Hillary Clinton chided for praising Nancy Reagan’s AIDS role – The Washington Post

Hillary Clinton apologized Friday after gay-rights and AIDS activists assailed her for saying Nancy Reagan helped start a “national conversation” about AIDS in the 1980s, when protesters were struggling to get more federal help in fighting the disease.

Source: Hillary Clinton chided for praising Nancy Reagan’s AIDS role – The Washington Post

Dreamer’s World March 11 2016 – What A Difference A Few Kind Words Can Make In Our Day

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Far too often, we let life pass us by without a second thought. We get busy with work and we miss out on things that are truly important. Sometimes we are fortunate enough to get a second chance to correct an oversight, and that is what happened to me earlier today.
     A friend, Xena, I cannot call her a friend in the sense that we have met face-to-face yet, contacted me through this blog to let me know that she wanted to have us follow each other on Twitter as well. I am all for that, but it turns out that she has a restricted Twitter account, and for some reason, I never received her follow notification. Such is life in the 21st century, our parents would never understand what I just said, and our children will also be clueless as technology leaves us in the dust. All a part of life, as I would say.
     At any rate, Xena contacted me via this blog and I told her that I would be honored to follow her on Twitter as well as to follow her blog. She responded quickly and I hope that things will be worked out soon.
     In less than an hour, everything is right with the world once again. The pleasant feeling I have over re-establishing contact with Xena is incredible. It is truly amazing how much interacting with another person, even in the digital realm, can make even the worst day into a wonderful one.
     I am so glad that Xena took the time to contact me. I promise that I will do everything in my power to not let us lose contact again. If we are physically close enough, I hope to meet Xena in person one of these days in order to thank her in a more personal way than this blog post. Until then, this will have to do.
     Xena, thank you so much for being a friend and for brightening my day. I hope that you will have a wonderful weekend.
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Dreamer’s World March 11 2016 – March Madness And Some Perspective

As March Madness has already begun with the conference tournaments this week, I always find myself wondering what can be done to improve the event. I don’t want to tinker too much with success because this is a wonderful time of the year, but I do have a few suggestions.
Every year, we get arguments that Team A should be in the NCAA tournament even though they finished with an awful record in their conference. They played in a tough league is always the response when trying to justify including them, but I think that one of the first things I would do is to make a rule that:

Only a team with a winning conference record (the more winning the better) would be considered for an at-large bid to the NCAA. If a team enters their conference tournament, then those games should be counted in their conference record and that should determine their eligibility. Of course if a team with a losing conference record can WIN their conference tournament then they deserve that automatic bid. But I am tired of seeing a team go 9-9 in conference and then complain that they played a tough schedule and should get the benefit of a doubt. The way I see it is that yes, they played in a tough conference, and they proved that they weren’t that good. Sit down and try again next year.

This idea would open the NCAA tournament up to more of the so-called mid-majors. I believe that in a game like basketball, where 1-2 players can make a huge difference, that a winning record should count for something. The mid-majors don’t play the toughest schedules, but they don’t have the resources and the money that the major programs do. Why should a team from the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, PAC 12 or SEC get rewarded for mediocrity when they DO have those advantages and fail to utilize them properly?

Of course, the always dreaded option would be to open the tournament to all Division I schools. The conference tournaments would determine seeding and one additional weekend would be required. I understand the objections to this, I only present it as another alternative to get more fresh blood into the tournament in the first place.

A more draconian option would be to return to only conference champions participating in the tournament, This is what things were like before TV money sent everyone into a frenzy. Each conference would have the option of how to determine their champion. Some would select their regular-season champion, others would still hold conference tournaments. For conferences that chose tournaments, their regular-season champion would run the risk of missing the NCAA if they do not win that conference tournament, but that would be the rule when the season started, and the coaches and players would know that.

I think that the first option is the one that causes the least harm to March Madness. I wish that it would be studied by the NCAA as an option. A mid-major that wins 25 games deserves, in my opinion, an NCAA bid over a team that goes 19-13 or 18-12 and 9-9 in conference regardless of what conference they play in.

Donald Trump – The Violent

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

Alert: Some might find the language in quotes offensive.

ap_donald-trump_ap-photo20At the University of Miami, the 4 GOP front-runners for the race to president debated. When asked about supporters acting violently at his rallies, Donald Trump responded that people were angry with the current administration, they are patriots, yada, yada, yada. So why is it that they are taking out their anger on other citizens, mostly people who do not look like them?

When I was in junior high, on the day that President Kennedy was assassinated, our social studies teacher wrote on the blackboard; “Ballots not bullets.”  A boy in class blurted out asking if President Kennedy was killed by ballots, apparently thinking that the gun was loaded with special bullets. It gave our teacher opportunity to teach how Americans speak at the ballot box. The lesson extended to explaining that although the United States is a republic, that its…

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