Li: ritual, propriety, etiquette. Hsiao: love within the family (parents for children and children for parents. Yi: righteousness--the noblest way to act in a situation. Xin: honesty and trustworthiness. Jen: benevolence, humaneness towards others. Chung: loyalty to the state and authority. --Confucius (Kong Fuzi)

All articles appear in reverse chronological order [newest first]:
I believe the past is relevant, sometimes more than others of course. In most cases we are seeing history being repeated, so it is most relevant.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Game of Thrones: Women are coming

The Westoros catch phrase should be changed from “Winter is coming” to the “Women are coming”. Talk about female dominance, these women aren’t just surviving their kicking ass, taking names and leaving bodies:

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Cersei Lannister:
Killed half of Kings Crossing, including her son and daughter-in-law and took the Iron Throne.

imageArya Stark:
Killed Walder Frey’s son, baked them into a pie and served them to Walder imagebefore killing him. ‘A girl just wants to go home’.

Sansa Stark:
Saved the day at the ‘Battle of Bastards’, fed her husband to his own dogs, and then said; ‘Sure Jon, you can be King of the North’.image

Lyanna Mormont:
Reminded a room full of old white guys that she was at the the ‘Battle of the Bastards’ while they chose to stay home, told them to get their sh—t together, embarrassing them into apologizing.

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Brienne Tarth:
Is she the only knight left with any integrity? The big question is who makes the ‘booty’ call first; The Hound or Jaeme Lannister?

 

 

Now that this trio is hooked up look out. Everyone keeps overlooking them, but they just keep moving forward… and they got DRAGONS

imageTargaryen Daenerys:
Consumed in flames twice and leader of three armies, but people keep telling her its time to surrender… usually their last words.

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Yara Greyjoy:
Surrounded by inept and unreliable men all she really wants is to pillage and plunder.

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Missandel:
Looking pretty, loves a eunuch, she seems to always be stepping over dead bodies.

 


OK, these two top the list of: “Why weren’t they killed off instead of insert any name here .”   Boring and disruptive, but especially boring.image

imageOlenna Tyrell

 

Ellaria Sand

Veteran preference in federal hiring: The ‘third rail of civil service reform,’ expert says.

 

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see also:

Bills Supporting Veterans Rejected by the GOP/Republicants:
GOP/Republicans “…slashed more than $1.4 billion from President Obama's requested budget for American's Veterans.”
GOP Senator Calls Veteran’s Care ‘Entitlement’ We ‘Can’t Afford’
Ted Cruz Threatens Troops, Veterans, and Their Families
House Dems bolster Obama veto threat

Senate Republicans Betray U.S. Vets By Blocking Veterans Benefits Bill
Tammy Duckworth: GOP exploiting veterans

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Obama Has Tripled Funding For Homeless Veterans Programs

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Look at that moon!

Has anyone noticed how big the moon is tonight, really big. I've never seen it that big, and I know because I've been complaining about the size of the moon my whole life.
Congrats to me!
I should me Donald Trump's running mate... look at that moon.

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What an incoherent idiot!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Make America Great Again: With Fear???

In the 60’s :

When I was a kid living in Germany we were within a hundred miles of the  Fulda Gap, where a few Russian Armored Divisions were constantly poised to attack.

We played baseball in the backyard.

At one point Russian ships were steaming to Cuba to install Nuclear Warheads aimed at America.

We went to the movies.

Our enemies (Russia and China) had thousands of nuclear missiles aimed at us (still do), and armies as large as ours (still do). We had drills (similar to tornado and fire drills) where we crawled under our desk or tables and assumed a kneeling 'fetal' position with our hands behind or heads.

Throughout the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and today we have had thousands of troops, and their families, within 50 miles of the Korean border where one of the worlds largest army is poised to swarm over the border.

Those families go to church and have picnics.

Today, the Republicants and Donald Trump would have you:

Fear immigrant children at our southern borders,

Fear immigrants seeking the American dream

Fear refugee families at the Statue of Liberty,

Close our borders and cower in the closet.

The fear is manufactured, that's my point, and the anger is pompous.
The Fulda Gap, Cuban Missile Crisis, American families along the Korean DMZ, and Nuclear Arsenals, those were things to worry about, not a bunch of extremest wackos with no air force, missile program, or substantial army. A group that numbers less than 20,000 troops and a minuscule number of sympathizers world wide.
Can they do harm, yes, but so far, in America, homegrown right-wing wackos have killed more than any jihadist, more people have died from dog bites since 9/11. Not to mention gangs, domestic violence, and the flu.
So if we're still the 'home of the brave' where do idiots get off 'ramping up' the hate and fear, just like after 9/11 where we sent troops to Iraq (which had nothing to do with 911) to die over there so they wouldn't die over hear. Remember after 9/11 Bush said we needed to stock-up on sheets of plastic and duck tape to be prepared for that 'mushroom cloud'.

GlennDL

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Press 1 for American:

It amazes me that so many of the ‘protect the Constitution crowd’ so often prove themselves to have little understanding of the principles or history of the document and the Declaration of Independence.

"...that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are..."

All men, all mankind. It is very clear.

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This is not a new problem, its not a problem, it may be an inconvenience, but it has been around since the Pilgrims landed (a people who spoke a foreign tongue).
The language someone speaks is not relevant to their character, integrity, or ‘worthiness’.

 

The Constitution establishes some of these principles, and among these are the right of free speech.

At a time when our courts and politicians have decided that 'money' is speech, far to many people who have bought into the 'money is speech' abomination wish to further erode constitutional rights by advocating for limited, even restrictive speech for the common man.

The idea that a prerequisite to maintaining or obtaining citizenship, that entry into or deportation from this country, and the worth of someone are all dependent on what language they speak, is just another form of narrow-mindedness that demonstrate an absence of the basic principles that this country was founded on.

It is common sense that the Constitutional right to free speech would include whatever language you wish. The founders did not seek to establish a national language and for good reason.  

Our most common language, and the language proposed as a national language, is not even 'American' its 'English'. It is by definition a foreign language, not a native language.

Are we going to outlaw the languages of Native-Americans? The use of Latin in Catholic Mass? The deaf the use of sign language? Are we attempting to silence LEGAL immigrants? 

imageIf a business owner can't understand a customer there will obviously be a problem completing service, but does that make the posting of a stupid sign, IN ENGLISH, necessary? Or is it just away of promoting hostility?

Appeals to false nationalism using the cheapest form of false patriotism is just another in a long line of deceptions meant to distract us from the man behind the curtain.

Chest thumping rabble-rousing calls for meaningless posturing in a continued attempt to create easily imagined non-existent threats to our way of life.

immWe have spent too much of our history fabricating or exaggerating threats from inner demons so as to distract us from real threats.
The boogieman has taken many forms: Native-Americans, Blacks, Hispanics, Unionist, hippies, Okies, Mormons, Jews, Catholics, witches, Japanese Americans, Suffragettes, World War I Veterans, Muslims, the Irish, Italians, Socialist, Community Organizers, First Ladies advocating for better nutrition, gays, the poor, the unemployed, single mothers, immigrants, hungry children, and tree hugging conservationist. So far the harm done by all these ‘threats’ combine does to equal the transgressions and oppression inflicted on any one of them.

Too much of our history has been spent attacking these boogie men while our infrastructure has decayed, meaningless and unnecessary wars have been waged, our jobs deported, our schools dismantled by privatization, wages and income decreased by the wealthy and corporate America, globalization.

Wake-up America. Travel to any country in the world and you will probably have little problem finding someone that speaks English, French, Spanish and maybe Chinese. America has one of the lowest rates of bi-lingual speakers. This is not a good thing. If your a parent and your not encouraging your children to speak a second language then you are not preparing them for adulthood. Following 9/11 we had a serious security problem because of a shortage of middle-eastern translators.

But, then again, lets make America Great Again by outlawing free speech. That'll work.

GlennDL

I Love Your Hair: Reposted from 2012

Below is my version of this video dedicated to my daughter and nieces.  pluckingeyebrows GlennDL
 
 

“A little Muppet girl has started a sensation. The unnamed puppet with an afro sings a love song to her hair. ‘I Love My Hair’ debuted on the Oct. 4 episode of Sesame Street. It was posted on the show's YouTube page — and then women began posting the video on their Facebook pages. African-American bloggers wrote that it brought them to tears because of the message it sends to young black girls.
 
Here is the original Sesame Street video and story.
'I Love My Hair': A Father's Tribute To His Daughter
Joey Mazzarino, the head writer of Sesame Street, is also a Muppeteer who wrote the song for his daughter. Mazzarino is Italian. He and his wife adopted their 5-year-old daughter, Segi, from Ethiopia when she was a year old. Mazzarino says he wrote the song after noticing his daughter playing with dolls. "She wanted to have long blond hair and straight hair, and she wanted to be able to bounce it around," he tells NPR's Melissa Block. Mazzarino says he began to get worried, but he thought it was only a problem that white parents of African-American children have. Then he realized the problem was much larger. In writing the song, he wanted to say in song what he says to his daughter: "Your hair is great. You can put it in ponytails. You can put it in cornrows. I wish I had hair like you." That simple message has caused an outpouring of responses from women. Mazzarino got a call from an African woman who told him the song brought her to tears. "I was amazed, 'cause I sort of wrote this little thing for my daughter, and here this adult woman, it touched her," he says.
Mazzarino says he's happy to report that Segi loves the song — and her hair.”