June 2015 Blog Posts (353)

Katy Perry Wages Controversial Bid to Buy Convent

Katy Perry Wages Controversial Bid to Buy Convent:  The elderly Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary are up in arms over the proposed sale of their aging convent in Los Feliz to pop diva Katy Perry for $14.5 million, who they believe doesn’t represent their values.  It became apparent right from the start that there would be issues when - after asking how much the property was selling for - Perry was told “its nun of your…

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Added by Johnny Robish on June 30, 2015 at 8:35pm — 3 Comments

Welcome home

Welcome Home Mom

          My mother has become the newest member of our gang here at the nursing home.  When you think things could get no weirder, well they do.

          I haven’t really come to grips with how I feel about this yet.  I know that I am angry over how mom ended up living her…

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Added by Michael Todd Cheeseman on June 30, 2015 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Dear Mister President Part II

Gosh, I know it's inconvenient, but is there a statute of limitations on criminal negligence or conspiracy to commit murder while in office, Mister President?



Dear President Obama

It seems like this last week has your trajectory on a roll. Your…

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Added by Doc Vega on June 30, 2015 at 12:26pm — 5 Comments

THE RED FLAGS STATES: ALL LIVES MATTER

It is necessary for us to develop a new frame of reference which transcends the limits of white…

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Added by mary gravitt on June 30, 2015 at 10:50am — 13 Comments

"STABILIZE The White House Chairs - CHRISTIE RUNS...Ba da bing"!

A Parody to the Tune of "You're Just Too Good To Be True" from The Four Seasons Hit "Jersey Boys".…

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Added by marilyn sands on June 30, 2015 at 10:30am — 19 Comments

Screen People

Normally, I am the most indulgent of grandfathers, but, when the grandkids are visiting and we gather for a family meal, I impose two rules that unfailingly elicit their lamentation and woe, rules so draconian, so implacably baneful, so mulishly obstinate, that, judging by the grandkids’ simmering anguish, one could easily believe I was the Robespierre of grandfatherly tyranny. 

And what are these rules that, from the grandkids’ perspective, don’t just traffic in despotism but take it…

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Added by Jerry DeNuccio on June 30, 2015 at 7:24am — 23 Comments

The First Apartment: A Rite of Passage

Today, with the signing of a lease and payment of first and last month’s rent, security deposit, key charges, broker’s commission and the short-term national debt of Finland, my younger son became a man. For there is no step that so clearly marks the crossing of the threshold from childhood to adulthood as that which confers upon you an interest–however temporary–in real estate. As Scarlett O’Hara’s father said to her about Tara, the family plantation, in Gone With the Wind: “Land,…

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Added by Con Chapman on June 30, 2015 at 5:31am — No Comments

NBCUniversal Cuts Ties With Donald Trump

NBCUniversal Cuts Ties With Donald Trump:  NBCUniversal announced it has cut ties with business mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, whose show "The Apprentice" has aired on the network since 2004, over Trump's recent derogatory statements about illegal immigrants.  Is it just me, or can Trump now legitimately complain that he’s lost his job due of illegal immigration?…

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Added by Johnny Robish on June 29, 2015 at 9:32pm — 1 Comment

Monosentencical Monday: What I want to tell Justice Scalia





The idea that freedom really means freedom to oppress others is jiggery-pokery, applesauce,…

Added by koshersalaami on June 29, 2015 at 8:30pm — 22 Comments

Is it easier to get a camel through the eye of a needle than for a White man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven?

I know it's a peculiar question. It comes from a comment I wrote on Lois Wickstrom's latest post. And I realize that this is a particularly peculiar question…

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Added by koshersalaami on June 29, 2015 at 8:30pm — 29 Comments

Euro Mercantilism

Another phrase to call my own (I think): Euro Mercantilism. What the IMF and ECB, et al, are doing to Greece (and will next do to Portugal/Spain/Italy) is WWIII.



Yes, as through this world I've wandered

I've seen lots of funny men;

Some will rob you with a six-gun,

And some with a fountain pen.

["Pretty Boy Floyd", Woody Guthrie]…

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Added by Robert Young on June 29, 2015 at 7:41pm — 5 Comments

Swimming at Black Sand Beach

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Added by Zanelle on June 29, 2015 at 6:00pm — 5 Comments

Ted Cruz can't find support for gay marriage in the Constitution; he should look a little harder!



Ted Cruz is fond of crowing about his knowledge of the Constitution and of the Bible. It seems he wants to be an arbiter and interpreter of these documents.

Often those who base their spurious arguments on Biblical or Constitutional sources use distorted and erroneous readings of the venerable writings.

Cruz, who is opposed to the recent ruling allowing…

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Added by Dicky Neely on June 29, 2015 at 1:14pm — 5 Comments

Rare Moment

Complete aloneness

a treasured gift

in late June…

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Added by M. C. Sears on June 29, 2015 at 12:59pm — 7 Comments

One Filmmaker's Point of View on Racism

Over the weekend I attended a movie entitled, “I’m not Racist ... Am I?” by Catherine Wigginton Greene.

Here’s the summary that got me interested in seeing this movie: “What if this next generation could transcend racism? One year, 12 teens, on a remarkable journey to face racism and white privilege, and to have the conversations most of us are too afraid to have. Once they push through naivete, guilt and tears, what…

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Added by Lois Wickstrom on June 29, 2015 at 12:00pm — 90 Comments

Lotsa luck...

Got a joyful message this morning from a friend back in Ontario.  He's part (evidently) of the Anishinabe First Nation, which has declared sovereignty over the Ottawa River system.  That includes where I used to live, but more excitingly it includes the city of Ottawa, Canada's capital.

The rather pathetic announcement by way of Facebook -

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE OF

THE ANISHINABE NATION OF THE OTTAWA RIVER WATERSHED:…

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Added by Myriad on June 29, 2015 at 11:51am — 15 Comments

WHEN TO WALK AWAY

 

WHEN TO WALK AWAY/Family Honor

I was awakened around 5 A.M. today by the sound of male voices yelling and cursing at each other. F You and F That punctuated the argument. Other words and phrases that volleyed back and forth between the combatants made me realize that this confrontation was extremely personal.

“My mother is what?”

“She’s a whore.”

“If you touch her again I’ll kill you.”

“She was hanging around the bar until it…

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Added by Anne Armand on June 29, 2015 at 10:28am — 15 Comments

It Was a Good Week for Human Dignity and Freedom

God in His wisdom decreed that the Confederate Battle Flag would come down from Southern state capitols on the very same week that the U.S. Supreme Court overruled laws against same-sex marriage as being unconstitutional. 

The exquisite timing of these two events advanced the cause of human freedom and dignity but also provided…

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Added by Ted Frier on June 29, 2015 at 5:06am — 5 Comments

As Crisis Deepens Greece Demands Return of Fishermen's Caps

ATHENS, Greece.  As the fiscal crisis in Greece deepened over the weekend government officials demanded the return of all Greek fisherman’s caps, calling them “a national treasure that is being squandered and defiled in the name of fashion.”



Genuine Greek fisherman’s cap, non-genuine Greek fisherman

 

“We cannot stand idly by while western ‘hipsters’ appropriate for dating and coolness purposes the hat that for centuries has been emblematic of…

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Added by Con Chapman on June 29, 2015 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

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