Let’s dissect this, shall we?
To the right stands former Virginia delegate Joe Morrissey, 57, a Democrat running for a Virginia state Senate seat as an Independent after Democratic Party officials rejected his attempt to seek office. Joining Morrissey are his 19-year-old receptionist, Myrna Pride, and their 9-week-old son Chase, a child Morrissey publicly acknowledged as his son for the first time Wednesday.
In honor of those who paid the ultimate price…
On the hills of the cemetery are hundreds of crosses,
We all know the battles…these are the losses.
Among the lush grash and emerald mosses,
There’s a young woman, a flower she tosses…
On to the soil at the foot of a grave,
that belonged to a woman, she was one of the brave.
and on the stone there, this inscription engraved:
“Whatever she had, that was what she gave.”
In that kind of work you don’t get to call in,
whether you stand or you’re on the ground sprawling,
All those proud men and women, who committed, went all in,
that’s why we take time to remember our fallen.
Now the fortunate ones who did not have to die,
came home to a place where the bullets don’t fly,
and there’s no mortar shell blasts ablaze in the sky,
still they stay up at night and can only ask: Why…
Why do I hear the screams again and again
of the hundreds of injured and dying young men?
For these wounded warriors who lost too many friends,
Now they need us the way we needed them.
So while you’ve got the burgers and ‘dogs on the grill,
and you’re enjoying a wonderful holiday thrill,
I hope that the meaning of this day you’ll fulfill,
and take a moment or two to be perfectly still…
…and remember the soldiers of wars passed by,
who made the great sacrifice we cannot deny.
Then, just maybe you’ll understand why
it’s so important Old Glory still flies.
We all know that Chuck C. Johnson is one of those “stranger than fiction” characters. Or is he? Just for fun, come “Through the Looking Glass” with me, and I’ll share 13 quotes that indicate he might be a fictitious character after all:
Explaining his inability to form coherent sentences:
“Somehow it seems to fill my head with ideas — only I don’t exactly know what they are!” (Chapter 1)
The general reaction of sane people to his thought processes:
I never thought of that before!
It’s my opinion that you never think at all. (Chapter 2)
We all know he fancies himself quite the cunning linguist:
Speak in French when you can’t think of the English for a thing—turn out your toes when you walk—and remember who you are! (Chapter 2)
Did somebody say logic?
Contrariwise,” continued Tweedledee, “if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.” (Chapter 4)
That award-winning journalistic approach to news:
“It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards,” the Queen remarked.
“What sort of things do you remember best?” Alice ventured to ask.
“Oh, things that happened the week after next,” the Queen replied in a careless tone. (Chapter 5)
His exercise regimen:
Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said: “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” (Chapter 5)
His views on crime and punishment (particularly for women and minorities):
“There’s the King’s Messenger. He’s in prison now, being punished: and the trial doesn’t begin until next Wednesday: and of course the crime comes last of all.”
“Suppose he never commits the crime?” said Alice.
“That would be all the better, wouldn’t it?” the Queen said. (Chapter 5)
His “it was just a joke that you low-IQ people didn’t understand” explanations:
“When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.” (Chapter 6)
His over-inflated sense of his own intelligence:
‘Let’s hear it,’ said Humpty Dumpty. ‘I can explain all the poems that were ever invented—and a good many that haven’t been invented just yet.’ (Chapter 6)
His thorough misunderstanding and misuse of words and phrases:
‘Then you should say what you mean,’ the March Hare went on.
‘I do,’ Alice hastily replied; ‘at least - at least I mean what I say - that’s the same thing, you know.’
‘Not the same thing a bit!’ said the Hatter. ‘You might just as well say that “I see what I eat” is the same thing as “I eat what I see”!’
‘You might just as well say,’ added the March Hare, ‘that “I like what I get” is the same thing as “I get what I like”!’ (Chapter 7)
His imaginary “scoops” (not to be confused with his imaginary friends):
“I see nobody on the road,” said Alice.
“I only wish I had such eyes,” the King remarked in a fretful tone. “To be able to see Nobody! And at that distance, too! Why, it’s as much as I can do to see real people, by this light!” (Chapter 7)
A typically convoluted version of his sense of self:
Be what you would seem to be - or if you’d like it put more simply - Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise. (Chapter 9)
And finally, the explanation for his current situation:
‘It’s too late to correct it,’ said the Red Queen: ‘when you’ve once said a thing, that fixes it, and you must take the consequences.’ (Chapter 9)
This morning The Indianapolis Star reported on the price the state of Indiana paid in a fruitless effort to keep its ban on same-sex marriage in place.
The state paid more than $1.4 million in fees to plaintiffs’ attorneys in five federal court cases that challenged — and ultimately helped overturn — Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriages, according to the attorney general’s office.
Same-sex marriages became legal in Indiana last year through two federal rulings, essentially sealed when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up an appeal by Indiana and four other states.
That resolved the five lawsuits in favor of the plaintiffs, leaving the state of Indiana to foot the bill for their legal costs.
When you see “the state of Indiana” being left to foot the bill, what you should be reading is THE TAXPAYERS OF INDIANA. Some might try to minimize this sum by working it out to about 25 cents for every man, woman and child in the state. However, with a child poverty rate of 22% in 2013, there can be no debate that Indiana could have put $1.4 million to much better use.
Not only did this state attempt to deny many thousands of citizens their human rights, it flushed taxpayer money down the toilet in an effort to continue doing so long after the legal tide had turned against same-sex marriage bans around the country. It is hard to imagine anything less conservative than interfering in the relationships of citizens AND wasting taxpayer dollars while doing so.
On this Memorial Day, I got to thinking about how many songs about soldiers in general tend to be over-laden with cliche’ and patriotism. (This is purely an aesthetic judgment on my part, nothing more.)
For me, the best songs written about soldiers tend to focus on individuals, honor, and self-sacrifice. This particular tune is a little bit of magical realism and mystery, a tale of “a mighty strange Marine” named Camouflage — from Stan Ridgway, one of our best tellers of stories in song;
A peaceful and pleasant Memorial Day to all.
Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s Open Russia foundation has presented this mini-documentary about the role of Ramzan Kadyrov in modern Chechnya - and in Putin’s Russia. I may have aesthetic and other minor differences with the makers of the film, but I agree with the message.
PAUL MCCARTNEY & DAVE GROHL ‘I SAW HER STANDING THERE’ @ 02 LONDON 2015
Sheldon Adelson, the casino billionaire who has flooded US elections with money in order to protect his interests by banning online gambling, and has long been open about his desire to see an atomic bomb dropped on Iran, will soon be having his day in court.
Unfortunately for him, it will be in the US and not Macau as his defense had hoped.
A judge in Las Vegas has ruled that a lawsuit involving accusations of graft and organized crime ties to casinos owned by the multibillionaire and Republican party funder, Sheldon Adelson, will be heard in the US.
The decision raises the prospect of Adelson facing difficult questions about his business practices following allegations by a former chief executive of his highly profitable casinos in the Chinese enclave of Macau that a well-known triad crime figure was used to bring in high-rolling gamblers and of influence peddling with Chinese officials.
“Triad” refers to Chinese transnational criminal organizations. It seems the allegations relate to a certain Mr. Cheung Chi Tai, considered such a major figure in the Wo Hop To triad that he is barred from entry into the US.
Adelson told the court that “we had no direct relationship with Cheung Chi Tai”. But company documents show Cheung’s name on contracts involving “junket reps” who bring high rolling gamblers to the Macau casinos from China and lend them money to play.
So where do the allegations of graft come in?
Adelson now faces the prospect of a close examination of his relationship with a Macao lawyer and legislator, Leonel Alves. Adelson authorised $700,000 in legal fees to Alves which the company’s inhouse lawyers warned was far in excess of normal rates and could violate US law because Alves could be using his position as a legislator to influence officials in Macau and Beijing.
Steven Jacobs is the former CEO of Adelson’s operations in China suing for wrongful dismissal, claiming his firing was retaliation for his attempts to eliminate links to the triads and scrutinizing the payment to Alves. Adelson contends Jacobs was fired for incompetence and has accused him of “squealing like a pig to the government”.
Having this case heard in Macau would be advantageous to Adelson as that jurisdiction would be likely to limit revelations to protect its highly lucrative casino industry. A more robust hearing in the US could very well threaten his gaming licenses if ties to organized crime can be substantiated.
Adelson will almost certainly appeal, but it will be very interesting to observe how this developing situation impacts his involvement with politics. On one hand, The US and the world would be better off without this man’s pernicious influence on the body politic. On the other hand, the $20 million he spent propping up the farcical presidential campaign of Newt Gingrich likely played a role in damaging Mitt Romney, and ultimately getting President Obama easily reelected in 2012.
Michelle Duggar, who lives in Arkansas with her (very) large family, narrated a robocall that went out to Fayetteville households earlier this week, asking residents to protest an anti-discrimination ordinance going before the Fayetteville City Council on Tuesday.
In the call, Duggar claims that an ordinance pertaining to housing, employment, and public accommodation discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender would allow “males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls.”
According to the Fayetteville Flyer, which first published audio of the call, the ordinance in question is intended to strengthen protections for LGBT and transgender residents of the town, creating a new position on the city staff dedicated to handling discrimination complaints pertaining to housing, employment, and public accommodation.