Sunday, April 22, 2018

Right there in the middle of 5th Avenue

Because it is almost impossible these days to tell the difference between what is real and what is satire when it comes to Trump, I warn you about the following: This is Satire.  But there is no doubt it could also actually happen, exactly as described -- and the Republicans would react exactly as described.  It's tragic that we have come to this, isn't it?

Opinion: Right there in the middle of 5th Avenue


WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans and conservative leaders rallied around President Trump Friday, attempting to minimize political damage after Trump shot down a man in the middle of Fifth Avenue in New York City.

"I'm not going to put myself in the position of having to respond to every presidential shooting," House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a hastily called press conference at the Capitol, surrounded by members of his leadership team. "I just happen to think it's important to keep our focus where it belongs, on enacting a conservative, pro-growth agenda that regular Americans care about, such as tax cuts for the rich and the repeal of Medicare." 

Privately, however, at least some Republican members expressed concern about the long-term political impact of such incidents, especially with midterms looming in less than seven months. 

"I think that each elected Republican has to make a series of decisions, day in and day out, about whether they find the president's conduct acceptable and to what extent it's appropriate to work with him," as one frustrated GOP congressman put it, demanding anonymity so he could speak freely. "This shooting is fine for Trump -- he's not on the ballot this fall -- but he's putting the rest of us in a really tough position."

The reaction was similar among Senate Republicans.

"I think we should criticize the president when he's done something wrong, and applaud him when he's done something right," said U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, who nonetheless refused to condemn the shooting directly. "The president and I are scheduled to play golf together next week," Graham said. "If I have concerns -- and I'm not saying I do -- I think it's more appropriate to express them to the president in private."

Others, however, were more blunt. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee and Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona quickly introduced a resolution warning the president of potential censure should he again pull out a gun and shoot somebody. They withdrew that measure after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made it clear that he would not bring it to a floor vote, calling it "divisive"and "unnecessary."

"I've been assured by people in the White House that there are no plans to shoot anybody else, at least not at this point," McConnell said.

The victim, attorney Michael Avenatti, was shot twice in the back as he left the studios of NBC News at Rockefeller Center after an interview. According to doctors at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital, Avenatti is expected to recover with no permanent damage to his mouth or other, less vital organs. 

At a regularly scheduled White House press briefing Thursday, spokesperson Sarah Sanders referred all questions about the shooting to the president's private attorneys. 

"Look, I know you folks in the mainstream media are looking for every opportunity to criticize this president, who continues to accomplish amazing things for the American people," Sanders said. "The economy is stronger than it's been in ages, ISIS is on the run, the remaking of the judiciary. That's all far more important than any distractions the media likes to throw out there."

Sanders also refused to rule out the possibility of Trump issuing an immediate pardon for himself, as first proposed by famed legal scholar Alan Dershowitz. 

Despite network TV video of Trump emerging from the presidential limousine, gun in hand, other prominent Trump supporters are questioning whether the shooting occurred at all. Fox News host Sean Hannity used his entire Thursday night segment to explore secret links between Hillary Clinton and Avennati, describing the attorney as a "paid crisis actor" as well as "a clear descendant of immigrants." According to Hannity, the attack has all the earmarks of a "false flag" operation choreographed by the FBI.

"This is the deep state at work, undermining our democracy, my friends," Hannity told his audience. "This is an unelected part of your government, looking to overturn a duly elected president. Don't think this a coincidence -- it is the biggest scandal in American history."

According to an overnight Quinnipiac poll, 68 percent of Republicans now agree that the shooting never happened. A similar poll from Rasmussen put the number at 93 percent.


Friday, April 06, 2018

A treat for you: Beautiful love scene from Indian movie

Even if you don't understand the language, this scene tells a full story of deep love and passion -- the best love scene ever filmed, in my opinion. From the movie Jodhaa Akbar (one of my and Holland's all-time favorite movies).  The story behind this scene is that the princess has been married to the king (in ancient times) to cement relations between the Hindus and the Muslims (she is Hindi, he is Muslim). The movie is all about the development of their love over time -- he has agreed to wait for her to love him -- and this is the final scene in which she finally realizes how much she does love him. She has overcome the differences in their religions, which has kept them apart -- and has realized the depth of love beyond differences, into oneness... I think anyone with an open heart watching this scene will feel what it is saying, even without the English subtitles (~.~)

In Indian language with sharp images for viewing:

If you want to know the words: With English subtitles (but blurrier images) :

In the movie, the king has an enlightenment experience -- during a Sufi song of love being sung to God by Sufi priests during the king's wedding celebration.  This scene and song convey the deep feeling of love for God, much like Rumi and Hafiz poems speak about. To watch this scene is to feel that love for yourself, it so beautifully resonates in the heart:


Joy Reid (I love her!) lays it all out perfectly--even a child could understand this

I am sitting here cheering on Bob Mueller and Michael Avenatti and hoping for a swift end to Trump's presidency...the sooner, the better.

Joy Reid missed a career as a litigator. Listen to how thoroughly she lays out the legal trap Trump walked into yesterday when she appeared with Lawrence O'Donnell last night.

"Yeah, it's pretty amazing. I'm not a lawyer, obviously," she said. "I certainly don't have the level of insight into this that Michael Avenatti has, although if I have a problem, I'll call. Let's apply the common sense test here to what the president and Michael Cohen want you to believe.

"They would have you believe that his attorney, by himself, took $130,000 of his own money, to pay off someone after the "Access Hollywood" tape that did not impact in any way Donald Trump's ability to be elected," she said.

"And right before the election, they give her money, although they believe her to be not credible. Someone they described as having zero credibility, someone you don't believe can implicate your client, that your client says he never had a relationship with. So you give this person, who you've had no relationship with, other than taking photos, $130,000 of your own money as the lawyer, and you create an LLC to create a secret corporation. You on your own as the lawyer create an alias for your client, you put that alias' name on the agreement, never telling your client you've done all of that, and you do it simply because you're afraid a woman will make a claim that you believe to be completely false and not provable so she can't even prove she had a relationship with him.

"What would stop any woman off the street then to walk up to Donald Trump and say, 'I too had a relationship with Donald Trump.' Why weren't there hundreds of women lining up to get $130,000 in free money from Michael Cohen? The whole thing makes no sense. You don't have to have gone to law school to understand that is crazy. We as civilians pay lawyers, we hire someone like Michael Avenatti. They don't pay for our issues, we pay them. So Donald Trump didn't pay his lawyer. His lawyer paid a random woman, who all he did was take a picture with in California? This is crazy.

"So I think Donald Trump's problem is, to your point -- i think to both of your points, he never should have answered the question. because the right answer to this is, of course, 'I paid -- had my lawyer do this, and, of course, I meant to pay him back.' Which means they attempted to influence the election. There's no way out for Donald Trump here.

"The Mueller case on its own with the Russia stuff is tough. The Stormy Daniels case feels like an absolute vise for this president."


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Hafiz poems to brighten and lighten the heart

Such short, little poems -- with so much life and love in them (~.~)

Even after all this time
 The Sun never says to the Earth,
 "You owe me."
Look what happens
With a love like that...
It lights the whole sky.
I wish I could show you
 when you are lonely or in darkness
 the astonishing light of your own being.
Ever since happiness heard your name,
it has been running through the streets trying to find you.

Tears of love may well up within when you watch these short videos of Mr. Rogers

What a wonderful man -- he gifted his life to the world by spreading kindness and love wherever he went. With these new documentaries about Mr. Rogers -- and a soon-in-theaters movie about his life, starring Tom Hanks -- we have a new chance to see Fred Rogers and be inspired by him and his most beautiful philosophy of life.  I think anyone seeing him talk with little 5-year-old Fred Ehrlinger (and then in the next video see Fred Ehrlinger as an adult in a surprise appearance at the Academy Awards tribute to Mr. Rogers) will find tears rolling down their cheeks, and a renewed appreciation for the man who liked/loved everyone.  

It is nice to know that everyone who sees these videos today will be thinking of Mr. Rogers and sending him love, wherever he is today in his heavenly neighborhood.  😇

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

If you haven't seen Stephen Colbert's "Our Cartoon President" yet...just listen to the theme song, born out of the irony of it all

🎼Donald Trump is our President. 🎶Yes he is our President. We elected him President. 🎶We made him President.🎶....Yes. We did it.🎶  Sigh.Sob. (The Sigh and Sob are mine 😥😪)

To see the cartoon, look at the right sidebar while viewing the song...several links to click on...

Heads Up: Popular protein powders found to contain mercury, lead, arsenic and cadmium

The Clean Label Project recently tested 134 of America's best selling animal-derived and plant-based protein powders for heavy metals, pesticides, BPA/BPS, residual solvents, mycotoxins, melamine and antibiotics residues.

Many popular protein powders had significant levels of contaminants and overall, plant-based protein powders had higher levels of contaminants than those made from animal sources, containing on average twice as much lead and measurably higher amounts of other contaminants. 

Based on these findings, two servings per day of protein powder could put you way above what is considered an "acceptable level" of contaminant exposure.

Another surprise, organic protein powders had higher levels of heavy metals, on average, than non-organic. What!?

To see the full results of this shocking study, the worst offenders, and what I recommend, check out today's post.

Read the article here

To your life and health!


Thursday, March 08, 2018

Amazing technology from the 1770s--a clockwork doll that can write

Click on "The Writer Automaton, Switzerland" next to the picture for a 4 minute video – amazing…

This is technology from the past, a stunning work from the 1770s!

BBC  Documentary
A 240-year-old doll that can write; a clockwork creation by Pierre Jaquet-Droz, a Swiss watch-maker.
This 4-minute video-clip will fascinate just about all the engineers, artists, clock-makers, doll-makers, computer- programmers, wannabe inventors, and basically anyone out there who likes to tinker!
Enjoy - it is truly amazing! Remember, this was built in the 1770s.

A 240 year old doll that can write, a clockwork creation by Pierre Jaquet-Droz, a Swiss watchmaker. The doll is able to write any custom text up to 40 characters.


Sunday, March 04, 2018

Hiya mjmaceri








Intriguing article in Psychology Today: The Myth of Death

For anyone curious about life/death/science/the universe and how we all fit into the scheme of things, this is a thoughtful short article presenting interesting facts to consider:

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Remember the story of Walter Mitty? Well, he's our President now...

Trump Has Conned Even Himself

by P.M. Carpenter | February 28, 2018 

In the mind of President Walter Mitty, he has passed the test. "You don't know" about your grit "until you test it," he said to the nation's governors yesterday at a White House gathering. So test it he did — in his mind. "I really believe I'd run in" and … tackle the shooter? … "even if I didn't have a weapon," he assured them. There, in the State Dining Room, stood the Hollywood personas of Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, all in one presidential package.

But again, this heroism had to play out strictly in President Mitty's mind, since in real life, Cadet Bone Spurs has been somewhat less than courageous. During the Vietnam war, he requested and received five deferments from the draft, one for that eponymous ailment — although, notes the Washington Post, "the problem was not severe enough to prevent him from playing sports such as football, tennis and golf." In those troubled times, Master Mitty possessed his own idea of valor, telling radio host Howard Stern, years later, that averting sexually transmitted diseases was his "personal Vietnam…. I feel like a great and very brave soldier." He also once told Stern of his bold reaction to the sight of an octogenarian falling and bleeding at a Mar-a-Lago event: "I said, 'Oh my God, that's disgusting,' and I turned away. I didn't want to touch him."

At a 2016 campaign stop in Dayton, Ohio, a man jumped a barrier and charged in Trump's direction, whereupon Trump "looked nervously behind him and grabbed and started to duck behind his lectern." Trump then transformed into Mitty, telling the crowd, "I was ready for him, but it's much easier if the cops do it."

Such daring was again on display yesterday, and not only in Mitty's stirring revelation that in Parkland, Florida he would have "run in," weaponless, and done, well, something or other. Mitty lectured the cowardly governors, "You guys — half of you are so afraid of the N.R.A. There's nothing to be afraid of. And you know what? If they're not with you, we have to fight them every once in a while." Indeed, Trump showed them how it is done. In his White House remarks, he promptly "dropped any mention of raising the age required to purchase a rifle to 21 from 18," since the N.R.A. opposes the measure.

He also characteristically removed himself from any sane leadership (i.e., he only advocated the truly crackpot notion of arming first grade teachers with 9mm Berettas.) In its place, he promised the governors that the "great people" at the N.R.A. (such as the clinically paranoid Wayne LaPierre and slitheringly vile Dana Loesch) would "do something" about mitigating America's mass slaughters incurred, in large part, by the N.R.A.'s incurable insanity. In addition, Trump "is waiting to see what Congress comes up with," as spokesharpy Sarah Huckabee Sanders related.

He did, however, propose one sensible idea. As the NY Times reports, "Trump lamented a period in history when he said mentally unstable people who had not yet committed a crime could be committed to a mental hospital if it were clear they were acting like a 'boiler ready to explode.'" This stimulated my memory banks. Did I not once ponder his boiler instability? I delved into my archives, and yes, there it was, from June of last year: "His state of mind? Look again at the above portrait. There you will see a trollish neurotic and bloated windbag that's about to blow." Preemptive institutionalization? I'd say he was on to something — at least for one American.

In the meantime, President Mitty is free to run loose, recounting his imaginary exploits of gallantry and grit. We always think there is no way this tormented imbecile can drag himself any lower, or degrade the United States's image any sharper. But, he always finds a way.