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What's Going on Here?


From the Northern Plains to the Rocky mountains. While half of the people of this great country are still enduring winter weather, folks in other areas are experiencing sudden summer and yet other regions seeing unusually strong winds and wet weather conditions.

People in the Midwest do not trust those on the East, or the West coast. Southerners do not trust those from the north, while our politicians obstructionists continue to block progress and keep fighting each other across the isle.

And the worst part is that this is clearly evident, while visiting different geographical areas. Political leaders from some countries are threatening to annihilate humanity. How did we manage to get to this situation?

What the ---- is going on in the world today?

All Star Tribute - What's Going On [1080pHD]

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The Grateful Dead will play and say farewell in Chicago this weekend, ending a five-show 50th anniversary run.

CNN: Grateful Dead's long, strange trip to end in Chicago

End of the Grateful Dead's "long, strange trip" via @cbsnews

From the big bang to cosmic vibrations, Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart plays the rhythm of the universe via @NewsHour

Truth and Justice Crunching Cases of Cedibility


Two recent cases have received the type of media attention, which may cause some to re-consider that old tale and favorite children story PINOCCHIO, and re examine the words credibility and trust.

25 year old accused mother, Casey Anthony, has pleaded not guilty of the charges that she killed her daughter Caylee. The multiple charges of aggravated child abuse, capital murder, misleading law enforcement and aggravated manslaughter could lead to jurors imposing the death penalty if convicted. However, she has refused to take the witness stand in her defense.



Celebrating 37 years with exhibitions and perseverance, City Island's Focal Point Gallery was founded in 1974 by artists and photographer Ron Terner, which serves as an alternative exhibition space for multidimensional and exceptional little-known artists, who have been unable to gain recognition elsewhere.



World countries where Spanish is the official language spoken.

Spain 46,754,784
Colombia 44,725,543
Peru 29,248,943
Venezuela 27,635,743
Ecuador 15,007,343
Guatemala 13,824,463
Cuba 11,087,330
Bolivia 10,118,683
Honduras 8,143,564
Paraguay 6,459,058
El Salvador 6,071,774
Costa Rica 4,576,562
Panama 3,460,462
Equator Guinea 1,622,000
Mexico 113,724,226
Argentina 41,769,726
Chile 16,888,760
Dom Republic 9,956,648
Nicaragua 5,666,301
Uruguay 3,308,535

Winner, Weiner or Wiener?


Some say every failure makes a person stronger and more learned. If that is the case, this guy may be the strongest and most knowledgeable person running. Are voters willing to give him the benefit of the doubt?

These Donald Drumpf Conspiracy Theories Are Wild via @bustle

Is Donald Trump a True Conservative? Watters' World Visits CPAC |

Donald Trump, or Drumpf? Satire may annoy him, but it won’t stop him | Peter Bradshaw



For the new year 2014, City Island Images wishes to pay tribute to journalists and newspaper delivery persons. Working long hours, they write, report, or deliver the first draft of history aka the morning paper.

These public servants profile people in trouble, building on fire, and many other irregularities. They have a history of saving lives, protecting property and avoiding mayhem throughout the years.

Gettysburg Address


Today is the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. This is a brilliant speech delivered by President Abraham Lincoln, one of our finest Republican national leaders.
It may also be one of the best speeches in US history. It was delivered by Mr. Lincoln during the American Civil War on the afternoon of November 19, 1863, at the dedication of a National Military Cemetery in Gettysburg, PA, just over four months after the Union army defeated the Confederacy at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Washington's Farewell


“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government. But that jealousy to be useful must be impartial; else it becomes the instrument of the very influence to be avoided, instead of a defense against it.” US President George Washington's Farewell Address in 1796.

Friends and Citizens:



"If you don't read the newspaper, you are uninformed; if you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed."



The definition of censorship is the control of information and ideas circulated within a society. In the 20th Century, censorship was achieved through the examination of books, plays, films, television and radio programs, news reports, and other forms of communication for the purpose of altering or suppressing ideas found to be objectionable or offensive. The rationales for censorship have varied, with some censors targeting material considered indecent or obscene; heretical or blasphemous; or seditious or treasonous. Thus, ideas have been suppressed under the guise of protecting basic social institutions: Family, Church, and State.

To understand censorship, and the impulse to censor, it is necessary to strip away the shock epithet value that is attached to the word at first utterance. One must recognize that censorship and the ideology supporting it go back to ancient times, and that every society has had customs, taboos, or laws by which speech, dress, religious observance, and sexual expression were regulated.

In Athens, where democracy first emerged, censorship was known as a means of enforcing the orthodoxy. Indeed, Plato was the first recorded thinker to formulate a rationale for intellectual, religious, and artistic censorship. In his ideal state outlined in The Republic, official censors would prohibit mothers and nurses from relating tales deemed bad or evil. Plato also proposed that unorthodox notions about God or the hereafter be treated as crimes and that formal procedures be established to suppress heresy. Freedom of speech in Ancient Rome was reserved for those in positions of authority...etc.