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Bear Arms - a visual - and a hearty FUCK YOU to Wayne

Wayne - I'm in favor of you getting away from that podium, and start digging graves.

A Fun Graph! The Time Magazine Hall of Fame


Tulips in bloom in Mid January - if this continues we may see it. Photo of their groundbreaking

I'm in North Carolina.

This is what I should be seeing in my yard by the end of February.
I've seen it in January a time or two lately.

It's time to celebrate ('toon)

End of World Means Most Amazing Home Page Ever, Says Google (as told by Andy Borowitz)

December 18, 2012
End of World Means Most Amazing Home Page Ever, Says Google
Posted by Andy Borowitz

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Cal. (The Borowitz Report)—While billions around the world await the Mayan Apocalypse this Friday with increasing dread, there is palpable excitement about it at the headquarters of Google, Inc., which is preparing what its C.E.O. is calling “our most awesome Google Doodle ever.”
“People are freaking out about the world coming to an end—I totally get that,” said the Google C.E.O. Larry Page in a conference call with reporters. “But at Google we view the Apocalypse as a unique opportunity. This company was founded with the goal to ‘organize the world’s information’ and we see the next three days as our chance to get that done.”
As for the marching orders that Page gave to Google’s team of designers: “The world is going to be destroyed and mankind will cease to exist. Make Google the last page they see, and give us one last chance to serve them tracking cookies.”
With the ancient Mayan prophets predicting that on Friday the earth will crash into a comet, collide with the planet Nibiru, or burn to a crisp in a mammoth solar storm, “our designers have had a lot of cool stuff to work with,” Mr. Page said.
Mr. Page said that a buzz-worthy home page is crucial to what he sees as Google’s final mission on Earth: “We want to communicate to billions of people that this is the last day of human history, so maybe they should finally sign up for Google Plus.”
When reminded that the end of the world would mean the end of Google, too, Mr. Page was philosophical: “As long as it also means the end of Apple and Microsoft, I’m fine with that.”

Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2012/12/end-of-world-means-most-amazing-homepage-ever-says-google.html#ixzz2FS35yA6u

He moved me to new tears, our President did. Careful. Mournful. Brilliant. He walked the line.

Unfortunately it's a perilous walk because of those who think him a threat to their guns. They are representative of precious freedom to some, fake though it is to me.
He needs to walk that line, rather than carry a big stick and slam it down, because there are so many out there with arsenals and attitude who could "go off" tomorrow.
Prevention means walking on eggshells and on tiptoes in this country armed to the teeth.

I believe the words about taking action are long in coming, and very welcome to the ears of the country's majority.
I believe action will follow.
I believe the groundswell of anti NRA sentiment has begun, and their power has lessened in the last few days.
I believe those who find the NRA so threatening are beginning to see the hollow legs of their strength.

I have a friend who just stopped by. A woman in with 4 children, 14/13/11/10
She said that she overheard her 13 yr old son saying that the kids in his school are taking knives from the kitchen along in their backpacks.
That she hated her 10 year old knew this and felt he was not safe in his school.
That she hated having to discuss these fears and try to diffuse them. That the children don't tell the parents about the defensive weapons they pack.
I bet this is a nation wide problem, especially after the beating of non stop coverage on all TV channels. It does not allow parents to be in control of what the children know and can handle, or how it is presented.

All these are the fine lines our President walked tonight.
I'm proud, and I'm watching. He has power, intelligent people at his side, and he has money. He has made a pledge of sorts, and I want to see some changes made immediately.

Feet to the fire.
It's burning.

In Praise of Women - If we don't do it....who will? Fitzsimmons cartoon I liked

Race for White House Wide Open After Hillary Leaves Office in 2024 - prediction by Andy Borowitz

Race for White House Wide Open After Hillary Leaves Office in 2024
Posted by Andy Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The race for the White House will most likely be “wide open” after Hillary Clinton serves her two terms as President, experts agree.
“What happens in 2024 is anyone’s guess—and if anyone tells you differently, they’re lying,” says political science professor Davis Logsdon of the University of Minnesota. “The only thing we can say with any certainty is that Hillary Clinton will be elected President by a landslide in 2016 and reëlected by an even bigger margin in 2020.”
Mr. Logsdon says that possible Republican Presidential candidates in 2024 could include Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, with this caveat: “If any of those men have the misfortune of running against Hillary in 2016 or 2020, she will defeat them so soundly that their political careers will be finished and they will vanish from public life forever.”
As for the future of the Democratic Party after Hillary’s two terms are over, Mr. Logsdon offers this prediction: “I can tell you right now that Hillary’s Presidency will be so successful that she will usher in a Democratic dynasty of sorts. I’m not a betting man, but if I had to guess, I’d say that after eight years of Hillary there will be eight years of Michelle, then eight years each for Chelsea, Sasha, and Malia.”
But “not so fast,” says Democratic strategist Tracy Klugian, who believes such predictions sell Hillary short: “Assuming her current poll numbers hold up in 2024, I think it’s safe to say that Hillary Clinton will be the most popular President in U.S. history. In that event, the Twenty-second Amendment, which limits the President to two terms, will be repealed and Hillary will run again.”
Mr. Logsdon, however, scoffs at that scenario: “If the Twenty-second Amendment is repealed, Bill will run again.”

Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2012/12/race-for-white-house-wide-open-after-hillary-leaves-office-in-2024.html#ixzz2EqtbYkRQ

Looking for reflections in all the right (yet dangerous) places

Took these today. I'm glad I lived through it.

About same sex marriage. Something I was sent - and just in case it's not been posted

It's making me smile big.
If it's old, just ignore it, and smile with me.

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