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The Right of the People to be Secure in their Persons, Houses, Papers, and Effects,
Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures,
Shall Not Be Violated


Saturday, April 14, 2012

Esperanza Spalding
She Goes To You

Black Gold



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How about nothing will stop you from attending medical school and dedicating your life to healing those who can afford nothing?


How about nothing will stop you from attending medical school and dedicating your life to healing those who can afford nothing?
Is that a definition of Huntington?
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Truth Teller Or An Uncle Tom?

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Now, I would hate to say AP is utterly biased, but….

here is the picture they posted of Dick Cheney, concerning his addressing a convention 3 weeks after a heart transplant
Does if actually matter what the story says?
I got the message
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Friday, April 13, 2012

John Coltrane
Every Time We Say Goodbye

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Greeting from Beni, somewhere deep in the Bolivian Amazon

Jihadis are few and far between here in the Amazon, but those few have competition in the ugly and creepy department from some other nasty beasts.


For more adventures and fine dining tales, please take a look at my latest book, An Occasional Walker.

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The WAR on Republicans

I wouldn’t want Media Matters, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, MoveOn and the other freaks and morons to feel as if this was one sided.

“Moderate Caucus” chair urges Cheney’s execution

UPDATE: Rep. Kruger returned calls for comment this morning, he is quoted below. Kruger’s Twitter account history has also been blocked from view.
Rep. Chuck Kruger (D-Thomaston), the Democrat chair of the Maine legislature’s Moderate Caucus, used his Twitter account to express his view that former Vice President Dick Cheney should be executed. This comment has led some to question the validity of Kruger’s moderate credentials.
Kruger made the statement through his Twitter account this past summer, saying, “Cheney deserves same final end he gave Saddam. Hope there are cell cams,” a reference to technology that would allow Kruger to watch the proposed execution of the former Vice President of the United States.

Where are we going with this stuff?

The TRUE extremists, the intolerant so called progressives who cannot conceive of any domestic opposition, or for that fact anything to the right of 3.5 SD’s to the left of center,  being anything but evil, need to take a deep breath and consider WHERE this kind of thing is leading.
I am talking to you, Burton
I am talking to you, Debbie
I am talking to you, Nancy
I am talking to you, Rep. Clyburn
I am talking to you, Carney
I am talking to you, Maureen
I am talking to you, Ms. Rosen
I am talking to you, Col. West…there are NOT 80 democratic party commies in congress.
Somebody is going to get killed as a direct result of all this.
Let’s get it straight, opposition to MORE laws especially a Constitutional Amendment which mentions sex, OR MARRIAGE does not mean you hate women, or gays, or hate evangelists. What you HATE is the descent to a society in which all not forbidden is compulsory.
Republicans also are not trying to bring back slavery, Rep Clyburn
Democrats serving in the US Congress are NOT about 30% commies, Rep West.
It’s hard enough to agree on what the FACTS are, let alone have a discussion.
Somewhere in the distance is an American Sulla. All we need is to begin the process that leads there and the discourse in American Politics today is LEADING THE WAY, and right now the president of the USA is ACCELERATING that process. From the Gracchi to Nero took 200 years in a time when communication took weeks and months. We will not see such a grace period in the end of our system. I think it would take one presidential cycle OR LESS.
Maybe the street deaths will be at a demonstration, maybe that will start an entirely NEW chain of events. Maybe it will be at an occupy rally, or a counter rally. Maybe it will be next November as some other citizens attempt to vote where the New Black Panther Party CLEARLY (Mr. Holder) acts to intimidate white citizens away from the voting booth. Maybe it will be at a Palin or Coulter event. But with the rhetoric we see where the other side is conceptualized CONTINUOUSLY and UNRELENTINGLY as evil … progressives may be stupid, and emotionally activated, using that to ‘create’ logic, while in denial about objective reality, but they are not evil. Conservatives may be way over concerned about faith and ‘values’ and such, and self righteous and hypocritical about the enforcement of those values, but that is NOT evil.
Both behaviors are human.
The problem is that the Greeks were right.
So is warfare and violence.
Danger Will Robinson
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Thelonius Monk

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Now What SHOULD We Talk About Today?

What should be a personal issue (or none at all)

What should be a local issue

A global issue and real news

and the TeeVee News issue du jour is. . .


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"The Obama administration’s Iran strategy has worked so far”

And if that is not stupid enough….
Unprecedented pressure has forced Tehran to the negotiating table. 
The Iranians are at the table, Mr Zakaria, for one reason, to avoid an Israeli military attack just long enough so that a retaliation weapon can be ready to be delivered by ANY MEANS, shipping container, vehicle, air transport, to the USA or Israel.
This weapon will then be used, if there is NO ATTACK upon Israel to DEPOPULATE the nation of Israel by threat, coercion and intimidation of the people there.
That’s it.
Denial and delusion.
The mullahs do NOT have the same goals as you.
The mullahs do NOT have the same criteria of success and failure as you
The mullahs do NOT have the same criteria of good and evil as you
The mullahs do NOT even have the same definition of ‘peace’ as you
The mullahs will delay as long as they can before finding a reason to consult and delay some more.
That is how it is.
In modern times, say from 1900 onwards economic embargoes have had precisely ONE measurable effect in all the times they had been employed. In 1941 it caused Japan to attack Pearl Harbor, rather than, as they put it, ‘lick liver and eat bile’ and become a third class nation.
Fareed Zakaria is a delusional fool in a remarkable denial about the goals of the mullahs, working for a ‘news’ magazine whose established worth is $1 for all it’s assets and properties, and circulation
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This Week On The Gathering Storm

Listen to The Gathering Storm Radio Show, hosted by WC and Always On Watch. The show broadcasts live for 30 minutes every Friday beginning at noon, Pacific Time.

The call-in number is 646-915-9870.

Our guest this week is IQ al Rassooli.

Listen to the April 13, 2012 edition of The Gathering Storm Radio Show, live or later, by CLICKING HERE.

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Where is that Dos Equis? Harvard course on the most interesting man in the world

Harvard Law School is set to offer a one credit a course entitled “Understanding Obama.”
It will be taught by Professor Charles Ogletree, who served as a mentor to both the first lady and the president.
The Daily Callerreports:
“This reading group will focus on the way in which race, religion, and politics have impacted the development of President Obama as a leader,” the Harvard Law School Course Catalog explains. “We will explore his views as a biracial child, his time as a student at Harvard Law School, the successes and failures of his political campaigns, and the way religion and his views on faith nearly derailed his campaign. Finally, time will be spent analyzing the challenges he faces as president of the United States in establishing both his domestic and global policies.”
And the tuition room and board is what?
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Infidel Babe Of The Week?

"Screw P.E.T.A."

Jennifer Lawrence


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From John Hawkins:
1) Only in America could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a $35,000 a plate campaign fund raising event.
2) Only in America could people claim that the government still discriminates against black Americans when we have a black President, a black Attorney General, and roughly 18% of the federal workforce is black.
3) Only in America could we have had the two people most responsible for our tax code, Timothy Geithner, the head of the Treasury Department and Charles Rangel who once ran the Ways and Means Committee, BOTH turn out to be tax cheats who are in favor of higher taxes.
4) Only in America will you find people who burn the American flag and call America an "imperialist nation," but who get offended if you say they're not patriotic.
5) Only in America can we have terrorists kill people in the name of Allah and have the media primarily react by fretting that Muslims might be harmed by the backlash.
Read the whole thing.
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Humpday Blues

John Lee Hooker
Boom Boom

Catfish Blues

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012


From Scrapbookpages

German civilians tour Buchenwald Camp

Weimar residents forced to look at rotting corpses
After the Buchenwald concentration camp was liberated on April 11, 1945, the political prisoners in the camp set up a tour of exhibits. On April 15, 1945, the German civilians from the nearby town of Weimar were brought to see the evidence of Nazi atrocities.
Famous photographer Margaret Burke-White arrived at Buchenwald on the 15th of April, just as a procession of German townspeople entered the camp, according to the Buchenwald Report. Her shot of a German woman, wearing walking shoes and her Sunday dress, hiding her eyes in shame, was one of several that were published in Life magazine. Another photo taken by Burke-White is shown below.
Weimar residents view exhibits in Buchenwald
General George S. Patton wrote in his autobiography that the number of Weimar citizens brought to the camp was 1,500, although other accounts say it was 2,000. The German civilians had to march five miles up a steep hill, escorted by armed American soldiers. It took two days for the Weimar residents to file through the camp. No precautions were taken to protect them from the typhus epidemic in the camp.
German citizens on their visit to Buchenwald are shown in this YouTube video.
General Patton had visited the Ohrdruf sub-camp of Buchenwald on April 12, 1945 along with General Omar Bradley and General Dwight D. Eisenhower. On April 15, 1945, the day that he visited Buchenwald, General George S. Patton wrote the following in a letter to General Dwight D. Eisenhower:
We have found at a place four miles north of WEIMAR a similar camp, only much worse. The normal population was 25,000, and they died at the rate of about a hundred a day. The burning arrangements, according to General Gay and Colonel Codman who visited it yesterday, were far superior to those they had at OHRDRUF.
I told the press to go up there and see it, and then write as much about it as they could. I also called General Bradley last night and suggested that you send selected individuals from the upper strata of the press to look at it, so that you can build another page of the necessary evidence as to the brutality of the Germans.
General Eisenhower did not visit Buchenwald himself, but he did follow General Patton’s advice to “build another page” about the”brutality of the Germans.” A group of “upper strata” reporters were flown to Germany, arriving at Buchenwald on April 24, 1945, and given the grand tour of the Buchenwald atrocities.
The photo below shows one of the barrack buildings that had exhibits prepared for visitors.
Sign on door into barrack building
A few of the Jewish survivors, wearing their striped prison uniforms, sat at a table in one of the barracks, ready to confront the German civilians with stories of what they had suffered at the hands of the Nazis. There were 4,000 Jews in the Buchenwald camp when the American liberators arrived, and most of them had previously been at Auschwitz or other camps in the east.
“We didn’t know.” This was what the German civilian population would say over and over again about the concentration camps in the coming months. The American army was determined that the ordinary German people should see the depths of depravity to which their Nazis leaders had sunk.
German civilians look on as survivors watch two men move the corpses
Photo Credit: USHMM
Wagon filled with corpses at Buchenwald crematorium, April 18, 1945
Photo credit: Ardean R. Miller, U.S. Army Signal Corps
At his trial before an American Military Tribunal at Dachau, after the war, the last Commandant of Buchenwald, Hermann Pister, claimed that there were no bodies “lying around” when the camp was liberated. The photo above, taken a week after the camp was liberated, shows a wagon loaded with corpses outside the Buchenwald crematorium. Pister claimed that the bodies on display were those of prisoners who died after the camp was liberated. (In the background of the photo is the camp zoo with a cave for the bears.)
In the photo below, famous photographer Margaret Bourke-White takes a reading with a light meter in preparation for photographing a group of German civilians who are being brought to see a wagon load of corpses. This photo was taken on April 16th, the second day that a group of German civilians were brought from Weimar to see the bodies of the typhus victims.
Margaret Bourke-White prepares to take a photo of corpses, April 16, 1945
Photo Credit: USHMM
The two photos immediately above are from the collection of Lt. Col. Parke O. Yingst, Commander of the 281st Combat Engineers Battalion, who arrived at Buchenwald after the camp was liberated.
Weimar civilians are confronted with wagon load of corpses, April 16, 1945
The first news reel film about the German war crimes, that was shown in American theaters near the end of the war, included some scenes of German civilians, being forced to “atone” for what their countrymen did, by burying the bodies found in the camp. One of the crematory ovens was shown with the body of a prisoner in a striped uniform visible inside, as the narrator said that prisoners had been “burned alive” at Buchenwald. The narrator of the film said that what the Americans found at Buchenwald had “changed the name of Germany to infamy.”
It took years of rehabilitation by the Allies before the German people turned against the Third Reich and Adolf Hitler, “the people’s Chancellor,” whom they had once worshiped. Now the Germans look upon their defeat in World War II as their liberation from the Nazis.
The year 2005 marked the 60ieth anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and ceremonies took place at many of the former camps to mark the dates, so that the horror will never be forgotten.
The following quote is from a CBS news story in 2005 about the anniversary ceremony at Buchenwald:
About 1,000 people gathered in a cold drizzle as German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and camp survivors observed a minute of silence and placed flowers where prisoners were forced to assemble.
Earlier, Schroeder expressed shame in Germany’s name and honored the victims in a ceremony at Weimar’s National Theater, a symbol of the city’s classical cultural heritage.”They fell victim to hunger, sickness, the sadistic terror and systematic murder,” Schroeder said in a speech. “I bow before you, the victims and their families.”
The official ceremony was part of a weekend of commemorations. It began with music by Ludwig van Beethoven, a representative of the cultured Germany of which Schroeder said the Nazis were “the absolute negation.”
A women’s choir sang a song written by two Austrian inmates at Buchenwald that became the secret camp anthem.
“Oh Buchenwald, I cannot forget you, because you are my destiny,” they sang. “Only those who leave you can grasp how wonderful freedom is.”
Former inmates recalled the stench of the crematoriums, the beatings and the forced labor. They worried that the world will find it harder to understand what happened under the Nazis once the survivors are gone.
“In a certain sense the cycle of active memory is closing, with the vow not only to cast our eyes back upon the past but also to look forward to the future,” said Spanish writer and former culture minister Jorge Semprún, himself a former Buchenwald inmate.
Jorge Semprún was born in Spain in 1923; his family moved to France after the Spanish Civil War ended with the defeat of the Communists. When France was occupied by Germany in 1940, Semprún joined the Communist Resistance group called Francs-Tireurs et Partisans. Semprún was arrested by the Gestapo in 1943 and deported to Buchenwald. As a partisan who was fighting as an illegal combatant without protection under the Geneva Convention of 1929, Semprún could have been legally executed, but he was sent to Buchenwald instead. After the war, Semprún wrote two fictional accounts of his life in the Buchenwald camp: The Long Voyage and What a Beautiful Sunday. As a Communist, Semprún was part of the privileged group of prisoners at Buchenwald; he had an easy job in the camp, keeping records for the work groups.

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