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Live GOP Debate Coverage - Heck No, Opinion

Live GOP Debate Coverage - Heck No, Opinion
Romney looks nauseatedOr like a corpse
Perry is bottom fishing for votes attacking PaulSantorum seems not worth attackingI have never seen anyone project less leadership abilityHe is inarticulateIncredible
Huntsman is weirdly OKDead in the water
FascinatingRon Paul speaks some truth about war and raceAnd the audience is silentAll the audience seems to care about is gotchaSick
Opinion:  The church can say what marriage isAt present it acts as a shill for the stateThe state has no business legislating marriageClergy have no business acting for the stateCivil unions can be anythingNo no one articulates this
Romney looks better when speaking than when acting as though he is interestedHowever listening away if I had to choose I would take Huntsmanover Romney without one hesitationRomney is delivering canned statementsHuntsman gives a sense of having actually thought
Romney is growing noses
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Love does not seek well-speaking of itself;

Abba's Way:
Love does not seek well-speaking of itself;
That is a common reason why we act.
But seeking praise denies Abba straight out;
And Abba’s is the only praise we need.
Love does not lie. Love does not tell tall tales;
Direct and simple, never gossiping.
A silent doing will exceed a shout;
A soft accomplishment drowns out fanfare.

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Throw no stones at Japan, the fault lies with us

The Myth of Japan’s Failure - NYTimes.com: " Japan’s average life expectancy at birth grew by 4.2 years — to 83 years from 78.8 years — between 1989 and 2009. This means the Japanese now typically live 4.8 years longer than Americans. The progress, moreover, was achieved in spite of, rather than because of, diet. The Japanese people are eating more Western food than ever. The key driver has been better health care."

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Time warp - nuke problem, Cold War syndrome

Reducing the Nuclear Arsenal - NYTimes.com: "OVER the last three years, as I delved into the world of American nuclear weapons, I felt increasingly as though I had stepped into a time warp. Despite the nearly total rearrangement of the international security landscape since the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991, the rise of Islamic terrorism and the spread of nuclear materials and technology to volatile nations like Pakistan, North Korea and Iran, the Defense Department remains enthralled by cold war nuclear strategies and practices."

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Have they started making the movie - Iranian prisoners, pirates, USA rescuers

For Iranians Held by Pirates, U.S. to the Rescue - NYTimes.com: "None of that tension was evident at sea. The Sunshine, a 583-foot cargo ship carrying bulk cargo from Calais, France, to Bandar Abbas, Iran, continued its journey. The freed hostages, Iranian citizens, greeted the American sailors with wide-eyed relief.

Mahmed Younes, 28, the fishing vessel’s captain, said he and his crew had been captured roughly 45 days ago by pirates in a skiff, who boarded their 82-foot dhow and forced it to an anchorage in the northern Somali port of Xaafuun. There, the pirates took on provisions and more gunmen.

In late December the pirates, using their hostages to run the dhow, set back out to sea, hunting for a tanker or large cargo ship to capture and hold for ransom."

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Count on Charles Blow for a weekly dose of reality

The G.O.P.’s ‘Black People’ Platform - NYTimes.com: "Racial politics play well for Republicans. Santorum and Paul finished second and third in Iowa. Time will tell if Gingrich rebounds. Playing to racial anxiety and fear isn’t a fluke; it’s a strategy that energizes the Republican base.

Kevin Phillips, who popularized the right’s “Southern Strategy,” was quoted in The New York Times Magazine in May 1970 as saying that “the more Negroes who register as Democrats in the South, the sooner the Negrophobe whites will quit the Democrats and become Republicans.”"

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And here are some places you can go without moving an inch

The 45 Places to Go in 2012 - NYTimes.com:

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Travel is virtual To have been someplace is always then But you can return to places and states at will That is often as good as the nuts and bolts of going somewhere With that in mind here are some places to go without moving an inch
1. Books - Recently I have been in ancient Egypt courtesy of the often-entertaining Herodotus. He can be found on my Kindle. Most books I like best are either available free or for a few pennies.

2. Watching things. Today I walked over to the Kips Bay Loews and plunked down $6 to see the Gary Oldman Tinker flick. Preppie spies from the 30s. I went to Budapest, north of London and to various central London spots that reminded me of time I once spent a few feet from Hyde Park Corner.
3. The best of all. Places to go in thought. There is no place one cannot go. The worst inhibition may well be to fear expressing a thought once you have it. I presume one has a thought when one garners a SIGN a…

Unearthing an old HuffPo

Stephen C. Rose: Why Prayer Is Such a Political Football -- The Lord's Prayer Got Lost in the Mix: "Time to dust off my Union Theological Seminary creds and weigh in on prayer.

The founder of the religion, some of whose representatives are emoting onerous and hateful prayers, was one Jesus of Nazareth.

And, try as you might, you will only find one prayer that he taught."

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Some Stabs at What I'm Aiming For

Favorite Places & Spaces:

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From my Pinterest pages


Source: http://blog.vanstee.be/post/3881414341

When architects start designing whole communities that are car free and eco-sufficient we will have moved definitively beyond sprawl and the single family home. Such communities should be multi-zoned to include all we associate with a  vibrant city. I will publish imaginative drawings of such settlements.


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'Occupy' Slogan in NH - Evolve or Die

'Occupy' Protesters in New Hampshire Seek Visibility Ahead of Primary - NYTimes.com: "Occupy New Hampshire has a full slate of events ahead of the state’s primary on Tuesday, but many members of the group are distancing themselves from some of the tactics that saw members of Occupy the Caucus arrested last week in Iowa.

On Friday night, about 60 or 70 individuals gathered in Manchester’s Veteran’s Memorial Park — a regular gathering place for the protesters here. Tents had been temporarily set up for logistics, media and the all-important sign-making.

Hanging over the park was a banner with the words “Evolve or die,” which is fitting for an occupation that lost its own permanent encampment in October a mere five days after it began."

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Whoever said we don't have an agenda?

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'Occupy' Slogan in NH - Evolve or Die

'Occupy' Protesters in New Hampshire Seek Visibility Ahead of Primary - NYTimes.com: "Occupy New Hampshire has a full slate of events ahead of the state’s primary on Tuesday, but many members of the group are distancing themselves from some of the tactics that saw members of Occupy the Caucus arrested last week in Iowa.

On Friday night, about 60 or 70 individuals gathered in Manchester’s Veteran’s Memorial Park — a regular gathering place for the protesters here. Tents had been temporarily set up for logistics, media and the all-important sign-making.

Hanging over the park was a banner with the words “Evolve or die,” which is fitting for an occupation that lost its own permanent encampment in October a mere five days after it began."

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Whoever said we don't have an agenda?


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Chely Wright Is A Fine Lyricist (Video)

Not to mention everything else that makes a complete musical artist


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Herodotus reminds us that medical specialization is not new

Ancient Egypt: Medicine: " If one had to be ill in ancient times, the best place to do so would probably have been Egypt. Not that an Egyptian's chances of survival would have been significantly better than those of his foreign contemporaries, but at least he he had the satisfaction of being treated by physicians whose art was renowned all over the ancient world. "

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In my regular reading of Herodotus, I was brought up short by a passage in which he notes that ancient Egypt was crawling with medical practitioners who each had a specialty. Actually Egypt led in almost everything.


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You cannot love without love of yourself

Abba's Way:
You cannot love without love of yourself;
Not narcissistic preening or false pride.
Abba within is very love itself;
Therefore love of yourself is fair and wise.
Accepting this is your beginning point;
To know that you are loved beyond all loves.
Civility is clearly part of love,
So too awareness and a giving way.
But not so much you trample on yourself.
Love does not seek well-speaking of itself;
That is a common reason why we act.
But seeking praise denies Abba straight out;
And Abba’s is the only praise we need.

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Whoa, Yoga Is About to Take The Pipe - What's Next

How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body - NYTimes.com: "After class, I asked Black about his approach to teaching yoga — the emphasis on holding only a few simple poses, the absence of common inversions like headstands and shoulder stands. He gave me the kind of answer you’d expect from any yoga teacher: that awareness is more important than rushing through a series of postures just to say you’d done them. But then he said something more radical. Black has come to believe that “the vast majority of people” should give up yoga altogether. It’s simply too likely to cause harm."

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Every day I watch people straining up in the exercise room and wonder what they are going for. Most often I think - An early death. Moderation wins.

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The family that stays together votes together

Path to Green Card for Illegal Immigrant Family Members of Americans - NYTimes.com: "The move was greeted with unusually broad praise from immigration lawyers and immigrant and Latino groups, which have been critical of the high rate of deportations under President Obama. Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles, called it a “welcome rational solution to a simple problem” that will mean “thousands upon thousands of families will remain together.”"

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Besides which this is a big victory for human rights. Progressives are swiveling back to enthusiasm for our President. Me, I just smile and say I told ya so.


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When the Pentagon Builds a Walkable Cyber Community, I Will Listen

A Hidden Cost of Military Cuts Could Be Invention and Its Industries - NYTimes.com: "And as the Pentagon confronts the prospect of cutting its budget by about 10 percent over the next decade, even some people who do not count themselves among its traditional allies warn that the potential impact on scientific innovation is being overlooked. Spending less on military research, they say, could reduce the economy’s long-term growth."

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