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Steve Jobs Lives On!

I’ve been using Apple computers since 1994 and if you’ve never used one before, you really don’t know what you are missing. I don’t begrudge people who like their PC’s, if it does what you want it to do, awesome. But having used every kind of computer in my life, there really isn’t one that is more reliable and intuitively designed than an Apple. Here is my tribute to Steve Jobs, he lives on through everyone he has touched with his great products.

October 6, 2011 Posted by | General | , | 6 Comments

A Nuke Plant In Michigan Released Radiation Into The Air Early This Morning!

At 3:09 am this morning, Tuesday September 27, the Palisades Nuclear plant near South Haven Michigan began releasing radioactive steam into the air. I guess I won’t breath today.

Nuclear Event in USA on Tuesday, 27 September, 2011 at 03:09 (03:09 AM) UTC, RSOE EDIS [Hungarian National Association of Radio Distress-Signalling and Infocommunications (RSOE) operates Emergency and Disaster Information Service (EDIS)]:

Entergy’s Palisades nuclear plant near South Haven is venting radioactive steam into the environment as part of an unplanned shutdown triggered by an electrical accident. This shutdown, which began Sunday evening, came just five days after the plant restarted from a shutdown that was caused by a leak in the plant’s cooling system.

I had CNN on for a while this morning and didn’t hear a peep about it, but I only had it on for about an hour so they may very well have mentioned it.

September 27, 2011 Posted by | General | | Leave a comment

An America That Cares About All People!

This is a repost from a while back, because the problem hasn’t gone away!

The above short film was produced by Unity Productions Foundation in association with Gardner Films, Inc. (www.gardnerfilms.com) and was directed by the Oscar-nominated, multiple Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker, Robert Gardner.

Go to this website — My Fellow American — to get involved and help counter the hatred and gross stereotypes about Muslims that permeate our culture. All people in this country and the world deserve to be treated with the same respect and honor.

Here is a little bit about My Fellow American.

My Fellow American is an online film and social media project that calls upon concerned Americans to pledge and spread a message that Muslims are our fellow Americans. It asks people of other backgrounds to pledge, and share a real life story about a Muslim friend, neighbor, or colleague that they admire. Using the power of social media, My Fellow American seeks to change the narrative – from Muslims as the other, to Muslims as our fellow Americans.

Most Americans have never met an American Muslim. Many only know Muslims through the way they are portrayed in the media. American Muslims are so often vilified as “the other” that it is possible not to recognize that most were born in the U.S. Or that those who immigrated here came seeking the same freedoms and opportunities that have always attracted people to America.

Please share this post with your friends and family. If we all do a little, a lot will get done. If we all do a lot, the world will change!

Cross=posted at Angry Black Lady Chronicles

September 13, 2011 Posted by | General, Human Rights | , , | 1 Comment

And Now For Something Completely Different – Looking For An Argument?

I was busy this week and only had enough time to pop in and out of social media on occasion. I didn’t participate much and it was interesting to just observe. Some of the stuff was just crazy — the political discourse in this country has sunk to a level where normally intelligent people actually typed screeds about “caving” on the scheduling of a speech. Seriously, I had to step back and wonder, do they want a fucking father figure or a president. Do they want their daddy to beat up the neighborhood bully. I thought about the Monty Python clip below when I was about to send a series of Tweets that said something like..He didn’t “cave”, how can you cave on scheduling a speech. There is nothing to cave in to, there are no consequences to the action. It’s just a non issue used to spread the “weak meme” that the Professional Left is pushing.

But then I read at The People’s View that  71% people in a Pew poll think the President “Stands up for what he believes in”! Those are amazing numbers. Hey Professional Left…Suck It! How does it feel to know that 71% of the American people think you are talking shit and the other 29%, that you are standing with, are the fucking Tea Party and the racists? Ha!

And now for Monty Python…

September 2, 2011 Posted by | General, Humor, Politics | 20 Comments

Gratuitous Granddaughter Photos – My Inspiration

As you may have noticed, I’ve been posting less lately. There are several reasons for this. The first is that I have been doing some research for a piece that is coming soon from a fellow blogger. Another reason is that the new semester has started at the university I work and teach at…so the day job is crazy right now. That will settle down in a couple of weeks. I’m also in “development” on 3 different documentaries and there has been some movement on the biggest of the three, which means work for me. I also just took on a committee at the university that adds to my already busy schedule, but it’s really cool…coordinating next years summer film, helping pick the script, director (which may be me) and more than likely producing it as well. I’m also teaching the special effects class that I created this semester…oh, and I may be editing a feature film in the next couple of months. How many hours are there in a day? I forget! All fun and exciting stuff, but not leaving much time for my real love, politics.

So please, keep coming back, I will certainly post when I can and I have several folks who said they will help me out with posts. Extreme Liberal’s Blog isn’t going anywhere and as we get into the campaign, you can bet I’ll have a lot to say. The final reason for my lack of posting can be seen in the following photos — the reason why I’m passionate about the future AND why I fight like hell to help elect Democrats who care a lot more about this little girl than ANY Republican. She really loves her grandpa and the feeling is mutual. :)

Photos by Extreme Liberal

August 31, 2011 Posted by | General, Photography, Politics | 1 Comment

An America For All People – Including Muslims!

The above short film was produced by Unity Productions Foundation in association with Gardner Films, Inc. (www.gardnerfilms.com) and was directed by the Oscar-nominated, multiple Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker, Robert Gardner.

Go to this website — My Fellow American — to get involved and help counter the hatred and gross stereotypes about Muslims that permeate our culture. All people in this country and the world deserve to be treated with the same respect and honor.

Here is a little bit about My Fellow American.

My Fellow American is an online film and social media project that calls upon concerned Americans to pledge and spread a message that Muslims are our fellow Americans. It asks people of other backgrounds to pledge, and share a real life story about a Muslim friend, neighbor, or colleague that they admire. Using the power of social media, My Fellow American seeks to change the narrative – from Muslims as the other, to Muslims as our fellow Americans.

Most Americans have never met an American Muslim. Many only know Muslims through the way they are portrayed in the media. American Muslims are so often vilified as “the other” that it is possible not to recognize that most were born in the U.S. Or that those who immigrated here came seeking the same freedoms and opportunities that have always attracted people to America.

Please share this post with your friends and family. If we all do a little, a lot will get done. If we all do a lot, the world will change!

Cross=posted at Angry Black Lady Chronicles

July 13, 2011 Posted by | General | , | 11 Comments

A Saturday Morning Collection Of Good Reads

Joy Reid at The Reid Report sees a pattern in Andrew Breitbart’s victims.

GET INVOLVED and volunteer for the effort to recall Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder. Go to Eclectablog to stay informed.

And you may have heard the criticism from some in the gay community about this guy who was discharged under DADT during the process of changing the law. Well, it turns out he wanted to get out.

If you missed this great essay on Clarence Thomas and the original “Weinergate”, go check it out. I wonder who made that cool photo?

I came across this great article about our friend Cornel West and his insults towards our fabulous first lady, Michelle Obama.

For those people playing games with statistics and unemployment rates, trying to predict the 2012 election, they really shouldn’t underestimate President Barack Obama. Trying to bend statistics to do what you want may be fun, but you have to wonder if people believe that everything happens according to the way they’ve happened in the past. Are they trying to force a pattern on everything, thus, making it easier to understand? Dana Houle at Rooted Cosmopolitan breaks down the latest numbers game.

I usually try to ignore anything Sarah Palin, she is playing the country like a cheap violin. But her history lessons are getting pretty funny, I hope she keeps going, she may have enough to write a book, “American: Only In The Mind Of Sarah Palin”.

Enjoy your Saturday, I’m going to fire up my new push mower and work on the riding mower, it needs a good sharpening and greasing.

June 4, 2011 Posted by | General, Governor Rick Snyder, Media, Politics | | Leave a comment

A Random Thought – Republican’s Are Anti-American!

I’ve decided I’m going to post short, random thoughts as they occur to me. I have a lot of them and they don’t always warrant a full post, but at least deserve a thought or to. Maybe they will spark others to think more about them and act.

It seems that the Republicans are plotting to hurt our country and it’s economy with this debt limit game and holding senior citizens and medicare hostage so they can give more to the rich. Isn’t that treason? Their strategy of opposing everything the President does, to me, shows an utter lack of patriotism. Definition of “treason” from Dictionary.com.

–noun

1. the offense of acting to overthrow one’s government or to harm or kill its sovereign.
2. a violation of allegiance to one’s sovereign or to one’s state.
3. the betrayal of a trust or confidence; breach of faith; treachery.

June 3, 2011 Posted by | General, Random Thoughts, Republican Party | | 9 Comments

Travel Day

I’m on the road for the next two days, I will post when I get a chance. Peace!

May 18, 2011 Posted by | General | 1 Comment

To My Mom, The Best There Ever Was!

My mother was the best mom you could possibly have. I’m going to tell you a little bit about what made her so incredible. This isn’t to take away from all the other great moms out there, it is a testament to all moms.

She lived a very full life and passed away 11 years ago, leaving behind a legacy and a path of love that will continue till the end of time.

When she was 19 years old, she worked as an assistant to the President of Gerber Baby Food up in Fremont Michigan, their corporate headquarters. One of her jobs was to reply to all the people who mailed in photos of their babies hoping to be the next Gerber baby.

She joined the WAVES during World War II and ended up with a Top Secret level job working in the office of the Commander of the Navy. Before being hired, the FBI sent a team of agents to Muskegon Michigan to investigate her and talk to neighbors and friends to see what type of person she was.  My mother was one of the most honorable, honest individuals that ever walked the planet. She got the job. She used to say how she couldn’t tell anyone where she worked or what she did. She could only say, I work at the Pentagon.

One of her jobs as an assistant to the Commander of the Navy was to actually move the pins around on the map which showed where enemy subs were located, based on the latest intelligence. She said that she was frisked when she entered the office and when she left. She loved Washington DC and always encouraged me to visit there, which I have yet to do. Soon, Ma, soon.

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May 8, 2011 Posted by | General | | 4 Comments

Sunday Morning Sweetness

May 1, 2011 Posted by | General, Humor | 1 Comment

Saturday Morning Sweetness – Why It All Matters!

I don’t know what motivates you, but that sweet little face, that curious little mind, that fun little girl is the reason why I care so much about the future of our country and world. From the first time I held her in my arms and she looked up at me with wonder and innocence, I’ve been even more motivated to try to do whatever I can to make the world a better place for her. So if I sometimes seem a little too passionate about an issue or get angry at supposed progressives for attacking the President and Democrats, it’s because I KNOW that they will give my granddaughter a much better chance at that future than a Republican would. NO DOUBT!

I can tell that she is a liberal already. She’s fun, she’s playful, she’s smart and she loves people.

April 23, 2011 Posted by | General, Photography, Politics | 3 Comments

People Who Are Changing The World!

I was contacted by a 6th grade teacher from a little town in northern Michigan, East Jordan, and was asked if I could help him with a club that he set up a couple of years ago. I followed the link to the Youtube clip below and was blown away by the great things this teacher, Matt Hamilton is doing up there. He started a “Shoe Club” that was inspired by the concept of walking in others shoes. He encourages the students to “Dream Big”, set goals, give back to society and make the world a better place.

Matt’s “Shoe Club” asks famous and inspirational people to donate a shoe to the club to show their support. He has shoes from Michael Jordan, Phil Mickelson, Lance Burton, Kobe Bryant, Francis Collins, Lebron James and Arnold Palmer to name just a few…the list is quite impressive.

Matt tells us the mission of the club, “It’s a club designed for my 6th graders to help inspire and motivate them to work hard, set goals, dream big and to give back to other people and to respect people and love people.”

It is people like Matt Hamilton who give me hope for the future, one teacher who is clearly making a difference in his community. With the assault on education in our state of Michigan and across the country, it is great to be reminded how important these people are to the future of our country. I have several of those inspirational teachers in my own family and the importance of education can’t be overstated. Watch the clip below to feel good about our world and see what the effort of one teacher alone can have on our future generations. I’m going to help Matt in any way I can to expand his club to include a video production element. They want to make videos to inspire and change the world. Count me in!

April 21, 2011 Posted by | General | , , | 1 Comment

1 in 5 Women Will Be Raped On A College Campus!

On my drive home from my day gig last night, Tom Ashbrook had a very somber topic on his NPR show, Onpoint, about the unbelievable number of women who are being raped on college campuses. Vice President Joe Biden gave a great speech at the University of New Hampshire and the clip below is a news report about it. Here is a link to the entire speech, the VP sure can talk, can’t he. :) If you go look at it, Joe starts at about 10 minutes on the timeline.

This rape culture that has developed in our country and everywhere, really HAS TO STOP, DAMN IT. And the way it has to happen is by all of us speaking out, sitting our teenage and young adult men down and making sure they know that it is NEVER OK to force yourself on a woman. I urge everyone to sit the young men in your family down and talk to them, even if you don’t have any reason to think that your son is like that. You don’t know what kind of crap his friends are telling him or if he’s watching Jersey Shore and idolizing the idea of “Hooking Up” or getting girls drunk and taking advantage of them. I’ve posted about this before, go read it if you are interested. After you watch this clip where the Vice President tells it like it is.

 

April 13, 2011 Posted by | General | , | Leave a comment

Quick Hits From The Internets – Don’t Inhale!

The tides have turned for the GOP in the house. I’m thinking landslide in 2012 for Democrats.

From the WTF wire, Virginia teacher holds mock slave auction. Woe….I’m stunned.

Multiple Bankruptcy anti-mogul Donald Trump says he will run as an independent if the GOP doesn’t fawn over him. Bring it on, hair-boy!

When conventional wisdom collides with reality, Governor Christie isn’t that popular and not many even know who the hell he is.

And it turns out all the preemptive whining on the left was for naught, of course. JM Ashby at Bob Cesca’s pad has the story.

April 12, 2011 Posted by | General, Politics | 3 Comments

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