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Occupy Our Town!


I recently learned that the forum I participated on for a very short time (a little less than two years) has bit the proverbial dust. That would be Muchedumbre.  At times I enjoyed sparring with the guys and gals there, other times not so much. For all the drama the Muche caused me, self-inflicted or not, I feel a sadness in it’s disappearance from the interwebs.

Friendships, or other relationships, bring a certain affinity for those who visited, and a few (if not many) true friends.  Social websites, such as Facebook, will never duplicate the closeness of family – good and bad – that the muche did. Facebook, with the identity of a corporate money-maker, doesn’t allow it’s participants the freedom to express themselves without sanction. People are wary of sharing their true feelings (and current photo) on a webpage that can be seen by everyone in the world. Recent changes to Facebook underscore this fact even more succinctly.

In this world of 140 characters and less, we find ourselves living a fast food existence. Internet forums, by nature of design, don’t work that way and are a slowly dying breed. 140 characters or less doesn’t allow for intelligent discourse, and for that matter, unintelligent discourse. Both of which were prevalent on the former Muche. Prone to pages and pages of wordy arguments in the political section, the Muche was equally well-known for up-to-the-minute news from the worlds of entertainment and religion. As well as off-the-wall humor that couldn’t be found anywhere else. And isn’t that what family is all about?

We were an eclectic group of friends who were originally brought together as fans of The Monsters in the Morning on Real Radio 104.1 in Orlando (as well as The Philips Phile, SBK Live, and other radio programs) and morphed through the years to a group who found more to discuss than a radio show; sharing similar interests, pop culture in general, television (including Survivor), movies, food (everyone loves to eat!) an amazing collection of music videos, and politics. We still wish to discuss the Monsters and the Phile and addition, we’ve become the new home of the world famous Just C’s Football Picks!  As an extra bonus, our forum originally was created to discuss ABC’s LOST and is therefore a virtual treasure trove of discussion, speculation and love for the Island and it’s residents.

In the past week or so, I’ve updated my forum, and taken it in a new direction to accomodate and welcome former participants from the Muche.

Until we’re fully up and running a limited number of topics are viewable by Guests. Please visit, introduce yourself, and have fun!

Come on by, sign up, and Occupy Our Town!

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Bored?


Since the departure of our beloved LOST, my little forum has gone by the wayside. In the past week or so, however, I’ve updated it and taken it in a new direction…After a recent insurrection of the people (no, not Egypt!), we’ll be having an influx of new visitors and I’d like my friends who enjoy this blog to join us.

Welcome to Our Town!

We’re an eclectic group of friends connected through the years with similar interests, including LOST, but also pop culture in general, television (including Survivor), movies, food (everyone loves to eat!) an amazing collection of music videos, and politics. (Don’t let the politics scare ya!)

Our state of the art host and server also allow posters to cross-post new topics on Facebook and Twitter.

Until we’re fully up and running a limited number of topics are viewable by Guests. Please visit, introduce yourself, and have fun!

Oh. And we still talk about LOST!

Iran Update…Waterboarding: Round Two


I didn’t know whether to pass this on to my friend Kelly over at The VSJ or discuss it myself. But the thought of the sham and the lies that were the Bush Administration forces me to point out a few facts here. I’m sure Kelly will discuss it in more detail on her blog later.

Waterboarding is illegal. I don’t care how many briefs filed by members of the Bush Justice Department or how many times Dick Cheney insisted it or how many times the neocons and so-called patriots interviewed on Faux News Network discuss the merits of it and the mass of information supposedly gained from it (after the 120th time, I suppose); the fact remains, pure and simple.

Waterboarding is illegal.

And, now that the upcoming Civil War in Iran continues, we have those same

idiots from the former Bush Administration (God, I love saying that!) comparing the suppression and murder of the Iranian people, the fraudulent election and other acts of tyranny Ahmadinejad has forced upon his people in his years of power to the Democratic Administration now in office.

I noted a long time ago that the Republican Party suffers from a severe case of what I like to call hypocritical transference. When something really bad is going on out there in the land of politics; say maybe spying on fellow citizens, stealing elections, or cheating on one’s wife, they all rush (hah!) to Faux News and point their fingers here and there making accusations.

Now that reports are coming out from Iran via Twitter informing us that Iranian citizens arrested in the recent crackdowns are being waterboarded to gain information, what will the defenders of Bush waterboarding say? Will they say it’s the right thing  to do?

What would be said if  Ahmadinejad or one of his deputies went on Iranian radio and announced:

“I was and remain a strong proponent of our enhanced interrogation program. The interrogations were used on hardened terrorists after other efforts failed. They were legal, essential, justified, successful and the right thing to do.

The intelligence officers who questioned the terrorists can be proud of their work and proud of the results, because they prevented the violent death of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of innocent people.”

Worse yet, what if Ahmadinejad goes on Iranian TV or radio and justifies the waterboarding because “America did it”?

Iran Update


As I’m following news from Iran, I continue to be amazed by the idiocy of the comments regarding blogging in yesterday’s post, Wanna be Blogs as I search and find breaking news on Twitter, Facebook, and You Tube, as well as various other sources.

The impact of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube in reporting the violence and suppression of freedom in Iran is historic and lends legitimacy to each and every blogger out there.

The level of breaking news reported through these sources is incredible. Just in the past few minutes, the following has been reported, long before you’ll see it on the mainstream media:

midnightsangel: Canadian Embassy NOT treating wounded. Confirmed by FA source. please continue 2 sign petition http://bit.ly/Rge4j (expand) #canadafail #iranelection

Arminhr: Public strike from tomorrow (Monday) at 5 pm ,in central region of every city in Iran – please update #IranElection #Tehran

Cole2026: RT @StopAhmadi Ppl now chanting “Death to Khamanei (supreme leader)” #iranelection

RevolutionNo2: Many gov agents on twitter now. Look at their profiles, have few supporters and been tweeting for 2/3 days at most #iranelection

#RT @jranck: arrest of Rafsanjani kin shows split within cleric ranks #iranelection

@hoquqzan Iranian Government Media Declares Mousavi a ‘Criminal’ #iranelection

-23 journalists jailed by Iranian authorities..says journalists are primary targets #iranelection

life.com
RT @renesugar LIFE Magazine Iran pics @LIFE
We are saddened to report LIFE’s photojournalist is missing – #iranelection

MeUnAvail: RT from Iran the police / forces etc. of tehran have announced that in clashes on saturday, 475 people have been arrested #iranelection

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Yesterday I posted a video of a young woman shot by the Iranian police. Today, that video has served as a launchpad for and further moved the movement in Iran away from a mere election protest. The woman’s name is now known, Neda Salehi. Within the last few minutes her photo has been released:

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Here’s a new video from about ten minutes ago:

Next. I probably should file this under Stupid People, but…South Carolina State Sen. David Thomas (R) has tweeted a comparison of the Iran protests to the failed Tea Parties. Really? I mean, really??

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Finally, a picture tells a thousand words:

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Wanna Be Blogs


I heard this term yesterday, “wanna be blog“, seconded by someone else with the quote “Aren’t they all?“. And I have to ask the question:

“What is a wanna be blog?”

Is it a blog written by someone to enlighten someone?

Is it a blog written by someone wanting to inform?

Is it a blog written by someone to entertain?

Is it a blog written by someone to opine?

I don’t understand. I read plenty of blogs. Here’s a short list of some of the blogs I visit frequently, in no particular order:

Taking Names the Blog

TVSquad

Autoblog

Hal Boedeker

Huffington Post

Washington Monthly

The Bilerico Project

Pam’s House Blend

Not to mention my good friend’s blog:

The Velvet StraitJacket

Seriously, the above list is about a tenth of the blogs I read each day.

I read these blogs to be enlightened,  informed, entertained, and to view other’s opinions of things in the world. I consider every site I go to as an educational experience and marvel at the wonder that is the internet as it allows people to speak their minds and have those words read by anyone and everyone in the world.

Welcome to my world.

I hope to enlighten,  inform, entertain, and opine.

That’s what this blog is about. I don’t want to be any other blog…Scott Maxwell does a great job on his, Hal Boedecker on his, Ariana Huffington on hers, and Kelly on hers. And so on…I honestly cannot fathom the wealth of knowledge I’ve gained as a result of the blogs I read.

So I take great offense at the words “wanna be blog”, and comments following those words like “Aren’t they all?”

If you don’t like blogging, don’t read blogs. Your loss.

Iran Update


Breaking…rioters are clashing with government troops in the area surrounding Tehran University. Numbers estimated at 3000+.

From MSNBC:

Eyewitnesses described fierce clashes near Revolution Square in central Tehran after some 3,000 protesters chanted “Death to the dictator!” and “Death to dictatorship!”

Video of today’s uprising which, as I predicted, has grown to be much more than just support for Mousavi…it’s much bigger than that…it’s the birth of a new country at the hands of it’s people.

Note: Video is graphic. It shows a young woman being shot by the police in the streets of Tehran:

Here’s some home video on Facebook from Iran from a student:

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1180763437741&ref=nf

Finally, from @Mousavi1388 on Twitter:

I am prepared For martyrdom, go on strike if I am arrested