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BREAKING: CPAC adjourns 2015 meeting.....

Posted by Playinghardball | Sat Feb 28, 2015, 07:41 PM (8 replies)

Bernie Sanders: Aetna's CEO, Mark T. Bertolini announces..

Posted by Playinghardball | Sat Feb 28, 2015, 06:14 PM (22 replies)

George Takei's tweet on Leonard Nimoy

George Takei @GeorgeTakei
· 22m 22 minutes ago
Rest in peace with the stars, my dear friend.

Posted by Playinghardball | Fri Feb 27, 2015, 04:45 PM (40 replies)

CPAC 2015 in one picture....

Charles Johnson @Green_Footballs
CPAC 2015 in one picture.

10:34 AM - 27 Feb 2015

Posted by Playinghardball | Fri Feb 27, 2015, 04:33 PM (7 replies)

In Memoriam: Leonard Nimoy (check out the Nimoy tweet in the end)

By Liberal Librarian

It is with the most heartbreak that millions of us have learned that Leonard Nimoy has died at the age of 83.

The advantage of having older brothers who were a full decade older than you is that instead of the traditional sibling rivalry which obtains, they acted more like surrogate parents. My oldest brother, Tony, was and is a Trekkie. And as I became old enough (around 7 or 8), he introduced me to the wonders of Star Trek. This was in the days before reality shows, non-stop talk shows, non-stop courtroom shows. Independent stations had slim pickings for what to broadcast, so they broadcast old TV series. And I can honestly say that I think I never missed an episode of Star Trek when it was broadcast in syndication.

Growing up in el barrio of Washington Heights, Mr. Spock, Captain Kirk, Bones, Uhura, and the rest of them opened up a universe of imagination for me. My circumstances may have been somewhat constrained, by my mind soared at warp speed. And Mr. Nimoy’s portrayal of Spock was a master class in acting. Being half-human, you could always see the tight control that Spock placed on his human emotions. And when they broke out, Mr. Nimoy portrayed them in such glory that it wasn’t hard to wish that Spock would give in to his human side and abandon the logic of the Vulcans. And even though Spock was supposed to be coldly rational, Mr. Nimoy presented Spock as a being in love with the Universe, enraptured by all its wonders.

His In Search Of… was also seminal viewing for me. Every week I’d be treated to some mystery of human history and culture. That too opened a world of possibilities for me, and drove me to read and learn more about this spaceship Earth. Without Leonard Nimoy, my childhood would have been much the poorer, and I wouldn’t be the man I am today.

Leonard Nimoy was a humanist in the best sense of that term. He was a lover of humanity, a believer in its better instincts, and one who had great hopes for it. Great souls like Leonard Nimoy are rare, and must be appreciated all the more when they grace us with their presence. He wrote, he acted, he directed, he sang. And he kept faith in humanity. What more can one ask of a life?

I leave you with a tweet which encapsulates the man. Rest in peace. I have always been, and always will be, your friend.

Leonard Nimoy ✔ @TheRealNimoy
A movie scene: stranger lands on earth. Hits buttons on a small device. All guns on earth are melted . He leaves. LLAP
8:19 AM - 10 Jan 2015

Posted by Playinghardball | Fri Feb 27, 2015, 04:17 PM (3 replies)

Texas mom pulls gun on 14-year-old daughter's rival during playground girlfight (Video)

Texas-style justice went too far when a mom tried to sway a playground fight between her 14-year-old daughter and a rival by pointing a handgun at the head of the other girl, video from the incident shows.

Hours after the Tuesday girlfight at a park next to Pasadena High School in suburban Houston — broken up by campus police — Viridiana Alvarez, 33, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after photos and video emerged of the gun-toting mom, Click2Houston reported.

The teen confrontation was reportedly a grudge match over a boy where one girl challenged the other to a fight after school. Both showed up — along with the pistol-packing Alvarez.

more here and see the video at: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/texas-mom-pulls-gun-daughter-rival-girlfight-article-1.2131269

Posted by Playinghardball | Fri Feb 27, 2015, 02:50 PM (5 replies)

In a telegram, Leonard Nimoy pleads with JFK for a safer planet.....

Posted by Playinghardball | Fri Feb 27, 2015, 02:37 PM (3 replies)

Someone asked Bill Clinton whether the dress was Blue and Black and here was his response:

Posted by Playinghardball | Fri Feb 27, 2015, 01:01 PM (10 replies)

Scott Walker is tough enough to take on brutal terrorists like these:

Posted by Playinghardball | Fri Feb 27, 2015, 12:59 PM (1 replies)

Bernie Sanders: At a time of mass income and wealth inequality...

Posted by Playinghardball | Fri Feb 27, 2015, 12:52 PM (0 replies)
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