3 votes

The pledge of allegiance taught on 9/11!

Tonight my son recited the pledge of allegiance using sign language that he had learned in his kindergarten class today. When he came to the part, "and to the Republic" I was quick to point out we no longer are governed under a Republican form of government. We are governed by an authoritarian, socialist government parading a democratic, nationalist ideology. I find it interesting that he learned this on the anniversary of the greatest day of loss of my generation.

Peace and Love always.

4 votes

Beams of light!

They’ve given us beams of light
and the inclination of fright;
they’ve harnessed the stigmatic truth
and allowed us black ribbons of remembrance;
they’ve incited within us the repression of will
and the apathetic are still;
they’ve realized an enemy of profit
and directed us abeyant;
they’ve made riddle of principle and reason
for sake of riddle itself;
they’ve managed to manage death
and leave the dead unmanaged;
they’ve incriminated us revolutionaries
in order to catalyze our bereavement,
and they’ve sequestered liberty
that the children abandon it.

21 votes

I disavow fear this 9/11!

I want to simply ask for your up vote and a corresponding response saying why you will join me in disavowing fear this 11th day of September, 2014. The greatest vice in the growth of terrorism is the response that fear demands: retaliatory and perpetual killing. This day has become the day of the demoralized, the guilty, the hateful, the disillusioned and the forever frightened. Express yourselves in disavowing fear and those who continue to perpetuate it at thirteen years since 9/11/2001. What about a petition? Let’s make this 9/11 one of change in ending fear!

Peace and Love to all.

8 votes

CASH!

I would like to offer some sound advice regarding the use of cash versus plastic. If you take nothing else from this thread other than the stigma surrounding the use of cash then I am elated. Let me give my opinion as to why cash is much more viable as a means of payment than plastic, i.e. debit/credit cards:

1) cash can easily be manipulated into a much smaller size than plastic for safe keeping/storing;

2) cash is already counterfeited by the Federal Reserve, therefore rendering it void of monitor if lost/stolen;

7 votes

Obama’s a Socialist…Romney would have made a good President…Ron Paul’s a half-wit!

I’d like to share a discussion I was part of over this last weekend. The discussion involved a few family members and centered on the policies of Obama and the “Isolationism” of Rand Paul. There was also mention of the half-wittedness of Ron Paul and his “fear of getting involved in foreign conflicts”. The topper was when Ron Paul came up. There was no discussion of how his policies differed from Obama or Romney or any reference to his changing of the political discussion to include more than the status quo talking points.

16 votes

Few here care about my war posts!

We seem to be a community cloaked in the sorrows of wars after-math, yet my threads against war are dead on arrival, why? Stand with me or I stand alone! Either way, I will stand!

4 votes

The Shift: Generations of War!

Can we as a modern society calculate the span by which we’ve managed to devolve under the plights of war? As I most certainly cannot speak for generations before me neither can I speak for the ones yet to come. However, I will speak to those generations as therapy for and forgiveness of their conglomerate syndrome of dispassion and apathetic lien upon the peaceful advancement of humanity. The authorities presently over us are plainly inept in the stations they hold.

4 votes

Ghosts of War - preamble II

The ghosts of war are everywhere,
in the memories of grandfather-hood,
in the molecules of foreign silts and sands,
in her womb may come the military man.

The ghosts of war are everywhere,
in the erosion of river stone,
in the patterns they weave at Arlington,
and the heavy spaces above.

The ghosts of war are everywhere,
at the veteran's side,
on the veteran's shoulder,
enlisted by breath,
enlisted in death,
broke away with the tide.

And the dead child is quiet,
the Lord lesser resilient,
and the wolves of the dim form in darkness,
the devils depart

3 votes

Who we are!

Nothing more than receptivity and the capacity for submitting what will come to be receptive to another in any favorable way possible.

The greatest thing my son's Asperger's syndrome has taught me:

We don't have to ever agree or disagree, but we will...it is then we must grow together and create a space beneficial for the two of us. For those privileged with the experience of this, do not hope for it to be unture, hope for it to be as real as possible.

0 votes

They're all liars - every last one of them!

I am going to say something now that must be said.

How can anyone here not recognize 2012 for what it was? We run off and support the son of THE greatest representative in the last 238 years but chalk his defeat up to theft, misrepresentation, greed, rigging and deceit only to turn around and BELIEVE that we matter in the world of politics! Politics is the game of the chosen, not the supported!

Vow with me to withhold your vote...I promise you 2016 will be liberating.

Peace and Love always.

1 vote

Richard Attenborough and me!

All I know of this man is two things:

1) This scene from Ghandi (directed by Attenborough) ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GG_4UaCD8E ... one of the most powerful scenes in history;

2) The grandfather and ingenuity behind Jurassic Park (my favorite movie ever (through the eyes of an 18 year old));

Rest in much peace and thank you for these memories.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/richard-atten...

PEace and LOve always......

3 votes

The Balloonist Prayer!

"The winds have welcomed you with softness.
The sun has blessed you with his warm hands.
You have flown so high and so well
that God has joined you in your laughter.
And has set you gently back again
into the loving arms of Mother Earth."

21 votes

Do you have your ID on you?

I wanted to bring up a situation over this last weekend that involved my Driver’s License, or as otherwise put my ID. I was getting ready to go out for the day on the lake with a few other people and instead of carrying my wallet with me (which I would not need in the middle of a lake) I chose to leave it in the vehicle’s glove compartment.

3 votes

Generations of War - preamble (short)

Generations lost by war,
therefore to it.

Is the death of one man worth liberty,
or one man worthy of it if
denied experience of all it offers, or
refused such offering in what he may gift to others had they learned
of it had he had been gifted it?

I am going to make a difference with my writing,
and that difference will be heard in its howl against war.

11 votes

Two incidents: One involving the US Flag, the other Veteran appeasement!

This weekend I was able to get away from my home life and partake in an all day boating excursion on a popular Oregon lake. This all day trip found us anchored and swimming, tubing and grinning and blasting a reverb over the lake not even the county sheriffs cared to confront us about. Our boat was tagged, safe and even in the midst of boozing and smoking, we were not confronted about our happy and contagious behavior.

Right before we began tubing my cousin pulled out a beautiful miniature US flag and placed it in the back hole-spot of the boat. As he did so, the others on the boat began saluting and humming, "The Star Spangled Banner". I found myself rather uncomfortable and without urge or heartfelt obligation to follow suit. I did not salute and I did not hum. Soon after I pointed out in all my calculated inebriation that this is what we die and kill for...a piece of cloth. Yes, the ideals and principles behind the symbolism are of course an argument, however those ideals and principles are cemented in the stripes of red and white and the blue therein cradling the stars.

Later that evening after we had pulled the boat from the lake and departed the heavenly mirrors of sky of that day, we stopped at a gritty convenience store to get some more booze. As I was leaving the man in front of me in line exited the store the same time and we struck up an intoxicated conversation. He said, "I'm 64 years old, served two years in Nam". I replied, "Oh". The conversation was over sooner than it began and when I arrived back at the truck I told the others about the conversation they witnessed across the street from me. When I told them what the man said to me my cousin responded, "that's when you say thank you for your service!"