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Appreciation and Depreciation April 8, 2014

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In a blinding epiphany last night, I realized that I am beginning to appreciate my life Accomplishments are not appreciation.  Accomplishments are simply the things you have done and they have a positive aura – but even robbing a bank can be a sort of accomplishment.  It is not so much the “aha” moments – but the number of them that snowball down the side of our individual middens as we careen through the years. And we do careen – I can’t walk a straight line in bare feet anymore.  Sad.  True.

In my case it was like suddenly understanding string theory or hearing the music of the spheres or realizing that all the crap I think is crap IS crap.  I no longer ask why we cling to our 2nd Amendment rights, nor shoot each other or serial kill each other – that’s what we watch on the screen.  Big, little, on demand, anytime – click and kill.  There’s an app for it.  But I now appreciate that this is what is happening and I can see it and despair or see it and know I will not change my direction due to it. For example; I do not own a gun.  The reason is simple.  Fear that I will use it.  Most people don’t actually think of this when they shy away from the gun issue.  They are afraid it will get into the wrong hands, they hate guns,  it won’t make a difference in the long haul.  Not me.  I am simply afraid I will not be afraid, I will be the wrong hands and I will use it.  My feeling is that to own a gun you must be willing to use it.  My fear is that I would.  So no gun.  But it is the appreciation of that knowledge that anchors me and lets me out of the whole argument.  Guns may not kill people, but people with guns do.  I am grateful I am not a bigot.  I like being a Jew.  I do not trust Putin. I know I am being watched. I treasure the right to vote and still get a frisson of joy when I do it. I do not miss having grandchildren (from my own kids).

As I really begin to appreciate these small things, other smaller ones follow.  I hate to go to movies.  Very simple.  I do not like to go. And I get so many arguments (not offers) and find myself using hackneyed phrases like “it’s not my cup of tea” – and this works because everyone knows what a cup of tea is.    I have no desire to own property. I have by and large always been a cliff dweller (as my mother would say) and I like apartment living. It’s not for everyone, but it is for me.  And all this appreciation is not always positive.  I realize that I was a very terrible mother – something two other adults know too.  And in the fullness of knowing comes the reality there is nothing I can do to go back and do better. Even though I know better.  But I do know it and I can say it and I know why it is true.  I don’t want to have a dog.  I do like the way many dogs look, but they are not an animal that lures me. For some this is character flaw – but it’s just what I know.As I know I like red meat. And these shocks of wisdom – as I personally depreciate and time becomes more scarce also allow me to let stuff go.  Like movie theaters, mortgages and dusting.  They allow me to read India (my preferred subject matter), mystery novels, genetics, Jewish history, and anything else whose title sounds alluring.   Because I appreciate that time does flow like a river and we all sink at some point as we float.

Is there a message in all this – kinda.  If you can feel the shocks of appreciation, wait for even more. You will get them and for the fortunate ones who do, they will lighten it up as you drift – the buoyancy will astonish you as it does me and you may even appreciate that our demographic may be the last who can do this and probably because there is no app for it.

Not The Age of Aquarius. September 19, 2013

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In the course of an average day something usually occurs that gets my goat.  Often more than one and it generally has been exaggerated by social media.  I know – blame it on the Internet – but nothing is sacred and now the profane has entered the realm of the used to be sacred and we are in a mess.  This doesn’t mean I am going to leave FB or go offline.  I love it most of the time but there is soooo much stupid crap shared it can drive a reasonably intelligent human crazy.

Todays’ review:

The United States – “not the greatest country in the world” (I agree with Putin on that) has spun out of control in ways I don’t think anyone could have imagined.  Post-racial?  I don’t think so.  Jim Crow is alive in every corner and on the Internet.  He jumps out constantly allowing us to know just what a screwed mentality exists in this “land of the free”.  It is embarrassing and downright shameful for a “natural born” American who wishes all that buying and selling of humans never happened.  And has never ended – at least in the hearts and minds of too many 21st Century Americans.   What so many of us imagined…no fantasized…would happen when Barack Obama was elected is that the lion would lie with the lamb and love would steer the stars.  Folks.  This is not the Age of Aquarius.  Look at the Congress.  They make me sick.  They are disgusting and they know it.  Lazy, bigoted, misogynist old men who are scared of the Black Guy in the White House.  Hot mess scared.  And stupid and don’t have a real grip on what they are doing and what it bodes for the future.

I am not worried about the death of the middle class as much as I am afraid of the quantum leap in crime we will face if essential services to low income (poor) Americans are cut or denied.  Angry, jobless, homeless, hungry individuals and families will be willing to do almost anything to feed their kids. Crime will escalate. And since many who are having babies (and for some odd reason the true believers think this is really a smart move) are in the lower income bracket or worse, teenagers who will be denied any assistance, those babies if they survive without,  will see themselves as worthless and act accordingly.  There will be a ton of secret sex going on too and no birth control and no choice and no assistance and no food and medical care and then what.  John Boehner is gonna order another pitcher of martinis and tee off?  The people who support this philosophy have not realized that Harry Potter is a made up character and no magic wand is going to return us to the era of black and white TV.  In fact, lots of these “true believers” weren’t even born then.  Thus far I have not heard a single answer from any of these miscreants about the “babies”.  And believe me, the more mouths there are to feed on this dying little planet, the worse it will be – not the better.  Read Malthus.

Post racial?  Do Not Be Black in America.  Don’t do it.  Forget the Happy Family in the White House – being black in this country is a capital crime.  Ask Miss America?  Ask anyone who has ever been pulled over driving while black.  Ask my family?  Jim Crow is alive and just because you wish it was different – it isn’t.  Just because Mr. O wishes it were different – it isn’t and Mrs. O rolls her eyes with good reason.  If Mr. O had to run again – he could simply choose as his campaign slogan “damned if you do and damned if you don’t”.

Women?  Close your legs girlies.  You are the Holy Grail for the crusaders.  Your vagina and your reproductive decisions and your right to decide your own fate.  Rape?  Nahh.  You asked for it?  It wasn’t really rape. That outfit.  Gang rape?  College boy antics.  Drugged date rape?  Well – what did you think would happen?  This is mainly white guy rape.  Black guy rape is depraved.  Period.

Abortion – or as I call it “choice” = murder.  You are going to burn in hell.  Don’t believe in hell?  Well THEY do and that’s where you are going because they do.  The babies.  Ask them.  I have no idea.

Gay?  Shame, shame, shame.  Well mostly males shame, shame, shame.  Straight men like to watch “two gals go at it”, so Lesbians take less of a hit – but they are disgusting in general because they do not all look like Penthouse models.  And a good shtup would cure all that anyway – preferably using their penis.  Gay marriage?  Legal, mostly but disgusting too.  Pray it away but not in their churches because it is against God’s will.  Which God?  You can love your fellow person but make sure it is not your fellow man if you are a man and not your fellow woman, if you are a woman (unless you are Penthouse material).

Universal health care?  Commie, pinko, socialist, weirdo wrong.  Uncivilized even.  Oh Canada.

Jingo Journalism.  Sounds like a jumprope rhyme.  Reads like a jumprope rhyme.   Proliferating in geometric progressions.

Peace?  Highly overrated because it is a fantasy.  We like to kill.  Been doing it since written history. We love it.  Any method, any reason, anywhere.  This is a blood soaked planet.

So as I approach another alpha boomer birthday, this is what gets my goat.  This not all that gets my goat but this is today’s list. Don’t abandon hope,but don’t confuse this with the Age of Aquarius because it isn’t.

Trayvon Martin and the World He Left Behind July 19, 2013

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You can find me on FB and I have found a very fine group of FBFs with similar thoughts and opinions as mine.  That’s what it’s for isn’t it.  So I can be found there – just FYI.

When George Zimmerman was acquitted of the charges against him in Florida for the cold-blooded shooting of an unarmed teen-age boy it made my heart twist and hurt and ache and then I got very angry.  You see I was a teen-age girl in the Civil Rights Era and I was nurtured in my feelings by my own father who did not play racism. But he never told me it was going to go away just because MLK Jr. had a dream or because I stocked a “Negro” college in the South with donated books (they had none) or because I sang (off key) Kumbayah.  The entrenched ugliness of this country’s relationship to race was far too old and too polarized to make that happen quickly.  We felt in 1964 we were making a dent.  When I was old enough to know much more about the matter I saw the dent was made in 1865 and destroyed by the name of Jim Crow.  In the brief glorious time between 1865 and Jim Crow – the black colleges were founded, black writers wrote, black politicians gave voice to the needs of a whole new group of voters.  Freed men and women flocked to find work and education and a better life until they were deemed separate, oh but by the way, equal – just not in white folks domains.

 

If I didn’t believe that for a second (and I have always known how white folks felt) I believed after Trayvon Martin was murdered by a self declared vigilante with a gun and no reason to shoot.  Trayvon had a bag of Skittles, an Arizona ice tea and was walking home while black when George Zimmerman – the poster boy for Big Bullydom, decided to stop him with no cause and no right.  And then he shot him – not to scare or wound or threaten but to kill.  Bang, bang Trayvon is dead. GZ has the smoking gun in his hand. A few days later (after anyone else would have been charged, jailed and held), GZ was out on the streets, begging for money on the Internet and Trayvon was stone cold and in the morgue.  And when at last the trial took placed, six Bingo ladies  fell in love with their handsome defendant protector who made sure none of those nasty black thugs in hoodies came into their neighborhoods (armed with Skittles and ice tea)  andsaid – no – not our George.  He is NOT guilty.  And Trayvon is still cold and six feet under and George is a free man.This morning our president, Mr. Barack Hussein Obama, the son of a white mother and black father spoke on a subject he has known all his life.  Being black and male in America. This is part of what he said: 

But in an unusually personal moment, he began talking about the broader context of the case and the need to better understand the experiences of black men in this country.

“I think it’s important to recognize that the African-American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away,” Obama said. “There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me.”

He went on to recount instances when he had heard “the locks click on the doors of cars” as he walked down the street. African-American men are used to getting into an elevator and seeing a fellow passenger “clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off,” he said.

“I don’t want to exaggerate this, but those sets of experiences inform how the African-American community interprets what happened one night in Florida,” Obama said. “And it’s inescapable for people to bring those experiences to bear.”
 
This happens every minute of every day somewhere in the land of the free and the home of th slave.  It has happened to my godson, to my son’s best friend, to my best friend, to his father – a fire captain.  I have been followed while shopping with my best friend – not once in a while – most of the time.
 
Black folks in this country have earned their anger, their mistrust, their caution and their fear and they have earned it by living while being black.  For his blackness Trayvon Martin was shot down in cold blood.
For this single act.
 
Is every black person a hero or a savior or a man above men?  Of course not – no one is any of those things iin any color, faith or gender.
But the law is skewed and it is an ugly system we support with our bigotry and preconceptions.  The jurors in any case tried in any court should hear everything that happened – not just the parts they hear. And if GZ walks out a free man for murdering a child because he was black, then that same law should grant blac kmen and women the same benefit.  There is no question GZ shot Taryvon Martin.  The only part I cannot swallow is why he got away with it.

What If Obama Quit September 18, 2011

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What if there were simply no more Obama to oppose.  It’s much harder to oppose a white president – even a Democrat.  This is a letter I sent as to the POTUS and I sent it as a staunch supporter, a Democrat and   disgusted American.  Mr. Obama is not the object of my disgust.  Here, for your comments is what I wrote and what I sent.  Here is what I think:

Dear Mr. President:

I am a great fan of yours and I support you. Your presence in the White House in my lifetime has fulfilled a dream of mine and my father’s. He would be stunned and thrilled.

It appears to me that they loyal opposition is determined to undermine you and that this has been its agenda since January 22, 2009. Judging from the band of idiots currently on the GOP stage they cannot offer a formidable candidate of your quality. I am not surprised. All of it makes me furious. In my fury I created – in my head, a plan I would like to share with you. It may sound farfetched but at this point – but maybe farfetched is what is required.

I would quit. I would take your kids and wonderful wife, your mother-in-law and Bo and just say – no more.
I would hand it over to Joe and Jill Biden and disrupt the entire GOP. You can always run again (and win). But if you let these bozos know that you are not going to play their games anymore and walk on by – I suggest you would make a point so dramatic and devastating that God’s Own Party would quake for years to come. 

They plan to make you a one term president. Don’t let them. Let this country get what it has been asking for your entire your term. Idiocy from the right. Your brilliant jobs bill will not pass. They wouldn’t pass Go to collect $200.

You are the wrong color, the wrong race, the wrong everything for these bigots. So let them have Joe and Jill and screw them.Let them know you are far too intelligent and educated to assist in their plan and they will have to do it without you. You have 14 months to go. Give the campaign money to Biden. If he doesn’t want it – decide who can and will and trip these idiots as they stand.

Don’t quit. Decline to participate any longer. Pass the torch and let them feel the lick of the flame.

At least consider it. At this point they would rather destroy this country than allow you to govern. So don’t be part of it.

Respectfully,

A Little Breather Before the Next One. September 13, 2011

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I am still working on the one I meant to post last week but the one I posted today came so quickly and easily I decided to put it up. If you read it – I shall be happy to hear your comments. The book that inspired it is one you must read – “The Sins of Brother Curtis” by Lisa Davis (Scribner’s 2011). What an eye opener. I am sure the LDS will spin like dervishes. Another excellent work on another aspect of the Mormon culture’s propensity for bending the rules and the laws of the land is “Secrets and Wives” by Sanjiv Bhattacharya (2011). Both highly recommended.

More Mormon Mysteries Revealed. Explained? No. September 13, 2011

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This information comes from a book entitled “The Sins of Brother Curtis” by Lisa Davis, Scribner’s 2011. It is a history of the serial pedophilia of one Mormon man and how the Mormons covered it up for decades using money,lawyers, religious mumbo jumbo, The US Constitution and lies to allow the assault and devastation of young boys – even as they knew it was happening serially.

It reveals a scarier and basic, important truth I did not know.

The Mormons have invented a cult that is so malleable and has so many loopholes it covers every ass that slips out naked. Their use of our Constitution is one of their mainstays – although from its inception, Mormonism supported and promoted polygamy – a crime in the USA. They are a very clever lot. They paid for Prop 8. Two are running for POTUS. Think twice before you find either of those men the lesser of any evils. Here is what I found out:

The Mormon Church has a deeper historical connection to the Constitution than most people know. “The church teaches that the Constitution of the United States was divinely inspired by men whom God chose as its authors. One Mormon prophet wrote of being visited in a Mormon Temple by a Founding Father, who instructed him that the church must protect the Constitution. The idea that the Constituion was handed down from God “by the hands of wise men” is canonized in Doctrines and Covenants, one of the fundamental works of the church. In 1957, Mormon president J. Reuben Clark Jr., a former undersecretary of state for whom the Brigham Young Law School is named, gave a well-known address on the Constitution in which he said :

“I declare that the divine sanction thus repeatedly given by the Lord himself to the Constitution of the United States as it came from the hands of the frames with its coterminous* Bill of Rights, makes principles of that document an integral part of any religious faith. It is a revelation from the Lord I believe and reverence its God-inspired provisions. My faith, my knowledge, my testimony of the Restored Gospel, based on the divine principle of continuous revelation, compel me to so believe. Thus has the Lord approved of or political system, an approval, as far as I know, such as he has given to no other political system of any other people in the world since the time of Jesus.”

[Put that in your pipe and smoke it - it leaves very little wiggle room]

It so happens that the defining case in U.S. law on matters of religious liberty also involves the Church of Jesus Christ LDS. In 1878, a man named George Reynolds was convicted for bigamy in Utah. He challenged the conviction before the SCOTUS arguing that it was his constitutionally protected religious duty as a Mormon to marry multiple wives – (Mormon Doctrine includes a revelation from God to Joseph Smith that males are to practice polygamy or face “damnation in the life to come”). The Court ruled against Reynolds,noting that the government cannot constitutionally dictate religious belief, but can regulate actions. Reynolds v. US set a legal precedent for such matters and has been quoted in lawsuits ever since…. The court famously wrote, “Can a man excuse his illegal practices…because of his religious belief? To permit this would be to make the professed doctrines of religious belief superior to the law of the land, and in effect to permit every citizen to become a law unto himself, Government would exist only in name under such circumstances…”

Because the LDS belief is that if a man or woman who is excommunicated from the church, takes measures to cast off their former and ostensibly evil ways, they may be re-baptized as if nothing had happened previously. The slate is literally wiped clean and never to be mentioned again. Serial pedophiles such as Brother Curtis, exercised this loophole more than once. He moved around and raped little boys.

What does all this have to do with the GOP candidates or truly any one who declares themself a prophet of the Almighty who makes up the rules as he or she goes along and keeps secrets? Well, friends, it makes me ice-cold and very scared. It says to me that under the perfect teeth and hair not out-of-place, that it hides agendas, lies, opportunities, secrets and justifications that put many Americans in great jeopardy. Not just from pedophiles or serial polygamists but from men who hear voices and answer with their own. Men who believe they are speaking for a creation that may or may not even exist. That they know MUCH MORE than their constituents do and therefore MUST run the show. SO having bored you with this little piece of Mormon doctrine – I ask you to mention to anyone you like or pass it on but more than that – I warn you. And I am serious. The current candidates all have a little Mormon in them in my opinion – and some have a complete set of Mormon DNA. Be very careful.

*coterminous/Having the same boundaries or extent in space, time, or meaning.

 

What I like About Jews August 18, 2011

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If you notice the Jesus Loves Me band of angels on the GOP side of the 2012 race you will not see a single Jew. I am certain there are plenty of Jews who are Republicans and even some who would consider at a run at the Big Job. But they don’t do it. I like this about Jews. I don’t count Joe Lieberman because I think he was ” a disappointment to the Jews”. He disappointed me anyway.

Before the mid 1800′s there was pretty much only two ways to be a Jew – the everyday – I’m a Jew, I go to shul, I eat kosher and for Chinese food I pretend pork chow mein is something else. The other way was to be Chassidic or Ultra Orthodox- stricter, more observant and insular. In the mid 1800′s Jewishness started to branch out into other ways to be Jewish – reform, conservative, secular and of course old style. But all the time this went on – the conversation stayed in the Jewish community. There were Zionists who wanted a Jewish Homeland way before the turn of the last century and those who said “Feh” to the whole idea . Jews, however, when in a group – were always Jewish. The rules – observed or not were there, the Torah (5 books of the Hebrew Scriptures) set them down and whether or not modern Jews believed each one or even that G-d had sent them – they stood  basically united on the concept. Prophets came along and fleshed out the story, but very little changed over 5000 years or so. We still wait for the precise conditions for Moshiach to arrive and sort out the problems and we don’t get voices that tell us to tweak the story simply to go with the times. I like this about Jews. No revelations, no pale horses, and especially no Jesus.  We like the concept of one G-d who is who he is and is only who he is and  only one as well  (that was a little Jewish dance with words).  You will not see a Trinity Shul.  The point is that our G-d; as far as we are concerned – THE G-d – didn’t have relatives or kids or wives or personal saviors and he could be a nasty piece of work and made no excuses for it.  He set it up so you played by the rules and every once in a while you got some joy from it but he also let it be known that life was not and would not be an easy road.  This worked out for the Jews for about 3000 years until the Romans hit the Middle East and it hit the skids right about then.  The basic fact was and is – Jewishness may sound strict but the rules stay the same.  You atone for your own sins, you honor the ten commandments and then you are on your own.  I like this about the Jews.  I don’t think they – as a group – speak to many Americans as political people.  Just as well.  In my book they are far too pragmatic for the job and frankly they are pretty useless in Israel – politically speaking.

So it is with trepidation and a sense of fear I listen to the Holy Runners for the GOP tickets who are straight out of Cults and Consequences.  And they hate everyone who isn’t one of them.  Not a smart idea for running a country based on equality and freedom.  They love Jesus. Okay and he loves them back – something they got from a song in Sunday school.  They don’t want to pay taxes for services because they are afraid “others” will get some money of theirs.  (Yet they tithe – 10% to the church of their choice and get what in return?)  A couple believe in a planet called Kobol where they will go at some point after death.  Their cult says that gays are bad people so they get together and seek to make them more or less non grata. (Prop 8).  A few more – so far – are certifiable in their denial of anyone’s right to believe as they please and insist the country was founded on Christian beliefs and values. Jesus did not like the Gay, the women, the dark skinned or the Democrats.  They believe this and say so. The framers were primarily deists who were also Masons.  They had no use for state religion and said so at the jump.  Tell that to the band of idiots who believe in someone who is not G-d but an ordinary, charismatic Jew that too many people took far to seriously.  They have many, many rule changes to suit their agendas – G-d came to them and said so is a favorite.  I doubt this wholeheartedly..  They are largely on the side of big business and have some confusion about what is and isn’t a people vs a corporation.  I would personally expect to a lot richer if I was an Inc.  They won’t admit it but they are FLOORED by the dark skinned Harvard lawyer who lives in the White House with his black wife, mother in law and children.  They have spent 4 years making this clear.  I suspect they would feel just about the same if it were a Jew.

So in closing – I am a great supporter of Obama, a Jew and what I like about the Jews is that they don’t mix politics and religion.  Obama doesn’t either.

For the Bereaved of Borough Park July 14, 2011

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I have been lazy and busy for the last few month – wasting perhaps valuable and pithy thoughts on FB.  But today my heart is broken and I am in mourning for a little boy I do not know.  His name is Leiby Kletzky and he would have been 9 years old next week.  Now he is dead.  Like most of this country I paid some attention to the trial of Casey Anthony – an ordeal almost 6 years old and one that resulted in an acquittal based on lack of a case.  The DA in Orlando screwed up.    Whatever we learn now about this matter will always be fraught with doubts but Casey Anthony is protected by double jeopardy so she may be a pariah – but she will go on her way.  I don’t much care to be very honest.

Today I got an email from a list I am on called Hatzolah – a volunteer Jewish ER service and this one caught my eye.  It told of a little boy walking home from day camp in borough Park Brooklyn who was kidnapped, murdered and dismembered by a member of the same neighborhood.  This happened yesterday – not three years ago.  Leiby was a little Orthodox Jewish lad with glasses, a yarmulke and sidelocks  and sneakers coming back from day camp.  A little boy.   The family’s only son. His mother was on her way to meet him but he got lost and a man with a similar look drove by and we imagine Leiby asked for directions.  Leiby got into the car.  We will never  know what he said but tonight he will be mourned and buried.

The man presumed innocent until proven guilty Levi Aron is a quiet, religious loner who lived in his parent’s home.  He was not married and he worked full time. He only known crime was pishing in public.  I suspect most men have done this.   One can only assume that there were very dark parts in his head and where his soul might have once been.  He has supposedly admitted to what he did to Leiby.  What he did was so heinous and ugly you can read the tabloids to get the details.  A parent should never know such things can happen to children.  Such things should never happen.

While I write this I am waiting for the real press to tell  us about Leiby and his short but beloved life.  The sisters who must have adored him, the mother who treasured him; the father who planned in his heart for the 13th birthday on which he would become a man.  I am waiting for the outrage and the anger and the fury that accompanied the death of Caylee Anthony.  A child no more or less precious than this little boy.  I am waiting for the outcry, the keeners, the wailers, the sign carriers who will demonstrate for Leiby and I know I will be even sadder because none of that will happen.  And I would ask you who have loved any child to make sure it does.  Because it matters just as much.

Well, I’d Like To Go To Memphis* April 23, 2011

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I loved the movie Nashville – in its entirety and while I cannot sing a note I do know all the words to all the songs (Ronee Blakely is my favorite).

When the clue-challenged Governor of Tennesse decided to ban the words “gay” and “homosexual” from schools in that state and other instances where it might be used to refer to folks who are gay and homosexual I thought of Barbara Jean* in the movie Nashville.  So I have taken some liberities with Karen Black’s wonderful song (copyrighted by her) –  and composed this little ditty – to be sung, if you can –  sort of, to the tune of  “I’d Like to Go to Memphis”.  It is dedicated to all the wonderful gay and homosexual people I know, the lousy and rotten gay and homosexuals that must be out there too and the Log Cabin Republicans – whom I don’t quite get:

Well, I’d like to go to Memphis but I can’t cause I’m gay

If they ask me and I tell  ‘em they’ll just send me away and I’d love to go to

Nashville but the same thing is true; the homo’s gone  from

sexual so I will be too. And I’ll  try to keep on going on.

I had a friend from Dover but he went away – I suppose

he told the teacher and the preacher that he’s gay.

Now that he can’t say it there’s no reason to stay

So I guess that he’ll just try to keep on going on.

Long distance information will not accept my

call, so I guess I ‘ll write a letter, I was gonna after all.

And I’ll stay out of the GOO-GOO – can’t risk it being there

On the last train to Clarksville I won’t even get a chair.

So I’d like to go to Memphis but they haven’t got a clue.

Today it’s homosexual;  it could soon be Black and Jew

So I guess I’ll have to keep on keeping on – oo oo.

And then I guess I’ll just have to keep on keeping on.

Lost in the Vagina Labyrinths March 5, 2011

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Small government is alleged to mean less government interference by the government into matters which are not theirs to control. How did my vagina get into the mess?

 

I am well past the age of abortion or birth control worries and I have always been pro-choice – yet the idea that I could not make this choice chills me to the bone and beyond.  I have made it for myself, by myself in the past.  It seems I can be treated for a growth or a virus or a hip replacement without much to do,  but when it comes to an unplanned pregnancy the entire government wants to look up my crotch and have a say.   It is none of the government’s business. (and believe me,  if someone in government needs to make a choice – chances are they will go and do exactly as they want.  They will have the money and the cover-up and the arrogance to take their wife or daughter or girlfriend to the friendly and accommodating doctor and groom that womb.  With no comment and no conversation.)  Yet the suggestion by many of our bible thumping, holy rolling conservatives in government amounts to this: snatch and jail any woman or doctor who dares to conduct a private procedure in a private room with a patient.  Some want to go so far to make sure that a miscarriage was not an act of abortion and how they plan to do this implies a look up the snatch of any suspect.  Sharia anyone?  Or is this just a cheap thrill conversation for a group of highly repressed, little dicked, old white men who don’t get enough vagina and will use any reason to discuss it.

Ladies and gentlemen, do you have any clue who the customers of most massage parlors are?  Escort services? Whores?    Who are the ones who love to kneel on peas for hours while they are told they are dickless wonders?  Who like rubber and leather and the smell of numbers one and two up close and personal?  Middle aged and old white men are the prime demographic for such activities.  These are the same jolly chaps who want to tell women how to run their own reproductive systems as long as it includes abstinence and absolutely no abortion or birth control.     They will pay to roam the vagina labyrinths wrapped in leather and studs; father children they deny and lie to their friends, families and constituents and have the arrogance  then to police my crotch.  Is the way they see stimulus – creation of new jobs  regulating the vaginas of American women?  This is America in 2011.  Italy has abortion and the Pope lives there!!!

Ask them – all of them – the men and their self-righteous women – WHAT ABOUT THE BABIES?  They change the subject.   They won’t support welfare assistance nor will they provide healthcare.  Makes you wonder if they have some side business that traffic in babies and young children.  Other countries do.  It’s very profitable.  With the Internet it far too easy to trade, buy or negotiate damn near anything.  So when you wonder “what about the babies”,  wonder where they could wind up and wonder what they could wind up doing.

Government is a cesspool – we know this for sure and this country has found its way back into the morass.  There is much to be learned from the history of the very white and very rich and very amoral.  Somewhere they all meet in the Bohemian Grove of the Vagina Labyrinth – not really understanding or unwilling to learn why this is the last place on earth they have any right  to be.

Jim Crow Passes Muster in Akron, Ohio January 28, 2011

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 Case of Kelley Williams-Bolar, Akron mom jailed for sending kids to suburban school, stirs emotions .  
 
  
Sadly, there was no music in the Akron Ohio courtroom that railroaded Ms Kelley Wiliams- Bolar.  It should should have included this treasure from the Good Ol’ Days of whuppin’ slaves and sellin’cotton.
       “Come, listen, all you gals and boys, I’m just from Tuckyhoe;

I’m gwine to sing a little song, My name’s Jim Crow.
Chorus: Wheel about, an’ turn about, an’ do jis so;
Eb’ry time I wheel about, I jump Jim Crow.
I went down to de river, I didn’t mean to stay,
But there I see so many gals, I couldn’t get away.
I’m rorer on de fiddle, an’ down in ole Virginny,
Dey say I play de skientific, like massa Paganini.
I cut so many munky shines, I dance de galloppade;
An’ w’en I done, I res’ my head, on shubble, hoe or spade.
I met Miss Dina Scrub one day, I gib her sich a buss;
An’ den she turn an’ slap my face, an’ make a mighty fuss.
De udder gals dey ‘gin to fight, I tel’d dem wait a bit;
I’d hab dem all, jis one by one, as I tourt fit.
I wip de lion ob de west, I eat de alligator;
I put more water in my mouf, den boil ten load ob ‘tator.
De way dey bake de hoe cake, Virginny nebber tire;
Dey put de doe upon de foot, an’ stick ‘em in de fire.[1]

 

I am shocked at the lack of outrage. Where is Morris Dees, Al, Jesse, The NAACP and anyone else who could stir an uproar over this late term abortion of justice?   Why wasn’t she bailed?  Who was her lawyer?  I don’t hear much very good lately about Ohio but its neighbor Indiana, is ass over teakettle  in KKK membership. state lines must blur.  I gotta say this one tops even my wildest, sickest imagination.  Kucinich sues over olive pits.  Think about it. 
 
According to one of the many reports I have read the DA’s office insisted on the charges.  Yet they plea bargain rapists.  This woman was sent to jail because she wanted her daughters to be safe.  She lived in public housing and fudged on her address.  Capital Felony what? And the school system wants restitution and this woman,  this mother,  about to become a teacher, is now a felon and can’t teach.  This woman is my hero.   By her actions and her love for education and her kids she has been screwed up the ass by the State of Ohio and where is the outrage?  I can hardly type for my own anger.  Who is the DA and who is the jury and who is the judge and what is going on in the land of the free and the home of the brave? The school system of Akron spent $6 grand following this arch criminal .  Don’t cry poormouth Akron.
 
I am so tied up in knots on this one I think I must do some cooling down and additional research on this matter,  Like finding out who the jurors were; her lawyer, the ADA and WHY it happened.
 
This an outrage. This  is almost as ugly as Emmett Till.  This has to be repaired.
Someone must step forward and reverse this outrage and fast.  Who has the balls????
Who?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FYI:Call these officers of the court at this number:
CRIMINAL DIVISION
Harold K. Stubbs Justice Center
217 S. High Street, Room 203
Akron, Ohio 44308
(330) 375-2730
(330) 375-2281 facsimile
Elisa B. Hill Police Legal Advisor
Craig Hanus Police Legal Advisor

Number Two With A Bullet January 10, 2011

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Twelve years ago my husband was pistol whipped where he worked.  The assailant hit him several time on the left side of his head leaving him with a closed head trauma, permanent disability, severe headaches and laundry lists of ongoing side effects that have gotten worse instead of better.   For many years we thought this injury was caused by a closed  fist until an eyewitness mentioned it had been a gun butt that was used.  The men were armed.  That is the full disclosure part.

When the framers wrote our constitution the second amendment was logical to me.  A war had just been fought, trespass and killings still were a part of the landscape of 1776.  Added to that many Americans shot for food.  Disallowing guns to me seemed like a bad idea.  I often think today we confuse the framers with the store front fortune tellers who can see all and tell all for a price.  The men who wrote the constitution were not seers.  They did not appear to have divine vision neither did they claim to have insider future info that guided them.  I think they wrote a damn fine outline for a new and revolutionary country.  An untried experiment. Until the American and French revolted royalty pretty much called the shots and it was an iffy business.  In France (pre-1789), the birth of prince and then a princess was called the “choix du roi”.   First you have an heir and then you marry off your daughter to another crown prince and gain more of everything.  Marie Antoinette was an arch duchess of Austria.   So one of the jobs of the framers was to abolish this entitlement of one ruling class and make everyone equal (sort of).  What I’m not sure of is how long they expected this country to last or grow.   Certain inalienable rights  however were declared and bearing arms was one of them.  You did not have to be a soldier of the king to strike fear into people who threatened your sovereignty.

Sadly the folks who like to shoot guns and desire to own and wear them are not always the good  citizens.   The bad guys too are equally entitled to have them. The 2nd amendment said nothing about shooting nor did it specify under what circumstances the arms could be used.   Talk about your open to interpretation clause. The framers simply (I think) did not want Mr. John Q. American to be invaded by gun-toting foreigners who were going to steal their land and freedom. And I agree.

I am confused today about guns and gun laws and killers (well – not the killers).  I do not own a gun for one reason only.  I fear I would use it and I do not want that responsibility.  Like the bell, once the bullet leaves the chamber it has its own path and once it’s on it, people can get hurt or killed.  Like yesterday.  So while I respect the second amendment for its desire to protect Americans from all enemies, foreign and domestic – I am not sure enough people really understand and truly respect the amendment and how profound it is.  We live in confusing times.  And as an aside – I think it is time for SCOTUS member Scalia to have at least the Minnesota Multiphasic

2010 in review January 2, 2011

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Arrogance of Empire in the Land of the Free December 1, 2010

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Each fabulous empire had it peak and then fell like the ones before it. Without this shit we would not have archaeology. Basic fact.

 It is audacious, therefore,  for this country to imagine it will last forever as the bright shining symbol of all that is good and great on this planet. We refuse or simply fail to see ourselves reflected in the mirror of  history. Other countries learn far better from their pasts and accept truths we think were made true at Disney Studios. 

As mentioned today in the media:  If the only reason for the GOP is to destroy the Dems -  a word of warning; they will  also fall on  their swords and we will have some kind of new and very scary government.  Our vaudeville Congress and “partiers”  have made us a joke worldwide for our retro revivalist politics, bigotry and narrow views.  Step back a little – We are no longer a great nation of hopes and promises kept – we are a nation of angry, obsolete petty snake oil salesmen – promises are made and the Loyal Opp makes it its job to see they cannot be fulfilled. 

This is no longer a country I recognize.  One party systems fast become one man systems and in this country we hold our politics in such high esteem we barely pay attention to how many rotten apples sit in the halls of  Congress waiting for job.   It must smell like hard cider by now.  I would advise those  southwest of our country – those who think they can achieve the American Dream to pack warmer clothes and keep moving until they hit Canada.

It is hard to continue loving a land that gave so much to so many only to have shot itself in the foot over bigotry and imaginary fears. Those who fear the  “Nanny” state are the ones who need supervision and limits the most.  People who know what their limits are have no reason to fear anything in terms of grift, graft and greed.  It’s not the crime that brings regrets to the political thieves – it’s the getting  caught.  The United States is out of control.  And it scares me to death.

The Right Stuff: 13 Reasons “WE” Won Back the House November 6, 2010

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Barack Hussein Obama is the downfall of the United States of America.  That what they say.  That is why the GOP haunts the House.  But their justification for this is so clear and simple I felt I should share what I call the more correct views of the Loyal Opposition
 
  
1.  Wrong name.  Gall, nerve and audacity my ass.  That is
an UnAmerican name.
 
2.  Hawaii?  Maybe – but some reps have never even been to Hawaii
Elitist place to born.
 
3.  The Color.  Time to say it strong and say it proud.  He and his entire
Negro family are living in our President’s home.  Even the damn dog is not
only black but some kind of Kennedy gift.
 
4.  Harvard.  Get real.  Only welfare children and foreigners go to
Harvard now.  He is probably both. This is an elitist feel good charity college.
 
5. Law Review?  Never even heard of it.
 
6. Smoked the rope and inhaled the dope.  A typical n-word hobby.  Inner city-
that is straight outta Compton.  The GOP does not roll in Compton.
 
7.  Healthcare reform.  So now we are grouped into the same category as places like Argentina, Brazil Canada Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico Panama, Peru Uruguay, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela , Greenland AND  Austria, Andorra, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal,[61] Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine[62], Belarus[63], Moldova[64], the United Kingdom.[65] . and Ireland.  Also Israel and that figures doesn’t it.  If you get sick in the US it is NOT our problem.  If you die broke.  We do not care.  If you have a baby and do not want it – leave it by the side of road.  You should not have opened your legs.
 
8.  Diplomatic dinners.  Not on our dime – go to Shakee’s or Henry’s Soul Cafe.  They are both in areas where you will not stand out.
 
9.  Trips.  Quite the globe trotter unlike previous presidents from our party.  Get real MISTER Obama – no country with values really wants people like you in their midst.  Read some real history and believe it.
 
10.  Queen Elizabeth.  The Queen is never to be touched.  Your wife had the kind of nerve reserved for Royal Families.  You do not know your place.
 
11. THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE.  Alfred Nobel invented dynamite.  Those folks in Norway should have blowed you up real good.  The committee that awards that stupid prize is clearly paid off by someone in the  commie shadows.  They keep giving it to Other Side Presidents.  That will change.
 
12.  Rahm Emanuel.  The Jew.  George Lincoln Rockwell – the assassinated founder of the American Nazi Party said it right when he created the term “N****r Jew Jazz” to describe that funky music.  Rahm Emmanuel had no business telling  anyone what to do.  He clearly did not know his place either.  You people take much more than we want you to have.  That will end soon.
 
13.  Basketball.  Next you will try to bring back the Negro League.
 
These are but a few of the egregious wrongs Mr. Obama has done to OUR country and now we will see just who buys their suits at Hart Shaffner and Marx, who sends their kids to private school and whose seditty (yes she is) wife AND mother-in-law shop at J.Crew.
 
Additions to these wrong acts and the harm to OUR country may be posted in the comments section.  If anyone from their side reads this – share it.  In fact share it with anyone you like.  Unlike much of  GOP info  it has been fact checked for facts when getting caught in a lie would require additional lies and money to fix.  We intend to bring in American values, Christian prayer and if we do not do another thing in the next two years, a new name for Jim Crow that we can pass as an earmark and then enforce.

My Immigration Dilemma – Part One August 9, 2010

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Ah Immigration. “Der goldene medina”, The Gold Mountain, The Promised Land (before aliyah).   Didn’t folks used to get on the boat, get very seasick in steerage, disembark   and try to blend in – eventually becoming citizens of the US.  Wasn’t this a goal – a better life and citizenship.  Certainly lots of people came in without documentation – but mostly it was about a good and generous county offering chance at a dream.  The dream is over.   We are a country suffering from every woe in the book; from BP’s oil greed in the Gulf to Mad Tea Parties and the threat of being blown up by religious fanatics.  And Sarah Palin won’t go away.  So we have a lot domestically, to address, in this country.
 
The issue of illegal immigration is a hot spot for Americans.  And this is true on both sides of the issue.  Some have soft spots in their minds for open arms and others would seal at least our southern borders with force fields if they could.  For the 10%+ of this nation – the African Americans – this is a touchy issue and it should be.  Stolen people, brought in chains built this country and served it for over 400 years.  They were not immigrants.  They were kidnapped and sold like animals to be slave labor.  This country profited from their misery.  This is hard cold fact.  When the nation so generously “freed” them in 1865 – the free set up schools and businesses and towns and homes and – without even their 40 acres and mule – brought their own savvy, intelligence and culture to our country.  Oops – too bad for them.  How could we sit cheek by jowl with humans we had considered worse than animals?  Equal rights?  Not so fast.    Next door?   No.  That’s wrong.  Jim Crow – AHA!  The light goes on and we create an abomination, solidly in place by 1910 called separate BUT equal - my ass.  And even when this was abolished in 1964 – it never went away.  So African Americans – who still  bear the stigma and baseness of slavery and Jim Crow now have an additional obstacle to face – illegal immigration.  They head my list – but the list goes on to the working poor citizen of every background who pays taxes and works hard and never gets to break even.  If the government or Wall Street isn’t screwing us all, then we are paying bills for folks who come in illegally and ask for benefits.  No visas period.  It seems unfair.
 
Because many of us  do find this unfair – we get to be labeled bigots.  A word I use for the worst of our species.  Some states try to seal their borders with laws and obstacles.  The nation disapproves, but under its breath it whispers about “what a good idea”.  Well for the unemployed citizens it is not a wrong reaction.  I believe it is a myth that illegal immigrants take jobs no one else wants.  I believe greedy and cheap employers hire illegals to make more money.  I think they do not care about visas or green cards or anything else.  If you were broke and out of work – would you be a gardener for $10 an hour?  I bet you would but why pay that if you can get someone for $7.50 an hour – off the books.  It’s pretty much that simple an equation.  Would you like to flip burgers for minimum wage – just for some income – I bet you would – but you would probably hope to advance.  People with iffy or no papers cannot rock their own boat.  They are easier to fire and malleable; following invented rules to maintain the pecking order.  They may know their rights – but are afraid to jeopardize their families by mentioning them.  Companies like this.  It keeps expenses low and profits high.  So my own take on the myth of jobs no one else would do is just that – a myth.
 
Immigration rights groups in the Southwest and West tend to be largely Latino – probably because our country borders Central and South America.  So this becomes a fascinating accelerant, used by both sides to fuel the fire.  As the fire of bigotry rages – the problem and any solution die from smoke inhalation.  For example:
 
One side says:  “You hate us and don’t want us to come because we are brown and  don’t know English”.  The other side says we don’t hate you; “enter legally, speak English and you are welcome to be here.  (not that simple but in a nutshell).  Which is a no win argument.  And it is fostered by both sides this way (and the point of this blog):
 
This was an ad I kept seeing on my AOL computer screen:  “Latinos!  Encuentran las mejores tasa enseguros de vehiculos!  Cotizacion gratis?”. 
 
1.  It was in Spanish but advertised US car insurance. So it was directed at a US demographic.
2.  It invited a specific group to its services “Latinos”.
3.  This implied that only that group would benefit.
 
Why is this a problem?  Substitute the word “Latinos” for
1White People”
2. “Jews”
3. Black People
You get the idea.  It would create problems. 
 
Yet when Spanish speaking illegal immigrants come here we have de facto bi-linguality that is puzzling.  While we expect – as a country – our residents to be English speaking - we make an exception for speakers of Spanish.  Doesn’t it imply:  “Hey, come on in – we will even use your own language to make it easier.”  How does this encourage any immigrant from south of our border to learn to navigate in the English speaking US?  What is it saying about our own position on Spanish speaking illegal immigrants?  No wonder people are confused.  No wonder it becomes easy to polarize.  No wonder we can all sound like bigots by simply agreeing with just one of only TWO premises. 
 
I think we need to decide once and for all that illegal means just that.  You are breaking a law and you may not come here, live and work by doing so.  But we also need to remove the second language that accommodates our neighbors, encourages them and creates a unique group of residents called “Latinos” who won’t get with the program and join us speaking English – outside the home and church.  Why is that so hard to imagine.
 
Why can’t we start with this conversation – leave the words “racist” and “bigot”  out of it and discuss like civilized people how to start fixing this problem?  Does anyone have an opinion or answer.  Bring it on.

The Season of the Second Guess July 5, 2010

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I find it more than fascinating that the fate of world has become a populist project on social networks. Fast and furious arguments for and against from people who can hardly spell let alone negotiate. Anger, rhetoric and stubbornness.  The smug satisfaction of the second guess and being certain you are right.  I am not sure if I am happy or sad – but I find it interesting. I believe there will come a day when sci-fi writers will write about how the world would have been without Facebook or Twitter.  What would have happened and how.  How did we get this far?  Even this soon after both their creation it is hard to envision the world without them.  Yet no one seems to care or worry about what effect they will have on all of us. I am not a biblical scholar or even an armchair speculator – but FB and Twitter seem analogous to the Tower of Babel in a reality that actually exists.  And because we, as a species, can be so gullible and stupid and stubborn - it should be alarming to some degree.  That freedoms may be won or lost by one voice that only expressed an opinion one time that  was amplified over and over by instant believers. Not only is this an open forum it is also a giant mudslinging contest that I suspect will get us dirtier than we ever dared imagine.  For some it will “change the course of history” but it is smart to know that history has no course.  history is just what happens each day – good or bad.  There is no secular design we know of  that has written it first,  because history is always a report on what has already happened. And I am sure we have no idea what we are doing in the big picture – we are simply doing it.

Facebook and Twitter (and other social networks) are not facts.  They are opinions from those who post.  They are best guesses.  They are lies.  They are propaganda and comments from the lame and the halt.  They are observations from someone who woke up with the tail end of  a dream that seemed like reality so they wrote it down. We have become plate spinners on a vast stage.  Beware though - plates break many times before a real plate spinner dares to go on stage and spin.   Keep practicing.

Guerrilla Flotillas June 4, 2010

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Part 1.  A little background
 
 
It is hard not to hate Israel.  Here is a little country that just won’t go away.  And it’s got an army of willing soldiers – no burnt out prison drop outs recruits – the IDF loves Israel.  They know how to do their jobs and more than that – they know why they are doing them.  Sitting on a piece of spiritually important land that has been under siege since time immemorial – they cover their borders and do what they must to protect their country. 
 
 
Israel’s larger problem – one of many - is that it is full of Jews.  Nobody likes Jews – a case in point was the nastiness in WW2 that Hitler didn’t solve, to his regret.  But Hitler’s idea had a huge family tree and Jew hating, Jew-berating and Jew-baiting has been an historical pastime since easily 93 CE.  Well a game that can last that long isn’t gonna disappear quickly.
 
 
Israel became Israel a long time ago and before other newer religions co-opted the area – Jews held the stewardship of Israel and they held it seriously.  The West Wall of the Temple – in size alone – is an indication of just what the Israelis were able to create a long time ago. Smitten, smited, smote – they soldiered on moving like a tribe of outcasts throughout their Diaspora.  In Arab lands they became “dhimmies”.  “Dhimmies can never be citizens but they do have to pay and they pay and pay and pay at the whim of whomever is in charge. The do NOT have equal rights.  They serve a purpose because they know how to work and take care of their own.  The image of a Jewish dhimmi laying around sucking on a hookah, out of work,  may have happened – but I haven’t found any reference to it. SO  the fact they contribute – despite Draconian code and laws – is just another reason to hate them.  Fact is that Judaism follows so many holy observances that it’s hard to have time to work and pray and plot.
 
 
Israel is a productive country. What?  Jews aren’t farmers or factory workers. It has scientific and manufacturing sectors, garment trades, agriculture and all the talents the Diaspora brought together in 1948 (and of course before). And Jews are a creative and talented people.  In the 101 year history of Alfred Nobel’s Prize – 180 of the winners have been Jews – from various countries – but Jews.  People hate that.  For the record nine Muslims have won the Nobel Prize; five of which have been for Peace*.  (*There is an interesting argument about this which is too long to discuss here.) Mostly they figure some huge Jewish conspiracy rigged it all and so the prizes aren’t all that important.  But ask someone casually if they were to win the Nobel Prize  for anything – how would they feel?  The answer is usually the same.  The time for the International Zionist New World Order speech never goes away but you all know what it is.
I won’t bore you.
 
 
Part 2  A little foreground.
 
 
And now it comes to Gaza.  Gaza is a political and ideological and religious mess.  There are so many sanctions related to it that I would never get them all in order and/or I would bore you to tears.  Let’s just say that Israel relinquished the Gaza Strip by accord and let it go.  When a terror group (Hamas) won the elections in Gaza – the surrounding countries seemed to have a problem with that, including Israel.  Israel built a big wall.  Not very neighborly but ghetto mentality creates ghetto ingenuity.  Gazans went south to their brother in faith and purpose – Egypt – Egypt built a wall.  Draw your own conclusions.
 
 
Into the picture comes the Guerilla Flotillas.  “Humanitarian” ships that have been offered docking and offloading in two countries – Egypt and Israel.  The offering countries also agreed to get the goods to Gaza right away. Cyprus refused to allow to dock.  How rude. I can see not trusting Israel – but Egypt.  What’s the problem?  Israel told the ships not to approach an embargoed Gaza.  The Guerilla Flotillas did it anyway.  Israel went to stop them and all hell broke loose.   People were shot, people were injured and people are mad.  Now some idiot Irish ship is chugging to where it doesn’t belong to try the same thing.  Turkey (who thinks someone recently died and put them in charge) has issued stern warnings to “dem Jews”.
 Part 3  My own observation
In my opinion there is not a two state resolution – a simple look at the map of the area will show a first grader you cannot accept a country in pieces in another country you hate.  Illogical, a waste of effort, time and money.   Humanitarian aid is abundantly available from dozens on non-allied agencies – their books are clean and show no ties to Jihadis.  (Oops – forgot Jihad – the engine that drives all this).
 
 
The received wisdom is that Gaza is a peace seeking, failed and barren state under siege with clean hands.  This happened because Israel set it free and then Hamas took over.  I would say it speaks more to the ability of  Hamas to oversee a country than it does Israel letting it go.  From the pix I have seen recently Gaza has a lot of food, people drinking coffee at cafes and plenty of potatoes.  Smart Jews probably photo shopped them – but they look real to me.
 
 
So I can see why so many people hate Israel.  And those crafty, clever, money making, smart productive Jews.  What I cannot see is the rationale.  Just as the QED in the Guerilla Flotillas. They sound more like a stupid, provocative act designed to force Israel’s hand and bring in things other than food and medicine.  After the last 9 years – Why is this so hard for people to imagine.  Or shall I dust off my burqua?
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No More Days at the Beach May 30, 2010

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 BP has this to consider:  The Planet Earth.

 
Marine life – mammals, fish, and birds destroyed, habitats gone, fishing industry destroyed. Economy plummets. Pollutants become part of the weather cycle. Rain despoiled. Humans suffer effects. Illness rises. People die .  Hospitals overwhelmed.
 
Tourism devastated. Economy plummets. Jobs of every kind, eliminated due to lack of  disappeared funds and  factors undetermined. Seawater tainted for ages and ages unknown ages.  Beaches ruined. Travel suffers. Economy plummets. Worldwide.
 
Food chain altered for foreseeable future. Fish vanish from diets. Fish based foreign economies die due to lack of trade. Eventual extinction of water breathing and other aquatic creatures. Marshlands, mangroves, small islands face ruin or worse.  Decaying aquatic life introduces bacteria and other elements into food chain and water supply with unpredictable effect.  Deep currents pick up oil and allow it to flow worldwide. Into deep sea beds, coral reefs and places we cannot even predict.
 
Be angry. Be very angry. Be angry at offshore drilling which had this scenario written large in it since the first drill hit the sea bed. Be angry at governments who place petroleum profits and hunger before the health of this one small planet.  Be angry there is nowhere to go to escape this. Think about the ice and what will happen when it is part oil and part water. Think about penguins,polar bears, seals and otters. Realize that BP (or any other drilling op) NEVER had a plan B . Never had a real fix. Did not care. 
 
When you are pointing fingers, blame ALL the countries who supported this – including our own.  Don’t pin it on the individual heads of state who are here now and came when it began . They were not alone.  Politicians still exist for whom the words “drill baby drill”  resonates with gusto.  But we started drilling a long time ago.  It was always risky.  What the hell.  Take the risks and worry about the results later.  In fact don’t worry - there’s oil in them thar’ waters.  Black gold.  Texas tea. 
When did we actually start to believe we could do whatever we wanted on this planet and not  have to pay one day.  I think 36 days ago the note came due.  Now what?  Now what?  Now?  What?

Chip in For Haiti – Painless Donating. February 11, 2010

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Haiti Still Matters.  It is less than 30 days since the earth brought this country to its knees – and the rush to help was impressive – but  there is no quick fix for Haiti and we are notoriously – as a planet – short on attention spans.  Soon Haiti will not seem as urgent or as sad and we will move on.  We cannot allow this to happen. Meaningful recovery can be slow and painful and need help from many hands. Here’s a small, painless way to keep the light burning to guide Haiti back to the place where Haitians can start reclaiming themselves and their country.  I named it Chip in for Haiti because Haiti  still needs all of us to chip in.  It is not a charity or 501 (c) organization.  Anyone who wants to chip in can do it right at home.  Here’s how :

Chip In For Haiti:  Get a clean  jar or cup or can – you pick the size  and  set it on the kitchen counter;  then decide which of these three coins you will toss in the pot.  A penny, a nickel or a dime (no quarters – we all hoard quarters right?) and just fill it up – as long as it takes.  But you must chose the denomination and stick with it.  When it’s full – cash it in and send whatever amount you have tossed in to a secure charity to help. Buy a money order and stamp – mail it and think about it when you do it.  It would amass millions of dollars and you would not feel it.  Start today – everyone has a coin in a couch or a purse or under a table.  And then let me know what happens.  If you like this idea – just comment by saying “Chip In For Haiti”.  Haiti matters and you can fill as many containers as you want and mark the road until real recovery is realized recovery. Please.

White Sheet Republicans January 30, 2010

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When I see the Obama Family on TV or see President Obama I  usually smile.  Almost every time.  Because I simply cannot believe I lived to see this nice looking brown-skinned family in the White House.  It makes me feel clean somehow  – as if our country has considered the  good of the people and the nation and gone for a youngish, smart and hard-working chief of state .  I don’t think I’m alone in this  either and I hope not because he needs time and support to unglue the mess we’re in and make things better.  After an eight year ordeal with Mr. Bush – you’d think the GOP and its many sects of adherents would get behind him, tell their own people to support him and start to go forward in these difficult times.  (Drum roll – enter Steve Martin) But nooooooooooo.  And not just noooooooo, Nasty no!  Vicious no!  Name calling no!
 
 
No respect for the man at all, but that also means no respect for the office.  Every speech, meeting, movement , gesture is derided and dismissed instantly as a sign of what?   Oh, wait. “He’s a communist, he’s a socialist, he’s an unnatural citizen, he wants to steal from the rich and share the wealth with the rest. He thinks Americans – across the board, should have health care.  His very name is a traitorous betrayal – Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.  Now that’s not right.  He must be a Muslim and since he’s named after his black African father – he must have been born there too. He  has absolutely no use for the Jews and he hates whites in secret.  His wife’s arms are too bare and she is far too fit;  she is too tall, how dare she wear nice outfits,  and to top it off they have the same kind of dog that Ted Kennedy had.  That really is  over the top.  How dare he, she, they and the dog”.
 
I have a name for these people; these disruptive, Constitution chewing, greedy, mad tea partying GOP members.  I call them White Sheet Republicans.  I do not believe a single one even listens to the policies of or direction this president wants to take us.  I don’t believe they would even reject of it if it were suggested by a moderate GOP member.  They might mumble and growl and not agree with parts  - but I suggest the name calling would be minimal.  We must keep in mind that, under their protective covers they will do whatever it takes to keep their ball rolling backward.  They are extremely sore losers.   They believe  Sarah, Glenn and Rush are truth-telling, extreme intellectuals.  They gloat over lies that are told to discredit the current administration.  I would  suggest – that beneath their 800 thread count uniforms they make even make faces.  This is a group of vicious, nasty people.  People I would not break bread with.
 
 
But why “White Sheet Republicans“?  Are they ashamed of their party? Their platform?  Naaaah.  It’s because of what slips out far too often.  Because they feel the need to preface almost every nasty crack with, “don’t get me wrong, it’s not because he’s black” and because we absolutely know that it is very much because he’s black. And the proffered apologies are sung to the tune of Dixie.  Is it because he is not a son of the Stolen, descended from slaves.  None of these people’s people even stole his forebears – he has symbolically not sat in the back of the bus. So,  as much as he is rightfully embraced by most African-Americans – he really does present a unique and estimable president who speaks to all of us.   
Under the sheets, however, this doesn’t even register.  “”Bananas, chimpanzees, zoos, thick lips, nappy hair, doesn’t act or sound black “. (I suppose a disappointment to many in Dixie)  all creep out from under their hems. Of course it’s because he’s black.  God knows what a White Sheet GOP kaukus sounds like. 
 
 
Somewhere these White Sheet Republicans assumed  (probably before the Civil War) they would never have to worry about some Darkie running for president.   Both the old and new money, the right schools, the stiffest upper lip, the right address would keep that from ever happening.  Damn it, the Founding Fathers owned stolen black folks and there isn’t anything in the Constitution that says a slave can be president.  They are chattel. And so even the ones way down South living in the kudzu believe it too.  They may have tolerated Affirmative Action, but that tolerance did not include any action that could allow you to be President of the United States.  So when you read the vitriol and angry, personalized attacks on Mr. Obama – picture those White Sheet Republicans spinning out of control watching  Birth of A Nation, Bamboozled and all taking notes.  And be very concerned about all of them because they are definitely out of control.

Cross Your Fingers and Repeat After Me: “I Am Not A Bigot”. January 28, 2010

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I would be stunned and relieved if even one of the loyal opposition to our current administration – instead of vehemently protesting “I am not a bigot” (sounding like you know who, who was “not a crook”) would say something like this:  “Well, I can’t say that I’m completely comfortable with having a black man as president.  I never thought it would happen in my time and it is such a new concept to me that it may be pushing buttons I thought I had overcome”.  Wouldn’t that be refreshing and honest?  Wouldn’t it help to explain why this president has been lambasted with some of the nastiest, vilest and unnecessary comments I have ever heard in my life about a sitting president.  For all the names I called Bush – and I did, I never imagined some of the things Mr. Obama has been accused of.   How does the GOP and its Republican zealots get anything else done?  Granted the arrival of Facebook and Twitter has brought us all to a new and possibly dangerous place in society.    And I suppose if we had these networks four years ago the fur would have flown then – but the people who actively hate our president are vitriolic and relentless.  If I had ever imagined Obama’s presidency was going to be a battleground of dirty fighting I might have continued my move toward Canada and said goodbye to Hollywood.

Rush to Judgement January 15, 2010

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I thought by now I would have recovered from Rush Limbaugh’s screed on de black folks, de President and de Haitian disaster but I am not even close.  Is he a bigot, a crazy man, a crazy man bigot, an asshole, a piece of shit or all of these and some other things I can’t even imagine reading about in Grimms or Mein Kampf? (Yes – I said it).
 
Well – first of all and most important of all and down at the base of it all is color.  In this case black.   I believe, in my heart of hearts, that every morning white people wake up and think that the leader of the US will be white and when they realize it isn’t so, they flip out – in private and in public.  They just flip out.  They tear their white sheets and go insane.  Anyone who denies this is a hypocrite or has not had the fabulous advantage of living on this planet and seeing how black people have been demonized – after they built it all for ol’ white men.  If anyone can get past this self-evident truth, then maybe because Obama is the act that followed the clowns – no one can take it seriously. How could they really.   They are still recovering and laughing nervously at the last 8 years plus.  Worse still is that people all over the planet seem to really have some hope for the future of the future with this man in the White House.  Now if you subscribe to the conventional thinking that no one actually has any use for black people you will see how this conflict can arise. 
 
And so, Haiti, some little half an island near the US with odd, but close ties to this country, gets hit by a huge act of nature; a 7.0 earthquake, that knocks them flat. Flat, literally.  Knocks them dead and lost and damaged. And as if that isn’t bad enough – this is a little, struggling country whose population is at least 80% black.  Are you beginning to see a theme here?
 
Tune in to Rush, the fat fool who gives junkies a bad name,  whohas the President of the United States of America cackling evilly and rubbing his hands together because he can really ride this one to …where????  How can this one be exploited?  Oh sure – there will be scams and the bad people will not be rehabbed by this disaster – but to think- worse – to say – no worse  – to broadcast that Mr. Obama is happy this happened because he can make points with black people – of all shades – is – what?  What is it?  What do you call this kind of thinking?  What we do know – what we can posit without much fear of argument is that now we KNOW that Rush Limbaugh is a bigot.  He is a big, fat, bigot.  From the instant he uttered his screed on Haiti he showed us his hand and he is holding a deck of race cards.  From now on every person who listens to him and likes his beliefs will have to also know that he is a bigot.  That if he says the sky is blue – he is a bigot.  That if he says he didn’t have a heart attack – he is a bigot and if you like his message then you have been listening to the utterings of a bigot.  What does this make you?  A bigot?  I don’t know – ask yourself but know this – Rush Limbaugh is a bigot.  He almost makes Pat Robertson look like…less of a bigot.

The Nobel Door Prize December 15, 2009

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Taking stock of Stockholm and Copenhagen in the last week has led me to some conclusions that may not sound very patriotic, but honesty should not be usurped by mislaid love of country.  You can love your country without loving some of what is done in its name.   The same goes for your neighbor.

Copenhagen.  In order to speed greed you have to be able to use every tool you have to get there.  Greed is a global goal.  Or the spoils of greed.  And why not – I think we have reached a tipping point (thank you MG) where all the fingers in all the dikes are not going to make enough of an impact to save much of anything.  Sounds hopeless but it may be more truth than anyone can bear to utter.  I was green in the 70′s – what fun being laughed out of conversations about destroying the planet and the small steps that could be taken to slow this down. And if that wasn’t annoying enough – being green was expensive (as it is now) and impeded by the newest in living better through chemistry.  No one cared about Three Mile Island or Union Carbide or the Woburn Cancer Cluster.  A few (hundred thousand) souls were a small sacrifice for Big Biz to absorb in the pursuit of money. Collateral damage without even a war. That was 40 years ago. 

We have made huge strides in our pursuit of the Money and the Brand.  As Pogo said “We have met the enemy and he is us”.  He is.  No one wants to lower emissions by charter.  If they sign up then they have to be responsible and we cannot have that and corporate sovereignty.    Copenhagen was not quite what we had in mind.  So while the planet slimes and slurps and melts and freezes and generally goes the way of a Styrofoam cup – there is good news too – we have found water on the Moon.  Get ready to play the collectible, limited edition of Lunar Monopoly.

Stockholm.  White tie is never unpleasant to see.  And President Obama looked wonderful and a little confused in his as he accepted the Nobel Prize. 

But the point is this: Any president in 2009 has inherited 8 years of a war without a point. Obama is doing what Sadam-obsessed W should have continued to do when he deployed Oct 7 2001. Instead he drained our country of soldier’s blood to get an imaginary enemy. We are now back to square one/Oct 7 2001 when the target was Al Qaeda in Afghani/Pakistan. He is merely doing – and not something I like either – what W should have done and won

I am not sure Mr. Obama should have won the Nobel Peace Prize.  I doubt he thinks so either. And as he sends troops into no-win Afghanistan it is an even harder accolade to accept or deserve. Ah well. Unfortunately they do not yet have a Nobel War Prize.  Or a Nobel Door Prize. 

 
 

 

Free Verse Doggerel to the GOP September 28, 2009

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Donkey
Burro
Ass
What the heck
 
We don’t have Rush
And we don’t have Beck
We never had Cheney
And we didn’t like Bush
 
Take ‘em all to a cliff
And then holler
Push
 
They hate Obama
They loathe Al Gore
They’re mad hell
And what’s more
 
They’d rather see you sick
or worse,
while they tighten
the drawstrings
on their purse
 
Carry their guns
Spread some lies
While we keep
winning the Nobel Prize.
 
Angry, nasty, always railin’
I think they caught something
from Sarah Palin.
 
 

 

 

Junk Science. Gospel Truth. Down for the Long Count September 15, 2009

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The year 2012 is mentioned a lot lately and it makes me curious about a few things that should be more obvious – yet I have not seen anyone address them.  

Basically the Mayan calendar (followed only by Mayans until very recently) predicts that there will a huge change on this planet on 12/21/12 or 13.0.0.0.0. – depending on how you read it. Furthermore it seems this eventuality  is global theme from antiquity – not just Mayan antiquity.  It also appears that no matter how you crunch the numbers all of them are pretty close to this date (the former, not the latter). Scientifically, there will be an alignment of the planets in our solar system that occurs only every (26),000 years (give or take).  I wonder if the number (13).0.0.0.0. is special because it is half of 26?  I don’t know.   Then again, no one else has explained it very well  one way or another either.  I do know many that  many people – mainstream and fringe  -  seem to be cashing in on this entire phenomenon quite handsomely.  One man ( a scientific sort) has created an algorithm using game theory to make similar predictions for 2012.  So I am troubled because if even one of the many supposed events occur – it won’t be very pleasant for this world and this is the very thing that keeps doubt in my mind.  That and fear.

 

Let’s all agree, for the sake of this piece. that religion is based on predictions, prophets, amazing events, celestial signs. These happen by the hand of God – any God or many Gods – so we should take this theme very seriously.  The idea of  “the end of days” seems to be part of many religions and is signified by wars, fire, floods, explosions and bad behavior among the citizens of Earth.  And then redemption or hell, fire and brimstone. Or some here and some there. While the term “junk science” covers many of these catastrophic events in the mainstream -  no one ever seems to use the term “junk religion” or ask why this silly idea is a thread through so many cultures who have no use for one another now nor a long time ago. Consider this:  In Eastern countries the astrological charts of two people marrying, for example, are very important – yet astrology – in the West is considered a pseudo science with no real meaning. Yet it relies on celestial measurements to predict compatibility. What makes it junk?  Why has it been so important for so many millions of people on Earth. Why is it still? And why were a people such as the Mayans so concerned with dates and calendars and the heavens when they possessed no technical or scientific basis for their observations.  Was it faith or advice? Is it some accident or coincidence that the idea of religious monuments  at  precise astronomical intersections is farfetched, yet we can consider climate change a fact? Why is the idea of Armageddon a religious myth? And why must we reject as junk, one,  but  not the other? Who makes these decisions and why?  If anyone knew this all to be true and inevitable – just as billions believe that Christ is the Son of God, that Allah is the only God and Mohammed is his Prophet, that Moses delivered the Jew out of Egypt and brought us the 10 Commandments, that this is the Age of Kali - all this faith is accepted as gospel – why do we doubt 2012 – for example? And assuming for a second we take a flight and accept it as a possibility. Then what? If Eastern  thought and Western science has seen these changes coming for ages - theoretically and/or metaphysically – what are they going to do about it? In two years? Aside from money being made on the whole business, I can’t see what we possibly possess on our planet that would stop any of it from occurring – even if we knew what “it” was.

 

So do we attach any credence to The Long Count or is it wild conjecture?  And if we do believe it, then what?  And if we don’t and something  does happen who will be around to claim bragging rights?

I don’t know the answers to any of these questions.  I’ m  not sure what parts I consider reasonable and what parts I hope are wild and impossible theories, if any.   Are we a failed experiment? A final exam gone bad.  Or is this just good sci-fi.  You choose your ending.  Or is something about to come true.  And did we blow it?  Maybe we should all plan to meet on  1-1-13 and see what the outcome is – if anyone is left to care.  I miss Arthur C. Clarke.

Corporate Anthropology. An Introduction September 12, 2009

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One day in the future, anthropologists will look at corporations as they did new cultures in the past. What a load of scary crap that will be.

 

Cultures used to be bodies of people who were related in significant ways. By blood or religion or tribal and clan kinship. They intermarried and outer married and created important ties that lasted through generations and millennia. They had names and hierarchies and they greatly influenced the future. We received mores and language and family customs from them. They were who we have become. They would throw up if they were with us now.

 

I recently read a brilliant New Yorker article about the firm Zappos.com. They sell shoes. Shoes are essentially foot coverings. They are also fashion indicators and signifiers. Zappos sells lots of these shoes over the Internet and they make a huge amount of money. They are in commerce. It should probably end the story there. You want some shoes, you go online, you go to Zappos.com and you find some and order them. You can also shop for your shoes at shoe stores in person. But the article was about Zappos.com and how they are more than a shoe company. The founder of Zappos.com believes in the concept of a “company culture” with “core values”. This has become very prevalent in the world of commerce. I think it is frightening.

 

Before the 90′s (give or take a few years) companies were supposed to have corporate/consumer policy that governed customer service, returns and merchandise questions. For your $7.00 an hour or less, you came to work on time – maybe you made a commission or not, you were polite, well -informed and did your job. Pay raises reflected merit and/or time served. If you were bad at your job you were fired. Your title was job appropriate – clerk, waiter, host, repair person, – well you get the point. You earned money and the company earned money and the customer was always right (at least 95% of the time.) It was not complicated. This is no longer the case.

 

In the new century, most companies, decided you cannot just be hired for a job. Now you are a team member, a crew member, a customer care representative or an associate. Anyone with half a brain can see these are idiotic titles. For one thing – you do not make better money with these titles. You simply work harder and have corporate rules that guide every move you make.  And they watch you. You are cog, with a fancy name, in a huge machine.  This is defined as being a member of the “corporate culture”. Now, along with church or your place of worship, ethnicity, holiday practices and family traditions, these jobs want you to become a part of their “corporate culture”. I think the only place this actually works is Japan. Americans are raised to be individuals and one cannot exercise that inalienable right with any company that insists you are part of a team. Americans – except in sports – are not really team players. We are individualists striving to get ahead of the crowd. We enjoy backstabbing and stepping on others to get ahead. Corporations (upper management) have confused Japanese corporate culture with American reality. It is a bad mistake.

 

By creating “core values” and titles with no meaning, they are attempting to seduce their workers into doing more work for less money so they can get richer. They are relying on the premise that at least enough of the employees will fall for it and play along. It allows for an abundance of stupid employees with no desire or motivation to get ahead. We are building the pyramids and we will never even go to the funeral of the king.

 

Corporate culture is largely cult making. After I finished the Zappos piece I had the urge to a) sing Kumbaya and b) throw up. I suspect the upper management moguls are laughing all the way to the bank or the Grand Cayman Islands. They have cleaned up the masses and turned them into automatons with fancy name badges and given them entry level positions in return. The team members never get past the entry way and they are now seater-greeters at the door (annoying beyond words) and pitchmen at the cash register. They make snake oil salesmen look meek. I think one of the reasons “older” Americans can’t get jobs is the fact that they refuse to lower what little dignity they retain by saying “Welcome to Walmart”. I couldn’t do it. But at least I know for sure that if I did do it would not lead to anything better. Corporations may believe (they don’t really) this will lead to better returns and profits =bonuses for them – but the truth in my opinion is that it leads to street violence and drug use. After a day of minimum pay, bowing and scraping – you are surely going to want to take this out on someone.

 

Part One (some day soon.)  Who does it. Why it isn’t customer service and why a “team member” is not a member of any team.

The Measure of Mourning – Edward Moore Kennedy August 29, 2009

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My father – from whom my thinking flows to a large and fine degree – was a Boston Irish Catholic – a term I first learned from my BIC late brother-in-law – who was one as well.  I am not sure if this brother in law was a Democrat but my father was – An FDR, HST, JFK Boston Irish Catholic Democrat and proud of it. And my father was flawed in the way that the Irish seem to have canonized the act of being flawed.  I think he knew that the same flaw in JFK and his brothers existed.  I think he understood and accepted it with grace and sadness – in probably the same way people who loved these brothers had to do in order to support them in their endeavors. 
 
For every person who will quickly point out the wrongs and even terrible wrongs these men did in their lives – there are those who will also point out how hard the last brother tried to balance them in his life – his own and those of his family.  How he worked tirelessly to place a light in the shadows each one, sadly,  created and the paths they took in error.  He could not undo those flaws.   But he lived his adult life to try and diminish them – not by ignoring or belittling their existence but by acts of redemption that resulted in 300 laws he wrote and another 700 in which he was instrumental and by 47 years of service to his country and his own home state where I was born and raised for the early part of my life.  I cannot let these acts be darkened in his hour of death and I won’t.
 
Edward Moore Kennedy was father and a brother and a son.  He was a husband.  He was a legislator, a peacemaker and a fellow American – he was a champion of our citizens no matter what they believed and he did not write exclusionary laws.  His laws crossed the aisle.  He was so much like every one of us – he screwed up worse than some and not nearly as badly as others.  He lived past these dark moments and moved on.  He tried to do better when he knew better and he died -not as a cautionary example but as a man who simply donated his life to public service.  He raised his own children and his brother’s lost children – he stood for something.   He reminded me of my own father whom I loved in full.  Remember him as you do those you have lost – with all their strengths and weakness  Mourn Ted Kennedy’s  passing the same way and endeavor to be grateful for the gifts you have been left and the lessons you have learned from the lives each one lived.
 

Obama, Health Care Reform and the Non-47 Million August 23, 2009

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Obama is my president.  He was my choice as a candidate and I am happy he is in the White House.  I am sick of the minute by minute negative commentary on his progress in 8 months as the president.  But what is even more alarming is the dedicated and vocal GOP opposition that appears to think telling lies is far more important  than the running of this country and the welfare of all  its citizens.  Suddenly we find ourselves rolled over by the calculated lies and misinformation being spewed by the GOP and their right of normal adherents.  During the horrifying eight years of George W. Bush and his evil twin Dick Cheney, no one made a peep.  Democrats tried but they were denied voice by Homeland Security rules; rendition, being a traitor, selling out this country, doubting (doubting was as bad as traiting) and daring to accuse the GOP of exactly what it was doing and what could and has been proven.  The incumbents of that era grew very fat and happy.  They became drunk with the sense of entitlement and power they could wield like a club and like it or not we put up with it.  Now that they are not in charge, they have returned to what they do best – obfuscation of truth.  Their champions are Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Anne Coulter and Glenn Beck.  Pop culture demagogues of questionable character who present as absolute truth , lies they want to spread.  Their platform – the over the top strict construction of the Constitution and out of context “intelligence” that isn’t anything but crap.
 
Does it irk people that Mr. Obama (and family) are the very thing they fear?  Not just his racial background, but his education, attitude and willingness to hash out policy by going directly to the people.    Is he doing a great job – not every time – but he isn’t being allowed much latitude in his actions.  Hysterical citizens at Town Hall meetings ready to riot over “death panels” is not quite my idea of civilized  exchanges of opinion and ideas.  This country is bankrupt.  Financially and morally.  The Objectivists dragged that unsound “ism” right straight to Wall Street and suddenly Wall Street has a “road closed” sign.  Too many laws were broken and hidden and no one gave out tickets until it was far too late. 
 
Health care reform?  Oh no you can’t.  A suddenly vociferous section of the population doesn’t care if 47 million of their fellow citizens stay healthy or die.  They are bloodsucking leeches who want YOU to pay for their insurance.  Pay for it yourself – they say.  I would bet they would stop that screed in about two seconds if they lost theirs.  They fail to see that the 47 million paid for many things they didn’t like – war for example.  Gay people paid for things they weren’t even allowed to have.  Black people have been paying since the first boat hit Virginia.  Suddenly the sanctimonious right is on the warpath.  And they are working overtime to undermine and derail the current administration with lies and half truths and it’s time the rest of us spoke up and did something before they get another term in the White House.  If you think it can’t happen – Al Gore will tell you it does.
 
Let Barack Obama and his cabinet do their jobs- get out of your comfort zone and if you have to stoop to the GOP level – then get close to the ground and do it.  Their media personalities quit office, pop pills and sell snake oil.  One of our media spokesmen is a senator now.  A wise Latina sits on the bench with a busload of self-righteous hypocrites.  Buenvenidos Justice Sotomayor.  Their moguls steal bonuses from their stockholders.  Two of our CEO’s have won the Nobel Peace Prize. 
 
I don’t have to walk you through this minefield.  Don’t get smug or complacent because we won the election.  The GOP is still snarling at the door of the Oval Office.
When you hear a rumor go to Factcheck.org or Snopes.  When something sounds made up – make sure it is or isn’t before you spread it and other people get sick.  There are Republicans who are decent and smart and responsible – but they are very, very well-mannered and subdued.  They are being drowned out by their wing nut political partners.  They need to be louder but we need to be louder still.

Natural Born Birthers August 3, 2009

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I just read a great post by blogger Chris Kelly on the Huffpost about the “birther” cabal and the US Constitution.  This is the link http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-kelly/the-constitution-says-oba_b_249730.html.  This is my reply and these are my very quick thoughts on the subject.

Well, if you’re a strict constructionist you have to construe the document strictly. And while the wording is not very clear, it’s strict & it means what it says & you can’t pick which ones to ignore. It is, after all, the Constitution of the United States, which constitutes the law of the land – even if the land was only 13 colonies at the time. We can’t second guess the framers. So get a gun, think about all the CEO’s of the country – eliminate the ones that didn’t qualify in 1788, erase them & go with what you have left. Do not incriminate yourself while doing this & do kick those soldiers out of your house. Don’t be Shanghaied into service; if you screw up, ask for a trial right away & be careful what your sentence is. Make sure it isn’t cruel & unusual. Say what you want, anywhere you want and defend that right no matter what it does, good or bad.  AND Everyone Bless America – except God.  That’s not allowed.

Town and Gown Antics – Cambridge 2009 August 3, 2009

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“On July 16, 2009, (Skip) Gates returned home from a trip to China to find the door to his house jammed. His driver attempted to help him gain entrance. Responding to a report of a possible break-in, a Cambridge police officer arrested Gates and charged him with disorderly conduct after a confrontation. Prosecutors later dropped the charges.[10] The incident spurred a politically-charged exchange of views about race relations and law enforcement throughout the United States.[11]”  Wikipedia.
 
I have been following the Skip Gates saga since it started; the many twists to the story are fascinating and while I don’t think any “dialogue” of race has been started I do think it’s worth noting how polarized people have become over this incident and for interesting reasons.  Here’s one:
 
I was born in Boston and have lived in Cambridge.  It is its own city with its own police force.  Having said that- the Cambridge PD are not hired by or from Harvard.  I think there are people that imagine that Cambridge attracts a better,  more educated kind of cop.  In fact,  the City of Cambridge draws their police form the same gene pool that Boston PD does.  Good or bad – these are local folks for whom the idea of being a cop is a good salary, respect (maybe), a nice pension, medical insurance, overtime, camaraderie, better than a gang and you get to carry a gun.  You become the law.  Not everyone should become the law.
 
Skip Gates is a distinguished Harvard professor who lives in a lovely home in Cambridge.  He was disabled at 14 and requires a cane to help him walk.  He has degrees from Yale and Clare College, Cambridge (UK).  He is a Ph.D.  His area of expertise is African American Humanities and related fields.  His list of honors is a long one. 
 
James K. Crowley is a sergeant with the Cambridge Police and is the responder to the call of a possible burglary in progress at an address that happened to be Gates home.  A passer-by called it in.
 
Did I mention it was broad daylight – around lunch time. 
 
I think everyone behaved poorly;  Gates was jet-lagged and Crowley was over zealous.  When Crowley established it was indeed Prof. Gates’ home he should have simply said – “sorry – we have to check every call for service” and left.  Gates should have cooled his jets. Crowley or someone in the CPD instead called for back-up.  He asked Gates to step outside.  Gates got really irate and mentioned Crowley’s “momma”.  Gates was then handcuffed and arrested for DISORDERLY CONDUCT”.
 
Let’s review – Crowley has the gun, Gates has the cane, Crowley is overwrought, Gates is furious.  A crowd has also gathered.  Look at all the police.
 
NB: Black people do not get treated by the police – in general – the same way white people get treated. This is not Black paranoia – this is experience.  Black parents train their kids how to act when pulled over by a cop.  Do you imagine white parents do?  The main idea is not to get hurt or worse and stay out of jail.  We have all heard of Driving While Black.  This is a real thing - not a Dave Chapelle sketch.  DWB embraces every possible experience Black people could have with the law, even when they are the victim.  Deny it, sputter, shake your head.  But I been there. And I am not the Black person in the car or store or house.
 
White folks don’t think this happens at all and Black folks wish it wouldn’t happen so often.
 
So the other day a woman, whom I know from my area,  and I were chatting and the subject of Skip Gates came up and she went off. Like a bottle rocket. And she was specific – she hated Gates; hated his interview on TV with Ethiopian Jews years back when she says he lied about these Jews  and hence he was an asshole , a liar and no good.  (She is a 60-something Jewish lady who says she’s a Democrat and loves the President).  The Cambridge Police, she claimed, were not like other police and were polite and reasonable and they were specially trained to be police in a university area and better than other cops.  And Gates lied and he did it.  And I just stood there. She was so angry and so adamant that I feigned “gotta go” and went.  We were not having what I consider a “chat” at that point.
 
So what have we learned through all this ordeal – including beer at the White House?  Did it become a teachable experience for  all of us who swim in this multicultural ocean?  I don’t know – I jumped in and got bitten by a shark.  I suspect she could have been arrested for disorderly conduct as her voice got louder – but no passerby called 911.  Just as well.

Bernie Went to Court June 29, 2009

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Bernie Madoff went to court,
dressed in shirt and tie
Just the sight of Bernie there
made the people cry.

Bernie Madoff wanted perks
A shorter sentence, Judge
I know I did a bad, bad thing
But these folks bear a grudge.

The judge looked down at Bernie.
And sent the crowd a look.
He smiled, looked back at Bernie;
As he threw the crook the book.

Michelle Ma Belle April 4, 2009

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I love Michelle and Barack Obama.  I think their two daughters are wonderful and I am one of the happy people who voted all of them into the White House.  Sasha and Malia may be in a goldfish bowl – but the experience ahead of them is going to be so important not only for them but for so many little girls growing up worldwide that it thrills me to think about it. I am proud and happy to be an American in an Obama America. Our president, who has a plateful of nasty leftovers to digest is a good man for this country.  He and his wife have a relationship that is both honest and inspirational and should make us all proud.  Having said all this – I don’t think Michelle is a style icon. 
 
Michelle Obama – tall and athletic and frankly quite lovely to see, needs to get a good stylist to tweak her wardrobe so that nothing but oohs and ahhs will be heard when she appears.  So far it’s not quite right.  The G-20 trip had some serious faux pas and I am not sure why.  I should say too, that Mrs. Obama brings Princess Diana to mind.  And we all watched Diana go through similar missteps as her elegant and breathtaking style finally evolved – too short a time to mature into mid-life – but it did finally let out its own breath.   Michelle – starting out a good deal older – should be allowed the same space, yet her time is limited by the immediacy of her position and term limits.  I have loved some of her choices but she is clearly not a woman who looks good in anything too frilly or sparkly.  Fussy prints do nothing to show us her sleek figure and fabulous energy.  Jewel tones age her.  As an African American woman she can carry off bolder patterns and bright colors – but the bright colors should not be confused with the Lane Bryant version of jewel tones -  those that are frankly designed to busy the eye and move it from a tummy or hip or portentous bosom.  Michelle doesn’t need the eye to move anywhere but up and down in admiration.  She is quite frankly “built” and she has the shape of a beautiful woman of color – curvy and luscious and refreshing.  I think J. Crew and its sister looks are good ones for her.  Black dresses, basic shapes and preppy looks befitting an Ivy league woman.  I love her shoes in particular – but she needs someone like Ralph Lauren or Calvin Klein to kit her out for big events.  For daytimes she cries out for cleaner lines, solid colors and lots of warming corals, yellows, good reds and white.  Lots of white.  Sparkles and spangles belong around her neck and on her ears.  Some of her clothes are frankly cheesy looking.  Young designers included.  Her tall figure is the kind that designers crave and the ones she loves should exalt that height to her advantage.  In my opinion there is not much one can wear to meet the Queen that is okay.  HRM dresses her age and her bra size and I saw nothing wrong with Michelle’s black and white outfit.  I loved the black coat and the chartreuse ensemble she wore was  gorgeous.  Argyle though, belongs with pleated skirts.  That dippy little fuchsia flowered suit was just that – dippy.  But to be fair I didn’t love Carla Bruni’s get up either.  Our First Lady is clearly a woman with her own idea of what she likes to wear – but  since she is dressing for the world, her clothes fall under scrutiny and she could use some help.  I suspect she will get it sooner than later and I suspect when she does  we will all be trying for the Michelle look. 

Madonna Is Not the World’s Madonna March 31, 2009

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When did Africa become a pet shop for celebrities?  Oh, I’m sorry – an orphanage for celebrities.  Yes, children are dying in Africa from curable diseases and genocide and this is something that should be on the minds of everyone with a heartbeat – but I am wondering when decency will prevail in this country and let women like Angelina Jolie and Madonna know that cruising into an African country and picking out a chum for your other third world babies is not a decent and acceptable thing to do.  I am not certain what makes Angelina Jolie tick – but I suspect it is not quite right.  Her litter of children (and more to come I’ve heard) hardly seems very different than Nadya Suleman’s – except for the money.   I have no clue whatsoever what makes Madonna tick period.  And I find her shopping for little black babies offensive in the extreme.  Her last acquisition – David Banda – had a father and extended family.  None of that transaction seems right – down to her visiting him  recently with the kid – who must be confused at this point.  Now she returns to Malawi and decides to acquire another little black child who happens to have a grandmother young enough to care for this little girl.  Grandma went to court today to explain this to the judge and I hope the judge tells Madonna to get outta town.  Fast.
 
 
 
I think one of the things that makes folks see Americans in a less than charming light is just this sort of crap.  Why doesn’t Madonna – the ultimate nouveau riche – create a foundation to see that these children achieve a good life where they live?  Why does she think her entourage existence, her fake Kabbalahist religion and her still wet money are preferable to a child growing up in his or her own country and culture? (If you recall this same garbage existed with Elian Gonzalez years back). She offers a single parent home with two biological children who have no fatherly presence and the little boy whom she bought from his father.  A quick trip through any animal shelter should offer her ample opportunity to find needy creatures to love.  I simply do not understand it nor do I find it admirable on any level.  It is a form of colonialism that I had hoped we had abandoned.  Madonna may indeed be a material girl – but children are not traded on any exchange I know of and she needs to knock it off.  Now.

For Natasha’s Sons – How the Lost Boys Mourn March 22, 2009

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For Natasha and her sons

In my heart and mind I see the lost boys of Natasha Richardson mourning in a way that only boys of that age can mourn.  I saw William and Harry mourn that way. And most of all I see my baby brother mourn his loss when it happened to him.  Mothers lost suddenly, unexpected, with no chance to say goodbye.  Lost without the chance to save the day and make it stop. 
 
These boys – of this certain age, carry this unique loss all their lives.  The future  has ended as their own future starts. Their special talents and triumphs bloom harder without the special nurturing that brings them to fruit sweeter and fuller .  Their edges – beginning to firm – firm sharper and faster without the softened edges a mother can smooth.  Who encourages them to tenderness and caring now?  Who wipes the most private and personal tears and  embraces  the weeping when it comes, no matter when or why?  Who feeds the dog or cat let behind no matter how many times they promise to do it.   Not every mother merits this special grief – I suspect every mother thinks she does – but those who do are seen in one way or another in every step of their lost boys lives. 
 
The space that stays relentlessly empty lives within the heart and mind of these boys.  Part of it dreams of a day when it will all be back  to before ; part of it moves between happy memories that inevitably lead to tears of longing and regret.  But it never seems to resolve itself. Nor should it. The sadness encourages the memories and the memories allow growth and consolation. Leave them with their mothers forever frozen in time – young and loving – still vibrant and perfect. 
 Somehow many of them seem to be fair-haired  mothers, adding to the those tales of princesses and kisses that awaken even those held hostage by evil spells.  But to a son, every mother is that princess and this is the most evil spell imaginable. No kiss will fix it.  If only.
 
So this is how the lost boys mourn and learn, much to soon, to be strong and brave because their mother would have wanted that.  Although I am not sure, as a mother, that is what I would want or expect.  Little boys driven into manhood by loss and the energy that coping with loss requires. Would I insist that, with it all, they must be brave and manly too.  I don’t think so.
 
At this most grievous moment – give them time; allow them tears; encourage them to remember, because no matter how you cope – they will mourn longer and harder and sadder than you can imagine.  Burying their faces into sweaters to find her in the smell; listening to music she loved and still trying to be the little boy they were until that day arrived.
 
This is the way the lost boys mourn – try to ask nothing more of them. Abandon stiff upper lips, brave macho gestures, holding it in. The silences, the tears, the anger - embrace these boys and rock them and  simply let them mourn as only they can.

“Hanzelschaft iz nit keyn brudershaften” Livelihood is not brotherhood March 6, 2009

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 I was recently writing an email to a family member regarding the Middle East War in Israel and as I wrote some cold thoughts came to mind that I had not addressed before. Troubled times call for fierce examination. Troubled times make people point fingers and assign blame. Sometimes I think the simplest truth can explain the most complex problem. I kept getting a zetz* from some annoying truths that begged for air. As a humane gesture to my kishkes** I started letting them out. They are my own truths – but they may zetz you too. They are not very likeable – but they do ring true. See what you think.

 

Bernard Madoff and Aaron Rubashkin are two of the worst things that have happened to the Jews since Pharoah’s armies got grounded. The two of them feed into the worst depths of Anti-Semitism and serve that end as examples of what people who (check one) mistrust, hate, avoid, slur and or revile the Jews, see as a benchmark of the entire Jewish tribe (except the one you know and he/she is a really nice person). And why wouldn’t they? The name for what Bernie Madoff did is affinity scam. Taking advantage of your own to establish credibility and then keeping at it until you are either caught or die. Underlying the entire con is the knowledge you personally know it’s is wrong, illegal, lies and misery for your victims. You know this when you start and you it know when you give it up, die or get caught. I would say that essentially it is driven by greed no matter how you slice it. This is the man for whom the term Greedy Jew was created. And in this troubled time this is the man who may have slowed; maybe even stalled the engine of the world. And because he used his Jewishness to this end he merits every bad name one can call him. Bernie Madoff is NOT good for the Jews. His money is treyf*** and so is every penny that may have been touched by him. Think of Bernie as a pig disguised as a lobster pretending to be a matzo ball.. Before you even work your way through to the “others” who got shafted all 163 pp of them (which I have read) find the Jews. The ones who lost big. These are what “others” will label “Stupid Jews”. Bernie Madoff is not good for the Jews. By the time one gets to the others it hardly matters who they are in terms of ethnicity. The blood libel has been revived and some stupid, greedy Jew did it. This makes me livid and is going to take a long time to fix . Why isn’t every Jew vocally enraged by this man and what he has done? Not content to go in head again first at the deep end let’s move along to the next question. What does Aaron Rubashkin have in common with Bernie Madoff? Greed.

 

 Aaron Rubashkin and Agriprocessors ignored Jewish law and screwed the Jews. Aaron and his family deny every single allegation and for this he is even more of a problem for the Jews. He exemplifies the slur “Those lousy Jews will do anything to make a buck”. Because that is precisely what he did and would have kept on doing if he had not been caught. Close friends of mine excuse him and tell me he has done so much good that he cannot have done what the law says he did but I don’t think prior good acts exonerate him. It’s like saying some Jew hater loves dogs. I love my friends and therefore I won’t argue with them but we disagree. Rubashkin is guilty of another kind of exploitation that was so specific to the Jews that it is disgusting. It’s not bad enough he exploited illegal and underage workers to work in his kosher meat factory. He is accused of breaking federal laws and religious law by his slaughtering methods and factory conditions and by doing so has made questionable every mouthful of kosher meat every observant Jew has bought under his aegis. This meat has been chewed and swallowed. Is it treyf? Part of the problem as I see it is in the entire behavior of Rubashkin and his cohorts. As with Madoff – they knew and they did it anyway. If you cut corners on one thing – where do you stop? And he did it in violation of Jewish law. He violated a mitzvah. He is a goniff, a hypocrite and betrayer. This makes me livid and is going to take a long time to fix . Why isn’t every Jew vocally enraged by this man and what he has done?

 

I don’t care if my meat is kosher and I am not observant but those who are deserve better than this. You might ask what happens if these folks ate the meat. Nothing except it is morally indefensible and therefore causes mental anguish among ****landsmen who have placed enormous trust in this product. If you recall how outraged we were in this country about the tainted dog food and baby formula – there is no difference. And the first tainted food was PET food. Think about it and get angry and let people know you’re an angry Jew.

 

Giving bigots a reason to use ethnic slurs is not good for the Jews. I think it is okay to be angry and vocal about both these men and what they have done. I think Jews should be outraged and say so. Nothing excuses them . Finding Bernie and Aaron outside the pale doesn’t do anything but say that you find this behavior unconscionable for everyone and especially the people that were targeted. Bernie Madoff is not good for the Jews. Aaron Rubashkin is not good for the Jews. We should all be much angrier than we appear to be.

 

* zetz = poke ** treyf/treif = not kosher ***kishkes = your gut ****landsmen = your co-religionists.

 

 Comments are welcome but I will delete anyone using the term – self-hating Jew – just so we are clear.

Forty Six Days to Go. No Bush Word Used. December 5, 2008

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We all have watched with a sort of sickening amazement as the economy hit bottom in the last few months (years?).  I keep thinking of things that shouldn’t be surprising and yet people can’t seem to get a grip on some of them. 
 
Houses. Back when house loans were being hawked like bean pies on every corner* – why on earth did anyone imagine a person with no money, no credit history, no ability to read the fine print (and in fact – who does?) should get a house?  How did that concept become a good idea?  I didn’t think it was a good idea but I have never wanted to own a house – nonetheless, uncounted numbers did and do and so they sold their soul to the devil, signed the ARM and got a chance to live in their car.  Didn’t a little bell go off and say – this cannot be right?  And people didn’t just go for little sheds – they wanted those big ugly tract homes with the wrong proportions and the wrong doors for their family of 4 or 5.  I blame HGTV for that part.  Flip That House, Flop This House, granite counters, work islands, hardwood floors. THE GREAT ROOM. Get real.  Bigger and uglier is not always the way to go.   Which came first – the big, ugly house, or the features that go with?    Those dream houses are bad dreams and aftermath is a nightmare.   It is hard to weep for folks too thick to say – whoa – too good to be true -  but maybe it isn’t. It could have been me no matter what I believe inside.
 
And Detroit.  Didn’t they see it coming?  I did.  I drive a really great used car.  One owner; pristine, cheap and good on gas.  I can even fit a baby seat should I need one and a dog crate – which I won’t.  And this is L.A. – no one has sneered at me yet – but I have been pushed off the street frequently by morons in SUV’s texting and talking.  The SUV’s are gas guzzlers and the phone use is just dangerous – I love the phones but if you’re going to text while driving – why can’t I do the NY Sunday Times crossword when I drive?  Car lots are overflowing with unsold cars.  How many can you drive at once.  And why does the Miami-Dade CSI team need those Hummers?  Maybe if the Big Three and their minions had worked harder at making cars and and less time patting each other the back we might actually know someone who’s driven a Ford lately.
 
Hybrid cars.  I really want one for the obvious reason.  I can’t afford one but it hasn’t stopped me from wanting one.  People who do have them however have not been elevated to the Communion of Saints for their purchase.  Driving smug  is as dumb as the texting thing – you can’t really do it well.  Hybrid owners drive smug.  It totally negates the good thing the car represents.  I am growing to hate the drivers while still loving the cars – that is some sort of Christian thing I do not understand.
 
Wall Street.  Didn’t anyone read The Bonfire of the Vanities. Watched Wall Street?  Yes you did.  Three Card Monte artists in power ties and striped shirts. Short sales, puts, calls, brokerage, pork bellies, metals, in-is-der trading?  I knew about this years before there were computers. We had separate phone just for the broker – at home. When every call to your broker was a chance to buy more dog stocks because the broker’s pitch was so alluring.  Hedge funds (I still am not sure what they are but it cannot be legal). And while you bought – they bought and they spent and you paid and they lived large and you spent and they did not regulate themselves (as Alan imagined they would ) and now you may see them in front of Bloomingdale’s (Lex  Ave doors) playing Three Card Monte for real.  Your pension plan.  Don’t even go there.  You do not want to see it.
 
Bankrupt stores.  Stores that sell cheap crap at inflated prices.  Too many stores that sell cheap crap at inflated prices.  Too many folks who are going broke trying to lure underpaid, overworked humans in to buy the cheap stuff.  I want to blame China.  It’s hard not to blame China but it’s not all China’s fault -in fact I should blame the vendors not the makers because we order it and they create it and we palm it off as “collectible” or “hot and “must have”.  So while I am distraught for the many “Big Box” stores that are biting the big dust – didn’t they suspect something?  In many cases I would say good riddance to cheap rubbish but the loss of jobs is what keeps me from too much Schadenfreude.  I don’t think the loss of the giants will actually be so bad though – we may stop the imports from the outsources and try to make it here.
 
The Middle Class.  Somewhere along the line the term “middle class” has become a filthy thing to be called.  But it’s about the same as being a real person – and real is good. But no one wants to be middle class.  Why not.  Because you can’t be middle class and be a celebrity? You can be no class and be a star (No talent too). You lack importance?  To whom?  Here’s a clue – it’s not that important.  You don’t want to be the underclass (which is actually the lower class in terms of income – most people do try to escape that) but why not middle class?  Because in terms of cash flow you are just an Earth tad above the working poor and Space tad  below the Very Rich. Yet you can have a high functioning brain and skills and be middle class.  A real person. We pretend there is no class stratification in this country but it’s a lie.  But in this country we confuse money with class.   So we have a term for it – Nouveau Riche.  Class is a state of mind that is okay.  Politeness, good manners, speaking well (but not pontificating) and having a sense of style and taste gives you a classless sort of class – even dead broke.  People who read for pleasure have class.  Informed people have class. Black folks use a perfect term for it: “the way you carry yourself”.  That is real class – middle class – and it’s not a bad thing.  I would rather be known for the way I carry myself than for my bank account and what it buys.  At this point in time – we, of the middle class have been around enough to be old money.  One does not have to be to the manner born – it’s just a good idea to know what the manner is and learn from it.  And enjoy being middle class. Real.  We are the engine that runs the world.  Even the president-elect says so.
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Ratan Tata- If you don’t recognize the name – check Wikipedia.  He shows us how the concept “Good thoughts  Good Words  Good Deeds”  has actually worked for hundreds of years in a still developing country.  He is very wealthy. I do  believe he did not set aside his beliefs to get that way.

The Bailout.  Hank Paulson should change his name to Brownie.  His handling of the so-called Bailout is being handled about the same way Brownie handled Katrina.  Someone please take the money away from Hank..

There’s more – but this is enough today  What do you think?.

*The sale of bean pies by well dressed, polite young men on street corners still exists and I respect it greatly.  That it exists only in certain areas is a statement about many other things.  If you have a chance, though, buy one.  Can’t find a corner – try a Shabazz Bakery.

 

We Must Not Close Gitmo November 14, 2008

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According to his prepared testimony before the House Oversight Committee, Greenspan lamented that “those of us who have looked to the self-interest of lending institutions to protect shareholder’s equity (myself especially) are in a state of shocked disbelief.”  
Alan Greenspan – former disciple of Ayn Rand and former Chairman of the Fed
 
 
Why must we waste a perfectly lovely detention facility right in the luxurious Caribbean.  Of course it should be emptied of foreign detainees who are there without representation or any other right to which they may be entitled (we might ask John Cain about being detained for 5 years without a lawyer).  It seems these presumed terrorists (and I don’t doubt there are some there) are protected under several international acts that are reserved for presumed war criminals.  We have overlooked these pacts for 6+ years despite being signatories of each one.   We have created trumped up “acts” and rules to justify every sort of torture and deprivation imaginable.  The same stuff we condemned loudly for decades when others did it.  Apparently knocking down the WTC relieves us of every single law and rule in the book when it comes to enemy combatants.  The George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld Law of Double Standards.  It is my belief every person detained in that camp be channeled to a legally authorized facility with counsel available and allowed real justice to be meted out to each person based on facts and due process.
 
But we have this fabulous, large, working prison camp on balmy Guantanamo Bay – escape proof – like the Rock – and ready to go.  Let’s not be hasty.  Right here in this very country we have many yet to be indicted (but readily) indictable white collar crooks from our own terror locations right in New York, Washington and other large cities.  These are referred to as CEO’s, Board Chairmans, Bankers, Mortgage lender and Hedge Funders.  And of course political mischief makers.  In fact they are all basically crooks. I might start filling the place with the people who destroyed Valerie Plame’s career.   Next on my list would be the chairman of the Fed. The lovable and much respected Alan Greenspan who naively believed (because Ayn Rand said so?) that given a free reign – financial institutions would regulate themselves – no problem.  If that were actually true then it would be the very first time in the history of the universe – since the Big Bang – such a thing ever happened.  Even toddlers know that the king was in his counting house counting all his money.  It makes me chuckle when I think of the gasps and moans folks let out whenever the Mafia is mentioned.  All the bad things they do and how they rob and cheat and lie.  Right.  Even the mob has regulation – it may be harsh – but someone takes charge.  Recently Yaron Brook of the Ayn Rand Institute for {Get Rich and Run with the Money – oops} – Individual Rights said that Atlas Shrugged had foreseen it all.  That the government was at fault – oh crap – you read it:

Washington, D.C. –“Despite overwhelming evidence that government policies caused the current financial crisis, Congress is blaming businessmen,” said Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights. “What’s worse, the capitalists who have been shackled with unprecedented regulatory burdens are unable to defend themselves morally. Though the events are different, this pattern of abuse and submission is straight out of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.

“The cycle starts with government intervening into the economy and imposing regulations and controls on business. This distorts the free market, leading to economic dislocations. When the problems caused by these distortions inevitably follow, everyone blames the free market and its greedy capitalists. The proposed solution? More government controls. Over the years, conservative critics of creeping government have repeatedly exposed this illogic but have always been helpless to explain why the cycle keeps repeating, decade after decade.

“The pattern keeps recurring because businessmen are willing to take the blame. From capitalism’s inception, its defenders have been morally disarmed by the widespread view that self-interest is morally suspect, and disinterested service to others is a moral ideal. So each new spate of controls has been grudgingly accepted as a fair price to pay for society’s toleration of the selfish pursuit of profit.

Atlas Shrugged depicted a society in economic collapse due to this recurring cycle, and today’s parallels are obvious. Government manipulation of money, credit, and lending standards over several decades caused the mess we’re in. Now, the offered solution is more of the poison that sickened the economy–more bailouts, more cheap money, more government-guaranteed loans, and above all, more regulations.

“This chronic cycle will not end until businessmen accept that their production of profit is neither immoral nor amoral–it is the capstone of moral virtue. Once they shrug off the role of scapegoat, businessmen can demand with moral certitude that government punish fraud and enforce contracts but refrain from interfering with voluntary trades among consenting adults.

“When America’s markets are finally free of all coercion–in other words, when laissez-faire is achieved–financial crises such as the one we’re experiencing will never happen again.”

Basing the current crisis on this rationale is not going to produce many guilty pleas in Federal Courts.  But there will be trials and there will be verdicts and yes, Virginia, people will go to jail.

Why not turn the ugly history of Gitmo into a place that houses the people that did this to our nation – not  alleged enemy combatants – but greedy, cheating, lying men and women who should know what it’s like to lose your home, your family, your income, your future, your sanity as you fill their bottomless pit of greed.  Let them live in a little bitty cell – like the family car  has become an itty bitty cell for the unemployed, disenfranchised, hopeless and homeless taxpayers of this country.  I would suggest a dress code – jumpsuits of khaki and oxford blue.  And cheap tacky slip-ons.  Nutritious food with no flavor and no variety.  No wine.  No bottled water.  Minimal health care ( just like everyone else’s) and no Ayn Rand tomes.  Let them know that Atlas has indeed shrugged and it has all landed on them.  Envision these detainees in the tropical splendor of Cuba’s southeastern shores hunting endlessly for John Galt as they try to jump start the engine of the world perpetually in motion but only in their direction.

Guantanamo Prison Camp is too symbolic and too perfect to  be closed and made into a museum – who would actually visit it owing to its location and the situation in Cuba?  But as a slammer.  It’s just perfect.  Please share your thoughts on this idea. 

And, if you are fans, supporters or believers in Ayn Rand and her Objectivism – you are welcome to comment – but I am personally not interested in her philosophy.  I have read her books and taken in her website and considered her views.  She is not my cup of tea.  I will read your comments but I will not post screeds, rants, apologies or propaganda on her ideas.  Sorry – but I did it once before and I found it distasteful.

Dreams From My Father November 10, 2008

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I had a wonderful father.  The beliefs he offered me and showed me  have stayed with me to this moment in time.  He was a Boston Irish Catholic intellectual with all the baggage that carries.  Short of cash and far too smart for his own good at a time when university was for the very rich., he never got his degree.  He always said his love of books was due to the fact his parents both worked in a book bindery and stayed employed during the Depression.  He passed it on to me.  He was a serious smart ass and a great wit.  He drank.  He was a snob and a social climber – the networker of all time. He was a  metrosexual before the word was ever coined.  He had quite a few jobs that made great stories. At eight he learned to drive and smoke.  He drove a hearse to and from the family speakeasy because he looked “mature” and they needed a sober driver.  He rappelled off the walls from under his bedroom window  and transported bathtub gin back and forth.  He told me the secret of a good bathtub gin was Red Lion Juniper Juice.  I was young enough to be impressed.  He was a butler. He went to Washington DC to work as a copywriter for the Washington Post and he was good. This was before we entered the war.  His cronies were all  admen and crackpots and they ran in a pack.  Not chasing women but more after the joy of the times they were in and the place they were in them. When in NYC he frequented Spivy’s Roof.  One day he wandered through the public rooms of the White House and saw Eleanor Roosevelt in her office.  He said hello and the next thing he knew they had a standing lunch date.  He revered her and I have no doubt he entertained her greatly.  One night, drunk on a Potomac golf course near the War College one of his cronies played reveille on his trumpet at 3 a.m.; the lights went on and the lot of them staggered like jackrabbits to get outta’ town.    He met  and courted  my mother in 1942 and two people could not have been less suited to one another – but it was war time and every GI wanted a sweetheart. He had been drafted (bad vision and flat feet did not keep him out of this man’s army)  and after resisting Sam’s call  he finally showed up with a pair of boxers and a quart of gin.  During the war they married and it went south from there but not before they had me and Boston apartment full of Heywood Wakefield furniture.  He wrote a book about his experiences in the Army and it was indeed published.  I have always been proud of this achievement because he was so happy about it.  He was an officer and a gentleman.  We’ll skip the re-up and the wrong assignment and the subsequent divorce – it was dismal but I did eventually wind up living with father in New York City and thus began my education in 1958.  My father was a Kennedy Democrat and rightly so.  As he liked to remind people he was born 3 days and 26 miles from JFK in 1917.  It didn’t take long for me to become just as enthralled.
 
During this period in my life my father sold Winfield China and his territory was New Rochelle and Mt. Vernon; his clients were middle class NegroesHe chose his territory.  He often took me with him and as a consequence my only experience with the Black community as a young teen was lemonade, cookies and a serious caveat to be quiet and respectful.  What I saw were working people with nice flats and good jobs. They didn’t seem very different to me than any other people.  Civil rights occupied his conscience and troubled him deeply.  From this I learned things I assumed everyone knew.  I was angry when I found that was not the case.The March on Washington was my father’s march.  And mine.  He had a seat – spiritually – at every sit-in and our worst falling out was when I called him a bigot after he told me I couldn’t go to Selma.  The reason: he was afraid white people would kill me.  He taught me the N-word was the worst word a person could utter. His beliefs and moral outrage never left me and when Barack Obama ran for president I could imagine how my father would have felt.  And I was sad because he didn’t live to experience this sublime moment in the advancement of his cherished thoughts.  I know I voted for Obama, at least partly, as a result of my father’s wisdom.  And I know that I cast my ballot for Obama and his platform from a deep and precious place – a place that would never have been born and never have flourished without the dreams from my father. 

Prop 8 – Part Two November 8, 2008

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Part Two

Here is why Mormon money and Prop 8 don’t work for me.  I loathe hypocrisy and I loathe deception and  I really don’t like sneaky, secretive old white men telling people that “God said _____________”  Fill in the blank.    The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints has some gall,  colossal nerve and sinister smugness trying to shove this holier than thou crap on the public.  And the use of the word “traditional”really seals the deal for me.  Let’s look at Mormon marriage.  Mormons take marriage very seriously.  Which is fine.  But instead of a joyful family celebration, Mormon weddings tend to be bleak and depressing.  Don’t let the Youtube Mormon wedding videos fool you.  That is all done before the rites take place.  Things get dramatically, well,  dramatic once the man and woman leave the safety of kith and kin and enter the Sanctum Sanctorum.  Instead of trying to describe in my own words I direct you to this link that will really leave you speechless. (Complete with circles and arrows and “the secret garment”).  FYI:They also wear a fig leaf when getting hitched).  http://http://www.lds-mormon.com/veilworker/endowment1.shtml

By my own standards this is anything but “traditional” marriage as I have come to know it.  It is secret (and therefore it may be silly and/or shameful) and exclusionary and frankly odd.  Most Gay couple just have a wedding or go to City Hall.  Most straight people do too.  Orthodox Jewish weddings are quite ritualized but anyone can watch.  Mormonism is a faith founded on polygamy by its “Prophet Joseph Smith” and some writing that he translated from “Reformed Egyptian” in secret.  In 1890, to become a state in the union it banned plural marriage.  Not very well apparently because it is still practiced by some Mormon Americans in defiance of numerous laws.  FYI – when it says “plural marriage – it means wives.  Woman don’t have plural husbands and they don’t have equal rights.  Neither do children.  They also swap wives in these fundamentalist sects – but the women don’t get to say yes or no.) To have been audacious enough to support a change to the California constitution to exclude human citizens from marriage should strike you as hilarious on many levels – it isn’t.  Prop 8, it is claimed, was done for moral reasons.  A religion based on secret ceremonies and handshakes; marrying dead people to each other so they will be together in Heaven for eternity so they will land on the planet Kobol and become God makes them uniquely unqualified to tell other folks how to live their lives by my moral standards.  But then I don’t judge gay people who want to get married.  We have separation of church and state and  I don’t believe religious money,influences, groups and advocates should have standing to amend any constitution in this country.  It inflicts religious behavior on America citizens.  I think lawmakers should make the laws for everyone. Same sex marriage threatens NO ONE.  The LDS should be ashamed of itself and I suggest they ay not stop at Prop 8.  In closing ,I also think that having Mormon missionaries at your door qualifies as a Close Encounter of the Third Kind.   You may even find yourself beamed up.  Gay trekkies take note.

Prop 8 – In Defense of Traditional Marriage? November 7, 2008

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“Proposition 8 is a California State ballot proposition that would amend the state Constitution to restrict the definition of marriage to a union between a man and a woman. It would overturn a recent California Supreme Court decision that had recognized same-sex marriage in California as a fundamental right. The official ballot title language for Proposition 8 was “Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry”; the entirety of the text added to the constitution was: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”

This is all it said.  When you read it sounds kind of simple and silly.  I mean who has the right to decide who can marry?  Why should anyone care?   

There used to be a law that kept miscegenation from happening in this country. For those of you who are not familiar with the concept I quote Wiki: Miscegenation comes from the Latin miscere, “to mix” and genus, “kind”. The word was coined in the U.S. in 1863, and the etymology of the word is tied up with political conflicts during the American Civil War over the abolition of slavery and over the racial segregation of African-Americans. The reference to “genus” was made to emphasize the supposedly distinct biological differences between whites and non-whites. In fact, all humans belong to the same genus, Homo, to the same species, Homo sapiens and to the same subspecies, Homo sapiens sapiens. The folks who wrote Prop 8 made sure there would be no confusion about terminology.

The 14th Amendment to the US Constitution – which trumps the states says this:“Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

It also says that if one state says something is legal in the said state, then the other states have to respect it.  Equal justice and equal rights are the primary issue that Prop 8 addresses and it is simply wrong..  Its inclusion into the state constitution creates a special class of citizen who is not permitted to fully experience or enjoy the privileges and rights guaranteed to others.  In fact it ensures that people who are homosexuals are not equal citizens of this country and thus not governed by the same laws nor given the same rights the constitution guarantees in Amendment 14.  In essence: “Round ‘em up and keep them all together where you can make sure they don’t want things “regular” people want. ”  Sonofabitch.  Maybe we should whup ‘em and sell ‘em too?

The supporters don’t care. The claim they make is this : “we need to protect traditional marriage and to restore marriage”.  To be perfectly honest I had no idea that marriage was being threatened.  There was a time when “living together” was a big deal and I think marriage was feared to be threatened then, but now weddings are very popular and except for people like Gene Simmons, lots of folks want to get married.  That works for me.  Some people don’t.  That’s fine too.  And it is a widely discussed decision between people who are facing marriage.  Neither the state nor the union has any  specific moral requirement for marriage.  I was married in a civil union ceremony in a judges’ chambers.   He said I was married and although no clergy were present and no religious prayers were uttered – he said it was marriage all the same.   I’m happy.   (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_union). 

But there is a hidden agenda lurking in picture and  it really makes things sticky. Why?  Because the majority of this proposition was underwritten by the Mormon Church.  God help us if the Jews had tried this (and there are plenty of religious Jews who don’t approve of or accept same-sex unions.  But they didn’t try to change the California constitution.  Way too smart for that.)  Go to this blog for a donor tracker – it takes hours to go through but you can sure see who is and isn’t your supporter http://atomicgaywonk.blogspot.com/2008/08/proposition-8-money-tracking-resources.html.  It’s worth your time.

 But why, of all people, do the kinda’ odd Mormons imagine they have some duty to protect traditional marriage?   They say it is a moral question and my feeling is that civil laws do not decide what is moral.   The best judge on earth will tell you that the law deals with legal statutes and not morality questions.  If the Mormons don’t want same sex Mormon marriage – that’s their choice.  The same goes for the Christian church, the Jews, the Muslims and the Hindus.  Your faith, your rules. Leave it if you don’t like it.  You see though, once this kind of agenda gets attention and support it become insidious.  If we can do this – hmmm- why not try something else?  They are a missionary faith – they invade the privacy of homes to sell their beliefs and they actively seek converts.  That’s one way they got to talk about the Proposition 8 on a one to one basis with folks.  And it worked.  For the informed minds or minds that want to be informed, part two continues this post and there are some really good parts – so try to read it too,

In any event I am stewed like a prune about this whole Prop 8 matter and actively support the Gay on every level.  They are right to be outraged.  I am outraged.

Barack Obama November 5, 2008

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President Elect of the United States.

We have gotten a second chance for this country.  Thank God

No Health Insurance. The 47,000,000 Left Behind November 1, 2008

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I have no health insurance.  Period.  I have an untreatable disease that ideally should be monitored about twice a year and biopsied about every five years.  My last biopsy – in 2003 was under insurance and cost $10,000.  It came out better than hoped for and so I dodged a bullet.  I should have another one but I don’t have the money.  Even if I did, I have the “pre-existing condition” that no one even looked for 16 years ago.  I could (not will , but I might ) cost some insurance company a lot of money in the future and they are not in the business of healthcare they are in the business of mismanaging funds and saying “no”. I am a bad risk. 
 
I am fortunate to live in a city where a serious, full time Free Clinic,  treats anyone – not anything - but enough to get you through the year. It is supported by endowments, donations (large and small) and the time and energy of real doctors who do at least a rotation there. Philanthropists and humanitarians.  I get blood work once a year to let me know if I am about to need major surgery or if I have developed a worse condition known as cancer.  So far I have been lucky.  Waiting in the clinic is not a hardship nor is being assembly lined through.  The fact is that the care is more personal and considerate than the average doctor visit.  I am going for this year’s blood test next week.  My feeling is that it will be okay.  If not, it doesn’t matter because I can’t afford to treat it or try to fix it or do anything but have it become worse.  So  maybe I am a tiny bit concerned.
 
This is not a cry for sympathy – it is what 47 million Americans, including myself) face every day.  It is a result of managed care which should be in the hands of doctors not number crunchers.  I should get the same care as a Senator who technically is my employee. One should not have to work to get the benefit of insurance.  I wonder – is it really your employer’s job to care for your health? I am not informed enough to say.  I can’t fathom who is greedier, Blue Cross (and its ilk) or Doctor Somebody and his malpractice insurance payments or the government who things it is pinko to have healthy citizens.  I do know that $5000 a year tax credit is a dirty joke coming from a man with millions.  The older you get the more you need care.  Starting at about fifty. The ludicrousness of shopping for insurance is insulting.  The only person you should be concerned with choosing is your doctor.  Insurance companies decide who gets what treatment and they don’t use common sense or kindness to do it.  We are the only developed country that does not insure their citizen’s health.  This makes us underdeveloped in a very basic way.  Does a nation of healthy people make us socialists? Okay – call me names.   I still would rather be a healthy American than dead at an early age because of nomenclature and labels. 

Pro-Abortion Groups, John? What Exactly Do They Do? October 17, 2008

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I was wrong.  Last night I watched McCain who twitches and grimaces like he has Tourette’s and Democrat nominee Obama – who looks like an ad from GQ,  hash it out – again.  It was painful.  I think maybe just hearing it might have been better.  Watching was painful.  And just when I thought they had said everything they could – again - McCain started using a term I was not familiar with.  And he used it more than once and I thought he had invented it for the debate.  Silly me.  Apparently “Pro-Abortion” is used by many groups who distort the actual meaning of Pro-Choice.  Here’s two I found – and I didn’t think I would actually find many because it is such an idiotic concept – who would even try.  Well I was wrong. 
 http://www.hli.org/article_ny_abortion_bullying_mexico.html
http://www.cirtl.org/lifefoes.htm
 are merely two groups who actively use this term to describe people who want to choose their own actions.  As offensive as I find it,  I also question the veracity of the term itself. It cannot be an accurate  because who can force anyone to have an abortion?  Pro-choice groups do not use guns, or bombs or threats to coerce anyone into an abortion.  Period.  You may have a bully of a parent or husband who tries or succeeds – but that is family.  No group I know of – who advocates choice wants you to have an abortion if you would like to have a baby instead. No group who is pro-choice targets pro-life groups for murder.  Pro-Choice is a name for people who think having a child or an abortion is private and no ones business but ones own.  Pro-Choice says that prevention of unwanted pregnancies is the best way to reduce the need for abortion.  They offer choices about preventing unplanned pregnancies – including abstinence.  Pro-Life offers one thing and one thing only.  A baby.  Wanted or Unwanted.  Healthy or Compromised. Married or Unmarried.  Even rape victims and even mothers at high risk for death.  This is pretty much what they want.  And now John McCain wants  us to accept the term Pro-Abortion and it is simply incorrect.    John McCain – who must have folks vetting his terms and speeches – knows that NARAL and Planned Parenthood are NOT Pro-Abortion.  John McCain knows that moderate GOP voters know this too.  So he comes across as an idiot, a shill and a stooge for the Right Wing Christians.  Do I think he is all those things – I don’t know – I just know what he sounded like to me.
 
A table on Abortion law – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia  spells it out pretty clearly and there are many countries who do not allow abortion on request but they do have exceptions that are certainly civilized enough to take into consideration circumstances and health issues. Abortions by country on wiki is a very good way to understand more about the subject and how it is handled elsewhere.  Italy says yes across the board.  I find this ironic.  
But for the most part there are exceptions and there are considerations.  Another quick search under the words “foreign abortion + bombings” turned up one in Bangladesh.  Pro Life means not killing doctors, nurses and patients
and whatever collateral damage (living things) gets caught in these acts of terror.
There is no Pro-abortion movement and John McCain knew it when he used the term.  Pandering to one segment of society is not equal rights.  It enslaves women.  It encourages and incites riots, killing and acts of domestic terrorism.
Pro-”Life” activists are militant; they put a higher value on some lives than others.  They do what domestic terrorists do – they kill, they maim and they deny every American equality.  Pro-life is not about life – it’s about control and subjugation. When those wing nuts start talking about what to do with all the babies they are insisting on – then I may hear them out.
 
For the record, abortion is not  birth control but, it is a medical decision that should be made first by a woman and her doctor.  Republicans spend more time trying to get into women’s pants than any other bunch I have encountered.   For a party that wants less government they certainly want to set one up in my uterus unilaterally and decides what comes in and what goes out.
Embracing personal choice is voting and worshipping and speaking on terms protected by the Constitution.  Maybe the snake handling, holy rollers and fundamentalists should read the Constitution instead of scripture.   And maybe John McCain should work on keeping his foot out of his mouth.
NARAL.org
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Sarah Palin Has Nothing to Lose? October 15, 2008

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Sally Sixpack has figured out an odd way to help her running mate win the election.; something I think running mates are supposed to do.  On Rush Limbaugh today she declared “she had nothing to lose” by saying the things she has said publicly for the last week or so.  Well, Sally – here’s a tip – John McCain has poured millions of dollars into trying to win the White House – he has stumped all over the country while you had secret babies and a knocked up teenager and abuses of power on your tiny plate and your tiny mind.  McCain is 72 – let’s face it - he tires more easily than someone in their 40′s.  So while he was out busting his ass to win friends and influence people, build a war chest, narrow the field and win the GOP nomination – you were having your nails done and charging the taxpayers for travel time you didn’t even use.  You are absolutely correct though.  “You got nothin’ to lose”  You haven’t spent millions of dollars of your money on fund raisers or McCain rallies to try for the brass ring.  All you have is a bully pulpit, a big mouth and a nice rack.  Whatever kind of Christian you claim to be is one who is certainly not very well acquainted with Scripture but in the book of Proverbs 10:18 this is way it’s said :

, “He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.” So Sally – you appear to be a fool on a fool’s errand betraying even the poor man who so foolishly chose you to run with him.  You got nothin’, you got nothin’ to loose. If you had an ounce of dignity and compassion you would make yourself invisible and step down. (Thanks Bob). 

 So this is what I think Sally, you are a fake.  You are a has been beauty queen.  You are a mean girl. You are the worm in the apple and the aftertaste in diet soda. And it used to be annoying but now it’s  become dangerous – more dangerous than Bill Ayers, more dangerous than the name Hussein and way more dangerous than  poor, shaky John McCain ever imagined.  You are costing Senator McCain his bid at the White House.  And even worse you are the still first runner up and will be crowned Miss America if he dies in office.  I am a Democrat and hope he loses, but God, woman.  What is wrong with you?  I am thinking that this is your walk down the runway of life – going for the crown and the roses and getting a free trip to Atlantic City.  You were nobody before and here’s the best part- you’ll be nobody and a joke soon. You need to get offa’ the ticket and  ride outta’ town.  Like Lou Reed sang back in the day:

Ride, sally, ride
It’s not your time, it’s just your confusion
Ride, sally, ride
It’s not your time …….

David Brooks who called you a fatal cancer was not far off.  Rude, nasty, cruel -  then take a look at yourself.  He was being kind.

A Non-Sectarian Prayer for This Election October 12, 2008

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This world, today, is a terrifying spot to be in,   I have created a non-sectarian, plea to whomever you wish to ask for aid and succor.  Please feel free to share it.
 
“Dear Person of Power in the Spiritual Plane:
 Please keep me from ever being in a financial position or a tax bracket that makes voting for a Republican ever seem like the right thing to do.  Keep me solvent but liquid, keep me concerned for my fellow man and not my Board of Directors and please, whatever you do, bring Barack Obama to the White House.  And when you have done that please pick a house and send John McCain to it and throw away the key.  Strap Sally Six-Pack in a dog sled and mush her back to Juneau and deliver us from having this sort of crap exist.  
Forever. 
Amen”

So Many Sides to Sarah – She’s More Than Just Sally Six-Pack October 12, 2008

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Sally Six-Pack has maneuvered herself between a rock and a hard place on 
a melting ice floe.  Look at the multi-tasking list she has made for herself in this election:
 
Governor of the Great State of Alaska
Former Mayor of Metropolitan Wasilla
Former Beauty Queen
Soccer Mom
Hockey Mom
Mom of a Special Needs Child
Mom of a Pregnant Teenage Daughter
Mom of a Soldier
Committed Christian (not sure what that means but she is one)
Gun lover
VP candidate
Supporter of Secession for the Great State of Alaska
Show runner for McCain Campaign
Mrs. Malaprop.
Hottie
Hate Mongerer
Name caller
Faithful wife of First Dude (really?)
Cronyist
And, as of yesterday – an abuser of Political Power.
 
And if that’s not enough, last week, Sarah Palin made the cover of Newsweek this week and already folks are crying foul.  Damn – I know plenty of people out here in TV land that would run a Hummer over a baby just to make the cover of Newsweek.  What the hell is up with people - it’s a great close up shot – she looks age appropriate – in fact better, especially after five kids and all that sun damage out shooting caribou in the Great State of Alaska.  So what’s the problem.  Eeee-oooo – we can see a crow’s foot.  Someone forgot to Photo shop her into a glamour kitten. Well, here the rub: Sal cannot have it both ways.  Either she is a soccer mom married to Joe Six-pack – with a face untouched by Botox or she is a beauty queen who can’t actually wear heels and gloves at the same time.  And it’s not even BOTH ways – She wants it every way.  Check out her list above. Sarah’s acolytes expect her to be all those things and more and Sarah just eggs them on.  (Oh and plus a politician and one with a brain too.).   Well – in that case – you really cannot have it every which  way you choose.   The mere fact that Snarky Sally Six-pack  got  the cover of Newsweek should make her family and all her misguided followers thrilled.  If we are lucky – after Nov 5, we will not see her again for many a moon. 
 
New accusations by the Washington Post of her hate speech and slur mongering fuel the fire too. The cover of Newsweek is the least of her worries and ours.  Sally Six-pack should have a sock stuffed in her mouth until the election is over and her presumptive running mate should keep running his and alienate even his closest friends on “both sides of the aisle.”  One sings, the other doesn’t.
 

Racism, Sexism, Ageism – American Traditions Run for Office September 28, 2008

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Now that there is a hint of a peep that some GOP insiders are thinking Snarky Sarah should fall off the GOP ticket, I am waiting with bated breath to see if and how she does it.  Anyone who considers interaction with Canada a qualification for determining foreign policy has severe brain freeze. (And when was this contretemps with Canada/Alaska and why didn’t we know about it?)  As far as I can tell the closest the Snark has come to foreign relations is with her Kenyan houngan Rev Muthee.  She is a bad print of a smoke and mirrors magician who coughs on the smoke and walks into the mirrors while the rabbits run away.  Since neither Palin nor McCain know enough to get real – here’s  hoping the Grand Old Party pulls the plug on this fiasco without delay. Having a nice rack is not a qualification for much anymore since you can get a nice rack for about $5,000.  Anyone can buy those pricey Peggy Hill glasses and teasing hair is not actually a talent. Neither is having five kids. She should, drop – literally – out – ASAP.
 
As an aside; while McCain stood and repeated himself Friday night, I wondered what his running mate thought of the many times he mentioned “earmarks”.  Sarah’s earmark hobby doesn’t make her an expert on that either- pork barrel patronage is simply NOT kosher – even in Alaska.
So here we have a campaign concert in contradictions and a election rife with  three of the most un-PC components of hypocrisy alive and active in the United States.  Let’s review: 
 
AGEISM:
McCain is too old.  What is too old?  Too old for what?  Why is he too old? When was there an age cap on running for office. Who declared this to be a fact? You know who was too old?  Strom Thurmond.
 
And if it’s McCain’s health that is used as a clean up for ageism – let’s not forget “Just A Heartbeat Away from Another Heart Attack” Dick Cheney – who is still just several pace makers away from the White House.  Or the handsome and down to earth Ronald Reagan who may or may not have spent a good deal of his two terms in the throes of Alzheimer’s and or naps. Every time they mention McCain’s 72 year old heart it’s a slur.  Like it or not.
RACISM:
Obama is Black.  Obama is not Black enough. Obama is too black.  Obama has a Black wife and two Black children. .  Obama’s mother was white.  What about his middle name?  Obama is an elitist person of color (That is just a crafty word for uppity.)  Obama went to Harvard.  Is someone jealous? Seriously, doesn’t someone with 9 houses seem elite?  Even on an ordinary day I would not use the word elite to describe Obama but I would consider the McCain’s nouveau riche and they probably think they are elite. I know most middle of the road Americans are pondering how it came to pass that a dark looking man is running for president.  Some are scared and will not say so.  Others are forming militias.  If Obama was white it wouldn’t matter.  He might even slip by if his father had been white and his mother black but it is what it is. This is racist and every time someone mentions Black in a “roll your eyes” tone of voice or calls him the N word among “friends” – it’s a form of slur.  Like it or not.
 
SEXISM    
 She’s a Woman.  She has children.  She grabbed the main chance.  She was middle-aged.  She went to law school.  She wore pants suits.  Her hair was wrong.  Who does her hair?  Who chooses her outfits. What about those hairbands?   Look at that rack.  She pre-menopausal, she’s menopausal, she’s dried up.
She hunts and shoots.  She stood by her cheating man. Could be Palin or Hillary -  they have vaginas in common  We do not want the Senate floor to be turned into the vagina monologues* This is all sexist and thus slurs.  Like it or not.
 
There it is, the clock ticking away like a bomb.  And as loyal Americans we stand true to our history, culture, hypocrisy, fears, attitudes, religions and bank accounts -  at it again.   Every four years.  Like it or not.
* With a thank you to Eve Ensler for the creation of the term.

Just One Day and So Many Fools April 1, 2014

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March went out with a short squirt.  April 1st is chilly.

I imagine most cogent people have some sort of love/hate relationship with the Internet.  I do. In our 15 year romance we have spent far too much time together.  I have found and met many people I would like to know better.  I have shopped online and thus no longer cruise the shops in general (sort of sad too).  I play far too much Angry Birds. But the downside is the information and lies I find everyday.  And I have figured out that it is possible to know too much about everything because everything known is not always knowledge. (Bet you wish you had used that one Rummy).  

Having been a Luddite spin doctor in the 80′s I know the value of the media and I also know how it is manipulated and used to make or break almost anything.  Put another way – the Internet has turned this  mechanical spinning into an acid trip.   We can eliminate the word “discovery” from our reality (assuming this is one) because there is nothing unknown under the sun or if there is you will know it in a second.  If this were coming from people with any sense of proportion or vestigial dignity – it might be okay – but it is a tabloid covered world.  And we are all susceptible to it.  If you say you are not you are probably deluding yourself.  Be careful – someone with take a picture of you in this state of mind and upload it somewhere and your dilemma will soon be the object of worldwide ridicule.  Viral.

Full disclosure:  I watch TV and I like TV.  I am torn between really enjoying the dramas I like but then wondering if they are actually training films for a specific audience.  I know I will not be quite as squeamish about autopsies. “Victim or perpetrator – it seems we are being watched.”  This does not come as a shock to me but I wonder why it comes as one to so many others.  As a species we are not a very nice lot.  The Internet is a dream come true. We covet and envy and want what is usually not easily available to us.  Technology, countries, oil, money in large amounts, sex.  As the ability to “spy” gets better and better and easier and easier – we have embraced spying with a vengeance.  But, in the words of Tom Lehrer – “always be sure to call it research”.  

Do the terms beta version, beta testing, focus group slink by you so often you no longer pay attention?  Not a good idea.  We are being made part of a global family of guinea pigs.  Every time a bank or  grocer or credit card gets a swipe from your “rewards” card – believe me they first reward themselves.   None of this comes to me as a shock.  Occam’s Razor – usually the simplest answer is the right one.  If any of those aforementioned places really wanted to reward us they would give better interest rates, sell goods at much better prices and dispense with the little plastic cards.  Businesses, the governments of the world, religions, arms dealers and even nice folks are finding out things about you that you thought were secrets locked in your own head.  Wrong.  We can fight it or yield to it but we have become so delighted to have these little perks that they will continue.  We will no longer be as surprised as we once were and we will soon eliminate naiveté from the world.  It still exists so enjoy it while you can. There is a preciousness to it – it’s in the eyes of a newborn creature but it doesn’t last very long.  In a not too distant future it will vanish and as we look back and try to regain the feeling it gave us – we will realize that for the last 15 years or so – everyday has been April Fool’s Day.

China Thinks Jews Control Everything! March 31, 2014

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From their mouths to God’s ears.  Another round of bubbemeisses that asks the question:  if that’s true why are we still fighting for a sandy little schnip of land in the desert?    It’s not so much that Jews control everything – it has to do with survival and nowhere to go.  Today is the 622nd Anniversary of the Expulsion of Jews from Spain.  This opened the door for what we now call (and overuse) the Diaspora.  I suspect if the Jews had been left alone in Iberia and subsequently the known world; we might have simply gone about our business, enriched Europe and the world could have been a much sweeter place in general.  But nooooo.  From 1492 until 1968 the Inquisition was on the books; the 1517 mishegass at the Diet of Wurms gave us horns and tails and we were cast out, into the world.  We did pretty well all things considered.  So what Jews control – in my opinion – is the circumstances of own own destinies.  Being a Jew is an endurance test. The universal concern by others about what we do and don’t control shows us ahead in the polls. Without armies or soldiers or rights we do what we can and we learn to do it well.  Maybe the real mistake was letting us play with the kings in the counting houses.

March cannot decide how to make its exit.

Here is what has become tiresome lately.  The Democrats (my party) has taken to tabloid emails.  And I am very tired of them.  Since I don’t get GOP emails I suspect this is the done thing but enough. I will not chip in $3.  Hint:  Ask rich people for much more money.

I am beginning to understand “The War on Women“.  Beginning to??  Yes – about the only group left that is not a color or culture or religion is women.  Sonofabitch – we are everywhere and so who better to descend upon and try to control.  Clearly the Mad Tea Party has decided if you limit the rights – sorry – eliminate the rights of women – you will have a superior sense of control that will help you get past the fact that there is a man of color in the WHITE House.  They cannot move past it – so they are stuck in a briar patch of their own creation.  Who’s left?  Wimmin. And they must sit up nights thinking about things to do to shut down everything but menopause.  And they simply don’t make sense – but if they can exert some form of control then it must soothe their outrage and bolster their own sense of purpose.  I like Hillary but I don’t think she will fly in 2016 because if a woman follows a person of color into the WHITE House – they will grab each other’s tails and turn into butter.  Just a thought.

 

 Out Like A What? March 30, 2014

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Waiting for March 2014 to leave tomorrow and realize I spend lots of bon mots on FB.  Opinions that should rightly be here.  And owing to laziness and lack of energy ( that is another term for laziness) I have left poor Voolavex to its own devices.  Having none so it sits.

Is it the most fabulous blog written?  For me yes because I am an unabashed fan of my own writing style.  It flops at times but not in a way that cannot be fixed – editors have told me this and I believe them because they are editors after all.  With that in mind I shall return to these eldritch pages and be more productive.  Hits would be helpful.  Writers are serious egotists and they do love positive (and even negative) input.  

Things that Voolavex me:

Icon.  Please let it be a nice illuminated portrait of Byzantine saint or the Lord or his mother.  Nothing else.  It usually takes eons to achieve the position of icon.  Justin Bieber is not nor will he ever be one.

Signature style.  Boring.  It ended for me with Diana Vreeland’s wonderful t-straps and those hideous Chanel cuffs Carrie Donovan wore.  Audrey Hepburn had it and some truly do wear their personalities – but damn.  Everyone writes differently and therefore each style is a signature.  Let it be so.  (this includes other things like “brand”,”iconic style”, “trademark look”.)

Breaking News.  Usually it isn’t actually “news”.

Imported.  Now a euphemistic term for “Made in China”.  Beware this word when spending more than $10 on anything.

Pet Rescue Groups. Used to be real and very good at helping animals.  Now the purview of sad folks who also like money and judging other people’s lifestyles.  I support Best Friends for the most part because they do exactly what they say – they work to Save Them All.

Lawd I haven’t done this in ages so I will post it and then take up the screed betimes. If you like it – please do. And then check in again.

 

AV Voice Changer Software has cemented its reputation in the audio software market for 12 years March 1, 2013

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[ABC Review VCS] Audio4fun.com recently announced the release of version 7.0 for their Voice Changer Software Program. Twelve years ago, AV Voice Changer Software was first introduced as an innovative software tool for voice alteration. Since then it has become the premiere program on audio4fun.com and has secured its role as an endless-fun tool for its users. After the initial version 3.0, which only used a “hook” technique to interact with various audio streams on PCs, the most recent version (7.0) features a new “Virtual Driver.” This latest innovation is the result of Audio4fun’s commitment to developing and improving innovations in the audio and video that can be altered and manipulated in real time, while keeping up with operating system changes and other technological advancements, including program algorithms that use less space, run faster and with more user control than ever.

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Currently AV Voice Changer Software helps its users to change their voices in real-time chatting via popular VoIP programs such as Skype, Yahoo, MSN and Google Talk. It is also capable of working with various web apps such as Vyew.com, Dim Dim Webinar, IMO.im, TokBox, YuuGuu, etc. Moreover, in role-playing games, it provides gamers with a greater realistic experience. For example, a teenage boy with a high voice can sound more warrior-like when playing as a Clan leader in WOW. Or if playing a new female magic-user, she could sound more alluring and interesting to her party members and have a better chance at persuading new members to share more loot. These are just a few of the fun side affects capabilities of AV Voice Changer Software.

In a more professional aspect, Voice Changer Software is useful for DJs and music composers when they desire to create beautiful and unique remixes, thanks to the program’s ability to diversify the pitch and timbre parameters of any audio file. AV’s Virtual Audio Driver integrates effortlessly into most professional audio/video editors, including Adobe Audition, Sony Sound Forge, Reaper, Camtasia and Corel Video Studio. Voice Changer Software was recently acknowledged for fully supporting online broadcasting through the proper application of voice and audio effects when airing in real time.

Keep in mind that no matter how many voice changer tools have been introduced to the market, Audio4fun’s AV Voice Changer Software with its strong commitment to innovation and excellence will continue to lead the market in order to keep the tool an “irreplaceable assistant” for users and professionals alike.

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Mẫu thiết kế áo thun dành cho nữ quá bá đạo February 28, 2013

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Có nên thiết kế 1 mẫu như vậy và đem in áo tặng bạn gái không hỡi các anh hùng bàn phím????

Minh de nghi thiet ke them quan short co mouse!

Hình ảnh trên diễn đàn Việt Designer

Ao thun nam

BST quần jeans cực chất của blogger Ba Lan February 28, 2013

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Karina sở hữu bộ sưu tập những chiếc quần jeans và tregging đang được "săn lùng ráo riết".
Thông tin nhân vật:

Tên: Karina.

Tuổi: 23.

Nơi ở: Cracow, Ba Lan.

Công việc: hiện Karina vẫn đang là sinh viên nhưng cô nàng đã là chủ nhân của blog thời trang “Karina in fashionland” với phong cách mới lạ.

Chắc hẳn cái tên Karina vẫn còn khá xa lạ với những người yêu thích thời trang. Bởi cô nàng chưa phải là đại diện cho các “ông lớn” làng mốt, càng không nằm trong danh sách model hay stylist có mặt tại mỗi sự kiện thời trang đình đám. “Karina in fashionland” có thể được coi là một trong những blog mới nổi và có lẽ đây cũng chính là khoảng thời gian các thương hiệu lớn đang “thử vàng”, ngập ngừng chờ đợi những đột phá thật sự của Karina trước khi mang cô đến với thành công thật sự. Cũng chính vì lẽ đó nên xì-tai của Karina rất đời thường và mang tính chất “chia sẻ”. Cùng tăm tia cách phối đồ của Karina nhé! Quan jean nam

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Karina mang phong cách rất đời thường và gần gũi.

Rất vui được làm quen với Karina. Đầu tiên, Karina có thể giới thiệu bản thân với độc giả Eva được không?

Xin chào độc giả Eva, mình là Karina, năm nay 23 tuổi. Mình sinh ra ở Chicago, Mỹ nhưng lớn lên ở Cracow, Ba Lan. Gia đình mình đã định cư ở đây từ khi mình 5 tuổi. Mình rất yêu động vật, nhất là mèo. Hiện mình đang có ba em mèo nghịch ngợm và đáng yêu vô cùng. Ngoài ra, mình còn rất thích xem phim, đi du lịch và không thể thiếu shopping.

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Cô nàng hiện đang sở hữu bộ sưu tập quần jeans cực hot.

Eva có thể hỏi về chiều cao và cân nặng của Karina không?

Rất thoải mái nhé. Mình cao 166cm và nặng 50kg. Quan jean big size

Mỗi ngày Karina thường dành bao nhiêu thời gian cho việc make-up?

Tối đa là 30 phút. Còn tối thiểu là….không make up (Cười). Thường thì thời gian make-up của mình phụ thuộc rất nhiều vào việc nơi mình sẽ đến và những việc cần làm trong ngày nữa.

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Quần jeans ôm sát gàm màu xanh/đen chưa bao giờ lỗi mốt. Tuy nhiên, nếu biết cách kết hợp, bạn có thể khiến chúng trở nên mới lạ hơn nữa.

Khi đi shopping, Karina thích mua gì nhất: áo, quần, giày dép hay phụ kiện?

Đây thật sự là một câu hỏi khó đó. Mỗi lần đi shopping, mình chỉ muốn mua…..cả cửa hàng luôn thôi. Mình thích ngắm nghía mọi thứ, từ quần, áo, giày, dép tới đồng hồ, nước hoa…..và thậm chí cả nội y nữa. Và đương nhiên phải tùy vào hầu bao mà mình phải quyết định nên “rước” em nào về nhà.

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Đơn giản bằng cách săn gấu và kết hợp cùng các items họa tiết màu sắc, những chiếc quần jeans của Karina đã trở nên rất độc đáo rồi.


Vậy nếu tính theo số lượng thì hiện giờ trong tủ đồ của Karina, items nào đang chiếm ưu thế?

Nếu chỉ tính tủ đồ năm nay thì mình nghĩ là mình đã mua khá nhiều quần đó. Chưa năm nào mình thấy có nhiều dáng quần đẹp và kiểu cách lại mới lạ như năm nay.

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Tregging da ôm sát kéo khóa túi River Island được Karina rất "bồ kết" và thường xuyên tìm ra nhiều cách phối đồ mới mẻ.

Karina muốn nói tới những mẫu quần nào vậy?

Ví dụ như kiểu quần da bóng hay da trăn chẳng hạn. Ngoài ra còn kiểu quần pha da dọc thân nữa, rồi tregging họa tiết, chấm bi, carô hoặc jeans đủ màu sắc rực rỡ. Kiểu nào cũng đẹp và không thể thiếu trong tủ đồ của mình.

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Skinny gam màu pastel cũng không thể thiếu trong tủ đồ năm nay của cô nàng.

Vậy cách phối đồ của Karina cho những kiểu quần này có gì khác nhau không?

Mình chưa bao giờ nghĩ ra một vài cách phối đồ bài bản cho các items khác nhau. Mà tất cả chỉ là ngẫu hứng thôi, chỉ là đôi khi mình cảm nhận thấy cái quần này mặc với cái áo kia sẽ đẹp, chứ mình chưa bao giờ nghĩ mình “nên” kết hợp cái gì với cái gì. Chữ “nên” đó làm hạn chế sự sáng tạo của các bạn rất nhiều. Vì thế hãy quên chúng đi và mặc những gì mà bạn thích. Đó mới chính là thời trang. Thời trang là thế giới của sự sáng tạo, không phải là lớp học với những quy luật cứng nhắc.

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Karina trẻ trung với tregging chấm bi và chững chạc hơn với quần da báo đi cùng blazer đen.

Karina thường mua quần ở đâu?

Topshop, Zara, Asos và River Island là những cái tên yêu thích của mình. Dáng quần khá nhỏ nhắn và dễ kết hợp. Ngoài ra giá cả cũng rất là dễ chịu nữa.

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Dù rất đầu tư vào bộ sưu tập quần, Karina cũng chưa bao giờ bỏ quên những chiếc váy nữ tính.

Ngoài cách thay đổi trang phục và phụ kiện, đâu là “phương thức hữu hiệu” để Karina biến đổi xì-tai?

Mái tóc chính là vũ khí vô cùng lợi hại của một cô gái. Và việc thay đổi kiểu tóc cũng là cho mình cảm thấy bản thân mới lạ hơn. Đôi khi một kiểu tóc mới chính là cảm hứng cho việc lựa chọn trang phục của mình.

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Những chiếc váy của Karina thậm chí còn rất đẹp và độc nữa đó. Chúng ta cùng chờ đợi gặp lại Karina vào một ngày không xa với bộ sưu tập váy điệu đà của cô nàng nhé!

Cảm ơn Karina về cuộc trò chuyện, chúc Karina luôn thành công trong cuộc sống!

HOW TO LIVE OTHERS’ LIVES ONLINE February 27, 2013

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An actor can live many lives when performing. I’m just an IT worker with no acting talent. How can I have such experience? Luckily, I recently discovered Audio4Fun’s Voice Changer Software is there to help anyone morph their voice into any other voice. Now with just a few simple adjustments I can at least sound like almost anyone I can think of; perfect things may not exist, but great things are all around us, and this software program lives up to that expectation.

I was really surprised to find this software product with such uniquely helpful features. AV Voice Changer is a smart voice adjusting tool that adapts to every online or offline voice changing task. It includes two substitutive working methods for processing audio streams: the hooking method and the virtual audio driver method, as each gives the program the ability to capture several audio streams from different applications at the same time and change voices in real-time. The program works well in almost every environment, including in-game voice chat, media players and many common instant messenger programs such as Yahoo, Skype, Paltalk, etc. It also helps with many VoIP programs, such as Net2Phone, SkypeOut, Vonage, etc.

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Main screenshots of AV Voice Changer Software 7.0

Managing this program is not so difficult. The pitch and timbre morpher graphs allow me to adjust voices manually. But as a lazy guy, I just like to take advantage of my big nickvoice store. (Nickvoice, which means "sample voice", or preset voice settings, is a very Audio4fun concept. It helps you speak completely like other real people, movie characters, or even in animal voices.) Besides some built-in ones, I downloaded a bunch of Nickvoices from Audio4fun’s huge add-on store, which also contains many backgrounds and special effects. With them, I can now get enough pirate-courage to adventure through oceans of treasure sounding like Captain Sparrow, while the whole community celebrates Talking Like a Pirate; or I can chat like a zombie from Egypt, or scare my friends during Halloween, or sing the blues like a Snow White to seduce some unsuspecting guy on Valentine’s Day. You too can create some online magic with this talented software tool.

Experiencing life with this tool is great fun. I don’t know if you guys have the same hobby, but, believe me; this thing is definitely worth a try. To download it, please visit http://www.audio4fun.com/voice-changer.htm. Remember though, while you may experience others’ lives in a new way, always be true to yourself, have fun, and stay safe.

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