Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The new word


Remember the Maine.


Statehouse lit up.


Iles Park snow.

* The Ferguson Lie:

Americans may be a smart, educated people, but we are lazy and ignorant. It’s too much effort for our delicate sensibilities to gain a deeper understanding of how our nation functions. This is why the Ferguson Lie happened. This is why the Ferguson Lie works.
That the grand jury did not indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson was a foregone conclusion. To those of us who don’t have to look up a study or read a law review article to understand how indictments happen in the real world, the outcome was clear when St. Louis County District Attorney Bob McCulloch announced that he would present all the evidence to the grand jury. Wachtler’s “ham sandwich” has grown trite in this discussion.

* First mention of indicting a ham sandwich. Jan. 31, 1985 in the @NYDailyNews.

* Making Sense of Darren Wilson's Story.

* Springfield vigil held in wake of Ferguson decision.

* Analysis: Why whites don’t understand black segregation:

Indeed, nearly all-white neighborhoods in big cities are now virtually extinct. Nearly all-black neighborhoods, on the other hand, are still commonplace.
So, while others see expanded opportunities and greater equality, African Americans in those places experience ongoing isolation -- and the challenges that come with it. Those different life experiences yield different perceptions about racial equality and inclusion in a fair system of government.

* The states that tax the poor the most.

* To have is revolution.... (Gil Scott Heron. Words, with annotations.)

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I ain't got time to take no fast train


Stray tripod.

* The lonely days are gone... (Sir Joe Cocker.)

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Monday, November 17, 2014

One dark and windy day




* Why public-sector unions lost big in Illinois:

Public-sector unions this fall pulled out all the stops to defeat Rauner in his race against incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn (D), with hopes of avoiding life under a Republican who questioned whether they should have collective bargaining rights at all. But they failed in Illinois, and four of the other five states where they waged a battle to defeat GOP gubernatorial candidates hostile to their cause.
Now, public-sector unions are bracing for more attacks by ascendant GOP governors and undergoing a period of soul-searching to figure out why they have lost so much public support — and how to get it back.

* Illinois governments face loss of more than $50 million in fraud scheme.

* Drought Photos: See Lake Oroville Fall Near Historic Low Over 20 Months;

Currently the water levels are so low that people need to rappel down to their boats at Bidwell Marina.

* Informative Chicago article, with fun video: Get to Know an ‘L’ Line: Green Line, Lake Branch.

* Yippie-I-ay, yippie-I-o. Ghost riders in the sky.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

We can jump in the water


A week ago.

This afternoon we had all the weather I dread, freezing rain mixed with snow. And I slid off the porch. Fortunately, I landed two-footed on the step below, thanks to years of practice. At this age, I don't know how long I can keep it up.

* 2009 case of hemorrhagic fever similar to US military's Ebola fight.

* In the UAE, the United States has a quiet, potent ally nicknamed ‘Little Sparta’.

* Excellent report: The day Capt. Tammy Duckworth was shot down.

* Fifteen minute video of the beautiful dragonfly.

* Stay drunk all the time....

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Tell the family lawyer



For Veterans Day. Both photos are from my family's archives. I could be wrong, but the more I think about it, the more I think the second photo was part of some sort of Navy recruiting scheme. Join the Navy, play cards. Hey, it's just a theory. Also, I'm pretty sure that is Kirk Douglas in back.

* Bill Ingram’s many hardships:

After each question Ingram truthfully answered, “I don’t know.”
“Every time that he asked me a question, there was a sailor standing behind me. He had his fist rolled up and he’d hit me with the inside of his fist right on the ear,” Ingram said. “I couldn’t hardly hear what was going on after about five minutes.”
When they finally decided that Ingram indeed did not know anything, they tossed a life ring into the water, then threw Ingram in after it. He swam away from the screws, then realized they were using him for target practice. Again, he swam for his life.

* Try to get a deferment for my younger brother.........

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