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It's amazing what you discover when you go looking for something you had no idea you'd find.  On an impulse, I pulled up Eric Whitacre's website to see if he had created any new pieces.  It would seem that he has: a song cycle called The City and…Continue

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There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISIS

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Passive and Active voices

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 16. 1 Reply

Have you noticed that much of the discussion in families and with friends, in the print media, on TV, and now on the internet is in the Passive Voice? Many people whine, complain, gripe, accuse, blame, call names, ridicule, grumble, bitch, rebuke,…Continue

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Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested

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Something Beautiful – Nathan Phelps & Seth Andrews

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 10. 7 Replies

And it is beautiful, too, indeed, I think some of Seth Andrews' best work.  Interesting point: rather than Seth's dulcet baritone doing the narration, this piece presses Nathan Phelps' deep bass intonation into service, bringing a different flavor…Continue

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Comment by sk8eycat on September 23, 2012 at 9:41pm

Steph, re:TSA searching infants and toddlers...somebody got the idea that drugs or bomb components could be smuggled inside the kids' Pampers.  Yeah.  Right.  Something really lethal, like baby poop. 

Comment by Steph S. on September 23, 2012 at 6:03pm

Comment by Steph S. on September 23, 2012 at 5:58pm

That's a funny lol booklover!! Love it!

I agree sk8eycat - the country is nuts with all the airport searches and scans. Craziness!

You have a point - they want their "minions" to not use their brains and just do what they are told to do. They do not give any thought to it at all. Have you also noticed that they pat down 4 year-olds? I've seen them search preschoolers  - as if they are a threat to the passengers. All insanity.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 23, 2012 at 4:22pm

Pat, I think the people they hire for these jobs are so stupid and inflexible that the only way they can function is "by the book."  In everything.  Maybe that's the way the Powers That Be want it.

Comment by Pat on September 23, 2012 at 12:30pm

sk8eycat, it's not confined to the US. A few years ago, when Shrub II was the Prez, I was at Heathrow Airport in London. A British lady, who appeared to be around 80, and in a wheel chair, was being yelled at and publicly humiliated for trying to bring one bottle each of shampoo and conditioner in her carry on luggage. Yeah, she posed a real threat to me and all the other passengers!!!

Comment by sk8eycat on September 22, 2012 at 10:29pm

Pat, re: airport paranoia  The previous administration used fear to control people.  The "Security" people were so inept and ill-trained (I don't know if they still are) that they would have qualified for one of those "Priceless" jokes that floats around the net.  They wouldn't have recognized a terrorist wannabe if one whacked them over the head with a Qu'ran.

One woman I know, who was almost 80 years old at the time, 4'11", and legally blind, was pulled out of line and searched (this was before they installed pornograph machines).  She was with a group of LA Dodger fans who were flying from Chicago to Denver to go to an effing baseball game! 

Oh, and she's Nisei...spent a good part of her childhood behind a barbed wire fence due to another brand of good old USA patriotic paranoia.  It's a wonder she didn't flip out, or have a stroke.

This country has gone totally nucking futz.

Comment by Steph S. on September 22, 2012 at 4:34pm
Sk8eycat I hope you feel better soon!
Glad you don't have to go to that reunion. They are a waste of time in my opinion. You can find better things to do with your time.
Comment by Pat on September 22, 2012 at 3:04pm

sk8eycat - I can't blame you on the Vaterland, intimate, reach around, pat downs. Though, occasionally, I do get a thrill. No - just kidding! I'm not a pervert! Well, at least not that kind.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 22, 2012 at 2:24pm

LOL! I love you guys!

I am NOT going...I don't know if it's nerves, or something I ate, but my stomach has been doing rood things all night, and a hotel-catered banquet is the last thing I need today. So I have a "legitimate" excuse.

And, like the rest of you, I have kept in touch with my friends...the ones who are still alive.  I don't see much point in dining with a room full of people I have nothing in common with, and don't recognize anymore. (And who might mistake me for the sappy little xian wannabe that I was 55 years ago!)

Pat, some of my frieinds from my post-high school skating years have already bought retirement property in Costa Rica. The only problem is that I can't get there from here by train. I don't mind flying, too much, but I refuse to put up with the Homeland (Vaterland?) Insecurity crap in the airports.

Comment by Pat on September 22, 2012 at 9:00am

sky8ecat - There'a always Costa Rica. Last time I checked, the US doesn't have an extradition treaty with that country, and I've heard it's a beautiful place to live. Your choice of the Caribbean or Pacific costs, rain forests, volcanoes, and one of the few countries than has no standing army.


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