Sometimes when you fall you fly……

Having had a series of setbacks in my life this last two years, it has made me reflect a little on life’s little hassles………. those things you most want, against the things you most need. Business has been abysmal, a court case has drained resources, and a deep dark chasm has been the sole benefactor of my time.

Thomas A. Edison

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Thomas A. Edison

Fortunes have changed and what was extremely promising moments ago, serve as being mediocre by my standards today. Not so much a failure but more a victim of circumstance, that involuntary tide that takes you sometimes where you do not wish to go.

Winston Churchill

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
Winston Churchill

Of course there are areas that I am fortunate in, but hardly notice while the cloud is hanging right above my head, taking the limelight from the positive things. Although the saving light has been my wife, who, without having the support would have assured me a long stay in a committal institution, or worse still at Her Majesties Pleasure…………

“If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.”
Steven Wright

Always had this idea that if your going to go for it, then shoot for the stars, work at it hard, be enthusiastic, be fair, be honest. I once said to my children, if you want to be a scientist, or if you want to be a road sweep, if its what you feel, do it!, but be the best you can be………

“I make mistakes like the next man. In fact, being–forgive me–rather cleverer than most men, my mistakes tend to be correspondingly huger.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

It now occurs to me that absolute enthusiasm for a project is not always the most prudent thing. To hedge your bets has its merits, creating a soft landing rather than an abrupt halt, is always preferable.

Robert F. Kennedy

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
Robert F. Kennedy

Enthusiastic is the only way I know to be. If I like something, I really like it. So it follows that I should put in everything I have, but somehow never learn that prudence should take precedent.

Now at 59 yrs old, its finally sunk in, that time is not immortal, and I dont have an infinite option in the world. No longer am I super charged with cryptonite, and can take on the world.

On the other hand, I wake up with enthusiasm, look forward to each day, am revitalized from end of day negative thoughts from yesterday. I look for a new option, an alternative goal, a positive optimism of whats gone before and assure myself with effort the current issues are just that as a toothache that pains today, with a hard time remembering what that ache felt like a week later.

Henry Ford once said:“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.”
Henry Ford

I would say that the only real mistake, is the one that stops you trying even harder. ….

2,700-year-old Persian artifact a gift of U.S. diplomacy to Iran?

Very interesting developments are occurring between the US and Iran. The old hard line from both sides appears to be giving way to a thawing that has all the hall marks of something good.

Washington (CNN) — A 2,700 year-old silver chalice may be a new token of friendship between the United States and Iran, at least that’s the way Iran’s cultural heritage chief sees it.

Whatever the case, Mohammad-Ali Najafi was palpably delighted Friday to see the ancient Persian artifact return to its homeland. The ceremonial drinking vessel — or rhyton — had gotten snagged in a U.S. customs warehouse for years, held up by bad diplomatic relations.

It had been in New York since 2003, when an art dealer smuggled it into the country from Iran.

Customs officials have long wanted to return the rhyton to Iran, according to a New York Post report. But decades of frigid relations between Washington and Tehran kept it frozen in bureaucratic limbo.

The issues between countries will never be solved by head to head rhetoric, and perhaps Obama’s recent success with Syria, even taking into account a lot of back peddling was involved, may have motivated more possibilities……

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Comparisons are being made of the latest round of mutual international diplomacy as being a ruse by Iran to ward off the now famous threat by Israel of what stage they will be forced to act .

In September of 2012, Benjamin Netanyahu famously gave his U.N. “red line” speech outlining the three stages of nuclear weapons development, and the point at which Israel would have no other course but to attack Iran.   Experts put that at the point that Iran has amassed enough uranium, purified to a level of 20 percent, that could quickly be enriched further and be used to produce an atomic bomb.

“At this late hour, there is only one way to peacefully prevent Iran from getting atomic bombs. That’s by placing a clear red line on Iran’s nuclear program,” Netanyahu said.

Others like myself do not believe this to be the case, as the Iranians may have enough fusion material for perhaps two or even three nuclear weapons. The relevance of this is that they are still outmatched in conventional weapons, by the US. In addition the Israeli’s have a reported 80 nuclear weapons, and the US has enough to end the planet.

Assuming you have three or even 30, heck go for gold and assume its 300 nuclear weapons, they are still tactically outmatched for sheer power, and the means to deliver, from all directions 24hrs a day.

Survival is to any country, regardless of its affiliations is of prime importance, and and action that results in the destruction of everything that would require decades to recover from cannot be an option.

Regardless of how we are brainwashed into thinking that we are mixing with third world despots, we are looking at the oldest modern civilization on earth, who has been through many crisis in their 7/8000yr history. None of which was to push to self annihilation.

Even when Sarin was killing a million of their own people when fighting a Iraq war led by Saddam Hussein, and backed by the US, they did not respond in kind, when, they could have.

Indeed it has been more than 600 yrs since Iran declared war on anyone, so why would we believe that they have changed today. If the comparison is made to the US who has dropped two nuclear bombs and been in continuous war for some 70 years, why would we believe that there has been a shift in the view that the Iranians have on war?

The problem of course is that threatening the Iranians continually, and allowing these threats to be made openly on US soil will force the prophecy to be self fulfilling on the basis that self preservation sometimes dictates that nuclear weapons are bad, but prudence forces the obvious solutions to external threats.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17261265

Obama Announces That He Spoke With Iranian President Hassan Rouhani By Phone

President Barack Obama said Friday that he spoke by telephone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in what was the first communication between the leaders of the two countries since the Iranian Revolution in 1979.

The call came after U.S. officials said earlier this week that the two would not meet at the U.N. General Assembly. The officials said that a meeting would be too “complicated” for the Iranians given the country’s internal politics.

“The two of us discussed our ongoing efforts to reach an agreement over Iran’s nuclear program,” said Obama. “I reiterated to President Rouhani what I said in New York: while there were surely be important obstacles to moving forward and success is by no means guaranteed, I believe we can reach a comprehensive solution.”

“Resolving this issue could serve as a major step forward in a new relationship between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect,” he said.

This is a really great day for international sensibility……. it may work, it may not, but if it does……. Obamas experience on Syria a couple of weeks ago is now being exploited to his advantage…… Brilliant!

Retrial for Marissa Alexander

UPDATE:

Well

Now personally I saw no reason to try her again, and the judicial system came under a lot of pressure from the NAACP and of course there was a huge public outcry from African Americans on the issue.

On the other hand, today she is free, well as free as you can be with an ankle bracelet and house arrest for the next two years.

The sad thing is the prosecutors recognized that she did not need to be in for twenty years… and that’s why the offered a plea, which incidentally had she taken she would have been out two years ago……….

I have no doubt that her lawyer would have told her that if she goes to trial on this occasion and pleads not guilty she WILL serve that 20 yrs behind bars, simply because its the law.

When your a black woman with some serious attitude, that would not learn the first time, its a sad lesson to learn about the system…… in this case, plead not guilty and there is absolutely nothing that could have been done for her.

I have to warn the woman…. the system is very unforgiving to those it has given a second chance, but I cannot help feeling with this proud black woman that it would take little effort for her to react….. we shall see…….

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Here we go again!

This case is another that I will be looking at very closely during her upcoming trial. It stinks of racism, once again. The NAACP have been fighting against her sentence since the day she got it, on the basis that she should have come under the heading of SYG, even though, there has been a nationwide campaign to abolish SYG….. go figure!

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida woman serving 20 years in prison for firing a shot at her estranged husband during an argument will get a new trial, though she will not be able to invoke a “stand your ground” defense, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

The case of Marissa Alexander, a Jacksonville mother of three, has been used by critics of Florida’s “stand your ground” law and mandatory minimum sentences to argue that the state’s justice system is skewed against defendants who are black.

Marissa Alexander new trial

Once again a distorted view by the press, that have not been correctly reported by most publications.

See:http://mediatrackers.org/florida/2013/07/16/no-marissa-alexanders-conviction-was-not-a-reverse-trayvon-martin-case-in-florida

A rather good alternate opinion from Subhash Kateel at ‘Lets talk about it’

Another

http://news.msn.com/crime-justice/new-trial-ordered-for-fla-woman-who-got-20-years

http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/marissa-alexander-story-choose-wrong-man/

http://www.hlntv.com/article/2013/07/19/marissa-alexander-florida-10-20-life-laws

http://theblackchannel.net/?page_id=67

There are a wide variety of web sites that have reported correctly with a certain reluctance from mainstream media to report the facts.

You Can Sew A Beak On A Frog, That Doesn’t Make It A Penguin…

Had me busting up this one did……… never was the sympathetic sort…..lol

Homecoming Blubbering – Look at MEEEEEEEEEEEE

Home – by BigFurHat – September 23, 2013 – 20:00 America/New_York – 49 Comments

Lance, the homecoming queen, is upset because the world hasn’t put a perpetual tiara on him. He’s upset that his life isn’t magically skittles and rainbows just because he’s a gay guy. He’s a gay guy that isn’t quite content being a catcher. He wants to remove the guilt of deviancy by claiming he’s actually a girl. Eventually he will change catcher’s equipment. But this won’t make Lance a girl, no matter what anyone says.
You can sew a beak on a frog, it doesn’t make it a penguin.

Read more at http://iowntheworld.com/blog/?p=204852#vXEdCWyizkbL3J31.99

Kenyan shopping mall

Has British ‘White Widow’ been killed?

A dead white woman has been found among Islamic terrorists killed by soldiers as they stormed the mall where 62 shoppers were slaughtered this weekend, Kenyan officials said. It is thought to be Samantha Lewthwaite, widow of 7/7 bomber Jermaine Lindsay, wanted by Kenyan police on a string of terror charges.

Germaine Maurice Lindsay (23 September 1985 – 7 July 2005), also known as Abdullah Shaheed Jamal, was one of the four homegrown Islamist terrorists who detonated bombs on three trains on the London Underground and one bus in central London during the 7 July 2005 London bombings, killing 56 people (including themselves), and injuring more than 700. Lindsay detonated the bomb that killed 26 other people on a train travelling on the Piccadilly line between the King’s Cross St. Pancras and Russell Square tube stations.

Jamal's wife Samantha Lewthwaite
Moments after the news broke, Al Shabaab, the Al Qaeda affiliated terror group behind the massacre at Nairobi’s Westgate Shopping Centre, used their Twitter feed to claim that Lewthwaite was safe.

It actually brings on the worst issue ever…. home grown terrorists……. I don’t think that is a good point considering keeping track of the obvious ones is time consuming enough.
Its is strange though, an average British girl joining a terrorist group, making it so much more difficult to comprehend…..
UPDATE:
So this woman is not dead and they have not found her, a cloak of secrecy hangs over her……

This week, Reuters reported that one intelligence officer and two soldiers had told them that one of the dead militants in the raid on the Westgate mall was a white woman. Kenyan police officers refused to confirm or deny those reports to the Daily Beast.

“She has become a mythical figure.”

But the British Foreign Office said that they were investigating claims of Lewthwaite’s involvement and Scotland Yard said they were continuing to offer assistance to the Kenyan police operation.

It seems she has slipped the net

Pyongyang…. the next US target?

As one issue seems to be near fruition, another raises its merry head, this time in North Korea (again).

It seems two American experts  Joshua Pollack and Scott Kemp have been analyzing the possibility of the Atomic Bomb potential of Pyongyang.

The experts say material published in North Korean scientific publications and news media shows that Pyongyang is mastering domestic production of essential components for the gas centrifuges needed to make such bombs

Their report published in remarks prepared for delivery Wednesday at a Seoul symposium and provided in advance to The Associated Press.

The United States and others long suspected North Korea was clandestinely building a uranium program, despite denials from Pyongyang. U.S. officials confronted North Korea in 2002 with claims its scientists were pursuing uranium enrichment, sparking a nuclear crisis. In a reversal, visiting Americans were shown in November 2010 what they called a sophisticated, modern uranium enrichment facility with 2,000 centrifuges at the North’s main nuclear facility.

Notice similarities with a selection of countries that have the same rhetoric, and form part of “We’re Taking Down Seven Countries in Five Years” We’re going to start with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, then Libya, Somalia, Sudan, we’re going to come back and get Iran in five years.

by Gary Leupp….http://www.dissidentvoice.org, January 17, 2007

It is as if there is a perpetual war finding machine operating in the US with experts to give legitimacy to each and every conflict with experts saying exactly what the war machine wants.

Our experts say:

News media reports and unclassified government documents showed North Korea imported large amounts of centrifuge parts in the early 2000s, Pollack said, but an apparent dearth of observed imports since then suggests that Pyongyang is making the necessary components at home.

It seems to me that you could also deduce that they are no longer making them and therefore dont need them.

Pollack said he and Kemp found “strong and clear” evidence in state media photographs taken inside North Korean factories of specialized lathes that produce very strong metal cylinders needed for centrifuges. He also spoke of accounts in North Korean propaganda and technical journals of iron and steelmaking consistent with the production of an extremely hard steel alloy that can resist high rotational speeds in centrifuges, although the final step of the process wasn’t described.

Hopefully this is not the only “strong and clear” evidence they have, as, it is reminiscent of the tubes found Iraq, before Saddams downfall.

But then again I suppose the war machine needs very little evidence to substantiate their claims…..

Full AP report.

It seems almost anything today is proof of an atomic weapon……

Anti-Assad Death Squads Responsible for Gas Attack

Assad’s wrongfully blamed for Ghouta’s gas attack. Evidence shows insurgents bear full responsibility. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was clear and unequivocal, saying:

“We have the most serious grounds to believe (Ghouta’s attack) was a provocation.” Assad had nothing to do with it.

“There is no answer to a number of questions we have asked, such as where the weapon was made – at an official factory or using homemade methods,” Lavrov added.

Clear evidence shows insurgents have sarin and other toxic chemicals. Pentagon contractors trained them in their handling and use.

They have surface-to-surface missiles to launch them. They have motive, opportunity and capability to do so. They’ve done it multiple times before. They’ve been caught red-handed with toxic agents.

According to Russian political analyst Sergei Markov:

“We hear this argument that the rebels are not technically or morally capable of doing such a thing, and we simply don’t accept that.”

“We’d like to see previous instances (of toxic chemicals used) properly investigated, because you will find that the rebels have used poison gas before in this conflict.”

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