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My son sent me this ...I thought I would share
Once a group of 500 people were attending a seminar. Suddenly the speaker stopped and decided to do a group activity. He started giving each person a balloon. Each person was then asked to write their name on it using a marker pen. Then all the balloons were collected and put in another room.
The people were then let into that room and asked to find the balloon which had their name written on it within 5 minutes. Everyone was frantically searching for their name, colliding with each other, pushing around others and there was utter chaos.
At the end of 5 minutes no one could find their own balloon.
Then, the speaker asked each person to randomly collect a balloon and give it to the person whose name was written on it. Within minutes everyone had their own balloon.
The speaker then began, "This is happening in our lives. Everyone is frantically looking for happiness all around, not knowing where it is.
Our happiness lies in the happiness of other people. Give them their happiness; you will get your own happiness. And this is the purpose of human life...the pursuit of happiness."
Posted by SoCalDem | Fri Mar 14, 2014, 01:11 PM (23 replies)
"Up with Steve Kornacki" is going on and on about how poor old Joe has such low numbers against Hillary.
In this time we live in, gender (female) trumps sitting-veep.
But even if Hillary was content to not run and to say it in no uncertain terms, I would still not want Joe to run.
I am mostly upset at how everyone is totally negating and lame-ducking the president we just re-elected not that long ago.
I am nearly 65, so I DO know the value of experience, but I also know how important it should be to have a younger person in charge...someone who grew up "digital", and who has a fuller understanding of our newer ways of working/banking/investing/communicating, etc.
No one is "owed" the presidency, and even though it might be "loverly" to see a female president, I would prefer a tech-savvy younger person.
Every time I start to focus on all the upsetting things our government does/does not do, I find myself wishing we had a better system....one where all offices are ONE-TERM... No need to campaign for re-election .. President 6 years & out..senate 6 years and out, house 4 years and out. Without the need to STAY elected at any cost, perhaps legislators would feel free to actually legislate.
Posted by SoCalDem | Sat Mar 1, 2014, 09:21 AM (52 replies)
In America’s new normal, plenty of Americans will tumble into poverty at some point – but few will be stuck there forever. Nearly one in three Americans experienced a stint of poverty between 2009 and 2011, a new Census Bureau report finds, but only a fraction of those people were stuck below the poverty line for the entire three-year period. “There’s a lot of movement in and out of poverty,” said Ann Stevens, director of the Center for Poverty Research at UC Davis.
But it’s also because of a longer-running trend toward lower skilled, low-paying jobs. Permanent, good paying jobs are largely going to the highly skilled and highly educated, while many of the rest are living on a knife-edge of economic ruin, where even living paycheck to paycheck seems like a luxury.
The 22-year-old from Wellsville, N.Y., makes $5 an hour plus tips at her part-time job as a server at a pizza chain. She rarely knows how many hours she’ll be working, or how much money her customers will leave on the table.
That means she also rarely knows whether she’ll make enough to pay the rent or put food on her own table. “It’s not even month to month. It’s week to week or night to night,” she said.
The Census Bureau report found that 31.6 percent of Americans were in poverty for least two months between 2009 and 2011, compared to 27.1 percent of Americans between 2005 and 2007. The recession ran from late 2007 to mid-2009. Those who fell below the poverty line also stayed there longer. The median length a person spent below the poverty line was 6.6 months between 2009 and 2011, as compared to 5.7 months between 2005 and 2007.
Posted by SoCalDem | Fri Feb 14, 2014, 01:10 AM (6 replies)
RNC bans staff from MSNBC barring apology from boss
By Erik Wemple
January 30 at 12:20 pm
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus isn’t at all pleased about what MSNBC put on Twitter last night. As discussed here, the network made note of an ad for Cheerios featuring a biracial family. It wrote up a story on it and promoted it with this tweet:
Citing that tweet, Priebus today declared that he had banned “all RNC staff from appearing on, or booking any RNC surrogates on MSNBC.” He communicated the ban in a letter to MSNBC President Phil Griffin and insisted that it would remain in place until Griffin “personally and publicly apologize for this behavior.” He also wrote a memo to “all Republican elected officials, strategists, surrogates, and pundits” asking them to join in the MSNBC freeze-out.Sean Spicer, the RNC’s communications director, told the Erik Wemple Blog that already a “handful of folks” have gotten in touch to express their solidarity with the ban. As for the insistence that Griffin come out with a public apology, Spicer argues, “He needs to accept responsibility as CEO for the inappropriate behavior of the people who work for him.”
According to Spicer, MSNBC has expressed a willingness to get Griffin on the phone with the RNC. “They’re trying to set something up for the afternoon,” says Spicer. Yet, as the RNC’s missives on the matter make clear, the ban won’t end by virtue of a private phone conversation.
Full Priebus memo here:
FROM: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
TO: All Republican Elected Officials, Strategists, Surrogates, and Pundits
RE: Until MSNBC’s Phil Griffin Apologizes…
Last night, MSNBC sent out a tweet that read as follows.
While we understand MSNBC will go to great lengths to discredit Republicans and conservatives, this kind of attack on the millions of Americans who identify with the political right is offensive and unacceptable.
This morning I left a message with MSNBC President Phil Griffin to express my displeasure. I have sent him a letter demanding that he personally, as president of the network, take responsibility and apologize for the disgusting tweet. Until he takes internal corrective action and personally apologizes — not just to the RNC but to all right-of-center Americans — I’m banning all RNC staff from appearing on, associating with, or booking any RNC surrogates on MSNBC.
MSNBC hosts — including Alec Baldwin, Martin Bashir, Melissa Harris-Perry, Alex Wagner, and Ronan Farrow just to name a few — have had a troubling streak in the last several weeks of making comments that belittle and demean Americans without furthering any thoughtful dialogue. Perhaps it’s time for the executives at MSNBC to consider whether their network is upholding a meaningful journalistic mission. This is more than just a tweet or an offhand comment. This is part of a pattern of behavior that has gotten markedly worse, and until Phil Griffin personally apologizes and takes corrective action, we cannot be part of this network’s toxic programming.
Posted by SoCalDem | Thu Jan 30, 2014, 04:01 PM (15 replies)
Our son posted this on his facebook..don't know where he found it
Posted by SoCalDem | Wed Jan 29, 2014, 09:55 AM (1 replies)
I was hoping someone in KY had a sense of humor, and this story was about "you-know-who"..but it isn't..
It;s about THIS guy....................
he Turtleman might be in some hot, murky water.
Kentucky icon Ernie Brown Jr., aka "Turtleman" and the star of Animal Planet's television reality show Call of the Wildman, is under scrutiny from federal and state officials after a critical report in Mother Jones magazine.
The article, published Tuesday at Motherjones.com, accuses Brown's show of setting up situations for Brown to "rescue" animals, sometimes to the detriment of the animals involved. According to Mother Jones' report, a baby raccoon in Kentucky and bats in Texas died after being used on the show.
"When you're filming, in TV nothing is necessarily perfect, and filming with animals is even more unpredictable," Patricia Kollappallil, senior vice president of communications for Animal Planet, told the Herald-Leader. "You do everything you can to make sure those conditions are as safe for the people and the animals involved. For Animal Planet, the animals are our main priority."
Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2014/01/24/3051140/federal-authorities-looking-into.html#storylink=cpy
Posted by SoCalDem | Sun Jan 26, 2014, 09:02 PM (0 replies)
By Sam Youngman
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Sen. Rand Paul spoke to Commerce Lexington at a luncheon on Thursday.
During a Lexington luncheon Thursday, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul discussed the possibility of cutting government benefits for unwed mothers who have multiple children, though the potential Republican candidate for president in 2016 didn't directly endorse such a policy.
During a question-and-answer period following his remarks at a Commerce Lexington luncheon, Paul responded to a question about workforce development by including a warning about unwed young mothers doomed to poverty. Although he said the job of preventing unplanned or unwanted pregnancies should be left to communities and families, Paul left open the possibility of a role for government.
"Maybe we have to say 'enough's enough, you shouldn't be having kids after a certain amount,'" Paul told the business group at one point.
An aide to Paul declined to comment Thursday night when asked to clarify the senator's statements about unwed mothers.
Paul told the audience that being "married with kids versus unmarried with kids is the difference between living in poverty and not." "We should sell that message," Paul said. "Not in a mean way to tell people who already have made a bad decision, but if you've had one child and you're not married, you shouldn't have another one."
Posted by SoCalDem | Sun Jan 26, 2014, 08:54 PM (3 replies)
I guess that eliminates the issue of revenge
Published: 12:45PM Monday January 27, 2014 Source: ONE News
There have been more deaths in North Korea following the execution of an uncle of leader Kim Jong Un who was accused of betrayal.
Jang Song Thaek was executed by the regime in December.
Now his entire family, including children, are reported to have been killed.
Jang Song Thaek was a close adviser and mentor to the young leader, but was reportedly executed for considering a military coup. The Yonhap News Agency reports multiple sources said all relatives of Jang Song Thaek, including children and North Korea's ambassadors to Cuba and Malaysia, have been put to death at the leader's instruction. The executed relatives include Jang's sister Jang Kye-sun, her husband and Ambassador to Cuba Jon Yong-jin, and Ambassador to Malaysia Jang Yong-chol, who is a nephew of Jang, as well as his two sons, the sources said.
All of them were recalled to Pyongyang in early December and executed, they said. The sons, daughters and even grandchildren of Jang's two brothers were all executed, they said. It was unclear exactly when they were killed, but they are believed to have been put to death after Jang's death on December 12.
"Some relatives were shot to death by pistol in front of other people if they resisted while being dragged out of their apartment homes," another source said.
Posted by SoCalDem | Sun Jan 26, 2014, 08:26 PM (10 replies)
Published: 6:31AM Sunday January 26, 2014 Source: Fairfax
Ripping up the playground rulebook is having incredible effects on children at an Auckland school.
Chaos may reign at Swanson Primary School with children climbing trees, riding skateboards and playing bullrush during playtime, but surprisingly the students don't cause bedlam, the principal says. The school is actually seeing a drop in bullying, serious injuries and vandalism, while concentration levels in class are increasing. Principal Bruce McLachlan rid the school of playtime rules as part of a successful university experiment.
"We want kids to be safe and to look after them, but we end up wrapping them in cotton wool when in fact they should be able to fall over."
Letting children test themselves on a scooter during playtime could make them more aware of the dangers when getting behind the wheel of a car in high school, he said. "When you look at our playground it looks chaotic. From an adult's perspective, it looks like kids might get hurt, but they don't."
However, the school took the experiment a step further by abandoning the rules completely, much to the horror of some teachers at the time, he said. When the university study wrapped up at the end of last year the school and researchers were amazed by the results. Mudslides, skateboarding, bullrush and tree climbing kept the children so occupied the school no longer needed a timeout area or as many teachers on patrol. Instead of a playground, children used their imagination to play in a "loose parts pit" which contained junk such as wood, tyres and an old fire hose.
"The kids were motivated, busy and engaged. In my experience, the time children get into trouble is when they are not busy, motivated and engaged. It's during that time they bully other kids, graffiti or wreck things around the school." Parents were happy too because their children were happy, he said.
Posted by SoCalDem | Sun Jan 26, 2014, 08:10 PM (4 replies)
just broadcast her personal cell phone number.. A reporter on the scene stupidly asked her for it, and she gave it..and MSNBC broadcast it..
WTF is wrong with that idiot who asked for it on air? She was nervous & upset and blurted it out..
Posted by SoCalDem | Sat Jan 25, 2014, 02:30 PM (10 replies)