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Well, it's time for another edition of "Pot Pourri".
Why? Because my blood pressure is rising.
But first, a READING LIST.
If you want to stay informed, without risking your
powers of rational thought, peruse these regularly:
The Wall Street Journal
Anything by Charles Krauthammer
The Sunday Review section of the New York Times,
but Not the daily NYTimes!
I hope that this is for real. But real or not, it's right on point.GS
last night's Talking Points Memo by Bill O'Reilly was the best that I have seen
by anyone on the subject...except by me during the previous days as posted on my
Rapid Response section of my web-site (www.asthma-drsprecace.com).
"No Brag. Just Fact". Seriously, this is a Must Watch, found at
http://www.billoreilly.com/b/Mike-Huckabee:-The-value-of-life-in-America/-216492375519598227.html as a video.
Do yourselves a favor and watch it in its entirety. Then, to modify the current saying:
"WHEN YOU SEE SOMETHING...DO SOMETHING!"GS
Watch this, then ask yourself, how did we get here?
This gentleman's video on YouTube has been so popular that Obama is said to have called him personally and invited him to the White House.
That's very interesting.
Watch it now before it's pulled from YouTube.
THE VERDICT...AND THE AFTERMATH...
Please see my comment in this section, written July 13, 2013, within minutes of seeing and hearing the verdict in the Zimmerman case.
So much for expecting and hoping for a rational reaction from elements of the public.
First let me offer a general comment directed toward those who are denigrating the American Justice System, including by violent words and actions: !@#$%^&*(!.
Now, let 's list some of the negative commentaries, especially those coming from that sad lot that pass for the "leadership of the Black Community".
"America is still a racist nation".
A Black person can't get justice in the courts.
Trayvon Martin was just a child. He needs to be avenged .
Zimmerman should be charged with a Hate Crime.
etc., etc., etc.
Indeed, after publishing an informative and balanced article by Mike Schneider of the AP on July 14, the Editorial Board of The Day (www.theday.com) issued an outrageous diatribe on the subject. Congratulations!
And now, let's make some observations.
America is not a racist nation. Indeed, the most racist of Americans are many prominent Black "leaders" and their lemming-like followers.
Many Black people get plenty of justice in the courts, thanks to their irresponsibility, as witnessed by the percentage of Black people who populate our prisons.
Trayvon Martin was not a child. He knew where he was and what he was doing. Unfortunately, he did it at the wrong time, on that fateful night. And his case received impartial American justice that applied the applicable law - and not raw emotion - to the available facts.
For George Zimmerman to be charged with a Hate Crime, given the available facts already found in a Court of Law, would be prosecutorial misconduct - and would be tantamount to Double Jeopardy.There is one probable long-term tragedy that will result from these actions following announcement of the trial outcome. The vast majority of non-biased, non-racist Americans who have for decades been supportive of the efforts of Blacks to improve themselves will silently direct their outrage, which I am expressing directly here, in all sorts of indirect and subtle ways. And Blacks won't be able to figure out why they are constantly being left behind. This outcome is not guaranteed; but if they continue the above approach...you can bank on it. What a shame that would be for a potentially noble Race.
As is always my approach in a criminal trial, I wait for the jury
to tell me what happened. Only the jury can have all the available
facts, all the evidence that is "more probative than prejudicial".
The jury has arrived at its decision.
My only serious disappointment relates to the strong efforts by
some in the community, by some of what sadly passes for
"Black Leadership", and even by the Prosecution - including as
late as during final summation - to inject and play a "race card"
with all of its attendant emotional baggage.
At one point, the Prosecutor asked rhetorically whether, if Martin
had been the neighborhood watchman, self-defense would be
considered a plausible defense. In fact, I had already asked and
answered that question for myself a long time ago: of course!
The verdict would have and should have been the same.
Once again, our system of criminal justice has proven itself worthy
of our confidence. In fact, the weak link in that system is the occasional
evidence, often years or decades after the injustice perpetrated, of
prosecutorial misconduct, always an outrage.
Now, at long last, can we stop injecting Race and race-baiting into rationaldiscussions of our serious societal problems?
As I have already observed, what is needed to avert a World War lll between the world of Islam and the rest of the world is a civil war between moderate Muslims and the fundamentalist theocratic crazies. Developments particularly in Egypt, and to a lesser extent in Turkey, should be considered and supported as the beginning of that civil war. Meanwhile, the centuries - old conflicts between Shia and Sunni sects of Islam, and between Alowites and others are merely power-plays to determine who continues to enslave the People. America was sucked into a prolonged war in Iraq without prior understanding of that fact. These realities should form the basis for our national foreign policy in those areas.Is the Obama Administration smart enough and educable enough to realize that? And are our leaders courageous enough to place that understanding ahead of naive preconceptions of the world and of crass politics?
This is, officially, the SUMMER OF NEW LONDON HARBOR LIGHT!
But it's not a
bad time for
RACE ROCK LIGHT,
either. Watch on NBC (click right>) HERE.
& we're having a party! save the date: Thursday, July 25, 6 to 8 PM.
Sentinels on the Sound - Lighthouse Saturdays - start next weekend
10 Saturdays of lighthouse events, boat rides and performances!
Make your reservation now
July 6, 7:00 PM Lighthouses as Beacons of Light & Hope
Pianist Martin Berkofsky in Concert
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN:
Sonata Op. 10, No. 2 in F Major
Op. 27 No. 2 in
d'Assise: La Prédication aux
Légende: St. St. François de Paule marchant sur les flot
Admission $35 donation, $25 NLMS members. Seating is limited to 45.
Benefits both Amistad America and NL Maritime Society Lighthouse Fund.
Call for reservations: 860-447-2501
Martin Berkofsky lived in a lighthouse
in Finland for two years.
He writes: the symbolism of lighthouses: built by men to care and protect others-to protect and to save lives...what a powerful symbol and what a spectacular, powerful, and moving influence this had upon me and my music those unforgettable two years!
What else is going on next Saturday?
Saturday, July 6, 10 AM
Island to view Race Rock Light exhibition, with lunch at the Pequot
Taking the Fishers Island Ferry from New London. $60, limited to 11.
860-447-2501 to make reservations. (A 2nd Fishers Island excursion
scheduled for July 27.)
As of June 29: there are three spots left!
Right: Race Rock Light now on view at the Henry L. Ferguson Museum, Fishers Island, NY. Curated by Pierce Rafferty.
America will be at the Custom House Pier on July 6.
The ship will be open from noon to 4 pm for dockside visits. Stop by & learn about their new mission. FREE.
There are Five Boat trips every Saturday (except July 13 - SailFest). Sign up now for July 6
Six passengers, only, per trip. Tickets are $35 for adults,$25 children age 14 and younger.
All proceeds, beyond boat costs, go to the Lighthouse Restoration Fund.
Boat trips to New London Harbor Light - Saturdays at 11 AM, 1, and 3 PM.
Cruise to the lighthouse and climb 119 steps up to the lantern.
'Three Sisters' Lighthouse tours - Saturdays at 12 noon, and 2 PM.
Sit back and cruise by New London's three harbor lighthouses: NL Harbor, Ledge and Avery Point Lights.
To make boat tour reservations, please call 860-912-6814, or or email email@example.com. Payment will be accepted over the phone or through Paypal. (Please be sure to specify which tour you would like to book.) As of June 29: all but one boat tour still have openings.
See the full schedule of SUMMER LIGHTHOUSE SATURDAYS activities, (click >) NEWSLETTER.
Plum Island trip (8.30.13) is filling quickly -- and
you must sign up 30 days in advance for a security check. Please call
860-912-6814, or or email
& sign up, today.
Sponsors of Lighthouse Saturdays include: Veolia Water / New London Water Authority, Hefel Masonry LLC, Captain Scott's Lobster Dock, CTrides, England Regional Council of Carpenters, Stone Masons Union, and Fishers Island Ferry.
Last Sunday's donation, only lighthouse tours brought 90 people through New London Harbor Light and raised $450 for the Lighthouse Fund - thank you! We will schedule another such day towards the end of the summer.
We're also What's New on ShorelineEast. Learn more about the Lighthouse Stamp HERE.
2013 is New London Maritime Society's 30th Anniversary.
Every day, in every way, we're getting better and better: We just were given a lighthouse!
On Thursday, June 27, the GSA conveyed ownership of Race Rock Light from the US federal government to the New London Maritime Society. NLMS thanks the GSA/NPS for their confidence in us; we also thank the people who helped with the Race Rock application by writing letters of support, and the many members, volunteers, & donors who help us, everyday, to maintain our vision.
Be sure to stop in to see the special exhibition on view through July,2013
Celebrating Fifteen Years of the Frank L. McGuire Library, curated by Brian Rogers, NLMS librarian.
New Time: Every THURSDAY, from 5 to 6 o'clock PM we're on TV.
The Custom House Maritime Museum - telling the stories of New London's waterfront!
Be Part of Something BIG's goal is to raise $150,000 from the public towards the total of $300,000 required for the task of tenting, scaffolding, scraping, re-pointing, and painting the lighthouse. Already over $60,000 has been raised from sponsors and foundations. Our goal is to collect $150,000 by October, 2013, to match a State of Connecticut Historic Restoration Fund grant to reach our ultimate goal of $300,000. Sponsors to-date include The Chester Kitchings Family Foundation, The Frank Loomis Palmer Fund, Hefel Masonry, the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, the Stone Masons Union, and the Eschenfelder Family.
Be Part of Something BIG - donate today.<>
an I'm Part of Something BIG button
for $10 at the Custom House and receive
discounts on services and purchases at participating establishments
in downtown New London. Offers are good for 10 Lighthouse Saturdays, only.
Sweetie's Bakery & Cafe
Free cookie with sandwich or wrap
Mambo Bar and Restaurant
10% off total meal order
Northern Light Jewelry
50% Whale tail jewelry
Monte Cristo Bookshop
Studio 33 Gallery
10% off Lighthouse themed items
10% off one full price item
Flavours of Life
$10 off a purchase of $50 or more
New London Ink Tattoo
20% off tattoos by Artist Johnny Rivero (appt. and consultation necessary)
Daniel's Dairy Downtown
10% off Soft Serve or Fudge
$50 off any Piano Purchase