Wednesday, May 27, 2015

What's up in Guatemala?

Read a rather disturbing article today.

About 10 teenagers attached and killed an elderly man in some Guatemalan village...so about 50 to a hundred villagers tracked them down and caught one of them - a 16 year old girl.

The villagers - women and children as well as men - beat her to a pulp - then poured gasoline on her and set her on fire....and then stood and watched her burn to death.

This wasn't an isolated incident, apparently this happens all the time.

And while I can see beating someone to a pulp - the fact that women and children would stand by and watch someone burn to death - after first setting them on fire - there's a lack of humanity there....


Fun blog - Travel Writer's Wife

The URL for this new blog is http://travelwriterswife.blogspot.com/.

 There have only been a couple of posts so far, but I think The Travel Writer's Wife blog is going to be a lot of fun.

The author is an artist, but is married to, obviously, a travel writer. She has shared some amusing anecdotes so far.

Check it out.

Friday, May 8, 2015

A blog for Scrabble lovers

If you like to play Scrabble, or even in you just like to improve your vocabulary, check out:

http://wordgamersblog.blogspot.com/

The Word Gamer's blog is devoted to people who love Scrabble, Words with friends and so on.

If you're trying to find out how to improve your vocabulary, or how to improve your chances of winning a Scrabble game, check out the Word Gamer's blog!

Monday, April 6, 2015

And Taco Bell's sexist commercial

So I'm watching the Colorado Rockies vs the Milwaukee Brewers.

Rockies ahead 10 - 0 in the 5th inning - that's good.

Then I see this Taco Bell commercial.  Two senior citizens sitting in their car, husband and wife presumably.

Elderly wife all of a sudden lifts up her shirt to show her breasts to her husband.

And I'm like...what?

The last thing impressionable boys need to see is that women - even elderly women - are there as sex objects only...

I've seen a few of those commercials for Girls Gone Wild or whatever they're called, all these sorority girls go on spring break, get drunk, then lift up their shirts to show their breasts to any guy who wishes to salivate over them...

If they were approached later by a guy who cops a feel, wlll they try to stop him? Or by this time will they be too drunk to know what is going on?  So the guy thinks, well, she showed me her breasts, gotta be pretty easy, I'm sure she'd say yes to sex if she were conscious, so she won't mind it while she's unconscious....

Then the next day the girl wakes up, vomits for an hour or so, then realizes she's had sex and doesn't remember anything about it...

Am I extrapolating too much?

I just think young boys and girls don't need to see women showing off their breasts - even if in this case it was a wife (one hopes) doing it for her husband.

Sad day for America...

As far as I'm concerned, Alex Rodriguez aka A-Rod should have been banned from baseball two years ago.

Instead, after a year's suspension, he made his debut for the Yankees today - and everyone in the crowd cheered him!

He got cheers!

Probably 40,000 people in the stands, and no one cares that he's a cheater and a liar?

Well...they're hoping he's going to be a good player.

If he has a .200 batting average after the first three weeks...you may be sure they'll boo him then.

Meanwhile...I'm hoping Ichro can have a resurgence with the Florida Marlins...I liked him as a Mariner...didn't like him as a Yankee (I don't like the Yankees!)...I hope he does well.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

For Angel Eyes Only - How *You* Can Earn Your Angel Wings

I've just launched my crowdfunding campaign to create a print magazine called For Angel Eyes Only.

It will be a print magazine and a digital magazine, as well as a blog and video journal, aimed at the backers/micro-micro-invesotrs/angels who will help people with their campaigns.

The idea is to create a gi-normous pool of angels who will deliberately seek out people to help - with just a dollar or two each - just to help folks along.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/118270389/for-angel-eyes-only-crowdfunding-magazine




Thursday, March 5, 2015

5 Mar 2015, Schedule of Department of State

Their schedule is a day behind, this is for March 4th:

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/appt/2015/03/238140.htm

SECRETARY JOHN KERRY

Secretary Kerry is on travel to Montreux, Switzerland, and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is accompanied by U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, Deputy Chief of Staff Jon Finer, Spokesperson Jen Psaki, and Vice Admiral Kurt Tidd, JCS.

9:00 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Kerry meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, in Montreux, Switzerland.
(POOLED CAMERA SPRAY AT THE TOP)

DEPUTY SECRETARY ANTONY BLINKEN

Deputy Secretary Blinken is on travel to France, Moldova, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Ukraine through March 7.

DEPUTY SECRETARY HEATHER HIGGINBOTTOM

12:20 p.m. Deputy Secretary Higginbottom delivers remarks in honor of International Women’s Day hosted by the UN Foundation, in Washington, D.C.
(MEDIA DETERMINED BY HOST)

UNDER SECRETARY FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS WENDY R. SHERMAN

Under Secretary Sherman accompanies Secretary Kerry on travel to Montreaux, Switzerland for discussions with Iranian officials, in the context of the P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran.

UNDER SECRETARY FOR ARMS CONTROL AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY ROSE GOTTEMOELLER

Under Secretary Gottemoeller is on travel to the Philippines, Vietnam, Australia, and New Zealand from February 27 through March 9.

UNDER SECRETARY FOR CIVILIAN SECURITY, DEMOCRACY, AND HUMAN RIGHTS SARAH SEWALL

10:00 a.m. Under Secretary Sewall leads a roundtable with 12 civil society leaders from Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, India, Pakistan, and Indonesia as part of the Women Preventing Violent Extremism Symposium, at United States Institute of Peace.
(MEDIA DETERMINED BY HOST)

UNDER SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH, ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT CATHERINE NOVELLI

8:30 a.m. Under Secretary Novelli participates in the U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue Stakeholder Event hosted by the Woodrow Wilson Center.
(MEDIA DETERMINED BY HOST)

3:00 p.m. Under Secretary Novelli meets with National Security Council Senior Advisor Christopher Kirchhoff, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

COUNSELOR TOM SHANNON

10:00 a.m. Counselor Shannon attends a meeting at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

1:00 p.m. Counselor Shannon participates in a Modern Unconventional Warfare and Implications for U.S. Whole of Government Strategy meeting, in Washington, D.C.
(MEDIA DETERMINED BY HOST)

5:30 p.m. Counselor Shannon meets with Peruvian Ambassadorto the U.S. Miguel Castilla, in Washington, D.C.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

6:00 p.m. Counselor Shannon attends a welcome reception for Peruvian Ambassadorto the U.S. Miguel Castilla, in Washington, D.C.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIAN AFFAIRS NISHA DESAI BISWAL

10:00 a.m. Assistant Secretary Biswal meets with Heritage Foundation Director of Asian Studies Walter Lohman, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

11:00 a.m. Assistant Secretary Biswal meets with Kyrgyz Ambassador to the U.S. Kadyr Toktogulov, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

11:45 a.m. Assistant Secretary Biswal meets with Bangladeshi International Woman of Courage finalist Nadia Sharmeen, at the Department of State. (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

1:30 p.m. Assistant Secretary Biswal meets with Bangladesh Nationalist Party Senior Leader Osman Faruk, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR INTERNATIONAL SECURITY AND NONPROLIFERATION TOM COUNTRYMAN

Assistant Secretary Countryman is on travel to Qatar, Germany, and the United Kingdom from March 2 through March 6 for Non-Proliferation Treaty and G-7 Nonproliferation Directors Group (NPDG) meetings.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AFFAIRS SHEBA CROCKER

Assistant Secretary Crocker is on travel to Vienna, Austria.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND LABOR TOM MALINOWSKI

2:15 p.m. Assistant Secretary Malinowski meets with the Syrian International Women of Courage Award Recipient Majd Chourbaji, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR EUROPEAN AND EURASIAN AFFAIRS VICTORIA NULAND

10:00 a.m. Assistant Secretary Nuland testifies on Ukraine before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, on Capitol Hill.
(MEDIA DETERMINED BY HFAC)

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS CHARLES RIVKIN

Assistant Secretary Rivkin is on travel to Tunis, Tunisia through March 6. Please click here for more information.

9:00 a.m. LOCAL Assistant Secretary Rivkin participates in a briefing for the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce, in Tunis, Tunisia.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

12:00 p.m. LOCAL Assistant Secretary Rivkin and members of the National U.S. Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC) meet with Tunisian Minister of Industry, Energy and Mining Zakaria Hamad, in Tunis, Tunisia.
(MEDIA DETERMINED BY HOST)

5:00 p.m. LOCAL Assistant Secretary Rivkin attends a reception for the Investment and Entrepreneurship Conference, organized by the Department of State, Partners for a New Beginning - North Africa Partnership for Economic Opportunity (PNB-NAPEO), and the American Chamber of Commerce in Tunisia, in Tunis, Tunisia.
(MEDIA DETERMINED BY HOST)

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR POLITICAL MILITARY AFFAIRS PUNEET TALWAR

10:30 a.m. Assistant Secretary Puneet Talwar meets with Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Political Director Rolandas Kacinskas, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

AMBASSADOR-AT-LARGE FOR GLOBAL WOMEN’S ISSUES CATHERINE RUSSELL

9:00 a.m. Ambassador Russell welcomes the 2015 recipients of the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award, at the Department of State. Please click here for more information.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

6:00 p.m. Ambassador Russell speaks to the American Women for International Understanding at the group’s Annual International Women of Courage Celebration, in Washington, D.C.
(MEDIA DETERMINED BY HOST)

AMBASSADOR-AT-LARGE GLOBAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE STEPHEN RAPP

Ambassador Rapp is on travel to Geneva, Switzerland, to deliver a presentation on “Responding to Mass Communications that Spread Terror and Incite the Commission of Atrocities,” at an event sponsored by the International Human Rights Film Festival and the University of Geneva.

AMBASSADOR-AT-LARGE AND SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR GLOBAL HEALTH DIPLOMACY DEBORAH BIRX

10:00 a.m. LOCAL Ambassador Birx delivers remarks at the “Health for All” event hosted by the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG), in Kingston, Jamaica.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)