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Three votes - I got! And none of them was my own :)

There is a website I stumbled across about a half a year ago

I did not often visit there it looked too daunting and I think I'm a too amateurish to hang with these folks
They have a contest a week, I realized, and I entered a first photo last week. No votes for me.

This week I went with the first one my eyes hit on (contest: Rule of Thirds) and got THREE votes. I'm proud of that. 210 entries, and I think the winner had 19 or so votes

I'm not that proud of my photo - but to my DU photo friends I say:
The contests they run are pretty amazing to me. Blind - no name entries - dead blind voting with not even the vote count announced as the voting goes on.
Submission time is a few days, and then voting takes place on Thursday and Friday.

The themes, and the interpretations shown in the submissions are worthy of some study.

Interview with brother of George Zimmerman lead in on Bill Maher's show 10 pm and 11 pm HBO

The Interview:

Robert Zimmerman, Jr. is the brother of George Zimmerman, who has been accused of second-degree murder in the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

The Panel:

Donna Brazile is a Democratic strategist, contributor to ABC News and CNN, and the Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. This week she wrote an article outlining the GOP’s efforts to "restart, reform and rebrand."

Jon Meacham is executive editor and executive vice president at Random House and the author of Thomas

Jamie Weinstein is senior editor of The Daily Caller.

Comedian and actor Joel McHale will join the panel mid-show. He is the host of E!'s 'The Soup' and stars in NBC's 'Community.' McHale recently participated in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything," the result of which can be found here.

Two videos of Peter Sprigg getting his (Ass) Hat handed to him by CNN

Anti Gay Ass-Hattery

Peter Sprigg Family Research Council
striking out on CNN - twice

about gay soldiers serving the country
and about the Boy Scouts' changing policy

CNN Pundit Politely Tells Anti-Gay Interview Guest That He Is An Idiot

Contrary to popular belief, the Boy Scouts is not an organization created in the 1500s to maintain the bigoted status quo.


and then he is on with Tweety about the soldiers

BREAKING: AP Sources: American Airlines and US Airways agree to merge and create world's biggest air

The long anticipated merger has begun



This in from the NYTimes:
BREAKING NEWS Wednesday, February 13, 2013 8:04 PM EST
Boards of American and US Airways Are Said to Approve a Merger
Ending a yearlong courtship by US Airways, American Airlines agreed on Wednesday to merge with the smaller carrier, paving the way for the creation of the nation’s largest airline.
The boards of both companies met separately to approve the combination, according to two people with knowledge of the vote. A merger would bolster American’s domestic footprint, strengthen its presence in the Northeast and give it a bigger network to attract business travelers and corporate accounts.
The merger, the details of which will be announced Thursday morning, would create a rival with the size and breadth to compete against United Airlines and Delta Air Lines, which have both grown through mergers of their own in recent years and are currently the biggest.

A letter from Kim Jong-un - delivered by Andy Borowitz

YONGYANG (The Borowitz Report)—Kim Jong-un, Supreme Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, has issued the following letter to the citizens of the world:

Dear World People:

For decades, North Korea was threatened by hostile foes with nuclear weapons. With our safety constantly at risk from violent intruders, we asked: How can we possibly defend ourselves? In the immortal words of my Dad, the glorious Kim Jong-il: “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with a nuke.”

I sleep safely at night knowing that a loaded nuclear silo is as close as the launch button on my nightstand. And now I understand what Dad, in his genius, instinctively knew: that the world will not be truly safe until every nation has nuclear weapons.

Perhaps because these weapons are so necessary to our defense, the U.S. government, with its lapdogs at the United Nations, is plotting to take them away from us. But as Dad used to say, “When they come for our nukes….”

That is why today I am founding the Nuclear Retaliation Association to defend the sovereign right of every nation on the planet to engulf that planet in a hellish inferno. If you join today, we will waive the initiation fee and send you this bumper sticker: “Nuclear weapons don’t kill people. People kill people who don’t have nuclear weapons.”

Peace out,

Kim Jong-un

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Asheville is SOOO excited. Obama is there and said he may retire in Asheville. Says he LOVES IT SO.

The day after the SOTU our President is on the job in Asheville.

Air Force One flying over Biltmore

Here are the articles from the Asheville Citizen Times




and here is my post about him and 12 Bones Restaurant from around Christmas time.
Apparently dark bespectacled folks picked up take out from there and the bill was $ 108. Must have been our President eating BBQ yet again


The Disastrous Influence of Pope Benedict XVI by John Cassidy / The New Yorker

The Disastrous Influence of Pope Benedict XVI
by John Cassidy

Spare me any more reverential coverage about Pope Benedict XVI and his decision to give up his office. On a personal level, I wish him well. At the age of eighty-five and increasingly infirm, he surely deserves a rest. But as far as his record goes, he can’t leave office a moment too soon. His lengthy tenure at the Vatican, which included more than twenty years as the Catholic Church’s chief theological enforcer before he became Pope, in 2005, has been little short of disastrous. By setting its face against the modern world in general, and by dragging its feet in response to one of the worst scandals since the Reformation, Benedict’s Vatican has called the Church’s future into question, needlessly alienating countless people around the world who were brought up in its teachings.

Not that it matters much, but you can count me among them. When I was a boy, in Leeds, West Yorkshire, the nuns at Sacred Heart Primary School taught my classmates and me the New Testament from slim paperbacks with embossed navy-blue covers. We each got four of them: “The Good News According to Luke,” The Good News According to Matthew,” “The Good News According to Mark,” and “The Good News According to John.” Of the four gospels, the most thumbed, by far, were those of Luke, which contains many of Jesus’s parables, and Matthew, which features the Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth…”

It was the early seventies, an era of hope and optimism for many Catholics. Following the lengthy Second Vatican Council, called by Pope John XXIII in 1959, the Church had made a determined effort to modernize some of its doctrines and practices. Masses, which for many centuries had been confined to Latin, were now celebrated in other languages. Priests, who traditionally faced the altar during services, had been instructed to face their congregations and invite them to participate. In place of a stultifying focus on ancient dogmas and ceremonies, there was a return to the actual teachings of Jesus, which were being interpreted in increasingly liberal and egalitarian ways, as evidenced by the words of a popular folk hymn we used to sing, a few lines of which I recount from memory:
He sent me to give the Good News to the poor.
Tell prisoners that they are prisoners no more.
Tell blind people that they can see,
And set the downtrodden free.

For the entire piece go here:

YEAH, Yeah, yeah. We were granted the payment for our efforts. TONIGHT could have been Romney.

I'm sitting here listening to one who gets it. OUR PRESIDENT.
I'm sitting here watching one who has suggestions and hopes and understanding - and the power to get them worked for and understood
The more I hear, the more I know he is our Champion.

I know we have reasons to not understand decisions and choices he makes.
But honest to God
I need to simply trust
He is what we have been offered, He is who we worked to elect, He is who represents us. Gracias a Dios.

The sheer thought of the alternative makes me almost go and be sick.
I'll instead reserve that response to those who are about to come and attempt to dissuade his ideas to be what's good for this country.

I possibly am doing a lousy job writing this up.
But really - we on DU fought hard, and got this man back in office, and emotion is the proper and grateful response.

First time here, hope it's right. If you miss eating french fries...

and are tired of celery do this:

cut broccoli into the usual florets. Shake it in a plastic bag with a T or less of olive oil depending on how much of it you are using.
Sprinkle with a little salt after you put it in your small toaster oven at 400 for about 35 - 40 min til it's good and crisped.

I just ate that, and I'm amazed at how good it is. And I don't see how it could have any more calories than celery.
And it's winter, and it's warm. Like real food ought to be in my mind.

This video made me cry - selfishly. It shows the destruction of what I posted about a month ago

Here is the video of the destruction:

what makes me sad is that history is being eradicated.

Here's the post I made after Christmas:


The post wasn't a real show stopper. But the fact that I was able to crawl all over the place and take the photos, and now it's all destroyed makes me sad and I want some company in the mourning.
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