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When I was in Texas thirty years ago, people there rightly called it "God's Country"

Back then, it wasn't hard to see why. The state never did become my cup of tea, but it wasn't from any lack of effort. I had good times and bad times both. I experienced the state's natural beauty, in spite of the heat and the fire ants.

Although I never wanted to go back, there were some things and people I missed about it. But leaving there I thought, in a lot of ways, they've got a good thing going in Texas.

Today, from my remote view, I've become appalled at what Texas has become. Years of drought, oil and gas exploration and regressive GOP poiltics have taken a heavy toll on that state. God's Country is fast becoming a godforsaken wasteland. Pollution, decay, despair and more hold sway.

Texans seem more intent on turning to divine intervention to solve these problems than collective human action. I don't know why that's the case. Of course, I'm not there, I could be wrong.

Hopefully, the election of Wendy Davis will put some much needed spark back into the Lone Star State and folks will follow her lead.

There's a long Way to go to get back what was lost.

I wish everyone there the best I of luck.

Earworm time...

You can thank me later.

Rest In Power, Maya Angelou

Commencement Address For THE PRESCHOOL CLASS OF 2014

Friends, family, and members of the graduating class of the Excelsior Preschool for the Gifted and Talented,

I’m honored to be your commencement speaker today. Your teacher wanted me to read excerpts from “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” But I’m not going to do that—you’re not babies anymore. If you’re sitting here today, it’s because your mountains aren’t waiting for you—you’ve already been moving them.

As a fellow Excelsior alum, I see a preschool class that is uniquely equipped to solve the problems our world faces. I read some of your admissions essays to get a clearer sense of who you are, and wow. It’s inspiring to see how many of you aren’t afraid to defy convention. The number of you who drew abstract representations of yourselves instead of submitting a boring personal statement—that’s the kind of out-of-the-box thinking that makes you exceptional.

You have all worked incredibly hard to get here. Just think: before preschool, you were still picking your nose—now you’re carrying spare tissues. A lot of you are feeling anxious about your future. Will the curriculum in kindergarten be rigorous enough to prepare me for the LSAT? Will I connect with the right influencers?


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It's time, everyone, for another edition of ASK MrScorpio...

This is going to be a delayed reaction edition, as I am signing off right now.

Please leave your questions and musings and I promise to answer each and every response as soon as I get back.

As always, I do not guarantee that you will like any of my answers, but I do promise that your questions will be carefully considered and answered in an honest fashion.

Be daring, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Peace out.

Salinas Police fatally shoot strawberry farmer (graphic video included)

California police caught on camera fatally shooting man (VIDEO)

May 21, 2014
Residents of a small central California city are asking for a response from officials after the local police department has been attributed with fatally shooting two suspects in a span of just 11 days this month.

The Tuesday afternoon shooting death of man alleged to have attempted to burglarize a Salinas, CA home and then expose himself to the person inside marks the second time this month — and third time this year — that officers there have come under fire for what some are calling excessive force.

A local newspaper, the Monterey Herald, reported on Wednesday that Salinas residents were responding angrily to the previous day’s incident in light of video footage published online showing local law enforcement officials firing the fatal shots at the man from point-blank range. The victim was not immediately identified by police.

According to the Herald, cops were alerted of an attempted break-in on Tuesday afternoon after a female caller told 911 that a man was not just trying to enter her home, but was trying to kill her dog and had exposed himself.

When police arrived and found the man on an adjacent street carrying a pair of gardening shears, the incident quickly escalated. The Herald quoted Salinas police Cmdr. Vince Maiorana as saying that the man was initially unresponsive when police tried to approach him about the alleged attempted break-in, then began to act strangely.

Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/california-police-caught-camera-fatally-shooting-man-video/#MJx21MICXsAQRlSJ.99

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