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Even though Summer doesn't start by the calender for almost another month for tourism, and commerce it starts this weekend. Yep, it's time to fire up all those engines and start belching even more fumes into the air.

I happen to live by a large lake that has become a larger and larger attraction, which means more boats on the lake. I also happen to live close to a facility that celebrates cars flying around an asphalt track at speeds ranging from 150 - 180 MPH. I find it ironic that we celebrate the outdoors with events that pollute the very environment we're hoping to enjoy.

There are two races occurring this weekend. One in Charlotte and one in Indianapolis, both have smaller events occurring around them, and all these events revolve around the internal combustion engine. A technology that is well over 100 years old now, and we've barely made a dent in improving how it works and how that effects the our environment.

Have a great Summer and have a great Memorial Day weekend!

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We just don't shame the way we used to. Or rather some people are incapable of feeling shame. Today's Republican Party is a collection of a mass inability to experience shame. Or feeling guilt, not really feel it. Sometimes they have a sense they're supposed to feel something, but then... nada. The vote on cutting funding for Amtrak the day after a tragic accident is just one recent example. Granted they tried to defend it publicly, but if they really felt guilt or shame they would have at least postponed the vote for a week or two.

I long for the days when you could publicly pelt people with rotten food items to show your disgust. There are several reasons we don't do that today; 1) Better refrigeration. 2) You'd be charged with assault if you threw something at someone and hit them with it, even if it was a rotten tomato.

Auguste Rodin 1840 Paris-Meudon 1917 Eve after the Fall, 1881 Plaster Donation: J. Hudig 1899 BEK1330 (MK) Shortly after the Fall, Eva bends her head with shame and covers her breasts. This life-size, cast in plaster 'Eve' was given to the museum in 1899 after the Rodin exhibition. It was the first Rodin in a Dutch collection. Following the gift itself, Rodin paid Museum Boijmans a visit.
But then, if we were allowed to publicly throw rotten food at our politicians the GOP would astroturf throwing parties against every Democratic office holder all the way down to the Dog Catcher.
A "sense of shame"is the consciousness or awareness of shame as a state or condition. Such shame cognition may occur as a result of the experience of shame affect or, more generally, in any situation of embarrassment, dishonor, disgrace, inadequacy, humiliation, or chagrin.[4]

A condition or state of shame may also be assigned externally, by others, regardless of one's own experience or awareness. "To shame" generally means to actively assign or communicate a state of shame to another. Behaviors designed to "uncover" or "expose" others are sometimes used for this purpose, as are utterances like "Shame!" or "Shame on you!" Finally, to "have shame" means to maintain a sense of restraint against offending others (as with modesty, humility, and deference) while to "have no shame" is to behave without such restraint (as with excessive pride or hubris).

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Or Would You Really Prefer to Have Another Slice of Bacon?

Let's all think about it. Do these many "people" out there who are pushing for us to "remain" (as opposed to becoming) a Christian Nation really thought this through? Are they ready to give up their bacon? How about those pork chops? No more bacon and eggs. No more BLTs. No more Bacon Jam. No more bacon cheese burgers. And on and on we could go.

Leviticus 11:7-8    

And the pig, because it parts the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. You shall not eat any of their flesh, and you shall not touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you.

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I love finding new quotes that capture the essence of a good leader. I've run across many over the years and they repeat a theme. It's not about them, it's about you. Let me hear from you guys as to who you look to for leadership inspiration.

Several months ago when Dean Smith passed, I ran across one of his;

A leader's job is to develop committed followers.

A bad leader destroys their followers sense of commitment.

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Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 07:30 AM PDT

Mojo Friday - Ha Ha Redux - Edition

by TexDem

The content below has been previously posted.


To me there are three things everyone should do every day. Number one is laugh. Number two is think -- spend some time time in thought. Number three, you should have your emotions move you to tears. If you laugh, think and cry, that's a heck of a day.

― Jim Valvano


We've done lots of thinking and crying recently over tons and tons of issues and world and local events. Time for the third leg of Jimmy V's stool of a full life(day). Humor!

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Let's say we get a body camera on every police officer, state trooper, sheriff's deputy and Federal LEO(Law Enforcement Officer, pretty much everyone who wears a badge), NOW what?

Where is all that video going to be stored? How are we going to protect it's integrity? It's like any other evidence that the police gather, but this has the potential to clear someone involved with a LEO. It also has the potential to clear a LEO from charges of excessive force etc. So, how do we keep it from being manipulated? If it's stored by the LEO's agency, how is it protected from editing and other manipulation? Civilian oversight? Who appoints the civilians or how are they assigned?

If the storage of the videos is by a third party, how would they be selected? Bids? Not sure I'd trust that process very long.

We want to make sure the public and the media have access to the stored video and that the LEO agencies and prosecutors don't shield them under the guise of "an ongoing investigation".

What are the Police Departments and other LEO agencies that are currently using "body cams" doing? Is it working? What lessons can they impart?

Questions. I have questions. I'm cynical and a bit of a skeptic when it comes to trusting every PD out there. I'm sure there are some great PDs, but far too many have shown they're not entirely trust worthy when it comes to policing themselves. That statement also includes the FBI who if memory serves me correctly has never found one of their agents guilty of any wrong doing in the shooting death if a suspect.

Comments! Suggestions! Discussion!

Let's talk!

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So what did they do again? The Easter Bunny and the Easter Basket. Yep, the same guys who brought us the Christmas tree gave us the bunny and the basket for Easter. Even the name Easter isn't Christian in origin but started life as a celebration of Spring by pagans. So, oops, they did it again.
Easter celebrations, long favored by pagans, were incorporated into Christianity by early Christians who celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ at the same time pagan worshipers were celebrating the bounty of spring and fertility in general. The pagan traditions became intermingled with Christian beliefs from that point, and various additions to the holiday were made through the centuries--including that of the familiar and calorie-laden Easter basket.

Now if you want to read more from a guy who's trying to unravel myth, mythology and religion around Easter and Spring celebration click on this link. You'll have to read it several times, I think he confuses himself at times, but he does admit that many Christian celebration dates are made up or fused with pagan celebrations.

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Fri Mar 27, 2015 at 07:30 AM PDT

Mojo Friday - March Sadness - Edition

by TexDem

Well it is a more appropriate name for it isn't it? I mean ultimately there's only one team that ends up happy. Out of 68 teams that enter the tournament only one ends on a winning note the rest of go home with a loss. My Heels were sent home and of course I think the game was called close on Carolina and only the most obvious of fouls were called on Wisconsin and even then they got away with a bunch.

Of course unless your team is loaded with a bunch of seniors or high draft pick you're thinking;

OH MY GOD! Wait til next year! Everybody's coming back! We're gonna kick everyone's ass.
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Fri Mar 20, 2015 at 07:30 AM PDT

Mojo Friday - Morning Bloom - Edition

by TexDem

How many of you would prefer to see Lisa Bloom's face in the Morning in place of Joe Scaborough? Me too.

Back in December The Daily Caller was attempting to give Ms Bloom a hard time for ripping into Scarborough overnight (because it was assumed Joe was fast asleep in preparation for his "Morning Blow(hard)" show. I must have responded somewhere (maybe here) that MSNBC should replace Joe and his lap buddies with Lisa Bloom because the morning audience would be better informed. Well somebody( @flitedocnm) loved it. He enjoyed it so much he tweeted the idea to Joe, MSNBC and Lisa. Obviously nothing came of it but I thought I'd give it another airing just for fun.

We can talk about it seriously or just for fun. Either way we can create just a little internet buzz. Even if it's just a tiny buzz. Just for the annoyance factor for Scaborough if nothing else.

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Grammar Mugs

This isn't meant as an advertisement, just poking fun at our own Grammar Police on Daily Kos. Not overlooking our own writing and grammar pet peeves.

That that that that that that. That that that that that that that that that that that. Can we just leave THAT out? I plead guilty too, but I try to leave THAT out as much as I can.

Let's hear it folks! What drives you nuts about other people's writing because we know yours is perfect?

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As we come to the close of Black History Month it's interesting to reflect on a what caught the headlines this month among them a Texas high school raising "White Power" signs (and other acts of disrespect) at a home game with an opposing school trying to fuck with their psyche. What these kids fail to realize and they didn't learn from their parents (who taught them to be racists assholes) is their stunts have just the opposite effect. The stunt didn't just galvanize the opposing team they galvanized the whole Dallas/Fort Worth community against them and brought national shame to their school. So to the racist out there I say; "Keep it up! Stunts like this helps to bring you down."

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Fri Feb 20, 2015 at 07:30 AM PST

Mojo Friday - Birdbrain - Edition

by TexDem


Are You smarter than a crow?

I know you've spent countless hours contemplating whether or not a crow could pull off a complex puzzle to access some food, but seeing it does surprise you doesn't it? Seriously, it changes your definition of the term birdbrain?

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