Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Please Help Hong Kong - Oct. 1st 2014

Please Help Hong Kong

Time and time again Beijing has reneged on their promises and have persistently interfered in the affairs of Hong Kong and have done everything underhanded that they could get away with.















Democracy in Hong Kong was to evolve to universal suffrage and Beijing's plans are quite the opposite. They intend to eliminate electing Hong Kong's highest official and put forth propped up hand picked puppets of Beijing's choosing.


The Protests taking place today are a result of Beijing's interference. No one knows how far this will go, we can only hope that it does not escalate into the same violent crackdown that occurred in Tienanmen Square in 1989.

The Hong Kong Protesters ask for your help. The best way everyone can help their cause is to re-post the videos and retweet any news links from the news coverage of the ongoing protests.


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The world is watching.








Hong Kong Protests' – 100,000 Strong - "Umbrella Revolution" – Bring It On! - October 1st 2014

Hong Kong Protests' – 100,000 Strong - "Umbrella Revolution" – Bring It On!

Rumors traveled through crowds of protesters, that the police were preparing to crackdown and move in to clear out the protests. Undeterred, many remained, especially because it's the eve of the Communist Party’s Anniversary - The foundation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.





We are not scared. We will stay here tonight. Tonight is the most important,” 
    - Protester

The protesters, mostly students, are demanding Full Democracy and have called on the city’s Leader, Leung Chun-ying, to resign after Beijing a month earlier, ruled out free elections for Hong Kong’s leader, known as the Chief Executive, in 2017.

China rules Hong Kong under a “one country, two systems” formula that gives the former British colony some autonomy and freedoms that Mainland China does not have.

Protesters massed in four of Hong Kong’s busiest areas in all approximately 80,000 on the streets...with the idea in their mind that they are fighting for their future.

In what has become a civil movement, protesters set up supply stations with water bottles, fruit, crackers, disposable raincoats, towels, goggles, face masks and tents, indicating they were in for the long haul.






China's Communist Leaders take a hard line against any threat to their monopoly on power, cracking down on dissidents is just the order of the day. But, how far will it go? Will it escalate into another Tienanmen Square Incident?

China just recently blocked Instagram to stop young people on the mainland from seeing photographs of the demonstrations in Hong Kong and CCTV was asked by Censors to not show video footage. But the masses have discovered and are all using FireChat and it's use is spreading to the mainland.

Thousands of postings have been purged from the internet; images, video and anything new with searchable phrases or words such as, 'Occupy Central' - the slogan of demonstrators - and 'Hong Kong Protest' have been blocked.


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Updates:
1. China on Monday signaled it won't tolerate "disrupters" and "mischief-mongers".

2. Officials in Beijing said they would not tolerate agitators and that a strong reaction was being planned.

3. Reports from Hong Kong suggested the police have been instructed to use force only if protesters resort to vandalism.

4. Demonstrators are demanding that the city’s leader - the Chief Executive: Leung Chun-ying resign.
5. Demonstrators are asking for full freedom and free elections.

6. All of the protesters' demands have been refused.

7. Police say 87 rounds of tear gas were used on Sunday when protesters began pushing through cordons and barricades. They also said that 41 people were injured, including 12 police officers.



Police cordon lines were heavily charged, by some violent protesters. So the police had to use the minimum force in order to separate the distance at that moment between the protesters and also the police,” - Cheung Tak-keung - Assistant Police Commissioner of Operations.




The whole situation was instigated by Beijing’s Communist Party and now they face a difficult dilemma. Cracking down too hard might shake confidence in this market-driven Hong Kong and not reacting strongly enough, may encourage dissidents on the mainland.










FireChat & over 100,000 Protesters in Hong Kong Find Each Other

FireChat

FireChat is a mobile app developed by Open Garden which uses wireless mesh networking to enable smartphones to connect peer-to-peer without an internet connection with the phones BlueTooth or Wi-Fi enabled.
Open Garden - “People need to understand that this is not a tool to communicate anything that would put them in a harmful situation if it were to be discovered by somebody who’s hostile,” - “It was not meant for secure or private communications.” The FireChat app does not encrypt messages.


More than 100,000 Pro-Democracy Protesters in Hong Kong's Central Business District are messaging one another through a network that doesn't require Cell Towers or Wi-Fi. They're using a NEW app called FireChat that utilizes wireless mesh networking, allowing phones connect together to form a temporary Internet. Student Leaders all around Hong Kong are recommending FireChat out of fear that the authorities may shut off communications.



Wireless mesh networks are extremely effective in communication, because there's no easy way to shut them down. Shutting off Cell Phone Towers or the Internet won't stop communications, each phone essentially spreads a reaching signal out to many other devices and they can all connect to one another, which just spreads the network out. You would have to turn off electrical power for a prolonged period of time or confiscate everyone's' phones to completely break the connection. This, nearly impossible to break, connection isn't, life or death, important for the casual chats, but during political upheaval, it could be a lifeline.



"Once you build a mesh network ... now you have a network that is resilient, self-healing, cannot be controlled by any central organization, cannot be shut down and is always working," Christophe Daligault, says. "I think that solves many other drawbacks or challenges of the mobile broadband Internet today."

"Each (phone) becomes a router and in a sense you're growing the Internet - everyone who joins the mesh network creates an extension of the Internet," - "In a year or two from now, I think people won't even remember that you had to be on Wi-Fi or get a cell signal to be able to communicate." - Christopher Daligault - Open Garden's VP of Sales and Marketing.



Download the app and try it for yourself.








Out of curiosity I downloaded the app and tried it out myself and I just wanted to let you know, it works great.
Recommend this to all and soon you will have your own offline network. I have a feeling this little app will get a lot more attention SOON!




Saturday, September 27, 2014

Should the USA have Compulsory Voting?

Should the USA have Compulsory Voting? Yes! Americans should take on the responsibility without complaint and do their civic duty. They should do more 'walking the walk' than 'talking the talk'.
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
- John F. Kennedy

Compulsory Voting is a System in which citizens are obligated to vote in Elections. At the present time there are more than 20 countries that have Compulsory Voting and about half of these countries enforce the voting laws while the remaining do not. If a voter does not vote, he or she may be subject to fines or community service. Interesting idea!

Having a SSN is required by law and it's personal and private information. Voting should be treated the same way. It should be mandatory and it should also be private. The United States should allow no excuses in this matter. They should be a better Example-Leader for the rest of the world.

The benefits are immeasurable, as it will prevent disenfranchisement of the socially disadvantaged. It would also act as a sort of civil education, creating an environment of inclusion where citizens are better informed and actively involved. It should be every citizen's duty to participate in the decision making processes that affects their very own lives.

Sadly, The United States of America, the oldest Democracy doesn't have what you'll find in Brazil. Brazil is one of the countries that have Compulsory Voting, but they also have their focus on the future with modern technology. They now have electronic voting and have been putting these new bio-metric identification systems in place for their citizens. It will take a few years before this system is everywhere necessary for everyone, but it is proving to be a very successful change.

Brazil will have around 142 million voters that will go to the polls this year, to elect federal, state, and district deputies, as well as Senators, Governors, and also the President. Only a little more than15% or about 22 million people are in the new bio-metric identification system. The rest will still be required to vote, but will continue as in the past while awaiting the new electronic voting systems.

What does this system do better?
  1. Increases speed
  2. Minimizes the risk of Error and Fraud
  3. Safer
  4. More secure
  5. More accurate

How and why the USA is so far behind, backwards-lazy with regards to voting than Brazil is amazing. The USA is a place where voting is not secure and not private. It's not mandatory and you don't even need to show Identification to enter and vote. Unbelievable! The oldest Democracy sure can learn a few things from their not so distant neighbors, but when?

While there is no perfect system, the bio-metric identification system is better than the regular outdated and old fashioned systems in use today.

Update: New info reports that the non-recognition rate in the last polls with the new electronic voting machines were around 4%.


There will always be someone to try and point out some disadvantages. There are always naysayers and persons who for no good reason just, can't stand any sort of change.

The only disadvantages that can really be pointed out are...
  1. You don't like your choices
  2. You don't have time


These problems can be easily resolved by allowing you to submit a blank ballot if you don't like your choices and by making the voting available for a longer period of time. Instead of a single day, it should be open voting for a week or two or even a month long process.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ello Explodes in Popularity – New Social Network

Ello Explodes in Popularity – New Social Network


I don't know why you say goodbye, I say Ello...Ello-Ello

Ello is the newest Ad-Free Social Network on the scene and has exploded in popularity. New users get in by invite only. Ello does not sell Ads. Nor do they sell Data about YOU to third parties. You are not the product!- is the company's mantra. They plan to stay Ad Free by selling extra features to users. What those features might be is still not known.

They do collect and save information about you to learn more about how you use the site and with this information they hope to make improvements. The information is collected to improve their services and will never be revealed or sold for profit. But, you also have the option to opt out of the aforementioned information sharing, unlike any other Social Network.

This new Social Network that everyone is trying to get on was created by Paul Budnitz, Berger & Föhr, and Mode Set. Initially it was intended to be a small private Social Network, but the overwhelming response led them to make the site public.

The creators say that the recent Facebook changes and policies were what motivated them to create Ello, an alternative. Facebook does not allow users with an alias, it's their way of cutting out spam accounts. That problem will persist regardless of policy. They are also known to manipulate users' news feed and of course they thrive from advertising. Essentially they (Ello) are making their mark and distinguishing themselves as the 'Anti-Facebook' new alternative. Anonymity in Social Networking is not always bad, some people need to hide their identity for reason of self-expressions or safety and in this regard Facebook is not user friendly.


When a network is run for advertisers, the advertiser is really the customer,” - “That really goes against what a social network is. When you’re putting up artwork, or something you wrote or created, and there’s an ad for underwear, it conflicts in a violating way.” - Paul Budnitz

Artists, bloggers, people who are concerned about privacy, people who have had problems with stalkers, celebrities, and members of the LGBT community sometimes choose not to use their real names — out of personal preference, or to protect themselves,” - “All these people are being kicked out of Facebook.” - Paul Budnitz

Ello doesn’t mine or sell data or have ads, so we invite people to be who they want to be on Ello” - “There is no reason for us to require people to use real names.” - Paul Budnitz


If you are looking for a new creative outlet for self expression and want to join, just visit their site and request an invite.
https://ello.co/


Update: Some are finding and buying invites on ebay. ( I do not recommend this )

Update: Ello says they will remain ad-free and porn friendly!

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Video Update:

Male Birth Control - RISUG or Vasalgel – Bring it On!

 Male Birth Control -  RISUG or Vasalgel – Bring it On!

No Vasectomy
It's been said over and over again 'It's A Man's World' and although the phrase can invoke heated emotions and debates that are much ado about nada. The fact remains that as far as male contraception, there are but a few choices. We can use condoms, withdraw / pull out-during intercourse or get a vasectomy. That's it! We're not even going to consider castration. Women on the other hand have Depo-Provera, the PILL and can opt for tubal ligation etc. After a century of scientific discovery and achievement, not to mention all of the innovations and advanced technology, abundant today, the MEN of this world are still disadvantaged to women on at least one point. We don't have a PILL! There are other research and developments taking place with a new procedure called RISUG or Vasalgel. This is an injectable form of birth control/contraception and it is still being tested. The procedure involves a small incision and then the injection. This injection is a clear gel made of 60 mg of copolymer styrene/maleic anhydride (SMA) with 120 Microliters of the solvent dimethyl sulfoxide. OK, forget that techy malarkey and just know this.
Please Be Gentle
1. It's effective: Injection/Procedure – Good for 10 yrs. 2. It's also reversible with another injection 3. It's convenient and is an Outpatient procedure 4. No side effects 5. Total cost of injection and
the procedure is less than the administering Dr.'s fee. There are other male contraceptive research and developments taking place, but the RISUG or Vasalgel looks the most promising. With that said, it's still not a PILL and I wonder if science can develop the pill for women why can't they do the same for men?

Sedate me - Don't wanna see
I am certain that when newer alternative birth-control options are made available for men, these changes will raise awareness will motivate them to learn more. More options are always better. If you surveyed men on contraception/birth control most 'still want the pill' but the RISUG-Vasalgel is a better alternative option than what we have today.

Student Protests near Columbine High School: Massive Walk-Out!

Denver Students Protest: Massive Walk-Out!

The massive student protests taking place, inspired by the school closings last week after 50 Teachers called in sick or took a personal day. Although the Teachers contend that their absence was scheduled and planned, that proper notice was given, and that substitutes should have been in place, two High Schools closed. This action that was intended to raise community awareness served to inspire the protests that followed.



Many students in an act of protest walked out of classrooms all around Denver. Angered over a conservative-led school board whose aim is to focus history instruction content on points of Citizenship, Patriotism and Respect for Authority. The students view this as brainwashing. White-washing history and psychological conditioning, processes that distort true history.

Students said their protest was successfully organized by word of mouth and the use of Social Media. Numerous parents and students waved American Flags, banners and signs.

Protesters carried flags and signs that read, “There is nothing more patriotic than protest.”
“I don’t think my education should be censored. We should be able to know what happened in our past,” “No to US History Censorship” “Tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but The Truth” and more.

The school board recommendation calls for instructional materials that present positive parts of the country and its legacy. The School Board plan, is to form committees to regularly review texts and course material, starting with Advanced Placement history, to make sure the curriculum promotes Citizenship, Patriotism, Essentials and Benefits of the Free-Market System, Respect for Authority and Respect for Individual Rights” and don’t “encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law.”

The proposal from Julie Williams who is part of the conservative majority, has not been voted on yet and has been put on hold .

Julie Williams - “There are things we may not be proud of as Americans,” she said. “But we shouldn’t be encouraging our kids to think that America is a bad place.”

Students from Conifer, Columbine, Lakewood, Bear Creek and Dakota Ridge high schools all walked out of school Thursday and Standley Lake High School was closed Friday. Students are planning an all-district walkout next week.

Issues of censorship are nothing new and it should be appreciated that the students know enough to know what's going on and want to voice their opinions and be heard, to make positive change for the better.

The real problem is when a power structure in place goes too far and when they deviate from standards already in place in other states. What most people don't realize is that many states use different teaching methods and texts and that the learning from these texts is not consistent, but instead quite distorted. What we see happening today in Colorado should inspire a collective awareness. The problems may never be fully resolved until there are National standards in place that Local School Boards can't ignore.
These problems are seen elsewhere and it appears to be a priority of the conservative order to meddle and distort the truth, to omit or whitewash American History. There has been controversy in Texas and South Carolina as well, but not to the extent that we see today occurring in Jefferson County of Colorado.

What happens next remains to be seen and will largely be determined by how much students feel they are being listened to, and whether the school district does anything acceptable to amend their original proposals.

The movement with their slogan "It's our history, don't make it a mystery" has drawn national attention and will probably continue for some time. Let's hope the School Board gets the message and make changes that will be acceptable for all.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Joan Osborne - Love and Hate - Review - 4 Stars

Almost 20 years ago we first heard Joan Osborne with her breakthrough hit single 'One of Us' from her first studio album "Relish". Both of which are to date, career highlights and milestones she's never quite approached since. One should not be surprised, her big hit was penned by Eric Bazilian of the Hooters. In the years that have followed I think we realized that songwriting was not Joan's real strength and I am sure she struggled with coming to terms with that. 

She may be regarded as a 'one-hit-wonder' but I think that generalization would be terribly off the mark. True, she has one major hit and what followed did not measure up commercially.

However, the years have transformed her into a solid and mature artist. She wisely adapted her songwriting and her songs are now collaboratively co-written and this seems to make all the difference. The songs are stronger, better arranged and in this framework Joan shines as bright as she ever has. Her new album "Love and Hate" is a really great album in every way.



Joan and long-time collaborator Jack Petruzzelli, present us 12 new songs that reflect who she is as an artist. The songs are mature, lyrically strong and memorable. This working duo, seem to have found the perfect formula that brings out Joan's best. Not confined to any genre, they comfortably play with various styles—soul, pop, blues, jazz, and more that better showcases who she really is.



As Joan says - “Love isn’t just one thing; it encompasses faith, passion, power struggles, humor, anguish, spirituality, lust, anger, everything on that spectrum.”



"Love and Hate" is a great album, with great vocals and musicianship. It's perfectly arranged and the production is just what Joan Osborne needed to bring out and show her at her best.





She's enjoyed a solo career off the radar screen of the big time media without much attention and in the process has only gotten better.



Stand out tracks:
"Where We Start" - "Work On Me" - "Mongrels" - "Up All Night" - "Kittens Got Claws" - "Thirsty For My Tears" - "Keep It Underground"





It's a 4-Star Album that you should add to your collection.
Buy - Love and Hate Here - Amazon
Buy - Love and Hate Here - Google Play



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Below is a sampling of what others have to say...



“There’s a substance and depth here that is not easily achieved, and I think Osborne is getting more interesting with time.  Recommended.”  -RollingStone.com

“4 stars...(Love And Hate is a) triumph of ‘love’…Osborne’s back with (a) sparkling theme album…a fine, and focused, collection of music.” -New York Daily News

“Her sweet yet husky voice is a wonderfully expressive instrument, bringing emotional honesty, a.k.a. soul, to every performance…Osborne’s compositional, arranging and vocal talents take the listener on a classy, beautiful realized music journey through the trials, tribulations and occasionally even delights of love in its various guises.”  -American Songwriter


"Osborne's rich, muscular voice has earned her fans and accolades across many genres:  she's been a pop hit maker, a bluesy soul singer, a roots-music diva and an R&B crooner...On Love And Hate she explores romance from many different angles, resulting in some of her most intimate songwriting..." -NPR


“Damn does maturity sit well with her…by the end, you’ll be seeing love just as Osborne has planned it — from new angles, new thoughts and with an optimistic, longing heart for not only where we start, but where the heartache will end." -Boxx Magazine


“Joan really is an excellent singer, spirited, soulful, sexy, sweet and sublime by turn, this a master class of performance, songwriting and structure with Jack Petruzzelli contributing to the musical styling with equal aplomb.  They say that, ‘Love is a many-splendoured thing” — it turns out that Love And Hate is, too.” -Folk Radio UK


Stay up to date with Joan by checking out her website here...http://www.joanosborne.com/

Sunday, September 21, 2014

New Chinese Desktop OS - October 2014

China, growing and ever confident believes that they can smoothly transition from their foreign dependence with Operating System software. Trying to separate themselves from the widely popular and solidly entrenched favorites, they have banned Apple and Microsoft from government use.

While some will say there is concern that Windows 8 PCs might be vulnerable to US surveillance and may even suggest the same about iOS, the truth is that the Chinese want to stand on their own. Use their own domestic produced products and break the costly, nagging dependence that they have for years endured.

In typical Chinese fashion, when Microsoft ended support for Windows XP and left millions of users in China vulnerable. They responded by banning Microsoft from all Government use.

The Chinese Academy of Engineering has disclosed plans to release a new operating system for PCs as early as October. The new OS should not be confused with COS. In January 2014, COS was debuted. The COS Core operating system is based on the Linux kernel. It also supports HTML5 based applications and Java based applications, but it's hardly ready for prime time and not exactly much of a competitive threat and this OS is strictly intended for mobile use. In its earliest form it still is not as safe as the offerings from the major software developers and will not inspire many to switch over voluntarily.

Ni Guangnan, from the Chinese Academy of Engineering, told the Xinhua news agency that a Chinese-backed operating system should be ready to launch in October of this year. It will be a Linux-ubuntu based variant and the OS will also have an app store. This OS is more specifically designed for desktop use.



According to Ni Guangnan, it's possible that all "foreign" operating systems—for lack of a better way to phrase it—could be eliminated in China. Chinese Officials have expressed concerns over their "serious ... dependence" on Android in the country.

"Creating an environment that allows us to compete with Google, Apple and Microsoft, that is our key to success," - Ni Guangnan

So far to date, little else of the details are known. It may be a continuation, further developed version of their Kylin or it may be another project. October is at hand and, to date, it remains to be seen.

It's no secret that Chinese Officials HATE everything Google and has and will use that hatred as motivation to develop alternatives for themselves and when they achieve their desired goals, they'll simply ban and block Android and anything else that they can.



So, Andy the Android's days are numbered in China!

Alt-Codes Cheat Sheet ( ¢ - © - ® - ™ - ° )

It happens to everyone. You're typing a paper and then you need to insert some special character that is not conveniently at your fingertips. You then type the word out instead of the character and think to yourself, 'I don't like that' then probably you'll minimize your work in progress and Google search how to etc. Everyone has and this will continue to be a never ending dilemma, because there are quite literally too many to remember that often are seldom used.

Below, I list some of the most common characters we often wish to use rather than type out in full. These are just the basics. Too much information (TMI) is often too easily forgotten.

These are called “Alt Codes”. You can simply hold down the Alt key while typing out a number code to get your desired character.

How to use

Press and hold the ALT key and type the number.
Alt-0162 = ¢
Alt- 0169 = ©
Alt-0174 = ®
Alt-0153 = ™
Alt-0176 = °(degree sign)
Alt-0134 = †(dagger)
Alt-0135 = ‡(double dagger)






Common Fractions
Alt-0188 = ¼
Alt-0189 = ½
Alt-0190 = ¾



More Alt-Codes can be found with the following links.


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You can also use Charmap to copy and paste other popular signs and symbols to make your written work more unique.

MS Windows Character map

Charmap ("Character Map") is a program built-in into MS Windows operating systems. You can use it to input characters from the different fonts installed on your system.

How to run it...

There are two ways to open Character Map.
    1.Start ➢ All Programs ➢ Accessories ➢ System Tools ➢ Character Map
    2.The Faster way is: Start ➢ Search >Programs and files search bar ➢ type "charmap" then press enter on your keyboard.

With Character Map, just choose a font and pick text characters you like. You type them in a line by double-clicking them in the character list and then copy-paste from the program's input line to where you want.
The program is easy to use and you'll discover more on your own easily, just by trying it out.


Another suggestion would be to create your own 'cheat sheet' document with all of the characters you might ever want to use. A page of only characters, signs and symbols that you can easily refer to and access to copy and paste from. It might seem like a silly idea, but most writers do have a copy & paste cheat sheet that they VERY often refer to.



I hope the above information is of use and helps you out.

Joe Biden-Super Joe VP - Shotgun Wielding Gaffe Machine

Joe Biden-Super Joe VP - Shotgun Wielding Gaffe Machine
Many articles of late make a point of highlighting Vice President Joe Biden's verbal missteps. It seems quoting our amiably eccentric VP is the sport of the day. I want to make it very clear that I don't find fault where others do. In contrast to popular opinion, I appreciate the off the cuff remarks as words from someone who speaks from the heart and not a rehearsed script prepared by White House staff writers. I don't mind the mistakes, because everyone makes mistakes.
Many of his remarks tend to be on the humorous side, but then again, many of the questions he's asked are of the sort where any response will seem humorous. He often laughs and smiles wide before responding to questions. In fact, many of the things he is supposed to respond to are ridiculous and I am certain that anyone in his shoes would come across just the same.

All public figures past and present have made their share of mistakes, but our VP Joe Biden may be more scrutinized than most.

Recently VP Joe Biden was speaking and recalled what his son had told him … "That's one of the things that he finds was most in need when he was over there in Iraq for a year," - "That people would come to him and talk about what was happening to them at home in terms of foreclosures, in terms of bad loans that were being ... I mean these Shylocks who took advantage of, um, these women and men while overseas." These comments relate to the predatory lenders who were taking advantage of vulnerable service members.

Now it seems the word “Shylock” has come to be an anti-Semitic slur. Who knew? Most Americans and in fact almost everyone everywhere would never have guessed that. That's one comment that is only on the radar of those who try to find anti-Semitic in whatever anyone says.

VP Joe Biden immediately apologized and said it was a poor choice of words when it really wasn't necessary. His comments were never anti-Semitic motivated. It's just a scenario where he speaks plainly and others scrutinize to find fault.
Like anyone, he has made some mistakes when stating facts. His mistakes usually strike us in a funny way that can only be a reflection of just how endearing he is to all of us. Below are some of my favorite Joe Biden comments. These are only funny because they're Joe's. If they were comments from Al Gore or someone else, they'd have been mistakes forgotten and not the funny memories of a real human being before us.



1. "Folks, I can tell you I've known eight presidents, three of them intimately." – Joe Biden

2. "A man I'm proud to call my friend. A man who will be the next President of the United States — Barack America!" – Joe Biden, at his first campaign rally with Barack Obama.

3. "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man." – Joe Biden speaking of Barack Obama

4. "Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America. Quite frankly, it might have been a better pick than me."

5. "Stand up, Chuck, let 'em see ya." –- Joe Biden, talking to Missouri state Sen. Chuck Graham, who was in a wheelchair.

6. "Look, John's last-minute economic plan does nothing to tackle the number-one job facing the middle class, and it happens to be, as Barack says, a three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S, jobs." – Joe Biden

7. "You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.... I'm not joking." --Joe Biden

8. "If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, there's still a 30% chance we're going to get it wrong." - Joe Biden, speaking to members of the House Democratic caucus who were gathered in Williamsburg, Va., for their annual retreat.

9. "This is a big fucking deal!" – Joe Biden, congratulating President Barack Obama during the health care signing ceremony.

10. "My mother believed and my father believed that if I wanted to be president of the United States, I could be, I could be Vice President!" – Joe Biden

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And let's not forget the “Buy a shotgun, buy a shotgun,” rant, when asked about Citizens rights and the issue of gun control. Although he came across in a humorous manner, he's actually right, a shotgun is easier to control and more than effective. You don't need 30 rounds with a semi-automatic to make you safer.

Then when talking about Russia and Putin, he said, - "We no longer think in Cold War terms, for several reasons," - "One, no one is our equal. No one is close. Other than being crazy enough to press a button, there is nothing that Putin can do militarily to fundamentally alter American interests." - "I said, Mr. Prime Minister, I'm looking into your eyes, and I don’t think you have a soul," and "He looked back at me, and he smiled, and he said, “We understand one another."



And of course, most recently he said in a speech in Iowa on September 17, 2014, that Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of modern Singapore, is "the smartest man in the Orient." Now it seems the use of the word "orient" or "oriental" is now considered outdated and offensive by Asians.



It's unfortunate that many people can not appreciate sincere heartfelt sentiment. Instead, many will pick apart every comment and every word, in search of another gaffe. It's a good thing that most of us don't get the same scrutiny...imagine what others might think and say about you.