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Some high school friends and I gave a few dollars to a homeless guy, and moments later...

a police car pulled over and two cops jumped out and slammed all of us again the car.

They accused us of buying drugs from the guy.

I started to argue with them, but my friends, who were Black, hissed "Just shut up, you'll make it worse!"

Glad to see this video of this act of empathy and kindness turned out much better.

Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Tue Apr 27, 2021, 01:40 PM (0 replies)

RBG dies and I thought it couldn't get worse. Then today, my older brother passed away...

He had been in somewhat declining health for the last six years since he was assaulted by a drunk guy -hit repeatedly in the head- and had to have emergency brain surgery for the swelling.

After the assault he had to retire and give up his two congregations...he was a minister, like my father.

He never really got back to health after that.

I talked to him yesterday (by phone, he's in North Carolina and no visitors are allowed where he is (was)) but I just didn't have the heart to tell him of RBG's passing. It would've broken his heart even more than it was already.

He mentioned that as bad as he was feeling, he was happy that he had early voted.

I take that as at least a small consolation.

2020 just got even worse.


Edit to add: that talk was virtual ...like almost every human contact these days it seems.
Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Sat Sep 19, 2020, 06:42 PM (87 replies)

This scene that gets me every time. "I know what to say Homer. I love you, and

I'll never leave you..." spoken by his girlfriend in the film- Wilma - after Homer is assuming she'll just leave him now that he's returned from war missing his hands.

It gets me because I think my mother probably said something similar to my father, a WW ll chaplain, missing both arms.

Her father said to her, when he learned of her new love for my father: "You walk along a path in the woods... and why do you have to pick up the broken branch?"

Luckily for me -and my four brothers- she ignored her father's disapproval and married my father anyway. And never left him.

Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Sat Sep 5, 2020, 08:55 PM (1 replies)

Wow. Powerful. I saw the same effect on people when my father shared that his disability did

not define him, did not slow him down, or keep him from striving to achieve the same, and much more, than able bodied.

You could see it in people's faces...here was an important man telling them that they could hope to look beyond their disability.

That the right to seek some type of normal life, with fewer barriers to buildings and to the ladder of success, was a civil right.

Some would smile, some beam, some would softly tear up. But always an impact. A reaction to a human outreach of genuine concern and empathy that is far too rare.

And Joe Biden clearly has that empathy.

Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Sat Aug 22, 2020, 08:08 PM (0 replies)

Top three -or four - for me...so far...

(Edited to swap Michelle (who REALLY has said "No" for Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev)
Kamala Harris,
Florida's Val Demings,
Michelle Lujan Grisham, or...
Senator Catherine Cortez Masto


Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Wed Mar 4, 2020, 10:09 AM (0 replies)

I still have my Impeach Reagan button somewhere. Actors, and TV personalities, make

terrible Presidents. Boy, he sure fooled so many gullible voters with his Aw shucks manners. But ANYONE who had payed attention to what he did as Governor of California knew he'd be awful as President.

We just didn't know how awful:

_Sent National Guard to UC Berkeley campus (People's Park)
_On first day in office, lied that HE, not Carter, secured the release of hostages from Iran
_As new President, took down solar panels on WH and ended alternative energy incentives
_Supply Side economics
_Tax cuts for rich, eliminated middle class tax breaks
_1982 Recession
_Sent weapons to Iraq, Saddam Hussein
_Invaded Grenada as a distraction
_busted unions like the Air Traffic Controllers
_Funded Star Wars nonsense
_Iran Contra scandal - arms for hostages
_Reignighted Cold War with USSR
_Supported the Mujahideen (Osama bin Laden)
_Supported dictators like Noriega, Hussein, Marcos, El Salvadore regime...
_"Trees polute more than automobiles"
_138 Reagon officials indicted, or convicted of crimes
_Tripled National Debt
_Savings and Loans collapse
_Ignored the A.I.D.S. epidemic
_ etc. etc

And much more...that I have probably forgotten.
No, NOT a good President.

Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Tue Dec 17, 2019, 11:44 AM (1 replies)

The best part of working for a record company was exposure to new music...

...and growing up in the 60's having a transitor radio, and then a turntable & speakers and a receiver/amp !!

My favorites, in no real order (you DID say we could list more then five if so inclined):

_Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (My first album bought with my paper route $)

_The Chambers Brothers "The Time Has Come"

_The Last Poets "First"

_Stevie Wonder "Talking Book"

_Dr John "The Night Tripper"

_The Neville Brothers ‎ "Fiyo On The Bayou"

_Bob Dylan "Freewheelin"

_Country Joe & The Fish "Feel Like I'm Fixin to Die"

_The Mothers of Invention "Freak Out"

_Fairport Convention "Unhalfbricking"

_Planxty "Planxty"

And of course The Who "Tommy", Beatles "Sgt Pepper" Jethro Tull "Aqualung" and on and on. It was/is a great time to be alive music -wise!

Oh, and thanks for asking red dog1



Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Tue Jan 29, 2019, 04:29 PM (0 replies)

Many had burned or destroyed their draft cards before this, but here were nice

church folks (the Berrigan Brothers were acquaintances of mine) burning a large pile of nearly 400 draftee files.

Can't believe it been fifty years! Seems like only yesterday, (especially with all the crap that's still going on these days!).
Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Fri May 4, 2018, 05:43 PM (1 replies)

White folks don't believe this shit happens ALL the time, always has. Just didn't get

captured on phone video in the past. The very same thing happened to me and several of my friends in high school. We were walking along chatting and stopped to give a panhandler some change. (I always have done that, always will). Moments later a cop car screeches over and out jump two beefy white cops who proceed to pat us down and pepper us with questions: Where are the drugs you just bought from that guy? Where do you live? Let's see some ID! Why aren't you in school? (It was late afternoon) Shit like that.

They left us, but I remember being a bit shaken up. My friend Blue said "Chill bro, you kinda gotta expect it, so, you know, you can keep your cool, not get f*d up by them."

This was 1968.
Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Thu Apr 26, 2018, 08:22 AM (1 replies)

I was at SIGGRAPH '83 when Steve Jobs introduced "Lisa" (for the bargain prices of $10,000)

With it's intuitive graphic user interface, cute little icons, and mouse control, it was touted as the computer for anyone - well, if you had $10 grand.

Steve Jobs told the rapt audience "I wanted to offer a new thing that had two features: easy enough your mother could use it, and bold enough that all our competitors would say "Oh SHIT!"

If only I had had the money to buy Apple stock back then.

My first was this unassuming bit of tech:

Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Wed Apr 25, 2018, 08:18 AM (1 replies)
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