Unbridled FIFA Footwork

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As World Cup fanfare reaches a fever pitch, the beautifully orchestrated game offers fantastic images of fancy footwork… Feet flying, kicking, passing, blocking, handling, stealing, dribbling, shooting and saving. Feet are dexterous and dazzling on the world football (soccer) stage. 

When feet move from executing a goal to celebrating in dance, there is a lift-off of spirit in play. Whether choreographed or spontaneous, feet deliver the message of “joy”.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/29/sports/worldcup/world-cup-2014-goal-celebrations-in-soccer-are-always-colorful.html?_r=0

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Treading Lightly: US Political Metaphors (Part Two)

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“I really see my role as secretary, and, in fact, leadership in general in a democracy, as a relay race,” Mrs. Clinton finally said at the Women in the World meeting… “I mean, you run the best race you can run, you hand off the baton.

“Justice Stevens Suggests Solution for ‘Giant Step in the Wrong Direction’”

“Obama’s Half-Pivot to Asia”

“Obama treads warily, but sends a big ship to Korean waters.”

“Pentagon Sending a Message to Iraq by Dragging Its Boots.”

“The Republican Path To Victory”

“Sandy aftermath: U.S. struggles to get back on its feet.”

“The Tea Party’s Achilles Heel.”

“The White House Takes Baby Steps Toward Drug Sentencing Reform.”

Who is out of step on immigration?

 

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Treading Lightly: US Political Metaphors (Part One)

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“Bush Dips a Toe Back Into Washington.”

“Chris Christie Supporters “Waiting For The Other Shoe To Drop”

“On Campaign Trail, Missteps on Gender… With a bizarre illustration of Hillary Rodham Clinton and a profile of Wendy Davis, The Times Magazine has tripped over gender-based double standards.”

“The State Department also took the unusual move of walking back the remarks of Kerry.”

“First, shoot yourself in the foot. Then repeat…”

 “The House GOP Immigration Walk-Back.”

 “I know from experience, the only way you get good government is for the citizens to hold its feet to the fire.” (Jesse Ventura)

 

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TO-ing and FRO-ing in the MIDDLE EAST

 

 

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“Abbas Takes Defiant Step, and Mideast Talks Falter.”

 

 

 “Bill Clinton sticks his foot in Syrian quagmire.”

 

 

Going out on a limb, Pope Francis met to pray with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. The Rev. Thomas Reese, a veteran Vatican analyst for the National Catholic Reporter noted “In the Middle East, symbolic gestures and incremental steps are important.”

 

 

“Palestinians to walk away from peace talks.”

 

 

“Powers seek ‘first-step’ nuclear deal with Iran in Geneva talks.”

 

 

“Rouhani’s victory in 2013 is the Iranian equivalent to Obama’s victory in 2008: an electorate that voted overwhelmingly for hope and change, understanding that the process will be a marathon, not a sprint,” said Reza Marashi, research director at the National Iranian American Council in Washington.

 

 

[U.S. Secretary of State John] Kerry told reporters he was flying home to Washington to meet with President Obama to reassess the peace negotiations and whether there was a path forward. “There are limits to the amount of time and effort that the United States can spend, if the parties themselves are unwilling to take constructive steps in order to be able to move forward.”

 

 

“Syria chemical arms: ‘Global red line’ crossed – Kerry”

 

 

“For U.N. Chief, a Dance of Diplomacy Is Halted by a Misstep. Ban Ki-moon… choreographed a precise diplomatic sequence on Syria that relied on others to perform their roles equally precisely. The choreography did not go as planned, and Mr. Ban stumbled under the spotlight.”

 

 

Women in Saudi Arabia: Unshackling themselves

 

 

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The Sole of Canadian Politics

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“The grass doesn’t grow under Justin’s feet.”

“Hudak falls well short in Ontario campaign, steps down as PC leader.”

“Keystone missteps, Senate scandal have Harper stumbling.”

“‘I’m not stepping aside’ Toronto Mayor Rob Ford insists.”

“Alberta’s next Tory premier better walk on water.”

“Ontario political parties walking a fine line with Ontario’s ethnic voters.”

“Who will fill (all of) Jim Prentice’s shoes?”

 

 

If You Hear a Rattlesnake – STAND STILL!

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Rattlesnakes are not as dangerous or as frightening as most people think. These shy and secretive animals would rather avoid confrontation with people. That does NOT mean however, that you should throw caution to the wind in the great outdoors.

If you hear a rattlesnake, STAND STILL! Avoid jumping or running blindly. Look carefully until you locate the snake and then make your move. Remember that harmless snakes, moving in dry leaves and grass, can sound like rattlesnakes rattling.

If you see one, leave it alone because if it feels cornered, it will defend itself.

If someone gets a rattler bite, remain calm and get to a doctor or hospital ASAP. Don’t waste time with the old remedies:

  • cutting the bite
  • sucking out the venom using a snakebite kit
  • using a car battery to run a current through the affected area.

Your best bet is a doctor and anti-venom.

Even “DEAD” rattlesnakes can bite, so…caution is advised. Treat any rattlesnake, dead or alive, with respect.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/mendocino/learning/safety-ethics/?cid=FSBDEV3_004522&width=full

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