Environmentalists are the ultimate pragmatists.
"July was the hottest month measured on Earth since records began in 1880, the latest in a long line of peaks that scientists say backs up predictions of man-made climate change.
"The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that July was 1.71 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the 20th Century average of 60.4 F for the month." - Frank Jordans, Associated Press/ Sacramento Bee/ 8-16-19
posted on 4/22/2015:
4/19/15 was the twentieth anniversary of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Courthouse bombing: 168 people were murdered, 19 of which were children under 6.* It was the second worst terrorist attack in American history. - *Wikipedia
posted 8/7/19: Timothy McVeigh was an Army veteran. 680 people were injured in the Oklahoma City terrorist attack on 1995. McVeigh was executed by lethal injection on 6/1/01. - Wikipedia
Klansman in tie.
posted on: 6/27/2015:
In the early 80s, white supremacists murdered migrants in Northern California, shooting them as they passed by on Southern Pacific freight trains, and in other ways. The social scientists had a point system. Dead black folks earned the most points -- Mexicans, Mojaves, Modocs and such were in the middle -- white folks garnered the least. He wasn’t sure how to take the points system, being white and all. Huh? The scoring system was a sick thing to think about but it did have a sad irony to it… -- semi-excerpt from “Danny Boy,” a novel by Kevin O’Kendley, waiting to be published...
In the interaction between someone working as a cashier and a customer the dynamic is one of business, one of mutual respect, with no person the superior, a meeting of equals:
In businesses where wages might be low -- fast food joints -- management should allow a tip jar. Those customers that want to show an appreciation, a respect for the folks working, can tip. Anyone that doesn’t see it that way or doesn’t wish to tip does not have to.
Please give to the Diabetes, Endocrine, and Nutrition Center: 417 State Street, #235/ Bangor, Maine, 04401/ 207-973-7334
posted on: 6/21/2016:
Some of the following data was posted on Carbuncle Moon October 2, 2015...
Numbers of deaths in Conflict Zones and U.S. Wars, and Gun Deaths in the U.S. are following:
Total Deaths of Human Beings in Northern Ireland Conflict 1969-present:
Catholic: 1690 Protestant: 894 British Security Forces: 1039 ("Lost Lives" McKittrick, Kelters, Feeney, Thorton)/ all fatalities: 3,568 (London Guardian)
Total Deaths of Human Beings in Israeli-Arab Conflict 1920-present: Israeli: 24,969 Arab: 91,105 (Jewish Virtual Library)
(1948 to present) Arab: 91,105 Israeli: 24,293/South Lebanese Militia: 1,050 (Wikipedia)
Total deaths of Human Beings in Syrian Civil War 3/2011 until 8/2015:
Children: 11,493 (Christian Post) Civilians: 85,404 (The Atlantic) Approximate total deaths: 330,000 (8/5/15 Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)/ 149,016 to 350,760 (8/17/15 Wikipedia/United Nations)
Total Deaths of Human Beings from all U.S. Wars:
All fatalities: 1,171,177 (Congressional Research Center/research done by Mark Shields)
Total Deaths of Human Beings resulting from Firearms in the United States from 1968:
All fatalities: 1,384,171 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/research done by Mark Shields)
added: 7/3/16 (latest available info)
murder and non-negligent manslaughter in U.S. 2012: 14,827 FBI Uniform Crime Report/World Almanac 2015
Murders U.K. 2012: 550 Citizens Report
Homicide Offences Ireland 2012: 79 An Phriomh-Oifig Staidrimn/Central Statistics Office
China 2010: 13,410 nso/undata
Vietnam 2008: 1,346 who/undata
Zimbabwe 2008: 1,775 who/undata
Canada 2010: 554 nso/undata
Ethiopia 2008: 20,239 who/undata
Albania 2010: 127 CTS/Transmoree/undata
Japan 2009: 506 CTS/undata
Russian Federation 2010: 14,574 CTS/undata
Botswana 2009: 287 CTS/undata
Columbia 2010: 15,459 NSO/undata
Mexico 2010: 25,757 NSO/undata
Israel 2011: 159 CTS/NSO/undata
Pakistan 2011: 13,860 NSO/undata
Costa Rica 2010 : 527 CTS/Ministry of Justice/undata
Congo 2008: 1,180 who/undata
Turkey 2008: 2,320 CTS/undata
Bangladesh 2010: 3,988 National Police/undata
Added 7/14: Four of the countries on the world's top ten homicide list (World Post) are in Central America. Mexico is in North America and not in the top ten. Please see blogs Carbuncle Moon 7/15/14 and 8/27/15.
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"There is nowhere on earth, no mountain, no jungle, no tenement, no desert, no church, no temple, no mosque, no refugee camp, no tribe, no race, where a human being, no matter how obscure the language or culture or lifestyle cannot look at America and see themselves. Despots and tyrants and mass murderers cannot look here without seeing the women and men of their tribe, of their region, of their religion, of their language, of their nation living as free human beings, as Americans." from America by Kevin O'Kendley
Posted on 11/9/2018:
Whether President Obama was born in Hawaii or Kenya was an ethical question but never a legal one. Though President Obama's father was born in Kenya his mother was born in the U.S., so he was eligible to run for the presidency (though President Obama did have a Hawaiian birth certificate). Senator Cruz was born in Canada, his father in Cuba, but his mother was born in the U.S., and so Senator Cruz was eligible to run for the presidency.
(As part of 11/9 post, posted originally on 1/6/2016):
21st Century consensus: those children born to U.S. citizen-parents in foreign countries qualify as natural born Citizens. So a child born in a foreign country to American parents or parent can become president of the United States of America.
Presidential eligibility is considered a "non-justiciable political question" that might possibly be a Congressional question and not a question for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Within Article II of the U.S. Constitution (abridged):
"No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States" can become president. Other requirements included in Article II: The president has to be of the "Age of thirty-five Years and had been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States."
- The World Almanac 2015 & Wikipedia
Happy Father's Day:
Father Time is the mother of all action figures:
Becoming a house husband can be a close second but not if you don't let it --
New to the job? Let it be known that if invited to a Tupperware Party you'll be wearing a hardhat and kilts. Real Scotsmen don't wear underwear under their kilts. If a real tough mother does invite you over she won't let you sit down anywhere or at least not on a white or light colored couch. I've been waiting fourteen years for a Tupperware Party invitation. Guess what? You're right. I never got one. So, once you got that out of the way you can call yourself anything you want because this is America. One of the things I call myself is: writer.
Here's some other job descriptions you can use:
If you're changing diapers: Waste Disposal Engineer. Ever write a check? Property Manager. Brush the dog: Dog Groomer. Make toast: Electronics Engineer. Change the oil in your twenty-year-old car: Auto Mechanic. A week late on your taxes: Tax Resister. See where I'm going with this.
You are not a househusband you're Captain of the Bridge, the fate of all civilization is in your hands. Really. You are helping to raise a child or children that may never start a war, that might cure cancer, or become president, or someone that will be happy and live a full life.
So, when you're in your Soccer Dad Car and you see a beautiful woman speed by on a Harley you can forget about your plethora of job titles now and again (you're only human), but never forget that a father by any other name is still a father by any other name.
Happy Father's Day: Pat, Dick, Jack, Billy, Jim, Steven, Jackie, Bret, Larry, Mathew, Bob, Merrill, Eric, Dean, and in memory of: Bill, Lloyd, Gary, Orlin, Dick G., Ralph, and Bernard.
Hey, is this the same guy that the security crew at El Al refused to check for an underwear bomb?
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