Tuesday, July 29, 2014

"Religious Freedom"

This from "The Bilrico Project":



Sums it up for me.

Monday, July 28, 2014

This from "The New Yorker" sums up my attitude very well.  I recall being given an "organic cookie" by a young woman many years ago.  It was terrible.  She indignantly said, "it"s organic".  I replied, "so is shit, and we don't eat that".
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Oklahoma Candidate Says Gays Should Be Stoned

Welcome to the 21st century  --  starting to look a lot like the 16th.  Let me say again      -------      THERE IS NO RELIGION OF PEACE!!!!!

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Oklahoma state house candidate Scott Esk wrote on Facebook last summer that gay people are “worthy of death” and should be stoned, later claiming that violence against gays is “in the old testament under a law that came directly from God.”
The messages originated as Facebook commentary on a story about Pope Francis asking “who am I to judge” gay priests. Esk responded by posting Old Testament scripture that allegedly condemns homosexuality. After a commenter asked, “So just to be clear, you think we should execute homosexuals (presumably by stoning)?” Esk answered in the affirmative.
“I think we would be totally in the right to do it,” he wrote. “That goes against some parts of libertarianism, I realize, and I’m largely libertarian, but ignoring as a nation things that are worthy of death is very remiss.” “If men wink at such perversions, God may have no choice than to judge such nations with calamities.”
Asked to clarify his remarks by a local magazine editor, Esk explained that while the law was handed down from God, he has “no plans to, you know, reinstitute that in Oklahoma law.” “I do have some very huge moral misgivings about those kinds of sins,” he added.
Esk describes himself as “100% pro-life” and “100% Traditional Family Values” on his campaign website and says, “I look forward to applying Biblical principles to Oklahoma law.”
Esk would not comment on his statements to news channel KFOR.

Satellites show major Southwest groundwater loss Satellite study indicates groundwater losses putting Southwest supply in jeopardy

Happy nice time people. 

I wonder how the climate change deniers will spin and handle this news?

I KNOW   ---   become even MORE anti-science.  These folks who use ALL the latest technology - without having a clue how it works, will just deny any damn thing THEY WANT      -------      damn the consequences!

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Groundwater losses from the Colorado River basin appear massive enough to challenge long-term water supplies for the seven states and parts of Mexico that it serves, according to a new study released Thursday that used NASA satellites.
Researchers from NASA and the University of California, Irvine say their study is the first to quantify how much groundwater people in the West are using during the region's current drought.
Stephanie Castle, the study's lead author and a water resource specialist at the University of California, Irvine, called the extent of the groundwater depletion "shocking."
"We didn't realize the magnitude of how much water we actually depleted" in the West, Castle said.
Since 2004, researchers said, the Colorado River basin — the largest in the Southwest — has lost 53 million acre feet, or 17 trillion gallons, of water. That's enough to supply more than 50 million households for a year, or nearly fill Lake Mead — the nation's largest water reservoir — twice.
Three-fourths of those losses were groundwater, the study found.
Unlike reservoirs and other above-ground water, groundwater sources can become so depleted that they may never refill, Castle said. For California and other western states, the groundwater depletion is drawing down the reserves that protect consumers, farmers and ecosystems in times of drought.
"What happens if it isn't there?" Castle said during a phone interview. "That's the scary part of this analysis."
The NASA and University of California research used monthly gravity data to measure changes in water mass in the basin from December 2004 to November of last year, and used that data to track groundwater depletion.
"Combined with declining snowpack and population growth, this will likely threaten the long-term ability of the basin to meet its water-allocation commitments to the seven basin states and to Mexico, Jay Famiglietti, senior author on the study and senior water-cycle specialist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in a statement.
The Colorado River basin supplies water to about 40 million people and 4 million acres of farmland in seven states — California, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming — as well as to people and farms in part of Mexico.
California, one of the nation's largest agricultural producers, is three years into drought. While the state has curtailed use of surface water, the state lacks a statewide system for regulating — or even measuring — groundwater.

Tell me more about "The Religion Of Peace"

Here's a little something from "Atheist Oasis"  --  quotes from The Koran:

http://atheistoasis.wordpress.com/


“fight and slay the Pagans, seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem” (9:5);

“slay or crucify or cut the hands and feet of the unbelievers, that they be expelled from the land with disgrace and that they shall have a great punishment in world hereafter” (5:34);

“kill the disbelievers wherever we find them” (2:191).

Isn't that fun?  Sounds like "ISIS" is just doing what "radical fundamentalist believers" elsewhere want to do   ---   but do not dare.

By the way, in case some are confused  --  there is NO "Religion Of Peace"  --  anywhere.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Iraqi Christians in Mosul told by Isis to convert to Islam or be executed

According to many Muslims the word "crusade" is a serious insult.  How dare the West, those Christians, speak of the attempts to REGAIN "The Holy Land".

The fact Islam swept across North Africa and The Middle East converting with the sword, the fact they invaded Europe, held much of what is now Spain, and were constantly invading from the east is forgotten.

If the much maligned Westerners were as "sensitive" as are many Muslims we would consider the very word ISLAM as an attempt to invade, colonize, and control us all here in the much maligned West.

In any case, here's a little tid-bit from "The Guardian"  --  please follow link to original.
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Iraqi Christians who were forced to flee the northern city of Mosul under threat of forced conversion or execution by jihadists have spoken of their terror as churches were turned into mosques and their homes and property confiscated.
The expulsion of one of the world's oldest Christian communities provoked condemnation and anguish from figures as diverse as the pope and Iraq's prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, who lambasted the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) for its "criminality and terrorism".
Last weekend Isis gave the city's Christians a stark choice: convert to Islam, pay a religious tax, or face death. "They said there is no place for Christians in the Islamic state," one distraught refugee said from the safety of Bashiqa, 16 miles from Mosul. "Either you become Muslim or you leave." Mosul's last 1,500 Christian families were reportedly robbed at Isis checkpoints as they fled.
Hundreds have found shelter in areas between Mosul and Irbil – the capital of the Kurdistan regional government – that are controlled by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters – but they face an uncertain future.
"If Isis stays, there is no way the Christians can return," Father Boutrous Moshi told the Guardian from Qara Qoosh, a Christian area southeast of Mosul. "It is up to God whether we return or not. They have not burnt the churches but they did set fire to the pictures, the books and broke the windows."
Monks at the 4th century Mar Behnam monastery, a major pilgrimage site run by the Syriac Catholic Church, were allowed to take only the clothes they were wearing.
Sarab Hazem, from the Zehoor neighbourhood of Mosul, said that initially there were no attacks on Christians when Isis took the city in a lightning offensive in June, though Isis fighters did capture and take away police, security agents and soldiers. "No one knows what becomes of them," he said. Then, statues of Christ and the Virgin Mary were destroyed. "They are savages," Hazem said. "This is oppression for no reason. I believe it is no longer possible for Christians to live in Iraq."
Bashar Nasih Behnam, 52, who fled with his two young children last Friday, told a similar story: "They (Isis) threatened us and said you can't stay in Mosul and you have to leave," he said. "They said we have conditions: either you comply with them or you leave. So we left."
Deprived by Isis of Iraqi government rations (a legacy of the sanctions imposed in the Saddam Hussein era) they were too frightened to go out to their church, where the jihadis took down a statue of the Virgin Mary and put their black flag in its place. A monastery was turned into a mosque. Two nuns who were looking after three orphans were kidnapped but later released. The Arabic letter "N" for Nasrani (Christians) was daubed on the doors of houses – to show that they had been seized as the property of the Islamic state declared by Isis.
"There is not a single Christian family left in Mosul, Behnam said. "The last one was a disabled Christian woman. She stayed because she could not get out. They came to her and said you have to get out and if you don't we will cut off your head with a sword. That was the last family. There is not a single family that left and was not robbed. They took our money, gold, even the earrings from their [women's] ears. They took everything, even mobile phones.
"We don't know if we are going to go back. Until now we have no idea if there can be a return. We don't know what our destiny is. They have even taken our houses in Mosul."
Bassem Fadel Zarghit, a shopkeeper from Mosul's Al-Rifa'i neighbourhood, said the city's Christians had felt doomed despite initial reassurance from Isis. "There is no one left," he said. "It's not just the Christians. It's also the Shia that are being targeted."
Mosul, the largest city in northern Iraq, was once among the country's most mixed. Waves of attacks on Christians since the 2003 US-led invasion to topple Saddam eroded its once sizeable Christian population, mainly from the Assyrian and Chaldean denominations.
The decree issued by Isis in Mosul mirrored one that its fighters issued in the north-eastern Syrian city of Raqqa in February, demanding that Christians pay the "jizya" levy in gold and curb displays of their faith in return for protection.
Human Rights Watch has condemned Isis for its vicious campaign against minorities in the Mosul area.

How’s California Doing?

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The states, said Louis Brandeis, are the laboratories of democracy — although that may not work as well as it used to now that the “I’m not a scientist” wing has taken complete control of the GOP. Still, state experiences can tell the rest of us something. There’s been a lot of talk lately about how the great Kansas tax-cut experiment is doing, namely very badly. But what about the anti-Kansas — California? It’s a state with a Democratic supermajority. Its policies aren’t left-wing in the way Kansas’s are right-wing, but it’s enough of a liberal agenda to have the right frothing at the mouth. So how is it going?
I wrote about the California comeback more than a year ago, to much vitriolic scorn from the usual suspects. But how’s it going now?
Well, David Cay Johnston tells us that job growth remains fast despite predictions of doom from tax hikes. I found myself wondering, however, whether this was just bounceback from an especially severe slump — after all, California was a major housing bubble state, suffered for it, and you would expect a period of relatively fast growth thereafter even if overall performance was lagging the nation.
If you look at the numbers, however, what you see is that while fast job growth has indeed largely reflected recovery from an especially deep slump, at this point California’s performance (blue) since the Great Recession began has fully matched that of the nation (red); that is, there is no sign of growth being hurt by liberal policies or whatever:




Meanwhile, the budget is in good shape, with room for some much-needed spending increases.
Oh, and California — which enthusiastically went about implementing health reform — appears to have cut the number of uninsured by half in the first year of Obamacare.
Is it a miracle? No — or at any rate not unless you consider any deviation from supply-side predictions miraculous. But it’s looking like a pretty solid record.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Gerry Mulligan Quartet - Nights at the Turntable / Frenesi



Gerry Mulligan Quartet - Nights at the Turntable / Frenesi (1952)

1) Nights at the Turntable (Gerry Mulligan)
2) Frenesi (Alberto Dominguez, Leonard Whitcup)

Personnel: Chet Baker (trumpet), Gerry Mulligan (baritone sax), Bob Whitlock (bass), Chico Hamilton (drums)

Bernie's Tune - Gerry Mulligan Quartet with Chet Baker



Gerry Mulligan Quartet
Chet Baker (trumpet)
Gerry Mulligan (baritone sax)
Bob Whitlock (bass)
Chico Hamilton (drums)

Recorded at Phil Turetsky's House
Los Angeles, CA
August 16, 1952

Frank Sinatra - My One And Only Love


Patricia Barber - Witchcraft


Ella Fitzgerald ft Buddy Bregman Orchestra - Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered (Verve Records 1956)


Ella Fitzgerald - I've Got a Crush on You (1950)


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Chinese city sealed off after bubonic plague death 30,000 residents of Yumen are not being allowed to leave and 151 people have been placed in quarantine after man's death

Is we hasing fun yet?
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A Chinese city has been sealed off and 151 people have been placed in quarantine since last week after a man died of bubonic plague, state media said.
The 30,000 residents of Yumen, in the north-western province of Gansu, are not being allowed to leave, and police at roadblocks on the perimeter of the city are telling motorists to find alternative routes, China Central Television (CCTV) said.
A 38-year-old man died last Wednesday, the report said, after he had been in contact with a dead marmot, a small furry animal related to the squirrel. No further plague cases have been reported.
CCTV said officials were not allowing anyone to leave. The China Daily newspaper said four quarantine sectors had been set up in the city.
"The city has enough rice, flour and oil to supply all its residents for up to one month," CCTV added. "Local residents and those in quarantine are all in stable condition." No further cases have been reported.
Bubonic plague is a bacterial infection best known for the Black Death, a virulent epidemic that killed tens of millions of people in 14th-century Europe. Primarily an animal illness, it is extremely rare in humans.
The US Centres for Disease Control (CDC) says modern antibiotics are effective in treating plague, but that without prompt treatment the disease can cause serious illness or death.

Climate Headlines

Here are some HEADLINES to further ruin your day.

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Poll: U.S. Leads The World… In Climate Denial

 

Just Before Hosting Major U.N. Climate Talks, Peru Slashes Environmental

Regulation

 

 

Florida Utilities Move To Slash Energy Conservation Programs

 

Planet’s Hottest June On Record Follows Hottest May

 

Multiple Wildfires Burn Through Washington, Leaving One Dead And Destroying

150 Homes


Endangered Florida Forest Will Be Destroyed To Make Room For Walmart And Chick-Fil-A

 

etc., etc., etc., etc.


 

 

 

 

RUSSIA: St. Petersburg Court Rules That Local LGBT Group Is A Spy Organization

How is THIS for INSANITY?

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A court in St. Petersburg today ruled that Coming Out, a local Russian LGBT rights group, is a de facto spy organization because it receives funding from outside the country. Via Buzzfeed:

The group is one of hundreds of human rights organizations that has had this label slapped on them or been taken to court by government officials for failing to register voluntarily under a 2012 law that requires NGOs who receive funding from abroad to declare themselves “foreign agents.” The Justice Ministry registered five new groups as foreign agents this week alone. Coming Out had been fighting the designation in court for 16 months. “[Printing] the label ‘foreign agent’ on all the public materials of the organization would be a sign for wider society that the idea of protecting the rights of LGBT people is something ‘foreign,’ and, therefore unnecessary and even harmful,” said the group in a statement on its Facebook page.
The judge's ruling reportedly declares that Coming Out violates the rights of "persons with a traditional sexual orientation." Coming Out plans to appeal the decision.

NC pastor kills self in front of deputies as they try to arrest him on child sex charges

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A North Carolina pastor shot himself to death over the weekend as deputies were trying to arrest him on child sex charges.
According to WCOC-TV, Michael Mullis, the former pastor of Near Calvary Baptist Church in Concord, knew that he was being investigated for indecent liberties with a child before Rowan County deputies showed up on Saturday to serve warrants on him.
The sheriff’s office said that when deputies arrived to arrest him, he went to the bathroom to put on his shoes, and shot himself with a pistol.
“I’m sure he knew because our investigators had talked to him about this incident,” Concord Police spokesperson Maj. Gary Hatley told WSOC. “Or attempted to talk to him anyway — he knows we were investigating.”
A timeline provided by the victim indicated that Mullis was still serving as pastor at Near Calvary Baptist during the years of sexual abuse. The abuse allegedly ended in 2004, and Mullis resigned from the church in 2011 after 20 years as pastor.
Near Calvary Baptist Church has since changed its name.
“They knew each other and had a relationship I guess, but there’s no indication of any other victims” Hatley said, adding that the victim had been surprised by the pastor’s death.
Mullis’ wife was also reportedly at home at the time of the shooting. Investigators said that the case was now considered closed.

The Rise of the Non-Working Rich

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In a new Pew poll, more than three quarters of self-described conservatives believe “poor people have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything.”
In reality, most of America’s poor work hard, often in two or more jobs.
The real non-workers are the wealthy who inherit their fortunes. And their ranks are growing.
In fact, we’re on the cusp of the largest inter-generational wealth transfer in history.
The wealth is coming from those who over the last three decades earned huge amounts on Wall Street, in corporate boardrooms, or as high-tech entrepreneurs.
It’s going to their children, who did nothing except be born into the right family.
The “self-made” man or woman, the symbol of American meritocracy, is disappearing. Six of today’s ten wealthiest Americans are heirs to prominent fortunes. Just six Walmart heirs have more wealth than the bottom 42 percent of Americans combined (up from 30 percent in 2007).
The U.S. Trust bank just released a poll of Americans with more than $3 million of investable assets.
Nearly three-quarters of those over age 69, and 61 per cent of boomers (between the ages of 50 and 68), were the first in their generation to accumulate significant wealth.
But the bank found inherited wealth far more common among rich millennials under age 35.
This is the dynastic form of wealth French economist Thomas Piketty warns about. It’s been the major source of wealth in Europe for centuries. It’s about to become the major source in America – unless, that is, we do something about it.
As income from work has become more concentrated in America, the super rich have invested in businesses, real estate, art, and other assets. The income from these assets is now concentrating even faster than income from work.
In 1979, the richest 1 percent of households accounted for 17 percent of business income. By 2007 they were getting 43 percent. They were also taking in 75 percent of capital gains. Today, with the stock market significantly higher than where it was before the crash, the top is raking even more from their investments.
Both political parties have encouraged this great wealth transfer, as beneficiaries provide a growing share of campaign contributions.
But Republicans have been even more ardent than Democrats.
For example, family trusts used to be limited to about 90 years. Legal changes implemented under Ronald Reagan extended them in perpetuity. So-called “dynasty trusts” now allow super-rich families to pass on to their heirs money and property largely free from taxes, and to do so for generations.
George W. Bush’s biggest tax breaks helped high earners but they provided even more help to people living off accumulated wealth. While the top tax rate on income from work dropped from 39.6% to 35 percent, the top rate on dividends went from 39.6% (taxed as ordinary income) to 15 percent, and the estate tax was completely eliminated. (Conservatives called it the “death tax” even though it only applied to the richest two-tenths of one percent.)
Barack Obama rolled back some of these cuts, but many remain.
Before George W. Bush, the estate tax kicked in at $2 million of assets per couple, and then applied a 55 percent rate. Now it kicks in at $10 million per couple, with a 40 percent rate.
House Republicans want to go even further than Bush did.
Rep. Paul Ryan’s “road map,” which continues to be the bible of Republican economic policy, eliminates all taxes on interest, dividends, capital gains, and estates.
Yet the specter of an entire generation who do nothing for their money other than speed-dial their wealth management advisors isn’t particularly attractive.
It’s also dangerous to our democracy, as dynastic wealth inevitably accumulates political influence.
What to do? First, restore the estate tax in full.
Second, eliminate the “stepped-up-basis on death” rule. This obscure tax provision allows heirs to avoid paying capital gains taxes on the increased value of assets accumulated during the life of the deceased. Such untaxed gains account for more than half of the value of estates worth more than $100 million, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Third, institute a wealth tax. We already have an annual wealth tax on homes, the major asset of the middle class. It’s called the property tax. Why not a small annual tax on the value of stocks and bonds, the major assets of the wealthy?
We don’t have to sit by and watch our meritocracy be replaced by a permanent aristocracy, and our democracy be undermined by dynastic wealth. We can and must take action — before it’s too late.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Johnny Winter

What follows is just a sample.  Go to youTube and listen for yourself.  Mr. Winter was an awesome "guitar slinger" who influenced many  --  including SRV. 

Don't ever sell him short.

We are lucky his music will live on.  How insane is that?  We can listen and learn even after these masters are long gone.

RIP Johnny Winter.

Johnny Winter - Woodstock 1969


JOHNNY AND EDGAR WINTER : LIVE 1970 : TOBACCO ROAD .


Rare Johnny Winter and Leslie West jam - Red House.


Johnny Winter - Key To The Highway


Johnny Winter - Honky Tonk


Johnny Winter's awesome speed in 'Sound the Bell' 1987 Sweden in a tv studio


Muddy Waters & Johnny Winter - I Can't Be Satisfied


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Rest In Peace

Johnny Winter has died.  He was on tour and died in his room.  First reports say it was from health problems  --  he was 70.

A tribute Fri.

Gunther Schuller - Variants on a Theme of John Lewis (Django)



John Lewis presents contemporary music " Jazz Abstractions "
Eric Dolphy (fl), Robert DiDomenica (fl), Jim Hall (g),
Eddie Costa (vib), Bill Evans (p), Scott Lafaro (b), George Duvivier (b)
Sticks Evans (ds), The Contemporary String Quartet
rec. 20/12/1960 NYC

Charlie Mariano - Chloe



rec. 21/12/1953
Charlie Mariano (as), Stu Williamson (tp), Frank Rosolino (tb)
Claude Williamson (p), Max Bennett (b), Stan Levey (ds)

Dial 202 Charlie Parker.



Dial 202. Charlie Parker plays Cool Blues, Relaxing at Camarillo and Bird's Nest.