Where Two Or More Are Gathered..........

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Thursday, March 31, 2005

BREAKING NEWS

Terri Schiavo 1963 - 2005

Terri Schiavo has passed away. May she finally rest in peace.
You can read more from here.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

The Project For The New American Century....

What is the "Project", and why is it cause for concern? The people behind it are now prominent "players" in the Bush Administration. Most notably, Vice-President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Their plan is for nothing less than securing U.S. global domination for decades to come. This is according to their own testimony.

The roots of the Project- both ideological and the people identified with it are in the Reagan Administration. Combining an aggressive foreign policy with a then, unprecedented military buildup, they helped lead the invasions of Panama and Grenada, counter-insurgency wars in Central America, the Cold War showdown with the Soviet Union, and the arming of Iraq as a counter to radical Islamists in Iran.

After the first Gulf war, Paul Wolfowitz, then the Undersecretary of Defense, drafted a defense planning document that laid out the core ideas of what was to become the Project for the New American Century's vision. It was a strategy of maintaining and strengthening unchallenged U.S. military superiority against a potential future superpower rival and against unrest around the world, through pre-emption rather than containment and unilateral military action. Bush 41's Administration rejected this plan as too radical, and didn't believe it would work. Even PNAC admitted that the process of accomplishing this transformation was, "likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event— like a new Pearl Harbor". Then came Sept. 11, the type of catastrophe PNAC had posed as necessary for the realization of its agenda. As hard a question as it is to ask, is it possible that PNAC played some role in the attacks on America?

Only days after 9/11, PNAC released a letter arguing that "even if evidence does not link Iraq directly to the attack, any strategy aiming at the eradication of terrorism and its sponsors must include a determined effort to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq." That determined effort culminated in the war taking place in Iraq today. The real rationale ultimately was not weapons of mass destruction, oil, human rights violations, or any of the other reasons given publicly. It was, as had been written two years earlier, the desire for a permanent role in the strategically important Gulf region

How did a group of little-known intellectuals gain the power to control an administration? Partly by capitalizing on fear, with the American people kept constantly on edge by color-coded terror warnings. Partly by keeping the focus on one piece at a time—Afghanistan, Iraq, and now Iran. And partly by their arrogant belief that there is ultimately no force that can defeat them. It is the same hubris that always accompanies an empire... a desire to dominate the world through military power.

Fear no more my friends, there is an alternative to empire and endless war. The plan of the Project for the New American Century must be countered with a vision that insists militarization and pre-emptive war is not the path to real security. We must advance the vision of a world where international institutions are strengthened rather than destroyed, where global poverty is seriously addressed, where ALL countries, including the United States, no longer have weapons of mass destruction, and where human rights are taken seriously.

To access the Project For The New American Century's website, click on this link.
www.newamericancentury.org

Key participants in the Project for the New American Century and their current/past positions in the Bush administration:


Richard Cheney, Vice-President


Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense


Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of Defense


Peter Rodman, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs


Richard Armitage, Deputy Secretary of State


John Bolton, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security


Elliot Abrams, Senior Director for Near East, Southwest Asian, and North African Affairs, National Security Council


James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence; member Defense Policy Board


Lewis Libby, Chief of Staff, Office of the Vice-President

Monday, March 28, 2005

In the Beginning....




As we should all be aware of by now, there is a big debate brewing between the Christians who believe in Creationism, versus scientists who agree with the Theory of Evolution. Volcanoes of the Deep is an IMAX film that is being banned in theatres in the south because it contains references about evolution. I don't have a definitive opinion as to which theory is correct, however , I do find it disturbing that the Evangelists are protesting anything that makes even the slightest mention of any viewpoint other than Creationism.

If people are not given the opportunity to hear and see different theories or opinions, then how can one truly make up their own mind as to what they think is right? If evidence is being suppressed that may support an opposing viewpoint, then I think it is wrong, and amounts to censorship and propaganda!People should have the right to see and experience what ever they want and not be afraid that it may contain something that others disagree with. Christians are threatening movie theatres to not show this film , or face being boycotted. I find it alarming that anyone would be so afraid of other points of view. If one's faith is strong , there should not be anything that can challenge, or shake it.

Friday, March 25, 2005

A Gift From God...

"The Terri Shiavo case is a gift from God". That's what the House Majority Leader, Tom Delay, said in a recorded speech just a few days ago. According to Robert Novak, a Neo-Con journalist, analysts at the RNC sent out a warning this week to the House of Representatives that the GOP is in danger of losing 25 seats in the 2006 election. The Schiavo case “is a great political issue” for Republicans, Republican Senators were told in an unsigned memo this weekend.

I wonder if Terri's Mother thinks this is a "gift from God"?

This isn’t about Terri Schiavo. Its about rallying the base of poor Christian voters who regularly vote Republican... even against their own best interest! They haven't received their "thank you" yet, unless you count the sweeping cuts in the budget and tougher treatment for the folks who file for bankruptcy! The GOP is hoping that those voters will forget about all that, and they will be able to hold on to those 25 seats. It's ironic, actually... polls show that two-thirds of people who consider themselves "Evangelical Christian" (the very people they are trying to fool!) believe the Government does not have the right to intervene in this very personal matter. Maybe they're a little smarter than the GOP thinks!

I wonder if Terri's Father thinks this is a "gift from God"?


This isn’t about Terri Schiavo. This calculated, manipulative move is about distracting Americans from lawlessness and murder in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s about changing the subject from a cruel and killing budget that favors the rich, and just possibly, about obscuring the news that, according to a new National Defense Strategy, the Pentagon has made "pre-emptive strikes", like those used in Iraq, a permanent part of the nation’s military policy.

I wonder if Terri's Brother thinks this is a "gift from God"?


This isn't about Terri Schiavo. The President rushed back to Washington (from vacation) to sign this bill set forth by Congress, because he believes in a "culture of life". Keep in mind, a baby was just taken off life support this past week, against the mother's wishes, because of a bill HE signed as Governor. If Bush really believed human life is sacred, he would never have pushed for a war(s) that has resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi lives, because of the off-chance that the future might bring another terror attack, somewhere, sometime, that might kill Americans. If Bush really thought that human life was sacred, he wouldn't be traveling the country trying to scare people out of their Social Security, with a plan of privitization, that most economist agree will only benefit Wall Street. Judging by the latest numbers (some where around 65%), most American's agree with the economist.

I wonder if Terri's Husband thinks this is a "gift from God"?

This isn't about Terri Shiavo. The GOP knew that the chances of the numerous, previous rulings being over-turned was very weak. Mark my words, after Terri has passed-away, they will come out and say that this is a prime example of why "we" need to appoint the "right" Judges to the bench. So that another family will never have to endure this pain again.

For the GOP, it isn’t about Terri Schiavo’s life at all; it’s about the life of the GOP.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

School Of Thought....


2005 Class Photo of Jeff Weise


Today, I would like to discuss a tragic event that happened on Monday, in Red Lake Minnesota. There has been so much coverage of the Terri Schiavo ordeal, that little attention has been given to this senseless and unbelievable event. On Monday March 21, Jeff Weise, shown above , walked into his high school, Red Lake High School, and started shooting indiscriminately at faculty and fellow students. He apparently had just come from his home, where he had already murdered his grandfather and a companion. Rather than rehashing the incident word for word(you can get that on MSN or Yahoo), I would like to address the bigger issue .

Ever since the fatal shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999, I knew immediately, what the underlying motive was behind senseless school shootings. I did not have to hear the details of the shootings to know what could possibly spark such rage and violence in a human being. Needless to say, I was very disappointed when the media neglected to focus on the primary reason . See, I know from prior experience that children have a nasty habit of picking on other children by teasing, and sometimes subjecting them to violence. Everyone who went to High School is well aware of bullies and punks who get their kicks(no pun intended) from humiliating and degrading other students. I was one such student who was picked on and I still remember clearly to this day, the anger and rage that I felt towards those bullies. I remember entertaining thoughts of revenge and violent retribution. I did fight some of these bullies , and I was able to stick up for myself without resorting to the type of extreme behavior we see today. Although, I did have vivid thoughts of revenge and murder. I won't lie , I wanted to kill those bastards, but I did not act on those feelings.

I am in no way condoning this type of behavior. I know that the reason why the media does not address this issue is because of the fear of giving the perception of condoning this type of action. Yet , by not focusing on the root of the problem, it is guaranteed to repeat itself. If people don't understand that ALL human beings deserve respect, this type of thing will reoccur! Without shining light on why this is happening , then there will be more school shootings and more senseless killings. It is not enough to dismiss these events as random acts of violence, because they are NOT random. They happen at schools, where one or more individuals feel that they have been bullied and ostracized. These shootings are in response to a wide spread problem that takes place all over this country.When People learn to respect and tolerate each other , despite their appearance, race, color , creed, sexual orientation, etc., then we will all have seen the last of the phenomenon known as school shootings.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

First and Foremost...Step One.


Slave Ship Diagram

It is not my intention to be divisive or antagonistic,but I feel in my heart that this topic should, and will be the first subject to be put out there. I am not going to argue about who was behind it, who profited from it, who suffered from it, who is alive and not alive that are related to it, or who are the descendants of it. I will simply treat this like the first step of a twelve step program that addicts go through, and address the denial portion of it. This is a diagram of a Slave Ship, one of many thousands that sailed from the Coast of Africa to the Americas. This is not a made up event. This is not half truths. This is not speculation, though I wish it was. We have to first understand what exactly took place and to what extent. This is just a representation of one(1) ship full of human beings, that were brutalized and robbed of every shread of dignity and decency. Many of these human beings never made it through this trip called "middle passage". No, many died from the inhumane conditions and were thrown overboard with such regularity, that it was said that sharks infested the routes taken by these vessels. I won't get into numbers, because we are not dealing with that now. I won't get into much of anything by way of actual statistics or facts, because as I stated before, I want everyone to just focus on the mere reality of this ! Step one, overcoming your denial or minimalization of the problem.Hopefully , I will go through the other steps in due time. For now, just think about that.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Let's Get It Started In Here

Hello, welcome , g'day, khanichuwa,chao, a salam a lakum, howdy, heil, bonjour and every other way of saying greetings and salutations!!Myself, along with my partner Imara, will do our very best, to make sure we provide you with a place where all ideas are welcomed. We are not about the business of censorship, nor do we seek to change your opinions. We merely strive to open up discussions on a wide variety of subjects. Nothing is forbidden, nothing taboo....O.k. I broke out into a Prince song for a moment, but please feel free to discuss anything here.We only request that you be civil to each other and allow everyone to express themselves in whatever way one deems fit. Let the games begin. Send in the lions!!!!!