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“Excuse me. Why are you here?”

Allow David Letterman to Explain Why Retiring Affects ‘Your Self-Esteem’

…(A) few weeks ago, I got very excited because the Obamas invited myself and my wife to a state dinner, and I said, “Oh my god, Regina, we’ve been invited to a state dinner!” And she says, “Oh, I love steak.” I said, “No.”… So we go to the steak, state dinner, and it’s for the heads of the Nordic states, and President Obama was giving remarks before he introduced the heads of state. And he was talking about how cooperative their union was, the Nordic states. Yes, they have differences, but by and large, they all felt and had the same beliefs, and they were good for mankind, and believed in the right thing, and they were strong allies for the United States. He said, “Don’t misunderstand me, they do argue. They do have … as a matter of fact, there is still an ongoing fight in the Nordic States about which country is happiest.” And then the prime minister of Iceland got up, and he said, “We are working on a defensive weapons system right now.” And this gets everybody’s attention! Like, Iceland, really? Working on a defensive weapons system? And he said, “Yes, volcanoes. We just haven’t figured out how to aim them yet.” So I’m seated at dinner next to a man who is the assistant chief of staff to the prime minister of Norway. And I’m feeling like a big shot. And we’re chatting, and we’re chatting, and we’re chatting. And when it comes about dessert time, and the guy says to me, “Excuse me. Why are you here?” And I said, You know what? I think I picked up somebody else’s mail. And he said, “So you’re here by mistake?” And I said, Yeah. And he said, “Oh.” So there you go — you get invited to the state dinner, nobody knows why. That’s the sum total of being retired…


MORE:
http://www.vulture.com/2016/05/letterman-retiring-affects-your-self-esteem.html#

Clarence Thomas dissent in decision on striking black jurors:

Justice Clarence Thomas, the court's lone African American member, cast the lone dissent. "Foster's new evidence does not justify this court's reassessment of who was telling the truth nearly three decades removed from voir dire," he said.

Thomas warned that the court's ruling "invites state prisoners to go searching for new 'evidence' by demanding the files of the prosecutors who long ago convicted them."

This is "spilled ink," too skeptical of prosecutors



https://twitter.com/AriMelber/status/734776816368508930
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/05/23/supreme-court-race-black-jury-discrimination-death-penalty/78642468/

"Except Maybe"

Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer.


https://twitter.com/Bourdain/status/734772293830737920?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

TRUMP warns of dire effects of global warming on his application to build a sea wall at golf course


The billionaire, who called global warming a hoax, warns of its dire effects in his company's application to build a sea wall.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/05/donald-trump-climate-change-golf-course-223436#ixzz49UJXbkdn
Follow us: @politico on Twitter | Politico on FacebookDonald Trump says he is “not a big believer in global warming.” He has called it “a total hoax,” “bullshit” and “pseudoscience.”

But he is also trying to build a sea wall designed to protect one of his golf courses from “global warming and its effects.”

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/05/donald-trump-climate-change-golf-course-223436

A refugee who fled the Balkan wars, for a new life in the US, reflects on Campaign 2016


https://twitter.com/JamesFallows/status/734448689842950145?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

"You are what's wrong with America today."

"Who needs new ideas when your old ones got me this far?!"

My boyfriend insisted a gun would keep us “safer” up until the day he shot me in the face

I turned to shield my face and felt one bullet pierce my right arm. The second one tore through my jaw.



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.............. He was charming and handsome. I was also attracted to his intelligence—we talked in a deep, philosophical way that first night. He lived in Utah and was just visiting, so I spent the next few days taking him to a local oyster festival and my favorite beaches. He told me a bit about his life: half-Samoan, he was born in Pago Pago, the capital of American Samoa, but was raised a Mormon in California and Hawaii before going to Brigham Young University. He had worked in IT, but when we met, he was looking for new opportunities. We stayed in touch, and “officially” started dating in July when he invited me to Utah. It was on that trip, barreling down the highway in his diesel pickup, when he told me he had a concealed carry license. His gun, he said, was in the console.

I got goosebumps. My uncle killed himself with a gun when I was 9, so I’ve always been scared of them. I told him that story, but he reassured me that he had been extensively trained, and that his gun was for our protection. “This will keep us safer,” he promised.

I didn’t think about the gun during those early months—not until we went to Las Vegas for a tattoo convention slated to happen in early October. He got a penthouse room and made dinner plans, but then we saw on the news that a tsunami had hit Pago Pago. He got upset. We went out for dinner, but I left in tears before the food was even served because he’d started arguing with me. He said that he liked to debate and I shouldn’t engage in political discourse with him if I couldn’t “handle it.”

Back in our hotel room, he continued to rant. He seemed unhinged—and I was hungry. When I asked if he wanted to get something to eat, he flipped out. “How could you be so selfish?” he screamed. Then he grabbed his gun—he always carried it on him—and started pacing the room again, berating me. He never pointed it at me, but I was scared. I finally left the room to get dinner on my own and calm down. I kept reassuring myself: He would never hurt me.



the rest of this horrible story here:
http://qz.com/688447/my-boyfriend-insisted-a-gun-would-keep-us-safer-up-until-the-day-he-shot-me-in-the-face/

Just Like His Mentor - He too, is good with words.....


https://twitter.com/cafedotcom/status/734477720030220288
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