The Sarcastic Cynic™

Sarcastic and cynical view of the world.

Happy is the man who finds his grave. — May 7, 2017

Happy is the man who finds his grave.

Yesterday while enjoying a mini Greek Salad with a side of Grilled Chicken and a car show in a small town in Florida, the revelry of seeing people walking by Toula’s was broken as I was finishing my meal.  I heard two quick shots, within one second of each other.  I stayed seated waiting to see the reaction of the crowd.  They had frozen in place  as if waiting for instructions from someone to flee.  Those working the diner had all stepped to the door to look towards the right, where they thought the noise was from a car that had backfired.IMG_0471

I kept my Canon with the 100mm lens ready to see who would come running by.  I saw a tall man running away from the noise, later two more ran towards the noise.  The woman trailing the faster man.IMG_0473

I continued eating and drinking my water, till I saw Michele by the plate glass window trying to see the commotion to the right of Toulas.  I asked her if she had purchased the T-shirts she had so much admired while we ate lunch.  She had placed an order with the lady I have always associated as being Toula.IMG_0526

I told Michele I was going to see who had died. The crowd was amassed on the four corners of a busy main street and the Pinellas Trail.  Yellow, “police do not cross”  tape was being placed by an officer.  The man who was the emcee of the car show was trying to shame the people from taking film of a dead man being given CPR by two policemen.  I debated two seconds to see if I should take a few pictures of this scene.IMG_0536

Living in New York City, I had never encountered a dead man lying in the street.  I had however seen one in South America as I was being driven higher in altitude, towards the cool mountain air in Cali, Colombia.  This man was so dead, no one was giving him CPR.  Unlike this incident in Tarpon Springs, no one was filming and no one was hanging around waiting for the policemen to arrive.IMG_0542

That day I also had a camera in hand, but the shock of seeing someone dead while driving by interfered with my role as an observer with a camera.

You may read about the developing facts of this shooting in the Sunday May 7, 2017 edition of the Tampa Bay Times.IMG_0541.JPG

Why the title of this entry?  Happy is the man who finds his grave.©May 7, 2017  I don’t know why this thought or title has been resonating in my mind.  I think I heard it while taking a shower listening to my Ipod, and if not, then it’s going to become the title of my book after I finish the first one titled My Mango ©1968IMG_0549

What is wrong with this picture? — April 4, 2017

What is wrong with this picture?

Three beautiful women walked into Dunkin’ Donuts in Tarpon Springs.  The one on 1143 South Pinellas Ave, 34689.  By the “T” formed by Meres Boulevard and South Pinellas Avenue (aka Alternate 19).

The three you see in this picture.

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Would you think these Tarpon Springs High School women are entitled to park in the handicapped space in front of the Dunkin Donuts?

0404070736Do you see what’s hanging from the rearview mirror? Do you think it belongs to the driver of this SUV?

All looked to be in good shape, with no visible signs of a physical or mental disability.

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I noticed their car parked at the High School on Gulf Road less than a mile from the Dunkin’ Donuts.  I deliberately drove by to verify if they were from Tarpon Springs.0404070808I did notice one handicap.  The driver had trouble trying to open her door with all the food she had bought for herself.  So, I guess a food handicap qualifies for a handicap parking permit in Tarpon Springs.0404070755

The first sentence in this post is false.  The word beautiful should be erased.

Three women parked in front of Dunkin’ Donuts in Tarpon Springs.  They all jumped out quickly, walked briskly into the restaurant, ending behind a man wearing black riding pants.  His racing bike was leaning on the handicapped pole where these women had left their vehicle.  He stared at them and all three stood there looking into their cellphones.

They looked too nervous to say hello, and I thought he was going to ask them why they had parked in that spot.  I noticed his annoyance with them.  I’m guessing he just wanted to have a quiet breakfast.  He did not speak to any of them.  He looked at the one with the car keys and decided not to confront her.

I have a feeling they will see this in the internet one day.  My hope is that they are shamed by their peers into not parking in a spot that should remain empty for someone who really has a necessity to use it.

 

 

— March 28, 2017
OASIS,/ Julio 05 de 2012 sent by: Alberto Angel

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Oasis

Dicen que hay tres clases de personas: los seres idealistas, los derrotistas y las personas realistas.

Los primeros se nutren de fantasías y, algún día, los golpes de la vida los aterrizan y fácilmente van al polo glacial del conformismo.

Los pesimistas consumados son incapaces de disfrutar la luz del sol por estar pensando en la oscuridad de la noche.

Son seres lúgubres que en un hermoso pañuelo con una pequeña mancha sólo ven la mancha.

Las personas realistas saben que la vida es como un claroscuro de Rembrandt o de Caravaggio.

Saben que luz y sombra, riqueza y pobreza son dos caras de la misma moneda y que ninguna es mala o buena de por sí.

Las personas realistas buscan lo mejor sin los delirios y el estrés del perfeccionista.

Tú escoges cuál rol desempeñas y ojalá elijas asumir con fe, amor y esperanza todo lo que la vida le ofrece.

C.I.A. Developed Tools to Spy on Mac Computers, WikiLeaks Disclosure Shows — March 24, 2017

C.I.A. Developed Tools to Spy on Mac Computers, WikiLeaks Disclosure Shows

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An Apple store near the High Line in Lower Manhattan. Credit: Hector F. Cadena 2017 All Rights Reserved 
By VINDU GOEL MARCH 23, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO — The C.I.A. developed tools to spy on Mac computers by injecting software into the chips that control the computers’ fundamental operations, according to the latest cache of classified government documents published on Thursday by WikiLeaks.

Apple said in a statement Thursday evening that its preliminary assessment of the leaked information indicated that the Mac vulnerabilities described in the disclosure were previously fixed in all Macs launched after 2013.

However, the documents also indicated that the Central Intelligence Agency was developing a new version of one tool last year to work with current software.

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Snow! Water and Ice… — March 15, 2017
Do you agree with this? Is it the right of those who opose bullfighting to prevent the few who enjoy and still follow this “sport?” — February 10, 2017
Who is “officer blue” from BLUE LIVES MATTER? — February 5, 2017

Who is “officer blue” from BLUE LIVES MATTER?

Who is officer blue from Blue Lives Matter?

$45.00

PER YEAR

Membership expires after 1 Year.

(I guess $45 is not enough to keep this site from expiring.)

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Who is the head of Blue Lives Matter?

or should I ask… who are the blueS?

I guess I’m not trying very hard to find out who runs BLUE LIVES MATTER

ALL LIVES MATTER …should be the name of this group.

And while I’m on it…Who Started Black Lives Matter?  Was it after a kid weighing too many pounds, being used to pushing people around, taking without permission or should I say shop lifting items with a group of kids in a suburb of St. Louis?

Didn’t  he meet his match one day in Ferguson?

Was this the birth of Black Lives Matter?

Please don’t tell me that SHARPTON is associated with this group.

 

Who is James Robart?

by:

Blue Lives Matter

aka as the “BLM judge Black Lives Matter judge.”

Judge Robart Rules Against President Just Months After Calling Cops Killers by OFFICER BLUE on February 3, 2017 with 49 comments already.

Seattle, Washington – U.S. District Judge James Robart issued a nationwide halt on President Trump’s immigration executive order on Friday. Judge Robart is the same judge who accused the Seattle police union of killing black people and proclaimed “Black Lives Matter” from the bench.

Wednesday evening, Judge Robart issued an immediate restraining order on the President’s executive order banning travel from foreign nationals from seven Muslim countries that hold terrorist bases.

Washington and Minnesota had filed a lawsuit against the federal government to halt the travel ban, and Judge Robart declared that the states were likely to succeed in their lawsuits before issuing the restraining order.

The Justice Department responded by saying, “The department looks forward to reviewing the court’s written order and will determine next steps.”

Who is OFFICER BLUE…why is officer blue hiding behind a pseudonymn?

Blue Lives Matter

Now let’s try to find Judge Robert’s cv

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Hon James L. Robart

United States District Court

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The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington is a federal court serving the area west of the Cascade Mountains from Oregon to the Canadian border. The district has courthouses in Seattle and Tacoma.

Judge James L. Robart Biography

Hon James L. Robart

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Judge James L. Robart was nominated for appointment on December 11, 2003. Judge Robart was confirmed by the Senate on June 17, 2004.  Judge Robart entered duty on June 28, 2004.

Education:

  • Georgetown University Law Center (J.D. 1973), Administrative Editor, Georgetown Law Journal, 1972-1973
  • Whitman College (B.A. magna cum laude, 1969); Phi Beta Kappa.

Career Record:

  • 1973 – 1996 Lawyer, Lane Powell Moss & Miller
  • 1997 – 2002 Co-Managing Partner, Lane Powell Spears Lubersky
  • 2003 – 2004 Managing Partner, Lane Powell Spears Lubersky
  • 2004 – present United States District Court Judge, Western District of Washington

Memberships:

  • Member, Ninth Circuit IT Committee, 2007-2009
  • Ninth Circuit Advisory Board, 2002-2005
  • Lawyer Representative, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 1993-1995
  • Board of Governors, Federal Circuit Bar Association, 1985-1986
  • Organizing Committee, Federal Circuit Bar Association, 1983-1984
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Member, Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society

Community Activities:

  • Chair of the Board of Trustees, Whitman College
  • Former Chair, Board of Overseers, Whitman College
  • Former President and Trustee, Seattle Children’s Home
  • Former Co-Chair, Second Century Society, Children’s Home Society of Washington
  • Former Member, State Advisory Board and Former Trustee, Children’s

Keep looking and you will find!

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