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Some of my favorites:

“I can’t wait to see who the Koch brothers pick.  It’s exciting. Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, who will finally get that red rose?”

“Ted Cruz said that denying the existence of climate change made him like Galileo. Now that’s not really an apt comparison. Galileo believed the Earth revolves around the sun. Ted Cruz believes the Earth revolves around Ted Cruz… when a guy who has his face on a ‘HOPE’ poster calls you self-centered, you’ve got a problem.”

He mentioned narcissicism with Cruz, too. And from Luther:

And from Luther:


More from Luther:


Transcribed from:



Yet much of the work we do is not valued — not by economists, not by historians, not by popular culture, not by government leaders.

What a better world it would be, if those things were valued. And we must remember that as women are treated, SO IS THE EARTH.

President Obama at the 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner

The Daily Conversation

Published on Apr 25, 2015

President Obama's full comedy routine at the 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner.

Obama Makes It Through Another Day Of Resisting Urge To Launch All U.S. Nuclear Weapons At Once

President Often Feels Button Put There 'Just To Taunt' Him. The president says the button is "constantly" in the corner of his eye.

ISSUE 47•19 • May 11, 2011

WASHINGTON - Despite being constantly tempted by the seductive power of having an apocalyptic arsenal at his fingertips, President Barack Obama somehow made it through another day Tuesday without unlocking the box on his desk that houses "the button" and launching all 5,113 U.S. nuclear warheads...

"Did you know that if you sort of put enough weight on the button with your fingertip, you can feel a little slack there before it actually clicks?" Obama added. "Thank you, and God bless America..."

"But it's hard not to dare myself to do it. It's like I'm standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon, taking it all in, and I'm one millisecond away from saying to myself, 'Fuck it, Barack. Just jump...'"

During a deficit-reduction meeting last Monday with House Speaker John Boehner, the president's index finger was reportedly resting on the button the entire time without his even realizing it...

Historians have noted that a strong desire to press the button is not uncommon among U.S. presidents. After just one year in office, Jimmy Carter wrote in his diary, "You don't leave a man alone in a room with a button like that," and two years later the pages were simply covered with the word "button" over and over again. In 1974, Richard Nixon rapidly pressed the button 12 times just prior to his resignation, but Pentagon officials had already disconnected its triggering mechanism...

Read the stunning details and conclusion at:


mimi85, just for you:

I suspect some of their candidates are familiar with the mythologies of straw dogs and Jesus:

Like Judas the zealot who wanted a political revolution and betrayed JC because he didn't go along? Or the fate of a straw dog?

In one translation Chapter 5 of the Tao Te Ching begins with the lines "Heaven and Earth are heartless / treating creatures like straw dogs".

Su Zhe's commentary on this verse explains:

"Heaven and Earth are not partial. They do not kill living things out of cruelty or give them birth out of kindness. We do the same when we make straw dogs to use in sacrifices. We dress them up and put them on the altar, but not because we love them. And when the ceremony is over, we throw them into the street, but not because we hate them."


When there is love shown for Obama, it's more for the example he sets, the compassion in word and deed, that inspires people. At least that's what it is for me.

But the candidates have seen what has been done to Obama, and some of them run from his fate. Why would the newest sacrifical lamb expect any better if they did get elected?

Voters informed by paid voices, not facts,history or civics, is who they will face. And don't forget the hate and outrage from the Ignoratti and the extremists.

We're losing a lot of decent folks who won't run for office. Why put oneself in front of an assassin's bullet for such voters?

It was my father's dream, too:

Judy Collins Sings "My Father"

Edmund StAustell - Feb 15, 2013

Some songs are just so good and so moving that they never grow old. This beautiful love song to her Father and to the dream of living in France is one such song. For those whose native language is not English, here are the lyrics:

My father always promised us
That we would live in France
We'd go boating on the Seine
And I would learn to dance

We lived in Ohio then
He worked in the mines
On his dreams like boats
We knew we would sail in time

All my sisters soon were gone
To Denver and Cheyenne
Marrying their grownup dreams
The lilacs and the man

I stayed behind the youngest still
Only danced alone
The colors of my father's dreams
Faded without a sound

And I live in Paris now
My children dance and dream
Hearing the words of a miner's life
In words they've never seen

I sail my memories of home
Like boats across the Seine
And watch the Paris sun
set in my father's eyes again

My father always promised us
That we would live in France
We'd go boating on the Seine
And I would learn to dance

I sail my memories of home
Like boats across the Seine
And watch the Paris sun
set in my father's eyes again.

Neither of us ever made it there. He died when I was 13 and he was 51. The second image of her in the video is like a twin of me. This song makes me cry listening to it after all these years.

There was no mother to take over, and I realized I had to grow up fast and take care of myself. I hope I did an adequate job. I think a lot of him on the holidays, and the older I get, the more I miss him.

Strange, after half a century, isn't it. He had many paintings of such scenes he loved to look at, hoping for the future, but he was not a miner, though. Thanks for the French and the translation.

I'll leave for a while on this one. Perfect. Thank you.

Look at the love there. How refreshing.

The Republicans had held up that act for many years. Can't have those women getting any ideas, you know!

That would be interesting:

Franken tells TV network: 'I'm ready for Hillary' to be president

ABBY SIMONS and PAUL WALSH - December 16, 2014

U.S. Sen. Al Franken said he will back former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in her likely presidential run, and will not consider any other candidate.

“I think Hillary would make a great president. I haven’t announced that I’m supporting her. Does this count?” Franken said during an interview on the MSNBC cable network with Ari Melber that aired Tuesday afternoon. He added that he feels no need to scope out other presidential contenders.

“I’m ready for Hillary,” Franken said. “I think we’ve not had someone this experienced, and this tough. She’s very, very impressive.” Asked whether his stance was a formal endorsement, Franken said, “If this is what you call an endorsement, I guess yes. So yes.”

Franken added that he’s also been asked about U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., as a presidential candidate in 2016.

“She is great,” he said, “but she’s not running.”

Sorry about that.

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