Another Example of Our Media Circus and the Fact That There Are So Many Morons Out There


Olivia WildeGaze if you will at the beautiful picture above of Actress Olivia Wilde, doing something as old as humanity, which is breastfeeding her infant son. The picture was done as a part of a Glamour Magazine photo shoot for their upcoming September issue.  As has become usual in these days of the “Celebrification” of news there are idiots raising questions of the picture being obscene. I will categorically state that in my opinion anyone who would see this as obscene is a moron. That this has even become a controversy shows how low our media has sunk. There is even one person:  ” a Los Angeles Times blogger who chastised her for making “motherhood look effortless and easy.” Seriously?

“Olivia Wilde isn’t Apologizing for the Photo of Her Breastfeeding”

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Examples of How Vapid the American News Media Has Become


The announcement that Hilary Clinton was running for the Democratic Nomination again 640px-Hillary_Clinton_official_Secretary_of_State_portrait_cropdidn’t thrill me. I have expressed my disdain for her husband and I supported Barack Obama against her in 2008. Nevertheless, her entry into the race, inevitable though it was, found the Beltway pundits spouting inanities that they thought passed for “thoughtful” coverage. Jason Linkins, Political Editor for Huffington Post has constructed an extremely clever  using actual links to these inane articles that is grimly hilarious. I say grimly because this is now the way our politics in this “democracy” run by the privileged:

This week, we were faced with the daunting prospect of having to make sense out of all the Hillary Clinton think pieces that were microwaved into existence after she decided to formally enter the 2016 presidential race. And there were so many pieces of “think” to go through! Millions of microscopic particles of thinking! It was all way too tiresome.

So, in lieu of adding to an already crowded canon, what follows is a Frankenstein’s monster of everyone else’s hasty Hillary musings. It is one brutal Hillary Clinton think piece to rule them all — here presented with apologies to Jason O. Gilbert, whose joke we have stolen.

Please read “One Hilary Clinton Think Piece to Rule Them All” . I think you too will be grimly amused.

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Songs for Saturday: The Traveling Wilbury’s


“The Traveling Wilburys (sometimes shortened to the Wilburys) were a British-American supergroup consisting of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty. The band recorded two albums in 1988 and 1990, though Orbison died before the second was recorded.

George Harrison first mentioned the Traveling Wilburys during a radio interview with Bob Coburn on the Rockline radio station in February 1988. When asked what he planned to do as a follow-up for his Cloud Nine album, Harrison replied: “What I’d really like to do next is… to do an album with me and some of my mates… a few tunes, you know. Maybe The Traveling Wilburys… it’s this new group I got: it’s called the Traveling Wilburys, I’d like to do an album with them and later we can all do our own albums again.”[1] “Wilbury” was a slang term first used by Harrison during the recording of Cloud Nine with Jeff Lynne. Referring to recording errors created by some faulty equipment, Harrison jokingly remarked to Lynne, “We’ll bury ’em in the mix”.[2][3] Thereafter, they used the term for any small error in performance and the term was used again when the group were together. Harrison suggested “The Trembling Wilburys” as the group’s name; instead, Lynne suggested “Traveling”, with which the group agreed.[2]

Starting with a meal among Harrison, Lynne and Roy Orbison, the group came together at Bob Dylan‘s home studio in Malibu, California, to record an additional track as a B-side for the single release of Harrison’s “This Is Love“. Tom Petty‘s involvement came by chance, as Harrison had left his guitar at Petty’s house and Harrison went to get it and Petty came back with him.[4] The record label, however, decided that the song that resulted, “Handle with Care“, was too good to be released as a “single filler”. The members enjoyed working together so much that they decided to create a full album together. Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1. Written by all five men, it was recorded over a ten-day period in May 1988, and released on October 18. The album was recorded in the house and garden of Eurythmics member Dave Stewart.[5] The “Wilburys” joke was extended further, with the band members credited under various pseudonyms and pretending to be half-brothers – sons of a fictional Charles Truscott Wilbury, Sr”

Given the composition of this band it couldn’t help but produce great music and is one of my favorites. The first song “End of the Line” is a comfort to me with its line:

“Even if you’re old and grey, you’ve still got something to say”

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Picture of the Day for April 17, 2015: Mitch McConnell and the Minimum Wage

Posted by Elaine Magliaro


At a secret meeting of elite donors convened by the Koch brothers, McConnell laid out his plan for shrinking the federal government and whined about having to vote on minimum wage bills. (The Nation-August 26, 2014)

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What You Should Know about the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Government Agency Overseeing US Trade Deals

By Elaine Magliaro

“A Corporate Trojan Horse”: Critics Decry Secretive TPP Trade Deal as a Threat to Democracy

Lee Fang has an important article about the agency that is overseeing trade deals for the United States over at The Intercept. According to Fang, The Intercept obtained disclosure forms which show that the Office of the United Trade Representative “is being led by former lobbyists for corporations that stand to benefit from the deals.” That’s probably no surprise to those of us who are aware of the “revolving door” syndrome that afflicts many agencies of our federal government.

Fang said that the Obama administration has been pushing hard to complete two trade deals: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is a proposed free trade accord between the U.S. and 11 Pacific Rim countries and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which is a similar agreement between the U.S. and the E.U.

Critics—including Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alan Grayson—have warned about the negative impact that these trade deals will have on the United States…and on its people. Some critics “say the deals will provide corporate interests with sweeping powers to challenge banking and environmental regulations.”

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Three Poems for a Friend Who Lost Her Beloved Husband

Posted by Elaine Magliaro

Whenever I face difficult times in my life…or suffer a great loss, I always turn to poetry. Reading poetry has helped me to cope with grief and tribulation.

The beloved husband of a friend passed away this week. The best way that I know how to honor his memory and to tell my friend how sorry I am is to post the following poems. I hope these poems will help to convey my sympathy to her and her family at this sad time in their lives.

Sonnet 43 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43)
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 1806 – 1861

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

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“War on Drugs”, the Insanity Continues


Any reasonable person might conclude that with public sentiment running highly in favor of legalization of marijuana; with liberals and conservatives concerned about the bloating Michele_Leonhart_official_photoof our prison systems by people given long sentences for mere possession of controlled substances; with the evidence that prohibition of alcohol in this country was a failure; and finally with the abysmal failure of four decades of the “war on drugs” we would have had enough. In fact most Americans and even the majority of American politicians have had enough. However, just as the end of “Prohibition” when the possibility was raised that those in charge of the anti liquor forces in the Federal Government would be out of a job, some of them conspired with certain members of industry to launch a new form of Prohibition against marijuana and cocaine. This was accompanied by false science, lurid stories and inculcating average Americans with fear that their children might be at risk. I’ve done numerous posts documenting this duplicity that has caused America much harm and literally destroyed millions of live and that evidence can be found in my recent post the War on Drugs Corrupts Law Enforcement , which contains links to my many other posts. It seems now that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), fearing a loss of its jobs and its power has gone rogue and appears to be out of the control of the Obama Administration, Attorney General and even Congress. This was made clear this week by the appearance of its Administrator before a congressional committee:

Fed up with DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart over a long litany of scandals in the drug-fighting agency she heads, 22 members of the House Oversight and Government Reforms Committee issued a statement yesterday saying they had “no confidence” in her leadership.

“After over a decade of serving in top leadership positions at DEA, Administrator Leonhart has been woefully unable to change or positively influence the pervasive ‘good old boy’ culture that exists throughout the agency,” the statement said. “From her testimony, it is clear that she lacks the authority and will to make the tough decisions required to hold those accountable who compromise national security and bring disgrace to their position. Ms. Leonhart has lost the confidence of this Committee to initiate the necessary reforms to restore the reputation of a vital agency.”

The statement came in the immediate wake of a committee hearing yesterday over a Justice Department Office of the Inspector General report on sexual misconduct by department employees that found DEA agents in Colombia had been partying with prostitutes, with the tab being picked up by US taxpayers—or sometimes by drug cartels.

At the hearing, Leonhart was excoriated by members over her failure to adequately discipline the agents involved—the most serious punishments were short-term suspensions—and her insistence that agency personnel rules tied her hands. Congressional Oversight Committee Has No Confidence in DEA Head

It seems that this frustration with Michele Leonhart is longstanding.

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