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Happy Monday!

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      The Boomtown Rats released "I don't like Mondays" on 2 June, 1979. Written by Bob Geldof, of Band-Aid fan, who also played the role of "Pink" in the movie version of Pink Floyd's The Wall, the song is about Brenda Ann Spencer, a sixteen-year old girl infamous for going on a shooting spree at Grover Cleveland Elementary, in San Diego.

      On the morning of January 29, 1979, she began firing at students waiting for school doors to opened, with a Ruger 10/22 semiautomatic rifle. The principal of the school, along with a custodian, was killed, and she wounded nine others, students and a police officer. She fired thirty times.

      The principal's name was Burton Wragg, and the custodian was Michael Suchar.

      After being taken into custody, and asked why she did it, she said ""I don't like Mondays. This livens up the day."

      She was tried as an adult, sentenced to life in prison, and remains there to this day. She's 56 now.

      She feels partial responsibility for the spate of school shootings that's become so horrifically common-place since then.

      “With every school shooting, I feel I’m partially responsible,” Brenda Ann Spencer told the parole board back in 2001. “What if they got the idea from what I did?”

      Enjoy your Monday, you may not like them, but I bet you probably won't be going and shooting up a school because of that.

      The silicon chip inside her head
      Gets switched to overload
      And nobody's gonna go to school today
      She's going to make them stay at home
      And daddy doesn't understand it
      He always said she was as good as gold
      And he can see no reason
      'Cause there are no reasons
      What reason do you need to be sure
      Oh, oh, oh tell me why
      I don't like Mondays
      Tell me why
      I don't like Mondays

      Tell me why
      I don't like Mondays
      I want to shoot
      The whole day down...

      https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-first-modern-sch...

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      Christmas Season In Mesilla, NM

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          Just a few photos of the decorations and lights in Mesilla, NM. Tons of history, around the plaza is the courthouse where Billy the Kid was tried and sentence to death, tons of buildings dating back 150+ years, and the San Albino catholic church.

          The Treaty of Mesilla was signed here, concluding the Gadsen Purchase which acquired land in the Southwest for the United States from Mexico.

          During the Civil War, Mesilla served as the capital of the Arizona Territory of the CSA, and a couple of battles between Union and Confederate forces were fought here.

          As communities across the United States grapple with the future of Confederate monuments, Doña Ana County also displays reminders of the area’s role in the Civil War.

          High in the dry Chihuahuan Desert, far from the green battlefields typical of the Civil War, the newly formed Confederate States of America scored an early win in what is now Doña Ana County, and the New Mexico Territory played a role in the war — just not a decisive one.

          “It was a sideshow, but it was widely reported back east,” said John P. Wilson, a retired researcher who collected countless documents from the National Archives on New Mexico and the Civil War.

          At least two major battles and several skirmishes were fought in what is now New Mexico, starting in the war’s first weeks.

          Just as the Confederate army scored a major victory back east, it scored a symbolic one along the Rio Grande in late July 1861. The First Battle of Bull Run was the big news that week, but a small Confederate force from Texas humiliated a Union force more than three times its size between Fort Fillmore (near Mesilla) and San Augustin Pass, eliciting unconditional surrender from a far larger force. If not for the scope of Bull Run, the embarrassment in New Mexico would have made much bigger news, Wilson said...

          https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/new-me...

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          Just For Fun

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              Hitch Up Your Reindeer!

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                  [History - Music Recordings]

                  I was listening to a little known James Brown recording, especially little known outside of the African-American community, and found myself repeating the call for Santa to "hitch up your reindeer". Yes, it is a Christmas song which urges Santa Claus to not forget and go directly to the homes of the less fortunate and gift their needy children. This song doesn't get much rotation, but it is a classic for those of us who grew up with mostly empty stockings for Christmas and know first hand what it means to get a gift from what was then known as "the empty stocking fund".

                  I present. James Brown, and his funky ghetto classic, hitching up that reindeer.

                  " Santa Claus, Go Straight To The Ghetto."


                  May all of you, no matter if, or how, you celebrate the Winterfest/Christmas or not, remember to help those in need during these upcoming winter months.

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                  No Credible Evidence Or No Credible Investigationssss?

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                      Just because congressional republicans say there is no credible evidence that allegations against Kavanaugh, does that mean there was no credible evidence against Kavanaugh?


                      https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/senate-judiciary-committee-clears-kavanaugh-of-all-wrongdoing_us_5bde5454e4b04367a87d2a61

                      “This was a serious and thorough investigation that left no stone unturned in our pursuit of the facts,” said committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in a statement on Saturday as the panel’s Republican majority released a 414-page report. “In the end, there was no credible evidence to support the allegations against the nominee.”

                      According to the Senate Judiciary Committee report, six FBI reports on Kavanaugh over the course of his career in politics and on the bench ― probes that included interviews with nearly 150 individuals who knew him ― “did not reveal any alcohol abuse or inappropriate sexual behavior.

                      One thing Kavanaugh apparently wanted Americans to know is that he likes beer, although in his confirmation hearing, he initially said he was like a choir boy who worked his ass off to become a Supreme Court justice. He said this while under oath, and he was apparently lying. It is actually a crime to lie under oath, even if it is only about whether or not you drank too much as a teen.

                      Does this mean that Kavanaugh attempted to rape Dr. Ford when they were teens? No, but just because Mark Judge said he did not remember Kavanaugh doing what Dr. Ford said he did, does not mean Kavanaught did not do it, and if he did he is not fit to be a Supreme Court justice. A really thorough investigation by the FBI could have determined if Kavanaugh actually attempted to rape Dr. Ford.

                      Excerpts from Judge's book, Wasted, actually supports some of Dr. Ford's testimony as far as time lines are concerned. Other eyewitness accounts of whether or not Kavanaugh was lying bout his drinking contradicts Kavanaugh's testimony. But of course there is no credible evidence of sexual misbehavior. Right???


                      https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45710340

                      What did the classmate say about Judge Kavanaugh?

                      Prof Ludington, who teaches at North Carolina State University, said he had seen Judge Kavanaugh slurring his words and staggering after excessive alcohol consumption while at Yale.

                      The professor also said Judge Kavanaugh "was often belligerent and aggressive" when drunk.

                      "I can unequivocally say that in denying the possibility that he ever blacked out from drinking, and in downplaying the degree and frequency of his drinking, Brett has not told the truth."

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                      Moving Stills

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                          [Arts & Science - Fun Facts]


                          One upon a time a long time ago there was an ethereality visual artist and conspiracy theorist whom went by the underground name of "Moving Pictures", I used to call the person "Myopic". Today I happened across this "still image" and my memory of that long lost innerweb personality immediately came to mind. Of course one doesn't have a thing to do with the other, but both goes to show just how peculiar are the workings of the visual receptors of the brain. Take a look.

                          Yabberites, tell me, what's going on here? This is not a video.

                          To halt the "still" stare at one corner of the image.

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                          A GOP Presidents' Men's Club Portrait Hangs In The Trump White House: WoW!

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                              NEW PAINTING IN THE WHITE HOUSE.....NOTE THE ODD FIGURE IN THE BACKGROUND AND IN THE MIDDLE....A WOMAN!.....what the hell is she doing in this men's club?

                              AND IN THE NEAR FUTURE....

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                              What Kind Of People Will We Be?

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                                  To me, hate for the opposition has grown in the last 10 years, especially with the extremists in the Republican Party. The Tea Party "no holds barred" rhetoric; show hosts like Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Russ Limbaugh; writings like Breitbart and others; and a President who lacks civility and morals has made these supporters "mob think" and hate all who they consider "liberals" and Democrat. And it is so sad for our country.

                                  https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/...

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                                  A Look Back At The Fugitive Artist

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                                      [Art Talk - Personal Story]

                                      Since the resident Yabberz artist is long gone and I, the self-proclaimed artist at heart, remain. I thought I would take a little time to walk through one of my Fugitive Artist images. This particular image I rendered during the time I was building the now defunct Fugitive Artist (dot) Com website.

                                      I referred to myself as the Fugitive Artist because the Art life isn't the life I ended up living. I took the other fork in the road, abandoning the pursuit of refined Art. Then came the questions. Where'd he go?

                                      Years later came this new idea. A return. Unfinished. Except life, once again, got in the way.

                                      APB -- BOLO. Wanted. The Fugitive Artist.

                                      Image title -- The Fugitive Headquarters: The Hounding Continues.

                                      Breaking down the make up of the image

                                      View of room facing the corner.

                                      Along the back wall is a TV in front of a window draped with curtains. The TV is tuned to the Weather Channel and they are showing a map of the United states overlaid with weather fronts. A warning to anyone with travel plans.

                                      To the left of the window, camera view right, is a framed "Wanted" sign. An indication of the occupant being wanted. In the corner, to the right of the side wall window, camera view left, is a lamp stand. The lamp stand represents the spiritual and inspiring song "this little light of mine" which was the artist favorite church song when he was a kid.

                                      In the window to the left of the lamp stand is an image of a lurking King Kong window peeping, on the lookout for the fugitive artist. To the left of the side wall window is a framed picture of the fugitive artist. The image identifies the room as his, as the right place. In front of the picture is a sofa.

                                      In front of the sofa is a glass coffee table and on the table is an Atlas, a map book, needed by the artist to plan his next move. In the middle of the room (levitating) is a radiating orb. An out of this world investigative tool sent to locate and spy on the fugitive artist. The radiating orb projects a bat signal onto the floor in hopes that Bruce Wayne, dressed as a bat, will somehow received the signal, show up, and investigate the mysterious room

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