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Bush Sorry Patriot Act Repealed Before He Got Chance to Read It

CRAWFORD, TEXAS (The Borowitz Report)—Just hours after the United States Senate voted to reverse key provisions of the Patriot Act, former President George W. Bush said that he regretted that the law had been partially repealed before he ever got a chance to read it.

“At the time when it was being passed and whatnot, people around the White House were saying it was a really good law,” Bush said at his ranch in Crawford, Texas. “I remember saying to myself, ‘I really need to read that.’ ”

Bush said that right after he signed the Patriot Act into law, “I wrote on a little Post-It note, ‘READ PATRIOT ACT.’ So it was definitely something I was meaning to do. But I guess it was one of those things I never did get around to.”
Now that the law has been partially reversed, Bush said, “I suppose it’s a little late in the game to start reading it,” but he indicated that he still “might check it out just to see what all the fuss was about.”

“I think they have it down at my Presidential library, so maybe one of these days I’ll set aside some time and read it,” he said, before adding, “Ha ha, who am I kidding? That’s not gonna happen.”


"I can win" - Ben Carson fantasy illustrated

Hundreds feared dead as ship sinks in Yangtze River

Source: NYTimes

BEIJING — Most of the 458 passengers aboard a chartered cruise ship were still missing on Tuesday morning more than 12 hours after it sank during a storm along the central Yangtze River, according to a report by Xinhua, the Chinese state news agency.

Fewer than a dozen people had been rescued, local news media reported, indicating that this could be the worst such disaster in East Asia since the sinking of the South Korean ferry Sewol last year.

The ship, whose name translates to Oriental Star, was crossing Hubei Province in the middle of the country when it sank at 9:28 p.m., the report said, citing the Yangtze River Navigation Administration. Rescue work was hampered by strong winds and heavy rain.

The water where the boat sank is about 50 feet deep. Rescuers could hear the sounds of people trapped inside, according to a Twitter post by China Central Television, the main state network.

Most of the passengers were between 50 and 80 years old and had been traveling on a group tour, according to Hubei Daily. The newspaper reported that one body, which appeared to be that of a tour guide, had been discovered. Hundreds of soldiers, police and paramilitary officers were on the scene. More than 100 boats and divers were on the scene, the newspaper reported.

more at link

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/02/world/asia/ship-reported-sunk-in-chinas-yangtze.html?emc=edit_na_20150601&nlid=28208667&_r=0

Probably the best birth announcement ever

Getting passed around on Twitter and Facebook today is the heartwarming image of the new-and-improved birth announcement for Elizabeth Anne Bogert (b. 1995). Bogert told his parents that he was identifying as a man and his parents knocked it out of the park:

A retraction – Bogert –
In 1995 we announced the arrival of our sprogget, Elizabeth Anne, as a daughter. He informs us that we were mistaken. Oops! Our bad. We would now like to present, our wonderful son – Kai Bogert.

Loving you is the easiest thing in the world. Tidy your room.

As Willy Wonka is quoted as having said:
So shines a good deed in a weary world.

What a difference a day makes - and showing you a clever and fun hanging contraption

I’ve been digging, weather permitting (((HEAT))), and watching the lilies get ready to bloom. Every day another one opens, and today it was the one on my deck, here it is, yesterday, and in abeyance right next to the contraption I bought at a yard sale that smartly holds flower pots.

It is so beautiful I had to bring it to my Sunday morning table to enjoy and study

Also made the front yard a little prettier. It’s almost the only place that reliably gets some sun, ergo the cactus

It’s the first time in my life I’ve been able to acknowledge that my house has outside areas that would benefit from some attention.
I’m having fun.

Channeling Creative Agression - with undoctored photos

You already know that JDB is my neighbor, so when he called me this morning and told me there was some controversy on the Photo Forum I took a look and called him back to come with his sledge hammer, which he did.

(I’m in the process of making my retirement real, and needed some studly help in destruction)
And so it began:

And so it ended:

The moral, often stated in my childhood home:
“This is how even with small things you can bring joy to Preacher’s Kids"

The live and learn part:
I’m now off for my 3 times a week weight training session, so the next time I’ll be able to handle this all by myself.

So juxtaposed decided on his own to throw seeds of dissention in the Photography group

Discuss photography as an art, skill, and means of communication, as well as share photographs. Professional, amateur, digital and traditional film are all welcome.

That is the header in DU about our forum. You, juxtaposed, fit in here and so do all of the rest of us.

What does not fit is you being rude because we are a homogeneous group, we care about each other and our hobby, craft, or profession: photography. I remember very well when a few years back I won a contest and you showed up from left field for the first time and trashed everything about my photograph, and said I had won because my title was clever.

I was shocked and actually got upset about this and second guessed my rights to participate. Later I learned two things, one was that you are an exquisitely talented photographer with gorgeous results, and the other was that you had been off your meds.

In the meantime you have begun to participate at times. I hope you win a contest, you easily could and certainly don't need clever titles or photoshop. The beauty of our situation here is that you are free to use them, and the host in charge.

I have never alerted on a poster in the 12 years I have been a part of DU
But there is always a first time.

Please pipe down, get informed, or go away.

edited to get "juxtaposed"'s name right.
I don't see it here often enough to have remembered. Sorry!

GOP Candidate Crowd Control = Guaranteed to beat the Clown Car (Sack Cartoon)


May I introduce my young friend and neighbor JDB who just won the May contest

I asked his permission to write this, and I want you to welcome him. He is a young friend and neighbor who knew I take photos and who started showing me his.
My delight with his work, knowing he is a Democrat and votes, made me show him the website of DU, the Photo forum, and made me encourage him to submit in our contests which he has by now done about 4 times.
And Bingo - he won May.

So we had a meeting a couple of days ago where I put on the table: get a star and I'll talk you through running the June contest, or I will do it for you because I got you into this. But then there will be no more entries from you. I am saying this with a big smile, because JDB has done really well with the entries before, and got into the finals almost each time.

We now have a new star member.
With the itch to run the contest along with fluttering nerves.
A really young man who has never gotten to show his photographs and has not had much critique or encouragement and whom I hope we will embrace. If we can collectively do that, which is what JeffR did for me many years ago along with many of you, we will all have a chance to grow and improve.

(by the way, for fun and full disclosure, he and another friend and neighbor and I went to Selma and NOLA together at Easter. We split all the expenses and had such a good time that we just booked a cheap hotel to go back for the running of the Bulls in July. I say this because the photo he took and won with was taken on the same walk we took together and I won second place for mine.
Ain't life great!)

Louisiana Breaks Off Trade Relations with Ireland / revealed by Andy Borowitz

BATON ROUGE (The Borowitz Report) – In the aftermath of Irish voters legalizing gay marriage, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has used his emergency powers to ban all Irish products from the state.

The sweeping trade sanctions will prevent popular Irish products, such as Jameson whiskey and Guinness Extra Stout, from being sold in Louisiana.

Jindal explained that breaking off trade with Ireland was necessary to protect the sanctity of marriage in Louisiana.

“Every time someone takes a sip of Guinness, a part of straight marriage dies,” he said.
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