Just Say No To Torture.

§ December 16th, 2014 § Filed under good causes, Poetry and Lyrics, Sept. 11 § Tagged , , § Add a comment

Don’t justify torture on my behalf.
Don’t talk about increasing my safety
or reducing unknown, unmeasurable threats
by applying pain and hideous fear
to a person you suspect of something
you can’t quite define or explain.
When I watched the endless loop
of towers crumbling and people falling
my first stab of coherent thought:
how can anyone do this to another?
we live under the same sky
we bear and hold the same children
how can anyone do this to another?
my second wave of thought: oh damn
we’re bound to throw whatever bombs
whatever we’re able to inflict
all in the name of protection and safety.
Not in my name. No revenge in my name.
No torture in my name.

If you tell me that we should have been torturing people before, during or after September 11th, and if you tell me it would have and will be totally justified (despite research to the contrary), we’re done here.

No one can justify using torture.

If you think you can, it just means you’ve talked yourself into being just as bad as anything you think you’d be “fighting” against. It’s evil. Evil doesn’t beat evil.

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall — think of it, always. What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no causes that I am prepared to kill for.”

Mahatma Gandhi
The Story of My Experiments with Truth, 1927

Need more time to think it over? A different, well-written response to the same social media tripe I’ve been seeing.

or this:

Happiness is…

§ December 13th, 2014 § Filed under In the neighborhood § Tagged , § 1 Comment

coming home to a front porch with fresh chicken shit.

AKA – the chicken lives!

(Hey, it’s the little things)

a turn of events which can’t be ignored

§ December 11th, 2014 § Filed under good causes, In the neighborhood § Tagged , , § Add a comment

I’m talking to you.

I can’t go into all the details of how I know this, but it was revealed to me today that there are indeed people out there who don’t seem to know anything about current events, don’t know what’s going on in their country or why they might want to have an opinion or thought about it all. Since I’ve been gasping about recent events involving police use of deadly force, protests around that and now the whole turns-out-the-USA-used-torture-afterall thing, this newest revelation, which probably shouldn’t be all that shocking to me anymore, left me gasping anew while holding onto both my stomach and head.

People. You must know what’s happening in the world, in your country, in your state and locality. Maybe not in depth all the time, I get that, but most of the time. Because, it turns out, it matters and it also turns out, it involves you. It might not be you getting beat up by police this week but maybe next week. You pay taxes. They were spent to torture people and the government that collected those taxes, and tortured those people, then turned around and lied to everyone about it.

Our federal legislators think that they can pretty much do anything they want rather than their job being to represent their constituency (that’s the people who elected them – you did vote, right?) as best they can and to do the best they can to provide good governmental services for everyone. Everyone being the voters/taxpayers.

Oh and on the subject of voting, a pitiful small percentage of people eligible to vote this last November actually voted.

This isn’t the USA I believe in nor the one imagined by the founding fathers.

What are we going to do about taking back our country? Start by reading the newspapers, listening to good news sources, talking to people. Register to vote and vote. Let your thoughts be heard by commenting on NYTimes articles and similar news sources. Write letters to the editor. Write your representatives and tell them where you stand. Don’t let them think they didn’t know what you wanted them to do. Protest or do whatever it takes to get action. Go to meetings locally.

Just do it. Because if we don’t all do it, nothing happens. If we all do it, we can do anything.

Take back our country…

§ December 9th, 2014 § Filed under good causes, In the neighborhood § Tagged , § Add a comment

…because stuff like this needs to stop and stop now, not because of politics or anything more than: it’s not the right thing to do.

There’s no book in which crap like this is right. It’s not what our country was founded on and it’s not what we want to be now. I’m talking about all the normal people who are doing their best to live each day, honestly and hoping that tomorrow will be even just a little bit better.

Keep protesting the recent terrible events that underscore the racism we must continue to fight. Put our police back into their proper role of protecting and serving and remove this “us vs them” mentality. Tell everyone and your elected officials that we’re not going to put up with this anymore.

There have been times when I thought, well I can’t really do anything about all this stuff or I can’t fight these big players, but that’s gotta change for me and I hope for you. My country is not a country that will torture people like this and go to war on a stack of lies. We’re not a country where the legislatures don’t seriously consider all options before them to develop and choose the BEST things for everyone in the country. Because that’s their job – to represent the citizens and do their best for the whole country.

As someone who lived through the scary Nixon days, lived through Agnew, lived through the impeachment process and the resignation and the transition… I’m having a few flashbacks. Some of these guys might not be in elected positions now, but they all need to be dealt with. They need to be an example to ourselves and the world that we’re not about this stuff. We’re better than this and we deserve better in our government but we need to make it happen.

This is not us.

This way to a dictionary

§ December 9th, 2014 § Filed under geeky stuff, grammazon § Tagged , § Add a comment

Thanks Crossgates! Let me show you the way to spell check…

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