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James Walters
"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."
"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."
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"Extremists may not like it, but Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008 by 9 million votes. He won re-election in 2012 by 5 million votes. There were no recounts and no hanging-chads. No stuffing the ballot box or tampering with voting machines. No intervention by the United States Supreme Court. No, President Obama was elected  the legitimate President 7 years ago, and he is the legitimate President right now." ~ Sen. Elizabeth Warren

This was so long overdue! All of it. Hopefully Sen. Warren will be our first female President, perhaps following a Bernie Sanders administration.

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Wow! Extraordinary ingenuity. There may be hope yet for cleaning up much of the ginormous marine garbage patches that humankind has contributed to the planet.

Temperatures are expected to peak at 76° today. In mid-July! Sunny and breezy, too. I've got the windows open in the house. It's a perfect day for yard work and I plan on getting some done. 

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I look at you all, see the love there that's sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
I look at the floor and I see it needs sweeping
Still, my guitar gently weeps

I don't know how nobody told you how to unfold your love
I don't know how someone controlled you, they bought and sold you

I look at the world and I notice it's turning
While my guitar gently weeps
Every mistake we must surely be learning
Still my guitar gently weeps

I don't know how you were diverted, you were perverted, too,
I don't know how you were inverted, no one alerted you

I look at you all, see the love there that's sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
I look at you all...
still my guitar gently weeps...

Three and a half years as distant, like-minded friends, then you disappear as we finally realize we share so much more and could be so much more to each other. I don't know what's happened or where you are, Cameron, but I miss you and wish you well.

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I loved this!!! Jeez, to sing doo wop with Billy Joel?! Wow. Jimmy Fallon is pretty awesome. And Billy Joel is just the best. 

For those who haven't yet found their mate in life, you deserve to love and be loved. And even in his or her absence, we all have someone we can give our love to. Ourselves.

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Editor of 'National Affairs', Yuval Levin, in plugging a new book offers some excellent political analysis in my opinion:
_"One thing conservatives could learn is [Edmund] Burke's disposition to policy. That is, conservatives, he says, should want to solve public problems before they get so big that they invite more radical solutions. So, he was a reformer. He wanted to be engaged in governing, in a way that today's right doesn't do enough of. [...] There is a kind of recoil from the particulars of governing, from policy, in a lot of the rhetoric on the right. And they would do well to think about policy.

[...] I think the left could learn from Thomas Paine that the greatest oppressors of the poor and the weak in human history have been their governments. This was a strongly held view of Paine's. He was worried about the dangers of public power.

And I think the left in America today as much too cavalier about consolidating power and expanding the power of the government. And they could learn the essential importance of limiting, constraining, channeling that power for the very purposes that they want to serve through politics."_

Happy New Year! I've made no resolutions yet. So many sudden changes, so much uncertainty I simply haven't had the time nor the heart to sort things out. Come what may, please let 2014 be a better year than 2013 for those of us who had a rough one!

I was really glad to spend 'Friendmas' with my extended family up in K.C on Friday/Saturday. It was really nice seeing everyone again. We had a good time — games, food, drink, presents. It's nice that we have managed to start a consistent tradition. Seems better every year. Nothing but bad news since, though. I hope that isn't a sign of the new year to come. 
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