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Thursday, June 22, 2017

King . . .


(from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvLQyIJJAqE, comments on a video of a recent speech)
"God bless President Donald J Trump and his supporters!!!"
   
"We have the hottest girls in our party! Not those gross sweaty, hairy, smelly democrats with no job and no future."

"But a face has lips too."

"US politics is strange"

"I love how excited the women got when President Trump looked at them!!"

"Troll, get a life."

"Trump just needs to look at a woman and she'll have an orgasm"

"God bless President Trump!"

". . . president Trump God is with us we don't need the dirty money from the bad guys. God bless you!!!!!  we worship God we DON'T  worship the government."

"Does he realise he's president?"

"I don't care if you are left or right wing. Trumps female supporters are wayyyy better looking.

"Conservative women are so hot!"

"Man...Trump is legit.  Straight boss."



(from https://idiomation.wordpress.com/tag/in-the-land-of-the-blind-the-one-eyed-man-is-king/)
“In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king” i

“In un mondo di ciechi un orbo รจ re.”

“Those that rule must hear and be deaf, must see and be blind.”

“When a blind man bears the standard, pity those who follow.”

“If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”

“Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?”

“The One-Eyed Man Is King.”




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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Building . . .


. . . the tune Blood Brother with OHO and Bill Pratt . . .


I'll be your Blood Brother
By your side through thick and thin
I'll be your Blood Brother
Just as long as I don't have to bloody
My ha - ands

Bar rooms sure have a funny way
Of bringing loyalty out in a man
Buy a drink and tell a joke
And buddy you've got you a friend
But keep a good eye upon that friend
Because he really doesn't give two hoots
And don't say anything about his Mom
His girlfriend or his army boots

I'll be your Blood Brother
By your side through thick and thin
I'll be your Blood Brother
Just as long as I don't have to bloody
My ha - ands

Walked into an auto-mo-showroom
I need some wheels but got no money to spend
When a guy with an ugly tie
Walks out and acts like he's my long-lost friend
I said hey Buddy I've a purpose here
And if you please I will accomplish my goal
So don't you slap me on the back again
Cause if you do I might just lose my control

I'll be your Blood Brother
By your side through thick and thin
I'll be your Blood Brother
Just as long as I don't have to bloody
My ha - ands

So please be careful when you meet someone
Who'll make a promise at the drop of a hat
And don't provide them with encouragement
You will regret the day you offered him that
Cause everybody needs some empathy
But just how willing
And how far will they go
To really help you when the chips are down
Can they be trusted half as far as you throw them

I'll be your Blood Brother
By your side through thick and thin
I'll be your Blood Brother
Just as long as I don't have to bloody
My ha - ands


Blood Brother

Rough Mix by OHO (Jay Graboski, David Reeve and Ray Jozwiak w/Bill Pratt)




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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Never . . .


(from (http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/fact-check-trump-says-he-passed-more-bills-most-presidents-n771116))
". . . "I will say that never has there been a president - with few exceptions, in the case of FDR he had a major Depression to handle - who's passed more legislation, who's done more things than what we've done," President Donald Trump boasted on Monday morning, touting his executive orders, Supreme Court judge appointment, and rate of bill signing. "We've achieved tremendous success. I think we've been about as active as you can possibly be at a just about record-setting pace.". . .
But a stack of paper does not productivity make: As PolitiFact noted previously, "None of the bills Trump has signed into law are particularly significant.". . . Three of those bills were appointing three members to the Smithsonian's board, another approved a war memorial, a fifth promoted women in entrepreneurship, and a sixth encouraged the display of the American flag on Vietnam War Veterans Day. . . While their bill signings may trail Trump's, many of his predecessors won significant legislative achievements in their first 100 days. . . Obama signed an $800 billion stimulus. Bill Clinton inked the Family Medical Leave Act. Lyndon Johnson championed the stalled Civil Rights Act. John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps. . .A federal appeals court refused to reinstate his (Trump's) travel ban on residents of a group of Muslim-majority nations, dealing his second order barring certain travelers yet another legal blow. He's yet to fully repeal and replace Obamacare or secure funding from Mexico or Congress to begin any kind of meaningful border wall construction. . . . he's had little legislative action on the slew of vague plans he's released on issues like infrastructure and tax reform. . . Most of his agenda remains just that: Plans that have yet to be accomplished. . ."





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Monday, June 19, 2017

Good Job? . . .


(from http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/trumpometer/)
". . . The Promise: "We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem."
Update June 2nd, 2017: Trump delays moving U.S. embassy to Jerusalem

The Promise: "We’re going to cancel the Paris Climate Agreement and stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to U.N. global warming programs.”
Update June 1st, 2017: Trump says U.S. pulling out of Paris climate agreement [rendering the country one of three of the 178 attending nations not to sign]

The Promise: “I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid.”
Update May 26th, 2017: White House budget cuts Social Security disability benefits

The Promise: “And if people don't like it, we've got to have a country folks. Got to have a country. Countries in which immigration will be suspended would include places like Syria and Libya. And we are going to stop the tens of thousands of people coming in from Syria.”
Update May 26th, 2017: 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upholds block on Trump’s travel ban

The Promise: "I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great great wall on our southern border and I’ll have Mexico pay for that wall."
Update May 24th, 2017: Trump’s 2018 budget requests $1.6 billion for border security [Mexico vows NOT to pay]





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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Conspiracy . . .


(from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tin_foil_hat)
". . . A tin foil hat is a hat made from one or more sheets of aluminum foil, or a piece of conventional headgear lined with foil, worn in the belief or hope that it shields the brain from threats such as electromagnetic fields, mind control, and mind reading. The notion of wearing homemade headgear for such protection has become a popular stereotype and byword for paranoia, persecutory delusions, and belief in pseudoscience and conspiracy theories. Foil hats have appeared in the films Signs and Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder. Note that "tin foil" is a common misnomer for aluminum foil; packaging metal foil was formerly made out of tin before it was replaced with aluminum. . ."


. . . remind you of anyone? . . .



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Saturday, June 17, 2017

No . . .

. . . Way . . .

. . . do I want my taxes to fund additional security for Congressman who think that automatic and semi-automatic weapons (which did NOT exist at the time the U.S. Constitution was written) belong on the streets in Everytown, USA. . . ". . . for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption. . ."


(http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-members-of-congress-face-death-threats-1497471038-htmlstory.html)
". . . But now, in today’s intensely polarized political environment, more members want to reconsider their own security needs. . . “Everyone’s getting a bunch of death threats right now,” said Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) as lawmakers exited a closed-door briefing on Capitol Hill with law enforcement officials. “A lot of members were asking for changes.”. . .  Lawmakers feel particularly vulnerable at rowdy town hall events or when traveling unprotected away from the watchful eyes of police patrolling the Capitol complex. One lawmaker involved in Wednesday’s shooting noted that his great concern was that none of the ballplayers was armed and able to stop the shooter. . . "



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Friday, June 16, 2017

Letter . . .

Dear Mr. Congressman,
Writing to request that join forces with Rep. Al Green, D-Texas in his quest to follow through with articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Rep. Green argues that Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey on May 9 was obstruction of justice. He said, "The president fired the FBI director because the director was investigating the president's campaign connections to Russian interference in the presidential election." The article is reproduced below.

(from http://www.necn.com/news/national-international/Texas-Democratic-Rep-Green-Trump-Impeachment-Process-426961791.html)
". . . Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, said he is planning to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday, NBC News reported. . . Green, who said he has received multiple death threats since he's discussed impeachment, argues that Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey on May 9 was obstruction of justice. . . "The facts are simple and indisputable," Green said in a statement Tuesday. "The president fired the FBI director because the director was investigating the president's campaign connections to Russian interference in the presidential election.". . .Green has been among the leading voices calling for Trump's impeachment since he proposed it on May 15. . ."




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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Things . . .

. . . change . . .


(https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/special-counsel-is-investigating-trump-for-possible-obstruction-of-justice/2017/06/14/9ce02506-5131-11e7-b064-828ba60fbb98_story.html?utm_term=.1225549df424)
". . . The special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice, officials said. . . The move . . . marks a major turning point in the nearly year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. . .Trump had received private assurances from then-FBI Director James B. Comey starting in January that he was not personally under investigation. Officials say that changed shortly after Comey’s firing. . ."






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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Compelling . . .

. . . science (without tin foil) . . .



(from https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/)
Sea level rise
Global sea level rose about 8 inches in the last century. The rate in the last two decades, however, is nearly double that of the last century

Global temperature rise
The planet's average surface temperature has risen about 2.0 degrees Fahrenheit (1.1 degrees Celsius) since the late 19th century, a change driven largely by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere. Most of the warming occurred in the past 35 years, with 16 of the 17 warmest years on record occurring since 2001. Not only was 2016 the warmest year on record, but eight of the 12 months that make up the year — from January through September, with the exception of June — were the warmest on record for those respective months. 6

Warming oceans
The oceans have absorbed much of this increased heat, with the top 700 meters (about 2,300 feet) of ocean showing warming of 0.302 degrees Fahrenheit since 1969

Shrinking ice sheets
The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets have decreased in mass. Data from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment show Greenland lost 150 to 250 cubic kilometers (36 to 60 cubic miles) of ice per year between 2002 and 2006, while Antarctica lost about 152 cubic kilometers (36 cubic miles) of ice between 2002 and 2005.

Declining Arctic sea ice
Both the extent and thickness of Arctic sea ice has declined rapidly over the last several decades.8
Image: Visualization of the 2012 Arctic sea ice minimum, the lowest on record

Glacial retreat
Glaciers are retreating almost everywhere around the world — including in the Alps, Himalayas, Andes, Rockies, Alaska and Africa.

Extreme events
Glaciers are retreating almost everywhere around the world; including in the Alps, Himalayas, Andes, Rockies, Alaska and Africa. The number of record high temperature events in the United States has been increasing, while the number of record low temperature events has been decreasing, since 1950. The U.S. has also witnessed increasing numbers of intense rainfall events.10

Ocean acidification
Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the acidity of surface ocean waters has increased by about 30 percent. This increase is the result of humans emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and hence more being absorbed into the oceans. The amount of carbon dioxide absorbed by the upper layer of the oceans is increasing by about 2 billion tons per year.

Decreased snow cover
Satellite observations reveal that the amount of spring snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere has decreased over the past five decades and that the snow is melting earlier





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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Please . . .

. . . insert your name. . .



To my dearest love
Or current resident
Sending you these lines
To show you how much I care
How can I convey
To you this sentiment
Only you're for me my dearest
Please insert your name on the
Dotted Line

There's no obligation
There's no purchase required
There are over five thousand
Who are qualified
And eligible to win the grand prize
Rules and regulations
Must be read carefully
Entries must be postmarked by the 30th
At quarter to three

To my dearest love
Or current resident
Sending you these lines
To show you how much I care
How can I convey
To you this sentiment
Only you're for me my dearest
Please insert your name on the
Dotted Line

Once I made a solemn
Vow to someone I knew
And I thought her vow was also solemn too
But I thought with my heart
And didn't see it through
Not that any lesson
Of great value has been learned
Such experience should teach us something good
Or maybe I enjoy getting burned

It's not a weakness to be
Predisposed toward sharing
I might survive all alone
But I'm just no that daring
Desperate men will take desperate measure
To get what they think that they need

To my dearest love
Or current resident
Sending you these lines
To show you how much I care
How can I convey
To you this sentiment
Only you're for me my dearest
Please insert your name on the
Dotted Line


The Dotted Line

©1997 Raymond M. Jozwiak




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Monday, June 12, 2017

Audience . . .

. . . Never! . . .


(from The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass [new translation by Breon Mitchell])
"". . . You know, Herr Bebra, I prefer to be part of the audience, to allow my little art to bloom in secret, far from all applause, but I would be the last person to fail to applaud your performances." Herr Bebra raised his crumpled forefinger and admonished me: "My dear Oskar, take it from an experienced colleague. The likes of us should never be part of the audience. We have to be on the stage, in the arena. We have to perform and direct the action, otherwise our kind will be manipulated by those to do. And they'll all too happily pull a fast one on us.". . ."





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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Probably . . .

. . . would not have been prudent, as an eleven-year-old male in 1968, to admit an appreciation for Todd Rundgren's 'Hello It's Me' by the NAZZ, but yes, I did like the song.  I believe it has held up quite well.  And now, I'm not afraid to admit it at all . . .




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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Church . . .


The church of music
Holds no ham and oyster suppers
We're all just deacons
With our boots upon the ground
Marching into mystery
In command but
Still can't quite see

The church of music
Won't require your weekly presence
You'll find it stays with you
No matter where you are
No dogmatic postulates
No demands on
Your fidelity

It can end the darkest night
Carry you through the hours
Know not if it’s wrong or right
Make no mistake
It’s divine
This church of mine

There are no fiery demons
In what I believe
It’s not for me to say
Who’s  what and where they go
All things flowing naturally
No controlling
Power over you or me

It can end the darkest night
Carry you through the hours
Know not if it’s wrong or right
Make no mistake
It’s divine
This church of mine

Stricly spiritual
No trace of any politics
Lurking in the mix or in the fabric
Only what is good
No room for hate and no deceit
Honesty
Sincerity will move you
And me

This church won’t interfere
With what you think or do
Your body and your mind are
Yours and yours alone
No one tells you what to say
No one criticizes
What you feel inside

It can heal the deepest wound
Shine a light in the darkness
Warm a chill in any room
Make no mistake
It’s divine
This church . . .
It can end the darkest night
Carry you through the hours
Know not if it’s wrong or right
Make no mistake
It’s divine
This church of mine


Church

©2017 Raymond M. Jozwiak




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