Holy Hell, Wednesday Afternoon

Today is Wednesday, and it is a day of most importance to all “Gawd Furrin'” good xtians in Banjoville….it is a day that you will find most businesses closed. Yup…can’t even get you a new confederate flag or a can of lighter fluid down at the Local Red KKK Convenient Store because Wednesday is a day of rest and reflection and prayer for bigoted racist in this quiet red-neck backwoods mountain town.

I wonder if the talk at church this evening will be about the historic moment from yesterday’s DNC in Philadelphia. Hillary Clinton: The First Lady to Become the Nominee – The Atlantic

In a historic moment, the Democratic Party formally nominated Hillary Clinton for president Tuesday, making her the first female nominee for the nation’s highest office in 240 years.

 

I am so grateful for Boston Boomer, for putting up a thread this morning…as you all may know, we are in the process of moving to a new house…and today we are moving the big items. So again this is an open thread. Here are a few links to get you started:

Here is the transcript of the speech last night by Bill Clinton. I didn’t even get a chance to see it. We cannot even get satellite service here…the new house is that far into the mountains that the trees block all line of sight to the satellites above! From what I understand, it was a knockout:

Transcript: Bill Clinton’s DNC speech – CNNPolitics.com

And next, a few links on Trump:

Trump Says Russia Will Be ‘Rewarded’ For Hack, But Pence Promises ‘Serious Consequences’ | Mediaite

In a bit of mixed messaging,Donald Trump promised mighty rewards to Russia in exchange for interfering in the election, while his VP pick promised “serious consequences.”

At a press conference Wednesday morning Trump encouraged Russia to release State Department emails in order to injure Hillary Clinton‘s campaign. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press,” he said.

Shortly afterward, his Vice Presidential nominee, Indian Gov. Mike Pence issued a statement saying that, rather than rewards, there would be “serious consequences” to Russia if it was behind the hack of the DNC emails released to the public last Friday. (Expertsbelieve that Russia is responsible.)

Pence’s statement reads in full:

The FBI will get to the bottom of who is behind the hacking. If it is Russia and they are interfering in our elections, I can assure you both parties and the United States government will ensure there are serious consequences. That said, the Democrats singularly focusing on who might be behind it and not addressing the basic fact that they’ve been exposed as a party who not only rigs the government, but rigs elections while literally accepting cash for federal appointments is outrageous. The American people now have absolute and further proof of the corruption that exists around Hillary Clinton. It should disqualify her from office, if the media did their job. [emphasis added]

Not backing down, Trump tweeted, “If Russia or any other country or person has Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 illegally deleted emails, perhaps they should share them with the FBI!”

Shakesville: What Donald Trump Just Did Is Tantamount to Treason

At a press conference earlier today, Donald Trump said: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the thirty thousand emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. Let’s see if that happens.”

Holy fuck!

To put that in perspective…take a look at this headline:

Donald Trump To Begin Getting Intelligence Briefings : NPR

Now, let all that sink in a bit, and tell me if you don’t feel ill right about now.

More links to ponder:

From Wonkette: Donald Trump Wishes Democrats Would Maybe Use Some Patriotic Imagery, The Commies

Cheering crowds greet Pope as he arrives in Krakow – BBC News

Pope Francis calls for solidarity with refugees during speech in Kraków | World news | The Guardian

Column: What we need to do to prevent food shortages on a global scale | PBS NewsHour

Hey, It Was Hard Not to Cry at This Historic DNC — Vulture

The glass ceiling: a metaphor that needs to be smashed | US news | The Guardian

I hope everyone has a smashing afternoon!


Sunday Reads: The Trumptastic Insight into a Pence-sive ViP Pick

In cartoon narrative of course.

The Trumptonian Effect will get you!!!!

The Trumptonian Effect will get you!!!!

 

Hello all, usually in my cartoon tales of sorrow or Women in Red, I use very old cartoons that have made it past their copyright date expiration and are now free for public use. But today, the cartoons are by an artist who is renown world wide…Jean Giraud also known as Moebius. 220px-Moebius_Lodz_2008 I have some links to a few articles…mostly taken from obituaries after his death in 2012, and his official website below:

Site officiel de Jean Giraud Moebius Official website

Jean “Moebius” Giraud, 1938-2012 | The Comics Journal

NOTE: Giraud’s astonishingly varied and lengthy career resists a simple, succinct obituary. I hope that I have managed to tame it into a coherent narrative, and have not let too many foolish mistakes slip in due to time pressure. (I feel Dan Nadel’s breath on my neck even as I finish this introduction.)

I met Jean only once, to conduct the interview that appeared (gah!) 25 years ago in The Comics Journal, and he was as sweet, modest, and affable as every other person who ever met him has reported. I have said for years now — in fact, probably since 2000, when Charles Schulz left us, and there were four — that the three greatest living cartoonists are Robert Crumb, Jacques Tardi, and Jean Giraud. In the last 48 hours, that number has shrunk to two.

Salut, Jean!

—Kim Thompson

Jean Giraud, the French cartoonist best known under his pen name “Moebius,” died Saturday in a Paris hospital after a lengthy battle with cancer, at the age of 73.

Like his namesake single-surfaced geometric figure, Giraud enjoyed two distinct careers that could be considered opposite sides of a coin, or a continuation of one another: As “Gir,” he co-created, illustrated, and eventually wrote the Western series Lt. Blueberry for over four decades, while as “Moebius,” he drew and often wrote some of the most revolutionary and dazzling science fiction comics ever created — as well as providing costume and set designs for such visually groundbreaking movies as Alien, TRON, and The Fifth Element.

Either career would have placed him at the forefront of his chosen trade; braided together into one astonishing life, the two made him indisputably one of the greatest cartoonists of the second half of the 20th century.

Giraud was considered a national treasure in his native country, and his death has been one of the major news stories there over the weekend, as virtually every practicing cartoonist joined together in mourning the passage of a true legend.

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How Moebius revolutionised comic art | Creative Bloq

This archive interview looks at the artist that inspired Star Wars, reinvented French comics, and pioneered surreal illustration.

Legendary French artist Moebius, the man who made The Abyss, Alien, and Tron even weirder, is dead at 73

Today is an incredibly sad day for fans of comic books, concept art, and downright anything science fiction. Artist Jean “Moebius” Giraud, who provided some of the most stunning scifi and fantasy art ever to grace a page, has succumbed to illness at the age of 73.

jean-giraud-moebiusIt’s pretty hard to overstate the hand Moebius had in some of science fiction’s most phantasmagoric cinema. You know his work even if you’ve never realized it.

In addition to providing preliminary designs for such films as Alien, Tron, The Abyss, Masters of the Universe, The Fifth Element, and Willow (which were awesome albeit unused), the artist provided concept art for El Topo directorAlejandro Jodorowsky’s never-realized Dune adaptation, which was to star Mick Jagger and boast a soundtrack by Pink Floyd.

Images by Moebius on Tumblr:

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Here is a BBC Channel 4 Documentary on Moebius:

It is about an hour long if you have the time…

Another obit from the New York Times which states Giraud died from cancer: Jean Giraud, the Comic-Book Artist ‘Moebius,’ Dies at 73 – The New York Times

In the spirit of creativity, and since this election is more in the realm of science fiction and horror…I use a few images from this spectacular legendary artist Moebius…to illustrate a story.

The story is a simple one, the true tale behind the beast Trumptonian and his very important pick…however pensive it may have been…for the number two in his life.

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This is an open thread…have a great evening.


Sunday Reads: Book Rainbows 

Good Afternoon

 

What a beautiful image….

On Friday, Dak gave you lovely works from artist known for their use of color. Particularly Georgia O’Keefe… she also wrote about women bloggers….don’t you love when a post focuses on women doing extraordinary things. (As compared to what the misogynist male establishment would rather see us do.)

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Yesterday, Boston Boomer treated us all with images of beautiful people. (Paul Newman and Steve McQueen…who doesn’t want to look at those gorgeous faces and bodies?)

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Today I bring you pictures of books. Rainbow colored books. Although, I am not sure if anyone of us has enough books with colorful covers to do anything like this….but it sure is pretty to look at.

Slow Show – Chris Cobb

 

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Chris Cobb, an artist based in San Francisco, has created an amazing installation in bookshop called Adobe Books- he catalogued every single one of the 20,000 books by color. The project is titled There is Nothing Wrong in This Whole Wide World. They were arranged by hand over a 10 hour period, and he enlisted the help of 16 volunteers. Such beautiful results, they transformed the bookshop overnight.

So enjoy the lovely books.

Here are you links for today.

I am going to post this horrible news first…Nearly 120 killed in overnight Baghdad bombings claimed by Islamic State | Reuters

Nearly 120 people were killed and 200 wounded in two bombings overnight in Baghdad, most of them in a busy shopping area as residents celebrated Ramadan, police and medical sources said on Sunday.

imageThe attack on the shopping area of Karrada is the deadliest since U.S.-backed Iraqi forces last month scored a major victory when it dislodged Islamic State from their stronghold of Falluja, an hour’s drive west of the capital. It is also the deadliest so far this year.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had ordered the offensive after a series of deadly bombings in Baghdad, saying Falluja served as a launchpad for such attacks on the capital. However, bombings have continued.

A convoy carrying Abadi who had come to tour the site of the bombings was pelted with stones and bottles by residents, angry at what they felt were false promises of better security.

A refrigerator truck packed with explosives blew up in the central district of Karrada, killing 115 people and injuring at least 200. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement circulated online by supporters of the ultra-hard line Sunni group. It said the blast was a suicide bombing.

Along with this attack on Friday: Bangladesh Attack Marks Tactical Shift by Islamic State Militants – WSJ

When assailants armed with guns and explosives stormed an upscale cafe in the Bangladeshi capital Friday, shouting “Allahu akbar,” it represented a sharp escalation by extremist followers of Islamic State in South Asia, a region where the terror group had previously gained little traction.

imageBy the time security forces retook the restaurant after an assault backed by armored vehicles early Saturday, 20 civilians, two police officers and six militants had been killed. Brig. Gen. Nayeem Ashfaq Chowdhury, the army’s director of military operations, said 13 people held hostage were freed.

Among the dead were two students from Emory University, which is based in Atlanta. Abinta Kabir, a U.S. citizen who was an undergraduate student at the school’s Oxford College campus in Georgia, was killed, along with another student, Faraaz Hossain, spokesmen for their families said Saturday. Mr. Hossain’s nationality hasn’t been confirmed.

Tarushi Jain, an 18-year-old Indian national who attended the University of California-Berkeley, also perished in the attack, the Associated Press reported.

Friends mourn Emory students killed in Bangladesh terror attacks | www.myajc.com

When Raquel Jeanette Solla learned two of her Emory University friends were being held hostage in a café in Bangladesh, she clung to the hope they would survive.

“I really believed they’d be okay because they’re such good people, and seemed too sweet to have something so horrible happen to them,” said Solla, a student at the Oxford campus, in an e-mail to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

She found out about the terror attack, about her friends, Abinta Kabir and Faraaz Hossain, being trapped inside a popular cafe in Dhaka, through a Facebook group message. When the stream of updates stopped, she feared the worst early Saturday morning. A Facebook post soon confirmed it.

Abinta and Faraaz were well-known in the tight-knit group of students at Emory University’s Oxford University campus, both sharing a reputation of being bright, enthusiastic, and really, really nice. Bengali students at Emory often get together for pickup soccer games, to talk about some cricket match or share news of home, a place they say rarely makes it into international headlines.

Till now, when Bangladesh was added to the the rapidly escalating list of places devastated by Islamic terrorism. Only days after the attack in Istanbul, and weeks away from the Orlando tragedy, this latest blood bath delivered an extra blow to the Atlanta region. It took the lives of two of our own.

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And while you ponder on that, remember….52 still hospitalized after deadly Istanbul airport attack – World – CBC News

Fifty-two people are still in the hospital four days after suicide bombers attacked Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, killing at least 44 others, the city’s governor said Saturday.

The governorate said 184 airport victims have been discharged from hospitals so far, including 13 people released Saturday. It said 20 people were still in intensive care.

Three militants armed with assault rifles and suicide bombs attacked one of the world’s busiest airports on Tuesday night. Although no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, Turkish officials say they believe it was the work of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group.

However according to Reuters: Around 20 Islamic State members in custody over Istanbul airport attack: Erdogan | Reuters

Around 20 Islamic State militants, mainly foreigners, are in custody in connection with an attack last week on Istanbul airport that killed 45 people, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday.

Two Russian nationals have been identified as suspected Islamic State suicide bombers in the attack that is thought to have been masterminded by a Chechen, Turkish media said on Friday.

“The latest findings point to the Daesh (Islamic State) terrorist organisation,” Erdogan told Reuters at the Istanbul Ataturk airport, where he visited the attack site.

Video at the link.

imageTake a deep breath after that section of the thread. Go and get something to drink…The rest of the links are not so violent.

There was a warning from the UAE recently, which urged its citizens to avoid dressing in their customary outfits while traveling in the US: UAE tells citizens to avoid national dress while abroad after man held in U.S. | Reuters

The United Arab Emirates has urged men to avoid wearing the white robes, headscarf and headband of the national dress when traveling abroad, after a businessman visiting the United States was wrestled to the ground and held as an Islamic State suspect.

UAE media reported that the Emirati man was detained in Avon, Ohio, last week after a female clerk at a local hotel called 911 to report what she had described as a man affiliated to Islamic State, according to the Arabic-language al-Bayan newspaper. It only identified him by his initials.

The English language The National said the receptionist at the Fairfield Inn hotel called the police after she heard the man talking on his phone in the hotel lobby.

Gulf News, another UAE newspaper, published photos of the Emirati man in white robes being wrestled to the ground and handcuffed before being led away by police.

In a message on a Foreign Ministry Twitter account focusing on citizens traveling abroad, the ministry said on Saturday:

“For citizens traveling outside the country, and in order to ensure their safety, we point out not to wear formal dress while traveling, especially in public places,” the message dated July 2 stated, without referring to the Avon incident.

imageIt is frightening stuff…when you think about it. Isn’t it enough that so many US citizens already are worried for their lives because they look a certain way? The hateful rhetoric is only getting worse…at what point does the US become a High Risk Travel Warning to other nations abroad? When a racist misogynistic fascist asshole is elected president?

Stephen Hawking: Greed And Stupidity Are What Will End The Human Race | The Intellectualist

Physicist Stephen Hawking says pollution coupled with human greed and stupidity are still the biggest threats to humankind.

During an interview on Larry King Now, the science superstar told King that in the six years since he’s spoken with the talk show host people haven’t cleaned up their act.

“We certainly have not become less greedy or less stupid,” Hawking said. “The population has grown by half a billion since our last meeting, with no end in sight. At this rate, it will be eleven billion by 2100.”

You can read the rest of the USA Today article here, including some video: Stephen Hawking: Humankind is still greedy, stupid and greatest threat to Earth

In connection with Hawking’s climate prediction: ‘Unprecedented’: Scientists declare ‘global climate emergency’ after jet stream crosses equator

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And meanwhile in Florida: Toxic algae bloom crisis hits Florida, drives away tourists (w/video) | Tampa Bay Times

It’s going to be a long, stinky Fourth of July weekend on Jensen Beach.

Instead of red, white and blue, the color of the day is green. Thick, putrid layers of toxic blue-green algae are lapping at the sand, forcing Martin County officials to close the beach as a health hazard.

“I’ve seen Jensen Beach closed for sharks,” said Irene Gomes, whose family has run the Driftwood Motel since 1958. “I’ve never seen it closed for an algae bloom before.”

As bad as it looks, the stench is far worse, driving away Gomes’ motel customers, chasing off paddleboard and kayak renters and forcing residents to stay indoors.

“It smells like death on a cracker,” said Gomes’ friend Cyndi Lenz, a nurse. Morgues don’t smell as bad, she added.

Boats docked at Central Marine in Stuart, where workers were wearing respirators, are surrounded by blue-green algae on Wednesday. Officials want federal action along Florida’s Atlantic coast where the governor has declared a state of emergency.

 

The toxic algae bloom afflicting Jensen stretches for miles along the Martin County shoreline on the state’s Atlantic coast near Palm Beach. It’s also coating the water in the Indian River Lagoon and the St. Lucie River. It’s thick in Lake Okeechobee, where the toxicity is 200 times what the World Health Organization says constitutes a human health hazard.

And now it’s apparently showing up over on the state’s west coast, too, forcing the closure of a popular park on the Caloosahatchee River and flopping onto Fort Myers Beach.

That is a long article, so give it a look.

But with all this bad news on the environmental front…how about something positive?

imageDecades after the Montreal Protocol, there are signs the hole in the ozone layer has begun to heal – Los Angeles Times

For the first time in 30 years, the gaping hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica is showing signs of healing.

Every year since it was discovered in 1985, scientists have watched the hole grow bigger from one Antarctic spring to the next, eventually covering 10.9 million square miles in 2015.

Now researchers are noting an encouraging trend. Though the hole still exists and reached a record size last year, it is forming at a slower rate, according to a reportpublished Thursday in the journal Science.

Thanks to human actions to curb the use of ozone-destroying chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, the hole has started growing later in the spring, the study’s authors said, and they can foresee a time, around the middle of the century, when it’s gone.

“We are starting to see signs of improvement over Antarctica,” said Paul Newman, an atmospheric scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center who monitors the hole but was not involved in the study.

Whatever you do, be sure to click on that link and go see the images on the LA Times site. It is very interesting…especially with all those little earths spinning next to each other.

Now for some political news links:

Dolly Parton endorses Hillary Clinton: ‘I think a woman would do a great job’ – DeadState

The Utter Inconsequence of Hillary’s Veep – The New York Times

Poll reveals young remain voters reduced to tears by Brexit result | Politics | The Guardian

Germany should offer young Britons EU citizenship after Brexit, says German Vice-Chancellor | Europe | News | The Independent

One more link for you, this one…from my area of the backwoods of Georgia…in the county next door to Banjoville. Fannin County to be exact, where the phrase…

“We have deep mountains.”

Means exactly what you would think it means if it was uttered by some mafia dude to another mafia dude talking about what to do with a body after icing someone in the local fried chicken joint.

Georgia publisher jailed after filing open records request | www.myajc.com

‘Retaliation for use of the Open Records Act will inhibit every citizen from using it.’

A North Georgia newspaper publisher was indicted on a felony charge and jailed overnight last week – for filing an open-records request.

Fannin Focus publisher Mark Thomason, along with his attorney Russell Stookey, were arrested on Friday and charged with attempted identity fraud and identity fraud. Thomason was also accused of making a false statement in his records request.

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Thomason’s relentless pursuit of public records relating to the local Superior Court has incensed the court’s chief judge, Brenda Weaver, who also chairs the state Judicial Qualifications Commission. Weaver took the matter to the district attorney, who obtained the indictments.

Thomason was charged June 24 with making a false statement in an open-records request in which he asked for copies of checks “cashed illegally.” Thomason and Stookey were also charged with identity fraud and attempted identity fraud because they did not get Weaver’s approval before sending subpoenas to banks where Weaver and another judge maintained accounts for office expenses. Weaver suggested that Thomason may have been trying to steal banking information on the checks.

But Thomason said he was “doing his job” when he asked for records.

“I was astounded, in disbelief that there were even any charges to be had,” said Thomason, 37, who grew up in Fannin County. “I take this as a punch at journalists across the nation that if we continue to do our jobs correctly, then we have to live in fear of being imprisoned.”

Thomason and Stookey are out on $10,000 bond and have a long list of things they cannot do or things they must do to avoid going to jail until their trials. On Thursday, for example, Thomason reported to a pretrial center and was told that he may have to submit to a random drug test – a condition of the bond on which he was released from jail last Saturday.

Alison Sosebee, district attorney in the three counties in the Appalachian Judicial Circuit, and Judge Weaver say the charges are justified. Weaver said she resented Thomason’s attacks on her character in his weekly newspaper and in conversations with her constituents.

“I don’t react well when my honesty is questioned,” Weaver said.

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Colorful books, how about a colorful nation. Babies Of Color Are Now The Majority, Census Says : NPR Ed : NPR

Today’s generation of schoolchildren looks much different than one just a few decades ago. Nonwhites are expected to become the majority of the nation’s children by 2020, as our colleague Bill Chappell reported last year. This is now the reality among the very youngest Americans: babies.

Babies of color now outnumber non-Hispanic white babies (1 year or younger), according to new estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. The newest estimate shows that on July 1, 2015, the population of racial or ethnic minority babies was 50.2 percent.

Which of course, makes me think of that song Cartman sings from South Park…about the Minorities are the Majorities….at his waterpark.

Not My Waterpark – Video Clip | South Park Studios

Cartman sings a heartfelt ode about how his water park isn’t the way he remembered it.

 

But you know, some things never change: The richest families in Florence in 1427 are still the richest families in Florence — Quartz

imageThese next few links are interesting, from a scientific background, first a look at an old article published in 1879:

Interesting perspective on why children die from Birmingham newspaper July 2, 1879 | Alabama Pioneers

Compare it to this:

Can the Ancient World Save Us from the Antibiotic-Resistant Suberbug Apocalypse? – The Daily Beast

Marijuana Compound Removes Alzheimer’s Plaque From Brain Cells, Study Finds | Popular Science

Looking back to find a cure and looking forward to find a solution?

Since we have books on display, we need to have a couple of book list to go with them:

29 Books That Will Enrich Your Inner Literati | TIME

The 75 Best Books of the Last 75 Years: Today in Critical Linking

And finally, a tribute to a lady who is 100 this weekend!

100 Years Of Olivia De Havilland Handling Sexism, Her Sister, And Scarlett O’Hara : NPR

Olivia de Havilland — the last surviving cast member from Gone with the Wind — turns 100 on July 1.

Actress Olivia de Havilland, the last surviving star of the most popular film of all time, retired from showbiz decades ago, apparently feeling that 49 films, two best actress Oscars, and a best-selling memoir were accomplishment enough for one career.

Friday in Paris, she celebrates her 100th birthday, which seems a good moment to reflect on the mix of sparkle and resilience that marked her public life.

De Havilland’s career spanned more than five decades. Thanks to a lawsuit she filed against Warner Bros., she even has a landmark judicial ruling named after her — the de Havilland law limits the terms studios can impose up on actors.

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Celebrating the Centenary of Olivia de Havilland – Olivia de Havilland – Lady of the Classic Cinema

Here is the video that Robert Osborne has done for Olivia de Havilland over at TCM:

 

If you cannot see the embedded video click here:  “I’m certainly relishing the idea of living a… – Turner Classic Movies: TCM

Robert Osborne on Olivia De Havilland

imageI confess it: as a Brit would say, I have been one very lucky bloke. It has never ceased to amaze me that a fellow with no connections whatsoever to show business and who grew up in a small farm community in the Northwest (population: 2500), could end up on a national television network with the dream job of talking about classic movies as I get to do on TCM. Something else which constantly reminds me of how lucky I am is the 40-year friendship I’ve had with TCM’s Star of the month for this July, Olivia de Havilland.

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imageWe’ll be sharing many of Olivia’s stories with you on Friday nights this month as we also celebrate a great landmark birthday for her–her 100th. It is her birthday but we’re the ones who get the presents. Every Friday we’ll be toasting Olivia, showing 39 de Havilland films in all, including all the biggies such as To Each His Own(1946, Oscar® #1), The Snake Pit, (1948, Oscar® nomination #3), The Heiress (Oscar® #2) and several which are lesser known, such as when she played France’s Queen Mother in the era of the Three Musketeers in the rarely shown The 5th Musketeer (1979) with Rex Harrison, Jose Ferrer and Cornel Wilde. And just for the fun of it, you can see 1939’s Wings of the Navy and decide if you agree with Olivia’s assessment of it.

Through the years, in addition to all the many assets that are such an integral part of her, she’s also proven to be someone who always makes good on promises. The night she celebrated her 80th birthday in Paris in 1996, Olivia told me she’d just made a vow to live to be 100. And she’s done it. During a more recent phone chat, she said, “I’ve changed my goal. I’ve decided I want to live to be at least 110.” That’s the best birthday present this amazing woman from Hollywood’s golden era could give us. I have no doubt she’ll make it. Bravo, Olivia!

by Robert Osborne

 

This month on TCM they are celebrating Olivia’s birthday  by featuring her as the star of the month with her films: Olivia de Havilland – Fridays in July

Movie Line-Up

You know I will be taping many of these…especially The Heiress and Hold Back the Dawn!

 

Anyway, that is my post for the day, have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!

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Sunday Reads: Raspberries for You and a Strawberry Moon Too

Good Afternoon

See the expression on this Virgin Mary’s face? This is exactly how I feel.  It has been 3 weeks since my brother’s death. We are still waiting to hear if my parents are able to buy this little house, if the VA loan has gotten final approval from the underwriters. Whatever happens with that, we are still being kicked out by our landlord months ahead of our end of lease…so that her son can move into the place.

My home troubles are nothing compared to what others have lost this week. A week ago today I was writing updates on the mass murder in Orlando. And even then, I knew what sort of vile things would be said as the days progressed….

imageAfter massacre, Trump speech takes 2016 race in a scary direction | MSNBC

Donald Trump Explains Bigly Why Immigration Killed All Those Gay People In Florida | Wonkette

Fla. prosecutor suspended for vile Facebook rant against Orlando – NY Daily News

Georgia Congressman Who Prayed For Gays To Die Not Sorry About That | Wonkette

Some surprises did come…

If Bill O’Reilly Believes it’s Time For Gun Control, It’s Goddamn Time For Gun Control – The Daily Banter

Even f*cking Bill O’Reilly now thinks new gun control laws are ‘definitely needed’ – DeadState

Fox News Host Gretchen Carlson Calls For Assault Weapons Ban | Crooks and Liars

imageAt the same time, those who usually made the same choices…made those very same choices…

Bernie Sanders Goes AWOL on Guns Filibuster – The Daily Beast

On top of that, I have a very bad sinus infection…and the exhaustion from the months of so brutal a campaign, where shit has been flung from all directions. Most of it coming from the ASSHOLE running within our own party, and particularly after the bastard has clearly lost….I am in no mood to comment any further on any matters at hand.

Ugh…I can’t take any more!!!!! Bernie…shut the hell up!!!

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So as a statement on these links going forward, I will just put medieval images of beast sticking their tongues out in my way of a showing disgust…my version of the Razzies.

 

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In link dump fashion:

Trump says U.S. should consider racial profiling | Reuters

Republican Donald Trump said on Sunday the United States should consider more racial profiling in law enforcement, after urging harsher policies following last week’s mass shooting in Orlando.

“I think profiling is something that we’re going to have to start thinking about as a country,” Trump said when asked on CBS whether he supported more profiling of Muslims in America.

image“You look at Israel and you look at others, and they do it and they do it successfully. And you know, I hate the concept of profiling, but we have to start using common sense,” he added.

Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, has drawn criticism from many in his party for his comments on American Muslims after the Orlando attack, in which a U.S. born Muslim man killed 49 people at a gay nightclub.

Trump also reiterated his support for more scrutiny of mosques, saying that could resemble a controversial New York City surveillance program that has been shut down.

“If you go to France right now, they’re doing it in France. In fact, in some instances they’re closing down mosques.”

Police in France closed some mosques shortly after gunmen aligned with Islamic State militants killed 130 people in Paris in a series of attacks on Nov. 13.

The Orlando gunman, Omar Mateen, expressed support for Islamic State, but officials believe he was “self-radicalized”.

Trump has drawn criticism from many in his Republican Party for calling for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States. He also has called for a suspension of immigration from countries with “a proven history of terrorism”.

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Trump needs a kick in the ass!

Trump brushed off the criticism on Sunday and said he would put up his own money for his campaign if needed. “It would be nice if the Republicans stuck together,” Trump said in an ABC interview. “I can win, one way or another.”

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NRA’s Chris Cox Can’t Explain Why Civilians Need Military Weapons | Mediaite

Was a black teen’s hanging death a hate crime? The FBI answers, two years later | US news | The Guardian

‘Why not Texit?’: Texas nationalists look to the Brexit vote for inspiration | US news | The Guardian

Is white America blind on racism, or just playing dumb? | Clive Myrie | Opinion | The Guardian

Israel: Water as a tool to dominate Palestinians – News from Al Jazeera

The Egyptians who ‘disappear’ – BBC News

imageGeorgia Democratic chair fends off Bernie Sanders challenger | Political Insider blog

Juan Cole: British Trumpism? An Anti-Immigrant ‘Britain First’ White Man’s Slaying of a Parliament Member – Juan Cole – Truthdig

Nazi regalia discovered at house of Jo Cox killing suspect | UK news | The Guardian

Vile online abuse against female MPs ‘needs to be challenged now’ | Technology | The Guardian

Three held in Pennsylvania rape case of teen Amish girl ‘gifted’ to man | Reuters

Brazil ‘mass rape’ video: Seven suspects to be charged – BBC News

Why Did North Carolina Police Destroy Over 1,000 Rape Kits? | Care2 Causes

The Disadvantages of Being Stupid – The Atlantic

imageNRA’s LaPierre blasts Dems’ gun control push | TheHill

Venezuelans Ransack Stores as Hunger Grips the Nation – The New York Times

Trump to meet with 400 anti-LGBT evangelists one week after claiming to be a ‘friend’ of the gay community

Condoleezza Rice For Trump’s VP? | theGrio

Wonkette Ranks Hillary’s VP Picks By Hotness, Because We’re Shallow Like That | Wonkette

FDNY fire chief killed on 9/11 gets proper burial 15 years later | US news | The Guardian

image$7 Million in Donations to Go Directly to Orlando Kin and Survivors – The New York Times

The Drag Nuns Who Are Helping The LGBTQ Community Grieve

The ‘Cinemobile’ bringing movies to Romanian villages – Al Jazeera English

And since it is Father’s Day…Happy Father’s Day!

Ten of the best films about fathers | Life and style | The Guardian

Banjoville in the news again…Cub takes stroll through Georgia grocery store | 11alive.com

And for our last link: Strawberry Moon Seen On Summer Solstice June 20 : SCIENCE : Tech Times

The summer solstice taking place on June 20 will also feature an additional treat — the annual strawberry moon. This is the first time in 49 years that the two events take place at the same time.

imageStrawberry moons earn their name from a knowledge among the Algonquin people that this moon signified that fruits, including strawberries, were ready to eat.

Although winter and summer solstices happen each year, having these events take place at the same time as a strawberry moon is fairly rare.

“Reliably, the phases of the moon recur on or near the same calendar dates every 19 years. It’s the ‘or near’ that causes the full moon to miss the solstice on that 19th year, sometimes. Nineteen years from this year’s solstice – on June 20, 2035 – the full moon will not fall on the same date as the June solstice. It’ll be another near miss, with the full moon falling on June 20, 2035, and the solstice arriving one day later,” Bruce McClure wrote for EarthSky.

This full moon will also be the fourth one seen since the winter equinox, whereas there are usually just three seen between the two dates.

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“Stargazers looking to get an early view of the Strawberry Moon can head out on Sunday evening; however, the moon will not technically be ‘full’ until 7:02 a.m. EDT on Monday. People from western New York to Missouri may benefit from heading out on Sunday evening instead of waiting until Monday evening as a frontal boundary is forecast to spread clouds over these areas for the first night of summer,” Brian Lada, Accuweather meteorologist, reports.

It turns out the Strawberry moon has other names, depending on where you live in the world:

The strawberry moon is also known as the Honey Moon, Hot Moon, or Rose Moon. South of the equator, the event is called the Long Night Moon, ironic for an occurrence which takes place around the time of the shortest night of the year.

Enjoy it now, cause it won’t happen again for another 46 years!

This is an open thread…hope y’all have a pleasant day.


Wednesday Reads: Chubby Sh-h-h….

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Good Morning

…maybe afternoon.

 

Hey….what does Hillary say?

 

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(It looks like her…doesn’t it!)

 

 

 

And by all accounts, she will have a few outcast among those in the “Fan” base.

Can you believe that Sanders is still swinging his figurative big dick around?

Shakesville: It’s Over.

Hillary Clinton won the D.C. primary primary last night, by around 60 points. It’s over over. For real over. No more pretending it’s not over. It’s done.

Clinton and Bernie Sanders (and key members of their teams) met for a chat last night, and it sounds like the least fun meeting ever! I have never read about a meeting that I was more glad to have not attended!

Relatedly: My top secret sources tell me that Sanders didn’t like THE ESTABLISHMENT that Clinton chose for their meeting.

Sanders still in the race after meeting with Clinton | TheHill

Bernie Sanders is staying in the Democratic presidential race after meeting with rival Hillary Clinton, the party’s presumptive nominee, for nearly two hours at a Washington, D.C., hotel on Tuesday night.

Sanders and Clinton met at the Capital Hilton just blocks from the White House to plot a way forward after the Democratic primary season came to a close on Tuesday.

Neither took questions from press after the meeting. They were whisked away in black cars behind the protection of legions of security guards and campaign aides.

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Sanders and his little chubby…

Sanders and his wife Jane went in and out of the front entrance of the hotel, which was lined with cheering onlookers who snapped pictures and yelled out his name. Campaign manager Jeff Weaver also attended the meeting.

Clinton went in and out of the back entrance to little fanfare. She was joined by campaign chairman John Podesta and campaign manager Robby Mook.

The Sanders campaign released a statement late Tuesday night saying the group had “a positive discussion about how best to bring more people into the political process and about the dangerous threat that Donald Trump poses to our nation.”

Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs said there are still a variety of issues where they are “seeking common ground,” including raising the minimum wage, campaign finance reform, universal healthcare and more affordable college tuition.

“Sanders and Clinton agreed to continue working to develop a progressive agenda that addresses the needs of working families and the middle class and adopting a progressive platform for the Democratic National Convention,” Briggs said in the statement.

See, Sanders and wife Jane went out the front door…Clinton was taken out the back way. What the fuck is that all about?

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More on this Sanders shit:

No More Mister Nice Blog: Brass Balls, Huge Ego. No, Not Trump.

Bernie’s scaring me…Cannonfire

Although I must give credit where it is due…and someone at Fox News was definitely swinging some big dick yesterday, and she sure surprised me!

 

 

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Fox News’s Gretchen Carlson Accidentally Forgot To Be Stupid Again | Wonkette

“There’s no doubt Omar Mateen was able to kill so many people because he was firing an AR-15,” Carlson said. “A military-style assault weapon, a weapon easier to buy in the state of Florida than buying a handgun. Florida sets a three day waiting period for purchasing handguns, but the state mandates no waiting period for any gun that requires two hands to hold.”

She then pointed to a recent poll showing that 50% of Americans support an assault weapons ban.

“Do we need AR-15s to hunt and kill deer? Do we need them to protect our families?” she asked. “I’m in favor of people being able to carry. I think some of these mass shooting would have been less deadly if that were the case.”

“But I’m also with the majority today, taking a stand,” Carlson said, referring to the ban.

“Can’t we hold true the sanctity of the Second Amendment while still having common sense?”

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As Wonkette makes a point, this isn’t the first time Gretchen has shown some decency…the last time was a moment five years ago on the curvy couch:

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Do you remember when stupid old Barack Obama had absolutely nothing to do with killing Osama bin Laden? In the aftermath, one of the complaints (besides the fact that stupid old Barack Obama acted like he had anything at all to do with killing Osama bin Laden) was that bin Laden had been given Muslim ceremonial rites before becoming food for the fishies. This is because the mental giants at Fox were very angry, we guess, that Osama bin Laden was dead. Wait no, that can’t be right. It was because they had to be angry about SOMETHING. ANYWAY, there they were, all het up that Barack Obama hadn’t personally pissed on bin Laden’s corpse, which he definitely had nothing to do with killing, Calvin-styley.

“Shoulda peed on him,” said the rapey one.
“Or made a doody!” said the stupid one.

And that’s when Gretchen Carlson’s head spun around on her body three times, her eyes became insane Michele Bachmann eyes, and actual devils came out of her mouth as she actually YELLED that YOU GIVE THE PERSON THEIR PROPER RELIGIOUS BURIAL RITES.3c460d25eabf6513fc60e734f51f51bf

“Whoa,” we said to ourselves but not out loud, “Gretchen Carlson actually takes religious liberty seriously, good for her!” Then we went back to masturbating with a copy of the Satanic Bible.

Now normally I would be bothered by the reference of calling a woman stupid in that blog title…but remember, in the light of some of the outrageous things this woman has said before…I think it fits.

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And since this post is becoming theme-like in a sense, in that I am focusing on dickless wonders who need to compensate by beating their chest and violating all sorts of sensible behavior and humanity (more on that in a minute unfortunately). Here is yet another example of a woman with balls, giving it up but good:

 

 

Just watch it…

(Oh and by the way, if you want to…remember a while back I wrote about Florida and the mental health facilities…it was a series of articles published by The Tampa Times. Well, Sam Bee also did a piece on that the same night she did the Orlando bit. It is here if you want to see it. Florida’s Mental Health | Full Frontal with Samantha Bee | TBS – YouTube)

 

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Anyway, here are the links I was talking about…the big swinging dick waving asshole news, in full dump fashion.

WV ‘Sovereign Citizen’ Murders Three With AR-15 | Crooks and Liars

Everything changes when an AR-15 is present. Everything.

Monday there was another mass shooting in West Virginia, which turns out to have been a sovereign citizen who had a dispute with his neighbors over firewood. Instead of resolving the matter peacefully, he pulled out an AR-15 and shot them all to death.

No, really. Over firewood.

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Balkinization: Great Speeches in American History Delivered by Donald Trump

Washington’s Farewell Address: “Today I’m announcing my candidacy for a third term, as I am indispensable.”

Lincoln’s Second Inaugural:  “With malice toward all, with charity for none, let us give these Confederate traitors what they deserve.”

FDR’s First Inaugural:  “Be afraid.  Be very, very afraid.”

John F. Kennedy’s First Inaugural:  “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what your country can do for me.”

Barry Goldwater’s 1964 Republican Convention Speech:  “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, and moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”

Ronald Reagan’s Challenger Speech:  “Tonight I want to talk to you about the losers who run NASA and blew up our space shuttle.”

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Okay, he didn’t actually say those things…but here is something Trump did say:

Trump accuses Obama of siding with U.S. enemies | MSNBC

Trump adopted a self-congratulatory posture about the deadliest mass shooting in American history; Trump said President Obama should resign because he won’t use the anti-Muslim phrasing Republicans like to hear; Trump suggested the president might be a terrorist sympathizer; Trump stripped the Washington Post of its press credentials; and Trumpdelivered a nauseating and brazenly dishonest speech demanding a ban on Muslims entering the country and targeting American Muslims’ loyalties.
And really, that’s just a sampling – from the last five days.
Yesterday, after President Obama made Trump’s rhetoric look ridiculous, the Republican candidate responded in the most Trump-like fashion possible, telling the Associated Press:
“President Obama claims to know our enemy, and yet he continues to prioritize our enemy over our allies, and for that matter, the American people.
“When I am President, it will always be America First.”
The Atlantic’s James Fallows noted soon after, “Saying that the Commander in Chief has prioritized the enemy’s interests is an accusation of treason…. I am not aware of any previous case, whatsoever, of a national-ticket candidate publicly accusing a president or presidential nominee of a capital offense.”

NC Trump Rally Account Is The Scariest Thing You’ll Read Today | Crooks and Liars

New Evidence Donald Trump Didn’t Pay Taxes – The Daily Beast

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Donald Trump in Atlanta: Gov. Nathan Deal cautious at fund raiser | Political Insider blog

Donald Trump in Atlanta: Supporters gather at the Fox Theatre | Political Insider blog– Check out the picture at that link…it is enough to give you nightmares.

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In other related news…on the dominate male dick show part…Judge Aaron Persky removed from sexual assault case amid complaints after Brock Turner verdict

Man who called Orlando shooting ‘community service’ loses… | www.ajc.com

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And…for all those with little chubbies…Maddow shows how frighteningly easy it was for Orlando shooter to get gun inside the club

“In terms of understanding what happened inside that dark nightclub at 2:00 in the morning Sunday and how one guy was able to kill 49 other people and wound at least that many, it helps to know and I think it’s chilling to know that one of the things that this American gun company markets about this gun is that it is super easy to fire,” Maddow said in footage posted by Media Matters. “It’s easier to fire than an AR-15. And it fires faster and with less kick than your standard AR-15.”

Maddow showed footage of the commercial promoting the Sig Sauer MCX, which she said was confirmed as the weapon used in the rampage on Saturday night. The ad shows a lone gunman making his way through a dimly-lit room firing the rifle, and highlights the fact that it can be folded up.

“They fall all over themselves in their marketing material to say how much respect they as a company have for the military and for law enforcement personnel,” she said. “They say they make these guns as great as possible because they know police officers and soldiers’ lives are depending on these guns. And then they sell them to the general public. They sell them to anybody who walks in off the street. They’re legal for just about anyone to buy.”

She also pointed out that she has shot AR-15 rifles at shooting ranges in the past.

“One of the things that is unnerving about it is that when you hold one and when you fire it, it’s light enough and controllable enough and easy enough to handle and use, that literally a four-year old or a five-year old could reasonable handle one, and fire in the right direction,” she said. “It’s a very easy-to-use weapon that’s very light and very easy to handle and that doesn’t kick much when you pull the trigger. This Sig Sauer MCX is designed to be even easier to fire than that.”

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And in another article…

Helen Ubinas: I bought an AR-15 assault rifle in 7 minutes – SFGate

Seven minutes. That’s how long it took me to buy an AR-15, the semi-automatic rifle used in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

Seven minutes. From the moment I handed the salesperson my driver’s license to the moment I passed my background check.

It likely will take more time than that during the forthcoming round of vigils to respectfully read the names of the more than 100 people who were killed or injured.

It’s obscene.

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Why can people on the terrorist watch list buy guns, and other FAQs | PBS NewsHour

Top doctors group declares gun deaths a ‘public health crisis’ | TheHill

Physicians Demand End To 20-Year-Old Ban On Gun Violence Research | ThinkProgress

I think that is a good group of links on the Gun Control issues.

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In this next article… a sociological look at Mateen and Brock Turner:  Two violent men, two symptoms of the same sickness

America woke up this weekend to the news of the deadliest civilian mass shooting in the nation’s history. The senseless tragedy will undoubtedly evoke anger, sadness and helplessness.

In the meantime, many will forget to think and talk about Stanford swimmer Brock Turner’s crime and his “summer vacation” jail sentence: three months for the vile sexual assault of an unconscious woman.

As a sociologist, I was struck not by the abrupt shift to a new moral crisis, but by the continuity. Sociologists look for the bigger picture, and in my mind, Mateen’s crime didn’t displace Turner’s. Yet the media simply replaced one outrage with another, moving our attention away from Stanford and toward Orlando, as if these two crimes were unrelated. They’re not.

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In world news….

Ramadan 2016: Israel ‘cuts off water supply to West Bank’ during Muslim holy month | Middle East | News | The Independent

Avocado shortage fuels crime wave in New Zealand | World news | The Guardian

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While here at home:

Michelle Obama’s Kick-Ass Lady Crew Celebrates ‘The United State Of Women’

Outside White House Women’s Summit, Activists Demand Executive Action on Abortion Law – Rewire

Yeah, go figure….

 

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Hillary gave a speech today: In Pittsburgh Hillary Clinton Assails Donald Trump’s Magical Thinking | Still4Hill

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And our last link…The world lights up in tribute to the lives lost in Orlando – in pictures | US news | The Guardian

Go and see all the pictures around the world…

Let’s call this an open thread…post what your thinking about.

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Open Thread Late Night: Aftermath #Pulse #WeAreOrlando

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Here are a few updates, and links…now that the authorities are releasing names of the victims from the massive hate crime/terror attack today that went down in Orlando, Florida.

This is the official webpage that is run by the City of Orlando:

Victims | City of Orlando

As you can see, there are only a few names listed so far. The site says it will be updating the list as the families are notified.

These Are the Victims of the Pulse Gay Nightclub Massacre in Orlando – The Daily Beast

Remember, it was Latin night at the club so the names are overly Latin…which also touches a nerve.

So far the names released are:

These are their stories.

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Stanley Manolo Almodovar III, 23 years old. According to his Facebookpage, which is now a touching memorial, Almodovar was originally from Springfield, Massachusetts, and worked as a pharmacy technician.

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Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old. On his Facebook page, Sotomayor listed his current occupation as national brand manager for Al and Chuck Travel, which bills itself as “Creating the Planet’s #1 Gay Vacations!”

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Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old.

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Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old. Eric was originally from Puerto Rico, according to his Facebook page, and had studied at the Univercidad Central de Bayamon. Before the attack, he was living in Miami.

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Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz. Peter went to Colonia High School in New Jersey, according to his Facebook page. He was from Benoni, South Africa, and worked for UPS.

Luis Omar Ocasio Capo

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Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old. According to his Facebook page, Ocasio-Capo was a dancer. In November 2015, after the massacre at Paris’s Bataclan nightclub, he updated his profile picture to show solidarity with the French victims. A former teacher remembered him as “a ray of sunshine every day.”

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Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old. Hours before the shooting, Vielma uploaded a Facebook picture of himself and his pals at Disney World with the caption “True friends who become family.” Mourners on social media described him as “always happy and a joy to be around.”

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Kimberly Morris, 37 years old. A Connecticut native, Morris was living in Orlando at the time of the shooting that took her life. A former college classmate wrote in remembrance, “KJ Morris you always lit up the room with your smile.”

Orlando Shooting Victims: Their Names And Their Stories : The Two-Way : NPR

 

A look on what the “gay bar” means to the gay community:

Please Don’t Stop the Music | The Nation

 

More links on the attack:

Attack in Orlando Shows Utter Contempt for Human Life | Amnesty International USA

Orlando triggers Facebook ‘Safety Check’ for first time in U.S. | Reuters

 

Disgusting shit people: Here Are All The People Applauding The Orlando Gay Club Shooter | Thought Catalog

Orlando Shooter’s Imam Tells Reporter He Is ‘Pro-Trump’ | Mediaite

s details emerge about Omar Mateen, the slain suspect in the worst mass shooting in US history, so do those of his friends and associates. In an unexpected twist, the Imam from the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce, where Mateen spent time as recently as two days ago, now tells a local reporter that he is “pro-Trump,” and sees “a lot of positive effects” from a potential Donald Trump presidency. The Imam said he didn’t think Trump would be as scary for Muslims as people think:

 

According to WPTV reporter Meghan McRoberts, though, the Imam followed by saying that a Trump presidency would focus anger and attention away from Muslims:

 

Sounds like the guy is pro-Trump because that Imam is also a bigot and a racist bastard…

And this from RoofingBird:

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One Florida security guard drove 2 hours to a place with 300 inside and few to stop him. He murdered 50, injured 53 and more may die. Another security guard from Indiana and actually reputed to be bisexual, attempted the same at the LA Pride Parade, failed, but only just. What the hell, people? It really doesn’t matter in what form or ethnicity, deranged men express their fears, it all comes out as abuse, bullying and ammosexuality. The pattern is always there.  Did you hear that AR-15 go off? Did you hear the adrenaline, the excitement, until he was spent? What kind of security companies hired these two? They actually got to work jobs that fed their imagination.

Exactly…

 

Just wanted to give everyone a fresh thread….Good night…


Sunday Afternoon Reads: Snakes and Hose


Good Afternoon

There are a few people who need a blast from a strong water hose, like one of those power washers you would use to clean off a driveway…or an outside window or fence or deck.

imageSometimes that mildew and mold just is too damn hard to get rid off. Like a snake that has its grip on a kill, it will not let go, squeezing the life out of the prey…that mildew will linger on forever. No matter how strong the water pressure from those hoses are, nothing can remove the blackish green gray spots. Time comes when you need to bring out the bleach and other chemicals to get the job done.

Yeah, I will be posting links to mold and mildew today, that need the hose. Actually, this mildew is way past the bleach and chemical scrub time…but a cathartic hose down with crowd control type power hoses would definitely make things more palpable.

imageThere is also going to be a few links about snakes too. I can’t say much about those, you take it for what they are…

Really. I am not in much of a mood today. We got our moving papers on Friday…and we need to move the circus to a new house by September. My brother Denny is not adjusting well to the thought of moving out. His OCD has really kicked in the last few years, as it usually does with older Downs Syndrome, and on Friday it was like a scene from Rainman (but worse) when we told him we’d be moving out the house. Prospects don’t look very good. I really hate what has happened to people like us, who have been ruined by the Great Recession. Credit shot to hell, and rent prices up higher than what mortgage payments would be, if we could qualify for a mortgage these days.

Anyway, here are the links in dump fashion.

Starting with the hoses:

imageSanders lashes out at CNN’s Jake Tapper: ‘People who come to my rallies can do arithmetic’

Sanders on Nevada Supporters: They Were ‘Rude,’ But There Was No Violence | Mediaite– that link is from today folks….I can’t bear to quote from it. Take a look to see this shit.

Losing Control: Bernie Says Hillary Is the ‘Lesser of Two Evils’ – Blue Nation Review

NRA Convention Sells “Ex-Girlfriend” Target That Bleeds When You Shoot It | Alternet

Washington Post Goes Full Contortionist in Twisting Latest Trump-Leading Poll For Hillary | Mediaite

The college debt crisis is even worse than you think – The Boston Globe

imageFidel Castro, Evo Morales discuss ‘imperialist efforts’ in Latin America | Reuters

Valedictorian banned from graduation ceremony over facial hair | WSB-TV

Samantha Bee Mocks Sexist Hate Mail Sent to Women on Seattle City Council (Video)

It turns out the hoses list is a lot less than what I thought, because actually, the snakes account for more of the articles today:

The top of the list is this horrid story out of my home state of Georgia: Former Georgia GOP county chairman arrested for molesting children as young as 4-years-old

…former chairman of the Cobb County Republican Party was taken into custody on Friday after being accused of molesting a several children, including one boy who was only 4-years-old at the time.

imageJoseph Russell Dendy, 71, was arrested at his home and charged with aggravated child molestation and child molestation, both felonies, for incidents dating back to 2007, reports AJC.com.

According to police, Dendy is also wanted by the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office in Michigan, as well as the Laurens Police Department in South Carolina based upon sexual abuse accusations in those states.

Police documents state that Dendy allegedly molested two boys, ages 4 and 12, in  separate incidents at his home. One of Dendy’s accusers, now 20, went to the authorities and stated that  he was molested in 2007 or 2008, when he was 12 or 13 years old. The second victim said Dendy molested him in December 2011.

imageDendy served two, two-year terms as leader of the Cobb GOP before stepping down last year.

The foirmer[sp] Republican leader is currently being held in the

Police: Ex-Cobb GOP chairman Dendy charged in 3 states | www.ajc.com

Now keep this in mind as you read the following…

Congress surprisingly silent on Hastert sex crimes | MSNBC

Two Tennessee pastors arrested for seeking sex with underage girl – NY Daily News

imagePut into perspective with the GOPs stance on transgender bathrooms….

How Georgia Republicans plan to fight Obama’s transgender bathroom directive | Political Insider blog

Georgia school chief issues own guidance on transgender bathrooms. Cites privacy, safety concerns | Get Schooled

Black man killed for trying to use bathroom in Alabama in 1966 – NY Daily News

Black man killed for trying to use whites-only bathroom in Alabama in 1966 set off protests that echo today

Three men wanted in brutal assault of transgender victim – NY Daily News

 

imageHey, there is some light within all that blackness: Cyndi Lauper Opens Shelter for Homeless LGBT Youth | Rolling Stone

But back to shady dealings in Georgia…

This is a series from Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Physical restraint common at Georgia’s psychoeducational schools Part one…

Schools send disproportionate numbers of black children to programs already under fire for ‘warehousing’ students with behavioral disorders.

Physical restraint common at Georgia’s psychoeducational schools Part two…

Educators wanted to subject Libby Beem to behavioral experimentation in Georgia’s unique system of psychoeducational schools. A courtroom showdown would determine Libby’s fate.

imagePhysical restraint common at Georgia’s psychoeducational schools Part three…

With a tiny sliver of students, special behavioral programs record five times more restraints than all other Georgia schools combined.

Other links give graphs and various information, give that some time when you can.

Check out other goings on here in Georgia:

‘It’s a police state’: School board meeting goes off the rails after first black principal reassigned

the first black principal at a racial mixed Georgia school has been reassigned after only one year on the job — and some parents blame the decision on racism.

Forestella Taylor served just one year as principal at Marietta High School before she was reassigned as a district administrator for accountability and program support,reported WXIA-TV.

Her supporters say Taylor was a difference-maker, and they packed Tuesday’s school board meeting to demand her reinstatement.

“She didn’t fit for one reason – because she is black,” said Ken Sprague, a former teacher.

imageOne school member proposed a measure to reinstate Taylor, but it failed by a 5-2 vote.

Racial tensions boiled over at the end of the meeting after parents were allowed to comment, and two people were escorted out of the building by police after calling school board members racist.

“It’s a police state,” one person yelled. “Marietta is a police state!”

MyAJC Watchdog: House Speaker Ralston’s secret political fund | www.myajc.com

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Rightwing Senator Isakson Maybe Not Insane Enough For Georgia. Your Senate Sunday! | Wonkette

Oh boy, that is enough about this lovely state. Now on to other snakes…

Donald Trump Twice Paid No Federal Taxes, Government Report Shows – ABC News

UK’s Cameron says would meet Trump despite ‘dangerous’ Muslim comments | Reuters

Snakes in Europe? Yeah…

imageAustria may elect EU’s first far-right head of state – AJE News

Should the Secret Service Investigate Trump’s Latest Tweet About Hillary’s Security? – Blue Nation Review

Donald Tweets That Obama and Hillary Are Stupid, Misspells ‘Judgment’ in the Process – Blue Nation Review

Trump: ‘Teachers Should Have Guns In Classrooms’ — But ‘I’m Not Advocating Guns In Classrooms’ | Crooks and Liars

Donald Trump says Newt Gingrich is ‘absolutely’ on his Veep short list | Political Insider blog

The only living Trump supporter in Silicon Valley | John Naughton | Opinion | The Guardian

Why Trump’s insults of journalists must be taken seriously – Committee to Protect Journalists

imageYou can’t talk about snakes without mentioning rats.

My pet rats: ‘They are always happy to see me’ | Life and style | The Guardian

Donna, a 29-year-old risk consultant, adores caring for rats and breeding them in her spare time. She currently has seven adults and 11 babies

Ha, I need to end this post on something other than nasty beings. This is an open thread…I know the post is all over the place and just a link dump but my brain is really not functioning today.