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

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Kanye West Prior Apology to Taylor Swift on Twitter

site de rencontre des femmes tunisiennes 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 pagina para conocer gente heavy 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:

mujeres solteras en potosi bolivia “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…”

site pour se rencontrer 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 Rolling Thoughts

Robert Reoch Rolling Thoughts is just me babbling when expressing myself won’t fit on Twitter. I’ll be adding to this same post over time.

October 22, 2014

Dear American Youth: Please read a self-help book on any topic. It will, at the very least teach you how to use your brain to accomplish something useful. Perhaps you might even avoid behaving badly like those fools that rioted in Keene, NH, during the annual Pumpkin Festival. What a bunch of douche bags. People with half a brain don’t pull this kind of shit—even if they get drunk. Only idiots riot out of boredom. Sad, stupid, no-common-sense morons. Like I said, please just read one self-help book on any topic. Try reading The Power of Positive Thinking, or Think and Grow Rich, or I’m Okay-You’re Okay.

Good luck. I hope you make it another year without injuring yourself, or someone else.

P.S. This is funny. I sound like a really old person. I’m getting there though. I’ve earned this. pht-t-t!

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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

Robert Reoch Boston Seaport June 2014

Robert Reoch Boston Seaport June 2014

This past Saturday, Joon and I went strolling around the Boston Seaport area. There’s so much to see, one can make a day of it. There’s the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, all the historic sites of Boston—the list goes on. Here are a few images from our Saturday.Robert Reoch Boston Seaport

 

Robert Reoch Boston

Guess where this is?

It's the Northern Avenue Bridge at Boston's Seaport. See the bridge rotating open?

It’s the Northern Avenue Bridge at Boston’s Seaport. See the bridge rotating open?

 

The Courthouse on Fan Pier

The Courthouse on Fan Pier

Robert Reoch Rose Kennedy Greenway

Along the Rose Kennedy Greenway

Boston Strong

Ever strong in Boston, even at this construction site at Fan Pier.

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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:

Travelers Shorts

Travelers’ Shorts: Stories That Move

 

Travelers Shorts 2: Tethers by Robert George Reoch

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Please enjoy my books!

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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.

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Robert Reoch Welcomes You to Mind Pastry

Robert Reoch Welcomes You to Mind Pastry

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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

Robert George Reoch

 

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Valentine’s Day Advice

Valentine’s Day Advice

Valentine’s Day Requires Thought

I’ll keep this Valentine’s Day advice simple: If you plan to please your someone special, do it in a way that makes them feel special. It’s not about making yourself look good. Rather, you want to do something that your sweetheart will appreciate. It doesn’t need to be expensive or elaborate. Just put a little thought into it. You can do it.

Robert Reoch Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Robert George Reoch

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Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake is a Tradition in Our Home

I baked another Birthday Cake for Joon this year. This  birthday cake has pockets of soft chocolate fudge swirled inside each of the two layers, plus a rich chocolate butter cream frosting. That’s love, man. Ha!

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Happy Birthday Joonyo!

I’ve really been getting into baking over the last few years. It’s a lot of fun, but it takes an investment of time and love (and using the right tools). Anyone can learn. Just remember this one important rule about baking: Measure, measure, measure. You can’t mess around with recipe proportions. Also, don’t substitute ingredients like baking soda for baking powder, or powdered sugar for regular sugar. It just doesn’t work that way. I’ve learned a ton about baking by watching Martha Stewart videos on TV too. She is the best at explaining all the tricks.

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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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Beat Hotel Restaurant Harvard Square

Beat Hotel Restaurant Harvard Square

We tried the new restaurant, Beat Hotel, in Harvard Square last night.

I should blog more often. I’m lazy and lead an uncomplicated life. Be jealous. We do like to dine out a few times a month. I love hopping on the bus to Harvard Square. It’s only minutes away, so we don’t need to drive there. Tonight we tried a new restaurant called, Beat Hotel. For your edification, I’ve copied my Yelp review here. I hope, as you begin this second month of 2014, that your life is going smoothly and you’re enjoying good health. I’ll try to blog more often. Here’s my restaurant review:

Beat Hotel Restaurant

Although this was a disappointing first visit, I wouldn’t call it a total disaster. The atmosphere is inviting and wide open, softly lit and comfortable. The service was excellent, although the friendliness felt just slightly forced (fierce smiles). Here’s what we had and how it rated:

Two Appetizers: The Smokey Chipotle BBQ Spare Ribs were tender, flavorful, and fall off the bone easy to eat. Perhaps they could have been a bit more spicy (more heat), but we loved them! The Crispy Tuna Springrolls were excellent too. One large roll was sliced in half on the diagonal. The wraps were light and crunchy, the tuna and greens inside were fresh, and the sauce complemented well. Very well executed.

Two Entrees:

The FAROE ISLAND SALMON with Cous Cous, Lentils, Spinach, and Carrot Miso Puree was okay. The salmon was cooked properly. Most of the flavor was in the skin, but that’s fine. My dining companion enjoyed it, however the accompanying cous cous was undercooked and tasted of uncooked pasta.

The SKIRT STEAK with Frites, Peppercorn Jus, and Pickles was heinous. I believe skirt steak should not be on the menu if you aren’t familiar with its characteristics and how to prepare it. I ordered mine cooked MEDIUM because I know skirt steak can be stringy. Preparing it rare can be
disastrous. You can go medium rare if you marinate it and season it properly and then slice it with the grain into serving size pieces. Unfortunately, my skirt steak was prepared blood rare and served as one large piece plopped smack atop of a large pile of thinly sliced
undercooked very brown potatoes (frites). I struggled cutting the stringy steak. It had a minimum of seasoning. After a bite or two, I lifted the steak off the pile of potatoes and put it aside to try the potatoes. (Why did they plate the steak on top of the potatoes anyway?)
Trying to cut into a potato slice, my steak knife had a tougher time than with the steak. The potato was like leather. I was baffled. I chewed on a piece of potato. It was definitely undercooked and saturated in grease, which made it rubbery—really rubbery. I do not exaggerate. I had to stop trying after poking a few more potatoes with my fork and
knife and not being able to pierce them. What did they do to them?

After the nice appetizers, my skirt steak plate was a sad let down. I didn’t love the steak. I couldn’t eat the potatoes. They transformed them into something that bore no resemblance to potatoes. There was no white potato flesh to be found. Thin, brown slices of rubbery ick. (Okay, I’ll stop.) I shared my skirt steak with my dining companion, but it was slow work chewing on that. Our server stopped by soon after we were served and I pointed out that my steak was rare instead of medium, as I had ordered. She offered to take it back, but I declined because experience has taught me that sending back food is an exercise in futility. Restaurant food rarely comes back quickly, or improved, once you’ve sent it back. Besides, don’t you worry they might get a little funky with it?

As our plates were being cleared, I explained my disappointment to a friendly bus person who promised to pass along my comments. Soon after, the concerned manager came and listened with great patience as I explained my dissatisfaction with my entrée while at the
same time heaping praise on the appetizers. The manager explained that the restaurant is new and the kitchen was just trying out the potato dish. She expressed genuine interest in my feedback about the skirt steak and the frites, and she made every effort to make us feel valued. She also offered to pay for my entrée, which I felt was the right thing to do. It wouldn’t be fair to ask me to pay $24 for what was served to me. Including our appetizers and sodas, our bill (with the one entrée taken off) was about $75. We tipped well for the excellent service.

I’ll conclude by saying the vibe at this restaurant is very good. By the way, they have live music entertainment and plenty of bar seating as well as dozens of dining tables. The food
needs to follow suit in order to generate repeat business. Nothing should leave the kitchen that wouldn’t delight a patron. I would not discourage anyone from trying Beat Hotel for dinner. (For now, just take a cue from what I ordered and hopefully you’ll “skirt” any
disappointment.)

Robert George Reoch

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Robert Reoch Images

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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 Cape Cod

Robert Reoch in Old Quebec City, Canada

Robert Reoch Quebec City

Robert Reoch in Quebec City, Canada

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Robert Reoch in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Robert Reoch Amsterdam

Robert Reoch Amsterdam

Robert Reoch at Tanglewood in Massachusetts

Robert Reoch Tanglewood

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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Reoch writes short stories that have nothing to do with travel. Figure that out.

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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!

Robert George Reoch

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Get Sober on Your Own Terms

Get Sober On Your Own Terms

SOS Safely Obtaining Sobriety

SOS Safely Obtaining Sobriety. Become sober on your own terms without meetings or guilt.

SOS Safely Obtaining Sobriety Gives Straight Forward Answers

Get sober when you’re ready, on your own terms.

How can you fail if it’s your own plan? Using this book, my plan becomes your plan. I provide the framework. You succeed on your own terms. No meetings, no AA, no rehab. Just a simple modern approach. Make your move now.

Use this link to get what you need to succeed:

SOS Safely Obtaining Sobriety: The Alcohol Recovery Aid.

 

SOS Safely Obtaining Sobriety

SOS Safely Obtaining Sobriety. Become sober on your own terms without meetings or guilt.

 

Best of health and good luck!

George Legacy

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SOS Stands for Safely Obtaining Sobreity

SOS

SOS stands for Safely Obtaining Sobriety

SOS Safely Obtaining Sobriety: The Alcohol Recover Aid

SOS Safely Obtaining Sobriety

SOS Safely Obtaining Sobriety. Become sober on your own terms without meetings or guilt.

This SOS book provides the modern approach for attaining sobriety and keeping it. You do this on your own terms without the negative impact that many rehabilitation programs impose.

With SOS you have a positive alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and rehabilitation clinics. Written by a fully recovered former alcoholic, George Legacy, you get a wealth of information relating to alcohol dependency, alcohol addiction, and recovery. It’s all in one simple book written by an expert with decades of real experience. This uncomplicated plan works safely and quickly! After years of struggling and trying various programs, George Legacy used his own insight to put together a fool proof plan for getting sober and staying sober without all the shame and guilt of conventional, ineffective programs. George Legacy gives you the modern approach. It’s timeless. It will work for anyone for years and years to come.

SOS is the AA Alternative. This is the way to attain sobriety without institutions. There is no shame or guilt, and no religious affiliations. Explore this site. Click on any of the images for ordering. This book costs very little–far less than the thousands of dollars one might easily waste on institutionalized treatment. You can beat alcohol addiction on your own terms. This really works! The author has been sober for over six years, as of this writing.

SOS Safely Obtaining Sobriety

SOS Safely Obtaining Sobriety. Become sober on your own terms without meetings or guilt.

 Best of health and good luck!

George Legacy

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Travelers’ Shorts: Stories That Move

Travelers’ Shorts: Stories That Move

What Are Travelers’ Shorts?

Travelers’ Shorts are my short stories. Although originally written with the traveler in mind, my short stories are for everyone. In fact, they’re not even about travel. I just thought travelers might enjoy reading short stories as opposed to a lengthy novel. Thus, the title: Travelers’ Shorts.

I used to travel on business often. I was never in the mood to begin a heavy book while jetting. I didn’t like reading long tomes on vacation time either. I craved something interesting to read (on a plane, train, boat, or bus) instead of the usual newsstand pulp and in-flight magazines. I realized that other people likely shared my sentiments too. Thus, I came up with the idea of writing short stories with the traveler in mind. I knew I could write interesting content. I had a flair for the dramatic and definitely a sense of humor that other travelers might appreciate. The results came pouring out.

I wrote several epic stories—if you can call a short story epic. Some are made-up, but most are based on real life experiences. They say, write about what you know. The truth is always more interesting. I’ve been around for a while. There’s been a lot gone on in my life that makes for first-rate story telling. You’ll be convinced when you read my books. You may find a bit of yourself in them too. 

From Batman to Bobby Kennedy and even Arnold Schwarzenegger. Scenarios in my tales go from mausoleums to outer space. From Southern California swimming pools to New England. There’s a rich mix of heroes, soaring icons, everyday slobs, and royalty.

My books are available in print as well as Ebook, including wireless delivery. Enjoy my short stories at your own pace, in your own time. You’ll want to read them again and again (unless I exposed you in one of my stories). Order today and see what’s inside my “Travelers’ Shorts.”

Robert George Reoch

Travelers Shorts

Travelers’ Shorts: Stories That Move

Travelers Shorts 2: Tethers by Robert George Reoch

Travelers’ Shorts 2: Tethers

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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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Bullying and War

Bullying and War

“John Brake’s Wars” is About Bullying

Bullying has reached new levels in the information age. Youths and adults use new tools in cowardly ways for the purpose of intimidation. Bullying has been a social ill long before cyber bullying. I wrote a short story about a tragedy involving a childhood friend of mine. The story, “John Brake’s Wars,” is based on true events. It’s about a friend of mine, a school aged boy named John Brake, who was relentlessly bullied in school while his father, a U.S. soldier, was away fighting in Vietnam.

We have seen an increase in this hostile behavior in recent years. Cyber bullying has given small minds effective tools with which to wreak havoc. The consequences are too often becoming deadly. The effects are always lasting.

“John Brake’s Wars” is just one of the short stories in my book, Travelers Shorts.

Travelers Shorts

Travelers Shorts

 

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Travelers Shorts 2

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You May Not Need a Full-Blown Rehab

Rehab or No Rehab?

Becoming Sober May Be Simpler Than You Think

You May Not Need a Full-Blown Rehab. Not Everyone Does.


Being trapped in alcohol dependency can feel like a slow death. Even though you may function at an acceptable level (or just slightly below that), there is an underlying anxiety because of not being able to stop drinking alcohol. There’s also the stress of being afraid to seek help—of being exposed. You hear about the Betty Ford Clinic and other rehabilitation programs, but they seem daunting and expensive. Organized groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) can feel intrusive and too public. There’s the fear that everyone will know your business and you’ll give up your privacy. A good reason for at least making an attempt at becoming sober is that it can actually be simpler than you think. You can do this on your own terms.

Have you been considering going through an alcohol rehab?

It is possible to get sober without checking into a long-term clinic. I explain this in simple terms in my book, Safely Obtaining Sobriety. Years ago, I stayed in a rehab clinic for a month, but it didn’t work out for me. I stayed for the full program. I didn’t leave early, but I came away feeling negative about myself and I remained sober only for about 30 days afterward. I eventually slid back into drinking heavily again, and struggled for another decade before finally figuring out how to beat my alcohol addiction on my own terms.

I knew I didn’t want to go back to rehab. I knew that Alcoholics Anonymous made me feel embarrassed and ashamed, so I invented my own simple program from becoming sober, and it worked! I have been sober for several years now, and have not had a single drink. I don’t even struggle with it.

Find out more in my book, Safely Obtaining Sobriety. It’s available as a quick download to your PC, Mac, iPod, Tablet, or any computer. You can also order the book in print in a handsome softcover. The price is low. The cost is far less than a rehab clinic. Try reading my book before doing anything else. You may come out ahead by following my simple plan on your own terms. It worked so well for me, my family encouraged me to write this book. Order my book now and then get started when you are ready. Use the links on this site to order your copy. Make your move now.

Best of health and good luck!

George Legacy

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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.

Robert Reoch

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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.

Robert George Reoch

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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

Robert George Reoch

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Saint Patrick’s Day or The Feast of Saint Patrick

What Is Saint Patrick’s Day?

St. Patricks Day

Saint Patrick’s Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick

Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March. It is named after Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland. Saint Patrick was a Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. The patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick is one of Christianity’s most widely known figures. However, for all his celebrity, his life remains somewhat of a mystery. Many exaggerated stories of St. Patrick are traditionally told, including the famous account of his banishing all the snakes from Ireland. The stories, although false, are the products of hundreds of years of embellished lore.

Some of What is Known About St. Patrick

Saint Patrick was born to wealthy parents in Britain near the end of the 4th century. At the age of 16, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and transported to Ireland where he was held captive for six years. There is dispute over as to where in Ireland this captivity took place. During this time, he worked as a shepherd, outdoors and away from people. Lonely and afraid, he turned to his religion for solace, becoming a devout Christian. After a voice from God compelled him to escape, he traveled hundreds of miles on foot, back in Britain. In a second revelation, an angel told him to return to Ireland as a missionary. He began religious training, a course of study that lasted more than 15 years. After his ordination as a priest, he was sent to Ireland with a dual mission: to minister to Christians already living in Ireland and to begin to convert the Irish.

Saint Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early seventeenth century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church, and Lutheran Church. St. Patrick’s Day commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as Irish heritage and culture in general.

St. Patrick’s Day Green

Shamrock

Saint Patrick’s Day involves public parades and festivals, and wearing of green attire or shamrocks. Christians also attend church services and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day. Originally, the color associated with Saint Patrick was blue. Over the years, the color green replaced blue in Saint Patrick’s Day observances. Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of St Patrick’s Day as early as the 17th century. Saint Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity (The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) to the pagan Irish, hence the wearing of shamrocks and shamrock-inspired designs has become a popular tradition of the day. The phrase, “the wearing of the green,” is derived from wearing a shamrock on one’s clothing. In the 1798 rebellion, to draw attention and make a political statement, Irish soldiers wore full green uniforms on 17 March.

St. Patrick’s Day in the United States

Green Beer

Green Beer

St. Patrick’s Day, although not a legal holiday in the United States, is widely recognized throughout the country. It is primarily observed as a celebration of Irish and Irish American culture with celebrations including prominent displays of the color green, feasting, religious observances, and numerous parades. Many celebrants also engage in the copious consumption of alcohol, including drinking “green beer” (beer that has been tinted green). The traditions have been carried-on in North America since the late eighteenth century. Some of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades are held in the cities of Boston and New York, and in Chicago, where the Chicago River is died green each year in recognition of the holiday.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Montreal Canada

One of the longest-running Saint Patrick’s Day parades in North America occurs each year in Montreal, whose city flag includes a shamrock in its lower-right quadrant. The parades have been held there continually since 1824.

London, England Celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day

London has held an annual Saint Patrick’s Day parade since 2002. It takes place on weekends around the 17th, usually in Trafalgar Square. In 2008, the water in the Trafalgar Square fountains was dyed green. Some excellent information sources about St. Patrick’s Day include Wikipedia and History.com.

Robert Reoch

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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.

Robert Reoch

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SOS Safely Obtaining Sobriety: The Alcohol Recovery Aid is at Amazon Worldwide

SOS Safely Obtaining Sobriety: The Alcohol Recovery Aid

is now available worldwide at Amazon in the U.S., Canada, U.K., France, Germany, Spain, and Italy.

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Best of health and good luck!

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Twitter Trending Topper is One Direction

One Direction Trends on Twitter

One Direction? I think I like them. They remind me of a certain band from way back. I even knitted together a couple of images to express my initial impression:

Remember the Monkees

One Direction and Monkees

You’ve got to admit the resemblance.

My best!

Robert Reoch

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One World Trade Center Under Construction

One World Trade Center Under Construction

One World Trade Center aka Freedom Tower Construction Photos

Here is a link to some remarkable photos of One World Trade Center under construction. As of this writing, the tower had surpassed the height of The Empire State Building as the tallest building in Manhattan. I love New York!

Robert Reoch

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Reality Shows Go Too Far as “Real Housewives” and “Hoarders” Poison Society

Reality Shows Lower Our Expectations in Hoarders, Jersey Shore, and Real Housewives of. . .

Some
people love to watch really bad reality shows, especially the ones with
people arguing and generally not getting along. With control of the TV
remote out of my hands, I was recently subjected to watching Hoarders,
a show about people who are compulsive keepers of junk. It’s one of
those shows that’s like fingernails on a chalkboard to watch. These
“real people” on Hoarders are frustratingly stubborn (and yes,
mentally ill). They alienate their families (and in one case even have
their children taken away) because of their unhealthy compulsion
to
keep dangerous clutter in their homes. In
a recent episode, clutter on the stairs caused a family member to trip
and fall, breaking an arm.
This reality show features unreal
people who literally fill their homes to the rafters with boxes and
stacks of crap they don’t need. They pile-in their basements and cram their
kitchens, bedrooms and attics until the home develops (in some cases) an infestation with
“critters” (mice and God knows what other vermin).

My objection to reality shows such as, Hoarders, is simple: Why? Why is this considered to be TV entertainment? This is not reality. It is the extreme exception to what we know should be reality. Why do people feel compelled to
watch this drivel? These TV shows should not be considered worthy of our time,
especially as a regularly scheduled series. Don’t we have enough
stress in our lives without white-knuckling through other peoples’
unrealistic problems? That doesn’t accomplish a thing. I certainly do
not feel any more lightened or enlightened after watching a lunatic being exploited for their mental illness.

This is just another step down in society’s digression–lowering our expectations in television viewing. Shows like Hoarders
give people reasons to justify bad behavior. People are now glamorizing
conflict everywhere you turn; If it’s on TV, it must be cool. It’s okay to act-out like a fool. Yes, there are people gullible and (for lack
of a better word) stupid enough to absorb this kind of garbage and
assimilate it as being  mainstream. This is
NOT reality. It leaves the door wide open for the third grade mentality
to adjust their moral compass another step lower. It sets up people closer
to the level of the losers they see on TV. Why not do a series about a
family of physical abusers? Let’s watch the Smiths slap each other
around for an hour. That might be entertaining. You know, All in the Family with bloody noses and black eyes.

Shows like The Real Housewives of… and Jersey Shore are also prime examples of people behaving really
badly and then calling it entertainment. That’s just what the  masses need at the end of the day; shows tell us, in reality,
it’s okay to gossip and bitch about your so-called friends. It is okay
to tear down their family and to physically threaten people
with whom you disagree. It’s entertainment! Producers are telling you
it’s okay to suck trash as your TV reality. With that as the true reality,
we are in a lot of trouble. My stomach turns just seeing some of these
hysterical losers on TV. They need to get involved in a sport or art, or
some other creative activity rather than hoarding crap or back stabbing
their friends.

Another symptom of bad reality is the way government
is currently being run in this country. 
Just look at the
dysfunction in Washington. They cannot even pass
a budget. It’s exactly like a bad TV reality show, the way they disagree and
refuse to cooperate. Politicians are loving the on-air TV time in the
spotlight while they knock each other down and ruin the nation’s credit
rating.
This includes President Obama, who apparently has
no skills for bringing people together in rational agreement, yet
he loves being on TV. He must be right if he’s on TV. Is that the reality?

Not all reality shows are horrible. Fortunately, there are some popular ones about good clean competition, such as The Amazing Race, Dancing With the Stars, and Food Network Star,
which make for healthy examples that feature people striving to achieve a
goal and requiring some positive skills. They improve as they learn,
working together, and sometimes having normal people disagreements as
opposed to vicious cat fights.

I
say, if you can’t find anything redeeming in a reality show, don’t
watch it! Go for a walk. If there’s nothing decent on television, bake some
cookies. Exercise. Do something with your kids. Read a book. Just turn off that bad reality crap, period! It does more harm than good.

Too many people in this country are influenced too much by what they see on television. As discussed by a group of female journalists on CNN recently, women are beginning to notice how other women are behaving more aggressively ever since shows like Real Housewives and Jersey Shore
have cropped up. On these shows, they see women taking the concept of “empowerment” to
the extreme. They point out that these hostile women never seem to find a
solution. When there is a conflict, one of the women always winds up like “stripped car,” the clear loser. These shows are all about conflict without
rational resolution. As one female journalist pointed out, women are able to achieve
success, operating with empowerment, but they don’t have to do it that way (referring to The Real Housewives
ugliness.) The journalist also pointed out that men, on the other hand, usually
find a way to resolve a conflict without leaving things unsettled and
someone being a loser. (Tell that to Congress.)

Let’s hope the producers of
these rancid reality shows (and the women associated with them) wake up and stop
the noise. We don’t need to hold up bad reality as an example to be emulated in society at large. Get this garbage out of our faces.

[Update August 23, 2011]

The recent suicide of Russell Armstrong, husband of Taylor Armstrong, both cast members of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, is a perfect case in point against some of these awful so-called reality shows. Russell Armstrong himself was recently quoted as saying, “Everything you see on that show is bullshit. Those Bravo bastards take every little argument out of context and magnify it for the cameras.” The circumstances surrounding Mr. Armstrong’s death could easily be attributed (at least in some partial, yet significant ways) to his relationship with the reality show.

Robert George Reoch

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Casey Anthony Found Not Guilty (Even With Jose Baez Representing Her))

Casey Anthony Found Not Guilty Even With Jose Baez Representing Her

The jury verdict was not guilty in the Casey Anthony trial and what surprises me the most is the reaction from the media. With few exceptions, television reporters such as Nancy Grace are saying they are shocked by the outcome. To me, this is just another example of rampant ignorance and sensationalism in the media in this country. Nancy Grace continues to gracelessly refer to Casey Anthony as “Tot Mom.” She openly decries the not guilty verdict, speaking from one of her two faces, and then says we must respect the verdict of the jury, speaking from her other face.

I watched this trial and I saw the evidence presented. I listened to the witness testimonies. To me, there was no way a jury could have found Casey Anthony guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Both the prosecution and the defense made stupid errors. Even a layman could have presented a better case on either side.

I cringed every time an objection was raised by the prosecution when Jose Baez would pose a question to a witness and not formulate that question in the proper “yes or no” answer format. How can Baez not know how to examine a witness using proper protocol for asking questions? He repeatedly made that same mistake, over and over, throughout the trial, and he was always objected-to by the prosecution. And, on nearly every occasion, those objections were “sustained” by the judge. How inept can he be? One would think Baez would at least learn as he went along. It is mind boggling that he continued to get it wrong.

The prosecution tried to prove that Cynthia Anthony (Casey’s mother) was not the person who searched for the word, “chloroform,” on the family computer, saying it could only be Casey who had done that. That was also a blunder. The prosecution’s so-called expert computer witnesses blatantly lied about what happens when you conduct a search for similar words on the internet, saying it was impossible that Cynthia Anthony accidentally found the word, “chloroform” when searching for “chlorophyll.” However, I know (as do many others know) that, in fact, the major search engines will interject cross-referenced words similar to the searched word when searching. The prosecution’s “expert” computer witness made it sound as though that were impossible. And, the defense did not even pick up on that! Baez had a chance to debunk that witness and he did not! What is worse is that people in the media agreed with the so-called expert witness and talked about it as if it were correct, making themselves look just as dumb as the fake premise made by the “expert.”

The fact is, and despite the fact Jose Baez was too inept to avoid all the objections by the prosecution, he at least helped by providing a few of his own witnesses who could cast dispersions on the credibility of at least some of the prosecution witnesses. Even so, some of those witnesses were able to make Baez look like a monkey during the process.

I knew, as the trial went on, that the jury could not possibly come to a guilty verdict based on how the trial was handled. The witnesses were unreliable. The evidence was weak and sketchy. Motives were not clear. The media had been publicly trying Casey Anthony for so long, over the last few years, that many had already made up their minds and convicted her before the trial began.

Once the trial was over, it was very clear to me that any intelligent jury could not reach a guilty verdict beyond a reasonable doubt based on the evidence presented. Everyone in the media seemed to have forgotten that the burden was on the prosecution to prove guilt, which they did not. It was glaringly clear that Casey Anthony’s guilt was not clear.

In the meantime, how much longer do we have to put up with talking heads like Nancy Grace referring to Casey Anthony as “Tot Mom.” Grace sounds like a graceless bully, period. She is a bad loser. She has no middle ground on anything. She always runs hot, no matter the case. That is not what I would call “fair and balanced” news journalism.

Fortunately for Casey Anthony and the minority of sensible people in this country, the outcome of this trial was just and correct, based on the what was presented to the jury. Let’s all just deal with this in a civilized manner, shall we? Like I said, I followed the trial on a daily basis. The verdict should not have come as a surprise unless you bought into all of the media hype without following the trial in the courtroom. The lawyers and investigators for the state and for the defense were both inept–and ridiculously so. These are the people running this country.

I will give Jose Baez credit for making some eloquent remarks to the media immediately following the conclusion of the trial, although he could have kept it more brief rather than rambling to the point of undoing some of good by taking a few jabs at some of his cronies. I will even go as far as to say that the jury may have given Casey Anthony some sympathy points for having been stuck with a relatively inexperienced attorney who did as much to harm her case as help it. I also observed that, during the trial, Jose Baez cunningly (although unethically) made several “editorial comments” during his questioning of witnesses in order to influence the jury. If that’s the best he’s got, then I suppose he had to bring it.

I congratulate the jury for doing their duty as instructed and in keeping with the laws of this land. Yet, I still share sadness that Caylee Anthony’s murder remains unsolved, which has nothing to do with this jury.

Robert George Reoch

Copyright Robert George Reoch 2009-2013

Barack Obama Blocks Release of Photos of Dead Osama bin Laden

President Obama Blocks Release of Photos of Dead Osama bin Laden

Remember Obama’s birth certificate issue? Ah, yes. It is just like it was yesterday. Wait, it practically was yesterday.

Also, remember how, in the not too distant past, photographs of other killed terrorists were made public?

Now, considering that Barack Obama finally relented and produced a copy of the “long” version of his birth certificate, and considering the relentless dogging by media and Donald Trump that finally caused Obama to release it, how long will it take before Obama coughs up up the photographs of dead Osama bin Laden? It’s anyone’s guess, but I’m sure it won’t be very long.

I’m just putting this out there. While it looks good and proper not to parade around any gory photos at this time, it is fairly obvious that these photos are eventually going to be made public, and it won’t be too far down the road. In the meantime, I tend to agree that it would be as though spiking a football after a goal to publicize graphic photos of the dead body of Osama bin Laden immediately after the score.

By the time any photos are released, they won’t have nearly as much bite, I suspect. Osama bin Laden’s death will have become old news, as news goes these days. It is probably a good strategy to wait. Any future release of photos showing Osama with holes in his head will probably be received like game photos of a Superbowl already past, the lights already dimmed.

These days, I am more fascinated with what’s coming next. I don’t even care about Obama’s birth certificate anymore. (Actually, I never did.)

One last thought. Read the headline of this story again. In my lifetime, I never would have expected to read (or write) so many foreign words in one American headline. I’m just sayin’. . . Sheesh.

Robert George Reoch

Copyright Robert George Reoch 2009-2013

Crazy Bitch

Crazy Bitch

I am talking about the phrase, “crazy bitch,” which is an expression I use occasionally just with close friends. One must know how to invoke the term crazy bitch effectively. More importantly, one needs to know when NOT to use it.

The words, crazy bitch, when used properly, should not cause offense. Think of this expression as a teasing phrase to use when a friend does something stupid or strange. You can use the words to make light of an awkward situation and turn the mundane into something funny.

Here is an example: Your friend is unsuccessfully trying to open a door by pushing it, when the sign clearly says, “pull.” You step in, you grab the door, and you pull it open while saying, “This is how it’s done, crazy bitch.”

Your friend, stunned, forgets feeling foolish and you both laugh at the outrageous sound of the words, “crazy bitch,” which are, of course, entirely inappropriate for the situation, and which, in turn, just makes things hilarious (mainly for you).

That what friends are for. . . Crazy bitch.

Now, the caution on when NOT to use the phrase, crazy bitch. Never call a woman a crazy bitch–period. And, never call a black person a crazy bitch either. Trust me on this. Just don’t do it, or be prepared to suffer the consequences.

Example: Let’s say my friend were to call a woman a crazy bitch. The woman would immediately start screaming, “Never, EVER call me a bitch!” At the same time, I would be compelled to admonish my pal, “What the hell were you thinking, crazy bitch?” Again, that would help to ease the situation. The woman might even calm down a bit. (For me, it would mostly be hilarious.)

The other example: If my friend were to call a black person a crazy bitch, that black person may not appreciate it and my friend would be on his own. I would instinctively move quickly in another direction to evade an errant swing of a fist, or a loosed weapon. Later on, to my friend, I would say, “What the hell were you thinking, crazy bitch?” He may already have been scarred for life, though. (Still, for me, it would be hilarious.)

Now that you know how it works, enjoy using the expression, “crazy bitch.” (Just don’t try it on your mother, or on a New York subway.)

Have a great day, crazy bitch!

Robert George Reoch

Copyright Robert George Reoch 2009-2013

Kenneth Feinberg Argues Bureaucracy Over Heart on Piers Morgan

Kenneth Feinberg Argues Bureaucracy Over Heart

Kenneth Feinberg is the man overseeing the distribution of $20 billion in BP funds to make reparations to people and things for damages done by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Last night I watched Feinberg engage in a heated discussion with Piers Morgan on CNN Television.

Morgan asked many pointed questions aimed at gauging Feinberg’s motives and actions. While Morgan kept his cool, Feinberg barked defensively, like a cornered dog, yet often smiled, oddly, through bared teeth. Throughout the interview, Feinberg’s posture was that of a man on the offensive, trying to win with words his war against unfavorable opinion on his performance. Oddly, I also sensed he really did not care what anyone else thinks as long as he is getting paid.

I took away two important pieces of information from Kenneth Feinberg’s statements:

1) Feinberg arranged for an outside consultant to influence his receiving a monthly raise from $850k to $1.2m–monthly. This clearly shows his priorities.

2) Feinberg is more interested in matters of how to mete out funds, rather than in actually getting those funds to the real individuals who deserve and need the compensation for the man-made disaster which took lives and ruined livelihoods. Feinberg repeatedly hammered his point that he wants to distribute funds in a “principled” manner so as to avoid fraud from people attempting to exploit the fund.

At the end of the interview, when Piers Morgan suggested that Feinberg try and work less with his mind and more with his heart, Feinberg responded half-heartedly that he would. The cheesy smile on his face, however, told the real story. Picture The Grinch or Scrooge and you get the idea. Feinberg should only be a fictitious villain in a story book. Hey Feinberg, stop chewin’ on the BP bone and give it up!

Robert George Reoch


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A Charlie Sheen Supporter Too (Me)

I Too Support Charlie Sheen

As I am a fan of Charlie Sheen, I feel an urge to express my views on the ongoing battle between Sheen and CBS regarding the future of the show, Two and a Half Men, and Charlie Sheen’s status as leading member of the show’s cast.

After observing Charlie Sheen on Piers Morgan Tonight, I solidly agree with Morgan that Charlie Sheen is not insane. What’s more, I think CBS trying to shut down Charlie Sheen and Two and a Half Men, a show which Sheen has made so successful, is a perfect example of cutting off your nose to spite your face. CBS is the preening hypocrite condemning Charlie Sheen’s off-screen, real-life persona while, at the same time, the show’s script writing builds around precisely such a character.

As an avid watcher of the show, I have often been surprised at how ribald the dialogue has become. There is no topic off limits. I could list a few examples, but it would be easier to leave it to the reader’s imagination. Virtually anything the reader might consider as going too far (short of serial killing) has already been fodder for laughs on Two and a Half Men. Still, for years, it has been the funniest show on network television.

What this very public conflict ultimately boils down to is this: CBS can far better afford to abandon a successful show (and/or its star) than Sheen can afford to lose his $1.8M-per-episode. I believe both sides are keenly aware of that.

Sadly, this seems to matter mainly to Charlie Sheen and his loyal fans. Never underestimate the callousness of corporate America and the petty goons who run it. Remember, too, that the other actors and crew on this show are directly impacted by the actions of CBS as well.

As to the questions of morality, I would hope parents would have figured out, long ago, that Two and a Half Men is not intended for young viewers. Putting on the table questions of morality or aspects of the show being a proper example is just idiotic. Likewise, if you produce a show of this nature with a star of Charlie Sheen’s character, there can be no double standard with respect to the show’s content and it’s principle actor’s off-screen behavior in his personal life.

I have no control over outcome in this, obviously. I have marveled at Charlie Sheen’s amazing comedic gifts for several years. His supporting cast have clearly added to the show’s success too. I have enjoyed many fond laughs while watching this show. I also admit I have sometimes worried about the show’s bending the rules (perhaps just a little too much at times) during prime time.

Regardless, I wish only the best of health and success to Charlie Sheen and his fellow actors and crew on Two and a Half Men.

Robert George Reoch

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Alcoholism Treatment

Getting Sober in 2011

Even if you aren’t planning to get help just yet, you would do well to get a copy of this newly released book, SOS Safely Obtaining Sobriety: The Alcohol Recovery Aid .  The book, by George Legacy, tells exactly what to do to get started on obtaining a clear head, which is where many alcoholics and addicts fall down. They don’t know how to stop the insanity and make a fresh start. This book provides key information that anyone can use.

The book is available as an ebook, and only on Amazon. It can be discretely downloaded immediately. If you know someone who is struggling with dependency, you may be able to help with the information in this book. The information is vital to know. It can mean the difference between life and death for some, or the difference between finding peace in sobriety rather than continuing a battle with addiction.

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“What Would You Do?” The TV Reality Show Primetime

Change the Channel–That’s What I’d Do!

This may be a strongly worded opinion, and even though it may sound theatrical and harsh, it suits the topic of this reality show perfectly. Read on.

I feel compelled to rant about another recent addition to the lineup of TV “reality shows” (the ones apparently based in non-reality). This one is called, “Primetime: What Would You Do?” The show stages professional actors in mock situations in the nature of exaggerated social conflict, such as racial discrimination at a restaurant, or an abusive woman berating her professional nanny in a public coffee house (right in front of her child and onlookers, of course).

The premise is to gauge bystander reactions to socially deplorable behavior. The problem with this reality show, like so many others of its ilk, is that the staged situations are far from the realm of reality. Once again, producers give us portrayals of people behaving at their absolute worst for the sole purpose of provoking others who are not part of the charade.

This is not reality! One scenario I just watched has the mother railing at her hired nanny in front of her child and using the most abusive language possible. She grabs the nanny repeatedly by the arm in a threatening and hostile way while making threats of bodily harm. The show then exploits the innocent bystanders by gaging their reactions. The idea is to then judge the unwitting and grill them up close on why they either stepped in to assist the poor “victim” or did nothing. Or, in some cases the producers would challenge the people who actually sided with the offending party and ask them to explain themselves (if they even permitted their faces to be shown).

The other scenario in the show I watched had day workers being refused service by the operator of a take-out restaurant. The man behind the counter was so openly hostile in his bigotry that some bystanders either joined in trying to kick out the aliens, or, in most cases simply ignored the confrontation. In a few instances people actually came to the defense of the migrant workers and turned against the nasty restaurant operator.

In all of these mock situations, what played out was ugly, hostile, and tension filled. None of it was based on normal social behavior or reality. These types of scenarios are not a true depiction of the society we live in today. However, think about how many people will actually see it as being reality.

And, therein lies the rub, folks. This is not reality. This is televised sensationalized garbage. This is painting society blacker than it really is. It is also a vehicle for convincing the masses in America that it is somehow acceptable to butt into other peoples’ ugly business and escalate the drama. Why not? They do it on TV. Just be prepared for the consequences when dealing with agitated strangers if that’s your poison.

This is the mind-set of this ludicrous and dangerous television show. “Primetime: What Would You Do?” seeks to instigate and stir up hysteria by creating faked realities that are far beyond everyday context. Actors portray exaggerations of people whom we would naturally see as immoral or wrong. Yet the examples are so extreme they defy reality. Ignorant people buy this crap. Some may even actually identify with the “bad guys.” This gives people permission to rachet up their response. “It must be normal to be this horrible if we see it on television.” Some will buy into these examples of so-called reality. They may see it as a reality. Some will even side with the prejudiced jerk who insults the day workers and refuses service in his restaurant while spewing racial epithets.

There are plenty of impressionable IQs in the American audience who take their lead from these examples. Some will take the high road. Some will stay out of it. Others may see the themselves more as the one who steps in to defend the wronged. They’ll see themselves putting themselves in the middle of a conflict so they can be heroes like the ones they saw on TV. It is all based on a false reality observed on television. It is license for open hostility–the antithesis of civility.

Why do they keep producing shows like this? More and more reality programs seek to portray us as a society of mental cases and hostile, competitive monsters. This is what people are seeing in The Jersey Shore and The Housewives of New York (or wherever). There is a long list of similarly themed shows.

My question is this: Are you for true reality or are you for some producer’s version of low class reality based on hostile and dangerous examples. We do not need to slide any farther down that slippery slope of becoming like the slime balls we see on the reality shows. We need to stop watching and stop allowing our children to watch. What are these examples telling us? They are sending all the wrong messages about what we are as a society and who we should be as a society. People learn by example. We have too many bad examples on television doing great harm to society. Enough already!

(As I update this post on November 19, 2010) a new episode of this show is being advertised on TV.) The premise for this latest show is: What would you do if you saw a person berating someone else in public for looking bad (too fat) in their bathing suit? Is this really reality?! Are people really that rude? I don’t think so. However, I also believe that some people who watch this garbare, who are inclined to be bullies already, may take this show as another signal that is it not so extraordinary for to behave like this. This show would make it appear that this type of behavior is commonplace, when it is not! It is a bad distortion and NOT reality.

Change the channel! Watch sports. Watch PBS. Watch Dancing With The Stars or one of the good cooking shows. Watch a game show. Just stop with these horrible reality shows that are dragging society into the muck. Change the channel. Look for programming that models decent social behavior. Don’t mire in baseless reality shows. It is bad form to watch bad behavior for entertainment. Grow up! Change the channel!

Robert George Reoch

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Alcohol Addiction and Dependency: New SOS Book Offers Powerful Solution

SOS Safely Obtaining Sobriety: The Alcohol Recovery Aid

Author: George Legacy

Update 01/03/2011: This book is taking off.  For those looking to break away from alcohol in 2011, this is a great place to start!

This powerful book provides a logical plan for beating alcohol. Getting sober can be the most difficult hurdle. Many alcoholics repeatedly try and fail to stop drinking, even when they know it’s killing them.

George Legacy offers a most concise, realistic approach for breaking the cycle of alcohol addiction. Available as a discreet, inexpensive ebook on Amazon.  Download formats for any computer or ereader. This book will certainly be a life saver.  No guilt and no games. Just straight forward information that can help change lives.

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Stuck in the Airport Screeining Line? Read “Travelers’ Shorts”

Take your mind off those groping hands in pat downs and prying scans at airport security.

Take “Travelers’ Shorts” books with you and pass the time more quickly.

You can enjoy a clever short story in the time it takes you to wait in a long security line. Travelers’ Shorts makes the time go by quickly. Each book has a selection of engaging short stories that will take you out of the transit mode and into another more fascinating escape. These books are not travelogues or about travel. Instead, they are intended to read and enjoy while traveling, or anytime. Why start a heavy novel that you may not finish? Travelers’ Shorts gives you short stories you can enjoy, one-at-a-time. Read one or two, or all of them. You won’t be left with an unfinished novel when your travel is done, but you may still be thinking about these memorable stories long after.

Skip the usual newstand junk.

Take Travelers’ Shorts with you. Find both books in the series (thus far) at your favorite online bookstore. They are availabe online only. I suggest Amazon.

My Grade: A+ . . . of course! I wrote them!

Happy Travels!

Robert George Reoch

                                                 

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In Which I Rant About Property Management Rip-offs

This is primarily for individual real estate owners who rent out their small properties such as single houses or condominiums. I write in hopes of saving others from making the same mistakes many of us have already made, which is to entrust so-called property management companies to conduct business on our behalves with our hard earned investments.

It only took me a couple of years to realize I was throwing away money. Property management companies were not only taking 6% to 7% of my rental income for the privilege of managing my property, but in the process they were causing me a lot of grief and not doing much of anything at all.

The property management companies present an illustrious image. They convince you they are eminently more qualified than you to look after your real estate income interests, when in fact all they want is a piece of it. Do you realize their fees of 7% on an income property that rents for $1700 month is $119.00 month? That is over $1400.00 per year! What happens during that year? Usually, nothing. They collect rent from your tenant and deposit it into your bank account after deducting their fees. It is all electronic. They really don’t do anything.

Why pay someone 7% month to do nothing? The tenant can mail you the check or have direct deposit into your account. Why throw away that 7%?

If the tenant has a maintenance issue, the property manager will handle it and bill you the costs. It seems convenient until you realize the property management hires the cheapest possible resources to fix the problem and then charges you more than it actually cost them. If you were managing the property yourself, you could let your tenant choose who they want to fix the problem and then simply deduct the cost from the rent (which is usually lower than the amount the property management company would have dinged you.) Or, make a few calls and hire someone yourself. These things don’t happen every day. It is not nearly as inconvenient as you might think. Make a few phone calls and that’s that. You save hundreds or possibly even thousands depending on what the issue is.

What if your tenant moves and you need to get a new renter? The property management company promises to run ads, clean the rental unit, and find a new, pre-screened tenant in rapid time. (This is the worst part of the deal.) The property management companies I have used and several of my friends have used, do not usually find a new renter quickly at all. In fact, the last time I was in this position it took the property manager over four months to find a new tenant. In the meantime, I was losing money on lost rental income. In checking, I found that the property manager had not placed ads on Craig’s List as had they said they were doing, and they were not responding to inquiries from potential renters. I was told stories of prospective renters, but none seemed to pan out for weeks and months. I could have run an ad for free myself and gotten results.

In fact, the last three times I allowed my lazy property management company to rent my unit, they wound up renting to criminals! What happened to screening? I only learned about the backgrounds of these renters after they had already moved out, leaving rent owed and damages to my property. In my attempts to investigate their situations, I paid for background checks online myself and on two occasions discovered my tenants were sex offenders who had not registered, and the third tenant was wanted for identity theft and larceny. This is what I was paying the property management company over $1400 a year for?

In the case of my last tenant turn over, the cleaning people hired by my property manager charged me for painting which was never done. They also stole an expensive pots and pans shelving unit from the kitchen. I did not realize any of this until long after having been told a number of lies about my rental unit’s condition. None of this would have happened if I had been handling matters myself.

I must emphatically suggest that anyone paying someone else to manage their property take a good look at their circumstances. Since I began taking care of business myself, I have been surprised to discover that my property is actually in high demand. Whenever a tenant moves out, there are others dying to rent my unit. My former property managers were actually in the way! They cost me thousands of dollars in rental income by doing nothing while my unit sat vacant for months. All the while, I was thinking they were on it. I imagined busy office people making calls and screening clients to find the best possible renters. It simply was not the case with three different property management companies. They lied. They cheated me. They put criminals in my property. And, they stole from me.

You can set up a rental yourself. You can place ads for free. You can easily find standard rental applications on the internet. You can even find background check resources on the internet. It is worth the price to do it yourself. Also, be sure to check your potential renter’s references. It may sound inconvenient, but it will save you thousands to do it yourself instead of being ripped-off by a do-nothing property manager who claims to do screening for you.

The thing is, once you have your property rented, things are usually quiet for a long time. And during that long period of calm, nobody should be taking a chunk of the money you should be receiving for your hard earned investment.

In fairness, there are probably a few property management companies that actually provide the services they promise. However, it is still throwing your money away to pay them month after month just to watch money show up in their accounts while doing nothing as usual. Furthermore, you stand to lose thousands in income if you need to turn around your rental unit but have to wait while the property management company sits on their thumbs for weeks and months. Who can afford that these days?

In my case, I had nearly run out of cash reserves because of the useless property management I was paying to do nothing. That’s when I took over business myself. Now, it is back under my control and things are going smoothly. I suggest other property owners do themselves a favor and rethink their situations too. It is not hard to do it yourself. You will not only save a lot of money, but you will also gain back some precious peace of mind.

This concludes my rant about crappy property management companies. Good luck!

Robert George Reoch

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Mary Matalin Speaks Out Against Gay Rights On CNN

Mary Matalin spoke against gays today in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room.” She called the overturn of Proposition 8 “a mess,” saying gay marriage is not a civil right.

Wednesday, August 4, Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that Proposition 8 in California violated fundamental rights guaranteed by law, concluding:

“Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite sex couples are superior to same-sex couples.”

Robert George Reoch

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Shirley Sherrod Cotroversy: What Was It About?

Call This the Full Truth–Concisely:

This blog entry is to provide an abbreviated, clear explanation of the travesty of justice which befell Shirley Sherrod after a speech she made at a NAACP banquet was taken out of context and resulted in her being fired from her position as director of the Georgia Field Office for the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund. She was forced to resign by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack after her videotaped comments were grossly edited and then widely circulated by journalist Andrew Breitbart. The video was misinterpreted in its edited form and created a false impression, making it appear as though Shirley Sherrod is racist.

In her speech, Sherrod told of an experience she had had 20 years prior.  Her story was about a white farmer, Roger Spooner, whom she had helped to avoid losing his farm.

The root of the controversy: There was a point in Shirley Sherrod’s speech where (in speaking about her actions in helping the white farmer) she said, “What he didn’t know while he was taking all that time trying to show me he was superior to me was, I was trying to decide just how much help I was going to give him. I was struggling with the fact that so many black people had lost their farmland, and here I was faced with having to help a white person save their land. So I didn’t give him the full force of what I could do. I did enough.”

Sherrod goes on in her speech to say that she referred the white farmer to a white lawyer so “his own kind would help him.”

The rub: It was at this point in a video recording of her speech where it was edited to basically end there, making it appear Sherrod was racist and had not done her job because of her prejudice. However, her speech continues for several more minutes. The true context as it can easily be understood, is that her experience with the white farmer was a learning experience for her. It became, for her, a personal revelation that prompted her to go out of her way to help Mr. Spooner. Sherrod explained how she managed to find the right help for the white farmer, even after the white lawyer, to whom she initially referred Spooner, sat on his thumbs for six months. Sherrod persisted on behalf of the farmer and his wife and they were able to keep their farm. To this day, Eloise and Roger Spooner remain friendly with Sherrod and are grateful for her assistance.

In the full, unedited video of her speech, Sherrod explains her personal epiphany.

“It’s about the poor,” she said. “It made me see it really was about those who have, versus those who don’t…black, white or Hispanic. It made me realize that I needed to work to help poor people…race is not the issue, it’s about the people who have and the people who don’t.”

She said the incident helped her get beyond issues of race.

“And I went on to work with many more white farmers,” she said. “The story helped me realize that race is not the issue, it’s about the people who have and the people who don’t.”

To wrap this up: The media and heads in Washington got hold of the edited version and immediately forced Sherrod to resign in a very public manner. Sherrod, appearing on CNN live, was also subject to a heated debate with Roland Martin (Chair in Health Services Research at the University of Cambridge), who doggedly badgered Sherrod even while it was painfully obvious to anyone following the story that Martin was not informed and was ranting nonsense when put in proper context with the truth. Sherrod stood her ground none-the-less.

Shirley Sherrod has been subsequently vindicated and has received an apology from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who (rightly) called himself “stupid” for having fired Sherrod. He also offered to reinstate Sherrod.

All of this controversy arose in the days following highly inflammatory allegations of racism flying back and forth between the NAACP and the National Tea Party. It has been suggested the edited video of Sherrod’s speech was deliberately used by the media to further fan the flames.

In conclusion, what actually stands out most to me is the purposeful way in which Shirley Sherrod remained true to herself and faced down the fools in high places who falsely accused her of racism. This much I see as a small victory against race antagonists. In the hundreds of little battles, this one came out of a baseless necessity because of the stupidity of a few men in high places and the politically motivated media tools who would distort the truth. Andrew Breitbart, the journalist who circulated the edited video, has subsequently come out and stated that he does not even care about Shirley Sherrod. That, in itself, speaks volumes.

P.S. I believe I was actually the first person to tweet in support of Shirley Sherrod on the day this all came out. While watching Roland Martin slam Shirley Sherrod to the mat on CNN, I angrily sent the follow tweets from my twitter names: RobertReoch and TravelersShorts:

I am behind you 100% Shirley Sherrod! You are due an apology from those who forced you to resign, including “the white house.”
4:43 PM Jul 20th via web

Roland Martin you owe Shirley Sherrod a big fat apology too. Get all the facts before you disrespect her on live CNN
4:59 PM Jul 20th via web

Robert George Reoch

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Training Afghans: “Blind Drunk Monkeys Could Do Better”

 Thank You Jamie in Tennessee

Calling in to a CNN news program, a woman named Jamie from Tennessee spoke up about our efforts to train the Afghans to secure their country, (referring to the Afghan trainees) saying, “Blind drunk monkeys could do better!” I couldn’t help but laugh at the comment, which I also took seriously. The woman from Tennessee was voicing her angst at our troops remaining in Afghanistan, saying we have been there for almost ten years and it is costing more and more lives, and billions in taxpayer money with no results. She points out our efforts to train the Afghans to police themselves are not getting anywhere. “Blind, drunk, monkeys could do better by now!” she said, “It’s a lost cause.”

Jamie said what many already think. It is time to cut our losses and leave. We are not accomplishing anything and the cost is too high. I love it when patriots such as Jamie speak their minds plainly. CNN allowed her to have her piece and say what was on her mind. More people like her should speak out against our wasted efforts and the lack of commitment from Afghanistan. As many point out, the Taliban will come back, anyway, just as soon as we do leave, as before. Like cockroaches, they don’t seem to ever go away completely and Afghans don’t seem to have what it takes to resist them. Their priorities are mainly simple survival in their torn country.

Thanks again for speaking out, Jamie in Tennessee.

Robert George Reoch

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Women Drivers and Cell Phones

“Women Drivers and Cell Phones”


I was just in my car at the intersection of Massachusetts Ave. and Route 60/Mystic Parkway/Pleasant St. in Arlington, Massachusetts. It is one of the busiest intersections north of Boston. You cannot make a move unless you have a green light or green arrow.


As I waited for my light to change, I watched a woman in an SUV holding a cell phone in her ear start a one-handed right hand turn against the red. There was a sign posted in her lane that clearly stated, “No Turn on Red.” Not only did she fail to heed the posted sign, but she nearly ran into a woman pedestrian who was pushing a stroller with an infant. Fortunately, the stroller woman’s husband was walking with her and he must have anticipated what was going to happen because he intercepted the cell-phone-talking, SUV-driving woman before she could run into his wife pushing the stroller with his child in it. His wife was on her own cell phone. She didn’t seem to notice what had happened. Her conversation must have been really important to be pushing her baby through the busiest intersection in Arlington while on the phone and without looking out for traffic offenders.


When I was a kid, it was common for men to make jokes about how much time their wives spent on the telephone. The image was that of a woman sitting in the windowbox seat at home in her capris pants and air curlers, merrily yacking it up with her BFF Judy. As she spoke, she would twist and toy with the telephone cord from the handset, which was connected the bulky base, which was wired into the wall. Back then, the telephone was not mobile. The activity was more or less harmless. As a young boy, that image of my mom was familiar. My mom didn’t even drive at the time.

Years ago, it never occurred to me, or to any of the husbands, that this behavior of incessant babbling on the telephone would actually juxtapose itself into the picture of a woman/mother/parent sitting behind the wheel traffic, blabbling on the telephone, while at the helm of a vehicle thousands of pounds heavier than our old baker’s bread truck–the woman with blind disregard for the task of driving.


We need to take back some of the lost spirit of males bossing their wives and return to asserting a little common sense when it comes to jawing on the telephone, especially now that the phone has migrated to the automobile.
Driving is not automatic like sitting in a windowbox seat twirling a coiled telephone cord. Driving requires multitasking in order to be performed properly. It also DEMANDS safety consciousness. Women are not doing that. When they are talking on the telephone while at the wheel, they are not up to the task of driving and they refuse to acknowledge it at all costs.

Now, stop. Before you try and tell me men do it too, just stop right there. Men do not, as a rule, partake in driving and talking on the phone with anywhere near the same regularity and enthusiasm as women. Do not try and sell me otherwise. We know the reality. We even know what women are talking about on their cell phones. We hear it. The list starts at errands and children, and it ends with mad gossip like wannabe TV wives with hair extensions and paid-for boobs.

I know why this is: Women find the automobile to be the perfect place to go to gossip and really get down and dirty without the men around. To my horror, I have also discovered they don’t care what the kids in the back seat hear, either. They imagine their kids somehow become deaf and blind as soon as the cell phone conversation starts.

I should mention another woman instigated example as well. Back when I was in the corporate world, I recall many times being stuck in traffic while driving in LA, and my female boss then expecting me to join a conference call, which I would have otherwise been attending while in a conference room at my office site. When caught in extraordinary traffic, it was always uncomfortable to have to dial-in to one of those frequently unecessary calls. Each time, I was fully aware I was not well enough engaged in my driving to be safe. I always knew I could get smashed into by another careless driver. As my instincts had long prior told me driving and talking on a cell phone were unsafe, I resisted purchasing any cumbersome hands-free device. Instead, I would get off the freeway as soon as it was safe exit, but not after already risking life and limb to get on that call.


I am saying once and for all, we need to put a stop to this insanity. Driving while talking on a cell phone is now illegal in many (if not most) states. Even with a hands-free device, I still say it is not a good idea. The task of communicating on the phone requires more actual concentration than the act of driving itself. That should be reason enough not to consider it while driving. Yet I still see drivers on cell phones even where it is already illegal.

Driving is not a light task these days (considering all the other careless fools yacking on cell phones on the road). How many times do we yell at our kids to be quiet while we are driving? It’s because we need to concentrate. A telephone converstaion takes away your focus even more so than noisy kids.  It doesn’t matter what the nature of the telephone conversation is. You lose concentraion in one activity while you are engaged in the another.


I am reminded of another common old driving habit. Smoking and driving. It was (and probably still is for some people) part of the driving ritual to light up a cigarette as soon as one gets behind the wheel. Peope used to automatically pull out a smoke and light it as they were pulling out of the driveway. Driving and smoking went hand in hand and at one time was seemingly fashionble to the addicted masses. Today’s fashion accessory for women is the cell phone in the huge SUV. There is no other alternative. It is now habit. We know who these women are calling. They call other women in SUVs on their cell phones. The pack mentality. There are also the busy career woman checking voice mails or conference calls. (Men are guilty of that too, but to a lesser degree.) More often it is full time moms with kids to shuttle and nail appointments to shuffle.


The difference is, the old cigarette never talked back and you didn’t hold it in one ear. You could set it in the ashtray or keep it between your fingers while you kept both hands on the wheel. There is very little concentration required to smoke a cigarette while driving. It causes far less of a distraction than the cell phone.
I would even go so far as to say, you are probably more likely to die from talking on a cell phone while driving than you are to die from cancer from smoking. I’m sure there are some statistics that would bear that out. (I do not smoke, by the way, but I used to. So, I know how that goes.  I quit because it just made sense–plus it looked bad and stunk.)


It does not make sense to drive and talk on a cell phone. Don’t even mention texting and driving. The mere idea of someone trying to text while driving–to actually look away from the road while typing in a message or reading one–is completely absurd. People who text and drive should have their licenses taken. Anyone who doesn’t get that concept should not be allowed to drive.


I made up my mind to finally write this after the recent near-miss I saw at the intersection. I have seen the same thing almost happen many times before. This time, I truly thought I was going to witness an real contest between an SUV and a stroller with a baby in it. There would have been two women with cell phones flipping-out in anguish over the stupidity of it all. I dare you to consider whether they would even see the actual stupidity of it. They would ignore the cell phone in the equation as simply an inevitable and unavoidable factor, like a flat tire or running out of gas. In fact, they would probably say something like, “Thank God I have my cell phone and I can call 9-1-1 to help this poor baby in the crushed stroller.” Never mind it was the cell phone that determined their immediate fate just then.


I have news for you. It is possible to drive without using a cell phone at the same time. It is avoidable to cause an accident because of a cell phone distraction. I am sick of seeing accidents almost happen. I’m tired of the ones on the news that have become commonplace. Just put those cell phones away when you get in the car. Put it in the glove box to be used for road emergencies only–and not the ones you caused.


One last thought: If you disagree with my mentioning women as the main culprits, just stop and be 100% honest. We know who the other majority of driving cell phone users are. However, the number of drug dealers or plummers using cells on the road is far fewer than that of women in SUVs at any given time on any given day.

I hope the woman who was driving that SUV reads this. She probably has forgotten how close she came to catasrophe when she ran a red light and nearly hit another woman pushing her baby in a stroller while that woman talked on her cell phone and her husband kept his eyes open for other women on cell phones.

I know what some people are going to think, but I just calls ’em as I sees ’em. If this helps prevent one avoidable accident, it will have been worth it. If you don’t like how it seems I blame it all on women in SUVs, just take that part out of the total picture, although I just saw another news story about a woman who just crashed an SUV into a store front for no obvious reason. Guess what I think may have caused it. She said she was being followed by a mysterious speeding truck and lost control. No one saw any other vehicles around. What else comes to mind now?

That’s my story and I’m stickin’ with it.

Robert George Reoch

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