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News Blackout & Open Thread

I haven’t watched TV news or read newspapers in weeks. Just been too busy. I happened to catch part of Bill O’Reilly’s program tonight. He focused on the need for “bold leadership.” I recalled the day I stood in the gallery above the U.S. Senate chamber and got to see Everett Dirksen down below, and how thrilled I was to see that great legislator, who has many buildings named for him. [When I grabbed the link to a federal building named after Dirksen, I noticed a plea from Wikipedia for funding and, below, I'll tell you why I believe it's important to support them.]

Back in those days, we had many, many fine senators who got so much accomplished. How I wish we had senators of their calibre. (Well, some of them are, but they can’t seem to get anything done because of the nasty political atmosphere poisoning all the wells in D.C.). O’Reilly’s message explains in part why it is difficult, these days, to get the best and brightest to run for public office:

It’s too bad that Fox News doesn’t put up more videos of its shows. Following his “essay,” O’Reilly spoke with two women who also made great points. One explained that many bright people don’t want to expose their families and themselves to the intense scrutiny by the media. I immediately thought of Sarah Palin and her family. Mitt Romney’s too.

I heard that Romney is meeting with Obama today (November 29th), and then with Paul Ryan. Well, the first meeting will be a joke, but I hope that he and Paul have a good discussion.)

Earlier tonight, I followed a link that a friend of this blog sent, and noticed this terrible story. Perhaps many of you heard about this? All these people dead in Bangladesh, making clothing for Sears, Walt Disney, and Walmart. Someday (?) conditions for these workers may improve. They are so far away, we know none of them, but imagine how their families are grieving. Not only have they lost their beloved relatives and friends, can you imagine how this is hitting their pocketbooks? Probably many family members depend on those meager earnings.

I honestly don’t know what can be done for those people, but hope that a good NGO is on it. Perhaps the U.N.? (Yes, I know, they’re lousy at politics, but they try to do good works. There’s a book my child gave me years ago with a great title, “EMERGENCY SEX: AND OTHER DESPERATE MEASURES” I read it years ago, and it is a fantastic read about the sex (yes!) and frustrations a group of idealistic young people experienced in trying to help people in Cambodia, Haiti, Somalia (dicey after Blackhawk Down), and elsewhere.

This is the Wikipedia announcement asking for donations: “Dear Wikipedia readers: We are the small non-profit that runs the #5 website in the world. We have only 150 staff but serve 450 million users, and have costs like any other top site: servers, power, rent, programs, staff and legal help. To protect our independence, we’ll never run ads. We take no government funds. We run on donations. If everyone reading this gave the price of a cup of coffee, our fundraiser would be done within an hour. If Wikipedia is useful to you, take one minute to keep it online another year by donating whatever you can today. We just need .3% of readers to donate an average of about $30. We’re not there yet. Please help us forget fundraising and get back to Wikipedia. Thank you.”

Below that request is a statement from Wikipedia‘s founder:

Wikipedia is something special. It is like a library or a public park. It is like a temple for the mind. It is a place we can all go to think, to learn, to share our knowledge with others.

When I founded Wikipedia, I could have made it into a for-profit company with advertising banners, but decided to do something different.

Commerce is fine. Advertising is not evil. But it doesn’t belong here. Not in Wikipedia.

— Wikipedia Founder, Jimmy Wales

After I sent them $2, I followed their request to complete a form. And I got a chance to tell them why Wikipedia.org has been so important to me. Well, it has also been a highly valuable asset when I prepare posts for this blog. If I am uncertain how to spell a certain word, it is easy to find terms. For example, a few months ago, I couldn’t remember the spelling of some of the leaders of Iran, and I scanned the page on Iran at Wikipedia and found the correct spellings. Anyway, here is part of what I wrote to them:

I have searched and searched the Internet trying to find out why I am in so much pain throughout my body. Invariably, I turn to Wikipedia. A couple months ago, I remembered that a fine orthopedic surgeon told me in 2007 that I grew bone spurs (he replaced both my hips after years of entirely unnecessary excruciating pain, solely because the local doctor – although I told him relatives had had hip replacements — never x-rayed my hips). (By the way, every time a doctor sees an X-ray of my hips, he/she is astonished by how badly both were completely worn away (“bone on bone,” one said). I was in such agony, I couldn’t sleep and packed my legs with big frozen packages of peas from Costco, for about two years.

Since my hip surgery — and while I had NO decent health insurance (another long story) — I kept thinking and thinking. One day, a couple months ago, I decided to type “bone spurs” in Google, and your site came up. I clicked and was astounded to discover that bone spurs can grow on bones throughout our bodies.

Just three Mondays ago, I saw an orthopedic surgeon who repairs shoulders, and he showed me the x-ray. There it was: A huge bone spur from my upper arm past my collarbone. Now I know that the excruciating pain I feel in my neck, both shoulders, my entire back, arms (?), hands (?), legs (?) and my hips are probably all caused by bone spurs. How I wish a doctor — just once — had had the curiosity to take x-rays. Then, perhaps, I could have gone to a surgeon earlier in my life… I am afraid there isn’t a lot they can do — so many operations? What can they do for me?

All the local doctors have ever done is write prescriptions. I get lots of medication [and have a list of -- get this -- 25 prescriptions]. I am so bent over that I can only see the ground in front of me — several people came to help me move and organize today, and I never saw their faces. I find light switches by gliding my fingers across walls.

Oh god, I wish I had found a site like yours 20-30 years ago. I have used a computer since 1983 but it wasn’t until 1995 that I knew about the World Wide Web. I don’t know when you began your site, but I am so very grateful.

I just want you to know that, but for you, I may have never found that information. Most medical sites are full of jargon I can scarcely comprehend. Mayo Clinic’s site is excellent, but rather brief. Finally, thanks to you, I am moving to be near better doctors. Yes, that’s 90% of the reason I am moving. I am nearly flat broke, but I am very frugal and hope I can manage the rent, moving, etc. — as long as 4 more checks arrive. I wish I could donate more. I promise I will when can earn more money.

But I always passively let doctors say or do whatever they suggested. No more. I am the boss of my body now — and the doctors will advise me. I will try to find some ways to ease the pain but I can’t have operations in all of the above-mentioned areas. It is too late for me. So I am on a small campaign to let others know what happened to me, to warn them. I hope they read my blog reports and do as I suggest.

Bless you, and whoever wrote the report on “bone spurs.” If you can, please let them know how grateful I am. I don’t particularly like publicity but if my story can help other people, I will gladly help you. After all, more people will find out about what happened to me. This is a shortened link to the orthopedic surgeon who has the x-rays of my right shoulder and neck. I will sign any consent forms you require, if you wish to see the xrays. [link removed]

– In closing, there may be typos here, but that is due to old hand injuries, which I hope a hand surgeon can correct (I mistakenly went to a local hand surgeon who moved my ulnar nerve in my right arm, but the procedure failed and, two and a half years later, two fingers and my palm are still numb).

The other hand was injured decades ago. I hope they can make it easier for me to use my hands — the two most important instruments I have with which to earn some extra money. Without those hands, I’d be flat broke and unable to communicate with people like you.

I hope some of you who have benefited from Wikipedia will donate too. And I hope you will share my story with others so that, no matter what kind of ailments or pain they may have, they know that they can search through Wikipedia or simply go to the very best physicians they can.

If I were wealthy, I suppose I could fly to New York City or the Mayo Clinic. But, I am very happy with my choice. For one thing, all of the physicians are under one big roof, which means that I can get to any floor easily. Additionally, some very smart people have redesigned the clinic since I was there in 2007. Now, almost all of the surgeons are in one large corner on the same floor — Rheumatology, all of the orthopedic surgeons, x-ray equipment, and hematologists. So I will hopefully be there in a couple months, sitting in one of the chairs I sat in a few weeks ago.

Someone put out a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle, which I enjoyed working on while I waited and waited to see the ortho surgeon. (I didn’t know that all the other appointments had been canceled before I arrived because I kept hesitating to buy an answering machine. Such is life.)

A couple weeks ago, my 14-year-old TV “died.” Then my telehone “died.” I tell you, nothing else had better “die.” I am laughing. Everything should go just fine. Thanks to an elderly relative, I was able to get my 2002 Dodge car fixed last May, and it is in great shape. Heck, it only has 66,000 miles on it … that tells you a lot about my life, doesn’t it. I haven’t bought a single tire since 2005, and was told by my favorite mechanic that they are all in good shape. Hope so! I think that the original tires that came with the car were cheap tires (which ticks me off), and I got them replaced, one by one, as they blew out, with better tires from Les Schwab. Perhaps that company’s tires are more expensive. I don’t care. I know that I will find good tires if I need them again right there, or at Costco — the prices are about the same.

It’s 1 a.m. and I’m going to hit the sack, and perhaps finish watching an old movie with Jon Voight called “The Fixer.” He is a fine actor. And, yeah, he worked hard for Mitt Romney too, didn’t he.

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    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/11/29/CA-unions-shut-down-nation-largest-ports

    union shuts down two of the nation’s biggest ports LA and Long Beach

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  • HELENK2

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/11/28/question-for-the-state-dept-can-the-feds-invite-a-u-s-citizen-to-the-local-embassy-for-the-purpose-of-killing-him/

    interesting question
    can the feds invite a US citizen to the local embassy for the purpose of killing him????

  • HELENK2

    http://weaselzippers.us/2012/11/29/house-democrats-unanimously-vote-to-keep-pelosi-as-party-leader/

    house democrats unanimously vote to keep princess nancy as party leader.
    you can not fix stupid

  • HELENK2

    http://times247.com/articles/border-agents-to-patrol-crossing-from-300-miles-away

    gee we can not watch illegal border crossings in real time.
    will the backtrack bunch do the same as they did in Benghazi??

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    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/11/official-team-obama-to-regulate-junk-food-industry/

    backtrack bunch to regulate junk food industry

    soon the peons will not be “eating cake” .
    free will is going to cost you

  • HELENK2

    backtrack and meeeeschele will be in Hawaii from dec 17 to jan 6. It will cost the taxpayer around 4 million.

    don’t worry about that pesky fiscal cliff thingy.

    for some reason I keep thinking that backtrack is channeling Texas Guinan. HELLO SUCKER

    http://www.flapperjane.com/June%202004/guinan.htm

    • HELENK2
    • KenoshaMarge

      Well at least we aren’t willing suckers!
      Since many/most of those that voted for the POS don’t care because they don’t pay anything into the system. Takers just like the scum in the White House.

  • HARP2

    ‘Tis the season of giving, and no time was that more apparent than on a street corner in New York City earlier this month.

    That’s when a tourist witnessed an NYPD officer giving a homeless man without shoes — and with blistered feed — a pair of winter boots. The photo taken of the scene, unbeknown to the officer at the time, has since gone viral.

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/let-this-viral-picture-of-an-nypd-cop-giving-a-homeless-man-winter-boots-restore-your-faith-in-humanity/

    • HELENK2

      my granddaughter is studying criminal justice in college and want to go into law enforcement. I just posted this to her at facebook. told her never to lose her kindness in dealing with people. when you see mostly the bad, it is hard to remember the good

      • BronwynsHarbor

        Oh yes. I have often thought that myself about police officers. Years and years ago, I went to a party at the home of my brother’s second ex-wife. She had fallen in love with a police officer — they met while a movie was being filmed in HER home (with Gene Hackman, Ellen Burstyn — I think it was called “Twice in a Lifetime.” He earned extra $$$ guarding the film crew, stars, and their large trailers (so, if you ever see that movie, I sat in the sofa shown in that movie many times).

        At the party, the room was filled with policemen/women and their spouses. I remember a number of them gathered around one of the officers, and they were all trying to comfort him. I don’t think I heard the story about why he was so upset. It was great to see that they bonded and helped each other. In that same city, every single time I have had an encounter or needed a police officer, they have been invariably kind and helpful.

        Helen, I am sure your granddaughter will be a great officer. I bet you are proud of her.

  • MG6

    Found this little gem. Quotes from famous people regarding he Jews:

    #1
    “Some people like the Jews, and some do not. But no thoughtful man can deny the fact that they are, beyond any question, the most formidable and the most remarkable race which has appeared in the world.”

    • Winston Churchill

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    #2
    “The Jew is that sacred being who has brought down from heaven the everlasting fire, and has illumined with it the entire world. He is the religious source, spring, and fountain out of which all the rest of the peoples have drawn their beliefs and their religions.”

    • Leo Tolstoy
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    #3
    “It was in vain that we locked them up for several hundred years behind the walls of the Ghetto. No sooner were their prison gates unbarred than they easily caught up with us, even on those paths which we opened up without their aid.”

    •A. A. Leroy Beaulieu, French publicist, 1842
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    #4
    “The Jew gave us the Outside and the Inside – our outlook and our inner life. We can hardly get up in the morning or cross the street without being Jewish. We dream Jewish dreams and hope Jewish hopes. Most of our best words, in fact – new, adventure, surprise, unique, individual, person, vocation, time, history, future, freedom, progress, spirit, faith, hope, justice – are the gifts of the Jews.”

    • Thomas Cahill, Irish Author
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    #5
    “One of the gifts of the Jewish culture to Christianity is that it has taught Christians to think like Jews, and any modern man who has not learned to think as though he were a Jew can hardly be said to have learned to think at all.”

    • William Rees-Mogg, former Editor-in-Chief for The Times of London and a member of the House of Lords

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    #6
    “It is certain that in certain parts of the world we can see a peculiar people, separated from the other peoples of the world and this is called the Jewish people…

    This people is not only of remarkable antiquity but has also lasted for a singular long time… For whereas the people of Greece and Italy, of Sparta, Athens and Rome and others who came so much later have perished so long ago, these still exist, despite the efforts of so many powerful kings who have tried a hundred times to wipe them out, as their historians testify, and as can easily be judged by the natural order of things over such a long spell of years. They have always been preserved, however, and their preservation was foretold… My encounter with this people amazes me…”

    • Blaise Pascal, French Mathematician
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    #7
    “The Jewish vision became the prototype for many similar grand designs for humanity, both divine and man made The Jews, therefore, stand at the center of the perennial attempt to give human life the dignity of a purpose.”

    • Paul Johnson, American Historian
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    #8
    “As long as the world lasts, all who want to make progress in righteousness will come to Israel for inspiration as to the people who had the sense for righteousness most glowing and strongest.”

    • Matthew Arnold, British poet and critic
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    #9
    “Indeed it is difficult for all other nations of the world to live in the presence of the Jews. It is irritating and most uncomfortable. The Jews embarrass the world as they have done things which are beyond the imaginable. They have become moral strangers since the day their forefather, Abraham, introduced the world to high ethical standards and to the fear of Heaven. They brought the world the Ten Commandments, which many nations prefer to defy. They violated the rules of history by staying alive, totally at odds with common sense and historical evidence. They outlived all their former enemies, including vast empires such as the Romans and the Greeks. They angered the world with their return to their homeland after 2000 years of exile and after the murder of six million of their brothers and sisters.

    They aggravated mankind by building, in the wink of an eye, a democratic State which others were not able to create in even hundreds of years. They built living monuments such as the duty to be holy and the privilege to serve one’s fellow men.

    They had their hands in every human progressive endeavor, whether in science, medicine, psychology or any other discipline, while totally out of proportion to their actual numbers. They gave the world the Bible and even their “s avi or.”

    Jews taught the world not to accept the world as it is, but to transform it, yet only a few nations wanted to listen. Moreover, the Jews introduced the world to one God, yet only a minority wanted to draw the moral consequences. So the nations of the world realize that they would have been lost without the Jews…

    And while their subconscious tries to remind them of how much of Western civilization is framed in terms of concepts first articulated by the Jews, they do anything to suppress it.

    They deny that Jews remind them of a higher purpose of life and the need to be honorable, and do anything to escape its consequences. It is simply too much to handle for them, too embarrassing to admit, and above all, too difficult to live by.

    So the nations of the world decided once again to go out of ‘their’ way in order to find a stick to hit the Jews. The goal: to prove that Jews are as immoral and guilty of massacre and genocide as some of they themselves are.

    All this in order to hide and justify their own failure to even protest when six million Jews were brought to the slaughterhouses of Auschwitz and Dachau; so as to wipe out the moral conscience of which the Jews remind them, and they found a stick.

    Nothing could be more gratifying for them than to find the Jews in a struggle with another people (who are completely terrorized by their own leaders) against whom the Jews, against their best wishes, have to defend themselves in order to survive. With great satisfaction, the world allows and initiates the rewriting of history so as to fuel the rage of yet another people against the Jews. This in spite of the fact that the nations understand very well that peace between the parties could have come a long time ago, if only the Jews would have had a fair chance. Instead, they happily jumped on the wagon of hate so as to justify their jealousy of the Jews and their incompetence to deal with their own moral issues.

    When Jews look at the bizarre play taking place in The Hague , they can only smile as this artificial game once more proves how the world paradoxically admits the Jews uniqueness. It is in their need to undermine the Jews that they actually raise them.

    The study of history of Europe during the past centuries teaches us one uniform lesson: That the nations which received and in any way dealt fairly and mercifully with the Jew have prospered; and that the nations that have tortured and oppressed them have written out their own curse.”

    • Olive Schreiner, South African novelist and social activist
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    #10
    “If there is any honor in all the world that I should like, it would be to be an honorary Jewish citizen.”

    • A.L Rowse, authority on Shakespeare

    • KenoshaMarge

      That I would live to see the day when the United States would become one with the anti-Semite nations is incomprehensible to me. Yet the left has joined the anti-semites and the American Jews vote for them. WTF?

      • HELENK2

        http://weaselzippers.us/2012/11/29/stevie-wonder-cancels-performance-at-pro-israel-event-after-leftists-accuse-him-of-supporting-apartheid/

        stevie wonder cancels performance at pro Israel event after leftists accuse him of supporting apartheid

        • MG6

          I wish he had shown more courage!

        • KenoshaMarge

          Apartheid? How about anti-semitism? Both Sharpton, Rev. Wright Wrong and various members of the leftist establishment have been very blatant in their anti-semitism. But that’s okay.
          And Jews still vote for these scum.

        • getfitnow

          and not a word was spoken about pop divas Mariah Carey and Beyonce performing for the late Ghadafi (how do you spell this corpse’s name?)

        • MG6

          Apartheid according to the left is everything that doesn’t fit their view of the world.
          Which brings up #8:
          “As long as the world lasts, all who want to make progress in righteousness will come to Israel for inspiration as to the people who had the sense for righteousness most glowing and strongest.”

          • Matthew Arnold, British poet and critic

    • Hokma

      Quotes the anti-Semites might find more to their liking:

      “I am in hell already. I am in Israel.” – Al Sharpton

      “That’s all Hymie wants to talk about, is Israel; every time you go to Hymietown, that’s all they want to talk about.” – Jesse Jackson

      “Congress, the White House, Hollywood and Wall Street are owned by Zionists. They put their money where their mouth is.” – Helen Thomas

      “The [Nuremberg Trial was] the biggest legal farce in history…the legend about six million supposedly murdered Jews acquired a legal basis, even though the court did not have a single document signed by Adolph Hitler concerning the extermination of Jews….” – Rick Sanchez, CNN

      “I love Hitler. People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers would all be f****** gased,” – John Galliano, Christian Dior chief designer.

      “The state of Israel is an illegal, genocidal place. To equate Judaism with state of Israel is equate Christianity with Flavor Flav.” – Jeremiah Wright

      Or they can go to the Daily Koz Kidz any day, do a search on “Israel” and just read the diaries and comments to find many anti-Semitic remarks.

      • MG6

        Yet, they cannot hide the accomplishments in medicine, law, music, literature, ethics, etc…that the Jewish people have given the world.
        129 noble peace prize winners! What other race can claim that. Yet, Israel quietly moves along in research and helping humanity.
        The Palestians know this. They get free care in Israel. The electricity is provided to Gaza by the Jews, AND they continue to provide it! Despite the war, and that the Palestian owes them millions in back services.

    • BronwynsHarbor

      MG6 — That is an amazing collection of quotations. I want to post some of those, and be sure to thank you for finding every one of them. Thank you so much. I’ll e-mail you someday soon … hopefully soon …

      • MG6

        Always good to hear from you. I wish I knew who wrote these so I can give them credit.

  • getfitnow

    How does a “public servant” accumulate this kind of wealth?

    http://freebeacon.com/rice-has-up-to-600k-stake-in-keystone-company/

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  • no_longer_a_democrat

    Both Romney and Ryan will be used as props, I know both these good men are smart enough to know that, I just hope they are also smart to maneuver around it as Soetero will use them and then throw them under his big bus.

    This is all just window dressing for the a$$hole Soetero, he did the same with Bloomberg, he did the same with every single person, this loser is not a leader, he’s just a pretender who can’t even do that good of a job pretending.

    Romney is a good man, Ryan too, I just hope they are prepared to not be used in that way. If Soetero puts out a lying statement about the meetings, R and R damn better be ready and prepared to hit back against Sotero’s lies, in a backhanded way of course.

    • politicsisdirty

      I agree. Romney and Ryan acceding to be used as props from the most political President just shows how naive they are.

  • getfitnow

    I have no confidence that either meeting will bear positive fruit. It’s about “optics.” From day 1 he was going to be the reach-across-the-aisle; post-this, that and the other POTUS. He’s been anything but, and it isn’t in his make up to be anything else.

    And I hope Romney and Ryan both realize if he does take any of their suggestions, and they begin to work, That One will take all the credit. In this regard, I’m sure neither Romney nor Ryan would care. That’s the difference when you’re an adult and the priority is restoring the country. That One isn’t really interested in doing that. But he’ll do the optic thing, and it’ll be in one news cycle of how magnanimous the light bringer is.

    • KenoshaMarge

      If Romney and Ryan shake hands with the cockroach in the White House they had better count their fingers when done.

  • BronwynsHarbor

    I just got a nice thank you from Wikipedia for my piddly $2. Here are two paragraohs from it:

    People tell me they donate to Wikipedia because they find it useful, and they trust it because even though it’s not perfect, they know it’s written for them. Wikipedia isn’t meant to advance somebody’s PR agenda or push a particular ideology, or to persuade you to believe something that’s not true. We aim to tell the truth, and we can do that because of you. The fact that you fund the site keeps us independent and able to deliver what you need and want from Wikipedia. Exactly as it should be.

    You should know: your donation isn’t just covering your own costs. The average donor is paying for his or her own use of Wikipedia, plus the costs of hundreds of other people. Your donation keeps Wikipedia available for an ambitious kid in Bangalore who’s teaching herself computer programming. A middle-aged homemaker in Vienna who’s just been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. A novelist researching 1850s Britain. A 10-year-old in San Salvador who’s just discovered Carl Sagan.