Thursday, August 16, 2018

Motivational Speech By Navy Seal Admiral William H. McRaven ...and a letter expressing great disappointment

 


Revoke my security clearance, too, Mr. President

William H. McRaven, a retired Navy admiral, was commander of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014. He oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
He writes to his president with great disappointment and loyalty to a great American.
 
Dear Mr. President:
Former CIA director John Brennan, whose security clearance you revoked on Wednesday, is one of the finest public servants I have ever known. Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him.
Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency.
Like most Americans, I had hoped that when you became president, you would rise to the occasion and become the leader this great nation needs.
A good leader tries to embody the best qualities of his or her organization. A good leader sets the example for others to follow. A good leader always puts the welfare of others before himself or herself.  
Your leadership, however, has shown little of these qualities. Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation.
If you think for a moment that your McCarthy-era tactics will suppress the voices of criticism, you are sadly mistaken. The criticism will continue until you become the leader we prayed you would be.

 Perhaps he could have added, "Or until a better leader takes your place."






Wednesday, August 15, 2018

This will be my parting song when the time comes

 


110 million-year-old dinosaur fossil so well preserved it looks like a STATUE

 

 
The fossil was found in a mine in northern Alberta, Canada in 2011, and will now go on display in Ottawa
Paleontologists believe the dinosaur lived in Canada 110 million-years-ago
It featured two 20-inch spikes which protruded from its shoulders and used scaly armour to defend itself
The armoured plant-eater is the best preserved fossil of its kind ever found


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Omarosa has sent Trump into Bat Shit Crazy Full on Twitter Mode


 

U.S. President Donald Trump’s former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman ( who is just releasing a tell-all book about her former boss )  said she’s willing to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and is prepared to handover audio recordings of her time at the White House.  Manigault Newman has released recordings of her time in the Trump administration in the lead up to her tell-all book Unhinged, sparking a public feud between the former The Apprentice contestant and the president.
 In a series of interviews on NBC, Manigault Newman also revealed two audio recordings from her time at the White House, including portions of a recording of her firing by chief of staff John Kelly, which she says occurred in the high-security Situation Room, and a phone call with Trump after she was fired.
 Manigault Newman says she has more recordings. On Monday, asked on MSNBC’s “Hardball” if Mueller — investigating possible coordination between Trump’s 2016 election campaign and Russia — would be interested in any of them, she said,
“If his office calls again, anything they want, I’ll share.”
The recording reveals Trump’s confusion on Omarosa’s firing On Tuesday, CBS News released another recording it said was unverified but appeared to be Manigault Newman and several Trump campaign aides in October 2016 discussing the potential fallout from a tape of Trump using a racial epithet during the taping of The Apprentice.
Trump on Monday denied the existence of any such tape, citing the show’s former producer, Mark Burnett. Some of the aides on the latest tape also denied the conversation.


Donald J. Trump ✔
@realDonaldTrump .

@MarkBurnettTV called to say that there are NO TAPES of the Apprentice where I used such a terrible and disgusting word as attributed by Wacky and Deranged Omarosa. I don’t have that word in my vocabulary, and never have. She made it up. Look at her MANY recent quotes saying  such wonderful and powerful things about me – a true Champion of Civil Rights – until she got fired. Omarosa had Zero credibility with the Media (they didn’t want interviews) when she worked in the White House. Now that she says bad about me, they will talk to her. Fake News!”
 9:50 PM - Aug 13, 2018

In an interview with CBS This Morning, Manigault Newman said what she claims in her book can be verified by audio or a paper trail. Omarosa: Trump ‘certainly’ hated Obama for his race.

 
 
“If you see it in quotes, it can be verified, corroborated and is well documented,” Manigault Newman said.
The president fired back at his former The Apprentice contestant on Tuesday, calling her a “crazed, crying lowlife” and “that dog.”

 Donald J. Trump        
When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!

Watching a TV show being filmed in St. Marys Stratford

  
ST. MARYS – It was certainly no mystery that a CBC drama was being filmed here this week.
But instead of pestering the cast and crew of Murdoch Mysteries while they shot at various locations throughout the town, local residents offered baked goods and accommodations.
“The townspeople actually offered crew rooms in their home,” executive producer Christina Jennings said as filming wrapped up Friday. “There’s a bakery in St. Marys… which is only open on Fridays, and they opened up for us and brought to set these beautiful cinnamon buns, enough for all the crew, all the actors, everybody.
“That was their little gesture for us; it was really quite special.”
Filmmakers shot there about four or five years ago for an episode and “had a really, really terrific experience,” Jennings said. So when they were looking for a location that felt “quite different” than Toronto, the Stone Town was on the shortlist. (All the oldest buildings are made from grey stone quarried in the area. Hence the nickname Stone Town)
“It really has a distinct look,” Jennings said.

 
Cameras began rolling Tuesday and continued for four straight days. Another unique aspect is the town will be referred to by its real name when the season 12 episode airs in December or January.
“We’re calling St. Marys ‘St. Marys’ in our show, which never happens,” she said.
Previous shooting locations such as Dundas, Port Hope or Cobourg have been changed to Toronto in the script. But there’s a reason for the different approach this time – the story centres around Insp. Thomas Brackenreid, who travels to St. Marys looking for someone.
“It’s quite a surprise,” said, Jennings, who also pointed out Murdoch Mysteries is Canada’s top-rated drama.



Nearly all of the extras were local residents.
“The people of St. Marys have been one of the most helpful, friendly, and generous that I’ve run into,” said locations manager Will Hoddinott.
Jennings also credited town officials for their assistance. Certain roads were closed for filming, white parking lines that wouldn’t have been used in the early 20th century were painted over, and a construction project near the water tower was temporarily taken away.
“These are things that the town did to try and really make that experience for us extremely positive,” Jennings said.
 
Kelly Deeks-Johnson, the town’s economic development manager, said it was a collaborative project.
“They’ve been a great team to work with, flexible, they’ve been really accommodating to the amount of spectators we’ve had watching the filming,” she said.
Hey, guess what? I was one of the Spectators. It was fun. I didn't stay long but everyone was having a very good time. It was like a street party.
Then we went to Tim Horton's for a coffee and donut and we just missed Justin Bieber and his fiancée by a few minutes. It seems like celebrities were all over the place. Actually Justin Bieber lives here and often comes home to visit.

Image result for images of justin bieber in tim hortons in Stratford with his girl friend August 20018
 
 
He's actually a really nice guy when he's home and always talks to anyone who comes up to him.
 
 
 And then guess who I saw crossing the street while I was shopping?
 
See the source image
 
I lied about this last one....HA!!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Two dozen white supremacists march in D.C. for 'Unite The Right' rally, met with thousands of protesters


Participants of the D.C. United Against Hate rally gather at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C.

A year after a deadly gathering of far-right extremists in Charlottesville, less than two dozen white nationalists marched Sunday (Monday NZT) across from the White House, their numbers dwarfed by thousands of counter-protesters, while the mother of a woman killed at last summer's protest said the country continues to face unhealed racial wounds.
The events, largely peaceful though tense at times in Charlottesville and Washington, were part of a day of speeches, vigils and marches marking the anniversary of one of the largest gatherings of white nationalists and other far-right extremists in a decade.
In Washington, dozens of police in bright yellow vests formed a tight cordon around the small group of white nationalists, separating them from shouting counter-protesters within view of the White House.
President Donald Trump wasn't at home - he has been at his golf club in New Jersey for more than a week on a working vacation.
 
Police shielded the small group of white nationalist demonstrators from several thousand enraged counter-protesters.
CRAIG HUDSON/AP
Police shielded the small group of white nationalist demonstrators from several thousand enraged counter-protesters.
 
Jason Kessler, the principal organiser of last year's "Unite the Right" event, led the gathering he called a white civil rights rally in Lafayette Square. Kessler said in a permit application that he expected 100 to 400 people to participate, but the actual number was far lower: only around 20.
Counter-protesters, who assembled before the rally's scheduled start, vastly outnumbered Kessler's crowd. Thousands showed up to jeer and shout insults at the white nationalists.
Makia Green, who represents the Washington branch of Black Lives Matter, told Sunday's crowd: "We know from experience that ignoring white nationalism doesn't work."
 
 
Jason Kessler marches with other white nationalists to Lafayette Square during the "Unite the Right 2" rally in Washington.
CRAIG HUDSON/AP
Jason Kessler marches with other white nationalists to Lafayette Square during the "Unite the Right 2" rally in Washington.
 
By about 5 pm, those in Kessler's group packed into a pair of white vans and left, escorted by police.
Washington Police Chief Peter Newsham said only one person was arrested all day despite several tense moments, with police essentially shielding the white nationalist demonstrators from several thousand enraged counter-protesters.

Newsham called it "a well-executed plan to safeguard people and property while allowing citizens to express their First Amendment rights."
Earlier this month, Facebook stunned and angered counter-protest organizers when it disabled their Washington event's page, saying it and others had been created by "bad actors" misusing the social media platform. The company said at the time that the page may be linked to an account created by Russia's Internet Research Agency - a troll farm that has sown discord in the US - but counter-protesters said it was an authentic event they worked hard to organize.
 
Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer who was killed during last year's Unite the Right rally, placed flowers at the ...
STEVE HELBER/AP
Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer who was killed during last year's Unite the Right rally, placed flowers at the spot her daughter was killed in Charlottesville.

Earlier in the day in Charlottesville, the mother of Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal who was killed when a car plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters during last year's rally, said there's still much healing to be done.
Susan Bro laid flowers at a makeshift memorial at the site of the attack in downtown Charlottesville. With a crowd gathered around her, she thanked them for coming to remember her daughter but also acknowledged the dozens of others injured and the two state troopers killed when a helicopter crashed that day.
"There's so much healing to do," Bro said. "We have a huge racial problem in our city and in our country. We have got to fix this, or we'll be right back here in no time."
Hundreds of neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members and other white nationalists descended on Charlottesville last August 12, in part to protest over the city's decision to remove a monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a park.
Violent fighting broke out between attendees and counter-protesters. Authorities eventually forced the crowd to disperse, but chaos erupted again when the car barrelled into the crowd.
 
 
The vehicle plowed into a crowd protesting a gathering of white supremacists in 2017.
RYAN KELLEY/AP
The vehicle plowed into a crowd protesting a gathering of white supremacists in 2017.

James Fields Jr., 21, of Maumee, Ohio, is charged in state court with murder in Heyer's killing and faces separate hate crime charges in federal court. He pleaded not guilty last month to the federal charges.
The day's death toll rose to three when a state police helicopter crashed, killing Lt. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke Bates.
Among the other anniversary events was a Sunday morning community gathering at a park that drew more than 200 people. The group sang and listened to speakers, among them Courtney Commander, a friend of Heyer's who was with her when she was killed.
"She is with me today, too," Commander said.
Law enforcement officials faced blistering criticism after last year's rally for what was perceived as a passive response to the violence that unfolded. A review by a former U.S. attorney found a lack of coordination between state and city police and an operational plan that elevated officer safety over public safety.
The anniversary weekend was marked by a much heavier police presence, which also drew criticism from some activists.
Demonstrators on Sunday marched through Charlottesville chanting, "Cops and Klan go hand in hand," and "Will you protect us?"
The city of Charlottesville said four people were arrested in the downtown area. Two arrests stemmed from a confrontation near the Lee statue where a Spotsylvania, Virginia, man stopped to salute, a Charlottesville woman confronted him and a physical altercation took place, officials said.

The world wonders what has gone wrong. Where did all this hate spring from? Was it always there under a thin veneer of civilized behavior....seething;  just waiting for a split in the moral fabric of America, so it could spew forth and set history back a couple of centuries? Did Donald Trump open that seam with a few well timed, lethal words of approval ?
If that is so, he released a monster that may never be forced back into it's cage. Did you know that in 2017 Anti-Semitic and Islamophobic hate crimes in the US increased nearly 60 per cent  – the largest increase of any year on record.  This trend has continued into 2018 . Please explain how this makes white people superior.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Annual Kitchener Blues Festival

 
 
Did you spot me in the crowd??