Senator Ted Kennedy was Hospitalized today after having a seizure this morning at his family compound in Hyannisport, Massachusetts. He had a second seizure On the Helicopter on the way from there as well, but is said to be feeling better and is talking with family. Get well soon, Senator. For a link to the Reuters story about this, click here —> http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSN1746329620080518
Curious but good news, The United Nations is sending an Racism Investigator out for a three week tour of the United States. Quoting the Reuters story:
“The special rapporteur will…gather first-hand information on issues related to racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance,; a U.N. statement said on Friday. His three-week visit, at U.S. government invitation, will cover eight cities — Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, Omaha, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Race has become a central issue in the U.S. election cycle because Sen. Barack Obama, the frontrunner in the battle for the Democratic nomination battle, stands to become the country’s first African American president. His campaign has increased turnout among black voters but has also turned off some white voters in a country with a history of slavery and racial segregation.” END QUOTE. For the entire story, click here —> http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSL1684309820080516?sp=true
I am not exactly sure how to take this story, because the story doesn’t delineate exactly what Particulars he will be looking into. The Prison System? The Justice System? Society In General? The Black experience in America? The Hispanic Experience ? The Anglo or Asian Experience?
Yes I am being a bit coy here. I really want to know who this investigator, Doudou Diene, from Senegal, is going to talk to. Will he be speaking to the General Public? Will he be speaking to civic leaders? Will he be speaking to politicians? Which Ones? I want to know what questions he’s gonna ask. You can skew, either positively or negatively, a Lot of information with How you frame a question and to whom you frame it.
I have faith that the U.N. in General and Mr.Diene have the best Interests of the U.N. Involved, and will do the best they can. But I would Like some more Information on this. The Itinerary and the questions and the people involved besides Himself. If you have any Information in that vein, drop me a Line, and let me know!
BTW, Does the U.N. targeting Xenophobia mean there gonna come after me because I think Tourists suck? :-0
You know How I call Myself a Libertarian. There is a man running for president who none of you may have heard of, and he is Looking to get the Nod of The Libertarian Party. Since I have spoken of Barack Obama and John McCain and Hillary Clinton and Ralph Nader in this space, I thought It would be only fair to speak of this man and His Views, seeing how he is looking to be nominated by the Libertarian party as it’s candidate.
Bob Barr is a Former 3 term Republican Representative of Northern Georgia, having served from 1995 to 2003. According to Wikipedia:
“During his tenure, Barr was regarded as one of the most conservative members of Congress. In 2002, he was described as “the idol of the gun-toting, abortion-fighting, IRS-hating hard right wing of American politics”. However, Barr’s criticism of the Bush administration’s encroachment on privacy and other civil liberties after the 9/11 attacks was unusual among House Republicans. This criticism earned Barr other labels such as maverick, Jekyll-and-Hyde, and libertarian.” , END QUOTE. For the entire Wiki article, click here—> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Barr
He was Stridently against The medicinal use of Marijuana but has since changed position. He had passed legislation that says that Only Marriages between a Man and a Woman can be federally recognized, but Opposes the Federal Marriage Amendment. He Voted for The Patriot act, but only after “Sunset clauses” were put in to put a Time limit on the Patriot act.
Another quote from Wikipedia:
“Barr is best known for his role as one of the House managers during the Clinton impeachment trial. It was Barr who first introduced a resolution directing Judiciary Committee to inquire into impeachment proceedings— months before the Monica Lewinsky scandal came to light. Chief among the concerns Barr cited at the time was apparent obstruction of Justice Department investigations into Clinton campaign fundraising from foreign sources, chiefly China.”
This man is all over the board, at least as far as I see it, which isn’t necessarily bad, but Not necessarily good either. He Works with the American Conservative Union, and has worked with the NRA, and is also a Member of the A.C.L.U. Never thought I’d see any combination of those three in the same sentence without a fight involved. He wants to fight government power, which he (correctly) thinks has grown since 9/11.
I have a real problem tho, with the Conservatism here. I have always seen the Conservatives, and the Neocons, as a real threat to American Liberty, Much more so than the Democrats. That’s why I generally side with The dems on most issues. They Don’t threaten My liberty like the Conservatives do. The Conservatives have for the last eight years put security ahead of Liberty and Freedom, And the need and push for security by our government, for our own good, is a greater threat to our freedoms then Osama Bin Laden is to our lives today. I’d much rather not have big brother watch me.
As Much as I would Like to support this guy, he looks, too much for my liking, Like he was cut from the same mold as Newt Gingrich and the Neocons. He Might be Pro-Liberty, but he is too far a right leaning conservative for my liking. But if he wanted to talk to me about it, I think I could be convinced to listen. But he’d have to do one helluva job of convincing me he won’t follow the generally poisonous Republican agenda.
That’s it for The Politics and the news, Onto Music.
Guitar: Had a pretty good day playing today.
I played the Single string Alternative picking chromatic exercises, ascending, descending, and alternating.
I played the two string, four note per string, one octave major scales, In all keys.
I played the two string, four note per string, one octave minor scales, in all keys.
I played arpeggios, minor sevenths, ascending and descending, in all keys.
I noodled. The Noodling happened mainly in two main keys, E major and A major. The Majority of the Stuff in E Major was country-ish sounding at times, very twangy, while the A major stuff was very METAL!
The real news playing wise was the extra attention to detail I gave the Major and Minor scales. I was not pleased with the way it was going early, so I just decided to play every single one several times Until I was comfortable playing it, and could do it three times without a Mistake. The worst were the scales starting on the third string, going to the second. I botched the handoff from one string to another a BAZILLION Times. Sometimes after 7 or 8 times going through and getting a scale right, that move up one fret kicked my ass and I’d goof it, have to go back and get it right. THAT Annoyed the Hell outta me. So I was significantly longer with my scales than usual, but all for a good cause. Making myself a better musician. By the end of them I was much more comfortable playing them, and that was the point of the exercise.
That’s it for me. JAM ON!
Today’s Nuggets, courtesy of http://www.newspeakdictionary.com/ot-quotes.html : All restraints upon man’s natural liberty, not necessary for the simple maintenance of justice, are of the nature of slavery, and differ from each other only in degree. Lysander Spooner
He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent which will reach to himself. Thomas Paine