March 22, 2008 archive

Docudharma Times Saturday March 22

We have the chance to turn the pages over

We can write what we want to write

Saturday’s Headlines: Coping With Loss, Military Kin Also Struggle With a Windfall: In New York, a Turf War in the Battle Against Terrorism: Taiwan counts presidential votes:  Police and troops tighten grip as publicity drive gets under way: Italy’s toxic waste crisis, the Mafia – and the scandal of Europe’s mozzarella: Hamas men ‘tortured by Egyptians’: Cheney, Saudis talk oil, security:  Falling oil production a challenge for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez: Sea change for Mexico City: No welcome mat for Somalia refugee

Tibet: the jealousy, rage and bitterness of a new generation that fuelled deadly riots

Young Tibetans may not remember earlier uprisings but the ethnic tension between the ruled and their rulers is just as acute today

at the door, gouged out the mud-baked roof and bayed for the blood of a top ethnic Tibetan official of the Chinese Government.

Captive in a room within the Jokhang Temple, Tibet’s most holy Raidi cowered under a table, sobbed with fear and begged ethnic Han Chinese officials trapped with him for protection. He knew Tibetan retribution would be fiercest against one seen as a turncoat.

Today, nearly two decades later, the ethnic bitterness between ruling Han Chinese and deeply Buddhist Tibetans is no less acute.

The Real Face of War

From The Real News Network

Reality of war and Winter Soldier testimonials not covered by US television news

It’s $hameful To Me

Cross-Posted at Daily Kos but originally conceived at EENR BLOG:……

I hope you come visit at EENR BLOG!

Barack Obama’s campaign spent at the rate of nearly $1.5 million a day in February as he racked up the victories that pushed him ahead of rival Hillary Rodham Clinton in their chase for Democratic nomination delegates.

Clinton spent about $1 million a day, picking her states and her advertising markets more selectively.

It was a fierce duel fueled by extraordinary fundraising. Obama, the junior senator for Illinois, raised $55.4 million in the month and still had about $30 million in the bank for the primaries going into March, according to his report to the Federal Election Commission on Thursday.…

Random Japan

All hands on deck

Just days after an MSDF destroyer collided with a smaller boat near Chiba, leaving two fishermen missing and presumed drowned, a Japanese destroyer banged into a Cambodian-registered freighter at a port in Vietnam.

And, as if that wasn’t enough, a Vietnamese-registered freighter then hit two Japanese destroyers anchored at a port in Ho Chi Minh City. Revenge of the freighters…

Am I missing something here?

A Ground Self-Defense Forces lieutenant was cited for negligence after he was caught having a conversation with a school-girl while on duty. The 41-year-old told investigators, “I talked to her on impulse.” Whoa … slow down there, Sparky.


1. Naoko Takahashi finishes a disappointing 27th in the Nagoya women’s marathon. Q-chan starts lagging behind around 10 kilometers. After the race, Takahashi reveals she had knee surgery in August, but says she wants to continue her marathon career. Winner Yurika Nakamura joins Reiko Tosa and Mizuki Noguchi on Japan’s squad for the Beijing Olympics. 4 hr, 46 min, 34 sec

2. Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara and Osaka Governor Toru Hashimoto are under attack. Members of the Tokyo metropolitan assembly assail Ishihara for his poor oversight of ShinGinko Tokyo bank. Hashimoto, a lawyer and former TV personality, has his remarks struck from the minutes of the prefectural assembly amid heavy fire from assembly members. 2 hr, 13 min, 23 sec

3. Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi makes a rare public appearance after laying low for more than a year. He gives a speech to support Satsuki Katayama, a Lower House member, in her constituency in Shizuoka Prefecture. He also meets political heavyweights, fueling speculation that the man labeled a “maverick” and even a “weirdo” may be up to something. 2 hr, 6 sec.

The Obamathon (2.0) Begins

8 weeks ago today in a blog on DailyKos and many other sites I posted a proposal for a Obamathon fundraising drive to help Barack Obama win in the first Super Tuesday (February 5th). Since then 896 people have donated $48,771 dollars via that page and Obama has gone from a underdog to a clear front runner within reach of the nomination.

But there is still work to do to get there. Obama has to run two campaigns at once. He still has to win the Democratic nomination and also he has to run against Senator McCain. He is facing a two front battle. It is still a uphill fight but it can be won.

So I’m relaunching the Obamathon as the Obamathon 2.0 (real original name I know) and setting a new goal of $100,000 by April 22, the day of the next primary.

The Church of War

Friday Night at 8: Personal Savior

Here’s a little Stevie Wonder — “If It’s Magic”:

Good Friday.  Jesus was crucified and then on Easter was resurrected, a miracle!

The story interests me, whether it is true or not.  The Bible interests me, as it seems to be, in many ways, one of the first human histories.

And I do love stories, have to admit that right from the start.

What interests me about the story of Jesus in the week that he came to Jerusalem until he was crucified, was the swing of good fortune and misfortune.

Imagine coming to town and the red carpet is rolled out for you, people cheering, you’re pretty much given the keys to the city, can do no wrong!  Must be a heady feeling.

And then imagine that by the end of the week everyone despises you and gathers around laughing and cheering while you are nailed to a cross and in a great deal of pain and naked and such.

That’s a lot of moods to go through in such a short period of time.

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