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Sun Aug 05, 2012 at 05:07 PM PDT

Vladimir Can You Hear Me?

by foucaultspendulum

Mrs. President Putin, please talk to the man.  "Pussy Riot" is not worthy of an international apocalypse.   I have no idea why these kids decided to ignore conventional wisdom.

I don't have a dog, or pussy in this debate.  Yes, the gals should not try to advance their career on the alter of religion.  Don't contribute to the infamous.  Don't make them martyrs.

For those who want more meat in a diary, do your own research.  I'm not trying to enter the mystical world of "the media".  I'm swimming in the opposite direction.

Don't look below.  There is nothing worth commenting on when the major players are presenting themselves on a crucifixion alter.

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“If I Could Turn Back Time”, (link to an oldie, an ode to the songwriter, not the performer, is provided below), that is the question my friends.

It’s a shame that high school students are not presented with this question, along with historical evidence.  Oh, I know, many dedicated teachers dance lightly around the subject.  Who can blame them?  It’s like asking the question, why was Malcolm X murdered?

Without nuance, the answer is, I would execute Hitler.  A few Germans tried. They had an internal, moral, value of life.  The reality is that there is no time machine.

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Sat Jul 14, 2012 at 11:08 AM PDT

On Navels and Circumcision

by foucaultspendulum

In my family, my brothers and I became the first generation born in a hospital. The only other thing we share, other than the physician of record, is a belly button so well hidden that it requires a cotton swab to clean the cotton lent that collects in the crevice.

This could be a humourous story of in(ies), and out(ies). My regrets, not today, not ever, never, as long as stories like the one below.  

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I'm not sure if it was Colbert, or Stewart who complained that Dish was a wash in the rain.  In desert areas, rain isn't much of a problem.

The significance of this event,  just another piece of space junk?  I don't think so. It is disappointing that Hughes has moved communications ventures to partners, like Ariane in France. We move into the world economy.  Watching a live launch that did not include the usual censure of "sensitive data" was awesome.

If I were younger, investing in an education that included French language, engineering, and computer science offer many career opportunities, and rewards. Long ago, I checked out the University at Perpignan.  The US needs to make an investment greater than the Kennedy years in Math, Physics, and Engineering.  If we do not, we become the nation of yesterday.

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"The Magic of Belle Isle" is not likely to make any box office records.  It opens in NYC today.  I'm writing this diary to thank Rob Reiner for a movie tribute to an actor, who at age 72, still delivers a memorable performance, Morgan Freeman.  The story Rob Reiner tells is one of redemption, and hope for all those who are handicapped, either mentally, or physically.

Dish offered a preview, via HDN (commercial free). The movie is longish in today's terms, nearly 3 hours as I recall.  I've received many gifts, undeserved, in life, this movie was an inspiration. The only reason it caught my attention was in the title, Belle Isle.  I thought the location would be Detroit.

It's a short diary, links provided below.

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Wed May 02, 2012 at 01:12 PM PDT

Helicopter Crash in Phoenix

by foucaultspendulum

It's not the first time this has happened in Phoenix.  The only reason it's "breaking news" for me is that I live in this neighborhood.  It's near three airports, an Air National Guard base, and a major freeway.  My phone is ringing off the hook; friends, and family getting the news.

A neighbor tells me that the home is owned by a Las Vegas investor, that's the good news.  The house was probably vacant.  The story may be updated by the time I post.  It appears to be a privately owned helicopter, red tail, possibly used for training new pilots.

The ABC News15 video below:

 

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Hey everyone, I posted a long comment in The Troubadour's diary earlier today.  Several people have asked me to post this is as a diary.  I do not have an inside track, at the present time, regarding the facts to suggest any illegal contributions by foreign entities, or any laws that apply after the sweeping ruling by SCOTUS.  

Has the MSM reported on SuperPac contributions made by Amway, or any of its foreign affiliates? I'm posting this hoping someone will.  Amway tentacles may read like a genealogy chart.  Sorting fact from fiction will require an investigative reporter, with great skill, resources and courage.

Sources on the internet are slim, limited primarily to left leaning, independent reporting sources.  Alan Grayson piqued by interest.

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This is an opinion piece, for those looking for links, analysis, or wholesale support of members in the current administration; you will find a cornucopia of factual material on the internet.   If you wish to comment for, or against my argument, I welcome your input.  

My opposition to the formation of a Dept. of Homeland Security began with the Bush administration.  My initial objection was to both the cost, and administrative nightmares associated with creating another agency to monitor US citizens, with the potential to hamper foreign intelligence gathering.  

We all should remember shrub’s remarks after Katrina, “Heck of a job, Brownie”.  As we all know, nothing could be further from the truth.  Appointing bureaucrats or awarding political supporters has consequences.  President Obama has a historical reference.

More below:

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It's a quiet night on Dkos, hope this news release diverts your attention from the Karl Rove crafted Romney victory speech.  

I'm not going to do the homework for conservative members of Dkos.  Teh Google, or insert your favorite search engine, is my suggestion for those, like my brothers, who say stupid things and expect me to defend my position.

Government plans to sue Arizona sheriff for targeting Latinos
By Jeremy Pelofsky | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Tuesday said it was preparing to sue Arizona county sheriff Joe Arpaio and his department for violating civil rights laws by improperly targeting Latinos in a bid to crack down on illegal immigrants.
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"MCSO's refusal to engage in good faith negotiations requires us to prepare for civil (court) action," Austin said. He added that the Justice Department has recently discovered more information about the "failure to reasonably investigate sex crimes" by Arpaio's office.

The Justice Department in a December report outlined numerous alleged civil rights violations, including that Latino drivers were four to nine times more likely to be stopped than non-Latinos by Arpaio's force.
(Additional reporting by David Schwartz in Phoenix; Editing by Anthony Boadle)

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Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 05:17 PM PST

Movies that made me Cry

by foucaultspendulum

Having spent several hours reading excellent diaries today, I must say that Daily Kos is the best blog on the internet.  It is a theater without the cost of admission. Political theater has become so predictable.  I’ve decided there’s nothing I can add to the discussion.  Please allow me a flight of fantasy.

My love of theater began in my high school years.  I would walk 3 miles, each way, regardless of the season, to watch the latest flicks.  While some of my generation considered the theater a place for a “make out session”, my weekly trips were an escape from boredom. I've had a job since the age of 16.  My parents never gave me a penny to waste on a work of fiction.

I came to escape boredom.  I stayed to learn about life outside my bubble.  My bubble, your bubble, sometimes a whole society trapped in a bubble of dishonesty about reality.  It is a journey that continues today.  If a movie, or documentary, is boring, has no message, does not capture my mind, does not connect to my emotions, it deserves a fail rating.

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Mon Jan 16, 2012 at 10:00 AM PST

End Game in Iran

by foucaultspendulum

A search on DKOS "Iran" was not very helpful.  Perhaps there are many diaries on the subject without the "tag" line.  I lack expertise in foreign policy.  I also realized that Republicans face the same dilemma. Other than a campaign based on stoking conservative hate of the other, and economic fears, what can Mittens bring to the table?

Please feel free to link your own diaries on the topic.  

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You really need a crash course in how to “protect and serve”.  A course in how to diffuse a potentially, heated situation is another suggestion.  Don’t get me wrong, I understand your frustration.  What to do when there is no hostage, no specific demands, no leaders to bargain with, and those who buy your elections are clamoring for action?

Some may say, and they have, “These Occupy people don’t have any organization, including cleaning up for themselves.  These Occupy people are full of violent anti-capitalist anarchists who seek to create chaos.  These Occupations attract the outcasts in society, the homeless, the rapist, the suicidal, and the mentally ill.”  The least honest claim is that police are prevented from protecting citizens because these Occupations demand a huge police presence to “protect property”.    

Recent police actions against the elderly, the non-violent, the Press, elected officials, Veterans, women and children (some of the 1%) will go a long way in assuring your defeat in an election.  Your approval ratings, support from donors, troops on the ground going door to door, will erode as you trespass over that thin line between responsible actions, and those that benefit the minority at the expense of the majority.

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The Occupy Movement:

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