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Cooley Hurd

Cooley Hurd's Journal
Cooley Hurd's Journal
October 12, 2012

47% speech - FINALLY!

...and a nod to Ryan's "percentages".


October 7, 2012

Maria Hinojosa was on UP w/ CH this am. 9 1/2 years ago...

...she was a reporter on CNN covering the Anti-Iraq-War marches in NYC. I was on DU that morning, posting from my living room w/ an eye peeled on the TV, watching her amongst the crowds doing a spectacular job interviewing people and allowing the anti-war message to hit the American people.

Then, a poster on DU who claimed to be working inside CNN (I'm sorry, but their username escapes me now) posted that the word came down - no more cutaways to Maria and the massive protest march.

I looked over at the TV - Fred Whitfield was anchoring - and waited for the next report from Maria. It never came.

A month later, I was watching Shock and Awe...


October 7, 2012

Chris Hayes spells it out for dumb ol' me (re: undocumented immigration)...

On the subject of calling humans that reside in this country (without the documentation showing they entered the country with the permission of the US Government) "illegal" - as in "illegal immigrants"; they aren't illegal for being here w/o documentation. The only crime committed is the actual entrance to this country without the permission of the US government.

To refer to them as "illegal" anything is akin to calling someone "illegal-(whatever)" because they exceeded the speed limit on their way to work. Or, fibbed on their taxes. Or, downloaded content w/o paying for it.

I abandoned using the term "illegal immigrant" long ago for the sake of political correctness, but his clarification gives me a strong argument against those who still use the term.

Thanks Chris!

September 13, 2012

A good friend of mine passed on Monday. His obit is hilarious!

It's the Lord's turn to put up with Dave now. David XXXX, of XXXXXX, went to be with the Lord on Sept. 10, 2012. Dave lived a fun-filled life doing what he loved to do: a computer tech with XXXXXXXXX and an avid partier. Dave was born in XXXXX, on June 2, 1965. Dave grew up in a home with a large family around him which included his parents, brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins always surrounding him. Some of Dave's favorite pastimes included relaxing in front of his state of the art entertainment center while sitting in his favorite chair and drinking a Guinness, driving his Corvette, and going out on XXXXX Lake with his neighbor Dave XXXX - oh yeah, and bringing along his Guinness. Dave also had a cat, that strangely enough, his name was Guinness. Dave also enjoyed classic movies and the local band ManOWar. Dave was a good friend to many of his colleagues at XXXXXX. His friends were all by his side during his illness which is a great testament of the lives he touched during his stay on earth. Dave will be remembered and missed by many. Dave is survived by two brothers, Rick (Charlene), of XXXXXX., and Paul (Dianne), also of XXXXX; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, all living in XXXXX along with his family and friends here in XXXXX. His family and friends would like to thank the staff at the Matthew House for making Dave's last few days as happy and comfortable as possible. The professionalism and kindness shown by the people at the Matthew House was unparalleled. There will be no calling hours or services. Instead there will be a small get-together at the Knights of Columbus on XXXXXXXXXX from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, to celebrate Dave's life. In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to help out is asked to make a donation in Dave's name to the Matthew House, XXXXXXXXXX.

Omissions are due to Dave's private nature. I will miss you, my friend. Cross gently.
September 10, 2012

Buffalo Central Terminal by Eli's Femur Bone

A tribute to one of my favorite Art Deco buildings. Incidentally, you can read more about it here:

Cooley (aka Eli)
August 31, 2012

Rachel: "That was the weirdest thing I have ever seen at a political convention..."

"...and will be the weirdest thing if I live to be a hundred."

She also, when breaking from the end of the speech, just shrugged and said, "well... he's 82."

August 25, 2012

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They have thousands of historic, high-res photos. For example:

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