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CMB Music: Tool – “Forty Six & Two”   Leave a comment

…you know, the more I listen to this song, the more I get the feeling that Carl Jung had it right in regards to psychology and that Sigmund Freud can go jump in a lake for all I care…

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Posted May 30, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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Dark Diamond Poem   Leave a comment

As someone whose had to deal with those darkest of thoughts at one time, this is a subject well-worth the time to read about and discuss.

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Posted May 30, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

Oscar López Rivera’z Message to the World   Leave a comment

I’m of two minds here…on the one hand, given my progressive & liberal views on most items, I can sympathize with those who would like to see him go free…just as I can sympathize with those who wish to see Mumia Abu-Jamal go free. On the other hand, given the crimes for which he and other members of the FALN committed, I cannot in good conscience support their release and look the FALN’s victims in the eye with a straight face…just as I couldn’t look Maureen Faulkner in the eye with a straight face over the loss of her husband at the hands of Mumia Abu-Jamal and support his release..

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Today marks the 33rd anniversary of the incarceration of Oscar López Rivera, a Puerto Rican considered by many to be one of the longest-held political prisoners in the Western Hemisphere. What follows is the original message in English López Rivera shared with Puerto Rico’s El Nuevo Día:

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To love the homeland costs nothing, what would be costly is if we lose it. For any Puerto Rican who has doubts about how costly it would be if we lose our homeland i suggest the person should visit the Navajos’ or the Lakotas’ reservations. Because there the person can see what happens to people who lose their homeland. We must face the truth and deal with it. As Puerto Ricans we have to accept the fact Puerto Rico is a colony and that colonialism is unacceptable to most Puerto Ricans and most nations in the world. If we accept…

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Posted May 30, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

Stevie Nicks …. had a birthday in May 2014!!   1 comment

If there is a short list of great female singer-songwriters, Stevie Nicks is most assuredly on that list.

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~~May 30, 2014~~ 

Her birthday was four days ago. She’s one of my favorite performers. I would like to honor her because of her wonderful career and her contributions to the field of music. 

Go on, Bella Donna!! 

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Stephanie Lynn “Stevie” Nicks (born May 26, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter who in the course of her work with Fleetwood Mac and her extensive solo career has produced over forty Top 50 hits and sold over 140 million albums.

She was deemed “The Reigning Queen of Rock and Roll” and one of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” by Rolling Stone, and, as a member of Fleetwood Mac, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

As a solo artist, she has garnered eight Grammy Award nominations and, with Fleetwood Mac, a further five.

Nicks joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975 along with her then romantic…

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Posted May 30, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

Gun Activists With Assault Rifles Harass Marine Veteran On Memorial Day. God Almighty I Wish This Was Me.   Leave a comment

The gall of these gun-nuts sometimes knows no bounds…what’s especially galling is the fact that these people – who I’d almost bet have likely never served their country – had the gall to harass a Marine veteran…and on Memorial Day, no less. FWIW, Jueseppi, you wouldn’t have been the only one who’d switched places with that veteran; I’d been there alongside you, my friend.

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I have felt a somewhat mean angry nasty spirited emotion over take me the past week. I seem to have reached a brick wall reinforced by old Pittsburgh steel when it comes to my already very low tolerance for dumbfuckery from dumbassgunmorons.

I would gladly have switched places with this Marine Vet & been face to face with these gun toting no military service idiots, with a much different outcome than the one we see here with this Veteran.

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From Mother Jones:

Gun Activists With Assault Rifles Harass Marine Veteran on Memorial Day.

“Are you gonna cry? Sounds like you’re about to cry.” Watch armed men pursue a vet through downtown Fort Worth.

On Memorial Day this week, a former Marine in Texas named James got a couple calls from friends who’d spotted an unusual gathering in downtown Fort Worth: Roughly…

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Posted May 30, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

White House Offers Mild Support For Embattled VA Chief   1 comment

Shinseki is, to put it bluntly, toast

The White House offered tepid support Thursday for embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, skirting questions on whether he’ll soon be fired.

White House press secretary Jay Carney repeatedly sidestepped questions about whether Shinseki retained the confidence of the president.

Carney said the president believed Shinseki had “performed overall well” and “put his heart and soul” into providing care for veterans. But he also emphasized that the president was waiting to see the results of an internal investigation led by White House deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors.
“When it comes to the current situation, the inquiries and the investigations and some of the allegations, the president wants to see the results of these reports,” Carney said. “And he, as you know, made clear that he believes there ought to be accountability once we establish all the facts.”

The White House knew Carney’s briefing would be dominated by questions surrounding Shinseki, who many observers think will be gone from the Veterans Affairs Department by the end of the week.(The Hill)

Considering the groundswell at present, one wonders how Gen. Shinseki made it this far, given both what we know about the current VA scandal and the VA Inspector General’s report, released late Wednesday night. The irony here is two-fold: (1)this is but another in a long line of scandals regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs and (2)it begs the question as to why this administration has not – yet, anyways – fired Gen. Shinseki yet. For what it’s worth, the answer to the second part is this: given the embittered politics in Washington at present, its’ a no-win situation for President Obama in regards to the VA secretary – if he fires Shinseki, he gives his political opponents ammunition to use both against Shinseki’s successor and against Democrats nationally; if he doesn’t fire him – or worse, doesn’t fire him right away, he gives them the same political ammunition as before, plus it puts Democrats trying to hold onto seats nationally in the politically difficult position of having to either defend Obama’s choice or turning on him and calling it out on it, which then puts those Democrats at risk of upsetting their base, which then hurts them at election time.

My advice to the administration: get Secy. Shinseki out as soon as possible but do so in a manner that doesn’t appear like you’re throwing him under the proverbial bus.

CMB Music: Kongos – “Come With Me Now”   Leave a comment

…at least now I know what song NBC Sports Network was using for its’ Championship Sunday advertisements earlier in the month of May…

Posted May 28, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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