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Let's play "name the life guard" - Options abound. (Mike Luckovich cartoon)


In honor of our former President Jimmy Carter - who just moved me to choke up

Jimmy Carter is a treasure. Brilliant, courageous, honest, outspoken, knowledgeable, self-assured and for an old man incredibly with-it. He minces no words.

He was on with David Letterman to discuss his new book which calls us to action in areas that are usually not talked about. He was on top of all the percentages about female genital mutilation worldwide, he spoke about female human trafficking and females forced into prostitution in this very country in a new form of slavery.
He told about Atlanta being the Hub of this activity, because it's such a large airport and connected to the Southern hemisphere.
He was very clear in expressing the need for us to step in and create awareness and change. David Letterman in essence was reduced to tread gently with eyes like saucers unable at the end to say little other than "I wish you had been able to be more funny".

In the world of the Fox news robots the word is that Jimmy Carter was our worst president ever.
I am so sad that I cannot alter those closed minds.
And I am horribly sad that he is quite old now and we will lose him. Yet I also chose to be Joyous he is still with us today lucid and brilliant, unabashedly pinpointing where the world is failing women and disrespecting them.

When it comes to Jimmy Carter, this is a country for listening to selected wise old men.

Incongruous / lacking in harmony as I see it: Look at these two endangered children


It's rare that I can tolerate the sight of blood (health care 'toon)

Here's the lineup for Bill Maher tonight at 10 pm / repeat at 11 pm / HBO

The Interview:

Alan Weisman – Author of Countdown: Our Last Best Hope for a Future on Earth

The Panel:

Amy Chua – Co-Author of The Triple Package and Law Professor at Yale Law School

Salman Rushdie – Author and Chairman of the PEN World Voices Literary Festival

Andrew Sullivan – Founding Editor of The Dish

Mid Show Guest:

Seth MacFarlane – Executive Producer of the TV documentary series “Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey” and Author of the novel A Million Ways to Die in the West

Obama’s Plan to Pay People Enough to Eat Stirs Controversy /Borowitz unveils

Washington (The Borowitz Report) — President Obama has sparked outrage in Congress and renewed calls for his impeachment by signing a daring Presidential memorandum that would pay workers enough to eat.
The memorandum, which is based on the President’s view that people should be paid for the hours they actually work, is shaping up as one of the most controversial and incendiary actions of his Presidency.

House Republican leaders held a press conference this morning to warn Obama that, by advancing his agenda of paying people for the work they do, he is “playing with political fire.”
“A Presidential memorandum is a powerful tool and should be used sparingly,” said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). “It is not a vehicle for this President to enact his pet theories about people earning enough to survive.”
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) concurred, telling reporters, “With one stroke of the pen, President Obama is removing the single greatest incentive for work: hunger.”

“Apparently, President Obama needs a lesson in American history,” he said. “Hunger built the railroads. Hunger picked the crops. When the American people learn more about this action of the President’s, they will see it for what it is: a hunger-killer.”


History lesson simplified: If Word War I was a bar fight - here is how it went down

G.O.P. Race Turns Ugly as Paul Head-butts Cruz - Andy Borowitz was watching

G.O.P. Race Turns Ugly as Paul Head-butts Cruz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In a preview of what promises to be a heated race for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2016, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) head-butted his rival Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on the floor of the United States Senate this morning.
The melee “came without warning,” one observer said, as Sen. Paul took to the well of the Senate to give a speech recommending a strong but measured response to the crisis in Ukraine.
Almost immediately, a furious and beet-red Sen. Cruz began heckling Sen. Paul, calling him a “Kentucky-fried Communist” and demanding that he “apologize to Ronald Reagan this very instant.”
Sen. Paul seemed to ignore the heckling at first, but as Sen. Cruz’s taunts descended into a stream of profane name-calling, the Kentuckian leapt from the well of the Senate and began throttling Sen. Cruz before administering the decisive head-butt.
“Shut up, you bastard!” Sen. Paul reportedly shouted during the brawl. “Shut up, or I’ll make you shut up!”
A group of horrified senators—including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.)—pulled the two men apart, aided by a C.I.A. agent who had been monitoring the Senate’s activities at the time.
Within moments, the free-for-all was over, but not before more fists were thrown and a gash was opened over Sen. Cruz’s left eye.
In the aftermath of the skirmish, Sen. Paul seemed pleased with the outcome. “Sen. Cruz and I may not always agree, but we’re both passionate about our views,” he said. “This kind of debate is healthy for the Republican Party.”
Under the rules of the Senate, head-butting another senator results in a mandatory suspension of seven days, experts said.


Snowden drops 4 New Songs at SXSW / Andy Borowitz reports

AUSTIN (The Borowitz Report) — N.S.A. leaker Edward Snowden surprised a standing-room-only crowd at this year’s SXSW by performing an impromptu set of four songs from his new CD, which was released online today.
The audience, which had gathered to hear Mr. Snowden answer questions about the N.S.A. and government surveillance, was instead treated to the first-ever live performance of songs from Mr. Snowden’s album, simply titled “Edward.”

“I made this music for you, my fans,” Mr. Snowden said, adding that he doesn’t “care about the haters.”
Listeners were divided about the quality of the eclectic four-song set, which spanned musical styles from alt-country to dubstep.
Music critic Tracy Klugian said, “Snowden is the most exciting new artist to come out of SXSW in a long time. It reminded me of the first time I heard Conor Oberst.”
She acknowledged that not every song worked. “Obviously, the duet with Kesha was a mistake,” she said. “But I give him credit for trying.”
Music journalist Harland Dorrinson was less impressed. “Snowden said it was new music, but I didn’t hear anything new,” he said. “In addition to N.S.A. documents, it sounds like he’s been downloading a lot of Arcade Fire.”
After performing the four songs, Mr. Snowden disappointed some in the audience by refusing to talk about government surveillance. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud of the whistle-blowing I did,” he said. “But today I just want to talk about my music.”


All the while wearing my slippers - on the street where I live today

I was without power for 10 + hours today. Out of my element for sure. Everything I wanted to do had a need for electricity.
The front of the house entertained me with the fire department helping a neighbor who has some "arcing" going on.
And the back of the house, out my kitchen window, entertained me with our state bird, the cardinal, just loving my offerings.

I am considering a move to Alaska, or back to my native Germany. My Mom has not seen a snow flake yet. And they usually have winter tires or chains....
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