived Up to Its Name Today.

We went above freezing for the first time in a long time (don't think we hit 34 yesterday). Clear Lake too, where Buddy and I stopped off for a walk on the way home, lived up to its name, in the spring-fed part where the waters were still open.

He's sleeping now. Rabbit-hopping through a foot of soft snow, off the harder tire treads or snowmobile tracks, takes a lot of exertion for a little dog. But it must seem worth it, sniffing the base of the trees where other animals have marked.

He loved it. Hope you got out too, and maybe felt a touch of spring in the air...

Saturday, January 17

Has the Supreme Court “ 'stacked the deck' against gay marriage" ...

"in how it has framed the question?" asks Richard Hansen, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine.

WASHINGTON — The first page of a petition seeking Supreme Court review is the most important. It sets out the “question presented,” the one the court will answer if it takes the case.

The justices do not ordinarily tinker with the wording of those questions. But on Friday something unusual happened: In agreeing to hear four same-sex marriage cases, the court framed for itself the issues it would address.
 ...
The court’s order was not issued until 3:30 in the afternoon, long after the justices’ private morning conference concluded. That suggested the drafting had taken some time and had involved some negotiation.
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“The court’s order represents 'good housekeeping',” said Laurence H. Tribe, a law professor at Harvard.
But Professor Tribe also voiced a small note of caution.

“The rephrased questions,” he said, “technically leave open a middle path along which the court would prevent states from discriminating against same-sex couples lawfully married in their home states without requiring any state to take the affirmative step of issuing its own marriage licenses to same-sex couples.”
...
Some were puzzled by the court’s language in the new questions. They invoked, as the petitions had, the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees due process and equal protection. But some saw a subtle shift of emphasis, away from the rights of people seeking to get married and toward the obligations the amendment imposes on states.

The court’s first question: “Does the 14th Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex?”  The second: “Does the 14th Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?”

Michael C. Dorf, a law professor at Cornell, said the wording at first blush was “a bit odd.”

“After all,” he wrote in a blog post, “one might think that the answer to both questions is no, so long as the state doesn’t license or recognize any marriages, same-sex or opposite-sex.

“But in fact, the states all do license and recognize opposite-sex marriages, so the objection is academic,” he added. “Moreover, under the court’s fundamental rights jurisprudence, states probably cannot simply deny marriage to everyone.”
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A decision resolving the questions the Supreme Court presented itself with on Friday is expected by the end of June.
I've never been an early champagne-cork popper myself...
(Don't take anything for granted. #EqualOpportunitiesNotSpecialEntitlements)

Happy Birthday, Mate.

When Mal turned 40, Ruth and I ran the enclosed photo in a boxed ad in the local weekly paper: "Lordy, Lordy, Look Who's 40!"

So he laughed today, when I quipped:
"Good God Alive!  You're 55 ??"

Heh.

#StubbornOldGoatLove
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UPDATE:  I just did the math. 1959... 2015... Duh, he's 56!

"Mal, why didn't you correct me when you laughed at my joke earlier?"  Talk about respecting artistic license and all... he didn't want to step on my joke, it seems.

Wednesday, January 14

Happiness is...

a Fluffy Puppy!

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* or an older dog, hair grown out for winter warmth -- think shaggy Benji -- who thinks he's a pup after a half-hour out sniffing wild-animal tracks on the trail.

In personal news, my temp document review project(s) that kept me busy from mid-October, through the holidays, including weekend hours for a stretch there, wrapped Monday.  Hoping to be placed again soon; catching up on things up north.

Just remember:  Happiness is a Fluffy Puppy, however defined.

Come and Get Your Love...

or, Take good care of the people who take care of you.*

ARLINGTON, Tex. — With 28 seconds left in the national championship game, Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott scored his fourth and final touchdown. After celebrating in the end zone, he ran to the sideline, where he slapped hands with one of the most famous athletes in the world, LeBron James, who banged his helmet with pride as Elliott jogged off to be with his teammates.
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Elliott committed to Ohio State not half a year after Meyer became head coach and more than a year before Elliott graduated high school. He helped John Burroughs, a private school west of downtown St. Louis, reach the state championship in his senior year.

Recruiting him was not the easiest task, Meyer said at a news conference Tuesday morning, because his parents, Stacy and Dawn, were athletes at Missouri, Stacy in football and Dawn in track.

“His dad got real involved, and his dad’s issue is that he loves his son so much that he was right in the middle to the point where it drove us nuts,” Meyer said, explaining that Elliott’s father was concerned his son could get crowded out by other running backs on the roster.

Things, you could say, have been patched up: The Elliotts have had Thanksgiving dinner at Meyer’s house the past two years.
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A Big Ten team winning the national title over a Pacific-12 team with a running back carrying the ball 36 times hearkened back to an earlier era of college football.

It was a triumph for Meyer’s system, which combines the spread offense he helped invent more than a decade ago at Utah and which he used to win two national titles at Florida with the ground-and-pound mentality one expects from a traditional Big Ten program.
...
On Tuesday morning, Meyer reconciled the two aspects of his offense, which will presumably keep him in the title conversation for the foreseeable future.

“I hear people say we’re a spread offense, but it’s a line‑of‑scrimmage league.  You win on the offensive line and defensive line. When we get on a plane first class, the quarterback doesn’t sit up there.”

He turned to [Quarterback Cardale] Jones, who sat next to him, and said: “Who sits up there?”

Jones was ready with the answer: “The offensive line.”
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 "Come and Get Your Love...Come and Get Your Love...Come and Get Your Love Now..."
~ Redbone


* Because Success has many mistresses...

Never Forget.

Tuesday, January 13

How Do You Like Them Apples?

The Ohio State University,
led by Urban Meyer,
takes the national championship.

The most remarkable thing about this team is that it arrived seemingly a year ahead of schedule, full of talented sophomores Meyer believed would form a title contender next season. OSU will certainly open the year at No. 1 in the polls and a favorite to repeat.
The dominance of these Buckeyes (14-1) opens up the question whether Meyer is college football’s top coach, a title most often given to Alabama’s Nick Saban.
It’s a subjective title that spurs debate online and through talk radio. Saban’s four national titles (three at 'Bama, one at LSU) still trumps Meyer by one.
However, these Buckeyes showed Meyer at his best, recruiting and then meshing talent into a cohesive unit, developing players to maximize their ability and finally instilling them with confidence and motivating them to victory.
How bout that Big 10 again?
A combination of old-school, smash-mouth strength and modern spread principles made the Buckeyes offense a nightmare to prepare against. The defense was both physical and fluid.
And the team just doesn’t rattle, overcoming an early season loss to Virginia Tech and running off 13 consecutive victories to give the Big Ten much-needed national credibility.
"The chase is complete," Meyer said. "These guys accepted their final mission and did it. ...This is a heck of a football team in scarlet and gray and I want to celebrate with the guys I love."
Been Down Harder Roads...
He left coaching for a year to concentrate on his health and spend more time with his family. He returned, in part, because the possibilities at Ohio State were too great. He vowed to bring an SEC mentality to the Big Ten, stepping up recruiting and competitiveness.
Boom.  He Got the Job Done.
Early, Even...

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We in the Mighty Midwest Salute You!
*particularly those who have lived in Southern regions during years of SEC dominance (and arrogance).  We Shall Overcome Today.

~ 1990 Northwestern University graduate.
The Medill School of Journalism.

("That's all right.  That's ok...
Y'all be working for us some day!" )

Monday, January 12

Monday Morning.

May You Find Something to do in your careers this week that adds rather than destroys.  That unveils truth, rather than hides behind delays, falsities and stereotypes.  Something you hope to work at for many many years...

Something not so much worth dying for, but working towards and worth living for...  Anybody can ridicule and destroy.  Building something of beauty and worth that stands the test of time... these are the foundations of civilization.
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God bless:  stay warm and keep working it.

Sunday, January 11

If It All Were Only That Easy... #Change

Deion Sanders

In my opinion that should have been a catch BUT I understand the rules. That rule will be reviewed in the off season I promise you.

Dez Bryant Loses.*

Packers win, with a big assist from the referees.
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*The man made a great catch, and clearly proved he had had control and was in complete possession.  Sad to see the refs overrule the call on the field.

Mr. Fourth Down, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, made a risky call with his team down 26-21 with 4:42 left. He decided to go for it on fourth-and-2 from the Green Bay 32, and it appeared a brilliant risk when Dez Bryant made a circus catch at the 1-yard line, skying over cornerback Sam Shields.
...
But brilliance — gutsy, spine-tingling gambling that worked — was denied.

Seems a bit wrong in such a great game.

Don't Believe Me?

Just Watch...

Friday, January 9

There Are Three Wooden Crosses ...

on the Right Side of the Highway.
Why there's not four of them*, 
I guess now we know...
It's not what you take when you leave this world behind you;
It's what you leave behind you when you go.
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* or five -- everyone's left wondering what became of the bus driver...

Thursday, January 8

Dona Nobis Pacem.

Wednesday, January 7

God Doesn't Give Us What We Can Handle...

God Helps Us Handle What We Are Given.

Never Forget.
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Corinthians 10:13, New International Version:

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Monday, January 5

Hating on... Brunch?

"Dozens of demonstrators today stormed restaurants and targeted white diners in New York and California as part of a 'Black Brunch' protest against alleged police violence."

"Carrying banners, the chanting protesters entered a number of venues in New York City that they identified as 'white spaces', including midtown eateries: Lallisse, Maialino and Pershing Square. Once inside, they 'disrupted' customers' meals by reading out the names of African-Americans killed by police, including Michael Brown, 17, who was shot dead by officer Darren Wilson last August. Addressing staff and patrons, they shouted: 'Every 28 hours, a black person in America is killed by the police. These are our brothers and sisters. Today and every day, we honor their lives.'"
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I heard one young "protest leader" entered the kitchen, and burnt up all the toast! But just the white bread... Rye got a pass. Special protections and all...

(This "protest" business really has jumped the shark at this point. It's like, they can't think of any constructive change to bring about, or understand the hard work necessary to make cultural changes that treat black boys as potentially responsible men, not wannabe thugs with the pants falling down in pre-prison garb. Oh well, turn up the music and sing your swears, I guess. That'll show 'em.)
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ADDED: *************************
Elsewhere
, Nina shares her good news! (click link for a beautiful baby picture.)
(I hope she's not photoshopping that little girl. The colors in that first picture are amazing, and hopefully real!)

So cold weather and a full moon, but still plenty of warmth out there. Congratulations to the new parents, especially the mother, and the blog hostess. (I have a feeling a new baby will change everything about that blog. Like an older, but still young, sibling who perhaps has no idea what is in store when the parents bring home a new child, poor Ed -- I predict -- will no longer command the center of attention on the blog, via daily pics and updates. He's happy about that too though! A win-win win-win all the way around for everyone then!! And props to Nina too, for refraining from reporting the child's first APGAR score. I think the picture -- if untouched -- tells the story there, no?)

A baby is God's opinion that life should go on. A book that does nothing to you is dead. A baby, whether it does anything to you, represents life. If a bad fire should break out in this house and I had my choice of saving the library or the babies, I would save what is alive. Never will a time come when the most marvelous recent invention is as marvelous as a newborn baby. The finest of our precision watches, the most super-colossal of our supercargo plants, don't compare with a newborn baby in the number and ingenuity of coils and springs, in the flow and change of chemical solutions, in timing devices and interrelated parts that are irreplaceable. A baby is very modern. Yet it is also the oldest of the ancients. A baby doesn't know (s)he is a hoary and venerable antique — but (s)he is. Before man learned how to make an alphabet, how to make a wheel, how to make a fire, he knew how to make a baby — with the great help of woman, and his God and Maker.”

~ Carl Sandburg

Monday Morning: You Sure Look Fine...

Back to School, Back to Work.

Get Up Everyone, and
Get On Down the Line,
as the song goes...

This is the kind of weather, subzero cold, puts hair on the chest, if only to keep one warm. I have heated seats in my vehicle, for the first time this year. Others at work speak of their heated steering wheels for their fingertips...

Woody Allen had it right: a good part of Life is just showing up.

Safe travels.
Happy workday and week!

Saturday, January 3

It's the Most Wonderful* Day...

of the Week!
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* I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.
You get your fill to eat, but always keep that hunger.
May you never take one single breath for granted
...

Friday, January 2

Poor Sportsmanship...

Never Read So Good!

PASADENA, Calif. -- Jameis Winston evaded two Oregon tacklers and wound up to throw, but both of his feet slipped on the Rose Bowl turf. While he tried and failed to stay upright, Florida State's star quarterback lost the ball backward over his head in a comical arc, and Tony Washington hurdled him to scoop and score.

It's hardly what you'd expect to be the defining image of what may be the final game for one of the most successful quarterbacks in recent college history.

But unless Winston defies predictions that he'll enter the NFL draft, he ended a career spent mostly on top by stumbling, tumbling and landing flat on his tailbone.
...
While the Ducks' lead mounted, coach Jimbo Fisher was caught on television telling his quarterback to "calm ... down, or you're going to the bench."
De-nial. Still:
“This game could have went either way. If everybody in this room just want to be real with themselves, this game could have went either way. Just be real with yourself right now. We beat ourselves.”
"We Finish Here."
“As we soon as we started the game, in the first drive, I already saw their heads going down,” Oregon linebacker Torrodney Prevot said. “Their hands started getting on their hips. We see their endurance — it’s not that strong. We noticed it on film. They played people that can’t finish. That’s what we do. We finish here.”

Idiot Olympics @IdiotOlympics:
MANTI TE'O'S GIRLFRIEND WITH HER 1ST CAREER SACK
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Added: Go easy on the young men, Coach.
(These guys honestly get it... Nothing wrong with that.)

Thursday, January 1

S.E.See-Ya!

or,
Na-na-na-nah! Na-na-na-nah!
Hey-hey-hey...Goodbye
.

~The Ohio State University
vs.
the Oregon Ducks.

Sounds like a championship game, to me.
S.E.C.-ya!

Any Way You Look at This, Cops Lose...

A young pundit writing for The Atlantic sees no easy way out for the men and women of the New York City police force, tasked with deciding whether or not to enforce "minor" infractions.

From the "Don't Enforce" gang:

If this significant work slowdown has basically no effect on the safety of New York City, the NYPD's prior policing will appear to have been needlessly aggressive, and the case for deploying more cops on the street in the future will be undermined.

Scott Shackford zeroes in on this line from the Post article: "...cops were turning a blind eye to some minor crimes and making arrests only 'when they have to' since the execution-style shootings of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu."

He riffs, "Well, we can only hope the NYPD unions and de Blasio settle their differences soon so that the police can go back to arresting people for reasons other than 'when they have to.'

The NYPD’s failure to arrest and cite people will also end up costing the city huge amounts of money that it won’t be able to seize from its citizens, which is likely the real point. That’s the 'punishment' for the de Blasio administration for not supporting them. One has to wonder if they even understand, or care, that their 'work stoppage' is giving police state critics exactly what they want—less harsh enforcement of the city’s laws."
and the more conservative viewpoint:
Others, like myself, don't object to strictly enforcing laws against, say, public urination, traffic violations, or illegal parking, but would love it if the NYPD stopped frisking innocents without probable cause or even reasonable suspicion, needlessly escalating encounters with civilians, and (especially) killing unarmed people, goals that are perfectly compatible with data-driven policing that targets actual disorder. Keep squeegee men at bay–and leave innocent black and Hispanic men alone.

What if Broken Windows theory is correct and the work slowdown causes an increase in disorder and thus more serious crime? The NYPD will have put the safety and perhaps even the lives of New Yorkers in jeopardy to punish a politician for purportedly disrespecting them.

Such a course might succeed in decreasing de Blasio's popularity. But the public is unlikely to think that willfully putting New Yorkers in jeopardy to settle a political score is a forgivable tactic. It is certainly at odds with the notion that NYPD officers represent "New York's finest," heroes who willingly sacrifice themselves* to protect and serve.
The force, made up of people like Officer Ramos and Officer Liu, would be better served if civilian society decided whether or not they want officers to risk their lives patrolling and investigating small-level offenses, which often lead to violence against smaller people.

Unless society wants to continue disintegrating, the public should own those decisions. Not blame the officers who understand if they do patrol and investigate the laws as written, the public and leadership might not have their backs.
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* I have never met a police officer who considered it his or her role to "willingly sacrifice" himself to protect and serve the community. In fact, it's just the opposite: They work so no needless sacrifices are offered; that's what the debate about what the 'lawful use of force' is all about, in valuing and defending "Blue Lives".

Tuesday, December 30

Thugs Win! Thugs Win!

Holy Cow! ...

It has helped contribute to a nose dive in low-level policing, with overall arrests down 66 percent for the week starting Dec. 22 compared with the same period in 2013, stats show.

Citations for traffic violations fell by 94 percent, from 10,069 to 587, during that time frame.

Summonses for low-level offenses like public drinking and urination also plunged 94 percent — from 4,831 to 300.

Even parking violations are way down, dropping by 92 percent, from 14,699 to 1,241.

Drug arrests by cops assigned to the NYPD’s Organized Crime Control Bureau — which are part of the overall number — dropped by 84 percent, from 382 to 63.
Be Careful What You Wish For...

("Imagine there's no law enforcement. I wonder if you can.
No rules or laws to be broken: just Big Man vs. Big Man...

Imagine all the people... walking down the middle of the street...
Kids stopping to buy loose cigarettes, or taking free cigarillos ... Swisher Sweet!

Imagine all the sex pervs... trafficking openly...
Woo hoo, hoo hoo hoo
...)
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ADDED: At least they can test the theory: No Justice System. No Peace.

If only fools follow the rules, who wins really?

Respect, II.

As soon as it’s time to start contemplating the next election, commentators begin to ask this question, demanding of Democrats that they explain why this time will be different and they’ll be able to win over those white voters. I’m going to argue that Democrats don’t have to win the white working class, so they shouldn’t worry themselves too much about it.
...
Those voters were actually working-class white Democrats, in the 2008 primaries. Right away you’re talking about a minority of the white working class. And she did indeed do far better than Barack Obama among them. His race and hers had a whole lot to do with that, and it also may help explain why her ratings among whites without college degrees are worse now than they were in June 2008.
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But is there something Hillary Clinton (or some other Democrat) could do that would cause huge numbers of working-class white voters to vote differently than they had before?
Jobs, jobs, jobs.
Put the American economy first.
Concentrate on the educations of little American girls and boys.
Not just HeadStart and more social programs in the schools, but top-notch year-round educational opportunities for those who show talent, ambition and discipline, those ready to learn and compete globally.

(or... you could just blow off "those whites", and see how the country fares without them, I suppose. Nothing like cerebral contemplation* to move ahead together, eh?)

Whose the Racist, Mr. Waldeman?
The plain truth is that she’s likely to get more of their votes than Barack Obama did just because she’s white (though not so many more that it will make her unbeatable). But there isn’t some magical key to unlocking the votes of that entire demographic category that can be found and deployed.
You likely would not know it if you stumbled across it, Mr. Gruber. Stupidity blinds, and deafens, you know...
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"What Democrats need to do is offer an agenda, particularly on the economy, that appeals to a broad spectrum of Americans. That’s both simple and complicated. But if and when they put that agenda together, lots of white working class voters still won’t respond...

Democrats don’t need them all. What they need is about the same proportion of those votes that they got in the last couple of presidential elections. More would be nice, but the same amount would work fine. Because you may remember who won those elections."
Wall Street?

Respect.

A female AirAsia officer shouted at the television media for showing footage of a floating body, while about 200 journalists were barred from the room holding the families, the windows of which were boarded up.

“Is it possible for you not to show a picture of the dead? Please do not show a picture of a dead body,” said the officer. “That’s crazy.”

Munif, a 50-year-old whose younger brother Siti Rahmah was on the plane, said he had been trying hard to keep the other families calm.

“But the atmosphere was very different after the footage of a dead body was shown. Families became hysterical,” he said.

“Because everyone was wailing and yelling, I couldn’t deal with it so I decided to leave the room.”
ADDED:
"The warship Bung Tomo has retrieved 40 bodies and the number is growing. They are very busy now," a navy spokesman added.

Sky News also reports that the "shadow" of a jet has been spotted on the seabed.

Crews in dozens of planes, helicopters and ships looking for the aircraft discovered what appeared to be a life jacket and an emergency exit door, according to The Associated Press. Part of the plane's interior, including an oxygen tank, was brought to the nearest town, Pangkalan Bun, along with a bright blue plastic suitcase that appeared to be in perfect condition.
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Pilots of the jet had been worried about the weather on Sunday and sought permission to climb above threatening clouds, but were denied due to heavy air traffic. Minutes later, the jet was gone from the radar without issuing a distress signal.

The suspected crash caps an astonishingly tragic year for air travel in Southeast Asia, and Malaysia in particular. Malaysia-based AirAsia's loss comes on top of the still-unsolved disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in March with 239 people aboard, and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in July over Ukraine, which killed all 298 passengers and crew.

Nearly all the passengers and crew are Indonesians, who are frequent visitors to Singapore, particularly on holidays.

Ifan Joko, 54, said that despite the tragic news he is still hoping for a miracle. His brother, Charlie Gunawan, along with his wife, their three children and two other family members, were traveling to Singapore on the plane to ring in the New Year.

"I know the plane has crashed, but I cannot believe my brother and his family are dead," he said, wiping a tear. "... We still pray they are alive."

Saturday, December 27

Hell is...

other drivers.
;-)
I kid, somewhat, but understandably, I suppose, if you've paid out the nose for a big truck**, then when we have a mild winter snowstorm, you want to put it to use and plow through at the regular speed, even when the conditions say, slow down, the lane lines are not even visible...

But when you're driving over the St. Croix River on the Hudson bridge, for heaven's sake, just temporarily stay in line, in the one plowed lane. You can pass, sure, but you're also spraying the entire windshield of smaller vehicles* with slushy crap, so why not pass when it's safer and there's more room?

I guess, you want to justify your purchase.
(Something about overcompensation in there too, I suspect.)

Anyway, I hit 66.5 hrs. yesterday, and today's week begins anew. Something about a steamed-up economy lifting all ships, or powering all vehicles @$2.39 midgrade, or something.

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* ... and mine isn't even that small.
** Pickups, not semis. Truck drivers generally have excellent skills in driving. Don't cut them off. And pass in the passing lane...

Happy Saturday, Friends!

ADDED: Like with the MTM statue, the bridge picture is stock photography from an Internet images search. (The lack of snow, and darkness, should give both away.)

Thursday, December 25

Futures.

Linda Greenhouse:

On Jan. 11, 2002, the first 20 captives arrived at the U.S. Navy base at Guantánamo Bay. The last arrival took place in March 2008. A new day has now dawned in Cuba, one that until last week seemed, despite its inevitability, as if it would never come. Is there a new day ahead for Guantánamo? Someday, guests lounging on the beach at the Four Seasons Guantánamo may shake their heads and wonder what it was all about.

Wednesday, December 24

All You Can Take With You...

Is That Which You've Given Away.
Now, we can get through this thing all right.
We've got to stick together, though.
We've got to have faith in each other.

Shooting for 68.

I'm clocking out in an hour @ 56 with the (unpaid) national holiday tomorrow, and Friday finishing out our workweek...

Go Me!
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ADDED: With the low demand and the express busses not running, I had to park down the street and walk by the Nicollet Mall this morning, where the darkness was brightened by all the holiday lights.

Waiting at the corner for the light to change, I turn and see Mary Richards tossing her beret in the air, turning the world on with her smile...

"You're Gonna Make It After All..."

Have a wonderful evening, everyone!

Monday, December 22

The Emperor's Knew Clothes.

or, "Forget It. He's Rolling..."

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ADDED: *smiling gently* @ "Gotten get this done, got plans to get through The Gulag Archipelago this year."

Oh, I'd budget more than 9 days for that one. Solzhenitsyn reads slow -- most of the Russians do -- don't you think?

PLUS:

Ta-Nehisi Coates @tanehisicoates · 23s 24 seconds ago

lol win. RT @PresNixonUSA: @MolemanusRex @tanehisicoates What the Christ are you talking about, boy?
Aw, damn.
Next time, then.

NY Mayor Calls for an End to Street Protests.

Good move.

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday called for protesters to suspend demonstrations in the aftermath of the killing of two New York police officers, who were gunned down in Brooklyn as they sat in their patrol car.

“It’s time for everyone to put aside political debates, put aside protests, put aside all of the things that we will talk about in due time,” Mr. de Blasio said in a speech. “That can be for another day.”
People sprawling dead on the ground seem more like Jonestown re-enactors than a group with a serious list of grievances and demands. (Hire more minority officers? Teach minorities how to use the political process to run for office and otherwise represent their communities in law-abiding, systemic ways?)

It seems this is more about performance art than stating, and reaching, any desired goals for true change.

"You Are So Beautiful... To Me!"

RIP growler Joe Cocker.

PS. "You Can Leave Your Hat On..."

Sunday, December 21

"The answer to violence is love."

I wonder who writes the NYT editorials on the weekends...

No one wants to fall deeper into a grotesque cycle of grievance and vengeance, where all that grows is blindness and hate. The answer to violence is love...

Where have they been as America has changed dramatically over the past 13 years?

We are at war non-stop.
We greet violence as an opportunity to deploy our weapons.
Big Weapons... everywhere, it seems.

(You reap what you sow, and now that another tragedy is striking America at home in New York -- yes, this is an American tragedy, not confined to NYC -- now they are going to preach love? Odd. I wonder how far and for how long their newfound commitment will extend...)
Officers Ramos and Liu were patrolling in Brooklyn not to oppress but to serve and protect. Those who live and work in New York should unite in gratitude for their service and sacrifice, and commit themselves to a city where all feel safe. That is a movement everyone should join.
Good luck trying to re-bottle the hatreds and angry frustration stoked in recent months though. This is why, the words spoken now are a bit too little, too late. You have to be a pro-active thinker, or just smart, to see where the angry protests and fact-depleted narratives were taking us before someone deranged picked up on the ideas floated, and make them into a cruel reality for uninvolved others.

ie/Can the "What White People Just Don't Get" blather... Stop discriminating amongst us by race. Souls have no color.

"If your way isn’t working...

try God’s way."

A Facebook page apparently belonging to Officer Ramos was adorned with the quote: “If your way isn’t working, try God’s way,” and said he had studied at a seminary before joining the New York Police Department.
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“He was trying to make a change,” said Jose Ortiz, the 59-year-old head of church’s security, who identified himself as a retired police officer. “He wasn’t just a uniform.”
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Candles and flowers were left outside a detached single-family home in Brooklyn Sunday, which neighbors said belonged to Mr. Liu and his wife.

Sophia He, a local bodega owner, said the couple came into her shop almost daily to buy scratch lottery tickets. “Every time he was in here he was so happy,” said Ms. He, 30. “He was always with his wife.”

A local florist, Steven Angotti, described the recently-married couple as quiet and clearly in love.