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What does our culture really think of children? I mean really think of them.
It seems pretty schizophrenic, to be frank. When I traveled to Guam, I was struck by very different attitudes towards the youngest of young people. Children were to be protected and many natives said that flat out - that children were the center of the culture.
There were anti-abortion stickers on trucks driving through the area. Websites with users talking about their travel experiences said that, despite its faults, the island was a good place for children to remain children for the proper duration. [Read more]
At first I was not going to open the e-mail I got from my brand new Congressman this morning because I expected it to be the same-old-same-old that I have received in the past from my Congress critters telling me what they think about the latest issues. What a pleasant surprise it was instead to be asked what I think for a change -- and the choices were not phrased all that leading. Here they are:
A modest proposal.
Some among you of an esoteric (and perhaps senescent) character may remember the story of that jewel of kundalini yoga, Bhagwan Rajneesh.
(My friend "Nada", one of the many girls who revolutionized the sex industry upon the dissolution of Rajneeshpuram, used to say in her exotic South African accent, "Bhagwan was like heroin"-and she should know...but I digress.)
Back in the day, Bhagwan, perhaps under the goad of needing someplace to park his 18 Rolls Royces, or maybe merely seeking privacy, led his adherents to the sleepy town of Antelope, Oregon. (population who-knows-what, but small enough) [Read more]
That's what this Wikipedia chart says:
It's interactive, you can have the chart sort by any of the headings. If you click on "Country," it will sort alphabetically by country.
21 incidents in China from occurring 1995 through 2012
17 incidents in the U.S. occurring from 1927 (yes, that's 1927 ) through 2012. [Read more]
I wish you all to read the contents of this link.
It is a good rant, it is a fair rant, it is a just rant.
When the Gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers. [Read more]
About two months back, I posted here about an encounter I had with a neighbor in my housing tenement.
This neighbor is a black man from the deep south. Country boy. 60 years old. Southern upbringing is all over him in his manner of dress, blunt expression, every bit of it. He gave some pretty good insight on Obama's re-election and people at this website seemed to like it.
He is still a regular source of introspection and cohesion. I just sat and listened to a conversation he had with someone else living with us during the day. I couldn't believe the simple brilliance I heard. [Read more]
This is a Fox Business Channel segment of surpassing entertainment value--watch it soon, cause it's bound to be taken down shortly.
Under the rubric "Is government being too hard on the banks?", "correspondent" Melissa Francis mounted a push-back against Elizabeth Warren's widely praised roasting of a panel of do-nothing regulators for their abysmal failure to punish even the most egregious bank criminality.
"Is she being too tough for her own good?" concern trolls Francis. "We don't want to over restrict the banks"
Rumor has it that the Pope faces arrest.
Pope will have security, immunity by remaining in the Vatican
http://itccs.org/ has several blurbs; apparently, an arrest warrant was issued on Feb. 4; six days later Ratzinger resigned; and then the PR spin began: pity the poor old man who is physically degenerating; he can hardly stand up!
Apparently, a European nation and its courts have issued said arrest warrant for crimes against humanity and demanded the arrest of Ratzinger.
I bet it's Ireland.
It was bad enough a month or so ago when a conflict roiled Afghan-US relations over the release by our clients of thousands of detainees who had been cleared of any wrongdoing by the local judiciary.
At the time, the embarassing formulation of the simple precept that due process matters for good reasons, brought me to my knees in shame at my government, and the peace laureate for whose continuation as president I had just recently (if reluctantly) been laboring. [Read more]
It's old; and hardly news...and I don't think I've seen it here, so in case it's interesting:
GUNS DON'T KILL PEOPLE, THE MENTALLY ILL DO
I really don't like that whole "play the nazi/fascist card" thing. But sometimes, statements like this specific one by Coulter seem to exhibit a willingnes of the speaker to walk right up to the boundary between "other stuff" and outright fascist-like eugenics.
It's as if the sub-text in her narrative can be accurately described as a variation of Lebensunwertes Leben.
BENEATH THE SPIN • ERIC L. WATTREE
The cosmos put on quite a show yesterday, sending two massive asteroids (one a total surprise) Earth's way within hours of each other.
A good thing, all in all. Nobody died, but the astronomic coincidence -- and especially the stunning dash-cam images out of Chelyabinsk -- focused a lot of minds on a real threat our civilization faces. [Read more]
So, the State of the Union is strong, is it? Well, maybe it is for the people the President chose to speak about last night. But what about the ones he only mentioned in passing, or the ones that he omitted to mention at all? What about the state of the union for those Americans in, or on the edge of, poverty? What about the state of the union for those in the process, or on the edge, of losing their homes; or for those young working families trying to combine low-paid work, full-time child-care and inadequate child support? Is the state of the union fine for them? No, it is not. [Read more]
This gives a whole other meaning to the word creepy. There was another mass murder in the United States, this time on the island of Guam - that little island where I went to to travel and experienced my own SSRI related breakdown:
9:49 a.m., Feb. 13 — Police this morning have announced the arrest of Chad Ryan Desoto, 21 from Tamuning for two counts of murder, 13 counts of attempted murder and 13 counts of aggravated assault. Additional charges may be pending. [Read more]
I have written between ten and twenty blogs concerning our greatest President.
I noted in a more recent post that Lincoln did not arise ex nihilo.
There was a magic groundswell in the North that was called 'The Abolitionist Movement'.
On this this 204th anniversary of Abraham's birth, I must repost my blog of 2009 (which took me much too long to find!) [Read more]
&nbs [Read more]
Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree [Read more]
My father was irritated because a Federal Judge had ordered him to produce before him his client, an Italian American businessman then vacationing out of the continental limits (and, coincidentally, the extraditional reach) of the United States.
This moved my father to share with the judge his opinion that his obligation of vigorous representation of his client was incompatible with hauling him into court, and if the judge wanted him here, the judge could undertake to bring him.
When their colloquy reached the point of the judge's suggestion that my father's noncompliance might merit the cited penalty, my father (perhaps unwisely) unburdened himself as above.
The last article I wrote here - The Killer Profile - attempted to profile the sort of individuals who have perpetrated massacres like Virginia Tech, that Aurora, CO movie theater and Sandy Hook Elementary. There's a fairly obvious profile for those individuals and they seem to model themselves after one another to some degree. [Read more]
SOTU addresses at the start of a second presidential term are relatively rare phenomena, and in recent times they have also been also relatively ephemeral ones. George W. Bush used his SOTU Address in 2005 to make a prolonged pitch for the partial privatization of Social Security. That pitch went nowhere. Bill Clinton used his to launch a national crusade for education – his “A Call to Action for American Education”; but listening to him, among others, was Monica Lewinsky. Ronald Reagan spoke of “lightening government’s claims on our total economy” by reducing the federal deficit; but his legacy didn’t quite work out that way. So the precedents for an important and lasting speech next Tuesday are not good. [Read more]
Philip has had God's Light shine upon him.
Philip's Mom and Dad did very well economically and Daddy was a pilot (when pilots actually made money) and was an investor of sorts.
Phil hit college as a golf ace and won NCAA tournaments and one U. S. Amateur Championship! [Read more]
I've done it in articles and in the comment section but -
I really want to thank the readers and writers at Dagblog for helping me have a good vessel by which to rehabilitate myself and become an even better writer than I was before I had a mental breakdown. I could not have written anything capable of getting 1300 views without you.
Take care and wait - all things get better.