Monday, July 4, 2016

Her Tee Shirt is a Lie

Happy Ju  Happy July 4th.

My present goal is to help others lead a better soon as I get my own life out of the ditch.

I know you can't always get things right the first time....but you would think after 46 years......

Another good thing about being old is that we are allowed to take an open mouth nap.

Toe Tapper

I guess me becoming a rock star may not happen.  I must say I am a little surprised.  But thanks for all your support.

Does Lighting Fireworks Constitute Free Speech?

by Darren Smith
By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor
180px-San_Diego_FireworksWe wish you a festive and joyful Independence Day and pose a question to you. Does the use of fireworks constitute protected free speech? We revisit this issue from a previous article of last year.
A tradition spanning multiple generations in the United States is that a large portion of our society celebrates and shows tribute to the United States through the lighting and observance of fireworks. Yet numerous municipalities and counties impose sweeping and total bans of fireworks. Some statutes regulate the type of firework allowable, such as those having a ferocity that safety requires certified technicians. Others ban benign devices such as snakes and small fountains.
But does a complete ban on fireworks regardless of size constitute an infringement on the first amendment rights of citizens?


United Methodist Church’s Pacific NW Annual Conference Votes Not To Enforce Church’s Prohibitions Concerning Homosexuality

by Darren Smith
By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor
united-methodist-church-logoIn a significant move toward a possible change to United Methodist Church doctrine and discipline, the Pacific Northwest Conference's 2016 Annual Conference voted for non-conformance to the General Conference's mandates proscribing gay marriage, gay ministers, and the disbursement of funds toward gay causes. In effect, the measure declares that the PNW Conference will not participate in any judicial or disciplinary actions against those who violate these laws enumerated within the Book of Discipline.  This represents a strong departure from doctrine.
The subject of homosexuality has in the United Methodist Church traditionally brought decades of internal conflict within the Church from parishioners, clergy, bishops, and the various conferences; especially since the choices in the row have been polar in nature--either the status quo or to completely allow acceptance of homosexuality. The non-conformance action might finally offer a middle ground for the Church Community to move closer to that of society and of the secular laws.

Secret Service agents at the Washington home of Hillary Clinton on Saturday. As part of its investigation of her use of a private email server, the F.B.I. interviewed the former secretary of state on Saturday morning.
F.B.I. Interviews Hillary Clinton Over Private Email Server


The questioning of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and former secretary of state lasted about three and a half hours, her campaign said.

So this happened today and now I 

love ballet. 


Hadrian’s Hand: Bizarre Google Street View Artifact Discovered on Hadrian’s Wall

by Darren Smith
hadrians-wallWhile our host is basking in a well deserved vacation in our nation's most adventurous state, I've resigned myself to my office to travel via Google Earth and Street View.
In taking my whirlwind tour of Hadrian's Wall,  with my virtual flyover I found a 21st century "artifact" of sorts upon a 2nd century artifact.



Even this guy can't endorse Trump.

A Fond Farewell To Garrison Keillor's 'Prairie Home'

Garrison Keillor hosted his show, A Prairie Home Companion, for 42 years.i
Garrison Keillor hosted his show, A Prairie Home Companion, for 42 years.
Jim Mone/AP
It somehow just seems right the last A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor will be heard tonight, on this weekend of flags, parades, and lemonade stands. The show was recorded last night at the Hollywood Bowl.

The first Prairie Home Companion was in 1974, and all of us who share this sliver on the radio spectrum know we wouldn't be in business if Garrison Keillor hadn't made a new thing called public radio truly sing.

The idea must have sounded a little dubious even back in the brash 1970s, a weekly radio show with folkies, fiddles and drawn-out stories with no apparent punch-line, set in a small town that comes into being for just a few minutes each week.

"Thank goodness Minnesota Public Radio was too poor to afford good advice," Garrison Keillor once recollected. "We only did it because we knew it would be fun to do. It was a dumb idea. I wish I knew how to be that dumb again."

I wish I did, too.

Prairie Home Companion, PowderMilk Biscuits, the Whippets, Bertha's Kitty Boutique, Norwegian bachelor farmers, and the News from Lake Wobegon have always seemed to me to be pretty sharp and sophisticated comedy, cloaked in small-town manners.

The Lake Wobegon that Garrison Keillor has brought to life and built word by word, in millions of imaginations, is not a rustic refuge from the modern world. It has been gentle, but edgy, midwestern, but not middlebrow, calm but scarcely dull. People get sick, grow scared, pass through, and pass away in Lake Wobegon, to live on in stories.

"For me, the monologue was the favorite thing," Garrison once said. "It was based on writing, but in the end it was radio, it was standing up and leaning forward into the dark and talking, letting words come out of you."

Maybe because his monologues played with words, mind, and voice, they reminded us that life is a fleeting flicker of light in that darkness, and the only real legacy we'll have is in memories.

For 42 years, Prairie Home Companion and Garrison Keillor's monologues have turned radio from a medium some considered to be faintly old-fashioned into a new form—an art, I'll even dare to say—of telling a story that a new generation downloads today.

In a line of work that always looks for what's flashy and new, Garrison Keillor created a rare thing out of the radio waves that skip through the air and disappear into the night: something that endures.


Her Tee Shirt is a Lie


Berkeley Columnist Renews Debate Over Speech Codes On Campus

by jonathanturley

Seal_of_University_of_California,_Berkeley.svgWe have been discussing the crackdown on free speech on college campuses as administrator's punish any speech deemed insensitive or the still ill-defined category of "microaggressions."  One of the greatest concerns is the double standard showed to different speakers based on their content.  The University of California at Berkeley is the most recent example of this controversy.  In columns for the Daily Californian titled “Speaking Out”, “Fucking White Boys,” and “Choosing Myself Over White People”, Maggie Lam mocks and ridicules white people.  A column using such language mocking people of color would instantly trigger demands for expulsion.  it is not that I believe that Lam should be punished. To the contrary, I believe that it is far better to have the exchange of such views on campus than to regulate speech, particularly inconsistent regulation.

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