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Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 05:01 AM PDT

Life Hangs By Such a Slender Thread

by tampaedski

The first girl I dated died earlier this week.  A Face Book friend sent me a message late the other night, right before I was going to shut down the computer and go to bed.  Xxxx was diagnosed with leukemia in February and died September 1st.  Not even eight months.  Life is balanced on such a slender thread, ain't it?

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Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 07:05 AM PDT

We've been "Duped"??? LOL

by tampaedski

So what happens when a movie producer approaches schools in the Tampa Bay Florida region for permission to create a film called "Sex Ed"?  Well, it seems that officials from the schools did their due diligence, and after reading the script of the proposed film almost every school turned down the offer.

According to producer Dori Sperko of Bradenton, Florida:

There's a reason we got turned down by the others: They read the script
Well, almost all of the schools.  One school did agree, the owners of the Sacred Heart in Tampa, a school which has been closed for a couple of years now.  The Sacred Heart parish, headed by the Rev. George Corrigan, agreed to let the producers use the closed school for an undisclosed fee.  Both sides agree that an outline of the plot was shared.  Aside from agreeing in the deal and, presumably a sum of money to be given to the parish, there does not seem to be a lot else that is agreed upon.

Tamp Bay Times Story

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Where to start with this?  Brandon Smith is a Kentucky state senator.  He also own a coal mine.  He is also a climate change denier, and his proof of why climate change is a hoax is quite obvious:

Mars and Earth Have the Same Temperature

And a succinct quote, just for some flavor:

I will simply point out that I think in academia we all agree that the temperature on Mars is exactly as it is here. Nobody will dispute that.
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Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 03:16 PM PDT

How did I end up a liberal person?

by tampaedski

I was raised by a toothless bearded hag...I was schooled with a strap

---- screeeeetch ----

OK, "Jumping Jack Flash" I am not, and I really do not want to misrepresent my mother.  But I have to be honest and admit I was raised in a rather poisonous environment with respect to tolerance towards others.  While I love my family, I generally do not like them.

(This is a characterization that I find difficult, since I have always had a large amount of derision for attitudes such as "I love him/her, but I'm not 'in love' with him/her"...and here I am saying just about the same damn thing about my family.  But the truth is I can't be proud of a lot of the things I saw and heard growing up.)

This diary was prompted by an article I saw on Slate discussing some of the Law Enforcement issues going on in my adopted state of Florida.  Specifically the reaction of the Escambia county sheriff to the scrutiny on his force after a couple high profile incidents.

Flori-doh 's Finest Bigoted Sheriff

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I normally don't dwell too much on my Polish heritage, despite the ethnic traditions playing a large role in my upbringing.  My late dad came to the USA in August 1929 with his family as a six year old, and had only vague memories of growing up in a small town in what is currently north-eastern Poland called Ruda.  As a 10 year old accompanying my parents on a trip to Poland (the first time my dad had returned to the country of his birth in almost 50 years) I recall us passing through Ruda - it was literally so small that if you blinked you would miss it.  I counted six buildings, and one of them had a chimney...

This cought my eyes in the news this morning:

Poland Attracting US Tech Giants

How has Poland pulled off this feat of economic magic? Observers say it’s not just about the low labor costs compared to neighboring Germany, or the boon of a currency freed from the struggling Euro. They point to an impressive, decade-long campaign to raise the quality of secondary and university education.
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