I got the lab report back from my latest blood work, and for the first time in years, my cholesterol and triglycerides are under 200, my LDL (bad cholesterol) was under 100, and my HDL (good cholesterol) was above 40! I've always managed to get one or two of those numbers where they're supposed to be, but this is the first time I've gotten them all into the healthy range!
As someone diagnosed with a "pre-diabetic condiction" this is great news!
Under the Taylor Grazing Act, a permit system was set up that granted grazing privileges, not rights. The grazing permit is a revocable license under the law, not creating any right, title, interest, or estate in or to the land. In the early 1990s the BLM revised Mr. Bundy’s, and other ranchers’, permits to protect the desert tortoise. Mr. Bundy did not like the revision and so he made, in my opinion, a catastrophic, knee-jerk mistake when he stopped paying his grazing fees in defiance. It was catastrophic because what he did the moment he stopped paying was remove all legal standing he had. He relinquished any claim he had to graze on public land. When he did that, the BLM rightfully canceled his permit and would not grant him anymore permits.
I was on the porch sipping a beer when I witnessed five teens breaking into the house across the street from me. One opened the window, crawled in, and opened the front door. There was much going in and out, before all five congregated on the porch.
I called my local police as soon as I witnessed the break in. They arrived within minutes.
It turns out that one of the teens, a 14 year old lived there, and had a key to the premises.
On one hand, I'm glad that there was no nefarious activity going on. On the other hand, I'm embarrassed that I sic'd the local constabulary on a neighbor, who I didn't recognize.
The P-G printed a piece by Boston Globe columnist Farah Stockman that is a classic example of "both sides do it-ism." The gist of the essay is that extremists go after the moderates first, and she cites cites the Rwandan genocide, Tamil Tiger assassinations, Northern Ireland, the Ukraine and Syria.
While I think the issues are far more complex than extremists targeting moderates (I posit extremists target anyone who doesn't conform to their views), what burns me is the following:
Even here in the United States, partisan wrangling has turned "moderate" into a dirty name for an endangered species. In red states, moderate Republicans get picked off by the Tea Party. In blue states, they get trounced by the likes of Elizabeth Warren."
You have GOT to be kidding me. The Republicans destroyed their moderate wing 30 years ago. There might be one or two "moderate" Republicans in the Senate, and none in the House. Warren is certainly liberal, but she ran unopposed in the primary, and soundly defeated Republican Scott Brown. No "moderate" was trounced by Warren, and "by the likes of" is unnecessarily pejorative, unless of course, you have to maintain the "both sides do it" nonsense. Most elected Democrats hew pretty close to the center, and are only considered "left" because the Republican party has gone bat-shit insane.
Republicans being "picked off by the Tea Party" aren't moderates. They just aren't crazy enough for what's become the base of the party.
There is outrage in Emsworth after someone posted signs trying to recruit people to join the KKK.
Police say the signs aren’t illegal, so people in the neighborhood are taking some action of their own.
None appeared on my street, even though we're just a block away from Center Ave. The telephone numbers listed on the poster bear area codes for North Carolina and Virginia, but that doesn't rule out a local being responsible. I've lived here in the same house for over 18 years, I know all the neighbors well, and I'm not aware of anyone with racist attitudes. If I see any of these odious posters pop up, I'll be tearing them down.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a major campaign finance decision, striking down some limits on federal campaign contributions for the first time. The ruling, issued near the start of a campaign season, will change and most likely increase the already large role money plays in American politics.
" A republic, if you can keep it" said Franklin. And it appears you CAN keep it, for a price.