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Friday, October 20, 2017

What's . . .



(from https://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&hl=en-US&q=crystallize)
crys·tal·lize
ˈkristəˌlīz/Submit
verb
form or cause to form crystals.
"when most liquids freeze they crystallize"
synonyms: form crystals, solidify, harden
"minerals crystallize at different temperatures"
make or become definite and clear.
"vague feelings of unrest crystallized into something more concrete"
synonyms: become clear, become definite, take shape, materialize, coalesce; informaljell
"the idea crystallized in her mind"
coat and impregnate (fruit or petals) with sugar as a means of preserving them.
"a box of crystallized fruits"


The working, re-working, analysis of the chord progression, development of the melody, the dynamics and the execution of the piece continuously repeating until something happens and the result expresses the emotions that were intended. . . (I think?!)

Chrystalline  © 2017 Raymond M. Jozwiak



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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Eating . . .


. . . at your wagon-wheel dining table was an experience
I must admit
It was striking
It was lovely
But the dining was challenging
A bit

And not only were we nourished
By the delicacies you prepared
We learned some things of life
During the meal that we shared

Not all on this earth are equal
Some have much
Others are poor
Like the diners at your table
Who ate well
While some like me
Found their food fell to the floor





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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hang . . .

. . . the fuckin' party politics TOO! . . .


John McCain speaks his mind and sounds a bit like John Adams.


(https://medium.com/@SenatorJohnMcCain/remarks-at-the-2017-liberty-medal-ceremony-8d69751a5ac1)
". . . To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain “the last best hope of earth” for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history. . ."


We actually can disagree and still accomplish something good. . . can't we?





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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fantasy . . .


(from https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/28/hugh-hefner-pimp-sue-playboy-mansion - by Suzanne Moore)
". . . Now that he’s (Hugh Hefner) dead, the disgusting old sleaze in the smoking jacket is being spoken of as some kind of liberator of women. Kim Kardashian is honoured to have been involved. Righty ho. . .I don’t really know which women were liberated by Hefner’s fantasies. I guess if you aspired to be a living Barbie it was as fabulous as it is to be in Donald Trump’s entourage. . ."





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Monday, October 16, 2017

Dear . . .

. . . 'Christians' who support forty-five . . .

. . . and think the recent healthcare steps taken are actually 'good' or that a wall will solve all of the immigration problems . . .


. . . DO YOUR READING . . .



(from https://sojo.net/articles/american-christianity-has-failed)
“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. (Lev. 19: 33-34)

Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him. (Prov. 14:31)

Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy. (Prov. 31: 8-9)

But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? (1 John 3:17)

Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place. (Jer. 22:3)






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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Respect . . .



(from https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/taking-a-knee-has-always-been-a-sign-of-reverence-not-disrespect/2017/09/28/8e91981e-a3c9-11e7-8cfe-d5b912fabc99_story.html?utm_term=.c27c87c109cc)
". . . Taking a knee (kneeling on one knee) has always been a sign of reverence, not disrespect. . . Biblically and historically, genuflecting symbolizes a plea for a new relationship . . . Going to church with my parents each Sunday as a child, I learned that posture and place matter. When the priest raised his hands over the bread and wine, that said one thing; when my dad raised his arms in the middle of a song, that meant another. And kneeling, whoever did it, was a sign of respect. It was veneration embodied. It declared that there was something beyond me, greater than me, that needed to be honored in the most obvious and straightforward way possible: by kneeling down. . . So it seems strange that those kneeling at football games are described as disrespectful. In the words of President Trump, they are disrespecting “our country, our flag, our national anthem.” . . . Kneeling as a sign of veneration is clearly not something Trump feels in his bones. . . many of those who side with Trump claim an affiliation with Christianity. Yet theologically, their criticism of the football players could not be more wrong. The posture of the players is an act of faithfulness. . .The act of kneeling in a stadium during the national anthem is, therefore, an act of good citizenship. Drawing on a rich Christian heritage, it venerates a foundational and transcendent good of democracy: the rule of law. Without the commitment that all be treated fairly before the law, whatever their color or creed, democratic citizenship is meaningless. If anyone is showing respect and deference to the American tradition, it is the players who have the courage to call on America to be all that it dreams it is. . . "







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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Looks . . .

. . . like absolutely NO, NRA-owned senator or congressman will seriously address the issue of gun control until the gunmen start shooting THEM and their families. . .






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Friday, October 13, 2017

Thanks . . .

. . . Donald . . .



(from http://theweek.com/speedreads/730661/cbo-predicts-trumps-move-end-obamacare-subsidies-hike-premiums-uninsured-rate-deficits)
". . . On Thursday night, the Trump administration formally decided to end cost-sharing subsidies that the Health and Human Services Department has been paying insurers to lower premiums for millions of lower-income customers purchasing insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges. . . the CBO projected that "gross premiums (that is, before premium tax credits are accounted for) for silver plans offered through the marketplaces would, on average, rise by about 20 percent in 2018 relative to the amount in CBO’s March 2016 baseline and rise slightly more in later years." The number of uninsured would rise by about 1 million in 2018, though it would drop again as people purchased lower-cost plans, and because customers would be shielded from the premium hikes by larger federal subsidies, the federal deficit would rise by $194 billion over the next 10 years. . ."






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Thursday, October 12, 2017

MORE. . .

. . . PERFECT!!. . .
(from John Adams by David McCullough)
". . . Of the potentially divisive threats to "the more perfect union," non surpassed slavery. The slave population, too, had burgeoned to nearly 700,000 men, women, and children who had no freedom whatever. There were slaves still in every state but one-only Massachusetts had eliminated slavery thus far-but with the overwhelming majority of slaves, full 500,000 centered in Maryland, Virginia, and the Carolinas, the difference between North and South was if anything greater than ever. . . "






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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Grades . . .



(https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2015/12/2/1456250/-N-R-A-Grades-Congress)
nytimes.com -- Dec 19, 2012
The House of Reps sweating bullets over their Grades ...
The green zones are N.R.A. strongholds;  be sure to click on the Senator tab to left of the N.R.A. 





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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Compassion . . .

. . . another of the MANY English words of which this man does NOT know the meaning . . .



(https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/las-vegas-shooting/trump-meets-shooting-survivors-las-vegas-hospital-honors-their-bravery-n807441)
". . . President Donald Trump met Wednesday with surviving victims of the Las Vegas shooting at University Medical Center in the city and hailed their heroism for trying to save others even as their own lives were in danger. . . Trump also credited the bravery of law enforcement members and honored the professionalism of doctors and other medical staff for their response to the massacre.
. . "I have to tell you: it makes you very proud to be an American when you look at the job that they’ve done," he said. . . When asked at University Medical Center his message for those impacted by the shooting, Trump said, "We're with you 100 percent," adding that he had invited some victims to the White House. . . "And believe me, I'll be there for them," he promised. . . Asked about gun violence in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting, Trump deflected, saying he wouldn't talk about that today.




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Monday, October 9, 2017

Consistently . . .

. . . inconsistent . . .



(https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/trump-backs-off-vow-that-private-sector-should-help-pay-for-infrastructure-package/2017/09/26/02dd02f6-a327-11e7-ade1-76d061d56efa_story.html?utm_term=.ebe5060facfa)
. . . Trump told lawmakers this week that he was abandoning a key element of his planned $1 trillion infrastructure package, complaining that certain partnerships between the private sector and federal government simply don’t work. . . Trump’s comments, described by a House Democrat who met with Trump and confirmed by a White House official, reveal an infrastructure plan that appears to be up in the air as White House officials have struggled to decide how to finance many of the projects they envision to rebuild America’s roads, bridges and tunnels. . . Now the administration wants to force states and localities to foot most of the bill. The previous strategy — a push that has taken a back seat to other Republican priorities in Washington — was aimed at luring private investors with promises of federal backing. Some of that thinking appears to be changing. . . The president acknowledged the new approach during a Tuesday meeting with Democrats from the House Ways and Means Committee, who came to the White House to discuss the administration’s tax code rewrite set to be unveiled Wednesday . . . During the meeting, Trump “emphatically rejected what everybody assumed was his position relative to financing infrastructure,” said Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.), who attended and asked Trump about the proposal. “He dismissed it categorically and said it doesn’t work.”. . ."






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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Dangerous . . .



(from John Adams by David McCullough)
". . . Having attended several of the President's levees, Abigail could attest that the "court" of the Washingtons was as crowded, the company as brilliantly dressed as at St. James's, with the difference that here she thoroughly enjoyed herself. Her "station" at levees, she explained to Mary, was to the right of Mrs. Washington - though this Mary must keep to herself, "as all distinction you know is unpopular." If someone mistakenly stood in her place, the President never failed to see the situation corrected without anyone being offended. He "has so happy a faculty of appearing to accommodate and yet carrying his point that is he was not really one of the best intentioned me in the world, he might be a very dangerous one. . . "







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