7/3/2013

What to write about -- just don't know.  As an aspiring dharma practitioner I shouldn't be spreading negativity and much of what I have to say is just that.   Have you seen the suicide letter from the Iraq vet that's been going around the net? 

You must not blame yourself. The simple truth is this: During my first deployment, I was made to participate in things, the enormity of which is hard to describe. War crimes, crimes against humanity. Though I did not participate willingly, and made what I thought was my best effort to stop these events, there are some things that a person simply can not come back from. I take some pride in that, actually, as to move on in life after being part of such a thing would be the mark of a sociopath in my mind. These things go far beyond what most are even aware of.     [read the rest of it here]  

The Iraq war and what we did to the people of that country is a permanent stain on our country.   I feel bad for the men and women of the armed forces -- their bravery and dedication to each other is nothing to be ashamed of.  So who is accountable?   Cheney, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Bremer, George W.   These names will be written in history with ink made of shit.  

Tomorrow when we're enjoying our parades, BBQ chicken, fireworks, and chardonnay -- might be good to pause for a moment and think about the quadriplegic and brain-damaged children languishing in the Iraqi desert heat (not to mention the thousands of U.S. veterans suffering from PTSD and TBI caused by IEDs made from explosives found in the hundreds of ammo dumps scattered unguarded in the desert the day Bremer disbanded the Iraqi army and sent around 100,000 men into the night with no prospects).


5/24/2013
 
Yeah  -- here and now.  Sure.  Haven't updated the site since November. 

Well look -- here is totally relative.  Your here is not my here an there is no absolute herehere and now suggests a state of mind that is present, no-nonsense, free of delusion or wishful-thinking, etc.  But here and now are both totally conditional.  It's always now and it's never the future or the past -- but that's for ordinary people like me.  I hear tell that the future, the past, and the present are all actually happening at once -- if you (like me) don't have a handle on quantum physics that may as well be magical thinking. 


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What is this site?   The project of a slacker and 99-percenter.   

My two favorite quotes:  

"I welcome their hatred." - from FDR's second inaugural address, in response to the class he had betrayed who were railing against his efforts to help the destitute and disenfranchised.  

"Mark my words -- this bunch is going to turn The Poor into Public Enemy Number One"  - my late father, on the election of Ronald Reagan.