Tuesday, July 28

Boom !

If we are to make a lasting impact on how female Marines see themselves and are perceived by others, we must demand more from them right from the start.

High standards for performance should never be gender-normed and, barring physiological differences, concrete evidence shows that women can perform to the same standards as their counterparts if it is demanded of them.
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The key to success was establishing the firm expectation that change was both possible and necessary to improve the credibility of our female recruits- come-new-Marines. Once the drill instructors, coaches, and primary marksmanship instructors began to see success, the movement became contagious. For the first time in history, female recruits are competitive with their male counterparts on the rifle range, proving it is not an insult to “shoot like a girl”.

However, for lasting improvement across all of the testable categories to be realized, the Institution must be willing to critically examine the environment in which Marines are made and implement radical changes.
...
High standards should be demanded of all recruits and Marines in order to eliminate performance and conduct double standards and drive the Marine Corps towards a true meritocracy. The continued passive acceptance of diminished standards for females simply because we assume they are less capable of achieving high standards is contrary to our very ethos and is corrosive to our character as an elite fighting force. 
  
If you only read one news article today, read this.
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STORY SOUNDTRACK ADDED:
"I'm just a gurl... in the world.
That's all that you'll let me be!"

~ No Doubt.

Friday, July 24

Seriously?

I’d never heard about the Vidal/Buckley debates before seeing the documentary,” Mr. Sorkin said by email.
I though Sorkin was supposed to be an intelligent, well-versed individual. By Hollywood standards, anyway. How could you understand Gore Vidal -- his essays and his career -- without knowing of the legendary showdown w/Wm. F. Buckley Jr. ?

I'd start with Palimpsest .
(if, at this late date, I was just starting to read up on Vidal... fwiw.)
Buckley and Vidal “had 15 minutes a night, uninterrupted. Imagine that today. Imagine having two witty, literate heavy thinkers having a go at each other for 15 minutes without someone in the headset saying, ‘Quick, talk about Monica Lewinsky’s underwear.’ ”
...
Buckley and Vidal “were independent thinkers, and independent thinkers aren’t given a lot of time on television today.”

Tuesday, July 21

How Do You Like Me Now?

Now that I'm on my way?
Do you still think I'm crazy
Standin here today?

~Toby Keith

Richard Cohen asks an honest question about Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, and again, comes up empty.

To me, Scott Walker is the candidate for white wealth, fearful and protected from competition. He wants to assure the white Wisconsinites that (booga, booga!) no immigrants nor colored people will change their way of life here...

The sons can still inherit the fathers' businesses -- protected from honest regulation or honest competition;
the fathers can still shield their assets, sucking up the government programs but refusing to avoid the loopholds that let them shield their dollars from necessary taxes;
and if you're white, it's a birthright for success, whether or not the subsequent generations can compete today, on the ground.

You see a lot of that white fear up here -- from professors, from non-workers, from the old and the young, who have not been out of state much, nevermind untethered in the world.

I don't fear Scott Walker -- I lived through GWB as president, and we couldn't do much worse than that...

But, God knows, I do fear the ignorance in the American electorate up here. Hopefully, the rest of the nation will understand the need to step up and protect this fearful white-wealth demographic from itself...

Ignorance knows no borders, afterall.

The more Scott Walker campaigns, the more he proves he is not intellectually fit for the office he’s seeking. He asserts innocent ignorance on matters he should by now know something about — a way of masking his apparent bigotry. I have another question for him. Never mind when he decided to become a heterosexual, when did he decide to be such a dolt?

Thursday, July 16

"All the ... Small Things..."

True Care, Truth Brings...

Say it ain't so,
I will not go,
Turn the lights off,
Carry me home.

(On and on and on, on and on and on... )
*

Judges of the International Criminal Court presented a new challenge to Israel on Thursday, ordering the court’s chief prosecutor to review her decision not to investigate a deadly Israeli commando raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla of aid ships five years ago. Israel denounced the order.

In a statement posted on the court’s website, the judges said the prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, had committed “material errors” in her assessment of whether a criminal inquiry was warranted into the raid on the flotilla, which left eight Turks and an American of Turkish descent dead on the lead vessel, the Mavi Marmara.

The judges requested that Ms. Bensouda “reconsider her decision not to initiate an investigation,” and do so “as soon as possible.”

Ms. Bensouda announced in November that while Israeli military forces might have committed war crimes by forcefully intercepting the ships in the flotilla, which were carrying construction materials and relief supplies, the consequences were insufficiently grave to warrant a criminal inquiry.
No Justice = No Peace.
The raid incited widespread criticism of Israel, severely damaged its relations with Turkey and focused attention on the naval blockade the Israelis have enforced on the Gaza Strip, the isolated Palestinian territory that has been a frequent flash point for the broader Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
#All Life Matters.
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* Blink 182.

Tuesday, July 14

"Aw, But Don't You Believe Them..." *

Worldly wisdom teaches that it is better for reputation to fail conventionally than to succeed unconventionally.
~ John Maynard Keynes.
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*
Standing in line marking time--
Waiting for the welfare dime
'Cause they can't buy a job
The man in the silk suit hurries by
As he catches the poor old ladies' eyes
Just for fun he says "Get a job"

That's just the way it is
Some things will never change
That's just the way it is
Aw, but don't you believe them...

~ Bruce Hornsby and the Range.

Monday, July 13

You Can Fool Some People, Sometimes...

But You Can't Fool All the People All the Time...

The shooting of the youth, Muhammad Hani al-Kasba, 17, has received unusual attention because Israeli news media outlets have reported that the officer who shot Mr. Kasba, Col. Yisrael Shomer, leads a brigade that oversees a central district in the West Bank.

“It sends a message to all other soldiers in the region: ‘This is how one should behave,’ ” said Sarit Michaeli, a spokeswoman for B’Tselem.

The Israeli news media reported that Colonel Shomer had been questioned on Sunday.

Video from a security camera provided by Mr. Kasba’s family to B’Tselem shows the teenager hurling a rock at a vehicle’s window and then running away. Three soldiers then leave the vehicle, with two of them pursuing Mr. Kasba and the third soldier standing near the vehicle. Seconds later, they return to the vehicle and drive away.

The video, along with accounts by Palestinian witnesses and photographs of Mr. Kasba’s body that were provided to B’Tselem, indicate that he was not risking the soldiers’ lives when he was shot and killed, Ms. Michaeli said. In a video distributed on social media networks that purports to show Mr. Kasba after he was shot, he is seen lying on the ground with blood pooling around his face, neck and upper shoulders, as people yell for medical help.

Ms. Michaeli said that he had been shot twice in the upper back and once on the side of his face, which she said indicated that he had been running away when he was shot. The witnesses’ statements and the video also suggested, she said, that the soldiers left Mr. Kasba without offering any medical treatment. He was taken to a hospital in the nearby city of Ramallah, where he was pronounced dead.
So now we see the light (What you gonna do?),
We gonna stand up for our rights! (Yeah, yeah, yeah!)

So you better:
Get up, stand up! (In the morning! Git it up!)
Stand up for your rights! (Stand up for our rights!)
Get up, stand up!
Don't give up the fight! (Don't give it up, don't give it up!)
Get up, stand up! (Get up, stand up!)
Stand up for your rights! (Get up, stand up!)
Get up, stand up! ( ... )
Don't give up the fight! (Get up, stand up!)
Get up, stand up! ( ... )
Stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up!
Don't give up the fight!
[fadeout]
The episode has loomed large since the Palestinians joined the International Criminal Court.

The court will have to decide whether Israel can fairly investigate itself before it opens its own criminal investigation into Israel’s actions during the war in Gaza last summer, as well as investigating suspected violations in the West Bank, as the Palestinians have requested.
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Ms. Michaeli, the rights group’s spokeswoman, cast doubt on the ability of the military to impartially investigate the shooting of Mr. Kasba. She said it appeared that investigators had not yet interviewed any witnesses, nor had they returned to the scene or requested an autopsy. She said B’Tselem had provided the military with the video footage of the episode.

She said some of the problems with military investigations were the result of incompetence, but that others reflected the reality of life in the West Bank, where Palestinians have been hostile, and sometimes violent, with military investigators, who are perceived as part of an occupying army.

“It raises great concern as to whether the following criminal investigation can actually lead to meaningful justice and accountability,” she said.

B’Tselem and other human rights groups have noted that Israeli military investigations into accusations of crimes committed against Palestinians in the West Bank rarely lead to prosecutions.

“When you look at the broader picture, we find that the system functions — this is terrible to say — the system works as a whitewash mechanism," Ms. Michaeli said.

Friday, July 10

Straightening the Curves... Flattening the Hills...*

Say what you like about them good ol' boys,
Bo and Luke Duke--
they were drivers.
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* Even with the General Lee going aloft at the end of Waylon's song, I missed it as a kid, a non-driver.

Ditto with reading and riding the lanes efficiently to indeed "straighten the curve"...

Happy trails.

Tuesday, July 7

News to Know...

In case you are experiencing severe abdominal pain...

For more than 100 years, the standard treatment for appendicitis has been surgery. Now a large Finnish study provides the best evidence to date that most patients can be treated with antibiotics alone.

The published Tuesday in JAMA, involved 530 patients aged 18 to 60 who agreed to have their treatment — antibiotics or surgery — decided at random.

Three out of four who took antibiotics recovered easily, the researchers found. And none who had surgery after taking antibiotics were worse off for having waited.

“The time has come to consider abandoning routine appendectomy for patients with uncomplicated appendicitis, ” Dr. Edward H. Livingston, a surgeon and editor at the journal, who was not involved with the study, wrote in an editorial accompanying the report.

"It's My Job"

In the middle of late last night I was sittin' on a curb
I didn't know what about but I was feeling quite disturbed
A street sweeper came whistlin' by
He was bouncin' every step
It seemed strange how good he felt
So I asked him while he swept

He said "It's my job to be cleaning up this mess
And that's enough reason to go for me
It's my job to be better than the rest
And that makes the day for me"

Got an uncle who owns a bank he's a self made millionaire
He never had anyone to love never had no one to care
He always to seemed kind of sad to me
So I asked him why that was
And he told me it's because in my contract there's a clause

That says "It's my job to worried half to death
And that's the thing people respect in me
It's a job but without it I'd be less
Than what I expect from me"

I've been lazy most all of my life
Writing songs and sleeping late
Any manual labor I've done purely by mistake
If street sweepers can smile then
I've got no right to feel upset
But sometimes I still forget

Till the lights go on and the stage is set
And the song hits home and you feel that sweat

It's my job to be different than the rest
and that's enough reason to go for me
It's my job to be better than the best
and that's a tough break for me
It's my job to be cleaning up this mess
and that's enough reason to go for me
It's my job to be better than the best
and that makes the day for me...

~ Jimmy Buffett.

Wednesday, July 1

God is With Us Always. Open your eyes and see Life.


Wednesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 379

Reading 1 Gn 21:5, 8-20a
Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.
Isaac grew, and on the day of the child’s weaning
Abraham held a great feast.

Sarah noticed the son whom Hagar the Egyptian
had borne to Abraham
playing with her son Isaac;
so she demanded of Abraham:
“Drive out that slave and her son!
No son of that slave is going to share the inheritance
with my son Isaac!”
Abraham was greatly distressed,
especially on account of his son Ishmael.
But God said to Abraham: “Do not be distressed about the boy
or about your slave woman.
Heed the demands of Sarah, no matter what she is asking of you;
for it is through Isaac that descendants shall bear your name.
As for the son of the slave woman,
I will make a great nation of him also,
since he too is your offspring.”

Early the next morning Abraham got some bread and a skin of water
and gave them to Hagar.
Then, placing the child on her back, he sent her away.
As she roamed aimlessly in the wilderness of Beer-sheba,
the water in the skin was used up.
So she put the child down under a shrub,
and then went and sat down opposite him, about a bowshot away;
for she said to herself, “Let me not watch to see the child die.”
As she sat opposite Ishmael, he began to cry.
God heard the boy’s cry,
and God’s messenger called to Hagar from heaven:
“What is the matter, Hagar?
Don’t be afraid; God has heard the boy’s cry in this plight of his.
Arise, lift up the boy and hold him by the hand;
for I will make of him a great nation.”
Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water.
She went and filled the skin with water, and then let the boy drink.

God was with the boy as he grew up.

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Gospel Mt 8:28-34

When Jesus came to the territory of the Gadarenes,
two demoniacs who were coming from the tombs met him.
They were so savage that no one could travel by that road.
They cried out, “What have you to do with us, Son of God?
Have you come here to torment us before the appointed time?”
Some distance away a herd of many swine was feeding.
The demons pleaded with him,
“If you drive us out, send us into the herd of swine.”
And he said to them, “Go then!”
They came out and entered the swine,
and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea
where they drowned.
The swineherds ran away,
and when they came to the town they reported everything,
including what had happened to the demoniacs.
Thereupon the whole town came out to meet Jesus,
and when they saw him they begged him to leave their district.

Saturday, June 20

The Boys of Summer are Strong.

Gerald Narciso:

Brian Campbell did not have a Wikipedia page as of Friday night, but the amateur is making a name for himself at the U.S. Open.
 
On Thursday, Campbell shot a three-under 67, including seven birdies, finishing two strokes behind the leaders.

“I just wanted to treat it like any other tournament, not really think too much of it being the U.S. Open,” Campbell, 22, said.

Campbell competed in last year’s Open at Pinehurst, missing the cut by one stroke. He recently graduated from the University of Illinois, where he was an all-American. Athleticism runs in the family. His father, Don, a native of Quebec, played professional hockey in Europe. His brother Derek was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2014.

“It’s been pretty surreal, actually,” said Campbell’s father. “But he plays well, and he likes tough courses, so we’re not overly surprised.”

Campbell continued his strong play Friday morning. After back-to-back birdies on the second and third holes, including a spectacular 23-foot putt on No. 3, his gallery grew to 100 from his 10 family members and friends. At one point, Campbell was five under par, but he then struggled to a 72 and was one under for the tournament.

Though some of the marquee names on the tour have corporate logos on their clothes and equipment, Campbell was using a slightly haggard orange-and-blue Fighting Illini golf bag.

The last amateur to win the U.S. Open was John Goodman in 1933.

“I’m just trying to stay focused on what I am doing. I mean there’s a lot of golf left to play,” Campbell said.

Play in the Sunshine.

We gonna love all our enemies
'til the mirror falls off the wall...
We're gonna rock him.
We're gonna roll him.
We're gonna teach him that Love will make him tall.
Well that's cool, 'cause one day every day will be Judgment Day (in some way)...
We're gonna Play in the Sunshine.
(Turn all the lights up to  10...)*

“Although my grandfather and the other victims died at the hands of hate, this is proof, everyone’s plea for your soul, is proof that they lived in love and their legacies will live in love. So hate won’t win. And I just want to thank the court for making sure that hate doesn’t win.”
Chris Singleton, whose mother, Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, was among those killed at a Charleston, SC, church, tells media 'love is always stronger than hate. So we just love the way my mom would and the hate won't be anywhere close to what love is'

Drummer, drummer:
Do your thing.
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* Songwriters: NELSON, PRINCE ROGERS
Play In The Sunshine lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Thursday, June 4

"He's growing more confident every game."

"He doesn't seem to have a heartbeat. He's so calm. He's Finnish cold."

"He's one of the most talented guys I see, watching him every day," Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa said of Teuvo Teravainen.

"But coming to this team, there are so many skilled players, they decided that instead of playing only a few minutes they put him on a minor team so he could play lots of minutes. Obviously, it's paying off. He's playing with such confidence.

Teravainen scored his third goal of the postseason to tie the game at 13:28 and then set up the game-winner. He was in and out of the lineup in the regular season and has been a healthy scratch a few times in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but the 20-year-old has steadily improved this spring and is evolving into the type of player his elite prospect status suggested.
That's Corey Masisak, NHL.com staff writer, reporting.
The Lightning were 41-0-2 when leading after two periods in the regular season and postseason combined. They were 9-0 this postseason when scoring first.

Tampa Bay held Chicago to 13 shots on goal through two periods, but the Blackhawks dominated the third and eventually broke through.

"I don't know if 'come to expect it' is the right way to put it, but we certainly believe in ourselves in our locker room," Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp said. "We're never out of any game despite the score or how it looks out there."

Wednesday, June 3

Nature's Beauty.

or, Tuesday Evening Update.

In my humble opinion,
a sunrise beats a sunset,
but a moonrise tops them all!

(If you missed the full moon coming up last night, pink and grand, try again this evening.)

ADDED:

If you ever go across the sea to Ireland,
Then maybe at the closing of your day,
you will sit and watch the moon rise over Claddagh,
and see the sun go down on Galway Bay...

Tuesday, June 2

Call Me, Caitlyn.

* I guess you have to buy the magazine to find out the phone number inside...

Seriously though, I am disappointed at the pornographied image chosen for the coming-out cover.

I was hoping for an athletic-like female Bruce Jenner. Kinda 70s style. A Lindsay, say, or a Cheryl.

Not another overdone Hollywood woman, all trying to look like a childish Bratz doll.

Is that how we define the 21st century American woman? No thanks.

Caitlyn... The youthful name is telling... I feel for his younger daughters. Seems like he's not willing to grow up, as a man or a woman.

Competitive like that.

Monday, June 1

Full Moon Out There.

Full Strawberry Moon...
tomorrow night, officially.

ADDED: Also in the overnight hours, the Patriot Act expired!
Please, no more referring to the United States as the homeland.

Lowest-common-denominator thinking applied to military strategy* and domestic surveillance techniques appears to do more internal damage to the country's fabric than any blows inflicted domestically in the culture wars. Just saying. (First amendment rights and all...) Trust, but verify. Verify hard...
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* "Hey kids, let's put on a show! Shocking and awesome? Now where shall we stage this thing? Iraq? Well, it's not like they attacked us or anything, but this Big Dog is ambling off the provincial porch, spreading things we got here -- especially guns and weaponry -- over there! Missionary work, sharing like. God bless the guns, and thank 'em for their service."

It's over.
Amen.

Sunday, May 31

U.S.
12:52 PM ET
Beau Biden’s Death Triggers an Outpouring of Grief

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR

...

Business Day
Moments ago
Obama’s Push for Trade Deal Faces Bipartisan Peril in House

By JONATHAN WEISMAN


Isn't the art of politics the art of making things happen? And isn't Joe Biden considered to be exceptionally skilled at that art? I wonder if that's too ... Chicago to put the two together like that. Informal politicking at wakes and services, deaths uniting the formerly estranged. Stranger things have happened.

My Kind of Town.

Chicago is.

Led by captain Jonathan Toews' two goals, scored in succession in the first period, the Blackhawks' reached the 2015 Stanley Cup Final with a 5-3 victory against the Anaheim Ducks that decided the best-of-7 series.

"I think you definitely feed off the confidence that it gives you," said Toews, who started the game with Patrick Kane on his right wing for the first time in the series. "You want to consider yourself that type of player at the end of the day, but it helps when you're alongside guys that have those same intangibles."

Aside from Toews again rising to occasion with a special game, the Blackhawks got a goal each from forward Brandon Saad, right wing Marian Hossa and defenseman Brent Seabrook.

They got three assists from Kane, two from defenseman Duncan Keith, and two from center Brad Richards, who played as Hossa's right wing in place of Kane.

"They are world-class players," Richards said of Toews and Kane. "It's not like … I mean, I got to play with Marian Hossa instead [of Kane]. For me, it wasn't a disappointing move. That's what so great about this team. If it helps and changes the balance … [Hossa] scored a couple big goals and [the top line] scored big goals. We're all pulling in the same direction here, so whatever works."
...
"They have that ability to rise to the occasion and just find a way no matter what," defenseman Duncan Keith* said. "Whether it's just that belief, but always just knowing, you know, they're going to get it done, they're going to find a way ... I think that rubs off on a lot of guys."

Sunday w/Sandburg:
Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.
Flinging magnetic curses amid the toil of piling job on job, here is a tall bold slugger set vivid against the little soft cities;
Fierce as a dog with tongue lapping for action, cunning as a savage pitted against the wilderness,
Bareheaded,
Shoveling,
Wrecking,
Planning,
Building, breaking, rebuilding,
Under the smoke, dust all over his mouth, laughing with white teeth,
Under the terrible burden of destiny laughing as a young man laughs,
Laughing even as an ignorant fighter laughs who has never lost a battle,
Bragging and laughing that under his wrist is the pulse, and under his ribs the heart of the people,
Laughing!
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* “He’s kind of a freak as far as his metabolism and conditioning level,” Chicago Coach Joel Quenneville said. “I think the more he plays, the more efficient he is, the more he gets going.”

Jonathan Toews:

"There was no easy games. There was nothing given to us. There was no moments in this series were there any lulls, where we felt Anaheim maybe didn't play their best hockey and we got away with it. We felt like we had to earn everything against that team. That was an incredible test for both teams"
...
Toews scored two goals in the opening minutes, Corey Crawford made 35 saves and Chicago roared into the Stanley Cup Finals with a 5-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.

Brandon Saad, Marian Hossa and Brent Seabrook also scored for the Blackhawks, who will play for their third NHL championship in six seasons when they face the Tampa Bay Lightning beginning Wednesday night in Florida.
...
The Blackhawks have defied conventional NHL parity to reach three Stanley Cup Finals and five conference finals in a seven-year stretch under coach Joel Quenneville. That's because their stars are unmatched: From Toews and Kane to Seabrook and Duncan Keith, nobody knows how to win like Chicago.
...
"Last year was a tough loss, (and) this year was even worse," Ducks forward Patrick Maroon said. "We're one game away. We had them on the ropes. We're going up 3-2 in their barn. You saw what happened there. Then we're looking better because we have home-ice advantage and can play in front of our fans, and ... I don't know. I have no words."
The harder the hits,
the stronger the soul?

Saturday, May 30

A Smile While the Tears Fall...

Our thoughts are with Vice President Joe Biden tonight, whose 46-year-old son succumbed to brain cancer and died today.  An attorney and politician in his own right, Joseph Robinette Biden III, known as Beau, leaves behind a wife and two children, at home.

Beau Biden was three years old in 1972 when his mother and sister were killed in a car crash.  Beau and his brother Hunter were also riding in the car, but survived.

Biden joined the Delaware National Guard in 2003, working as an attorney in the JAG Corps -- Judge Advocate General.  He deployed to Iraq in October 2008, one day after his father injected new life into the Obama campaign, scoring a much-needed debate win for the team.*

Beau Biden returned to America from Iraq in January 2009 to watch his father be sworn in as vice president, alongside President Obama.  He immediately returned to Iraq, and completed his year of active duty.

Biden was elected as Delaware's Attorney General in 2006, and there was speculation he might one day be a senator.  But only on his own terms, his father said in 2008.

"It is no secret that I believe my son, Attorney General, would make a great United States Senator just as I believe he has been a great attorney general. But Beau has made it clear from the moment he entered public life that any office he sought he would earn on his own ... [I]f he chooses to run for the Senate in the future, he will have to run and win on his own. He wouldn't have it any other way."
 Beau Biden is gone now; he'll never be a senator.  He's presumably reuniting with his mother and sister in the heavens, and his family here at home no doubt are missing him tonight.

But for every tear, there will be a smile;  in all the grief, the strong memories. Biden is Catholic like that, Irish Catholic...

For every thought that maybe Beau Biden was taken too soon, an acknowledgement of the 43 good years he lived on, after the car accident where he was spared.  His son and daughter, his wife, his father and brother and step-mother and sister -- you don't need to know a man to know their pain is fresh and real.

Lots of lives lost lately.
Black lives, white lives, refugee lives, children's lives.
I know there is often resentment with death, a lingering bitterness at the unfairness of life -- dreams unrealized, plans left undone.

Somehow, this one feels like a death in the family, our American family, Joe's son, even though Beau Biden was never in the national spotlight as a familiar face.

My hope is that this one wakes us up collectively -- rekindles a fire in an administration that appears to be running out the clock.

I hope this brush with death injects a fresh fighting spirit in this country -- make a damn difference, and realize that we the living still have time left to change, with small-c change just as effectively inaugurating a new day as all the pomp and circumstance of the hopeful days past.

It's a Call to Action is what it is...
No peace prize, just a simple human death.
Make of that what you will.


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*  Joe Biden focused his talking points on the proposed policies of presidential candidate John McCain, giving debate opponent Sarah Palin a polite pass.  A week earlier, candidate Obama had appeared lackluster in his opening debate against McCain;  Obama rebounded in the final debates..

FULL DISCLOSURE: I too am 46.

Dillo Day Update.

Due to inclement weather and in consultation with the United States Coast Guard...

NORTH BEACH AND LAKEFILL ROCKS ARE CLOSED FOR DILLO DAY

 

Repeat:  Stay off the beach and the rocks.  Closed.
The rocks on the beach are closed today.  Lol.

ADDED:  I'm not there.  Just vicariously following...

 

 


It Gets Better, Indeed.

The tenure-track Stanford professor who uncovered scientific fraud as a Berkeley graduate student by a fellow researcher at UCLA tells the story of his journey to silence his doubts, uncover some true facts, and reveal his conclusions.

Dramatic stuff, especially the ending, which attempts to explain why he felt almost a personal calling to persevere as he did.

“Part of the message that I wanted to send to potential disclosers of the future is that you have a duty to come out about this, you’ll be rewarded if you do so in a responsible way, and you don’t want to live with the regret that I do that I didn’t act on it [sooner]. This is sort of my It Gets Better project for people with suspicions about research.”

Thursday, May 28

#ExcellentSport.

#ExcellentGame.

"It has (been) hard-fought," Crawford said. "Tons of good hockey (with) lots of great plays — and physical. The games are so close, who knows, someone could have won in four. It has been a battle."

After the Hawks jumped to a 3-0 lead midway through the second, the Ducks refused to back down and made things very interesting with goals from Patrick Maroon and Clayton Stoner. Shaw's goal with 3:32 remaining in the third put the Ducks away and the forward further sealed the deal with an empty-netter to send the crowd of 22,089 home happy.  That concluded another chapter in an already sensational series.

"It has been exciting for the fans for sure and for us too," Ducks center Kyle Palmieri said. "Triple-OT, double-OT and Matt (Beleskey) winning (Game 5 on Monday night) in the first minute of OT. It's a tough conference and the two best teams are going to go at it Saturday night for a chance to play for the Stanley Cup."

Imagine the finesse of Steph Curry ... on skates!
Ducks players have made no secret about their strategy to beat Chicago: Check them into the off-season. They have said over and over that the longer the series goes, the more the skilled Blackhawks would feel the cumulative effects of those hits.
 Entering Game 6, they held a staggering 262-181 advantage in hits. The Ducks were the aggressors again early in the game, with Ryan Getzlaf delivering a bone-crunching hit on Marcus Kruger that elicited a groan from the sellout crowd of 22,089. Later in the period, Stoner knocked Patrick Sharp into the boards.
On this night, though, Chicago hit back, nearly matching the Ducks check for check; the final count was 43-38 in favor of Anaheim.

“That’s kind of been the talk all series, that they’ve been trying to wear us down and outplay us on the physical side,” Toews said. “I think there’s always confidence in our group that we can respond to that and turn the tables a little bit.”
 Like with the ladies grinding it out on the hardwoods, 
hockey is appealing to more diverse demographics these days (weak ankles, my ass*), including women.

I'll take logic and reasoning over brute force any day, but there's no denying the lessons to be learned in sports.  Like the old saying goes, "Part of the art of being a woman is knowing when not to be too much of a lady..."

Have a great weekend; 
plan to be offline myself
as things are heating up here...
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*    "There were pressures on them to be fighters, but this generation of black player is free to be who they are," added Cecil Harris, a former hockey beat writer and the author of "Breaking the Ice: The Black Experience in Professional Hockey."

"The pressure isn't there for a big, strong black guy like Dustin Byfuglien to be a goon. He can be himself, and he's an All-Star this year."

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/01/31/107773/days-of-all-white-hockey-over.html#storylink=cpy

Wednesday, May 27

Drivers Wanted. zoom Zoom.

I caught Mad Max at the 7:10 pm showing on $5 Tuesday.
Well worth the admission price, as most impressive to me was seeing generations of women* work together  for a serious life-and-death cause.**  You don't see that much.
Amazing action, only one or two scenes that plod, focusing on quiet moments.  Otherwise, just sincere looks backed up by deeds.

I liked it. Thumbs up.
Sometimes, that's enough.
That's your legacy of love.


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* Jill Abramson was on my mind midway through, when Max and Furiousa came upon the older survivors tribe in the desert. 
** Their own.

Tuesday, May 26

Integrity Matters. or, "Data Set, Data Set..."

"Who's Got the Data Set?"

The New York Times offers a fine follow-up on the good-looking California junior scientist who apparently faked his test results, and has gone underground rather than producing the data base of people he claims were surveyed in his amazingly persuasive award-winning social science study undertaken with a New York professor.

The scientific community’s system for vetting new findings, built on trust, is poorly equipped to detect deliberate misrepresentations. Faculty advisers monitor students’ work, but there are no standard guidelines governing the working relationship between senior and junior co-authors.

The reviewers at journals may raise questions about a study’s methodology or data analysis, but rarely have access to the raw data itself, experts said.
...
“It is simply unacceptable for science to continue with people publishing on data they do not share with others,” said Uri Simonsohn, an associate professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
“Journals, funding agencies and universities must begin requiring that data be publicly available.”

This is cheating the system just the same as Tom Brady was undermining the game of football when the pigskins were being deflated in his name...

Cheating isn't cool.
We need an attitude adjustment in this country that recognizes this, before all foundations of trust are undermined and all results are questioned in a society of ignorant skeptics.  (We're not there yet.)

And that's not a society to shoot for, is it?

Monday, May 25

Sports Is Life.

The Blackhawks and the Ducks are all tied up, going into Anaheim tonight.
In our politically correct world today, I just really like the last line of this quote. 

Anger is underrated, if you ask me.  Polite people rarely make progress, when heels are dug in.

"Sure, we're ticked off and everything else.  But we've got a game in two days. If you dwell on it, you're going to dwell on it (until) you're down 3-2. You've just got to get angry and go after it."
Go Hawks.
Get 'er done.

Results matter more than mouthing niceties, and falling back into your loved ones' arms when you fail to advance.

Memorial Day at the althouse blog.

The poor professor doesn't take the holidays off.

Instead, she throws red meat to her carefully cultivated conservative commenters, then runs away -- again, and turns off the comments for "moderation" when she can't persuade by words, and the commentariat turns on her.

Ms. Althouse?
Please stop helping gay people.
You've really done enough.

Just celebrate Memorial Day like the rest of us, and give one day a rest from the gay marriage "fight".

You see, you can afford to cut and run when the going gets tough, and people respond to your thoughts and words with their own, not to your liking. Others -- in the classroom, in the workplace, in the home -- don't have that option: to just stick their fingers in their ears when the conversations turn honest, and hateful.

The saddest thing is: her blog and her commenters reflect poorly on the University of Wisconsin, and everything the Law-in-Action tradition is supposed to espouse.

If you have to go running from the conversation, it's likely one you probably weren't strong enough, or educated enough, to start in the first place.

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ADDED: Awwwww.... the common-commenter HUSBAND of the widely praised law professor steps into the thread to defend/protect her. You'd think that as a law professor, experience with the power of words, she's be capable of continuing to freely argue her case in her own words. *(remember: ann delights in dirty talk on her blog too, and she is no stranger to vulgar insults, directly addressed to commenters who disagree. That's the rough-and-tough verbal nature of her blog: she dishes it out daily.)
Meade said...

"BTW: Just to be clear, Ann, my comment about you being full of shit on this was meant to be disrespectful to your opinion, not to you personally."

Husband Meade: If that's true, John Henry, then you need to learn to write more clearly. Try this: "Your opinion is full of shit." Or: "I am full of shit but I'm going to leave a comment anyway."

The husband (not a law professor himself) steps in to take over the argument, based on namecalling, not substantive argument. That's not sweet so much as just plain sad. Will he be accompanying her to class now too, in case students speak up and Ms. Althouse gets too flustered to respond on her own?



DEEPER AND DEEPER:
Now, in a shutdown threads comment, in which all views have to be pre-approved and moderated, Ann remembers that she is a professor at Wisconsin:
Ann Althouse said...
"Suppose a university advertised, "Your views, whatever they are, will be tolerated here." Is that a disinvitation or its opposite."

It's a middle position. In a repressive society, it would be welcome.

In America, students expect something more like: Whatever may be the limitations which trammel inquiry elsewhere we believe the great state University of Wisconsin should ever encourage that continual and fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found.

Getting closer, annie girl. Now: don't just type or mouth those words, put them into ACTION professor baby. Don't hide behind your husband, or your hurt feelings.

Open up the thread, allow everyone to their say, and "encourage that continual and fearless sifting and winnowinug by which alone the truth can be found."

You see, tossing red meat, and then running away when your conservative commenters respond, is NOT the Wisconsin way. We know you've been coddled with the tenure, never having to actually argue the facts to a win on their face, but if you can't see the hypocrisy in quoting the Wisconsin motto in a closed thread, you're closer to retirement than you think.

Why not allow that there are more fearless voices, who could respond in kind to the bigoted assumptions you are so nicely trying to converse with? (Without our husbands jumping in to finish the job...)

FINALLY: I wish Mrs. meade would speak for herself in the first person, and stop putting words into gay people's mouths that are her own:
Speech is important because of the way it reveals thoughts, but some thoughts, when revealed, with affect what people think of you. You don't say everything you think. You lie and you dissemble. You bullshit. You flatter.
You are coddled with the tenure.
You are speaking for yourself here.
OWN IT on your own behalf.
The rest of us don't have the luxury of walking away, moving out West when the seeds of hatred you have planted here in Wisconsin come into bloom.

Remembering Pat Tillman.

Happy Memorial Day.

Good will conquer evil,
and the Truth outs.

Then-Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Kauzlarich, Regimental Executive Officer at Forward Operating Base Salerno on Khost, Afghanistan, under which Tillman was serving at the time of his death, and who led the second investigation into Tillman's death, made statements about the Tillman family's search for the truth based on Tillman's atheism.

In comments to ESPN, Kauzlarich said: "These people have a hard time letting it go. It may be because of their religious beliefs" and "When you die, I mean, there is supposedly a better life, right? Well, if you are an atheist and you don't believe in anything, if you die, what is there to go to? Nothing. You are worm dirt. So for their son to die for nothing and now he is no more... I do not know how an atheist thinks, I can only imagine that would be pretty tough."
Rest In Peace.

Saturday, May 23

Every Year, a Different Design.

Sometimes, I admit, I act like a sloth -- mostly, I blame the reading... the passive nature of the reading.  And there's no denying, I am a procrastinator. (I hope family accepts birthday cards, written but never mailed, months late... )

But my garden:  the timing only gets better each year.

I used to take pictures. I was so impressed, not by myself or my work so much, but by the transformation: the church gifts me a plot of dirt, cost free w/just a promise to tithe the first 10 percent of my garden proceeds back to the church to help feed the needy and those unable to garden themselves. Then, a few hours work, the gift of rain and sunshine: next thing you know, you've got a whole 'nother world out there.

The year I first grew my own broccoli... then, even better, broccolini... Snip, snip, fresh greens through the summer.

I don't do fancy anymore.
 It's too easy to buy from the Hmong farmers, who truck their produce in from Menomonie, Bloomer or Eau Claire into the Rice Lake farmers market Saturday morning. Nothing fancy about that market either, which is good, as the prices remain dirt cheap, pretty much. Flowers too.

But I do like to put in a crop of Roma tomatoes, as they keep well and are known as sauce tomatoes. And my big taste discovery is Thai Basil, I can't get enough of the flavor. You can freeze it, and add it to everything, all winter long...

I never have much luck with garlic -- the bulbs grow, and multiply, but they end up being so small. Likely it's because we get the plots assigned every spring, it is tilled and re-assigned, and there's no opportunity to let it winter over and grow larger. STill, I'm putting it in again this year, as I like the fresh taste...

They say it will rain tonight, or tomorrow and Monday, which is traditional for Memorial Days in these parts, it seems.

So, no photos, friends,
and I'm just putting down the black plastic today, and sowing some peas and beans (it's not smart to put the tomatoes in until June 1st, at least, in these parts; even with no freeze, they don't grow much in the cold ground...) But it's good to pull the tools and stakes out of storage, and I have been religiously watering my starter plants inside the garage I rent, rotating the spinach and lettuce, and basil in the windows, and pulling in the tomato pots when it gets too nippy at night.

But if you know that feeling of the beginning days of a garden,
you know the natural feeling of putting in the work, and eventually, reaping what you have sowed.  No guarantees, and I do spray some nasty-smelling deer repellant (too ensconced in a wide-open farm field to worry about rabbits or smaller critters, usually...) to protect my plants when they are small, but pretty much, the reward is worth the effort.

Friday, May 22

A Loaf of Bread... a Container of Milk...

and a Stick of Butter...

(Some things just stick in your craw for 40+ years.  Like... the shopping list on Sesame Street!)

And also this ("It's the plumber. I've come to fix the sink."), which definitely has Electric Company written all over it... ("Hey you guys!!)

Happy Friday!
Happy Memorial Day!*


"Who are you?
What do you do?
How are you?
Let's hear from you...
We need you!
So won't you ZOOM-ZOOM-ZOOM a-ZOOM?
"

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* I believe the soldiers who served and died in America's wars for freedom would want us to get out in our communities, celebrate our continuing freedoms, and yes, be happy.  It's the least we can do in their memory.  I honestly don't think the soldiers who served in the World Wars, or especially VietNam, would want everyone sitting around Monday with long faces in somber tribute...

They didn't die for that.

The solders who served and lived through the most recent wars probably have the most reckoning to do this weekend, wondering if their sacrifices and contributions -- and those of their fallen comrades -- in retrospect, will be valued when we see how the territories they fought in are faring now, while we remain safe here at home.