Sunday, March 30, 2008
Walk with me down this street. It’s my street. It’s a cul-de-sac that has sixteen houses on it. Each house was once worth over $300,000. The houses are wood framed, with stucco walls, and red tile roofs. My street is part of a neighborhood which includes several hundred houses, a couple of schools, pools, and tennis courts. It’s a typical middle class neighborhood, much like yours I'm sure.
But today my street is in ruins, the result of three months of constant bombing of this country by the “bad guys.” (BG’s) Today the ground has stopped shaking and the smoke has cleared and we find that our once great country is now being occupied by the BG’s. My part of the state has been bombed heavily because it is on the west coast and houses several major airports, a major seaport, and several military bases. Several military contractors once called this part of the state home.
My neighborhood has no running water, natural gas, or sewage system to speak of. My neighborhood has electricity for 2-4 hours a day, 2-3 days of the week. I have several large holes in my roof from bomb fragments and the retaining wall from the freeway has collapsed into my yard. I dug a cave into the base of the freeway to create a bomb shelter for my family. There is no gasoline to run my cars, so I walk to a nearby shopping center to stand in line for water and food rations. Cell phones, televisions, and the internet are all memories of the past.
My family is in tatters. I no longer have my pension coming in and my wife has no job since the schools were shut down. I’ve had no contact with my two sons in months, as both left to fight in the resistance.
The BG’s have been dropping leaflets in our neighborhood telling us they are here to bring freedom to our country. Armed soldiers patrol the area, searching for those who resist, kicking down doors and taking away people they call terrorists never to be seen again. I fear they will come for me one day, as I have been trying to do my part by going out at night to snipe at their patrols and plant IED’s. I understand we have lost thousands of troops and civilian men, women, and children have been slaughtered in the millions.
I pray each day that the BG’s would just leave and let us run our country the way we see fit. Why do they have to push their form of government on us? Many believe that it’s not our freedom the BG’s are interested in but our natural recourses. Will this planet ever know peace? When is enough, enough?
Saturday, March 29, 2008
The UCLA men's basketball team is heading to the final four in the NCAA tournament in San Antonio, Tx. UCLA beat Xavier today 76-57 to move on. UCLA was led by Kevin Love's 19 points and 10 rebounds, with another 19 points from Darren Collison. UCLA led at the half 33-24, but came out in the second half and outscored Xavier 14-0 to take a commanding lead. Kevin Love was named the "Most Outstanding Player" of the west regional tournament. Congrats to UCLA!!!
Friday, March 28, 2008
It seems the president has the power to extend the contracts of enlistees to "six months after the war ends" in a time of war. President Bush has chosen to utilize this device on over 60,000 of our troops under the guise of the "war on terror." American soldiers are effectively signing away their freedom indefinitely when they join the military.
According to the article it wasn't uncommon for soldiers to be within days of coming home when they were extended for 18 months because of President Bush's "Iraqi surge." President Bush has reportedly sent soldiers back to Iraq as many as five times in five years.
In discussing this blog entry with my son Josh, he told me that there is a movie just released entitled "Stop Loss" about this very issue. I'll be seeing this movie this week.
I can find nothing positive about this war!! We need to get out now!!
Thursday, March 27, 2008
I picked up a new book the other day (who would a thought!!) at Barnes & Noble (again - who would a thought!!) entitled "The complete Idiot's Guide to Astrology" by Madeline Gerwick-Brodeur and Lisa Lenard. I had always been a little curious about astrology and read my horoscope in the papers in the morning.
Then I went on astrology.com and printed out my astrological chart, sometimes called a natal chart or birth chart, based on the time, date, and location where I was born. The photo is an example of an astrological chart. So I found out that my sun sign is Aquarius, my moon sign is Gemini, I have Taurus rising and my moon is in my 3rd house.
Now I have no idea what any of that means!! Sounds like the song "Aquarius" by the 5th Dimension!! I will let you know when I find out more. (I'm only half-way through the book)
I became interested in astrology because many of the spiritualism books I have read refer to the science of astrology as being the very first science probed by man.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Bill and Sam, two elderly friends, met in the park every day to feed the pigeons, watch the squirrels, and discuss world problems. One day Bill didn't show up. Sam didn't think much about it and figured maybe he had a cold or something. But after Bill hadn't shown up for aweek or so, Sam really got worried. However, since the only time they ever got together was at the park, Sam didn't know where Bill lived, so he was unable to find out what had happened to him.
A month had passed, and Sam figured he had seen the last of Bill, but one day, Sam approached the park and -- lo and behold-----there sat Bill! Sam was very excited and happy to see him and told him so.
Then he said,"For crying out loud Bill, what in the world happened to you?"
Bill replied, "I have been in jail."
"Jail?" cried Sam. "What in the world for?"
"Well," Bill said, "you know Sue, that cute little blonde waitress at the coffee shop where I sometime go?"
"Yeah," said Sam, "I remember her. What about her?"
"Well, one day she filed rape charges against me; and, at 89 years old, I was so proud that when I got into court, I pled 'guilty'and the judge gave me 30 days for perjury."
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Study: Birth control education helps reduce pregnancies in high school kids
Monday, March 24, 2008
NEW YORK - Comprehensive sex education that includes discussion of birth control may help reduce teen pregnancies, while abstinence-only programs seem to fall short, the results of a U.S. survey suggest.
Using data from a 2002 national survey, researchers found that among more than 1,700 unmarried, heterosexual teens between 15 and 19 years old, those who'd received comprehensive sex ed in school were 60 percent less likely to have been pregnant or gotten someone pregnant than teens who'd had no formal sex education.
Meanwhile, there was no clear benefit from abstinence-only education in preventing pregnancy or delaying sexual intercourse, the researchers report in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
"The bottom line is that there is strong evidence that comprehensive sex education is more effective than abstinence-only education at preventing teen pregnancies," said lead researcher Pamela K. Kohler, of the Center for AIDS and STD at the University of Washington in Seattle.
She told Reuters Health the study "also solidly debunks the myth that teens who learn about birth control are more likely to have sex."
To read the entire article, go to http://www.msnbc.msn.com/. I don't know why we need surveys to tell us these things. Today's teens are smart and need up to date information to make informed decisions.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
A lot of people dismiss out of hand the idea that Bush will do something as dumb as invade Iran in the remaining few months of his seemingly interminable reign. It would, after all, be a colossally stupid move, indicating that the administration has learned nothing from the disaster in Iraq—which Cheney just now called a “success.” That word is all you need to hear to understand just how little they’ve learned.
They will attack Iran, and leave it to the next president to handle the aftermath. Anyone who thinks they’re too election-conscious to do it isn’t seeing the situation clearly. Being thrust into a new frightening international conflict during the election doesn’t help the Democrats; it helps McCain. If people are afraid—and an aggrieved Iran, unlike Iraq, is actually something to be afraid of—they will vote for the war hero in droves. If nothing else, attacking Iran is a great election strategy for the GOP. Sure, when the dust has settled and, once again, it slowly dawns on Americans that they’ve been conned, just like they were so many times before, there’ll be the usual “hell” to pay—vaguely critical punditry, low approval ratings, the occasional lecture from Henry Waxman—but it will be the Republicans in power yet again, planning the next invasion, but waiting to debut the PR campaign in the fall, when the public is most receptive.
My Note: These are excerpts from the article. The entire article can be found at www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/13612. I downloaded the above cartoon months ago hoping I would never have to use it.
The UCLA Bruins men's basketball team beat the Texas Aggies 53 - 49 to move on to the "Sweet 16" tournament in Phoenix. Trailing by as many as ten points mid-way through the second half, the Bruins charged back to go ahead by two with nine seconds left. The Aggies drove the lane with time running out only to have their last second shot blocked to mid-court where a Bruin picked it up and scored as time ran out. It was a very exciting game with a even greater ending. Congrats to the Bruins!!!
Some of the artists of the 60's are revising their hits with new lyrics to accommodate aging baby boomers. They include:
Herman's Hermits --- Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Walker.
Ringo Starr --- I Get By With a Little Help From Depends.
The Bee Gees --- How Can You Mend a Broken Hip.
Bobby Darin --- Splish, Splash, I Was Havin' a Flash.
Roberta Flack--- The First Time Ever I Forgot Your Face.
Johnny Nash --- I Can't See Clearly Now.
Paul Simon--- Fifty Ways to Lose Your Liver (gall bladder??)
The Commodores --- Once, Twice, Three Times to the Bathroom.
Marvin Gaye --- Heard It Through the Grape Nuts.
Procol Harem--- A Whiter Shade of Hair.
Leo Sayer --- You Make Me Feel Like Napping.
The Temptations --- Papa's Got a Kidney Stone.
Abba--- Denture Queen.
Tony Orlando --- Knock 3 Times On The Ceiling If You Hear Me Fall.
Helen Reddy --- I Am Woman, Hear Me Snore.
Leslie Gore--- It's My Procedure, and I'll Cry If I Want To.
Willie Nelson --- On the Commode Again
My note: I think the Rolling Stones "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" fits in nicely without any changes!!
David Michael Green
Americans love to think that we’re a peaceful people, and that we fight wars only when we must. Unfortunately, you can count in nanoseconds how long those assertions hold up when exposed to such insidious commie dirty tricks as the application of logic or the examination of empirical history.
Sure, any war can be spun as some necessity against some "Very Bad Person," preferably of brown skin, slanted eyes and/or differing deity. Not only can any war be so spun, probably every war there ever was has been, at least since the days when governments had to start offering some justification or another for their little foreign adventures.
But pick your barometer – any one will work – and you’ll quickly see who are the militant folks on the planet. For America, it turns out – gulp – to be that bloated, frightened meth-addict staring back at us in the mirror, not some overseas evil emperor du jour.
For example, suppose you wanted to measure comparative national war-like tendencies by simply counting wars. Since World War II, the US has messed around, in ways big and small, in Korea, Vietnam, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Afghanistan, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Lebanon, Granada, Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, Haiti, Somalia, Afghanistan again, and Iraq again. No country in the world can begin to match this record in the last half-century. And I’m not even listing here the covert operations (almost everywhere), including the ones that toppled democratically elected governments (Iran, Guatemala, Chile, etc.), the long-term occupations of Latin American countries by the US military, the gunboat diplomacy of the American Navy around the world, the aiding and abetting of other killers (Saddam invading Iran, for example, apartheid South Africa or the Israeli occupation of Palestine), the militarization of the oceans and of space, or the myriad other ways in which the US leads the planet in aggressive tendencies. (For a whole century’s worth of overseas fun – not even counting the big stuff – Stephen Kinzer’s Overthrow is highly recommended reading.)
For the rest of this article refer to www.regressiveantidote.net/articles
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Vernal equinox occurs on March 20, 2008
by Ann-Marie Imbornoni and Elissa Haney
What Happens at the Equinox?
Equinox Means "Equal Night"
Rituals and Traditions
Modern astronomy aside, people have recognized the vernal equinox for thousands of years. There is no shortage of rituals and traditions surrounding the coming of spring. Many early peoples celebrated for the basic reason that their food supplies would soon be restored. The date is significant in Christianity because Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. It is also probably no coincidence that early Egyptians built the Great Sphinx so that it points directly toward the rising Sun on the day of the vernal equinox.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Today I attended my first ever anti-war demonstration. It was held in Claremont, California, and drew about 150 people. I'm actually proud of myself for putting action to my words and making a public stand against the Iraqi war. You could say I put my money, in this case my time, where my mouth is. The intersection is heavily traveled during the afternoon rush hour and we seemed to draw a lot of support in the way of horns honking, waves, and peace signs, from the passing motorists. I'm sure word of our demonstration will reach the ear of President Bush and cause him to re-think his war strategy. Uh huh?? Oh well, wish you would have been there!!
Instead, I thought I would look ahead to March 19, 2009, to the sixth anniversary of the invasion. If things continue as they have in 2007, we will have lost another 900 more members of our armed forces and had another 6,000 more wounded. Simple math will tell you that our grand totals will then be 4,890 killed and 35,314 wounded. To many these are just numbers. I am the father of two sons ages 20 and 22 so I can very easily put representative faces to those numbers. These are young men and women in the prime of their lives. Men and women who have dreams for their future.
What makes me make this wild prediction? It's rather simple really. President Bush will be in office until the end of this year and nothing will change during his reign. (We can only hope he doesn't invade Iran, since Iraq has been such an astounding victory for democracy) Senator McCain has already said he won't bring the troops home, and neither Senator Clinton or Senator Obama will have done anything substantial by March of 2009. Add to that, our Congress seems to be in some sort of shell shock and frozen in place when it comes to arguing against the war.
As for me, I'm going to continue to be vocal against the war. I will be attending an anti-war demonstration this afternoon in Claremont at the intersection of Arrow Hwy, & Indian Hill blvd. Maybe I'll see ya there!!!
Sunday, March 16, 2008
The UCLA men's basketball team beat Stanford 67/64 to win the Pac 10 tournament yesterday afternoon. Tied at 32 at the half, UCLA went on a 11-0 run mid-way through the second half to get a comfortable lead and then hung on at the end to pull it out. The win would have been much easier if UCLA had made even half of their free throws, but they were 9-23 from the free throw line. Congrats UCLA!!!
Happy Birthday wishes go out today to Jerry Lewis who turns 82 years old. Jerry Lewis, born Joseph Levitch, in Newark, New Jersey, now lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. I'm sure we all have our favorite Jerry Lewis movie. Happy Birthday Jerry Lewis.