Omran In Aleppo


Omran Daqneesh’s brother Ali dies from wounds suffered in Aleppo airstrike

These are the children of war and W. H. Auden has already told us where it leads:

A ragged urchin, aimless and alone,
Loitered about that vacancy, a bird
Flew up to safety from his well-aimed stone’
That girls are raped, that
two boys knife a third,
Were axioms to him who’d never heard
Of any world where promises were kept
Or one could weep because another wept.

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That Vision Thing


In 1969 when she was 22, Hillary Rodham made a Commencement Speech for her graduation class at Wellesley College. Making allowances for grammatical construction, here are the major points she made:

  1.  Empathy doesn’t do anything. We’ve had lots of empathy
  2. The challenge now is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible possible.
  3. Many of the issues that I’ve mentioned—those of sharing power and responsibility have been general concerns on campuses throughout the world. Underlying those concerns there is a theme it talks about integrity and trust and respect.
  4. Our prevailing, acquisitive, and competitive corporate life is not the way of life for us.
  5. I would like to talk about reality and what we have to accept of what we see – it is that it hovers often between the possibility of disaster and the potentiality for imaginatively responding to men’s needs.
  6. To be educated, the goal must be human liberation that enables each of us to fulfill our capacity so as to be free to create within and around ourselves. To be educated to freedom must be evidenced in action,
  7. Mutuality of respect between people is when you don’t see people as percentage points. Where you don’t manipulate people.
  8. Fear is always with us but we just don’t have time for it. Not now.

Then she closed with this poem by Nancy Scheibner

My entrance into the world of so-called “social problems”
Must be with quiet laughter, or not at all.
The hollow men of anger and bitterness
The bountiful ladies of righteous degradation
All must be left to a bygone age.
And the purpose of history is to provide a receptacle
For all those myths and oddments
Which oddly we have acquired
And from which we would become unburdened
To create a newer world
To translate the future into the past.
We have no need of false revolutions
In a world where categories tend to tyrannize our minds
And hang our wills up on narrow pegs.
It is well at every given moment to seek the limits in our lives.
And once those limits are understood
To understand that limitations no longer exist.
Earth could be fair. And you and I must be free
Not to save the world in a glorious crusade
Not to kill ourselves with a nameless gnawing pain
But to practice with all the skill of our being
The art of making possible.


It is now 47 years later.  In that time, she became an attorney, a champion for Civil Rights, a crusader for widespread healthcare, First Lady of Arkansas, First Lady of the US, Senator for the State of New York, Candidate for the Presidency in 2008, Secretary of State, and now Candidate for the Presidency in 2016.

The message is still the same.  We cannot live in fear and as long as we live we have to strive to make the good things possible.


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Home Sweet Home Away From Home


Apparently Craig Crawford’s Trailmix is having server troubles.  In the meantime, all those who want to comment about anything are welcome to do so here at the emergency gathering place.


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Damn It She Didn’t (Intentionally/Maybe) Lie


What those of us who regularly handled classified materials have been trying to explain to others (not helped by media muddying the terms) is that there is a difference among all types of classified documents and how they are handled

Classified top and bottom and indicated as such at the time it is in your hands, must receive special handling.

Classified by another department after it has left your hands, and entirely different can of worms and often the result of over classifying, but in the future, it must receive special handling and sometimes retroactive correction of actions.

Marked in some way as containing material extracted from classified materials but not classified in its own right (can be a book extract, and photograph, something pertinent to the email but not the material from which it is extracted.) These are referred to as “Portion Markings” They are NOT classified, but they probably should get some sort of special handling.

As it stands now from Comey’s statement there were slightly over a hundred (out of about 30,000) that someone elsewhere on review has determined SHOULD HAVE BEEN CLASSIFIED, but were not at the time Hillary had them with 3 that definitely were in error in the handling.  Since then, state has said that two of those were incorrectly marked and retracted the classification.

I think Hillary has been as totally honest as she can be under the circumstances and as a result of her being such a wonk about such things sounds dishonest from over explaining everything simply because the few items in question cannot be released in detail to the public.  Being hounded by committee after committee with the sole purpose of trying to get a gotcha question twisted and answered didn’t help.

Careless even grossly careless by the people at State, and probably other departments is certainly accurate, particularly when you consider staffers taking home their private computers not only at State but other departments as well because it was the way to get work done.  It was habitual before Hillary and during Hillary, not to mention the one up man ship by other departments classifying everything that wiggled or walked (pain the in ass for anyone having to actually get a job done).

Apparently there is a crack down now with more strictly enforced guidelines.  Let us hope those come with better guarded and working computers or there will be a lot more of this type of thing in the future.

People want to believe Hillary is guilty so therefor they ask her to admit her guilt and stop lying because vicious circle they know she is guilty.  It really is impossible.  If she admits guilt to something she didn’t do, you get an “AH HAH we knew it”.  If she insists that she never intentionally did anything wrong, you get more hounding.  Enough Already!!!

So if I were Hillary, what would I say?  Probably something along the lines of the following:

In the day to day processing of thousands of documents sent and received from a variety of sources, I may have unintentionally mishandled a tiny number of those emails.  To my mind none of those emails placed the US at risk in any way.  As far as is known my server ( the use of which I have already said was a mistake) was never hacked and none of the documents on it were accessed by anyone who would have threatened the US.

If any of the emails are now perceived to have been classified, I apologize for their mishandling and that my tendency to be protective of my reputation has made it appear that I lied about those events.  For that I sincerely apologize.

No one but no one who has ever sought the office of the Presidency has done so with an absolutely pristine conscience and squeaky clean hands.  To demand that Hillary Clinton be so far above all of those hundreds who have preceded her is insane.  She is running for President not canonization.  We all know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Donald Trump should not be inflicted on the country.  Don’t let her off the hook in demands for as much honesty as possible, but give the woman the job.  Love or hate Hillary Clinton, she is who we have right now and we know she will do her best to do a good job which is a whole lot more than you can say about her opponent.

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Fight Song

Truly looking forward to the first Madam POTUS

Published on Jul 26, 2016 following nomination of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic candidate for the Presidency of the United States

“Fight Song,” produced by Elizabeth Banks, Bruce Cohen and Mike Thompkins, features actors, musicians and supporters singing their support for Hillary Clinton to Rachel Platten’s Fight Song. The a cappella video is inspired by the Pitch Perfect films, which are produced by Banks.

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