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

July 2nd, 2015 3 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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McAuliffe orders Confederate flag off of Va license plates

June 24th, 2015 39 comments

Washingtonpost.com:

RICHMOND — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Tuesday that he will phase out a state-sponsored license plate featuring an image of the Confederate flag.

At an appearance in Richmond, the city that served as the capital of the Confederacy, McAuliffe (D) called the symbol “unnecessarily divisive and hurtful.”

The announcement comes in the aftermath of the shooting deaths of nine members of a historically African American church in Charleston, S.C., allegedly by Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white man who, according to police, wanted “to start a race war.”

It comes just one day after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) called for the flag to be removed from the grounds of that state’s capitol — and the week after the Supreme Court ruled that Texas is free to reject a specialized license plate featuring the Confederate flag.

We all know that I am a creature of contradiction. This issue is no exception.  I happen to think Terry McAuliffe is simply jumping on the band wagon.  The targeted group here is a fairly revered group–Sons of Confederate Veterans.  The one and only person I know who is a proud member is a man named Bob Perry.  Bob is one of the kindest, most genteel gentlemen I know.  He is one of the least racist people I have ever known.  He honors his ancestors.

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Open Thread…………………………………………………….Monday, June 1

June 16th, 2015 138 comments

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What is all that racket outside every night, once the sun goes down?  Why its tree frogs!  They are singing their hearts out, looking for a mate.

Tree frogs are definitely a sign of warm weather.  They are also a sign that all is well and right with the world.  In the forest, when tree frogs get quiet, it means that they are aware of danger.  Their silence becomes an anti-alarm of sorts.

Near my house, nothing shuts them up.  Their sound can be deafening.  Oddly enough, they sound isn’t coming from Bull Run Creek but rather the opposite direction.  So much for the bull frog theory.  If there are bull frogs in the mix they must be ones who have taken over someone’s swimming pool.  Croakers’ rights or something like that.

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Elonis: The Supremes effed up

June 2nd, 2015 17 comments

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Washingtonpost.com:

The Supreme Court on Monday made it harder for prosecutors to convict those who make violent statements on Facebook and other social media, saying it is not enough that an ordinary person would find the rants threatening.

In its first examination of the murky rules regarding conduct on the Internet, the court moved cautiously while throwing out the conviction of a Pennsylvania man whose postings, delivered in rap-lyric style, suggested killing his estranged wife, federal law enforcement officials and even a kindergarten class.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., noting that Anthony Douglas Elonis had said he intended his postings to be fictitious and even therapeutic, said a defendant’s state of mind had to be considered.

 

But the opinion offered little in the way of specifics about what must be proved for a conviction, and Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. criticized the opinion as more confusing than enlightening.

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Will we ever have another Triple Crown winner?

June 1st, 2015 8 comments

It certainly seems like having a Triple Crown winner is about as unlikely as finding a unicorn in the woods. There have only been 11 in the history of the Triple Crown. For those who aren’t horse racing fans, the Triple Crown is awarded to a horse who wins the Kentucky Derby, The Preakness Stakes and the Belmont. The horse must win all three races.

The Belmont is the real bitch of racetracks. It is a mile and a half.  The other two tracks are shorter.  The horses who have run in the Derby and Preakness are already tired. By the time the Belmont is run, most horses just don’t have what it takes. What seems unfair is horses that have not run in the Derby or the Preakness can enter the Belmont. Those late-comers haven’t been through the rigors of those first 2 races, thus putting them at a disadvantage.
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Anti-Muslim protests held in Phoenix

May 31st, 2015 15 comments

Washingtonpost.com:

PHOENIX —About 250 mostly armed anti-Muslim demonstrators — many wearing T-shirts bearing a profanity-laced message denouncing Islam — faced-off against a crowd of roughly the same size defending the faith in front of a Phoenix mosque Friday night.

Demonstrators yelled and taunted one another across a line of police separating the two sides but violence did not break out.

Jon Ritzheimer, the organizer of the protest, called it a patriotic sign of resistance against what he deemed the tyranny of Islam in America.

“I would love to see more of these events pop up in other states,” Ritzheimer said. “I want fellow patriots standing right here next to me. This isn’t about me. Everybody’s been thinking it, I’m just saying it.”

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Americans are becoming more socially liberal

May 29th, 2015 17 comments

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huffingtonpost.com:

Americans are becoming increasingly more liberal across several moral issues. According to a new Gallup study, a record high percentage of Americans are now accepting of same-sex relationships, having a baby outside of marriage and premarital sex between men and women.

Sixty-three percent of Americans now say they are accepting of same-sex couples. Only 40 percent felt that way in 2001. The 23-point jump in just 14 years marks the greatest shift in opinion to the left out of any issue Gallup measured in the survey.

Substantial progression to the left has also occurred on having a child out of wedlock. Today, 61 percent report that they are comfortable with the idea, a 16-point increase from when Gallup last asked the question in 2001. When it comes to premarital sex between men and women, 68 percent of Americans now see it as morally acceptable, compared to 53 percent in 2001.

Moral acceptance of divorce and stem cell research has also jumped by 12 points, reaching 71 percent and 64 percent respectively. By slightly lesser margins, Americans have also grown more accepting of issues such as polygamy and cloning humans. Still, these issues are seen as morally acceptable by less than one-sixth of the population.

Americans aren’t just growing liberal on specific issues, they are becoming more liberal in general. For the first time since Gallup began asking the question 16 years ago, an equal number of Americans now identify as socially liberal and socially conservative. This reflects a trend since 1999 of a growing number of Americans self-identifying as liberal, according to Gallup.

Gallup surveyed 1,024 adults between May 6-10 via live interviews on landlines and cell phones.

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Fewer immigrants entering the US illegally

May 28th, 2015 5 comments

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Washingtonpost.com:

As the Department of Homeland Security continues to pour money into border security, evidence is emerging that illegal immigration flows have fallen to their lowest level in at least two decades. The nation’s population of illegal immigrants, which more than tripled, to 12.2 million, between 1990 and 2007, has dropped by about 1 million, according to demographers at the Pew Research Center.

A key — but largely overlooked — sign of these ebbing flows is the changing makeup of the undocumented population. Until recent years, illegal immigrants tended to be young men streaming across the Southern border in pursuit of work. But demographic data show that the typical illegal immigrant now is much more likely someone who is 35 or older and has lived in the United States for a decade or more.

Homeland security officials in the Obama and George W. Bush administrations — who have more than doubled the Border Patrol’s size and spent billions on drones, sensors and other technology at the border — say enhanced security is driving the new trends.

“We have seen tremendous progress,” said R. Gil Kerlikowske, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security. “The border is much more secure than in times past.”

The issue of border security is central to the broader debate over immigration reform that has roiled Washington in recent years and is emerging as a flash point in the 2016 presidential campaign. Congressional Republicans have insisted on greater border security before they consider legalizing any immigrants who came to this country without proper documents.

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The Cooch had better stick to oyster farming…

May 23rd, 2015 9 comments

Is anyone else horrified with this rhetoric? Family values is a dog whistle for something, I am just not sure what. I can’t even figure out these people’s hidden agenda. I think they think about sex or not-sex entirely too often.

Politicians who align themselves with these kinds of people will find themselves jobless in the public arena. Cuccinelli needs to stay with his oyster farming. He will get no where in politics if he associates with people like this.

Good grief, and to think people have been worried about Bill Ayers. Domestic terrorists or incestuous child molesters. What a choice.

Captain George Harris: Memorial Day 2015

May 23rd, 2015 5 comments

Our own poet laureate of Moonhowlings, Captain George Harris, has once again agreed to  shared his thoughts with us for this Memorial Day.

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MEMORIAL DAY 2015

This year marks the 147th anniversary of the first Memorial Day, known to many as Decoration Day and it is just six weeks past the 150th anniversary of the assassination of the president who led this nation through this great war to knit our nation back together again.  This day was originally set aside to decorate the graves of those valiant men who gave their lives in the greatest and most divisive war our nation has ever experienced-our Civil War or as it was known in the Confederate states, the War of Northern Aggression.  We have fought many wars since but none as divisive or as malevolent as this war.

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