At Christmas my family always takes a ride. We love the lack of traffic and I can just stop anywhere
We had a visitor this year who wanted to see Graffiti.
Asheville NC, though not a huge city, has its wonderful share and then some.
We just happened to know where to go. We kind of overdosed - I hope you like it, anyway.
Its photography that is color and blue skies happy - and at the very end I shot a RESIDENCE out of the car window very near the famous Biltmore House.
These folks have their own police force - and their own city council representation.
I very much hope theyre happy, and above all I hope they help those less fortunate.
From a single Cello swelling to 120 Musicians.
Enjoy. And wishing you all a very Merry Holiday Season.
December 17, 2014, Berlin The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) in Berlin has today lodged criminal complaints against former CIA head George Tenet, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other members of the administration of former US President George W. Bush. The ECCHR is accusing Tenet, Rumsfeld and a series of other persons of the war crime of torture under paragraph 8 section 1(3) of the German Code of Crimes against International Law (Völkerstrafgesetzbuch). The constituent elements of the crime of torture were most recently established in the case by the US Senate in its report on CIA interrogation methods. The architects of the torture system - politicians, officials, secret service agents, lawyers and senior army officials should be brought before the courts, says ECCHR General Secretary Wolfgang Kaleck, who is appearing today in connection with the issue in front of the German Parliamentary Committee on legal affairs. By investigating members of the Bush administration, Germany can help to ensure that those responsible for abduction, abuse and illegal detention do not go unpunished.
Read more, and I for one weep that we are not on top of this ourselves, the way we need to be after all the revelations:
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)In an appearance on NBCs Meet the Press, on Sunday, former Vice-President Dick Cheney told host Chuck Todd that he was sick and tired of Americans being ashamed of our beautiful legacy of torture and that he was organizing the first National Torture-Pride March to take place in Washington in January.
This is a chance for all of us torturers to say, Look at us, this is who we are, Cheney, who will be the Grand Marshall of the parade, said.The former Vice-President said that he was organizing the march to inspire the millions of American kids who want to be torturers when they grow up but are afraid theyll catch hell for it.
Well be there to say, Were torturers and were damn proud of itjoin us, Cheney said.
Thanks to everyone for submitting, and for helping to make this contest a true event filled with color and beauty
I enjoyed helping out Tom Kitten - it was his contest - and he did the heavy lifting with the preliminary rounds.
go here to see the winners
First Place goes to rdking647 with
Second Place goes to Dyedinthewoolliberal with
Third Place goes to Bluedigger with
Myself, Mira, with Paddling in Hot Water
JDB with Serenity
NVWhino with Fall into Winter
Blue_in_AK with Autumn in the Mat-Su Valley"
Earth_First with Delineating the Past
in a tie with
Johnny Noshoes and Golden November"
Justiceischeap with Train Through Harpers Ferry"
Since I am the temporary hostess I have the right to pull back out two of my personal favorites that did not make it into the finals:
For emotional richness and perfection in beauty and presentation my hostess choices are:
"Nature calls" - by Handmade34
"Ulmus americana on a bed of Ginkgo biloba - by Alfredo
A happy and hearty THANK YOU to all of the friends of photography that with their comments and votes make these contests possible and make it a worthwhile fun presentation for us to show our work.
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)The banking giant Citigroup announced on Friday that it would move its headquarters from New York to the U.S. Capitol Building, in Washington, D.C., in early 2015.
Tracy Klugian, a spokesperson for Citi, said that the company had leased thirty thousand square feet of prime real estate on the floor of the House of Representatives and would be interviewing world-class architects to redesign the space to suit its needs.According to sources, Citi successfully outbid other firms, including JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs, for the right to move its headquarters to the House floor.
The Citi spokesperson acknowledged that the extensive makeover of the House is expected to cost in the millions, but added, Its always expensive to open a new branch.
Explaining the rationale behind the move, Klugian told reporters, Instead of constantly flying out from New York to give members of Congress their marching orders, Citigroup executives can be right on the floor with them, handing them legislation and telling them how to vote. This is going to result in tremendous cost savings going forward.
Klugian said that Citis chairman, Michael E. ONeill, will not occupy a corner office on the House floor, preferring instead an open plan that will allow him to mingle freely with members of Congress.
He doesnt want to come off like hes their boss, the spokesperson said. Basically, he wants to send the message, Were all on the same team. Lets roll up our sleeves and get stuff done.
There was a man who, everyday, would buy a newspaper on the way to
work, glance at the headline, and hand it back to the newsboy. Day
after day the man would go through this routine. Finally the newsboy
could not stand it and he asked the man, "Why do you always buy
a paper and only look at the front page before discarding it?"
The man replied, "I am only interested in the obituaries."
"But they are on page 21. You never even unfold the newspaper."
"Young man," he said, "the son of a bitch I'm looking for will be
on the front page."
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