Category Archives: foreign affairs

When a picture really IS worth a thousand words


Rick Perry at first wouldn’t meet Obama on the tarmac at the airport. Finally saw some wisdom in doing that,…. or the petty that not meeting him would show.

Just really wanted a meeting.

Obama says,…. “Sure, let’s do that”


And then this

Just beautiful,…… thanks Ricky old boy.  The republican “keystone cops” comedy relief go to guy.


Doug Mills@dougmillsnyt 5h

President Obama shares a light moment Mayor Mike Rawlings, with Gov. Rick Perry at the end of the table.




Posted by on July 9, 2014 in foreign affairs, Humor, Politics


Cliven Bundy raises the public awareness

Thanks, Clive old boy,…. you’ve really helped the cause.

Just not the one you intended.

Ripped off unapologetically from   at   –  (please give a visit)

I don’t think she’ll mind.

This, – (although not a “real” craigslist thing),  –  says it all about our conservative buddies and the “heroes” they choose.


As seen on Craigslist:

Tea Party Folk Hero Wanted

It does bother me though that they keep finding these types.

They’re not uncommon. ……….. Very, very troubling.


On This Day

Via Americans United for Change


 Republicans shut down government, Democrats open Obamacare enrollment in image


George Carlin – We Like War

Just appropriate…… stay the hell out.


Posted by on September 5, 2013 in Economy, foreign affairs, Politics


If you think about it

But,… given what it really says about the state of things,…. I’d rather not

Posted by on August 22, 2013 in Economy, Environment, foreign affairs, Politics



When I see a sixteen year old with this kind of character, I’m humbled.

And listening to her,….. well, I virtually never use the term inspirational. Overused, overdone, lost it’s meaning because people throw it around so casually.

That word should be saved for people like this. One in a billion.

Kat Stoeffel at NYMag

Malala Yousafzai’s Sweet New York Sixteen

 Today, Malala Yousafzai — the Pakistani girls’ education activist who was nearly killed by a Taliban sniper last year — turns 16. The United Nations declared it Malala Day, and she gave a moving speech. Wearing a pink shawl that once belonged to slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, she said, “The wise saying, ‘The pen is mightier than sword’ was true. The extremists are afraid of books and pens. The power of education frightens them. They are afraid of women. The power of the voice of women frightens them.”

How do you deal with the new normal?

I believe that Walter Kirn of the New Republic wants you to think a little.


Getting Over It


Just last Friday, walking down the street, I saw a handmade sign above a dumpster warning passersby not to deposit their trash there. “Smile. You’re on camera,” said the sign. A few minutes later, reading on my phone, I came across a comment on a story about the NSA that quoted a computer firm executive as telling a crowd at a lecture he was giving, “You have no privacy. Get over it.” Then, about twenty minutes after that, I went to send an e-mail on my computer and a little window popped up informing me that Safari, my Web browser, wanted “to access” my stored personal information. Allow request or deny request? There were buttons for both options. I pressed Deny. The window popped up again. Allow or Deny? I pressed Deny.

The window popped up again.

 I pressed Allow.

I decided to smile. I decided to get over it.

All of this happened just a couple of days ago, but already I feel different, like a new person in a new world. I feel mature, realistic, reconciled. I feel less isolated and less anxious. I plan, from now on, to go about things differently and acknowledge the new order.

I will keep my opinions to myself online.

 I will keep my opinions to myself when speaking to anyone who goes online or wspeaks to anyone who goes online.

I will speak on the phone only to people who keep their opinions to themselves, and hang up on them if they don’t.

I will buy nothing online or with a credit card or in a store that keeps electronic records of its sales or in a store that uses security cameras that I am not absolutely proud to own, and absolutely happy for everyone to know I own.

I will pay my taxes to the last penny, and then I will pay a penny more, just to be safe.

I will donate to good causes, conspicuously.

 I will donate to both major political parties, conspicuously.

I will, at least once day a day, be it online or on the phone or in the company of someone who goes online or speaks on the phone, condemn our enemies and support our leaders.

I will obey the laws, all the laws, even the dumb ones, even the ones that seem unenforceable, and I will associate only with those who also obey them.

I will smile even when I feel troubled, and when I notice others acting troubled, I will tell them to smile, to get over it.

I will always, when given the option, push Allow.

I will hide nothing.

But I will conceal everything.

I will be a good American.

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