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Elections to Watch in 2017?

Voters went to the polls in 2016 and returned two “surprise” results. (Surprises to the media, surprises to the so-called elite who think they know what’s best for the rest of us, not so surprising to the rest of us) – BREXIT and the election of Donald Trump as president of the US.

What elections have the possibility of being major game changers in the coming year?

First, the Dutch general election on March 15. Geert Wilders and his Party for Freedom is ahead in the polls right now. He has campaigned to stop the “Islamisation of the Netherlands”.

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Similarities Between Melania Trump’s and Michelle Obama’s Speech?

Michelle Obama and Melania Trump both spoke about learning values from their parents. Both said that we need to teach future generations that they can achieve their dreams through hard work. They also both talked about treating others with respect and keeping your promises (your word is your bond.)

If the Obama administration had demonstrated treating people with respect, or had shown young people that hard work brings success, or even acted as though promises were something more than hot air, Melania wouldn’t have needed to talk about any of this at all.

Instead there is more division among Americans than we’ve seen in decades. Young people have bleak futures where they are saddled with debt from student loans but have poor chances at getting a good job.  And, we have been fed a constant stream of lies by Obama and the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

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Scheduled Speakers for the Republican National Convention? (Monday)

Monday’s theme is Make America Safe Again…

Watch the live stream on C-SPAN

Or the RNC You Tube feed

Monday’s speakers are:

Find your delegates:

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Protest live stream

Top Legal Blogs?

October 5 was the first Monday in October and that means that mans the Supreme Court of the United States has finished their summer recess.

SCOTUS Blog does one thing – it’s all Supreme Court, all the time. It’s pretty comprehensive and even has a section to describe the cases in plain English for those of us who don’t speak legalese.

If you just want brief summaries of what’s happening, you can follow their Twitter feed.

Wall Street Journal Law Blog: Supreme Court covers news stories relating to the Supreme Court. The WSJ also has sections for news stories about Law School (Currently – Scores on this year’s bar exam may be the worst in decades), Constitutional law (Wisconsin Court says sex offenders can photograph children in public), Lawyers and Law Firms (New York weighs plan to let foreign attorneys practice in the state), State Legislation (In Ohio, residents fight for the right to mow), and Intellectual Property (Restaurants can finally sing Happy Birthday, To You without worrying about hefty royalty fees. Servers who are tired of singing “fake” birthday songs rejoice. And hope this means bigger tips.)

Find Law: Supreme Court of the United States This section of their site is meant for legal professionals but it’s not that hard to follow for anyone interested in the Court’s goings-ons.

If you’re in a SCOTUS mood now, here’s the trailer from the 1981 movie, First Monday in October. It’s about a fictional first female justice on the Court. The movie had been planned for release in February 1982 but President Ronald Reagan, the first of his name, appointed the actual first female Supreme Court justice, Sandra Day O’Connor on July 7, 1981 so the movie release was moved up to August 1981.

Now that we’ve had our break, time to move on to some general legal blogs.

Above the Law offers insider comments on current legal events.

American Constitution Society posts news stories related to Constitutional law. It’s a good way to get insight that the TV News talking heads won’t provide.

Overlawyered is published by the Cato Institutue, a public policy research organization dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace.

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And here are some that focus on specific subjects:

Cruise Law News It offers breaking news with legal commentary on what’s happening in the cruise ship industry.

Dashboard Insights covers the auto industry and its unions.

All About Advertising Law is a mystery. I feel like the title is trying to tell me what it’s about. I think that after decades and decades of potentially getting all my ad media via subliminal messaging, the title is too straightforward for me to understand.

Trademarkology covers trademarks and branding with a touch of humor.

Art Law Report covers law relating to museums and visual arts.

BeLabor the Point is about employment law. Some of the weirdest stories (short of Florida Man news stories) are here.

Election Law Blog so you can enjoy the sometimes important, sometimes petty legal wranglings of politicians trying to decide how they will let you exercise your voting rights.

There are a lot of others. If you have a favorite, whether it’s general law or just about criminal law that happens on Thursdays in the Florida Panhandle, leave me a link and if I like it, I’ll add it to the list.

Songs Used by the CIA for Enhanced Interrogation (Torture)?

Any parent of toddlers will tell you that these first two are a given. When my kids were little there was just VHS tapes so I had a few seconds of sanity while the tape rewound where I could pray for the tape to break or jam so I didn’t have to hear it for the hundred and eleventith time that day. Now with all of the digital delivery systems (Chromecast, Amazon Fire, Roku, Apple TV…) that can be set to repeat ad infinitum, I don’t know how parents stay sane. Turn off the router, maybe?

The Barney Theme Song

Barney is a dinosaur from our imagination
And when he’s tall
He’s what we call a dinosaur sensation.

The Sesame Street Theme Song

Everything’s a-okay
Family, neighbors, friends
That’s where we meet
Can you tell me how to get,
How to get to sesame street?
How to get to sesame street?
How to get to sesame street?
How to get to sesame street?

And there were a couple that made sure to let the terrorist know just who they had pissed off.

America by Neil Diamond

Everywhere around the world
They’re coming to America
Ev’ry time that flag’s unfurled
They’re coming to America!

American Pie by Don McLean – It’s not the song that’s torture, it’s that they refused to explain the lyrics.

Did you write the book of love
And do you have faith in God above
If the Bible tells you so?
Do you believe in rock and roll?
Can music save your mortal soul?
And can you teach me how to dance real slow?

Stayin’ Alive the theme to Saturday Night Fever by The BeeGees.  If it were me being interrogated, I would tell them everything they want to know just to make the disco music stop.

Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk,
I’m a woman’s man: no time to talk.
Music loud and women warm, I’ve been kicked around
Since I was born.
And now it’s all right. It’s OK.
And you may look the other way.
We can try to understand
The New York Times‘ effect on man.

Some of them don’t seem that offensive on the surface. Babylon by David Gray, for example. Nice easy melody and it seems that the Babylon reference might inspire nostalgia and give them some resolve not to talk. On the other hand, dude, you’ve been blind and a fool.

Friday night I’m going nowhere
All the lights are changing green to red
Turning over TV stations
Situations running through my head
Looking back through time
You know it’s clear that I’ve been blind, I’ve been a fool
To open up my heart to all that jealousy,
That bitterness, that ridicule.

Or Raspberry Beret by Prince. Such an upbeat song about a woman who dares to show her skin! And hair!

She wore a
Raspberry beret
The kind you find in a second hand store
Raspberry beret
And if it was warm she wouldn’t wear much more
Raspberry beret
I think I love her.

They mixed in some metal for a nice contrast. Songs like Fuck Your God by Deicide. I’m not including any of the lyrics because you can’t understand them! It seems like any metal song would work as well, unless they told them the title. That’s what I’d do. Play this song and say, “This is called Fuck Your God.” Then I’d play a bunch of different metal songs and say that all of them are called Fuck Your God.

Other artists who made the CIA playlist include AC/DC. Eminem, Dope, Metallica, 2Pac (Tupac), Christina Aguilera, Rage Against the Machine, and Matchbox 20.

I don’t know how much thought the CIA put into this list but I do know that they’ve been out done by a couple of 11-year-old boys.

Or would have been out done if it weren’t for this..I am linking to it against my better judgement. Imagine hours of hearing that and only that.