a hope your aspiration day...
... was full of wishes.
a return to greatness
"[in South America] the value of illegal gold exports now exceeds the value of cocaine exports."
-- report by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
when the top levels leave us
marking the moment
is of utmost importance
"Boaty McBoatface" wins UK poll for name of $280M research vessel
"What's clear is that one of the two of us will die before a reunion and however sad, ugly or unfortunate anyone views it, it is how it is."
-- axl rose speaking about slash
"My name is Ronald Reagan, I'm the President of the United States of America. But you don't need to introduce yourself, because everyone knows who Pelé is."
"The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round, Even When the CIA Accidentally Leaves Explosives Onboard"
this from the NYT:
In 2014, the median wealth of members of Congress reached $1 million, about 18 times that of the typical American household, according to disclosures tabulated by the Center for Responsive Politics. During the same year, real hourly wages remained flat or fell for nearly all American workers.
Ed McMullen, a public relations executive who worked for the conservative Heritage Foundation in the 1980s, watched the gulf widen between the Washington establishment and the working people in his home state, South Carolina.
"Thirty years later, the same people are sitting in Washington that I worked with, making a million a year, going to fancy dinner parties, and they've done nothing to move the ball," said Mr. McMullen, who has joined the Trump campaign. "Therein lies the great chasm between the think tanks, the ideologues and the real world."
In early 2014, a group of neighbors from a Florida mobile home community called Carriage Cove, near Daytona, took seats in a town-hall-style meeting with Representative Ron DeSantis, a Republican. It was a mix of Republicans and Democrats, almost all of them seniors living on fixed incomes.
They had come to ask Mr. DeSantis why he had put his name on a letter urging Republican leaders to take up Mr. Obama's offer of a deal to overhaul Social Security. Mr. DeSantis seemed caught off guard, neighbors who attended the meeting recalled. He did not necessarily agree with everything in the letter, he told them. When they persisted, Mr. DeSantis left, explaining that he was not feeling well.
"Seattle Department of Transportation officials will review the health of the tree, believed to have been there since the 1970s, once the incident is resolved, police said."
-- story about the "tree man," on CBS news (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/man-climbs-tree-shuts-down-seattle-streets/)
"children deserve a genuine listener, not a robot."
-- commercial free childhood on the subject of "hello Barbie"
"Republican donors are acting like the parents of teenage alcoholics. They see all the signs of problems, but they don't really want to admit and address the problem because that would entail them acknowledging that they didn't do the right things along the way."
-- Liz Mair
"Naked woman dancing atop 18-wheeler slows traffic in Houston"
"After Kanye interrupted Taylor Swift's VMA acceptance speech in September 2009, Obama referred to West as a "jackass" in an off-the-record conversation. In 2012, Obama was asked to comment on the incident and the President once again said that Kanye was a talented musician, but still a jackass. Kanye responded to the President's remarks a year later during an interview with XXL. Kim Kardashian's husband said that Obama should worry about more important things than the rapper's public image."
--- madb clickbait article
The interesting thing about the spectacle of older women trying to shame younger ones on behalf of Hillary is that Hillary and Bill killed the integrity of institutional feminism back in the '90s — with the help of Albright and Steinem.
Instead of just admitting that he had had an affair with Monica Lewinsky and taking his lumps, Bill lied and hid behind the skirts of his wife and female cabinet members, who had to go out before the cameras and vouch for his veracity, even when it was apparent he was lying.
-- Maureen Dowd
"One would hope there are more important things than a man's verbal reticence."
-- martin rogers
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