It is the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dog:
Xīn nián kuài lè – Have a Happy New Year. - Metro/ Amy Willis
It is the Year 4716 on the Chinese calendar.
“Pope Francis and his diplomats have been quietly pouring energy into negotiations with the Chinese government that could help end a decades-long dispute over control of the Catholic Church in the country.
“But as signs of a possible breakthrough have emerged — how bishops get ordained has long been a sticking point — some Catholics are worried. They fear that the Vatican, in its eagerness for a deal, could betray clerics and parishioners who have illicitly practiced their faith for decades and risked arrest and persecution by worshiping in the so-called underground church. They are also alarmed that a deal could end the independence for which the underground church has long stood.
“The dissension escalated on Friday as the retired archbishop of Hong Kong, Cardinal Joseph Zen, intensified his criticism of the talks, saying that a reconciliation could result in 12 million Chinese Catholics being effectively put in a Communist-controlled ‘cage.’ He has accused church bureaucrats of ‘selling out’ Chinese Catholics, and warned, ‘A church enslaved by the government is no real Catholic Church.’” - Jason Horowitz and Elisabetta Povoledo/ New York Times 2-9-18
“At least 17 people were killed when a teen opened fire with a semiautomatic rifle at a high school in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
“Fourteen others were wounded, five of whom suffering life-threatening injuries, hospital officials said.” – NBC News/ 2-15
Parkland and Florida: I’m sorry for your loss, your suffering; to lose children to murder …
Maine hunting laws, predicated on sportsman hunting ethics, prohibit clips with a capacity of greater than 3-rounds in shotgun tube-magazines and 5-rounds in centerfire and semi-automatic rifles. The only exceptions are .22 rimfire or semi-automatic handguns with barrels shorter than 8 inches. Automatic weapons are illegal to hunt with. - various sources over the years including Maine hunting regulations/ and, The Maine Way: General Hunting Provisions.
To regulate the ethical pursuit hunting of animals in limiting magazine capacities has historically been a part of Maine hunting traditions. Magazine limits should be incorporated into civilian laws. For instance: A five-round magazine in an AR-15 would require five magazine changes, a ten-round magazine, two changes, in order to match the capacity of a 30-round banana clip. Manual actions -- pump, bolt, lever -- prohibit or don't provide the mechanics for a semi-automatic action of a rifle, wherein an expended round is gas-ejected to provide space for the next round, propelled into a firing chamber from a spring-driven magazine.
Maine civilian laws do not prohibit magazine limits in open or concealed carry firearms. - various sources over the years.
Please give to the Broward County Chapter of the Red Cross: 600 NE 3rd Avenue/ Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304/ 954-797-300
Happy Valentine's Day.
Saint Valentine of Terni, a third-century Roman, is the saint of love. - Wikipedia (kind of)
"Over the years St Valentine has come incorrectly to be associated with finding love, the Church says. He is the patron saint for those who have already found their soulmate. St Raphael is the patron saint for happy encounters and it is to him those fearing the Valentine's post should properly direct their prayers." - BBC News
St. Eugene de Mazenod is the Patron Saint of Dysfunctional Families: he "(g)rew up with parents who fought constantly amid interference from his grandmother and a neurotic maternal aunt, who never let his father forget that they brought the money to the family."
- Catholic News Herald
"Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Season of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting, penance, abstinence, and reflection, which prepares for Christ's Redemption. On the Day of Ashes, a Christian is marked on the forehead by a paste made of ashes and formed in the shape of a cross." - Catholic Online
February 09th, 2018
Klansman in tie, II: "I’m as popular in Oakland, California, as Ortho Weed Killer in a Caesar Salad.'' (I had some help with this toon)
The Honest Ulsterman, a literary publication in Northern Ireland, will publish my short story, The Horse and the Cowboy. I appreciate the opportunity.
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“You don’t have, ah, to be a Democrat to believe in the human rights of a Democrat; don’t have to be gay to believe in the human rights of gay people; don’t have to be a black woman, uh, to believe in the human rights of black women. But, if I had to pick one, I’d, uh, be a beautiful black woman for about fifteen minutes, take all my clothes off and stand in front of a mirror. Maybe investigate a few things. Then change back into, ah, uh, hmmm…” (posted earlier)
When a negative reaction to President Obama’s election manifested itself in various ways -- from a rush to buy guns in the belief that the Second amendment would be either weakened or destroyed by his presidency -- or in the vigorous and aggressive opposition to his politics or of his prospective politics or even in reaction to his color, the Democrats complained. But like it or not it was democracy.
When a negative reaction to President Trump’s election manifested itself in various ways -- from mass protests to a reactive belief of policies of racism -- to vigorous and aggressive opposition to his politics or of his prospective politics, or in reaction to his lack of color, the Republicans complained. But like it or not it was democracy. (a version of this was posted earlier)
"I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if they knew they were slaves." - Harriet Tubman: an Underground Railroad Freedom Fighter, abolitionist, and Union Spy (sources: Brainy Quote, Wikipedia)
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“24 years ago I, uh, was the only white guy in a six-man cell in L.A. County Jail. There were nine or ten guys in the cell -- three or four of us sleeping on the floor. Last year I was watchin a CNN -- Lisa Ling -- special on L.A. County Jail. About 1 out of 4 guys were white. It was good to see real proof of the evolution of integration in our society.”
(a version of this toon was posted earlier)
This is African-American History Month:
“Negro History Week”, “the precursor to Black History Month”, was “created in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History” designated the second week of February as such. - Wikipedia
"Each year since 1976, the President of the United States has officially designated February Black History Month.” - Independent.
In 2017, President Trump changed "the designation of celebration to African-American History Month." - 7 Eyewitness News Chicago
Please see Carbuncle Moon blogs: 2/20/16 and 12/9/15...
Please give to the NAACP: 4805 Mt. Hope Drive/ Baltimore, Maryland 21215/ 410-580-5777
I’ve been in Maine, other places -- the Sierra, Colorado -- when it’s been 20 below, colder, but as the earth warms those days have become fewer and fewer.
The parasites -- deer and dog ticks -- live all year round in this part of Maine now -- but, maybe as Maine becomes more cordial in its winters, the parasites will pass by, move north looking for cooler weather. The moose, deer, and other living things dying of year-round parasite infestations will celebrate, live with less pain…
I witness the change that global warming is inflicting on my country with a sense of grief -- I love the Old West, the Maine woods…
If you've spent time in Maine, in the Sierra, watched the changes in the life cycle of the ticks, the woods, the weather, life, you'd know that Global Warming brings changes that are real, and destructive.
added 2/9/18: “Global temperatures have continued to rise, making 2016 the hottest year on the historical record and the third consecutive record-breaking year, scientists say. Of the 17 hottest years ever recorded, 16 have now occurred since 2000.” - Jugal K. Patel/ New York Times
“Earth’s 2016 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern recordkeeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
“Globally-averaged temperatures in 2016 were 1.78 degrees Fahrenheit (0.99 degrees Celsius) warmer than the mid-20th century mean. This makes 2016 the third year in a row to set a new record for global average surface temperatures.” - NASA
Environmentalists are the ultimate pragmatists.
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Today is the 73nd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army. 1.1 million people, primarily Jewish, were gassed and incinerated by the Nazis in the prison camp.
Approximately six million Jews were systematically murdered in Nazi concentration camps in efficient, factory precision during World War ll, between 1939 and 1945.
Before the Holocaust, the pre-war Jewish population (and as early as 1933) in Europe was approximately 9.5 million. By 2012, Europe's Jewish population was approximately 1.4 to 1.6 million.
The world's Jewish population was approximately 14.2 million people in 2016. About half of the world's surviving Jews lives in the U.S.
- Sources: BBC/ NerLeElef-Judaism Online/ Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum web site/ Wikipedia/ Jewish Virtual Museum.
…“at least 3.3 million Soviet POWs died in Nazi custody,” as part of the overall 5.7 million POW deaths in WW-2; in the Pacific, the European, and other theaters. “This figure represents a total of 57% of all Soviet POWs.” - Wikipedia
Please give to the Jewish World Service/ 45 West 36th Street, 11th Floor/ New York, New York 10018/ 212-792-2900
In room 420 at St. Mary’s Hospital: Lucky Louie’s lips were pursed, his bloodshot brown eyes protruded slightly from sunken sockets; a lightning bolt of a vein throbbed in his forehead from monumental mental stress. He stared intently at his coffee cup on the bed stand.
Fortunato walked in. “Uncle Louie -- what, what’s the matter?”
“You can speak up the guy in the other bed died yesterday.”
“Mrs. Catalina? She had gout.”
“Really? Huh? Thought it was a guy. The voice -- I was trying to make that coffee cup float through the air and land on my belly so I didn’t have to move my ass over to the table.” He raised an arm with intravenous tubes attached.
Fortunato chuckled. “It’s only two feet away.” He opened the curtain between bed spaces with a quick ripping noise, making Lucky Louie’s immediate world larger, and moved from the back of the bed, or from Uncle Louie’s aft, forward. The nephew picked up the cup, and gently, ever so gently, handed it to his uncle. “Your, uh, teleportation didn’t
“Did work.” Lucky Louie sipped his coffee and grinned.
The old man’s nephew sighed; then chuckled. “I guess it did. Got any coffee left?”
- from Lucky Louie, a short story by Kevin O'Kendley...
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Another paranoid American wacko not under surveillance.
“USA Representative Dennis Kucinich introduced bill H.R. 2977” in the U.S. Congress in 2001:
This bill was designed to control and/or prohibit satellite- and/or land-based electronic weapons:
“In this bill, the terms ‘weapon’ and ‘weapons system’ included a device capable of the following: ‘directing a source of energy, including molecular or atomic energy, subatomic particle beams, electromagnetic radiation, plasma, or extremely low frequency (ELF) or ultralow frequency (ULF) energy radiation, against that object,’ ‘through the use of land-based, sea-based, or space-based systems using radiation, electromagnetic, psychotronic, sonic, laser, or other energies directed at individual persons or targeted populations for the purpose of information war, mood management, or mind control of such persons or populations.’”
“The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) formally listed a special category of psychotronic (psycho = ‘mind’ & tronic= ‘electronic’) mind control and other electromagnetic resonance weapons in their 2002 Media Guide to Disarmament.”
- Mind Control with Electromagnetic Frequency/ Soleilvavis Liu (6-7-16)
H.R. 2977 did not become law:
On 04/19/2002 2977 received an “Unfavorable Executive Comment Received from DOD (Department of Defense).” - Congress.gov
Given the documented abuse of power by some state-run fusion centers in this country since 9/11, a possible scenario of socio-cultural or political control or attacks of activists -- pro-life or pro-choice; African-American or white identity; anti-gay or gay -- could work like this:
Law abiding activists are targeted by law enforcement, socio-political, or corporate groups by a variety of electronic mind and behavioral altering methods that then create seemingly unstable, aggressive criminals who are arrested for whatever crimes, or acts of insane behavior that threaten public safety, or targets that are compelled to commit suicide. Now we have a full-proof method to eliminate First Amendment-action threats to anyone that has the technology, the money, the networks to attack and destroy designated enemies.
Please see Electronic Frigging Banshees in the short story section of this website...
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