..IT'S LIKE GOING TO THE WELL. IT'S LIKE COMFORT FOOD, ONLY IT'S COMFORT MOVIES.
Some movies I watch again and love them just as much as the first time. I know the reason I feel down a bit today. It is my issue to deal with. And I will. In the meantime, thinking about the movies that I love to watch makes me feel better. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSqW9kYl7_U Clint and Meryl ....................................................................................... ....................................................................................... This movie has always made me feel good. She's Like the Wind composed and sung by Patrick Swayze
Do Something to Use Your Freedom of Speech To Stand Up and Stand Out Against Genocide Don’t Be Complicit Don’t Choose Silence Don’t Choose Apathy Don’t Choose Ignorance Be Proactive Be Alive Be Aware Be Present Do Something To Tell Your Leaders To Lead In This Human Disaster of Genocide If Not You, Then Who?
The Genocide is Four and A Half Years Old The Holocaust Went On For Twelve Years …Before We the People’s Government Did Something Right …Does That Mean We Are Going to Wait Eight More Years Until We Decide Darfuri Families Have Suffered Enough On Our Watch?!
Freedom of Speech means nothing if you don’t exercise it.
* Dine',also known as Navajo,Grandmothers resist relocation to radioactive lands.
Don't wait on the media – they report entertainment as news.
And are a one-story source - Iraq. And they don't even ask tough questions about that.
Don't rely on the elected politicians.
They have proven repeatedly they need and deserve our watchful eyes and oversight.
We have the power to change the direction of our country. But not if we don't educate ourselves on what our government is doing in our names. And not if we don't speak up and persistently and strongly.
I caught a portion of this HBO movie, White Light, Black Rain last Friday. I was supposed to be working on the Dream for Darfur event, as I am the lead organizer of it for Providence, Rhode Island, USA. But I have my television on a lot just for background. I came across this movie and had to sit down and be sucked into the story. The Truth. Nuclear War is one thing for those who lived through it. And another for those who know nothing about its truthful effects. I heard a man say at a dinner party a few years ago that we should just "Nuke 'em over there...in Iraq". In my most polite tone of writing - this is simple ignorant and mindless bluster and ego talking.
Each person on the planet who has a television or the means should see this movie. And all politicians should see it and have to write a public response to it after viewing for public reading.
"All things are on the table" has outlived its usefulness in a world that has country after country building or wanting to build nuclear weapons. You have no respect for Life if you want a world with nuclear weapons. We, the USA, have no power over which countries have a nuclear bomb. We might want to pretend that we do, but we don't. ...................................................................................
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On August 9, 1945, the American B-29 bomber, Bock's Car left Tinian carrying Fat Man, a plutonium implosion-type bomb. The primary target was the Kokura Arsenal, but upon reaching the target, they found that it was covered by a heavy ground haze and smoke, pilot Charles Sweeney turned to the secondary target of the Mitsubishi Torpedo Plant at Nagasaki.
Of the 286,00 people living in Nagasaki at the time of the blast, 74,000 were killed and another 75,000 sustained severe injuries.
Barack and Jon were great together on The Daily Show last night. I like them both individually and together there was a visible comfortability factor. Before Barack came on the set, Jon said he is still working on getting Hillary Clinton to come on the show. That will be an interesting comparison to Barack's way in handling what others would have stiffened over with Jon's jabs and stuff in the news the last few days.
What a breath of fresh air. Will it happen? And who would be his choice for VP? Hmmm...
I don’t like those debate things that much.The YouTube one was interesting.And I liked the AFL-CIO one.Sort of.I have come to be intolerant of being “sold” things.Commercials that are hard-sell turn me off.Campaign messages that are contrived and try so hard to sell me a President with clips are a turn-off too.But I like the way Barack is smooth.It’s a classy smooth that I can actually enjoy.And I like that he thinks.Thinks!Imagine a President who can think and has a moral compass.
My visceral reaction to Mr. Bush is repulsive and depressing.I want a President who thinks.In a way, with the multiple messes that George has us in, I can’t fathom anyone wanting to become President and step into The Mess.
I just wish that we would have 90% of the voting population actually show up and vote.
Tonight’s Christianity segment was the most interesting to me, but I had a Darfur Lobbying Conference Call and missed an hour of it. Karl Rove used the Religious fundamentalists in both of the Bush runs for President.They are mobilized and energized.And as the moderate tonight said, the moderates are …well, moderate.Which means in the end that they aren’t so energized to become involved like the more dogmatic do when it comes to voting and going after politicians for their focused agendas of homosexuality, abortion and no sex unless it’s married sex.
I just would like to pose one question:Why is it that abortion is such a lightening rod moral issue for the fired up fundamentalists and yet genocide gets no mentions by them?I attended a Wednesday night church service in my childhood congregation this past summer when I was in Indiana to attend my dad’s funeral.And the subject was the Christian’s role in politics. It was a Bible study class, actually, not the Wednesday night testimony nights that I remembered from childhood.Those were interesting meetings.When asked for an issue that the government is wrong about, I mentioned the Patriot Act and another lady very intensely attacked the subject of abortion.Later I mentioned the Darfur genocide.The only one there who seemed to respond like he/she knew of the genocide was the minister.Well, praise the Lord for that anyway.
It seems that the most intense fundamentalist Christians have issues that they want to politicize, abortion, homosexuality, one man + one woman = marriage, no sex until marriage, no stem cell research… but no talk about poverty, children going hungry in the so-called richest country in the world, genocide, forced child labor or soldiers, slavery today, justice……
Having been raised in the fundamentalist Christian mentality I do have a perspective on it.But the subjects that I think are vital include those I listed just above.Not the homosexuality, etc list.
As a couple of the Jon Stewart audience members called out tonight:
IS the bush MANUAL GOING TO BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES ? In truth, our Land of the Free isn't so free. A suppressed people don't have an open government.
HE'S A SMALL MAN. A VERY SMALL MAN. Mr. Bush has A SICK IDEA OF WHAT THIS COUNTRY ASPIRES TO BE. Let's not stoop to the level of Mr. Bush. I was stunned when Bush was campaigning to be our elected President and a world leader. I wanted to go to one of his speeches and "applied" to do so online. Immediately I learned that you had to be a loyal supporter of George W Bush to be ALLOWED IN TO HIS "Town Meetings" and speeches during his campaigning.(TOWN Meetings? A very selective TOWN.) This to me was out-of-the-question. It was off-the-charts wrong. What kind of democracy discriminates openly, blatantly in 2000? To me this is unethical. It is amoral. What kind of democracy during the run-up to the election in the "land of the free" operates this way? GW's kind. How can a "land of the free" justify prohibiting people from attending simply because they won't promise that they are strong supporters of the speaker of the event? This is wrong. WRONG. Very WRONG. They did this kind of thing for another leader. His name was Hitler. Don't they STAGE these kind of things in lands that we abhor? Haven't we been told by Mr. Bush that we are fighting in Iraq so that Iraqis can have the very freedoms that he is dismissing in the USA and not allowing in this country?
So, this Manual to Discriminate and Manipulate and Prohibit by George W Bush and Karl Rove, no doubt...... is priceless. Priceless because it hands us more proof of this man's lack of secure sense of self and his wish to be King. What is he trying to prove? It can't be that he has actually read the Constitution of the United States. He must have rewritten the Constitution because the one that I have a copy of would render me able to attend his outings. Hello. Are you there, Mr. Bush? Are you playing a game of "Hide 'n Seek"? You "hide" and we "seek" you.
A White House manual that came to light recently gives presidential advance staffers extensive instructions in the art of "deterring potential protestors" from President Bush's public appearances around the country.
Among other things, any event must be open only to those with tickets tightly controlled by organizers. Those entering must be screened in case they are hiding secret signs. Any anti-Bush demonstrators who manage to get in anyway should be shouted down by "rally squads" stationed in strategic locations. And if that does not work, they should be thrown out.
This was exactly what I found when I wanted to go to a Bush "Town Hall" when he was campaigning. So this is not news to me, but still it is a story that needs to be "outed" and outed some more. There is no justice in the USA as long as this man is in the White House. It's a Dirty House as long as he is there. And we got upset over Bill's oval office extra-marital activity. Mr. Bush's oval office activity is much more a betrayal to the nation.
But that does not mean the White House is against dissent -- just so long as the president does not see it. In fact, the manual outlines a specific system for those who disagree with the president to voice their views...
The "Presidential Advance Manual," dated October 2002 with the stamp "Sensitive -- Do Not Copy," was released under subpoena to the American Civil Liberties Union as part of a lawsuit filed on behalf of two people arrested for refusing to cover their anti-Bush T-shirts at a Fourth of July speech at the West Virginia State Capitol in 2004. The techniques described have become familiar over the 6 1/2 years of Bush's presidency, but the manual makes it clear how organized the anti-protest policy really is.
The lawsuit was filed by Jeffery and Nicole Rank, who attended the Charleston event wearing shirts with the word "Bush" crossed out on the front; the back of his shirt said "Regime Change Starts at Home," while hers said "Love America, Hate Bush." Members of the White House event staff told them to cover their shirts or leave, according to the lawsuit. They refused and were arrested, handcuffed and briefly jailed before local authorities dropped the charges and apologized. The federal government settled the First Amendment case last week for $80,000, but with no admission of wrongdoing.
My question: Whose tax dollars are being used to pay this $80,000?
The manual demonstrates "that the White House has a policy of excluding and/or attempting to squelch dissenting viewpoints from presidential events," said ACLU lawyer Jonathan Miller. "Individuals should have the right to express their opinion to the president, even if it's not a favorable one."
That's what I thought, too. Apparently those high school Civics classes I took had it all wrong.
Tony Fratto, a White House spokesman, wouldn't discuss the manual because it is an issue in two other lawsuits.
The manual offers advance staffers and volunteers who help set up presidential events guidelines for assembling crowds. Those invited into a VIP section on or near the stage, for instance, must be " extremely supportive of the Administration," it says. Yep, that's what I learned years ago.
To counter any demonstrators who do get in, advance teams of volunteers with large hand-held signs, placards or banners were "told to create rally squads" with favorable messages. Squads should be placed in strategic locations and "at least one squad should be 'roaming' throughout the perimeter of the event to look for potential problems", the manual says. OMG!!
"These squads should be instructed always to look for demonstrators," it says. "The rally squad's task is to use their signs and banners as shields between the demonstrators and the main press platform. If the demonstrators are yelling, rally squads can begin and lead supportive chants to drown out the protestors (USA!, USA!, USA!). As a last resort, security should remove the demonstrators from the event site."
What other governments do this in the world? And aren't they the ones we have always thought "Boy, I'm glad I don't live in that country!"
Advance teams are advised not to worry if protesters are not visible to the president or cameras: "If it is determined that the media will not see or hear them and that they pose no potential disruption to the event, they can be ignored. On the other hand, if the group is carrying signs, trying to shout down the President, or has the potential to cause some greater disruption to the event, action needs to be taken immediately to minimize the demonstrator's effect."
The manual adds in bold type: "Remember -- avoid physical contact with demonstrators! Most often, the demonstrators (American citizens that are a part of His Majesty's constituency) want a physical confrontation. Do not fall into their (When HE says "God Bless America" does that excludethese infidels?) trap!"
Vermont is the only state that has the distinction that President George Bush has never visited. Rhode Island was taken off that short list of "States, George has never visited" on June 28, 2007, but even so Mr. Bush avoided all of the protesters. My post title that day "GW BUSH WAS IN MY LITTLE TOWN TODAY - Bush IN Town But OUT of Sight". So when I read in the Washington Post article "... the White House evidently leaves little to chance when it comes to protests within eyesight of the president. As in, it doesn't want any"... it fit exactly what happened When Bush Came to My LittleTown.
VPR's Sara Sciammacco reports from Capitol Hill about the Senator Patrick Leahy's return to Washington in hopes the Bush Administration would meet the Judiciary Committee's deadline for information on warrantless wiretapping.
But Leahy returned to Washington only to find a letter.
(Sciammacco) The extended deadline to turn over the documents passed. Instead the White House sent a letter to Senator Leahy one month after the original date --- claiming the "material is highly sensitive and potentially subject to executive privilege.
But Leahy argues he is not interested in the operational details of the surveillance program.
(Leahy) "What I have been asking, what other members of the committee have been asking both Democrats and Republicans, what was the legality."
(Sciammacco) In June, the Judiciary committee which Leahy chairs subpoenaed information from the Administration on how it interpreted the law and how it justified wiretapping without court approval.
Leahy says for more than six years phone calls of Americans have been wiretapped without warrants.
(Leahy) "We cannot and we should not legislate in the dark while the Administration hides behind the fictitious veil of secrecy."
Dream for Darfur event in Providence, RI, USA
CARRY THE TORCH FOR DARFUR
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Speakers, Music at the Rhode IslandCapitolBuilding
AND THAT WAS PROBABLY MY SALVATION. THE ARTS HAVE GRACED MY LIFE. I love to sing. I sing best when at home, I sit at the piano, relax and let the music flow through me. When I sing in public I get nervous and it affects my air control. Singing harmony has always been so much fun. For some reason, I have an unconscious belief that to sing in public I have to be perfect. But my favorite singers aren't perfect. I love them because they sing from their soul. I found this YouTube of "Wade in the Water". So much fun. I love the dancers too. .............................................................................. .............................................................................. Music is such a gift.
I taught music to thousands of students over 30 years. One of my students gave me a little picture with this quote on it - "Never try to teach a pig to sing......it wastes your time and annoys the pig." Thanks to Lanee Deblois.
I was raised to believe that dancing is a sin. But I adore dancing....out and about or alone at home to many of my wonderful CDs. Dancing is fabulous. Nothing makes me feel better than music, unless it's dancing. "My only job in life is to be who I am." stated by the character Maxine Gray, aka Tyne Daly on "Judging Amy"
"Be yourself. There's something that you can do better than any other.Listen to the inward voiceand bravely obey that."source unknown
The picture of me above was taken at Covent Garden, London, England where I saw the ballet, "La Fille Mal Gardee". My voice teacher had recommended the book "The Art of Singing and Voice Technique" by Viktor Fuchs and I couldn't find it anywhere (before www.amazon.comdays), but there it was, up high on a shelf at the Covent Gardens gift shop.
"These are faces worth collecting. They are my human bookmarks. They help me remember that we can only kill and discard someone once we have convinced ourselves they are not worthy of our caring.Find a way to see what's real, deeply human, about everyone..." "The Face Collector" by Dr. Mitch Abblett
I spent my day working toward Rhode Island’s event that is a part of international effort, The Dream for Darfur. Many around the planet believe that Genocide needs and deserves each of us to use our voice toward ending the Darfur Genocide. I have seen the hateful comments, on YouTube and elsewhere, written about Americans who, like myself, are working toward this end, however I, like others, do this work not because our government’s actions are just, but because we believe it is the right thing for us to do, personally.
This effort brings attention to China who has two oil companies, PetroChina and Sinopec, in Sudan who make money for President Omar al-Bashir’s Sudanese government who uses 70% of his budget on the military, which in turn uses that military on the Darfur people.China has a unique position to help use their leverage with the Sudanese government to end the genocide.And China has begun to do so as recently as July 31, 2007.
Mia Farrow lighting the torch on Darfur's border August 9, 2007.
The Dream for Darfur torch relays that tie the Chinese Olympics to Sudan have begun in countries that know genocide because they are Rwanda and Sudan.Pictures here are of these torch relays and events that started August 8, 2007, one year to the day before opening ceremonies in Beijing, China, on 8-8-08.
I was raised to be a diehard conservative, Republican and fundamentalist type of Christian. I am none of those things. I am still stunned when I witness one of these descriptive characters on television. And I not only am thoroughly puzzled by what to me is a lack of critical thinking and reasonable weighing of truth on their part, but it comes with a physical reaction to their noticeably pigheaded view of truth. Sure, I feel my perception of the truth is the real truth, but I can make room for an opposing view if it is not presented in a demeaning and demoralizing manner. *Enter Melanie Morgan for the first time on my radar - on Chris Matthews’ Hardball tonight.
(CBS) Despite all the problems gambling was causing her, Melanie Morgan refused to quit.
Finally, her husband got fed up and left her; he threatened to take their baby, CJ, away from her forever.
Morgan decided to get help. "I knew I was so far out of control that I had to do something."
She made an appointment with a therapist, who told her that she needed immediate help.
…...As she waited, Morgan realized that if she stayed on this path, she would probably end up killing herself. (Problem gamblers have a higher rate of suicide than drug addicts or alcoholics.)
She fled the bank and went to the hospital. There she met Dr. Robert Hunter, a clinical psychologist who runs one of the country's best known rehab centers for compulsive gamblers.
Morgan clearly had a problem, Hunter says. She was a classic "action gambler." She craved excitement, action, noise and liked being the center of attention…
Okay, this little bit made sense and shed light on her treatment of another woman, who although she disagreed with Morgan, she was classy and never stooped to Morgan’s level of total lack of civility. She proved that she “craved excitement, action, noise and liked being the center of attention”.She perhaps just replaced her gambling actions’ fixes with this crap behavior that I saw her shoot like a weapon toward another woman.This wasn’t “hardball” it was that cheap wrestling type theatre you see on TV, but just throw in some verbal mud-slinging.
So this is the type of human being that George W Bush and The Dick Cheney have speaking up for them.That speaks volumes.Just what I wouldn’t want sticking up for me.Maybe, Melanie Morgan could get the Press Secretary job after Tony Snow leaves the job before the jig is up.
If Satan was a Republican, I feel these types would defend him to the hilt. Truth doesn’t have a thing to do with their position. Staking out their territory appears to be the goal. It's a position that needs nothing more than having strong feelings for the position. Reasonableness takes a back seat to shooting off their mouths. Civil exchanges are foreign to them. Insulting is in the bag of their behavioral weaponry. Considering that someone who doesn’t think like they do might have a point or have a right to being treated with respect is out of range for them.
Bush makes no sense to me.But some stand by him no matter what he does, says or lies about.The things that bothered them about President Clinton were things like oral stimulation of the penis and his affairs with women other than his wife.Clinton betrayed his wife.Bush has betrayed the country.But that’s just my opinion.
How many movies will be done on this administration? Here are some title ideas … The Bush Push to the White House The Body Politic - The Karl Rove Story (authored by somebody other than The Rover himself) The Dick The Alberto Flamingo Dance The Bush Press Secretaries Took IT Standing Up Oh Laura, Poor Laura Barney, Laura and George Live in Mexico Now You Break It You Own IT - Colin Powell's Got a Line Harriet Miers Lame Story How to Succeed For Business and Fail as Leader of the Free World All Of George's Nominees Katrina and George Why Pull Out When We Can Just Languish Oh, Condoleezza, Puhleeza
When I hear people talk about the lack of qualifications or experience of any of the Democratic Presidential candidates, I think of GW Bush. This man in a suit has proved again and again "The Peter Principle".Again, just my opinion. And said with all due respect to him.
I love my life. I love where I live. And I am passionate about my passions. I love to dance. Necessary to live: music, piano, singing, writing, acting, painting.
I have been fighting for and supporting the arts all my adult life. Since 2004, I have been working with other activists to end the Darfur genocide.
I have traveled to Europe many times since my early twenties. Places I have been: many USA states including Hawaii, Montreal, Canada, Barbados, France, Spain, Luxembourg, England, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Greece and Germany - and have wonderful memories.
My last trip was in May - June 2013 to Spain.
I would like to travel to Europe and Kyoto, Japan.
I love the southwest where I have visited Hopi, Navajo, Zia and San Idlefonso potters.
Life is exciting and I intend to live it full-out to the end.
B.S. and M.M., both in music
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Genocide is not only a word,
it is crying of the whole human race.
There is nothing redeeming about being silent
when speaking up is the humane thing to do.
The honor and integrity of the human race is at stake.
"...And these for whom life has no repose, live at times in their rare moments of happiness with such strength and indescribable beauty, the spray of their moment's happiness is flung so high and dazzingly over the wide sea of suffering, that the light of it, spreading its radiance, touches others too with its enchantment..." Hemann Hesse STEPPENWOLF