"The ancient rivalries and the heavy burden of history are being lifted among a rising generation of world citizens even as the taupe generation rehashes the same -- may I just say -- absurd arguments over who gets to claim which square inch of the sandbox." - Kathleen Parker
"If you asked me, what's the most disappointing thing Barack Obama has done as President? I'd say, He appointed a "blue-ribbon" commission to study the federal deficit. I mean, how boring and worthy and worthless!" - Joe Klein
"Not only are some of the world's richest CEOs getting richer off the backs of laid off employees, but they're doing it at the same time profits rise and shareholder cigars are lit with martinis in hand celebrating the companies continued reign of predatory capitalism." - John Perkins
"Protesters hurled shoes and eggs at Tony Blair as he arrived at the first public signing session to promote his memoirs in the Irish capital Dublin." The protesters were young anti-war activists, maybe some of them were drunk, maybe some were literary critics, but most signify the rising feelings from participating in useless wars. On the other hand, maybe George could go over there and tell them what a heckuva good job they were doing... at the very least he could collect enough items to make a very good leather omelette...
There are quite a few Gypsy and Traveler groups here in the US, but you normally wouldn't notice them unless you are part of the nomadic lifestyle that moves through the campsites from state parks to national parks. When I lived in Capitola, which is right on the Monterey Bay in California, I met a few American Gypsies when they came through the area. My neighbor had recently moved out of his van and into a house, which became a meeting area and watering hole for his fellow wandering friends, and we spent many an afternoon watching the sun set over the ocean while sharing a few beers.
largest case of human trafficking in US history: "Six recruiters were accused Thursday of luring 400 laborers from Thailand to the United States and forcing them to work, according to a federal indictment that the FBI called the largest human-trafficking case ever charged in U.S. history.
The indictment alleges that the scheme was orchestrated by four employees of labor recruiting company Global Horizons Manpower Inc. and two Thailand-based recruiters. It said the recruiters lured the workers with false promises of lucrative jobs, then confiscated their passports, failed to honor their employment contracts and threatened to deport them." More and more, we are finding Israelis becoming involved in criminal activities like human trafficking and harvesting of organs for surgeries. Coincidentally, a large percentage of them are linked to Russian - Jewish mafiyas...
Surprisingly, I have found very few newspapers in the Middle East favoring Hamas right now, so my predictions that it will fade from existence through lack of relevance may come true. Unfortunately, they will want to go out with a bang, and are still trying to smuggle in whatever munitions they can get their hands on.
It must be a tea party trait, to lie like there's no tomorrow. Our Republican candidate for Governor, who was backed by the tea partyers, won the primary because his opponent got called out for having plagerized a report he was paid $300,000 for. Unfortunately, the person he copied from is now a state supreme court judge, so Dan Maes won by default.
But good old Dan has turned out to be a liar, too, and has been called out by the Denver Post. So I will restart my subscription on Monday... Dan claimed to have been a secret undercover agent during his time as a rookie cop in Kansas, telling his wife and family this exaggeration, and they believed it enough that his wife sent out letters on his behalf telling how brave he was during his time as a secret agent. At least we know he didn't marry her for her brains, or her sense of honor... He also put the tall tale in his online biography on his website, evidently not caring that one simple phone call to Kansas was all it took to separate fact from convenient fiction.
As a result, Tom Tancredo jumped in as a third party candidate, thinking that he would get all of those conservative voters, not realizing that even they think he is too crazy. Tom is to the right of Jan Brewer on immigration... And, as for the rest of the Republican establishment: "State Republicans are increasingly concerned that Maes will lose to Democrat John Hickenlooper in the fall. Many of them are now unendorsing him – a step that’s pretty unusual in politics. (What’s next? Will they unfriend him on Facebook as well?)... GOP US Senate nominee Ken Buck withdrew his support for Maes on Friday. So did Rep. Mike Coffman. Other prominent Colorado Republicans that have come out against Maes include former Sen. Hank Brown and former Rep. Bob Beuprez." Bob wanted Dan to drop out so that the establishment would then choose him to replace him, but Dan will stay in until the bitter end. Beuprez ran last time and was beaten by the current governor, because Beuprez also slipped down into the sleaze, a case that still hasn't cleared up in federal court.
And if you haven't seen the ads by the Democratic candidate, John Hickenlooper, seek them out. Hopefully, they will have been preserved on You Tube, because they are the most clever and wonderfully humorous ads I've ever seen. They make you happy to vote for the guy...