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#LLAP  Leonard Nimoy... always our beloved Mr. Spock. #StarTrek  
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I have a deep and abiding addiction for these wonderful Cold War era documentaries. I deeply appreciate you sharing them with the world! 
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"An apology for narcissism" is a great way to sum up Ayn Rand's Objectivism. 
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Neufeld is quick to implicate von Braun as being complicit in the deaths of those who worked as slave labor to build the A4/V2 in Nazi Germany. He has never offered a rational option other than to proclaim that von Braun should have protested to the SS about the use of slave labor. Neufeld admitted that this would have gotten von Braun locked up or shot but when you are judging a person in history it is easy to say what they "should" have done. 
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This is a #TOS  series so why was Counselor Troi, a #TNG  character, on the Bridge of the Big E for this ceremony? ; ) 
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The look on the faces of the civilians make it seem they were less than thrilled by the event. 
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I have been and always shall be your friend. #LLAP Leonard Nimoy! We will miss you! #StarTrek 
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Welcome to Rocky Top Mr. Sapp. You will feel right at home at Tennessee. Go #Vols! 
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Spot on analysis of this classic #TOS episode. Sarai gives me hope for the future of our species. May she Live Long & Prosper! 
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Our relationship with Saudi Arabia has been a (pardon the pun) tortured one thanks to the huge oil reserves held by the Kingdom. Saudi monarchy serves U.S. interests. Due to its pivotal role in OPEC, it makes sure that crude oil prices don’t rise above a certain level. It is a key purchaser of American weapons. It invests in U.S. government bonds. And it has acted in the past as proxy for covert U.S. actions, such as funneling arms and funding to the Nicaraguan contras. So Administrations from both parties since the end of WWII have looked the other way as the Saudis have promoted virulent Wahhabism leading to violence, oppression and terrorism. I don't see this policy changing any time soon as we are still addicted to cheap oil. 
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+Yousaf Khan Saudi Arabia beheadings in stark contrast with fight against IS(IL): -  "The problem of the Saudi justice system stems not so much from a generic Islam that exists outside history and context, but lies in the Saudi interpretation of the law. This interpretation is carried out by judges who are graduates of Imam Muhammad ibn Saud University in Riyadh, a bastion of Wahhabi dogma that seeks to stifle legal diversity within Islam. The second problem lies in the subservience of the judges to the Ministry of Interior and its head, Nayef. He and his father before him, Prince Naif, used this ministry as another arm of the coercive machinery of the state, criminalizing any form of dissent and widening the circle of acts that are increasingly defined as severely punished crimes.
The ministry has a wide range of Wahhabi loyalists such as judges, preachers, religious police and teachers on its payroll. Every now and then, the ministry needs to assure them that it remains faithful to the original contract between the Al-Saud family and the Wahhabis. The contract stipulates that the state must abide by the religious interpretations of the Wahhabis. In return, the latter must work hard to domesticate the population and ensure its submission to royal power. The court is but one place where they can make sure that peaceful dissent is silenced in prison, lashed or flogged in public.
What happened to Badawi and Basim must be seen in this context of two partners assuring each other of their commitment to the original contract, despite competition from other contenders to the Islamic state. These severe public punishments leave a lot to be desired when Saudi Arabia presents itself as a defender of free speech and an important ally against terrorism." - http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/01/badawi-burmese-woman-beheaded-saudi.html#
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Modern American & European Historian from WWI through the Cold War and Space Race.
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Survived 5 major bowel surgeries so far...
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I was listening to The Neutral Ground with Kaare Johnson on AM 1280. He was doing trivia about New York and if you called in with the correct answer you would win a New York Pizza pizza. I happened to know the answer one afternoon, called in and won. My wife and I went today to try the pizza not knowing what to expect since this was our first visit. We were greeted and waited on by Susan who owns the restaurant (along with her husband Wayne). She was quite the character and we enjoyed talking to her. I wound up getting a large extra cheese pizza and my wife got a small hamburger and pineapple pizza. I don't know where Susan gets their cheese from but Oh My God it was delicious. The pizza sauce was tangy without being overly seasoned like many other pizza places in our area does. The crust was excellent, not too crispy allowing me to chew it and savor the flavor of the decadent cheese, sauce and grease from the cheese. I had a mouthgasm over this combination of pizza goodness. Despite being a "New York" restaurant I appreciated the appropriately sweet (but not Diabetic sweet) tea. This is the 2nd best pizza I have had the pleasure of consuming in all of my travels. #1 was a hole in the wall in East Tennessee with New York Pizza coming in a close 2nd. My wife and I will take our friends and family here for pizza in the future. I am sure they won't be disappointed as this is just darned good pizza that leaves you feeling satisfied. So a big thanks to Kaare Johnson for sending us to this great place and a big thanks to Susan for making us this fantastic thin-crust New York Pizza. We'll see you again soon!
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Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
Jimmy Carter is the first President that I fully remember being in office. I have a partial memory of the end of the disgraced Nixon's tenure and the brief Administration of Ford. So it was a walk down memory lane to visit Carter's Museum. It is a beautiful campus and a calm, tranquil place just to sit outside and enjoy the scenery. Once you enter the building you go through the gift shop to start the tour. You learn the history of Carter's life in Georgia and the world in which he came of age. Then you discover that his time in the US Navy as a Submariner made a great impact on his life. His marriage to Roslyn probably kept Carter from making a career of the Navy. His family drew him back to Georgia where the inequality and lack of positive political change pushed him to get into politics to make a difference in the lives of his neighbors and for the citizens of the state. He was a popular Governor who was a genuine outsider to the Beltway politics of Washington. The museum does a great job of putting this history into the context of the time with Carter's intentions and then showing the consequences of his actions. You see what the pressing issues of the day were and how Carter ran against Ford to win the Presidency. Carter had many highs in office but the Museum doesn't shy away discussing the difficulties of the Administration including the Iranian Hostage Crisis; the Energy Crisis and the economy. While he left office feeling that there was more to be accomplished he did not fade quietly into the night. The Museum also details his great humanitarian work as an ex-President including Habitat for Humanity, addressing world hunger and health issues, monitoring elections in emerging democracies, etc. I left the Museum with a much great appreciation for the accomplishments of President Carter. The Museum put Carter's life in context which is what you need in understanding history. I highly recommend taking a day to visit this Museum when you are in the Atlanta area.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
We have been taking our vehicles to Julie and her staff at CARS since 2006. They are a very professional and highly competent auto repair shop. They offer many services for your car that can be found at other service shops but we are loyal to CARS because they are honest and they stand by their work. I used to worry about getting my car serviced or repaired because I just never knew if the people working on my car were trustworthy. I have never had that feeling with Julie and CARS. I know that if they say their is an issue that they are telling me the truth and they will actually repair the problem right the first time. As long as we live in this region we will use CARS for all of our automotive maintenance and repair issues.
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
I haven't been very impressed with several of the area praline offerings as none of the confectionery makers made a praline worth seeking out. This all changed during the 2010 Jazz Fest where I had the honor of being a volunteer worker assisting Loretta of Loretta's Authentic Pralines when she did her praline cooking demonstration. When I sampled her cooking I was blown away as they were by far and away the best pralines I have ever tasted. If I could I would have made myself sick as I couldn't stop eating them. It is no joke that these are the best creamy New Orleans style pralines in the world. I went by her Marigny store on N. Rampart & you could smell the delicious as soon as you walked in the door. She offers many tasty items but she is best known for her pralines. So if you want to bite into the best tasting creamy pralines on Earth, do yourself a favor and stop by Loretta's and I promise you won't be sorry.
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Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago
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This isn't the newest or most opulent hotel but it is a well-managed facility that has met our needs at a decent price. It is located near Seattle Center which is great when you are here to play tourist. Most local attractions are within walking distance or a short drive or shuttle ride. There are numerous restaurants from basic diners to fine dining in the area. We have really enjoyed the breakfast buffet here at the hotel. Staff has been helpful & responsive to requests. The only real criticism I have is that the room with two double beds is small & it could use more power outlets. Otherwise this has been a stress free & enjoyable place to stay in Seattle.
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Quality: Very GoodFacilities: Very GoodService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Chef Besh took the inspiration for Lüke from his time in the Alsace-Lorraine region of France. This area is known for its mix of French and German culinary dishes and that is reflected in the menu of this establishment. While the menu may be inspired by a faraway place the ingredients for the restaurant are secured from local farmers & suppliers when possible. I understand that most of the ingredients come from a 100 mile radius around New Orleans. The high-quality, fresh ingredients shine in these tasty dishes. Today my wife & I dined at Lüke for our anniversary. Our server was a wonderful young lady (Tara) who was very friendly, courteous & attentive. The kitchen made an error with my wife's omelet & Tara took care of this issue immediately soon returning with the correct omelet. My wife is German & she loved the spätzle & the omelet. I had the buttermilk fried chicken and waffles with bacon gravy and Louisiana muscadine syrup. I also had a side of bacon & a biscuit. The chicken was good if a bit greasy and the bacon was some of the best I have ever eaten. I wasn't crazy about the bacon gravy & I found the muscadine syrup too sweet for my taste. I will know how to order to my peculiar taste on our next visit. The assistant manager checked in with us & chatted for a few minutes. So they do have a very friendly & welcoming staff that took care of our needs and requests. We look forward to returning to Lüke in the future as this restaurant certainly provides a fine dining experience that is expected from a John Besh managed establishment.
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Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago