Archive for category Peace
My favorite song turned 45 yesterday:
It was a nice event. Looked like about one hundred showed up. Here’s how things went down:
I was sort of hoping somebody was going to hide marijuana joints all over my apartment for me to find and smoke tomorrow, but I doubt it’s going to happen.
Unless you want to be fired for NOT showing up to your corporate job eh?
Can we start, by NOT having to set our clocks forwards or backwards
Come on Johnny Rotten/Eminem.
Are you going to be out there in the streets?
Maybe you’d better think twice about your fans, unless you’re going to be in the streets with them.
America isn’t the only place with diversity, but we have one guy who cares about it, and makes US safer.
It doesn’t matter how many times I watch these videos, I keep seeing new people who showed up to promote joy.
In chronological order:
Try to watch these wonderful videos in the best resolution you can. If you live in America? Good luck with that. We have some of the worst internet services in the world.
I can’t believe that skateboards are still popular after all these years. I used to have one when I was 13, (now 61). I painted it with a “Thunderball” logo, based on the James Bond movie of the same name that was around at the time.
Stay with me here skateboarders!
I found out that steel wheels weren’t a good idea on skateboards, because it you hit a pebble in the street, it would send you flying onto the pavement; pronto! The rubber wheels came later, but that didn’t – in any way – stop the surfing enthusiasts, without a surf, from riding and flipping their boards around the town in unimaginable ways.
The sidewalks are for pedestrians, bicyclists, and you. It gives me energy to see you.
If I get hit; that’s the way things go.
Try not to hurt yourselves!
Today I actually got involved in an e-mail debate with none other than Talking Points Memo founder Josh Marshall (who never before has answered my e-mails). He contended that President Obama has complete authority as commander-in-chief to order an attack on Syria without congressional authorization, and he lectured me for allegedly being ignorant on the subject of constitutional war powers.
“It’s a complex topic,” said Marshall. “I simply don’t think this is as simple as only Congress has the right to get us into shooting wars.” He’s wrong of course, and I gave him some detailed arguments which I could repeat here, and maybe will in comments. But tonight on Lawrence O’Donnell’s MSNBC show I learned about another debate that quickly got to the point. I could not do better.
[Note: Please ignore the AIPAC ad]
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) emerged from a meeting with President Obama and other congressional leaders earlier today and publicly declared her continued support for military intervention in Syria. But before she left the press gaggle, she shared one last story about a curious conversation she had with her five-year-old grandson over Labor Day weekend.
Before she left her home in San Francisco, Pelosi said her grandson approached her with this question: “Are you ‘yes’ war with Syria, ‘no’ war with Syria?” First of all, she wanted everyone to know that “we’re not talking about war, we’re talking about an action” in Syria, but none-the-less she continued the anecdote.
When she asked her grandson what he thought, he said, “I think no war.” She proceeded to make her case to the young man, describing how Bashar al-Assad’s regime has “killed hundreds of children there.”
“Were these children in the United States?” her grandson asked, bringing up the salient point of how the strike will affect American interests.
She told him, no, but they are “children” wherever they are. “It affects our interests because, again, it was outside of the circle of civilized behavior,” she told reporters. “Humanity drew a line decades ago that I think if we ignore, we do so to the peril of many other people who could suffer.”
From her remarks, it sounds like Pelosi may not have been able to sway her five-year-old grandson. Will she be able to convince her colleagues in the House?
Attacking Syria would be a big mistake, the biggest of the Obama administration. Everyone can see it. The only division is between those who can admit this in public, and those who cannot.
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And now: so have you:
Ray Charles died in 2004. but watch Willie Nelson and Leon Russell watch Charles play Russell’s great song in stunned silence:
Hope I’m not being too dramatic.
Politicians are always trying to tug at our heart strings by bringing children or handicapped people into the discussion. Today, we are supposed to believe that congresspeople have to spend their entire time in congress getting money to “win” their next term, so they can help the children and the handicapped people.
Actually, that is old stuff. Today, politicians seem to think the best way to woo us is to break unions, take away governmental programs that help children, handicapped people, seniors, and the poor.
I’m not that great a writer, but I can refer you to someone who is.
This piece reminded me of a video I saw on YouTube which proves things could possibly change VERY SLOWLY over generations:
Are we that generation?