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I have a helluva week coming up, between trials, meetings with potential clients, etc.. So to save time, instead of working today…

 

Tandoori chicken (from scratch)

Spiced basmati rice piaf

Strogonoff with boletus

 

Next week a Thai red curry with prawns…

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“In an appearance on “The Hugh Hewitt Show” Tuesday night, former Vice President Dick Cheney said that President Obama’s actions on the world stage exemplify a president who wants “to take America down.”” http://dailycaller.com/2015/04/07/cheney-president-obama-wants-to-take-america-down-video/

Let’s see, Dick. What were you really doing on the morning of 9-11? What was your role in the events of 9-11? Yeah, we already know. The cat is out of the bag. But will you admit it, big orchestrator? This video shows Dick’s characteristic sneer. Cellular memory has nothing on this guy. How many new hearts has he had now?  Who really wants “to take America down? Any patriotism that Cheney had left him along with his original heart.

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PSA

The “Patriot” Act (enabling NSA reading on your emails) up for RENEWAL on June 1. Call your representatives in DC, and tell them what you think.

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My house is filled with the scent of jazmine!

 

My plant is now 2 years old, and started to bloom in February. We were careful to not let it sit out when nights got too cold, but now temps are in the 70’s, and what a delight! There’s nothing legal that is so intoxicating as the scent of jasmine in the evening…

 

I’m wondering how long it will last. It bloomed far too early (global warming, no doubt)…

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Why did we elect this guy?

 

Where’s the change?

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O’Malley: ‘The Presidency of the U.S. Is Not Some Crown to Be Passed Between Two Families’

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/omalley-presidency-us-not-some-crown-be-passed-between-two-families_902431.html

“Martin O’Malley, a likely Democratic presidential candidate, took a shot this morning at Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, saying that the presidency is not a “crown” and need not “be passed between two families.” Of course Clinton’s husband Bill Clinton was president. And Bush’s father, George H.W. Bush, and brother, George W. Bush, were both president.”

 

We next need to hear that Harvard and Yale are not the best colleges for nurturing presidents.

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Nationalism is a relatively new illness.

 

Modern nationalism is a XIXth century invention. To a great extent is grew out of a SOCIAL and ECONOMIC situation that blew up in the revolutions of 1848 (a field largely overlooked by today’s historians, politicians and pundits).

 

Socioeconomic inbalances, IOW, social inequality, seek a solution. People are piised off at the status quo, look for an answer. The French Revolution, those of 1848, the rise of the ‘isms (nationalism, socialism, anarchism, communism, fascism, etc.), were not conscience intellectual ideological responses – the ‘isms gave a plausible response to an unendurable situation for the moiety. Today’s islamic fundamentalism, so misunderstood in the west, is another example of the same.

 

Of all te ‘isms, nationalism is perhaps the oldest – unless one obviates the sermon on the mount. Before the XIXth century, nationalism didn’t exist – there were few examples of nationali identity against an oppressor/occupier, at least on the grass-roots level. As people felt the weight of economic inequality, national identity grew out of one of our most basic and least attractive instincrs, xenophobia. “It’s not our fault, but that of those gosh darn foreigners”.

 

All the ‘isms sought a solution to the socioeconomic problems. Some of them proactively (socialism, communism, anarchicm, etc.) and others reactively – above all nationalism.”If only we were on our own, without oppressors, tomorrow would be paradise”. And from that sentiment, one of separation on the basis of cultural differences, nationalism reared its ugly head.

 

Things suck? Blame the jews, n*ggers, ruskies, irish, sp*cs or whatnot. The natural outcome of nationalism. It’s not our fault, it’s someone else’s. And such thinking leads to the nazis, the zionists (in an ironic twist of fate), the Ukranian-Russian crisis, and even the tea party.

 

In the end, nationalism is a confusion of symbol and reference. Historically, nationalism has been fomented by wealthy interests in an effort to redirect popular discontent, more often than not originated by the very excesses of the self-same wealthy interests. Even the american revolution was a manipulation of popular discontent in favour of wealthy interests, so huppcrisy is there for all to see.

 

Before the age of 18 I lived in 6 countries. Needless to say, having such  a background nationalism has always seemd totally artificial, alien and even evil. Pride in one’s culture is fine and dandy as long as it doesn’t exclude appreciation for other cultures – or indeed other socioeconomic situations. I’ve been alternatively admired or insulted because of my nationality or “roots” – which always bewildered me, ‘cos I never identified myself with such a grandfaloon.

 

But how many people live and die for such a ridiculous concept?

 

I am troubled by John Jost’s observations on the differences between “right and left” minds. The more I see of his and kindred studies, I find that the “conservative mindset” (usually wildly nationalistic) is sociopathic, just has others have observed that the “psychology” of corporations is sociopathic. Egocentrism – sociopathism (sic) – fear – need for closure – absolutism … they all run together. They are not attractive aspects for amy individual, but as a collective, they somehow gain a sense of propriety for many (go figure).

 

Nationalism is the compendium of these evils, be it usmerican, israeli, spanish, ukranian, russian or whatnot. Instead of being EXCLUSIVE we should be INCLUSIVE.

 

Otherhow (sic), why should such movies such as Independence Day be so popular amongst conservative nationalists? The emperor has no clothes!

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Ted Cruz Announces Presidential Campaign at School Founded by Guy Who Blamed Gay People for 9/11

Notes: Audience was required to attend.
Some wore Rand Paul T-Shirts.
Cruz went to Princeton and Harvard Law.
He pandered for cell-phone numbers during his announcement.
He repeated the lie that “our laws come from God, not from man.” Hint, most of the founding fathers were diests. They were men. Most believed in deisim, which is not Christianity.

Stolen content:

This is the same guy, by the way, who once said:
“I think anyone in politics you’ve got a special obligation to avoid being a Pharisee, to avoid ostentatiously wrapping yourself in your faith,” Cruz said. “Because I think in politics, it’s too easy for that to become a crutch, for that to be politically useful.” The Pharisees were a Jewish sect known for strict observance of law.

Not only has Cruz wrapped himself in faith, he’s practically a mummy.

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Exactly HOW would you measure that for the truth? Short of MRIs, this may be a good way to find the truth.

I was out in W. Kansas this week, and indeed, if the people are not from south of the border (which as come to be the majority now), indeed Conservatives did not put on their Happy Faces last week.

Maybe Conservatives Just Think They’re Happier Than Liberals
http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/maybe-conservatives-just-think-theyre-happier-than-liberals/

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Eye Candy

only about 6 minutes of waterfalls in Iceland (Niceland).

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