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What to do with Cecil’s killer?

August 1st, 2015 1 comment



It’s not acceptable to turn Americans over to third world nations.  Let’s keep the dentist here and shun him.  His behavior is unacceptable.  I expect he has lost most of his patients and will now have to live life like the rest of us earthlings who can’t afford $50,000 big game trophy trips.

As for the poaching problem, why not slap million dollar fines on those trophies that are smuggled in.  Anyone caught with an African animal body part should be slapped with a fine and the trophy should be confiscated.

This dude wanted to go after elephants next.  Shudder!!!  Double shutter!

He needs to go shoot tin cans for a while like the rest of us.  The only shooting that should be taking place on game reserves is with a camera.    At some point, there will be no wild animals left in Africa.

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Once in a blue moon….Happy Blue Moon Friday!

July 31st, 2015 2 comments

Business Insider:

A full moon is coming Friday night that is unlike anything we’ve seen since 2012 and that we will not see again until early 2018. It’s called a blue moon.

Despite the name, the color of the moon will not change. This full moon is special because it is the second one to occur this month — that’s what a “blue moon” is. The first full moon happened on July 2.

Seeing two full moons in the same month is a rare phenomenon that takes place only about once every 2 1/2 years. The next blue moon will not come until January 31, 2018.

The reason we have blue moons in the first place is that the length of a calendar month on Earth is not equal to a lunar month, or the time it takes a phase of the moon to repeat (e.g., the time between two full moons or two new moons).

I am always one to celebrate anything having to do with the moon.  So happy Blue Moon Day!  (also happy birthday, Moe Davis!)
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Sister Joan Chittister: Opposing abortion doesn’t make you pro-life

July 31st, 2015 16 comments



In one simple quote, Sister Joan Chittister, O.S.B. sums up the hypocrisy in the ‘pro-life’ movement:

“I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.”

Applying labels doesn’t really define a political position.  Too many people would force a woman to give birth and then leave her stranded with no means of support.


Much of the pro-choice movement is about economic empowerment.  When I was growing up, before Roe vs Wade was decided, having a baby outside of wedlock was possible the second worse thing that could happen to you.  You were shunned by society for starters.  You lost your job, your health care, and all possible means of supporting yourself.

It’s no wonder some women sought abortion.  What society sowed, let it reap.  It is only when women have total control over their own reproductive choices do they have real economic empowerment.  Children who are born but not fed, educated  sheltered or cared for have very little chance.  They are once again at the mercy of a society that doesn’t want their precious tax dollars to go to help people living in poverty.

So we have come full circle.   Once again society will reap what it has sown.

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Windows 10 or is it X?

July 29th, 2015 3 comments

Windows 10 came out today.  Some of us have been giddy with anticipation.  Now I am trying to figure out how to do things I never knew I wanted to do.

I have it loaded on 2 computers and have decided to stop for a while.  there is just too much to learn and I might need to resort to 8.1 in a moment of desperation.

Have you gotten Windows 10 and if so, what have your experiences been?  I can’t even figure out how to load a google search bar.


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Sandra Bland: This should never have happened

July 22nd, 2015 15 comments

According to newly released police video, a Texas trooper threatened Sandra Bland with a Taser when he ordered her out of her vehicle during a traffic stop on July 10, three days before she was found dead in a county jail.

Bland — a 28-year old African American woman — was stopped for failing to signal while changing lanes, but the routine traffic stop turned confrontational after the officer, Brian Encinia, ordered Bland to put out her cigarette.

This is a frightening story.  The police officer seems to want to escalate the situation until Sandra Bland does become hysterical.   He was demeaning and rude where it wasn’t really necessary.

Why did Sandra Bland die?  We may never know.  It doesn’t sound like she should have ever been arrested.

How very sad.  Why was she kept so long?  Nothing in this case makes one bit of sense.

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ALL lives matter!

July 19th, 2015 32 comments

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley was midsentence when the chanting began. “What side are you on black people, what side are you on!” rang the chorus of around four dozen mostly black protesters streaming into a convention hall in Phoenix, Arizona, on Saturday.

A woman named Tia Oso grabbed the microphone as the protestors stormed the room.

“We are going to hold this space and acknowledge the names of black women who have died in police custody, and then Governor O’Malley we do have questions for you!” Oso said as the former two-term governor and his interviewer, Jose Antonio Vargas, watched helplessly. “As leader of this country will you advance an agenda that will dismantle structural racism in this country?” Oso asked.

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Shooting up the military

July 19th, 2015 13 comments


I am not going to refer to any specific article.  Something needs to be done to arm our military personnel.  Right now, they are doing their job in uniform which apparently is the same thing as drawing an X on their backs and saying “shoot me!” Why must military personnel go around unarmed?  How many times have innocent troops been the target of terrorists and crazies?  What’s even more disturbing is the fact that the local police has to come to the rescue of the military.  This happens time and time again–Chattanooga, Navy Yard, Fort Hood, the list goes on.

Somewhere along the way, the military needs to change its policy.  Those wearing the uniform are going to have to be armed and well-prepared to use the weapon in the face of danger.

I don’t know much about military regulations but many of you all do.  Please enlighten us as to why the military isn’t armed.  They, like every other person, as a right to defend themselves.

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Open Thread…………………………………………………..Thursday, July 2

July 16th, 2015 118 comments

4thHappy 4th of July.  Is everyone ready for   the long weekend which starts tomorrow?

Who has special plans for the 4th?

I love fireworks but I hate crowds.  I have traveled across the country just to see good ones in a non-crowded environment.

The bet I have seen have been in Long Beach, Washington, right on the Pacific ocean from my hotel room.   I wish I were there this weekend.  Such is not to be, however.  I could probably never get that room again.  I am sure it books up years in advance.  Where have you seen the best fireworks?

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Rick Bentley RIP 1965-2015

July 7th, 2015 39 comments

No, Rick wasn’t his real name.  I knew that Rick has been sick with pancreatitis.  His Facebook page said he was waiting for a diagnosis of what they now thought was pancreatic cancer.  I didn’t contact him at the time.  I meant to.  Yes, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

Today I was going to ask him if he had gotten some better news.  I was going to ask him if he needed anything.  As I went to his Fb page I saw the bad news.  Rick died June 26, at his home.  He was 49 year old.  That’s just too effen young to die.

Rick was brilliant.  I followed him on bvbl years ago and was impressed with his reasoning.  He could also irritate the living hell out of all of us at one time or another.  He was a provocateur.

Rick was quite an accomplished movie critic.  He saw most of the new film.  I am sure he got more out of a movie than I ever did.  I sincerely hope he is in some great theater in the sky, chunking down popcorn and having the time of his life.

I thought about posting the obituary here but then decided not to.  He used a moniker here and I will respect that, even in death.

I am extremely saddened by this horrible news.  The good part of it is, he didn’t  suffer long.  He announced on FB that the doctors thought he might have cancer on June 18.  He died on June 26 at his home.

I am heart broken.  I will miss that smart ass horribly.




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Gilbert and Lingamfelter obfuscate the issue of same-sex marriage

July 5th, 2015 56 comments

Richmond Times Dispatch:

After the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, Republicans in the Virginia General Assembly are preparing to push back in what they call a culture war aimed at destroying religious freedoms.

Del. C. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, said protections of religious liberties are going to be the primary focus for House Republicans in the 2016 General Assembly session, which begins in January.

“My concern is that the ultimate goal of the far left is not to secure rights for gay individuals but to tear down religious institutions and the belief systems that support them,” Gilbert said this week.

Asserting that this is the “next frontier for the far left,” Gilbert said he believes it is “more important than ever that we ensure that people’s deeply held convictions” are protected.

“If we are truly going to live in a world where everyone is afforded their rights to live their lives precisely as they please, then surely that has to include people of faith as well,” he said.

While GOP leaders in both houses of the legislature have acknowledged they will abide by the high court ruling that made same-sex marriage the law of the land, House Speaker William J. Howell, R-Stafford, said the most pressing concern now is protecting religious liberty.

“We will need to carefully evaluate how this ruling will be applied and make sure we take steps to protect faith leaders, churches, nonprofits and individuals,” Howell said in an email. “The House of Delegates will fight vigilantly to protect religious freedom.”

Gilbert was tapped to take the lead in reviewing current law and what other states are doing to determine what actions Republicans may take during the 2016 session.

I get it that some people feel gay marriage is wrong.  That’s OK.  They can have their beliefs.  The question isn’t what they believe, it’s how they behave.  Gilbert and Lingamfelter apparently want to legalize discrimination.  How well I recall Del. Lingamfelter pontificating in front of the General Assembly against a Richmond prosecutor being appointed a general district court judge because he was gay.   Actually,  the delegate used every reason in the world other than he was gay.  His message was still very transparent.

Someone please help me understand how religious rights have been violated or will be violated.  Gilbert and Lingamfelter are both known for extreme right positions that border on the ridiculous.   Unless Virginians are going to be lined up and forced to marry someone of the same sex, there are no violations.  People are still entitled to believe what they want to believe.   No one is suggesting that a “thought police”  be formed.

Virginians need to send a strong message to Lingamfelter and Gilbert that Virginians do not discriminate.  Since Virginia is for Lovers, that should include its elected representatives.  Both legislators need to understand that people don’t choose who they love.   They need to SDASTFU.  Maybe they need to get busy and work out some Medicaid legislation.  That issue is far more pressing for Virginians than who someone else marries.  It isn’t hurting them.

I guess this is the only way either man can appeal to his base.  How pathetic.

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