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Weekly Photo Challenge: All Things Round…

“Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.” Albert Schweitzer Weekly Photo Challenge: All Things Round… Government - Interior Rotunda of The US Capitol Bldg in DC Weekly Photo Challenge: All Things Round… Govt - Interior rotunda of Capitol bldg ceiling art Interior Rotunda shots: The US Capitol Bldg in DC Circles are very powerful energy retainers. We see and know the world as a circle; a tremendous energy circle. The sun and the moon radiate heat and ...

On Fiction: Six Stories in Six Words – Honoring Hemingway

“All good books have one thing in common – they are truer than if they had really happened.” Ernest Hemingway On Fiction: Six Stories in Six Words - Honoring Hemingway... The Old House For Rent, Old House, Rarely Occupied… On Fiction: Six Stories in Six Words - Honoring Hemingway... Doors of Paradise... Happiness, Met Me, At the Door… “The shortest answer is doing the thing.” Ernest Hemingway On Fiction: Six Stories in Six Words - Honoring Hemingway... Timbuktu home One Day, We Met, In Timbuktu… On Fiction: Six Stories in Six Words - Honoring ...

It's a Figure of Speech

While reading the Sunday edition of the Kansas City Star, I noticed an article about an unfortunate accident involving a person accidentally shooting himself. If you are unable to read the text:  Basically it is about a man taking a class to get a concealed gun permit.  He inadvertently tried to unholster his weapon with his left hand (being right handed) and shot himself.  He died from the injury. Note:  I removed the actual names of the people from the articles in ...

It Could Be Funny

I know that humor can be VERY subjective.  What I find funny, you may not and vice versa.  Although, it should be noted that I can usually find humor in about anything.  Unfortunately, this trait has not always proven to be a good thing. Laughing at inappropriate times isn't always  (OK...let's say... IS RARELY) appreciated. I think funny glasses are humorous on some people. I sometimes feel that I am "swimming against the stream" as far as humor goes.  This was recently reinforced ...

The River of Life Flows: Don’t Take It Personally…

“Don’t Take Anything Personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.” Don Miguel Ruiz The River of Life Flows: Live your life... I’ve been meaning to write on another Daily Post prompt that caught my eye because I love the idea of the unexpected; a word or ...

There Should Be a Law

This week, as I was looking around for some odd news articles, I noticed a lot of the stories were in some manner related to laws that weren't neccessarily judicial laws. The first story covers a couple of laws.  The prone prowler is definitely breaking a judicial law but he didn't count on the law of gravity. What Goes Up Must Come Down Police in Brockton,  Massachusetts said an alleged burglar was foiled when his head became stuck under a garage door for nine ...

Trend Alert: Flower Petal Eyes!

Flowers are fashionable! They are on shoes, bags, and clothes! And now they are on faces! Literally! Attaching flower petals to your eyes is a fashion trend. I haven’t decided if this look is fashionable or just plain weird. But I must say,  they are definitely eye-catching! What do you think? Are these looks pretty or pretty weird looking? If you like these flower-inspired looks and want try this out for Halloween or something, here’s a tutorial. Have fun! from: wocmakeup2.tumblr.com from: pinterest.com photo ...

Our Pregnancy Update – Week 23

Image of a 23 week gestational age (GA) baby - image via BabyCenter.com This week marks our family’s 23rd week of pregnancy with our third child – Junior Constantino. We’re consciously making it a family event to ensure our two daughters are fully engaged in the entire experience. A few weeks back we found out the gender of our newest addition to the family – and the girls continue to be thrilled! My wife went in for an unltra-sound this morning and everything ...

4 Tips to Beat the Honey Do List

Photo Credit: Creative Commons – Jacob Aaron Here’s a guest post from a great writer, Marie Ortiz, who’s a part-time staff writer for www.DIYMother.org and a full time social media manager. She is a mother to two beautiful girls and enjoys teaching them and watching them grow. She loves to share her findings along the way. If you’d like to write a guest post for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines here: ======================== My husband and I have been married for ten years and together, we made and ...

Supertrout

A true story from my memoir The Kid in the Kaleidoscope. The Himalayas had the Abominable Snowman; Scotland had the Loch Ness Monster; the Northwest had Bigfoot; and the Santa Cruz Mountains had Supertrout. Described by those lucky enough to catch a glimpse of him, Supertrout was a noble denizen of the water, a baron of bait stealing; big as a barracuda, he could be hooked but was too big to land. My older brother lusted for him like Ahab over ...

10 Tips to Dating over 30

I’ve been at this a few years. I’ve tried online dating and dating friends of friends. I’ve tried dating people I’ve known for years and people I’ve just met. I’ve learned a lot from the experience, including that just because he says he’ll call doesn’t mean he will (Yes, I realize perhaps that should have been obvious). So here are some of my insights in case they help any of you who find yourselves dating during the years when some cultures relegate ...

3 Traits We Correct in Our Kids But Ignore in Ourselves

One of the things I love about my family is that we take regular walks together around our neighborhood. It’s been during these walkabouts over the years that I’ve noticed three traits in our kids that my wife and I have tried to correct when they manifest. Distraction Anybody who has walked with a toddler knows that they want to stop and look at every stone, sidewalk crack, bug and dried worm that might catch their little eye. These constant side excursions often turn ...

Random Thoughts on True Beauty

"The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express." ~Francis Bacon – philosopher "I love the confidence that makeup gives me." ~Tyra Banks – international super model The two quotes above capture the spectrum of physical, human beauty. The first alludes to a beauty that transcends physical expression, while the second implies a beauty that relies on an external facade to build up internal attributes. The first is true beauty, the second is false. The first is inspiring, the second is actually quite ...

Does This Video Disrespect Our Veterans???

This past Friday evening my wife and I attended a preseason NFL game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore ravens. As a lifelong Steelers fan, I've no love for the ravens - but the tickets were cheap, the seats were great and I've been Jonesing for professional football. During the pregame ceremonies and warm-up I took a minute of video that I found extremely odd. The stadium was filling up as the public address announcer said they were going to ...

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When the whistle is too big

Radley Balko recently noted the big fat Does-Not-Compute of Bradley Manning’s treatment while being held under non-violent charges (which the movement built up to support him is arguing shouldn’t be considered a crime at all), when compared to that of serial killers.  The problem there is obvious, and Balko is completely correct to point it out.  But then he says this:

I don’t think Manning is the hero some have made him out to be. If he had leaked information to blow the whistle on some specific government wrongdoing, I’d be right there with the people celebrating him. But this seems more like a vindictive, reckless act undertaken by a guy who by all appearances had a grudge to bear—not to mention some likely psychiatric problems. He did break the law, and because what he did was more of a petulant information dump than genuine whistle-blowing, I’m fine with him being prosecuted for the laws he broke.

This sounds like an awkward semantics argument to make.

A key component of the information Manning is being accused of leaking is the video of U.S. military helicopter pilots firing on & killing civilians, including employees of Reuters, in Iraq.  The Pentagon saw nothing wrong with that incident.  Unfortunately, the usual definition of whistle-blowing we work with assumes consequences — so’n’so has evidence that something happened that would undermine the business or institution they are part of, passes it on, and the perpetrators get punished.  The information in this case, instead, exposed wrongdoing built into the institution, which is what was revealed by the barely qualifying as a shrug reaction to the depicted incident.  How do you do the standard, accepted whistle-blower scenario when the damaging conduct is institutionally approved?

Obviously once the leak was linked with Manning he was going to be arrested.  No one seriously expected the U.S. government to stand aside in the face of such a revelation about the standard operating procedures of the U.S. military — hell, to be honest with you, I’m somewhat surprised they’ve shown the restraint to not just kill him.  The real issue boils down to this:

States attach legitimacy to their actions by invoking “the people”.  What does it say about them when “the people” knowing what they just did in our names is considered so much more offensive than what they just did?

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