April 24, 2015

Happy 3rd Birthday, Tanner!

3 years ago this morning you were removed, along with lots of other things, from your erstwhile living womb during an emergency C-section. Papa’s face was white when he and Mom were told, during what was supposed to be an induced delivery, that your heartbeat couldn’t be detected, and as Mom was subsequently rushed to the ER.

But as is your wont, you were just being stubborn and testing boundaries — who, after all, was some doctor to decide when you would come into the world on your own accord — and when you entered the outside world as an official post fetus human, you were completely healthy, with every test concluding you had problem whatever with your heart.

— Which, fast-forward 3 years, I could have told anyone. Because having met you and having experienced your generosity and your compassion, I am in no doubt whatsoever of your heart, which is as big as it is open and as strong as it is kind.

Happy Birthday, Belly Bean. And yes, you can start wrestling next fall. If you behave, and if you’re potty trained by then.

The rest is on you, little man.

Posted by Jeff G. @ 10:33am
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April 24, 2015

#Hillary2016 : your religious and cultural beliefs will be changed [Darleen Click]

Hillary returns to her “we must not tolerate UnGood Thoughts” theme, this time on abortion

NEW YORK — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took a feminist tone on Thursday. She told attendees at the sixth annual Women in The World Summit that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed” for the sake of giving women access to “reproductive health care and safe childbirth.”

“Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth, and laws don’t count for much if they’re not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice — not just on paper,” Clinton said.

“Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will,” she explained. “And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed. As I have said and as I believe, the advancement of the full participation of women and girls in every aspect of their societies is the great unfinished business of the 21st century and not just for women but for everyone — and not just in far away countries but right here in the United States.

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April 24, 2015

Friday Fiction: 100 Word Challenge [Darleen Click]

The Inspiration:


A story:

It was a punishing summer, crops and townfolk fading under a relentless sun.

They rolled in with the dust at the edge of town with tents of gaudy gypsy color, crackling torchlight glinting off spangles. Hungry from our months of sun-leeched existence, their bazaar bewitched us.

Fried delicacies entranced the children, the menfolk sampling exotic drink, the women drawn to silks and potions of promise. A night of wild music and abandon.

I huddle in a root cellar listening to the fire and screams that consume the town. I write furiously in the dark, a witness to the approaching doom.


Now, your turn.

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April 23, 2015

Sorry …. [Darleen Click]

Sorry for the light ..

no …

… mostly non-existent posting today. At hospital this morning while my 86 y/o dad had a radio-frequency ablation of a cancer tumor in his liver. Went well, he’s home and mom is (as I write) fixing a light supper of scrambled eggs, salad and tea.

(they celebrate their 64th wedding anniversary next Tuesday)

I’m happy things went real well, but now grumbling about the horrid Lynch vote.

F*ckers at the RNC had better stop calling me because while now I only hang up on them, next time I’m going to scorch the phone line.

Posted by Darleen @ 9:16pm
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April 22, 2015

#EarthDay2015 Let’s CELEBRATE modernity & fossil fuels! [Darleen Click]

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April 21, 2015

U.S. Court Recognizes Chimpanzees As “Legal Persons” [Darleen Click]

Hailed as “historic moment for animal rights” …

Hercules and Leo, who are currently used for biomedical experiments at Stony Brook University on Long Island, were granted habeas corpus by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe.

Habeas corpus is a legal petition that detainees use to seek relief from unlawful imprisonment, and by granting habeas corpus to chimps, Jaffe endorsed the idea that they deserve the rights of a human being.

Advocates argue great apes are highly intelligent and self-aware beings with complex emotional lives that deserve basic rights, including the right to be free of inhumane punishment.

One million unborn human beings killed by abortion last year were unavailable for comment.

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April 20, 2015

Liberal Fascism in Wisconsin [Darleen Click]

“No one should ever endure what my family endured.”

Someone was pounding at her front door. It was early in the morning — very early — and it was the kind of heavy pounding that meant someone was either fleeing from — or bringing — trouble.

“It was so hard. I’d never heard anything like it. I thought someone was dying outside.”

She ran to the door, opened it, and then chaos. “People came pouring in. For a second I thought it was a home invasion. It was terrifying. They were yelling and running, into every room in the house. One of the men was in my face, yelling at me over and over and over.”

It was indeed a home invasion, but the people who were pouring in were Wisconsin law-enforcement officers. Armed, uniformed police swarmed into the house. Plainclothes investigators cornered her and her newly awakened family. Soon, state officials were seizing the family’s personal property, including each person’s computer and smartphone, filled with the most intimate family information.


As if the home invasion, the appropriation of private property, and the verbal abuse weren’t enough, next came ominous warnings.

Don’t call your lawyer.

Don’t tell anyone about this raid. Not even your mother, your father, or your closest friends. […]

Yes, Wisconsin, the cradle of the progressive movement and home of the “Wisconsin idea” — the marriage of state governments and state universities to govern through technocratic reform — was giving birth to a new progressive idea, the use of law enforcement as a political instrument, as a weapon to attempt to undo election results, shame opponents, and ruin lives.

Most Americans have never heard of these raids, or of the lengthy criminal investigations of Wisconsin conservatives. For good reason. Bound by comprehensive secrecy orders, conservatives were left to suffer in silence as leaks ruined their reputations, as neighbors, looking through windows and dismayed at the massive police presence, the lights shining down on targets’ homes, wondered, no doubt, What on earth did that family do? This was the on-the-ground reality of the so-called John Doe investigations, expansive and secret criminal proceedings that directly targeted Wisconsin residents because of their relationship to Scott Walker, their support for Act 10, and their advocacy of conservative reform.

Please read the whole rage-inducing, stomach-churning article.

There is not enough tar-and-feathers available to adequately take care of the Democrats behind this “process as punishment” legal terrorism used against families for the crime of committing Speaking While Conservative.

h/t Jeff

Posted by Darleen @ 1:55pm
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April 20, 2015

“Here, we only pray to Allah.” [Darleen Click]

Keep in mind, these people are not Islamist terrorists …

When a rubber dinghy carrying around 100 African refugees across the Mediterranean began to sink, a Nigerian Christian prayed for his life in an innocent act that would end in the deaths of 12 fellow migrants.

One of the Muslims on board the rickety craft ordered him to stop, saying: ‘Here, we only pray to Allah.’

When he refused, a violent fight ensued and 12 Christians drowned when they were thrown overboard by the Muslim refugees.

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April 18, 2015

Saturday Night Seventies Flashback — [Darleen Click]

Turn down the lights, turn up the volume

You’re welcome …

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April 18, 2015

“‘Islamic Intelligence State’ — a caliphate run by an organization that resembled East Germany’s notorious Stasi domestic intelligence agency.” [Darleen Click]

An important article via geoffb. Some excerpts

[W]when the architect of the Islamic State died, he left something behind that he had intended to keep strictly confidential: the blueprint for this state. It is a folder full of handwritten organizational charts, lists and schedules, which describe how a country can be gradually subjugated. SPIEGEL has gained exclusive access to the 31 pages, some consisting of several pages pasted together. They reveal a multilayered composition and directives for action, some already tested and others newly devised for the anarchical situation in Syria’s rebel-held territories. In a sense, the documents are the source code of the most successful terrorist army in recent history.

Until now, much of the information about IS has come from fighters who had defected and data sets from the IS internal administration seized in Baghdad. But none of this offered an explanation for the group’s meteoric rise to prominence, before air strikes in the late summer of 2014 put a stop to its triumphal march.

For the first time, the Haji Bakr documents now make it possible to reach conclusions on how the IS leadership is organized and what role former officials in the government of ex-dictator Saddam Hussein play in it. Above all, however, they show how the takeover in northern Syria was planned, making the group’s later advances into Iraq possible in the first place. In addition, months of research undertaken by SPIEGEL in Syria, as well as other newly discovered records, exclusive to SPIEGEL, show that Haji Bakr’s instructions were carried out meticulously. […]

It was there that the “Lord of the Shadows,” as some called him, sketched out the structure of the Islamic State, all the way down to the local level, compiled lists relating to the gradual infiltration of villages and determined who would oversee whom. Using a ballpoint pen, he drew the chains of command in the security apparatus on stationery. Though presumably a coincidence, the stationery was from the Syrian Defense Ministry and bore the letterhead of the department in charge of accommodations and furniture.

What Bakr put on paper, page by page, with carefully outlined boxes for individual responsibilities, was nothing less than a blueprint for a takeover. It was not a manifesto of faith, but a technically precise plan for an “Islamic Intelligence State” — a caliphate run by an organization that resembled East Germany’s notorious Stasi domestic intelligence agency.

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