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CMB Music: Pink Floyd – “Comfortably Numb”   Leave a comment

 

…given the state of American politics nowadays, you’d have to be comfortably numb not to wonder what the hell’s going on up in Washington at times…either that or you’d have to be stone dead, one or the other…

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Posted July 31, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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House GOP Asks Obama To Take Executive Action, After Voting To Sue Him For Doing That Very Thing…   Leave a comment

To quote USWNT star Alex Morgan’s line from the Bridgestone commercial…“Seriously?”

Hours before Congress broke for the August recess, House Republicans claimed that the President could use executive action to fix the border situation with unaccompanied children fleeing violence in the Central American countries of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. In a press statement released Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and other House Republican leaders indicated that President Obama could address the crisis “without the need for congressional action,” a statement tinged with some irony given that just the day before, House Republicans had slammed the President with a lawsuit claiming executive overreach.

“This situation shows the intense concern within our conference – and among the American people – about the need to ensure the security of our borders and the president’s refusal to faithfully execute our laws,” the House Republican leadership press release stated. “There are numerous steps the president can and should be taking right now, without the need for congressional action, to secure our borders and ensure these children are returned swiftly and safely to their countries.”(Think Progress)

We have truly entered Bizarro World here…just yesterday, House Republicans voted to sue President Obama over the use of executive actions and now they want him to use those very same powers. Somehow, WTF? is not even appropriate here; we are now fully into Brain Bleach political territory now.

Posted July 31, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

LGBT Activists Target Congressional Democrats for Federal Civil Rights Legislation   Leave a comment

FWIW, Melanie, the more I think about it, the more I’ve come to conclusion that ENDA – as it is currently written – doesn’t work and should be scrapped. If Congress is going to pass ENDA, it needs to pass one that covers everyone, with no religious exemptions whatsoever clearly written into the bill.

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Queer Nation Demands Comprehensive Federal Civil Rights Legislation 

By Melanie Nathan, July 31, 1204.

Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 10.40.27 AMContinuing to pressure Congressional Democrats to advance comprehensive federal civil rights legislation that will give lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans the same legal rights and protections that all other Americans currently have, Queer Nation is targeting Rep. Mike Michaud in a social media campaign titled “Which Side of Your Mouth Should We Listen To?”

Michaud, who is gay and a candidate for governor in Maine, supports the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which only bars employment discrimination against LGBT people and has a sweeping religious exemption that would let nearly 200,000 religiously affiliated employers fire or deny jobs to LGBT Americans.

Many national and state LGBT groups dumped ENDA over its religious exemption. On other issues, Michaud has called for “real solutions.” He asked Pres. Barack Obama to “follow the example of strong anti-discrimination laws…

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Posted July 31, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

Welcome To The Great Game, Booman   Leave a comment

The more that I read Booman Tribune’s latest article concerning the current events in Gaza between Israel & Hamas, I can’t help but think, “surely, Booman knows about the 19th-century Great Game and its’ 21st-century equivalent here?”

For those who don’t the first reference, the Great Game refers to the 19th-century rivalry between Great Britain and Czarist Russia which took place across the steppes of Central Asia – namely, in Afghanistan – and which, over time, bled both Britain and Russia dry in terms of both effort and blood. The 21st-century equivalent is the current conflict in Gaza and the fact that – as evidenced by how stunned Booman stated he was in his article – there seems to be a very interesting dynamic here in regards to some of the Arab states in the region.

Now, to be fair, most of these players – notably Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. – don’t give a flip whatsoever about Israel; neither country recognizes Israel and under most circumstances doesn’t care for the state of Israel. On the other hand, they really, really despise Hamas…and its’ on this basis that – privately – they’re hoping Israel absolutely effing crushes Hamas. Call it an unintended consequence of the 2011 Arab Spring, but what is going on, I would argue, is nothing more than a return to that age-old axiom: the enemy of my enemy is my friend

For what its’ though, I do agree with Booman’s conclusion and that is that, even with this, Israel had better figure out how to make a lasting peace with its’ neighbors or, to quote Booman:

And when this is all over and Hamas is defeated, assuming that is even accomplished, then Israel will immediately lose its erstwhile allies if they don’t reopen the peace talks and get real about ending the occupation.(Booman Tribune)

CMB Music: The Sisters Of Mercy – “This Corrosion”   3 comments

 

…remind me again why the 80’s were such a great time for music? Just asking… 😉

Posted July 30, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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Reality Check   Leave a comment

….sometimes, in this hectic, crazy world we live in, its’ best to take a moment to relax and enjoy the world around us…

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Welcome to the real world.

The Milky Way. If we destroy ourselves, what happens to the universe?The Milky Way. If we destroy ourselves, what happens to the universe?

Dolphins living free until we completely destroy our planetDolphins living free until we completely destroy our planet

Twilight on boat launch at Avon. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014Twilight on boat launch at Avon. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

California Poppies. Another gift from Mother Nature.California Poppies. Another gift from Mother Nature.

Upper Waterfall in Letchworth State Park. The Genesee River has formed a gorge. We must take care of the gifts from Mother Earth.Upper Waterfall in Letchworth State Park. The Genesee River has formed a gorge. We must take care of the gifts from Mother Earth.

We have to take care of our planet. It is more important than oil, money, arms, greed, jealously, bigotry, injustice, hatred and war. We must take care of Mother Earth. Our planet has changed greatly during just my lifetime. There is a supervolcano under Yellowstone National Park. If it blows, it will destroy most of America. Yet we continue fracking, mining, polluting the earth and the air. We must stop. To choose not to stop is to commit suicide.

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Posted July 30, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

House GOP Votes To Sue President Obama…For Not Implementing Obamacare Faster   1 comment

Excuse my language here, but sometimes you can’t make this shit up

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 225 to 201 on Wednesday to authorizeSpeaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) to sue President Barack Obama and others in his administration for failure to fully implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. Ironically, all of those Republicans voting for a lawsuit to force faster implementation of the healthcare reform law have repeatedly backed its full repeal. Five Republicans joined every Democrat present in opposing the measure.

The resolution gives Boehner the authority to file or intervene federal court cases “to seek any appropriate relief regarding the failure of the President, the head of any department or agency, or any other officer or employee of the executive branch, to act in a manner consistent with that official’s duties under the Constitution and laws of the United States” relating to failure to implement provisions of Obamacare. ” The aim of this, Boehner has stated, is to sue the Obama for “his decision to extend — twice — the deadline to institute the employer mandate in his health care law.”(Think Progress)

So let me get this straight: the House won’t work on immigration reform, transportation issues, employment anti-discrimination legislation…but they’ll vote to sue the President for using his legal authority under the law to exercise transition relief with regards to the ACA, as accorded to the executive branch under section 7805a of the Internal Revenue Code, which allows the government to postpone implementation of legislative acts within certain limits. Sometimes, I seriously have to wonder if we shouldn’t just isolate the House of Representatives so that their insanity doesn’t infect the rest of America…that is, if it isn’t already too late to do so.

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