March 20, 2008 archive

Pony Party, Spring

Happy Spring, Purim, Mouloud (Islamic recognition of the birth of the Prophet), and Maundy Thursday!!


Docudharma Times Friday March 21

Sometimes you dream, sometimes it seems

Theres nothing there at all

You just seem older than yesterday

And youre waiting for tomorrow to call

Friday’s Headlines: Slump Moves From Wall St. to Main St.: Iran a Nuclear Threat, Bush Insists: Saudis to retrain 40,000 clerics : Penniless migrant becomes a maths superstar: Abkhazia, the country that doesn’t exist, prepares to follow Kosovo’s example:  Death of the Reeperbahn: Hamburg’s streets of shame: China mobilises more troops to crush spreading Tibetan unrest: Storm clouds gather as Pakistan prepares for a new dawn: Robert Mugabe grip on power rocked by surging opposition

Police ‘shot at Tibet protesters’

Chinese police opened fire and wounded four protesters “in self-defence” last Sunday in a Tibetan area of Sichuan province, the Xinhua news agency says.

It is the first time China has admitted injuring anyone since anti-Chinese protests in Tibet began last week.

Xinhua said police opened fire in Aba county – the same place that Tibetan activists said eight people were killed during protests near Kirti monastery.

Activists released graphic photos of dead bodies showing bullet wounds.

China has said that only 13 people have been killed during the protests, and that all were innocent and killed by “rioters” in Lhasa.

Docudharma Times Thursday March 20

I knew a lady who came from Duluth

Bitten by a dog with a rabid tooth

She went to her grave just a little too soon

Threw a late howl at the yellow moon

Thursday’s Headlines: On War’s Anniversary, Bush Cites Progress: Hillary Clinton’s schedules shed little light on work as first: lady ‘We live in a nightmare.: The final battle for Basra is near, says Iraqi general: Challenge to TGV as Ryanair brings budget air travel to France: Europe’s last divided city in sight of peace: Fahmida Mirza takes her seat as Pakistan’s first woman Speaker: Chad peace force ‘to shoot back’: Removed Ghanaian dies of cancer

Tibet: China ‘ready for for talks with Dalai Lama’

Britain called for a resumption of negotiations between China and Tibetan representatives yesterday after Gordon Brown announced that he had spoken to the Chinese Premier and would meet the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, in May.

Last night China’s state media admitted for the first time that riots had spread to two provinces outside Tibet, but Beijing claimed that order was returning to the restive Himalayan region.

Mr Brown took the Commons by surprise when he informed MPs that Wen Jiabao, the Chinese Prime Minister, had told him in a telephone conversation yesterday that he was ready to enter into a dialogue with the Dalai Lama, provided that he did not support the total independence of Tibet and that he renounced violence.

Do You Know You Sins?

I will make this short and sweet, since I do not do much posting about religion unless I see something that I feel needs attention.

Do you know your 7 deadly sins?  Pride, envy, gluttony, greed, lust, wrath and sloth; there is so much I could write about each one of those, but why?

Recently in the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, has listed addition to the age old list of sins.  These are polluting, genetic engineering, being obscenely wealthy, taking drugs, abortion, pedophilia and generally causing social injustice.  The Catholic Church has violated at least two of the new sins.  Just my opinion.

If you live by the old list ans now you must live by the new additions.  I want to see how this works out for the church.  There are a few in the church that as of this writing are violating many of the taboos.

Just thought I would see if there are any thoughts on this.  Personally, I do not care! I am a Gnostic.  Your thoughts.

OIF/OEF, Welcome Home, But Not In My Neighborhood!

GUERNEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Merry Lane, a cul-de-sac shaded by redwoods in Sonoma County wine country, would seem a pleasant place to recover from the psychic wounds of war. Nadia McCaffrey’s dream is to set up a group home there for veterans plagued by post-traumatic stress disorder.

Group Housing for Vets Raises Concerns

I posted about Nadia McCaffrey’s, her sons wife and childs, dream of a Memorial to Honor her sons Service and Sacrifice, ‘Veterans Village’, Here. Part of that post:

Muse in the Morning

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Muse in the Morning

The muses are ancient.  The inspirations for our stories were said to be born from them.  Muses of song and dance, or poetry and prose, of comedy and tragedy, of the inward and the outward.  In one version they are Calliope, Euterpe and Terpsichore, Erato and Clio, Thalia and Melpomene, Polyhymnia and Urania.

It has also been traditional to name a tenth muse.  Plato declared Sappho to be the tenth muse, the muse of women poets.  Others have been suggested throughout the centuries.  I don’t have a name for one, but I do think there should be a muse for the graphical arts.  And maybe there should be many more.

Please join us inside to celebrate our various muses…

Through the Darkest of Nights: Testament II

Every few days over the next several months I will be posting installments of a novel about life, death, war and politics in America since 9/11.  Through the Darkest of Nights is an intensely personal story of hope, reflection, determination, and redemption.  It is a testament to the progressive values we all believe in, have always defended, and always will defend no matter how long this darkness lasts.          

All installments are available for reading here on my page, and also here on Docudharma’s Fiction Page, where refuge from politicians, blogging overload, and one BushCo outrage after another can always be found.

The Latest News

So much has been going on at THE ENVIRONMENTALIST, it’s been difficult to keep up.  I’ve copied a few excepts from articles I found most interesting (some I worked on, others not).  

Here are some excerpts:

An Early Spring

Forty-six years ago, author Rachel Carson’s seminal work, SILENT SPRING, alerted the world of damage to the environment by the pesticide DDT. It is a book that is widely considered to be the genesis of modern environmental movement and that may be true, as it raised public awareness as to the dangers of pollution to the eco-system.

Now, a new kind of silent spring is upon us; an early spring that confusing to vulnerable plant and wildlife that many may not survive its untimely arrival.  

Barack Obama: The Prejudice of Predefinition

I listened to Barack Obama’s historic speech in awe of the raw truth of his words and recognition of the dignity with which he faces the obvious attempts by others to predefine him as something singular — a black candidate — rather than as a multi-cultural and gifted American who presents a unique opportunity for both his country and the world.

I understand what his opponents are trying to do. The prejudice of predefinition. If one can be defined, then they are somehow ‘less than’…

Cats may lower heart attack risk

A new study from the University of Minnesota has discovered that people who have kept cats have a 40% lower risk of heart attack than their non-cat friendly counterparts.

More below the jump…

The Communist Manifesto: A Challenge is Placed!

So, I wondered over to this morning looking to see if anything interesting was up, and lo and behold, there was!

IN THIS first installment in a series on the classics of the socialist tradition, TODD CHRETIEN offers you a bet about the Communist Manifesto you shouldn’t refuse.

“And Some Good News Out Of Iraq”


The Best Alternative to Bush’s Horrific, Counterproductive War

My first diary essay here.  What a cop-out I am:  I’ve nothing

worthy to say, to write.  Rather, it seems fitting and proper that

on the 5th Anniversary (beating Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan “only”

took — from an American perspective — 4 – 4 1/2 years, btw) I offer what

one of my countrymen said, rather succinctly, regarding what the U.S.

policy and practice should be, when warring on another nation:

“Soldiers must understand why we’re going. The force must be strong enough so that the mission can be accomplished.  And the exit strategy needs to be well-defined. I’m concerned that we’re overdeployed around the world.  See, I think the mission has somewhat become fuzzy. Should I be fortunate enough to earn your confidence, the mission of the United States military will be [ blah, blah, blah. . . .].”

George W. Bush

October 17, 2000

I just really don’t think I have anything to add.  If I’ve violated a rule here, I hope that, being new to Docudharma, I will be forgiven by the “oldsters” here.

Mu . . .

My Fifth Anniversary Present To You, DD!

Not that this occasion really calls for a present….

However, I would like to take this time to share a video I made this evening from photos I collected from around the tubes…

If you have any you would like to add, put the photo/s in comments.

This is my contribution to the FOW project.


(You may use this video anytime, anywhere, any blog-if you’d like)

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