D A W N I N G

D A W N I N G . . . but of what … ?

2009 is dimming
Its light nearly gone
Yonder in the east
Dawn begins to awake
Aroused from its embryonic state
Anxious to fill the sky anew
With a new life-force
Initiating the next decade
And the dawning of the next
New Year

Expectations run the gamut from A to Z
Positive, benevolent, subtle, divine on one side
While on the other lurks
Negativity … despair
How will 2010 unfold
What travails linger
Still
Unresolved from 2009

This New Year can dawn
A foundation upon which to build
Genuinely mutually rewarding paradigm
Really it all depends
On how we choose to see
Ourselves as our mirror reflects
As complete and whole
Or unfulfilled
It really up to me

Here’s hoping 2010 unveils itself
Allowing us to see others
As our equal, friend
Not foe nor enemy
A human being like you and me
And probably if we really were to know
With far fewer faults than us

Time to bail out again, Janet


DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . . With respectful “kudos” to Benson … thank you, your cartoon absolutely nails Janet Napolitano for me.

After she cobbled together with spit and bailing-wire several voodoo state budgets she bails on Arizona for the greener pastures of the DC beltway where she now is cobbling together her version of Homeland Security,

I am not sure which will bring about the greater tragedy…? One wonders if she is ready to bail out on this too…?

One Day We’ll All Be Terrorists

One Day We’ll All Be Terrorists … By Chris Hedges, Truthdig … Our descent is the familiar disease of decaying empires. Dissent is starting to become defined as an act of terrorism.

DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . . It began under Bush/Cheney and unfortunately continues today where any form of dissent can be construed easily marking one as an enemy combatant or more drastic … terrorist …

To hell with your labels … dissent is a cornerstone of the foundation of our nation … and if Bush/Cheney/Obama or you don’t like what I have to say … tough … I choose to exercise my rights as an American citizen to freedom of speech …

“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear” … Harry S. Truman

THIRTEEN EVENTS

America the Traumatized: How 13 Events of the Decade Made Us the PTSD Nation

By Adele M. Stan, AlterNet …Posted on December 30, 2009, Printed on December 30, 2009 … EXCERPTED… http://www.alternet.org/story/144791/

It’s been one helluva decade, even though we’ve reached the end without knowing what to call it. … Some have tried “the aughts,” others the “double-Os.” …I’m content to simply call it over. To mark its location in the great march of history, I’ve taken to calling it the millennial decade, after the great numerological transition it heralded…. Yet for describing its character, nothing comes closer than the Decade of Trauma — American trauma, that is. …Here in the home of the brave, we’ve endured a decade that shattered nearly every notion of what it meant to be an American, whether you live on the left or the right. And so we shout. Or hide. Or startle too easily.

DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . .This is one posting which is worth your time to contemplate as it give a context for understanding the latent frustration lingering in America. Whether you agree is not important, the important thing is that you … THINK … about the implications of the topics presented for consideration.

“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear” … Harry S. Truman

To error is human

OBAMA VOWS TO REPAIR INTELLIGENCE GAPS …. By Carrie Johnson, Karen DeYoung and Anne E. Kornblut ….Washington Post Staff Writers …Wednesday, December 30, 2009 … EXCERPTED …. President Obama said Tuesday that a “mix of human and systemic failures” allowed a Nigerian student allegedly carrying explosives to board an airplane en route to Detroit on Christmas Day, and he vowed to quickly fix flaws that could have doomed a flight carrying nearly 300 passengers and crew members.

DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . . To the best of my knowledge man has yet to devise a 100% “fail-safe” system of any nature, so why this pathetic screaming and finger-pointing relative to the airline flight to Detroit…?

Were mistakes made within TSA, most likely and they will continue to be made irrespective of who occupies the office of President of the United States of America.

Being human is to expect that we will in fact … error … and quite possibly at the most inopportune moments.

“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear” … Harry S. Truman

Gee another surprise


DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . .

Hey, come on now, this certainly can’t be true…?

The reports “we” – that’s you and me – get from our “press” consistently assure us that Arizona education is top-notch, adequately funded, delivering “skilled” human-robots for use by for-profit-corporate-interest$.

And hey, banks in Arizona as well as our State Legislators are always on the look out of ways to assist in developing our economy, aren’t they…?

Surely this report is in error as neither our Governor nor our State Legislator or our US Congressional delegation would LIE to us, would they…?

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act…George Orwell

WOW … no surprise


DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . .

Gee, surprise, surprise, surprise … there is truth in the idiom … “birds of a feather flock together”

Did anyone actually think the Phoenix City Attorney would conclude that Hizzoner engaged in a conflict of interest …

How foolish you are…?

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act…George Orwell

BUILDING A BETTER CITIZEN


MILLER-McCUNE MAGAZINE … Vol 2, no. 6 … http://www.miller-mccune.com/magazine … Has an article titled … Building a Better Citizen … subtitle … How the government can make us better at self-government … beginning on page 53 … authored by David Villano … which I believe you will find worthy of your time to read and ponder its implications … I know my synopsis to follow does not do even reasonable justice to Mr. Villano’s most worthy craftsmanship. The article traces a decision by Hampton, Va., initially made in the early 80’s forward to the present. It is the fact Hampton chose a path which even today remains at the fringes of any normal bell curve. Hampton chose to re-invent itself following a path which honestly reaches out to “we” – the people – especially the young and genuinely involving them in governance of their community. As the authors notes … “the program was systematic, first fostering civic awareness through local service projects, hen building collaboration and leadership skill through involvement with city boards and commissions on issues of increasing complexity” … Fast forward nearly two decades and the program is still in operation and recognized as national model for fostering civic engagement.

Here’s the punch line … as the author discovered … “Hampton’s experiment in civic engineering is rarely repeated. Even rarer is the source of the inspiration … elected officials, who most often view public participation in decision-making as anathema” … But guess what, a growing body of evidence and the cultural shift accompanying the election of President Obama are prompting policy makers at all levels of government to consider programs and policies that strengthen eh skills and character traits that promote good citizen ship: pride in community, trust in individuals and institutions, the ability to work in groups, membership in service organizations and even social interaction among neighbors. OPINION … public participation in decision-making is viewed by most officials, elected and appointed as an anathema simply because “we” – that’s you and me – are mentally and even physically lazy choosing to individually to sanction whatever TV talking heads conjure up as politically-correct-truth-of-the-day. Here’s something for you to ponder. When “we” choose to stop idly giving sanction to these TV talking heads, guess what, we open for ourselves a new paradigm for consideration. Nothing happens until we sanction it. You might choose to investigate the nuances of the word … sanction … it’s a worthy undertaking.

Factor in that over the last 50 years a number of studies tend to support the notion Americans have become less knowledgeable of local and national affairs, less likely to engage in public discourse, less willing to join a group or civic organization, less likely to interact with neighbors and more likely to perceive fellow citizens as dishonest and immoral. OPINION … there appears from my discovery process rather compelling evidence to suggest there is appreciable validity to the notion that Americans are less knowledgeable of local and national affairs, less likely to engage in public discourse, less willing to join a group or civic organization, less likely to interact with neighbors and more likely to perceive fellow citizens as dishonest and immoral. Any why, you might inquire, well again how about the fact we have sanctioned for-profit-corporate-interest$ to educate our children.
One discovery in particular has many social scientists very concerned as it is revealed that … trust and connectedness … is lowest among 14 to 29 year olds … signaling for many of them a big red flag … as the very foundations of our democracy, in their judgment, are threatened if our youngest citizens do not maintain the fabric they determined has connected us the past 200 years. OPINION …might there be another lens through which we might look to evaluate the puzzling aspect of trust and connectedness in America’s youth…? Might it be that America’s youth are on the cusp of bringing about a paradigm change which quite frankly not only bewilders older Americans but strikes a bit of fear in them too…?

While many of us say we are in favor of change, I recall from my college days now more than 40 years ago the conclusions from a study performed quantify with the technology available at the time the amount of change “we” can actually endure. Interestingly this study indicated at best we can endure change of about 10%, which over the ensuing years I have come to feel is quite valid.

America’s youth and the youth of the world live in a dynamic of increasing acceleration, perhaps its part of their DNA, whereas “we” who are now becoming the retired “baby-boomers” dwelled in a far slower universe. Though some of our erudite experts find the trust and connectedness attitudes held by today’s youth troubling, I tend to see it as a small part of an ongoing evolutionary process.

If that is something you can not accommodate and you feel need to point our finger and blame, I invite us to blame the guy in the mirror. I am no longer sure I even know what the original fabric is that reputedly held our nation together over these last 200 plus years.

When I personally ponder the nuances associated with the word … TRUST … I find my own examples of trust I passed to my own children to be sorely lacking, as I feel were the examples passed to me by my parents and teachers. For me I note a clear line in the sand is extremely difficult to delineate and trust becomes a function of time, place, condition and circumstance. Trust has become something of a joke … “trust me, I’m from the government I’m here to help you” … or “you can trust me, I’m a doctor” … or “trust me I heard it on CNN, the most trusted name in news.” The fabric surrounding … trust … is relative leaving it to each of us to delineate for ourselves how we ascertain what is true.

I believe today’s American youth quickly discern what for them is true though like us they are most likely unable to articulate it. We, that’s us, baby-boomers need to accept we chose the path our children followed respecting education, which in the past 50 years has changed inexorably. We provided them with a very parochial perspective of history wherein the USA was always right and did not wrong, was not evil and was honorable in its dealings with others. We asked them to trust us informing them we would not send them into harm’s way unless absolutely necessary and then only for just cause. We repaid their trust by allowing George W. Bush to throw them grossly unprepared and under totally deceptive rationale into harm’s way, while “we” in silence did nothing to stop it. And now, we, have the gall to question their TRUST…?

I would say America’s youth has indeed learned well just how “we” define … TRUST … trouble is “we” don’t like what is being reflected back to us, do we…?

SIGNS … but what do we see …?


DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . .

Reading this article I was not sure I was to laugh or cry. Upon reflection I find there are only two signs lacking to make this picture complete.

One, is having General Colin Powell, in his capacity as one of the two “token-negroes” serving the master – George W. Bush – performing his one man dog and pony show about WMD before the UN.

Two, seeing “Georgie-boy” standing on the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, safely anchored off the California coast, flashing the “V” sign to proclaim his quick victory over the sovereign nation of Iraq.

George W. Bush and his handler – Dick Cheney – helped perfect the creation of terror which America now faces.

If as I read this article, President Obama is considering allowing any portion of the Bush-terrorists-play-book to even be remotely reinstituted, I vow here and now to do whatever I can to make sure Barak Obama is NOT re-elected as our President.

Our terrorist play book only assures that the young in the United States will unnecessarily and capriciously lose and gift their lives only to benefit less than 10% of the most wealthy “elite” in our nation who consistently demonstrate an absolute lack of honest compassion for their fellow Americans, many currently suffering while these “elite” gorge themselves on the spoils of their victory.

When we choose to brand and label those because of different color, faith, language and culture as terrorist what does this say about us…?

It may be advisable for America to consider, based on the Bush/Cheney labeling system America is in the minority as our largest creditor – China – clearly fits all the terrorist parameters they so adroitly established.

“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear” … Harry S. Truman

Incrementalists & Idealists

Incrementalists & Idealists … do you know the difference between these two…?

Pass the health care reform bill to keep the process moving forward …
Americans hate stories about process. They are not taught about the legislative process and what little they learned years ago from Schoolhouse Rock- How a Bill Becomes a Law is simplistic and inaccurate today. It is probably a safe bet to say that 99% of Americans don’t understand the legislative process – and they don’t care to know

We live in an age of instant gratification. “I know what I want and I want it now!” is the American credo. You might say this is an infantile response to wants and needs. This can lead to manic-depressive mood swings in the electorate. If Americans get what they want, approval ratings go up. If they have to wait for what they want, or worse yet, they don’t get everything they want, approval ratings go down.

The schism that has developed within the Democratic Party is not between “liberals” and “conservatives” per se, but rather between incrementalists and idealists.

DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . .

http://arizona.typepad.com/blog/2009/12/pass-the-health-care-reform-bill-to-keep-the-process-moving-forward.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BlogForArizona+%28Blog+For+Arizona%29

I invite you to read the rest of above referenced posting as it contains much for us to contemplate …

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act…George Orwell

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