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Kanye West Apologizes Again to Taylor Swift .. His Tweets on Twitter September 4 2010

Kanye West Apologizes to Taylor Swift in Stream of Tweets on Twitter September 4, 2010

Kanye West at it Again Bashes Beck at Grammy Awards 2015

Kanye West should try to remember lessons from his past instead of repeating them. Once again, at the Grammy Awards 2015, Kanye rushed the stage, preparing to denounce award winner, Beck, then chickening-out, but later proclaiming that Beck should have given his award to Beyonce. Wh-u-u-t?

Kanye West proved he’s still a classless buffoon just as he was five years ago. How does a person become so full of themselves? How does a new family member become the most embarrassing of the Kardashians? How can that even be possible?

Recent Comments About Kanye West on Youtube

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Kanye West Prior Apology to Taylor Swift on Twitter

Kanye may need a reminder of what it means to have humility, even if it’s from himself. Here is the actual transcript taken directly from Twitter in 2010. The first tweet shown (10:37 AM, Saturday, September 4, 2010) is the last tweet in this stream below. The tweets that follow are in sequence going backward, starting from the bottom and reading up. The entire stream of feeble tweets was about two hours long:

“I’m sorry Taylor. 

It starts with this…

I want to win there hearts back so I can continue to bring my take on culture to the masses with a clean opinion.

I want to help starting with the music and ending with the smile.

I wish they could accept that I’ve grown and only want to do good for the world. I want to help as many people as I can.

I wish they all knew how much I really cared about music and pop culture and art and peoples feelings.

I wish I could talk to every hater face to face and change there a opinion of me one conversation at a time.

I’ve hurt, I’ve bled, I’ve learned. I only want to do good. I am passionate I am human I am real. I wish I could meet every hater

When I right songs like Heartless I always say “is this melody good enough to be a country song or a broadway song?”

TAYLOR LOVES RAP MUSIC… I LOVE COUNTRY MUSIC

Why was it made into such a race issue. Taylor loves rap music… I love country music.

There’s a layer of… Entertainment… we are entertainers and this is only TV… not the War

There’s a layer of… hey Kanye said what I was thinking .   A year later where do we stand?

WHO BENEFITED FOR REAL PEOPLE???!!!!!!!!

Walk with me people… let’s break this down for real now. I might get in trouble again lol?

MTV? JAY LENO? BEYONCE? ALL FORMS OF MEDIA? TAYLOR? KANYE WEST? Who gained? Who lost?

You’ve got the Media play… Who benefitted off of the moment?

You’ve got a layer of… What is reality? You really want this guy to die over an award show???!! wooooooow …..

You’ve got a layer of order… this is how things are spose to go this is how it’s always been etc.

You’ve got a layer of order… this is how things are spose to go this is how it’s always been etc.

If I speak in 3rd person it’s because I’m quoting people sometimes I forget to put the quotations you know my grammar.. #ITSAPROCESS

You’ve got the top layer… Kanye’s rude!

Why are there so many tweets? Well this isn’t a simple subject. There are layers to this beyond me running on stage.

Humanity and Empathy are 2 of the 4 principles at facebook. Those were the 2 principles I was missing on that evening

These tweets have no manager, no publicist , no grammar checking… this is raw

It feels like the movie Heat when you wanted Deniro to make it… You want the bad guy to make it.

These aren’t regular tweets… this is stream of consciousness … I want you guys to know and feel where my head is at…

Beyonce didn’t need that. MTV didn’t need that and Taylor and her family friends and fans definitely didn’t want or need that.

I am not a bad person. Even in that moment I was only trying to do good but people don’t always need my help.

When I woke up from the crazy nightmare I looked in the mirror and said GROW UP KANYE … I take the responsibility for my actions

Yes I was that guy. A 32 year old child.

It is distasteful to cut people off as a general rule. What’s the point of dressing tastefully if I’m going to act the complete opposite?

With new found humility … who am I to run on stage? I would never ever again in a million years do that. Sorry to let you down.

The Wicked witch of the west basically is so convicted to tell her’ truth when she does it she is outcasted by society and turned WICKED

Who’s seen the play Wicked? I’ve seen it 4 times! Other than loving the music acting and costumes… it’s my story!!!

I have given my awards to other groups multiple times on national TV… They never showed that this past year during the massacre of Kanye

It’s not about race America. No one in our position ever stands up and says anything anymore.

I would have ran on stage for Justin that night because Sexy Back (in my mind) was that important… that impactful to our culture

I watched Justin Timberlake at the Grammies loose every televised award including album of the year which the Dixie Chicks won

I am responsible for those who love and represent me and what they have to deal with on a day to day defending “The American Psycho”

There are people who have named there kids after me… can you imagine that next day in school. Even though I don’t have kids…

I know there are family members friends and fans that have literally fought for me.

I’m ready to get out of my own way. The ego is overdone… it’s like hoodies

We’re both artist and the media and managers are trying to get between us. Everyone wants to capitalize off this is some way

She deserves the apology more than anyone. Thank you Biz Stone and Evan Williams for creating a platform where we can communicate directly

She had nothing to do with my issues with award shows. She had no idea what hit her. She’s justa lil girl with dreams like the rest of us.

I wrote a song for Taylor Swift that’s so beautiful and I want her to have it. If she won’t take it then I’ll perform it for her
Reply Retweet .   I wear my scars… It’s almost like I have to where a suit to juxtapose my image and I won’t lie… IT WORKS!

People tweeted that they wish I was dead… No listen. They wanted me to die people. I carry that. I smile and take pictures through that

I’m the guy who at one point could perform the Justin Timberlake on stage and everyone would be sooo happy that I was there

…taking a 15 second blip the mdeia have successfully painted the image of the “ANGRY BLACK MAN’ The King Kong theory.

The media has successfully diminished the “receptive” audience of (3rd person)… KANYE WEST

I have a mission in life to bring truth and beauty through my music and the visuals that anchor around it

Some people say… Why worry about “the haters?” This is bigger that just the concept of haters.

If you google Asshole my face may very well pop up 2 pages into the search.

That’s when you realize perception is reality. I’ve been straying from this subject on twitter but I have to give it to you guys raw now.

I was chilling with this white girl having a conversation and she cut me off and said… Hold up… I thought you didn’t like us?!

There are people who don’t dislike me… they absolutely hate me!

Remember in Anchor Man when Ron Burgandy cursed on air and the entire city turned on him? But this wasn’t a joke. This was & is my real life

People booed when I would go to concerts and the performer mentioned my name.

Had to let employees go… for the first time I felt the impact of my brash actions … I felt the recession from an ownership side

How deep is the scar… I bled hard.. cancelled tour with the number one pop star in the world … closed the doors of my clothing office

With the help of strong will, a lack of impathy, a lil alcohol and extremely distasteful & bad timing … I became George Bush over night

Even though the NBC telethon was widely praised yall didn’t think they was just gone let me get away with that did yall???!!!

Some people’s truth is Kanye is racist… It’s not my truth but I do believe it’s my Karma…. walk with me…

When I say perception is reality I mean whatever you think is the truth… is your truth

I accept the idea (ideal) that perception is reality

Happy B day to sister B … I gotta dope ass gift for you.

Even now a lot of articles start there first 2 paragraphs about how much of an asshole I am

I feel like they were waiting for the opportunity to go in all the way on me and when it came they beat me to a pulp

They wanted yall to believe I was a monster in real life so you guys wouldn’t listen or buy my music anymore

Man I love Twitter… I’ve always been at the mercy of the press but no more… The media tried to demonize me…”

Kanye West (on Twitter)

Some things never change. A leopard doesn’t change its spots. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. So much for apologies.

 

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Robert Reoch Lives

Robert Reoch Lives

Robert Reoch Doesn’t Live to Blog However

Hi folks! Just checking-in. I have a fairly idyllic life, but that doesn’t mean Robert Reoch has time to write regularly. I abhor writing useless fodder just to take up space (like this). Who wants to read that?

Meanwhile, I’m still updating dozens of old posts that were transferred from my old blog. It’s a tedious process, but I don’t want to lose those earlier articles. I like to think that what I write has value.

Speaking of value, how about our president? Just when you think things couldn’t get any worse, our country is being invaded by children—by the thousands. Even this is too much for the Obama administration to handle expeditiously. But let’s give it some time…like Syria (and umpteen other crises too numerous to bore you with right now).

Be well,

Robert Reoch

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Robert Reoch Writes “Mind Pastry”

Robert Reoch is Mind Pastry

Robert Reoch Bakes

Robert Reoch measures, beats, and sometimes whips ideas to death. Welcome to “Mind Pastry,” a bakery of thoughts from my mind to yours. 

Robert Reoch is the Name

My last name, Reoch, is pronounced, Rē’ŏck (rhymes with Reebok). That  image of a piece of cake floating among the palm trees in my page banner is a slice from a red velvet cake that I actually baked! Robert Reoch's Mind Pastry CakeThere’s more to Mind Pastry than just the analogy, though. I actually love pastry—and I bake it too!—but that’s another post.

Mind Pastry is Layered

I offer a dose of conscience to the Internet through many of my posts. I believe we have too many “reality TV” shows and deceptive news outlets in the media. Too often, issues are discussed from just one point of view in the news. Many pop “journalists” aren’t doing their homework. They aren’t getting out to the field to research their stories. Much of current reporting relies solely on popular social memes—mass hysteria, as I see it—rather than on verified facts and nuanced examination of the gray areas. Please, people, stop thinking only in black and white. Look for what’s in-between. Ask what is the back story you’re not getting from the media. I try to present layers and perspectives that encourage people to discover full truths. I live by three principles: Love, Truth, and Knowledge. I resent journalism that ignores these values in favor of ratings and profit. I hope you find something new and thought-provoking in Mind Pastry.

Robert Reoch Writes

I’ve written a couple of books of short stories under pen name, Robert George Reoch. I wrote my Travelers’ Shorts books with the traveler in mind, even though my stories not about travel. The idea was to provide short stories for the traveler who didn’t want to start a heavy novel. Short stories provide entertainment in manageable chunks for the person on the go. My short stories are written with taste and richness (just like pastry). These epic tales offer drama, adventure, and laugh-out-loud humor. You can order them here:

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Travelers Shorts 2: Tethers by Robert George Reoch

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Donald Sterling Sues NBA

Donald Sterling Sues NBA for $Billions

Donald Sterling Fights Back

Donald Sterling is fighting back, which doesn’t surprise me (and also pleases me). It’s been in the news, including NBC. I anticipated this eventuality weeks ago. While I supported Donald Sterling, everyone else was jumping down his throat. Why? Am I and Donald Sterling the only people on the planet who are being intellectually honest in all of this? I’ve always believed Sterling was set up. I listened carefully to the audio recording of his conversation with V. Stiviano as she spoke—including her referring to her friends as, “my black friends.” I listened as Sterling responded to Stiviano’s goading—he using her very own words to mock her when he used the phrase, “your black friends.” He was irritated and made to feel jealous by Stiviano’s game. He was feeling defensive and mocking her in frustration.

Another angle used by the media to generate fury concerned when Sterling was speaking of Magic Johnson. Sterling was not speaking of the entire black community, as CNN fiercely and inaccurately characterized it. It was quite clear in Sterling’s audible remarks that he was solely referring to Magic Johnson when he made comments calling into question Mr. Johnson’s promiscuous character and behavior.

By observing closely what was actually said, and the intent in which the comments were made, it becomes quite clear—and very specifically so—that the media twisted the truth and distorted the bent of Sterling’s words. They channeled certain comments with a laser focus toward making Sterling appear to be a seething racist. The distortion was deliberate and damaging. Reasonable minds cannot conclude otherwise.

A man’s expressions of disapproval about a few individuals in his girlfriend’s circle of friends does not make him a racist, even if he used his girlfriend’s own words to describe said friends as being black. To call that being racist is a huge stretch and yet we observed a wave of mass hysteria, manufactured by the media, grow into a mountain of ill will and hate toward Donald Sterling. Every news station in the country followed this tack. How can so many people slurp up this slop so readily? Freedom of speech was never intended to be used as cover for fraud and malice. This country has acquired a taste for Reality TV that glorifies people behaving badly. Producers save money by not paying for quality programming, instead broadcasting shows with amateur idiots and hostile losers. People have been eating it up for years now. If they can act like that on TV, why can’t we be that way at school? Bullying has become sport for some, to the point that we now need national campaigns to combat bullying in our schools. That’s another topic entirely, although it parallels the Donald Sterling situation.

CNN and TMZ Could Be Sued Too

CNN and TMZ likely will have a field day with Donald Sterling again as this next legal saga unfolds. Perhaps they’ll back off for fear of being sued too. If Donald Sterling’s case against the NBA goes to court (even though Adam Silverman, NBA Commissioner, says it would amount to Sterling suing himself) I would expect a reasonable opinion to favor Donald Sterling. I hope he is vindicated. Perhaps if Sterling cannot legally sue the NBA, he’ll go after Adam Silverman in a civil suit for his venomous attacks in the media.

I have no affiliation with Donald Sterling personally, but even when it’s unpopular, I have great respect for truth and knowledge. I have no patience for the mob mentality, nor the dishonest media that trample individual rights, defying common decency. How did CNN become as undignified as TMZ? It’s all about ratings and money, naturally. It’s the same old story. It’s also unconstitutional.

I say, good luck, Mr. Sterling, with your case. I’ll be watching with interest. The media machine has no common sense these days—let alone common decency. I hope you gain back whatever of your reputation you can salvage. If it means suing and taking their money, more power to ya. That’s the best way to extract justice from an irresponsible media and their advertisers. Hit ’em in their wallets, where it hurts. Ironically, they’ve actually made you a whole lot richer after this forced sale of The Clippers. I guess we’ll see how this all comes out in the wash. I’m sure the media will continue to flaunt it like dirty laundry, the preferred grist of much of their audience.

I know this may sound snarky to those who are accustomed to relying on the media to do their thinking for them, This is how I see it though—looking at the facts with clear eyes and thinking with common sense and a measure of human understanding.

Donald Sterling Update June 10, 2014

I’m pleased to mention that as of this writing Donald Sterling is going forward with his lawsuit against the NBA. For further details, read this concise and accurate article on AOL. Comments posted after the article heavily favor Donald Sterling and support his decision to take action against the NBA for trampling his rights.

Robert George Reoch

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Robert Reoch Welcomes You to Mind Pastry

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Robert George Reoch Blog is Now “Mind Pastry”

Previously known as blog.robertgeorgereoch.com, I’m still reformatting some old posts that were moved to this new site. (GoDaddy eliminated their original blog platform and replaced it with this Word Press version.)

Robert Reoch is Robert George Reoch

I’m Robert Reoch, aka author Robert George Reoch. I’ve written and published two volumes of short stories under the title, Travelers’ Shorts.  If you enjoy variety, drama, and humor, you’ll enjoy my short stories, but keep coming here for stimulating blog entries too. The list of categories is to the right. I’ve got a mind to speak about nearly everything, although I don’t write every day. I rant, babble, and educate—and sometimes pontificate—when in the mood.  That’s how we do on blogs.

Mind Pastry Name

I love to cook and bake. My other hobbies include music, travel, and physical fitness. I’m also one of those genius folk who think a lot. I bake and I think; hence the title, “Mind Pastry.” Again, I don’t post on this blog frequently. My everyday life is ordinary (and busy) and I enjoy spending my time living rather than documenting every burp and fart here. If you want that, go to Facebook.

That’s what’s on my mind, for now. I think I’ll bake something.

Robert Reoch

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Robert Reoch Visited the 911 Museum and 911 Memorial During Memorial Day Weekend

Robert Reoch, that’s me, aka Robert George Reoch took the train from Boston to New York City this past Memorial Day Weekend with his long time partner Joon. We stayed at the elegant Conrad (Hilton) hotel in Battery Park. We had a fabulous view and were just steps away from the 911 Museum and 911 Memorial. I’ve included a few photos in this post.

New York Memorial Day Weekend:

Robert Reoch Freedom Tower

We won’t be base jumping this.

The Freedom Tower also known as One World Trade Center, up close, seems smaller than any one of the original twin towers of the World Trade Center. In fact, the overall square footage is less, and it has fewer floors than either of the original towers. I found it underwhelming.

WTC Remnants

Remnants from an original tower reach upward toward the Freedom Tower.

From inside the 911 Museum, these remnants from one of the original World Trade Center towers seem to be reaching toward the new Freedom Tower outside.

Robert Reoch Brooklyn Bridge

Reflections on the Brooklyn Bridge

Here I am trekking over the Brooklyn Bridge Promenade (above). Reflected in my wicked awesome shades, notice Joon snapping the photo, and the distinctive architecture of the span.

Freedom Tower Topper: Antenna or Minaret?

Freedom Tower Minaret Antenna

Who designed the antenna? Intellectual honesty says it resembles strongly a Minaret.

Seeing the Freedom Tower up close for the first time, I am struck by the appearance of the antenna atop. If I’m being intellectually honest, the antenna clearly resembles that of a minaret (see left image above), which is the traditional tower on a Muslim mosque from where Muslims are called to prayer. I cannot possibly be the only person who has noticed this with concern. Is this structure complete as it is? Are they perhaps planning to streamline it with some type of architectural covering? Is it intended to resemble a minaret by design? What is the story here? I have been researching and have not yet found the answer. Apparently, a few separate creative entities have combined and cooperated to design and construct the antenna. I will continue to investigate and provide updates when I learn more. I’d love to be able to shed some light on this.

911 Memorial and Museum

I have a couple of final thoughts at this writing. The 911 Memorial with its World Trade Center Towers’ square-footprint-shaped pools of water cascading into a seemingly bottomless pit are a tad depressing. The water ultimately rushes down into those massive dark square holes in the center of each of the two pools. It evokes a sadness, even an echo of horror and loss, as though the victims are being drawn down into an abyss. Perhaps that is the intent, or maybe not. That’s just my impression.

The 911 Museum, on the other hand, is well thought-out. It pays tribute to victims in all three sites where jetliners were crashed due to the actions of radical Muslim terrorists. The remnants on display in the museum and the multimedia displays do well to convey the subject matter thoughtfully and with due respect.

Until next time, my deepest sympathies to victims, friends, and families of those lost on 9/11.

Robert George Reoch

 

Donald Sterling Could Sue NBA. Does He Have a Case?

Donald Sterling Could Sue. Does He Have a Case?

Was Donald Sterling Was Bullied by CNN?

Donald Sterling‘s private conversations, perhaps illegally recorded, didn’t convinced me he’s a racist. CNN hopes they did. Many people didn’t listen closely enough to the recording and subsequent interviews that revealed Sterling’s comments reflected a mode of conversation established by mistress, V. Stiviano, who liked to refer to her friends as “my black friends,” which Sterling merely repeated back to her, for the effect of mocking her, by saying “your black friends.” He only used that phrase to mirror how Stiviano herself refers to some of her friends who are black. Perhaps Stivano believed she was making Sterling jealous (and thereby keeping power over him) by throwing her “my black friends” in his face. She found she could make him look bad too (and probably make some money) with a recording of him repeating her phrase. It worked. Sterling was angry and jealous about her hanging out with much younger famous men and Stiviano recorded it, stringing him along to be sure he picked up on her phrasing. However, it wasn’t about her friends being black. It just so happens most of the NBA crowd are black, but we are talking about the friends Stiviano commonly referred to as her black friends.

Sterling’s Comments on Magic Johnson Portrayed as Racist by Anderson Cooper

Sterling’s comments about Magic Johnson did not insinuate Johnson was bad because he was black. In that part of the interview, Sterling was commenting on Johnson’s promiscuous (bad) behavior, saying that his behavior likely caused Magic Johnson to contract HIV. That’s not being racist. Sterling also commented (although it may have been inaccurate) that Magic Johnson didn’t do much for the African American community. He was specifically speaking about Magic Johnson only, at that point. Yet, Anderson Cooper then twisted Sterling’s words by responding, “So, you’re saying African Americans don’t do anything for the African American community?…” That was a glaring example of Cooper flat-out twisting the truth. The topic of conversation in that moment had been on Magic Johnson, yet Anderson Cooper made it sound as though Sterling was speaking derogatory of the entire African American community. It was low of Anderson Cooper to take advantage of elderly Sterling in that way in an interview seen on national television. Sterling was flummoxed and confused by what Anderson Cooper did. One could see in his face, how incredulous Sterling after Cooper misstated him. He was struggling to make sense of Cooper’s slanted comment about the African American Community when the topic had been Magic Johnson. Cooper had bullied and blindsided the old man in the midst of trying to explain himself. Then Cooper continued to bait Sterling into discussing Magic Johnson even further, even though Sterling had already said early on in the interview that he didn’t want to talk about Johnson.

CNN Seized the Opportunity to Demonize Sterling as a Big Bad Racist

CNN jumped at the opportunity to misconstrue Sterling’s recorded comments to paint him as a racist demon, all to increase viewership and cause a sensation. CNN took a bone and chewed it up for ratings. White guilt and an unwitting public did the rest. CNN relied on people not looking more closely at the entire story. They know that the noble masses love to be indignant and to hate  big bad racists. Trouble is, nobody knows what a racist is these days. They can’t even see when CNN is manufacturing one for their own benefit.  It’s just a stupidly overused word. Just because someone doesn’t like you, or feels threatened by you, doesn’t give you the right to call them racist and in this case cause a huge legal uproar. I’m glad Donald Sterling is fighting back. He actually tried to apologize for the way he was misunderstood, even when he really shouldn’t have had to. Anderson Cooper made an effort to sidetrack him into rambling about Magic Johnson to be sure that people only focused on the bad comments about Johnson. It’s dishonest, unfair, and certainly not balanced, CNN. Incidentally, CNN conveniently did not mention any of the legal problems some of Magic Johnson’s charities have gotten into. CNN, your epic fail is already causing a lot of people a lot of trouble for your having stirred up all this racism crap. The NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, even got into a monumental hissy fit over this, for nothing, and now he’s going to have to work this overtime too.

Pay Attention. Read between the lines when CNN hypes a story using Racism.

Beware if you see Sunny Hostin or Don Lemon on your television screen. There’s bound to be hysterics and venom about racism spewing from these moronic talking heads. They do more harm than good. It’s toxic. They perpetuate stereotypes and create undue sensitivities about racism that don’t belong. It’s all for position and ratings. Their target is always white people. It’s the pot calling the kettle black. I’m still scratching my head wondering how Anderson Cooper missed the mark on this story too…by a mile.

Robert George Reoch

 

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Cold War Returns With a Vengeance

Cold War Returns

Vladimir Putin Revives the Cold War by Invading Ukraine

Yes, the Cold War has been resurrected with a vengeance as Vladimir Putin invades and annexes the state of Crimea in The Ukraine. The rest of the world reacts as though being rubbed inappropriately on the subway–lots of indignant gasps and admonitions, but nobody’s doing anything about it.

Watch as Putin continues his rapid campaign. Don’t be surprised if he takes even more territory while the coast remains clear. So far, he’s been met with no boots on the ground resistance. Does anyone really think a group of U.N. Observers is going to accomplish anything? It’s like having the local Ladies Club to go over to scold a gang that’s moved into their hood. Putin isn’t even buying his own bullshit, but everyone else is. It’s ridiculous the way Putin’s army keeps turning away the U.N. folks at gunpoint.

Vladimir Putin Makes a Grab for Crimea under False Pretext

Vladimir Putin is striking while the iron is hot and nobody’s standing in his way. It’s like a high-speed car chase where the police have broken off pursuit (although nobody’s even really tried to chase out Russia’s unmarked army). It doesn’t exist, right? Vladimir Putin says so, therefore it must be true. He says all of those soldiers are merely ethnic Russian Ukrainian locals supposedly protecting Russian Ukrainians from persecution at the hands of western Ukrainians. The rest of the world is being played while Soviet thugs take over Crimea. That’s what Soviets do. That’s our good old Cold War come back to haunt.

Given the rapid pace at which the Russian Army has deployed uncontested, look for Putin to grab even more. Soon, he’ll be occupying the rest of the Ukraine. His eyes are likely on a few other Post-Soviet states as well. I presume most people see the situation for what
it really is, despite U.S. television covering heavily the so-called diplomatic efforts by President Obama and Secretary of State, John Kerry. One thing is certain: nobody is speaking Soviet to Putin except Putin to himself.

Alternate Answer for Pro-Soviet Crimeans

Perhaps Ukrainian and European leaders could urge pro-Soviet Crimeans to leave the Ukraine and move to Russia. After all, Putin already wants to give them Russian citizenship. Why don’t we agree with Putin and allow him to “save” them by taking them in–in Russia?

Robert George Reoch

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Michael Dunn a Victim of Audio Terrorism?

Michael Dunn a Victim of Audio Terrorism?

Did “Audio Terrorism” Cause Michael Dunn to Snap?

Yes,audio terrorism is a thing. In Tampa, Florida and in other communities, they want to make it illegal. Audio terrorism describes the impact on the public when excessively loud music emanates from a passenger vehicle using a highly amplified sound system. Some of the immediate effects on the surrounds are the obvious noise, as well as rattling of windows and mirrors in other drivers’ vehicles. Coupled with safety concerns are health risks. In addition to having their windows and mirrors rattled, those exposed to extraordinarily high decibels experience raised blood pressure and a temporary rush of adrenaline. Hearing is also impaired. These symptoms were claimed to have been experienced by Michael Dunn when he was confronted with a vehicle occupied by four teenagers whose blasting music had Dunn feeling a sense of being under attack. This is how it gets to be known as audio terrorism.

Unfortunately, Dunn’s request to the teenagers to turn down the music, and the response that followed, resulted in a confrontation and the death of Jordan Davis, who was one of the occupants of the vehicle emitting loud music. Some would say that Dunn should simply have moved his vehicle away from the noise. Others believe the public has a right to airwaves free of excessively loud music that causes physical and mental harm to those nearby. Few have been willing to discuss the actual physical and mental impact that occurs in the presence of sudden exposure to extreme sound decibel levels from a nearby vehicle. Instead, most people focus on the resulting confrontation and tragic death of Jordan Davis. It takes a more analytical mind to dissect the full of the situation. In a civilized society, we still need to define what civil behavior is. As technology and access to it create new areas where sensitivity is needed, we must continually redefine what is acceptable public behavior. This ongoing process is often neglected.

In the case of Jordan Davis’ having been shot, CNN television personalities Don Lemon and Sunny Hostin have cried for weeks that Michael Dunn pulled out his gun entirely out of dislike of loud music, and because of race (the teens were black). It seems it’s always about race with Sunny Hostin unless the perpetrator is black, in which case she has nothing to say. Don Lemon endlessly oversimplifies this case, on national television, to the insult of millions with an ounce of intelligence. CNN had hung Michael Dunn out to dry long before there was a trial. They had invested a lot in his guilt. This narrow focus is exactly what perpetuates animosity and bigotry in this country. It’s certainly not fair and balanced.

Another crucial reason for cracking down on “audio terrorism” in Florida is the threat it poses to public safety. If a vehicle’s driver blasts music at 125 decibels while an emergency vehicle is attempting to pass, neither that driver nor other drivers in the vicinity can hear clearly the siren of the emergency vehicle. The drowning sounds from an amplified audio system present a serious safety hazard for all concerned. Keep in mind; these factors impact the driver and passengers in his vehicle with far greater impact and impairment as well.

The Michael Dunn case is more complex than just loud music. Allegations exist of threats beyond the music, which led to gunfire. These factors are still being worked out in the courts. Michael Dunn was recently convicted of attempted manslaughter for shooting at the vehicle occupied by the teenagers. The goal of the anti audio terrorist measures is to expand existing laws pertaining to excessive noise and disturbing the peace. As a society, it seems we’ve reached an unfortunate point of actually needing to enforce being civil to one another, even when it comes to how loudly we play our music while in proximity to others. To me, it’s just common sense. I was taught to respect the space of others while out in public. Playgrounds are for children to scream and holler to their hearts’ content. The public streets should not be an adult battleground for the right to hear oneself think.

In Florida, they aim to quash audio terrorism. Any stereo that can be heard 50 feet, or more, from a vehicle has now been outlawed in Pinellas County and in Sarasota where fines can be imposed. A new Tampa ordinance was preliminarily passed in March 2013. Under the draft, first-time violators would get a $250 ticket, $400 for a second offense. The third offense could mean a $500 fine and/or 60 days in jail. The city council voted 6-1 in favor. The ordinance is  welcomed by fed-up citizens who say it’s been long overdue.

Yes, audio terrorism is a thing. It’s deadly serious too.

CNN Ignores Full Facts Including Audio Terrorism in Favor of Playing Race Card

Of course, a few pawns at CNN inject robust decibel levels of racism as being the main issue in the Michael Dunn case, while ignoring the full picture. Sunny Hostin and Don Lemon are always on the same sad note about “white privilege” versus black profiling rather than using complex reasoning. Jeffrey Toobin (another CNN sounding board) echoes Hostin and Lemon, backing their bigotry with ardent sincerity to boost ratings. On a recent panel show on CNN, in speaking of the Michael Dunn case, Jeffrey Toobin said, “This was a case about a kid killed because he was black.” This was quickly followed by Sunny Hostin chiming in, “Well said!” Those are direct quotes. How do you simplify it down to race so readily? Ratings.

So, that’s all CNN gets from this? I’ve never seen so-called journalists project such narrow views. They seem incapable of examining complex layers. Don Lemon is practically giddy with sophomoric angst about the plight of the victimized black man. Wake up and smell the coffee, Don. The Civil Rights Movement was actually a thing too. Affirmative Action has come and gone with decades spent deferring white persons’ “privileges” in preference of conferring favor to minorities, regardless of abilities. There’s still more work to do in the scheme of things. What did we get for all of those sacrifices? We’ve lost a lot of traction in education and productivity in this nation, but we have the first black president in history. Now, please recognize that this wailing and flailing arms about race does nothing but perpetuate a climate of racism. It has to stop. Younger folks won’t recall this, but during the 70s and 80s there actually was a period when racial harmony was coming together and this nation was less divided than it is right now.

How about a little balance, CNN? A good audio technician knows how to adjust the balance and tweak the equalizer. A true audiophile knows that playing music too loudly only distorts and ruins it. Shouting racism at every turn results in the same undesirable distortion and loss of harmony. It’s time to grow up and help fix the problems within our communities, not continuously cry racism while missing the rest of the notes. Try changing your tune and being part of the solution.

Television Journalists Need to Set an Excellent Example

We need a better example from the journalists at CNN. This recent shooting case was not just about loud music. Firing a gun while in an agitated state is just one layer of the Michael Dunn, Jordan Davis story. (Is this another strong argument for gun control?) Did you talk about that between rants of racism? The affects of music so loud that everyone’s blood pressure goes up is another aspect. Did you look at it from that perspective? Applying the law objectively is another facet. It’s not just about race. It’s about a jury and a fair trial. Try using more complex reasoning for a change, Sunny Hostin and Jeffrey Toobin. Don’t just dismiss this as being a case solely about race. That’s just irresponsible, at best. Stop acting so naive, Don Lemon. Consider the effects on everyone involved when it comes to excessively loud music (the phenomenon also known as audio terrorism). Who cares if it was rap? Nobody fires a gun just because they don’t like the choice of music. Just because Michael Dunn mentioned rap and thugs, do you make that the entire case? What was the behavior of all of those involved? I found it interesting that the problem of audio terrorism has been an ongoing problem in Florida for a while. It’s real. I’m not saying it was the root of this case, but I’m not dismissing anything, unlike CNN.

Echoes of George Zimmerman Case

Finally, if and when Michael Dunn is tried a second time for the murder of Jordan Davis, I would suggest that the jury be given the benefit of a full re-enactment of the crime with as much realism as is possible based on the evidence and descriptions from actual witnesses. I would like to see a re-creation using the same decibel levels of sound, and the same music that was playing at the time of the incident. I suggest the jurors experience the sound levels both from the inside the teens’ vehicle, as well as the sound levels and vibrations felt from inside Michael Dunn’s vehicle. If this demonstration is permitted (considering some jurors may not want to subject their ears to possible damage), the jurors who participate will get a clearer sense of how the entire situation evolved and the true impact of the “loud music” and the role it played in the confrontation. If anything, this could be a valuable lesson going forward. I predict, however, that the State of Florida may have not learned how to choose their battles. This could well go the way of the George Zimmerman case.

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Robert Reoch Responds to French Travel Advisories in Boston Globe Editorial

Robert Reoch Replies in Boston Globe

Robert Reoch Offers Perspective as Students Rally Against French Consul General for “Bum Rap”

Crime in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan is Topic in Boston Globe

I was recently privileged to have had another letter published in the Boston Globe. It never occurred to me to share this stuff on my blog, but that’s what blogs are for, right? This public discussion concerns a meeting with students from the Codman Academy Charter Public School in Dorchester, MA, who invited the French consul general, Fabien Fieschi, to visit with them that they may ask him to remove negative travel advisories to French tourists that depict their communities as being dangerous. The French consul general did not relent, however. He politely informed that his job is to protect and represent his fellow fellow citizens of France through unbiased travel warnings. I wrote to the Boston Globe to show my agreement with the consul general and to share my objective observations since moving to Boston from San Diego over ten years ago. My published letter follows below. Read more on the Boston Globe web site.

Robert Reoch Boston Globe Letter

ReC’est la vie in Dorchester” (Metro, Jan. 16): The idealism and naiveté of the students of Codman Academy Charter Public School are what spur progress. I appreciate their community pride. However, I cannot help but agree with the view held by Fabien Fieschi, consul general of France, that the communities of Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan have earned a bad rap.

When I moved from San Diego to Boston more than 10 years ago, I put a map of the Boston area on my wall to help me familiarize myself with the area. I used my map to locate stores and restaurants I’d seen in TV ads, or to identify communities from which news stories had come. I was finding my way around. Within three months, I realized that nearly all of the crime being reported was coming out of the same three neighborhoods: Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan.

Ten years later, this same observation is reinforced daily. Those same neighborhoods continue to be areas where innocent people are victims of gang- and drug-related crimes. Most of the violent crimes occur at night, though recently they’ve occurred in broad daylight.

Just as visitors welcome warnings about dangerous cliffs overlooking certain beaches, they also want to know how to stay out of harm’s way by avoiding any major city’s known crime areas. It’s common sense.

People outside of Boston, even outside of this country, make objective observations without the sentiment of community pride. We should pay attention.

I hope the bright students at Codman Academy take forward a goal to effect change within their communities, not just in spirit, but in reality.

Robert Reoch

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Robert Reoch uses the pen name, Robert George Reoch

Look for Robert Reoch’s Traveler’s Shorts Books available worldwide.

Robert Reoch at Grand Tetons in Wyoming, U.S.

Robert Reoch Grand Tetons

Robert Reoch in Chatham Massachusetts on Cape Cod

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Robert Reoch in Old Quebec City, Canada

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Robert Reoch in Quebec City, Canada

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Robert Reoch in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Robert Reoch Amsterdam

Robert Reoch at Tanglewood in Massachusetts

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The other place to enjoy the magnificent Boston Symphony.

Robert Reoch in Italy

At the top of Il Duomo in Florence Italy. It's only 422 steps to the top.

At the top of Il Duomo in Florence Italy. It’s only 422 steps to the top.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Reoch in Venice Italy. Yes, it really looks like this. (sigh)

Robert Reoch in Venice Italy. Yes, it really looks like this. (sigh)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Robert Reoch Christmas Cookies 2013

Robert Reoch Christmas Cookies 2013

Christmas Cookies or Duck Sex.

Real men don’t manufacture devices to call ducks for sex and then shoot them (hello Duck Dynasty). Real men bake cookies.

Christmas Cookies

Merry Christmas!

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Russian Law Makers Pass Anti-Gay Bill 436-0 Backed by Vladimir Putin

Kremlin: Vladimir Putin and Russian Religious Elite Exile Gays

Kremlin in Red

Boston Globe Reports Russian Anti-Gay Vote Violence Against Gays

A startling article in the Boston Globe today reports that the government of Russia has passed a 436-0 vote that would basically outlaw being gay. Lawmakers have accused gays of decreasing Russia’s already low birth rates, saying they should be barred from government jobs, undergo forced medical treatment, or be exiled. (See the full content of the article using the link below.)

Russia President Vladimir Putin Backs Anti-Gay Laws

One of the first things that comes to mind when considering this violation of human rights is the egomaniacal manner in which Vladimir Putin has conducted himself, historically. Operating always with self-interest, Putin fancies himself a martial arts master, a model of physical fitness, and likely sees himself more as a Tzar (rather than questionably elected president of questionable elect). Instinct tell me Vladimir Putin dost protest too much.

Amnesty International Condemns Russia Action

Amnesty International has deemed the ruling of the Russian government “…a sorry attempt by the government to bolster its popularity by pandering to the most reactionary elements of Russian society — at the expense of fundamental rights and the expression of
individual identities…’’

Russian lawmakers pass anti-gay bill in 436-0 vote – World – The Boston Globe.

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Terrorists Bombs in Boston Kill and Injure on Patriots’ Day

Boston’s Motto: “By the sword we
seek peace, but peace only under liberty”

Uncle Sam Arlington MA

Uncle Sam is in Arlington MA

Commentary

I live just outside of Boston in Arlington, Massachusetts, on Massachusetts Avenue, a road which stretches south all the way through Cambridge and across the Charles River to Boston proper. It’s a matter of minutes by public transportation to get downtown where the bombs exploded on Monday on Boylston Street. I visit downtown Boston regularly.

Boston Historic Symbol of Freedom

Today, I received a call from friends, asking if I was okay. I hadn’t heard about the explosions in Boston and I hadn’t been watching TV, so I wasn’t aware of what was happening downtown. Only yesterday, we hosted the Patriots Day parade in Arlington, formerly known as Menotomy. Arlington lies on the route on which Paul Revere made his famous ride. My home is on the site of some of the first battles fought during the onset of the Revolutionary War. Just north are Lexington and Concord. In Arlington, we’re right in the thick of things. (In 1867, Menotomy was renamed Arlington in tribute to fallen soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetery.)

Terrorism on the Boston Freedom Trail

What can we do about terrorism on our shores more than 200 years after establishing the land of the free, The United States of America. I am reminded of the poem by Emma Lazarus, born on a plaque on the side of the Statue of Liberty‘s pedestal, with its famous
passage:

“…Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!…”

Melting Pot Includes Poison

As of late, I feel uneasy when I think of this country as being the “melting pot” that it is. I’m sure I’m not alone in my concern about poisoned minds of extremists coming to our shores and wreaking havoc here. Ever since the bombing of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, I had been under the impression that, in this country, we were doing all we could to prevent further terrorist attacks. There actually have been fewer major acts of terrorism than I would have expected. Even so, I’ve always had a sense that it’s an impossible task to predict and stop all such malevolent acts. Today, after this terrorist act in Boston, I feel a renewed sense of that concern. That said, we don’t even know if this act was of domestic origin, or from foreign monsters.

Optimism Sustains Us

I am not a fatalist, rather I am an optimist. I’ve been an optimist my entire life. I was born with a hopeful outlook. However, I feel we aren’t smart enough yet. We haven’t put enough into the business of shutting down threats. We cannot yet detect the evil that lurks within our shores. I don’t think we’ll ever be able to read what’s in the hearts of those wretches who come to do us harm (or the ones already here), but perhaps we can do a better job of preventing them from obtaining bomb making materials and entering crowded areas carrying such weapons of mass killing.

Unfortunately, even with my optimism, I don’t see 100 percent detection and prevention as ever happening in my lifetime. People still get in. People are already here. The Boston Marathon is a wonderful excuse to let down our guard and allow individuals to mingle freely and participate. That’s what we do. It was Patriots’ Day! As a whole, our collective intelligence amounts to  somewhere in between that of the highly educated movers and shakers and the “wretched refuse” who have been tempest tost to our shores (or somehow raised here by wild dogs). Unfortunately, some of those that reach our shores are bringing the tempest with them.

Technology for Freedom

I’ll just bear all of this with my usual dumb optimism. I’m not the policeman. That’s not me. My hope is that, one day, the good geniuses in our midst will bring to bear all available intelligence and technology to monitor thoroughly the physical aspects of terrorism. Shouldn’t we be able to keep materials out of the hands of evil doers? I believe the possibility is less remote than trying to read the minds of (and thereby stopping) all mass killers. If we can sniff out every nook and cranny where weapons chemicals come together, we can respond. I don’t think it’s such a huge leap to be able to zero-in on these elements as they converge. I believe it’s possible. If they can put satellites and telescopes in outer space to peer back billions of years, or to look back down to Earth and pick out small objects, why not focus those eyes on identifying traces of elements where they don’t belong in our country? Current technology can already identify millions of light spectrum using filters deployed in those cameras in space. I believe technology may exist, or will exist, that would enable scientists to spot confluences of materials with a specific footprint and identify potential weapons before they are fully formed, or deployed. That’s my hope. That’s all I got.

Rest in peace, to those innocent people harmed or lost in Boston, from wherever they may have come, including the fine young woman, Krystle Marie Campbell, of neighboring town of Medford, Massachusetts, who worked in a favorite restaurant right here in Arlington. Let’s bolster their families and lend our best support to the injured too.

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Margaret Thatcher Has Died

Margaret Thatcher First
Female Prime Minister of Great
Britain Has Died

Margaret Thatcher death

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the first woman to become a British Prime Minister has died of a stroke at the age of 87. According to CNN, she suffered a stroke on Monday. The former “Iron Lady” and leader of Great Britain suffered a first stroke in 2002, and then several small strokes in subsequent years. She had been the longest-serving (1979–1990) Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of the 20th century.

Margaret Thatcher Close Ties to Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev

Margaret Thatcher’s stunning career included close ties to U.S. President Ronald Reagan and former Soviet communist leader Mikhail Gorbachev.  Thatcher once said she considered Ronald Reagan, “…the second most important man in my life.” Bound by opposition to communism, Thatcher and Reagan shared a close bond throughout the 1980s. Together, they provided a united western counterbalance against the Soviet Union. The relationships developed by Thatcher, who famously told Mikhail Gorbachev that “[she] could to business with him,” and the two world superpower leaders, Reagan and Gorbachev, ultimately helped lead to the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the push for democracy in Eastern Europe.

Margaret Thatcher Grocer’s Daughter

Born in 1925 in the small town of Grantham, England, Margaret Thatcher was the daughter of a British grocer, Alfred Roberts. Her father was active in politics and raised Margaret Roberts as a strict Methodist. After graduating from Somerville College at Oxford, Margaret Thatcher began a slow rise in politics beginning in 1959, eventually serving as leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. Thatcher won thenation’s top job only six years after declaring in a television interview, “I don’t think there will be a woman prime minister in my lifetime.”

Margaret Thatcher Career Defining Moment


Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s Fighting Lady

Well into her career as Prime Minister, on 2 April 1982, when the ruling military party in  Argentina ordered the invasion of the British-controlled Falkland Islands and South Georgia, Margaret Thatcher took to defending Britain’s interest with the triggering the Falklands War. The subsequent crisis was “a defining moment in Margaret Thatcher’s career. She set up and chaired a small War Cabinet to take charge of the war effort,  dispatching, in early April, a naval task force to retake the Falkland Islands. Argentina surrendered on 14 June and the British operation was hailed a success.

Margaret Thatcher Funeral

Margaret Thatcher’s funeral was held at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, with full military honors, followed by a private cremation.

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North Korea in Shadow of B2s

North Korea in the Shadow of B2s

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un Versus B2

Once again, on the subject of North Korea,

a picture paints a thousand words:

Kim Jong Un Versus B 2Dennis Rodman Can’t Fix This

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Pope Elected

Pope Francis is the 266th Pope

PopeJorge Mario Bergoglio (pronounced Ber-GOAL-io)—now known as Pope Francis—age 76, has been elected as the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. This selection follows the resignation of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI. The new pontiff will be called Pope Francis. This marks the first time in papal history that the name, Francis, has been used. He is the first non-European pope in over 1,200 years. In his title, Pope Francis will not use the Roman numeral, ‘I,’ to denote “the first,” unlike a preceding pope, John Paul I, who decided himself to add the ‘I’ to his title. The new pope will be correctly referred to simply as Pope Francis.

First Jesuit Pope

The election of the archbishop of Buenos Aires, Bergoglio was an apt choice in that the bulk of the world’s Catholics currently reside in the Southern Hemisphere. As Bill Chappell of NPR mentions, the choice of the name, “Francis,” is seen as a gesture toward the Franciscans from Bergoglio, the first Jesuit to become pope. Vatican representative, Rev. Federico Lombardi, confirmed that the name refers to St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan Order, often seen as the Jesuits’ traditional rivals.

Pope Has Dual Role

In his role as pope, Pope Francis is both the leader of the Catholic Church and the sovereign ruler of the Vatican City State.

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