April 2016 Blog Posts (381)

oh wow, the white house correspondents dinner 2016 is making me very happy. the speeches haven't started yet but the fashion is fabulous...

and the presidential blooper reel is a riot. turns out that being Clear is his go to phrase. and that he always checks to see if the microphone is on. well, most of the time. and then there were the Mom jeans. but, shit, the man has class which is in such short supply these days, in this travesty that is the Republican competition.

obama rocked his speech, most of it anyway. took potshots at drumf and cruz of course. excellent bits. same with his jabs at the correspondents. i'm such…

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Added by Theodora L'Engle Knight on April 30, 2016 at 11:12pm — No Comments

Solace

Solace…

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Added by The Songbird on April 30, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Astronomers Find First Tailless Comet

Astronomers Find First Tailless Comet:  Astronomers say they have found a first-of-its-kind tailless comet whose composition may offer clues into long-standing questions about the solar system's formation and evolution.  Ironically, when scientists first observed the object, they weren’t exactly sure what it was, so they decided to put a tail on it.  Researchers say they were very lucky to find it before someone like Bruce Willis tries to destroy it.  When…

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Added by Johnny Robish on April 30, 2016 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

the talented mr. trump

I've been observing the trump horse and pony show pretty closely and I find it as fascinating to watch as I do speeded up videos of the chysalis of a butterfly but not nearly as pretty - watching trump churn and squirm and metamophosis instantly to…

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Added by Foolish Monkey on April 30, 2016 at 3:30pm — 64 Comments

Shakespeare On Trump: Open Call!

One can only hope that upon defeat, Trump's followers and supporters will go quietly into the night without incident. Only time will tell...



As for Trump himself. I'll borrow from Shakespeare, paraphrasing and, of course, and taking license:

"Trump…

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Added by Ron Powell on April 30, 2016 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

monstroUS preposterUS John MCain the Thurd, response 30Apr2016ce

monstroUS preposurUS John McCain the Thurd, response 30Apr2016ce \/

30April2016:  terrorUSt$ exfraudinaire**, USS Forrestal pilot terrorUSt$ hero 

http://www.c-span.org/video/?402486-1/weekly-republican-address…

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Added by moki ikom on April 30, 2016 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

ON TRANSGRESSION & FORGIVENESS

     We can all identify with the feeling of indignation that comes along with having been usurped in some way by a fellow human being. And Western society, especially, has a lot to say about how we are supposed to act & feel in these…

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Added by Valerie Lynn Stephens on April 30, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Danger of Trump's Candidacy

One of the enduring hallmarks of American Democracy is the peaceful and seamless transition when one president leaves office and the newly elected president is inaugurated. This often occurs within the context of a change in the political party taking control of the reins of government. Much of the world marvels at how this occurs without vitriol and violence.



The danger of Trump's candidacy is that he and his followers/supporters threaten the stability of the peaceful transition.…

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Added by Ron Powell on April 30, 2016 at 7:30am — 20 Comments

Happy Hairball Awareness Day

A chilly, sunny April Saturday. There’s just me and two cats, Rocco and Okie, three sullen males grunting their way through the day–as usual–while the wife’s running errands.…

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Added by Con Chapman on April 30, 2016 at 2:52am — 1 Comment

Study Finds Women with Larger Butts are Smarter and Healthier

Study Finds Women with Larger Butts are Smarter and Healthier:  A new study from the University of Oxford determined that women with larger than average butts are not only more intelligent, but also very resistant to chronic illnesses.  In related news, Oxford University has announced they will award Kim Kardashian an honorary doctorate for her contributions to medical science.…

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Added by Johnny Robish on April 29, 2016 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

The Bad, the Ugly and the Good - My head has been turning inside today...

Let's begin with the Bad: "... Journalist Julia Ioffe has experienced this kind of harassment before: in Vladimir Putin’s Russia.…

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Added by JMac1949 Today on April 29, 2016 at 5:00pm — 19 Comments

Geography Trivia question, possibly easy

Without looking at a map:

This evening, I was in four states within forty-five minutes, driving in a straight line. I'm in the fourth at the moment. I am not Southbound.

Where am I?

Added by koshersalaami on April 29, 2016 at 4:47pm — 31 Comments

winding road

I tend to not be inclined to want to [attempt to] give tributes to fallen artists and won't begin today, but I ran across this, The Artist Formerly Known As and Sheryl Crow, Nineteen and Ninety Nine, doing her bands' song, his arrangement .. as I understand it. Every day is a winding road indeed. I fear I may be guilty of not…

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Added by tr ig on April 29, 2016 at 2:30pm — 15 Comments

A Portrait of the BLP

The man is an angel, first for letting me use him as the subject of my first painted portrait ever, and second, letting me post it even though he doesn't really like it. 

He is always supportive of my art. He just doesn't think it looks like him. It does, though. Mostly.



Before it was done, he came into the studio to see how it was going. He noted that it looked more like an illustration than a painting, He was right about that. It was very "flat" at that point; mostly just…

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Added by Rosigami on April 29, 2016 at 12:55pm — 34 Comments

I Was Having Prostrate Difficulties

Overture:



But [productivity] is also really hard to measure, particularly for service firms. (How productive were employees at Facebook, or your local bank, last quarter? Have fun trying to figure it out.)

-- Neil Irwin/2016

More times than I can count, these essays have mentioned that productivity software (word processing, spreadsheets, and…

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Added by Robert Young on April 29, 2016 at 11:54am — 2 Comments

I Love Bearded Iris

Before you read further I would just like to clarify that I have not run off to join the circus with my new GF.

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Added by alsoknownas on April 29, 2016 at 10:30am — 35 Comments

Poem for a Rainy Day

THE DEATH OF THE POET JOHN MILTON, NOV 8, 1674 

(as described by the writer john guzlowski)

John Milton died alone in his room,

his daughter Ann picking herbs

in the garden, parsley and rosemary.

She said she’d be right back,

 

and he said nothing.  He was dying,

and didn’t want his daughter with him.

There was something about the way

she sat in silence…

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Added by John Guzlowski on April 29, 2016 at 9:14am — 6 Comments

How to Review Your Own Book

For those who want to make a living as writers, the situation grows more dire every day. There are increasingly fewer publications that review books, and space in the ones that remain is reserved mainly for celebrity and political bios and big-name novelists whose works are supported by large advertising budgets. Funny how that works out.

But you’ve got to believe in yourself before anyone else will. If you can’t get somebody else to review your book, why not review it…

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Added by Con Chapman on April 29, 2016 at 5:38am — 6 Comments

The Guarantor of Equality Under Law

As I've shared, the Tennessee governor this week signed a bill allowing therapists asserting religious conviction to refuse services to LGBT citizens. 

And isn't it the point that no professional association should, with the embrace of the Law, make any move that tends to isolate or to stigmatize any…

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Added by Jonathan Wolfman on April 29, 2016 at 4:03am — 8 Comments

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