Saturday, May 07, 2011

America’s “quiet professionals”

The President:

They’re America’s “quiet professionals” -- because success demands secrecy.  But I will say this.  Like all of you, they could have chosen a life of ease.  But like you, they volunteered.  They chose to serve in a time of war, knowing they could be sent into harm’s way.  They trained for years.  They’re battle-hardened.  They practiced tirelessly for this mission.  And when I gave the order, they were ready.

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Because it is true...

Thursday, May 05, 2011

National Day of Reason

National Day of Reason.

The National Day of Reason, observed by millions of people in this country and around the world since 2003, celebrates the application of reason and the positive impacts it has had on humanity. Reason and rational discourse have the power to improve living conditions around the world and cultivate intelligent, moral, and ethical interactions among people.

Reason and rational thinking have made our country great. The Constitution of the United States of America is based upon the philosophies developed during the historical Age of Reason and the idea that citizens engaging in rational discourse and decision-making can govern themselves. The Constitution also contains a strong separation of church and state, making it clear that government should continue to be built on reason.

Our nation faces many problems--ending two wars, creating jobs, educating our children, tackling our budget, and protecting our safety net. Although the gravity of these issues may drive many to prayer, the way we will solve them is through the application of reason.

The National Day of Reason is also about taking time to improve our communities--whether that means holding a blood drive or collecting items for the local food bank. It is also about ensuring that our government represents citizens of all beliefs and backgrounds. I encourage everyone to join in observing this day and focusing upon the employment of reason, critical thinking, the scientific method, and free inquiry to the resolution of human problems and for the welfare of human kind. It is the duty and responsibility of every American to promote the development and application of reason.

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File under: "Awe, gee, isn't that toooooo bad."

George W. Bush Reportedly Feels Ignored In Obama 'Victory Lap' Following Osama Bin Laden's Death

George W Bush Obama Ground Zero

[LINK: Huffington Post ]

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A Giant Malaysian Shield Praying Mantis

A Giant Malaysian Shield Praying Mantis is pictured in Igor Siwanowicz’s studio in Munich, Germany. Biochemist and photographer Igor Siwanowicz has spent the last seven years carefully acquiring, breeding and capturing bizarre and visually stunning images of creepy crawlies.

[LINK: All Creatures [great and small] ]

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God in the here

Experiencing God in the here and now


Why are we so enamored with a side of God (His transcendence), an attribute we can't really wrap our minds around anyway, when there is so much of God we can experience right here, right now, with faculties God has gifted us with to know Him, to enjoy Him?


We want to know him in some abstract, spiritual way, when He is cooling us with a breeze and warming us with a sun ray. We look for God in miracles, in some out of this world (supernatural) phenomenon and we miss Him in so many, many ways every single day, every single moment. The question is not where is God, but where are we?




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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Independently confirm if L.Graham (R, S.C.) has a brain...

Having already called on the White House to release photos of Osama bin Laden’s body, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) now says that independent experts should have been brought into verify bin Laden's identity before the body was buried at sea. 

"I think it would have been smart to have an independent group, forensic scientists, maybe from Scotland Yard or some other organization," said Graham. The South Carolina Republican softened his earlier criticism of the White House being overly sensitive to Islamic traditions in expediting bin Laden's burial—but said Obama shouldn't have rushed the proceedings. "Religious sensitivity is smart... but [we could have held] onto body for period of time to allow for indispensable analysis to help us make the case," he told reporters.

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Oh my goodness

"Oh my goodness, that's a great question. Um, gosh, that's a great question, I have to think about it, OK? Because there are many."

-- Sarah Palin, when asked at the White House Correspondent's Dinner who she thought was the most influential journalist today

The question, by the way, was asked of several of the attendees and each of them -- even Bill Hader from Saturday Night Live -- had no trouble coming up with journalists both well known and obscure.

[LINK: from Deus Ex Malcontent 

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Noble occupation of beekeeping

2011, oil on panel, 19 x 19 cm, contact for availability

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The Libraries Didn't Burn

The Libraries Didn't Burn
by Elaine Equi

despite books kindled in electronic flames.

The locket of bookish love
still opens and shuts.

But its words have migrated
to a luminous elsewhere.

Neither completely oral nor written —
a somewhere in between.

Then will oak, willow,
birch, and olive poets return
to their digital tribes —

trees wander back to the forest?

[LINK: Libraries Didn't Burn ]

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Monday, May 02, 2011


Arizona Governor Vetoes HB 2230 During 
Meeting with Sodhi Family 

SALDEF Commends Sodhi Family, Local Community, and Arizona Governor

May 2, 2011: During a meeting with the family of Balbir Singh Sodhi, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed HB 2230 on Friday, April 29, 2011. The family, who had requested the meeting with the Governor, is overjoyed that the plaque listing the name of Mr. Sodhi will not be removed from the state’s 9/11 memorial. The memorial commemorates Mr. Sodhi’s death on September 15, 2001, as the first individual to be murdered as a result of post-9/11 backlash.

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Our collective Ken and Barbie dolls

"This, apparently, is what it takes to get the media's undivided attention: the marriage between two people who are politically powerless, and who spend their waking lives as designated fetish objects for the United Kingdom's interested citizenry, for Anglophiles the world over, and for the celebrity-fixated media. Our collective Ken and Barbie dolls."

-- Matt Zoller Seitz in a brilliantly dead-on piece currently posted at Salon

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Sunday, May 01, 2011

The simple history that neo-cons and tea partiers so easily forget.

We must remember that Marie let slip, "Let them eat cake" and their response was "off with their heads"

How wonderfully ironic that in this age of middle class suppression, undermining union and labor rights, imposing draconian laws governing the rights and health of women and general cutting our the tightly strained safety net the wanna be power brokers have forgotten one simple historical fact.

When the populace becomes oppressed enough, when they become hungry enough or even insulted enough that there will be out breaks of civil disobedience.

I suggest that the first job of government is to keep the majority of people mollified.  Make food, really healthy food, easy to get.  Make housing affordable.  Allow families to comfortably meet the needs of their children.  Above all we want a sense of dignity, national dignity.

Just a reminder, the revolution will not be televised, the revolution will be tweeted, blogged and you-tubed in real time, right now.

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