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POLL <<<<< Thread Three of the Seasonal photography contest>>>>> Theme: “Spring"

The theme of the Seasonal contest is “Spring”
There were no special requirements for the photos submitted, except for the size to not exceed 800 pixels on the longest side.
Creative enhancements are allowed, but not required.


The top two vote getters in each thread will advance to the finals along with the next highest vote getters overall. Since there are not enough entries for 3 threads of 10 photos each, the finals will be one third of the 21 entries. There will be seven finalists determined by the top vote count. In case of ties for seventh place I will run all the photos involved in the tie in the finals.

The preliminaries will run from June 1 through June 3
The finals will run from June 4 through June June 6 and the winners will be announced over the weekend of June 7-8

Here are the links to the threads.


Thread #1 is here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025033224
Thread #2 is here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025033233


Please share your comments, enjoy the beautiful photographs, and help keep this thread kicked.


NOTE: Skinner has authorized this contest be run in GD.

Yellow Clivia in Spring

Peony and Bleeding Hearts in the evening sun

Honey Mustard

Yellow Rose

Winter Peaks over Cameo Cliffs

View from the Botanic Gardens

Bleeding Hearts


POLL <<<<< Thread Two of the Seasonal photography contest>>>>> Theme: “Spring"

The theme for the Seasonal Contest is "Spring"

No Special requirements.
Creative enhancements are allowed, but not required.

The top two vote getters in each thread will advance to the finals along with the next highest vote getters overall. Since there are not enough entries for 3 threads of 10 photos each, the finals will be one third of the 21 entries. There will be seven finalists determined by the top vote count. In case of ties for seventh place I will run all the photos involved in the tie in the finals.


The preliminaries will run from June 1 through June 3
The finals will run from June 4 through June June 6 and the winners will be announced over the weekend of June 7-8

Here are the links to the threads.


Thread #1is here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025033224
Thread #3 is here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025033238


Please share your comments, enjoy the beautiful photographs, and help keep this thread kicked.

NOTE: Skinner has authorized this contest be run in GD.

A houseful of wrens

An Ant among the Stonecrop Blooms

So it begins

bluebonnet season

Spring on the Coastal Trail

Green Velvet on Hogback

A Rose in Bloom

POLL <<<<< Thread One of the Seasonal photography contest>>>>> Theme: “Spring"

The theme of the Seasonal contest is “Spring”
There were no special requirements for the photos submitted, except for the size to not exceed 800 pixels on the longest side.
Creative enhancements are allowed, but not required.

The top two vote getters in each thread will advance to the finals along with the next highest vote getters overall. Since there are not enough entries for 3 threads of 10 photos each, the finals will be one third of the 21 entries. There will be seven finalists determined by the top vote count. In case of ties for seventh place I will run all the photos involved in the tie in the finals.


The preliminaries will run from June 1 through June 3
The finals will run from June 4 through June June 6 and the winners will be announced over the weekend of June 7-8

Here are the links to the threads.


Thread #2 is here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025033233
Thread #3 is here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025033238


Please share your comments, enjoy the beautiful photographs, and help keep this thread kicked.


NOTE: Skinner has authorized this contest be run in GD.

Entries

Pink Spring

Busy bee

Dogwood Lane

Spring is in the Air

SpringinBoston

Cascade in White Dogwood


I’m Hungry!



When Dave Chappelle Explained To Maya Angelou Why He Left Chappelle Show

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As news spreads on the passing of writer and poet Maya Angelou, we take time to highlight a moment in comedy which involved herself & Dave Chappelle. In 2006 the two traded stories on The Sundance Channel’s ‘Iconoclast’ in which Chappelle discussed his writing style and shared why he left his popular show on Comedy Central.
Maya Angelou shares some of her thoughts about her friendship with Malcolm X and MLK Jr. and the relationship between the two leaders.

Have we seen this gem of a photograph of our President in a bookstore? It warms my heart to see it.



I can just about hear his laugh and feel his joy about winning over these losers

Take a look at the beautiful submissions for "Spring" - Seasonal Contest coming up/Photography Forum

http://www.democraticunderground.com/103630558

We are 10 photographs short and would like for you to enter if you have one that says "Spring" to you. All the requirements are that the longest side is no more than 800 pixels, and that you took the photograph yourself.

I would so love it if we could attract new folks to take part in our contest.
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE. It's the last day to submit. The preliminary voting threads are going up tomorrow.

Thanks, and enjoy!

Westboro Baptist Church plans to protest at Angelou's funeral

Westboro Baptist Church plans to protest at Angelou's funeral ---Ghouls seem to be gathering







Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., is planning to protest the funeral of Maya Angelou, the award-winning author and international celebrity who died Wednesday at her Winston-Salem home. Angelou was 86.

Rebecca Phelps-Davis, a church spokeswoman, confirmed Friday that five to 10 of her fellow church members will stage a demonstration at Angelou’s funeral. Angelou’s family hasn’t officially announced the funeral arrangements.

What do you think of Westboro Baptist Church’s planned protest at Maya Angelou’s funeral?

What do you think of Westboro Baptist Church’s planned protest at Maya Angelou’s funeral?

Phelps-Davis said that Westboro Baptist decided to stage the protest immediately after Angelou died. The church is known for its protests at the funerals of American military personnel. It says that God is punishing the United States because its armed forces support gay rights.

The church will protest Angelou’s funeral because Angelou supported same-sex marriage and gay rights, Phelps-Davis said. The organization’s demonstrators will stand on a sidewalk or another public place near Angeou’s funeral site and display signs against the iconic author.

Phelps-Davis also defended the hateful messages about Angelou that Westboro Baptist members and followers have posted to Twitter.

“Maya Angelou had a platform that she never used to glorify God,” Phelps-Davis said. “Same-sex marriage will destroy America.

“The American people are making a mockery of this death because they are treating Angelou like she was their best friend,” Phelps-Davis said.

The Rev. Serenus Churn is the pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church where Angelou was a member for more than 30 years. Churn, who led the first memorial service for Angelou on Thursday, discounted Westboro Baptist planned protest.

“It is unfortunate that they are some sick people filled with hatred and malice,” Churn said. “They are trying to desecrate the memory of someone who spoke for fair play and justice.

“Dr. Angelou was always concerned with equality of all human beings,” Churn said. “That is what they are opposed to. Nothing that they will do will diminish her stature.


http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/westboro-baptist-church-plans-to-protest-at-angelou-s-funeral/article_eb933a93-366f-571d-9447-c47441ac80e4.html






Scientist consider new names for Climate Change - Borowitz reveals the ones in English




NEW HAVEN (The Borowitz Report)—After a report from the Yale Center on Climate Change Communication showed that the term “climate change” elicits relatively little concern from the American public, leading scientists are recommending replacing it with a new term: “You will be burnt to a crisp and die.”

Other terms under consideration by the scientists include “your cities will be ravaged by tsunamis and floods” and “earth will be a fiery hellhole incapable of supporting human life.”

Scientists were generally supportive of the suggestions, with many favoring the term “your future will involve rowing a boat down a river of rotting corpses.”

“Any of these terms would do a better job conveying the urgency of the problem,” Tracy Klugian, a spokesperson for the newly renamed Yale Center for Oh My God Wake Up You Assholes, said.



www.borowitzreport.com

Emergency dispatcher suspended over conversation on Angelou’s 911 call

A Winston -Salem /Forsyth County emergency dispatcher has been suspended with pay over comments he made that were picked up in a 911 recording connected to Maya Angelou’s death.

Angelou, 86, famed poet, actress and activist, died early Wednesday morning at her home in Winston-Salem after a long illness.

In the county’s recording of the 911 call made by Angelou’s caretaker, an emergency dispatcher can be heard in the background discussing an interview Oprah Winfrey did last fall with the BBC that generated some controversy.

Winfrey and Angelou were close friends.

“These comments are unacceptable and we have opened an internal investigation to look into the circumstances surrounding this event,” Forsyth County EMS Director Dan Ozimek said in a statement.

Ozimek said the telecommunicator, John Ruckh, has been suspended with pay pending the investigation. Ruckh has worked for Forsyth County EMS for 24 years.

Ozimek said he discovered Ruckh’s conversation when reviewing the tape on Wednesday. Ruckh was not the primary dispatcher on the call but was in the same room.

The conversation is a bit garbled on the 911 recording and takes up less than a minute of the 7-minute call, but Ruckh appears to be saying that “Oprah has fallen out of grace” with a lot of people and asks someone if they have heard her recent rant. He says she is upset because people are not supportive of President Barack Obama and, apparently paraphrasing one of her statements, says that racism is alive because so many white people have been raised in the era of hating black people.



More, and the audio of the conversation here:

http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/emergency-dispatcher-suspended-over-conversation-on-angelou-s-call/article_9b32ed6e-e795-11e3-b683-0017a43b2370.html

my comment:

if you read all of it, and if you listen, you will see this is not in my opinion a gravid problem with a Southern, local, dispatcher. I think it will be resolved. To me he seems well disposed toward Ms. Angelou, and understanding of the gravity of the situation with this famous and special citizen of our town.

Nobody Expected THIS To Happen When These Four Women Walked On Stage. Whoa!




Admittedly,when a friend told me that I had to watch this video of a quartet, I thought to myself “how exciting can this possibly be?” Well, I’m glad I watched the video because these four ladies from Germany blew my expectations out of the water! Known as Salut Salon, the quartet are not only great musicians, they are very talented comedians!

Read more at http://www.metaspoon.com/quartet/#7byWpgsPrQREVTqD.99
This piece is called “Competitive Foursome” and after watching the video, I can totally see why. I would love to see them live!
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