Thursday, August 22, 2013

couple asked to take our pic @ Nemacolin so they could send to friends = OK, sure & thanks for asking!...

So we were just having some cocktails outside Chateau Lafayette at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and this couple walked by and must have been #happy to see us as they asked if they could take a picture of us (just as is) to send to a friend.

Sure enough the obviously self-made gentleman snapped a pic and then dictated into his phone, "look, this couple actually takes their dog on vacation and instead of a kennel the dog is staying with them in their suite a Chateau Lafayette!"

                                                            John, Deanna & Parker Bean
                                                 Chateau Lafayette at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
                                                                               August 20, 2013

I liked this guy and his straight forward no-nonsense approach. I asked him if he would email me the pic and he did.

Deanna seems a little taken back or embarrassed or something, huh? I was in my element and am used to people taking my picture = grateful this guy was kind enough to ask me (unlike the government and its independent contractors. .. hahaha).

This guy left an impression upon me too and I was glad he emailed me so I could Google his name:
Joel Norwood, President of the Norwood & Associates, Inc.. 

I have been involved in real estate and general consulting since 1979. I am licensed in DC, Maryland, and Virginia and have extensive experience in both residential and commercial leasing, sales and property management. 

By the way, I am drinking Four Roses small batch bourbon on the rocks with a splash of soda and Deanna is drinking Hendrix Gin up with cucumber. Parker Bean is drunk from lots of play with new friends such as Crosby at the Wooflands Pet Resort on the property.

+ Entry from my journal Aug 20th 2013: Good thing I'm not too shy... @ Nemacolin Woodlands Resort before spa services yesterday I was catching a steam & whirlpool in men's area & buck naked I'm turning on jacuzzi jets & a hot woman opens the door! Wow! So today when the locker room attendants greeted me I proudly relayed the error & asked if they could replicate it. (Haha). Having fun here = good times

+ Entry from my journal Aug 22nd 2013: Rather than saying Deanna & I got some of the money back from Joe & Maggie Hardy we spent on vacationing at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort by winning at Nemacolin's Lady Luck Casino, let's just say Joe & Maggie Hardy "Comp'd" us some real #goodstuff. ..

Feedback for Nemacolin Woodlands spa at
Dear Nemacolin,

Alec is seriously and uniquely gifted.

I only accept massage & services from females as men are so competitive with each other I just would never allow myself to relax and trust that a male masseuse would have my best interest. Women are natural nurturers and I always feel more comfortable and relaxed with them touching me and working on me. Moreover, I just feel that with a woman working on me = it's in the spirit of Ying & Yang.

However my service with Alec blew my theory & my practice of "female only" out-the-window.
Alec performed the most sophisticated service on me that I have ever had.
His intuition, knowledge, energy & techniques are unrivaled.

I felt relaxed, safe & secure and let myself go to trust him and was rewarded with a certain "healing" I have been seeking for some time now.

No only did Alec identify and extract problem areas but he relieved me from a few anxieties & paranoia = leaving me to feel whole & complete, balanced in energies, calm & weightless like an eagle soaring above the Laurel Highlands sky blue sky.

I am now an Alec fan just like Mrs. Palumbo. And, I definitely want to do the Kila Body Work with him again.

Kila Body Work (110 min) - $295  

Take the time to experience a powerful massage that combines Russian, Swedish and Eastern body work with healing energy techniques. This deep tissue massage opens the joints, works out the kinks and helps to heal injury with unique stretches, trigger point therapy and acupressure. A Woodlands Spa exclusive!

Best of the Roses,
john alan conte jr.
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Monday, August 19, 2013

me @ Charlie Humphrey's Facebook party / open house + cool playlist

Charlie Humphrey's facebook party / open house at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts... I just knew this was gonna be really really cool from the time you first pitched it months ago on facebook and as you kept updating the status of the upcoming event I wasn't gonna miss it.

                                                           me & my new
                                                                               Aug 10, 2013
                                  Charlie Humphrey w/ pink buttondown standing in background

What a cool scene at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts for all of us friends with the infamous and fabulous Charlie Humphrey + open house for Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

Loved seeing all the cool artwork, facebook friends (guests were encouraged  to list how many mutual friends you had w/ Charlie Humphrey on your name tag = 40 for me, a nice round #) and artwork demonstrations.

                                            Charlie Humphrey w/ pink buttondown standing Aug 10, 2013
                    me all the way left in background & my new sitting & drinking Maker's on rocks

Yeah, and from the moment we walked into the party & under the tent where the top shelf bar & munchies were we were digging the tunes being played. .. We asked Charlie Humphrey if he would later share his playlist on facebook (which he did deliver on that too):

A-Punk Vampire Weekend
Across the Universe Fiona Apple
Adventures In a Yorkshire Landscape Be Bop Deluxe
Adventures In Solitude The New Pornographers
After The Rain Bruce Cockburn
The Afternoon The Moody Blues, Peter Knight & London Festival Orchestra
Ahead By A Century Tragically Hip
Ain't No Easy Way Black Rebel Motorcycle Club...
Ain't Talkin' Bob Dylan
Albatross Fleetwood Mac
All Cried Out Dusty Springfield
All I See is You Dusty Springfield
All I Want for Christmas The Puppini Sisters
All I Want for Christmas is You Whitney Duncan
All I Want for Christmas Is You (2005) My Chemical Romance
All I Wanted In Tua Nua
All That Jazz on WFAE
All The Lilacs In Ohio John Hiatt
All The Way To San Francisco Various Artists
Almost Forgot Myself Doves
Alone This Holiday The Used
Along Comes Mary The Association
Alphabet Jeffrey Lewis
Ambition Doves
Amen Omen Ben Harper
America Simon & Garfunkel
America Version 2
And A Bang On The Ear The Waterboys
And Five Make Twenty Mandrake Project
And It Stoned Me Van Morrison
And Then You Kissed Me II The Cardigans
Anesthesia Luna
Angel Easy Man
Angel of the Morning The Pretenders
Annabelle Lee T-Bone Burnett
Anxious Mom 4 and 5
Anything (Acoustic) Third Eye Blind
Anytime You Need Me Michael Franti & Spearhead
Anyway Genesis
Apartment Song The Tragically Hip
The Apology Maia Sharp
Are You Brave? Donna Summer
Arizona rough remix
Art of Almost Wilco

Art Video
Art Video Cutdown
ARt Video Mp3
ARt Video Mp3
As A Child Suzanne Vega
As a Ghost Horse Feathers
As Girls Go Suzanne Vega
At Last Neko Case
At The Chime Of A City Clock Nick Drake
At the Zoo Simon & Garfunkel
Auquarelle Mandrake Project
Autumn: Concerto In F Major Op. 8, No. 3, R. 293 - Adagio Molto Antonio Vivaldi
Autumn: Concerto In F Major Op. 8, No. 3, R. 293 - Allegro Antonio Vivaldi
Autumn: Concerto In F Major Op. 8, No. 3, R. 293 - Allegro Antonio Vivaldi
Babaji Supertramp
Baby Devendra Banhart
Baby Can I Hold You Tracy Chapman

me & my new Aug 10, 2013 w/ my $100.00 #SharkNado shorts I bought last summer sitting & drinking Maker's on rocks, listening to really cool music & people watching = great times = #TheGoodStuff @NewDay

Best of the Roses,
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#Weed safe for a 2 yr old?! Gov. Christie decides medical marijuana OK for 2 yr old in NJ = Will this Impact His Career?

this is a pretty big deal for a republican = signaling marijuana indeed has medical merit despite DEA saying it has none & should be Schedule One drug = because this is one case of it being safe for a 2 yr old to ingest.
Vivian Wilson suffers from Dravet Syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy that her parents want to treat with medical marijuana.
 & Dr. Sanjay Gupta CNN Chief Medical Investigator has a documentary called #Weed that covers how it's improvement devastating condition & quality of life of a 5 yr old military daughter

Show a 5-year-old girl about to eat food sprinkled with oil drops of marijuana on cable TV, and you're bound to get the nation talking.

The topic of weed buzzed across the country this week, not because of the usual debate surrounding medical marijuana laws, but as a result of a one hour-long documentary featuring this little girl and one medical reporter's change in opinion.

CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta shocked many when he publicly admitted he was wrong about his previous stance on the medicinal benefits of weed and retracted views he expressed in his 2009 Time magazine article, "Why I Would Vote No on Pot."

"I am here to apologize," Gupta wrote in a CNN op-ed published Aug. 8. "I apologize because I didn't look hard enough, until now."

On Sunday, CNN aired an accompanying documentary, "Weed," which Gupta spent a year investigating by traveling to pot farms in Colorado and hospitals in Israel, where he studied the medicinal benefits for cancer patients. The program emphasized the underresearched healing effects of marijuana and had viewers glued to their TVs as they watched 5-year-old Charlotte Figi, now age 6, consume the drug to treat her seizures.

While marijuana is classified as a schedule 1 substance – which the Drug Enforcement Agency defines as "drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse" – it's the only one that has reduced Charlotte's seizures from 300 a month to two or three.

NJ Governor Chris Christie Backs Easing Access To Kids' Medical Marijuana

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie agreed Friday to give chronically ill children easier access to medical marijuana, but he was unwilling to go as far as state lawmakers wanted.

The Republican governor conditionally vetoed a bill on the topic, saying in the document, "Parents, and not government regulators, are best suited to decide how to care for their children."

He said he agreed with provisions that would allow production of ingestible forms of pot at state-approved dispensaries and to allow dispensaries to grow more than three strains of the drug. But he struck a part of the bill that would have dropped a requirement that a psychiatrist and pediatrician sign off before children are allowed medical marijuana. He said he wanted to keep in some safeguards for young patients.

The bill now goes back to the Legislature. If lawmakers make the changes Christie requested, it will become law. It was not immediately clear when lawmakers may take it up, but the state Senate does have a voting session scheduled for Monday.

Sen. Nick Scutari, one of the sponsors of the bill, said he's pleased that children would be given access to edible marijuana in strains appropriate for their medical needs, but concerned that psychiatric review is an unnecessary hurdle for parents. He said he will review the conditional veto before discussing with fellow lawmakers how to proceed.

Like the 19 other states that allow medical marijuana, New Jersey lets children use it. But unlike all but a few, the state law and regulations currently in place — considered perhaps the most stringent among states that allow medical pot at all — have additional hurdles for young patients.
They must have a pediatrician and psychiatrist sign off on their use. And if one of those doctors is not registered with the state medicinal cannabis program, they would need a third physician to recommend the drug.

The bill to ease access sparked a new round of debate between Christie and medical marijuana advocates, many of whom doubt that he wants the state's fledgling pot-for-patients program to succeed.

It attracted broader attention this week when parent Brian Wilson confronted the governor during a campaign stop in a diner. Wilson believes his 2-year-old daughter, Vivian, would benefit by using a certain form and strain of pot for Dravet syndrome, a rare and sometimes deadly form of epilepsy.
In a moment captured on video that made news shows and websites, Wilson told the governor, "Please don't let my daughter die."

Christie, who has raised concerns that it could be adults using pot recommended for their children, told him, "I know you think it's simple, but it's not," during their brief exchange.
Wilson and his wife, Meghan, who live in Scotch Plains, said in a statement Friday that they are disappointed Christie "decided to make it so difficult for parents, who are already enduring tremendous pain and heartache, to get approval for such a safe and simple medication."

They said it's not fair that other drugs can be prescribed for children without additional doctors signing off.

The changes Christie is willing to make could enable children like Vivian to get the form and strain of pot that could help them by lifting limits on how many strains of marijuana dispensaries can grow and by allowing ingestible forms that kids could take without smoking.

Currently, New Jersey allows dispensaries to grown only three strains of pot, and that has made it unlikely that the kind Vivian's family says she needs will be made available. Brian Wilson said other children with Dravet have benefited from a form high in a compound known as CBD and low in THC, the chemical that gets pot users high. Wilson said the drug can work not only to relieve pain or build up an appetite — two things medical pot is often used for — but as a medicine to treat Dravet.
New Hampshire, Delaware and Illinois have multiple-doctor requirements for kids to get pot, said Chris Goldstein, a marijuana activist who is on the board of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana of New Jersey. "This is something that originated in New Jersey and is likely to be copied in other states," he said.

Roseanne Scotti, New Jersey director of the Drug Policy Alliance, said lifting the limit on how many strains of marijuana plants New Jersey growers can produce will be helpful for other patients because it will allow "real innovation and better options." Medical marijuana activists say different types of the drug work for different conditions and patients.

New Jersey now has just one operating legal dispensary with a second expected to open in September.

So if #weed is safe for a 2 yr old and a 5 yr old what about adults over 21? Should adults be able to police themselves and have the freedom to enjoy the benefits of marijuana recreationally?

This weekend in Seattle, WA where marijuana is legal for adults to smoke recreationally

Seattle police cure munchies with Doritos at city's Hempfest - CNN ...

1 day ago - Seattle police handed out bags of Doritos to Hempfest attendees to educate them about marijuana laws.

From: John French
To: ""
Sent: Sunday, August 18, 2013 9:27 AM
Subject: + _ Re: question for Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson

Dear Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson, sure if that's all somebody does is smoke pot all day long and nothing else they are going to be lazy, lethargic & unproductive just the same as if someone sits on their couch all day and all night and does nothing but watch FNC, eating Lays chips & drinking Pepsi just waiting to feel good from Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson on TV = they will be even bigger unproductive, unsuccessful losers than people "pot heads" like Steve Jobs, Paul McCartney, Michael Phelps, Justin Timberlake, Ashton Kutcher ...

Yes, as you just pointed out on air, authoritarians trying to be cool w/ pot & not tools come across lame. But also authoritarians who try and be 0 tolerance tough-guy meat heads about pot, well, they are tools. Wake-up, Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson = Things have already changed and you are in the dark ages - stuck in the luck and the losing smoke-screen called the war on pot.

From: John French
To: ""
Sent: Sunday, August 18, 2013 8:59 AM
Subject: question for Tucker

@NewEdayMedia 3h
@TuckerCarlson why did you ask @BillSchulz if he could squeal like a pig at end of @RedEyeFNC last nite? It's fast paced talk I usually get!
Best of the Roses but not rose colored glasses,

john alan conte jr.
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Sunday, August 18, 2013

We can move beyond warfare.

We can move beyond warfare.
We can move beyond warfare.

I love this quote here on moving beyond warfare = yeah, if we as humans are superior over animals, why not then?
Best of the Roses but not rose colored glasses,

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Non Violence.
Bongs Not Bombs.


me _ @NewEdayMedia:
‪#‎SundayMorning‬ is my ‪#‎funday‬ to watch my @msnbc @MHarrisPerry @CNN @NewDay @CNNReliable @FoxNews @foxandfriends + read NEWS & sift thru B.S.

me '78=Seattle, WA

Michael Ferguson @SuperFerguson:       
No shit man, the only *good news* today is on morning. Then later, All others news have "agendas"

Best of the Roses but not rose colored glasses,

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"The people we elect are not your bosses, they are responsible to us." + "They must answer to us." = "suddenly they're in charge if they know what you're thinking."

This is a shift in the democratic dynamic. "If we don't have free speech then what can we do if the people who govern us have no respect for us, may indeed make life difficult for us, and in fact belittle us?"

If massive surveillance continues and grows, could it change the national character? "Yes, because it will change free speech."

Peggy Noonan: What We Lose if We Give Up Privacy

A civil libertarian reflects on the dangers of the surveillance state.

What is privacy? Why should we want to hold onto it? Why is it important, necessary, precious?
Is it just some prissy relic of the pretechnological past?

We talk about this now because of Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency revelations, and new fears that we are operating, all of us, within what has become or is becoming a massive surveillance state. They log your calls here, they can listen in, they can read your emails. They keep the data in mammoth machines that contain a huge collection of information about you and yours. This of course is in pursuit of a laudable goal, security in the age of terror.

Is it excessive? It certainly appears to be. Does that matter? Yes. Among other reasons: The end of the expectation that citizens' communications are and will remain private will probably change us as a people, and a country.


Among the pertinent definitions of privacy from the Oxford English Dictionary: "freedom from disturbance or intrusion," "intended only for the use of a particular person or persons," belonging to "the property of a particular person." Also: "confidential, not to be disclosed to others." Among others, the OED quotes the playwright Arthur Miller, describing the McCarthy era: "Conscience was no longer a private matter but one of state administration."

Privacy is connected to personhood. It has to do with intimate things—the innards of your head and heart, the workings of your mind—and the boundary between those things and the world outside.

A loss of the expectation of privacy in communications is a loss of something personal and intimate, and it will have broader implications. That is the view of Nat Hentoff, the great journalist and civil libertarian. He is 88 now and on fire on the issue of privacy. "The media has awakened," he told me. "Congress has awakened, to some extent." Both are beginning to realize "that there are particular constitutional liberty rights that [Americans] have that distinguish them from all other people, and one of them is privacy."

Mr. Hentoff sees excessive government surveillance as violative of the Fourth Amendment, which protects "the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures" and requires that warrants be issued only "upon probable cause . . . particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

But Mr. Hentoff sees the surveillance state as a threat to free speech, too. About a year ago he went up to Harvard to speak to a class. He asked, he recalled: "How many of you realize the connection between what's happening with the Fourth Amendment with the First Amendment?" He told the students that if citizens don't have basic privacies—firm protections against the search and seizure of your private communications, for instance—they will be left feeling "threatened." This will make citizens increasingly concerned "about what they say, and they do, and they think." It will have the effect of constricting freedom of expression. Americans will become careful about what they say that can be misunderstood or misinterpreted, and then too careful about what they say that can be understood. The inevitable end of surveillance is self-censorship.

All of a sudden, the room became quiet. "These were bright kids, interested, concerned, but they hadn't made an obvious connection about who we are as a people." We are "free citizens in a self-governing republic."

Mr. Hentoff once asked Justice William Brennan "a schoolboy's question": What is the most important amendment to the Constitution? "Brennan said the First Amendment, because all the other ones come from that. If you don't have free speech you have to be afraid, you lack a vital part of what it is to be a human being who is free to be who you want to be." Your own growth as a person will in time be constricted, because we come to know ourselves by our thoughts.

He wonders if Americans know who they are compared to what the Constitution says they are.
Mr. Hentoff's second point: An entrenched surveillance state will change and distort the balance that allows free government to function successfully. Broad and intrusive surveillance will, definitively, put government in charge. But a republic only works, Mr. Hentoff notes, if public officials know that they—and the government itself—answer to the citizens. It doesn't work, and is distorted, if the citizens must answer to the government. And that will happen more and more if the government knows—and you know—that the government has something, or some things, on you. "The bad thing is you no longer have the one thing we're supposed to have as Americans living in a self-governing republic," Mr. Hentoff said. "The people we elect are not your bosses, they are responsible to us." They must answer to us. But if they increasingly control our privacy, "suddenly they're in charge if they know what you're thinking."

This is a shift in the democratic dynamic. "If we don't have free speech then what can we do if the people who govern us have no respect for us, may indeed make life difficult for us, and in fact belittle us?"

If massive surveillance continues and grows, could it change the national character? "Yes, because it will change free speech."

What of those who say, "I have nothing to fear, I don't do anything wrong"? Mr. Hentoff suggests that's a false sense of security. "When you have this amount of privacy invasion put into these huge data banks, who knows what will come out?" Or can be made to come out through misunderstanding the data, or finagling, or mischief of one sort or another. "People say, 'Well I've done nothing wrong so why should I worry?' But that's too easy a way to get out of what is in our history—constant attempts to try to change who we are as Americans." Asked about those attempts, he mentions the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798, the Red Scare of the 1920s and the McCarthy era. Those times and incidents, he says, were more than specific scandals or news stories, they were attempts to change our nature as a people.

What of those who say they don't care what the federal government does as long as it keeps us safe? The threat of terrorism is real, Mr. Hentoff acknowledges. Al Qaeda is still here, its networks are growing. But you have to be careful about who's running U.S. intelligence and U.S. security, and they have to be fully versed in and obey constitutional guarantees. "There has to be somebody supervising them who knows what's right. . . . Terrorism is not going to go away. But we need someone in charge of the whole apparatus who has read the Constitution."

Advances in technology constantly up the ability of what government can do. Its technological expertise will only become deeper and broader. "They think they're getting to how you think. The technology is such that with the masses of databases, then privacy will get even weaker."

Mr. Hentoff notes that J. Edgar Hoover didn't have all this technology. "He would be so envious of what NSA can do."

Former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover is the subject of a new book that details his porn habit and rumours that he was a closeted homosexual and transvestite
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