Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
The title isn't a play on dismay at the dashed aspirations of MLK. I had a dream last night after the President's speech.
I am not a Jungian or a Freudian-just a little lawyer. But the dream changed my view of the President's actions in Libya 180 degrees. I now just might be his biggest fan again. Before the President's speech I was applauding Medea Benjamin of Code Pink for raising the rucus banner still, and generally considered myself someone who should call out anyone who wages war championing the Pope's call to lay down the arms now. After my dream I appreciated better the distinction between "just" and not so just war. Chamberlonian Appeasement has a bad name for a reason. Appeasement can sometimes mean outright slaughter.
In this dream my late grandfather, a distinguished Pennsylvania attorney who has never before in the 35 years since his passing showed up in my dreams was there lounging in his beautiful living space. I was warmed immensely by his presence. Then I was led out of his presence by a beautiful little small boy whom I knew wasn't my son but felt more like an angel. I followed him to another room whereupon I saw a man whom I recognized immediately as a bad guy capture the angel boy and violently throw him in a closet. I instinctively went toward the man to demand that the angel boy be let out of the closet at which point he threw me against the wall, handcuffed me with state issued military police handcuffs, brandished a switchblade and taunted that he was not only not going to let the angelboy out of the closet, he was going to have his way with me and slice up my grandfather and all the rest of my family. I screamed for help and felt utterly helpless against the power of this evil. I was so shocked/stunned by this dream I immediately awoke in a sweat.
I sat in bed thinking hard about why I had just had such a horrible dream-I don't get them alot. I tend to think the Rosary I say before bed protects me and usually my dreams are the sweetest. But this I needed to think about.
It has dawned on me that God places our leaders in authority over and in positions of strength and power for us because they are good, supremely good and they are there for a reason in a particular moment in history. This is Obama's moment in history.
It's the conservatives who usually say there is evil in the world and it is real.
Indeed, it is real. Sometimes it has to be stopped in its tracks.
Obama has tried every way he can think of to not overreach in the fashion Bush did and not deceive the public like Bush did about why force was here the only responsible response given what he knew of the situation. He has made it a multilateral effort and the responsibility of the entire western world through NATO. He has minimized and reduced our military involvement to what was necessary to stop what he thought was an imminent slaughter of an entire city.
Now I do not fault him for using force to overcome a forceful evil. I can only criticize him for not coming out ahead of the criticism and making this speech a week ago. I apologize and retract for calling it reckless and/or ill advised (I think I was harsher, I called it stupid even.) This was how it appeared to a lot of people and polls have plummetted. Now I need to make it right and redress the decline. The President deserves our humble appreciation. In our name he stood down evil in the face and won. He's Winning.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
on the other Side
Is a life a life
so small so set aside
and instead derride
their leader with mocking
theatre. Is a life
a human or an enemy
an animal buriable
Do you pray
for your enemies
and wish them life
or wish them enlightenment
or arrogantly curse
their existence into
Saturday, March 26, 2011
First national Major Female Vice Presidential candidate-- Stellar.
Masses should be said for her everywhere. She made it credible and possible to even have
female Secretaries of State or higher officials in government. Roman Catholic from New York.
Rest in the Sweetest Peace.
He has been our friend, our nemesis, our friend, then our nemesis again depending on which oil executives can deal with him or not or which european powers want what influence when and how.
Is it true to say that half his country now doesn't want him in power? Is it true to say that the 'rebels' represent the country? If that were the case the US should be open to UN monitored elections. And that is something that the African Union is pushing. If we don't want reform toward elections we are speaking out of our arse and the democracy rationale will be seen as completely pretextual and a misnomer for just getting economic concessions our way.
That was actually what was said by one of his employees at an Agency-a common refrain to all the criticism leveled recently at President Obama. To his credit he has apparently backed Khadaffi against the wall with all the multilateral western world opinion so squarely against him the NATO resolve has shifted to North Africa to bomb the be-youknowWho out of him.
Reports now circulate in US press (but not BBC) that the African Union has either convinced Khadaffi or the other way around that reforms are on the table and he wants to negotiate with the "extremist" malcontents. Nelson Mandela is Khadaffi's friend. Very Good Friend. Perhaps Mandella or Desmond Tutu's daughter, an Episcopal cleric can serve as mediators in the negotiations.
The US response will be closely watched as the President addresses the nation. So far we have firmly taken the non-negotiable position that Khadaffi is such a bad actor our policy is that he must go. Now what. We negotiate with him? Is he a demon like Hitler? Is he a mass murderer like Milosovitch? Is he just someone so shrewd and unethical that he is able to extort over the barrell the western oil interests who can't get the best deal out of him so they are going to make sure that he hangs like we did in Iraq? Someone who isn't giving us pipeline concessions in as favorable terms so instead of a gold carpet he gets carpetbombed like in Afghanistan?
The President's Speech early next week is going to be an interesting tap dance to watch-
and he will have to try not to look as Megalomaniac as his nemesis. A Nemesis who calls this President a "son of Africa" and even his 'son.'
If Khadaffi is letting out Western journalists unharmed there must be room for good will there.
What can we build on rather than try to destroy. The American people are not going to stand for
oil companies killing off everyone they are too unsuccessful in negotiating with. Send the American executives to the Harvard program on Negotiation.
Friday, March 25, 2011
the Married Priesthood option.
How the internet started.....
In ancient Israel , it came to pass that a trader by the name of
Abraham Com did take unto himself a young wife by the name of Dot.
And Dot Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg.
Indeed, she was often called Amazon Dot Com.
And she said unto Abraham, her husband: "Why dost thou travel so far
from town to town with thy goods when thou canst trade without ever
leaving thy tent?"
And Abraham did look at her - as though she were several saddle bags
short of a camel load - but simply said: "How, dear?"
And Dot replied: "I will place drums in all the towns and drums in
between to send messages saying what you have for
sale, and they will reply telling you who hath the best price.
And the sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by
Uriah's Pony Stable (UPS)."
Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with
the drums. And the drums rang out and were an immediate success.
Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever having
to move from his tent.
To prevent neighboring countries from overhearing what the drums were saying, Dot devised a system that only she and the drummers knew. It was called Must Send Drum Over Sound (MSDOS), and she also developed a language to transmit ideas and pictures - Hebrew To The People (HTTP)
But this success did arouse envy. A man named Maccabia did secret
himself inside Abraham's drum and began to siphon off some of
Abraham's business. But he was soon discovered, arrested and prosecuted -
for insider trading.
And the young men did take to Dot Com's trading as doth the greedy
horsefly takes to camel dung.
They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Sybarites, or NERDS.
And, lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the
deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were
going to that enterprising drum dealer, Brother William of Gates, who bought off every drum maker in the land.
And indeed did insist on drums to be made that would work only with
Brother Gates' drumheads and drumsticks.
And Dot did say: "Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken
over by others."
And Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel or eBay as it came to
be known. He said: "We need a name that reflects what we are."
And Dot replied: "Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators."
"YAHOO," said Abraham.
And because it was Dot's idea, they named it YAHOO Dot Com.
Abraham's cousin, Joshua, being the young Gregarious Energetic Educated
Kid (GEEK) that he was, soon started using Dot's drums to locate things around the countryside. It soon became known as God's Own Official Guide to Locating Everything (GOOGLE)
And that is how it all began.
Watch how NATO is saying the UN mandate does not go further than this- the No Fly Zone.
And the No Fly Zone is to "protect the civilian population" meaning it cannot hit civilians.
It cannot target Khadaffi, it cannot target his forces. It has to merely take out anything that could fly like missile capability, air force, etc. And by all accounts it has largely done that in a week already.
So now the game is all about ground troops- because the battle is on the ground and the NATO air force assault has its hands tied by the construction of the UN resolution which forbids anything other than enforcement of a No Fly Zone. Even US commanders have construed that to mean that it is a limited mission to disable air assaults.
But the whole game is on the ground. And Khadaffi has an arsenal and funds notwithstanding freezing his western bank assets to fund a vicious military campaign. If Western forces intervene in a civil war, which this clearly is, then Western forces are going to come out bloodied beyond imagination. The opposition forces are facing a well financed army arsenal. They are literally playing with toy guns.
The best case scenario for OBAMA now is if Khadaffi somehow bites the dust by his own military coup-style turning on him (no signs of that)- Who can we bribe there? Money seems to make people turn color pretty quickly.
Clinton tried to explain the Libya invasion with a bit of good new- NATO now apparently DOES stand for North African Treaty Org- or at least we have convinced NATO to take over partial at least lead of the no fly zone. Any news is good news-and that wasn't even expected to fly.
Then she dodges out of town to go to London to meet with Cameron who will -what-pledge to lead a ground invasion?
Khadaffi can only be taken out with a ground invasion unless we seek to inflict massive air casualties on civilians.
Jane Harmon (Armed Services Cte.) is even ticked off. Not a good place you want to be. Because this no fly zone looks like Fly by the Seat of Your Pants Zone.
A ground invasion is not something that the US can afford to do politically or monetarily.
And yet, being the conscience of the world coming to the rescue of apparently an Arab League who won't step to the plate with ground troops of any kind and just want the US to implode by
the massive ground slaughter to follow is the definition of being Played.
If the Arab League called you in, make the Arab League put the boots on the ground. Not like they don't have a few Komakazi rebel groups they could arm. What-they say they won't fight an Arab nation? So they convince a christian one to self suicide by slaughter?
Tilt Tilt Tilt. Game Over.
...or maybe we are just going to heavily arm the rebels with state of the art armaments- rebel Muslim troops in a Muslim country whom Hamas is recruiting similtaneously and they already might be card carrying members of the 'Brotherhood.' That's a fantastic idea.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
This case, you recall isn't a Title VII gender discrimination on the merits, but it is a question of whether a class may be certified under 23(b)(2) of the rules of civil procedure of all these women (over a million) with different job titles/functions who all experienced what they allege is the same pervasive systemic patterns and practices of the OBN (Old Boy Network) denying women job pay and promotion opportunities.
I have to say I was honored to even be sitting in the room with Marcia Greenberger of the Women's Law Center who spearheaded the Lily Leadbetter legislation to redress the fact that the Supreme Court found her claims out of time overturning the three million or so dollars the company kept that should have paid her. She got nothing- but a nice photo op with the President. And she got to make her point into law for everyone. God Bless her.
This Wal-Mart case is hugely significant for class action plaintiffs attorneys who seek to do justice in the world and know that class actions are the only way to redress institutional grievances of a widespread nature with policies that uniformly affect an entire protected group of people. The sort of statistical data that can prove disparate impact cases can often not even be evidenced with single or even smaller multiplaintiff cases. There are objections as to 'overbroadness' typically leveled at discovery seeking to get data on other employees, and motions to compel follow with varying success at gaining this evidence. Typically defense will try to discredit the credibility of any one single plaintiff and make it just their issue and deem discovery pertaining to all the other women for example as just not relevant to any one person's claim. Injunctive or Declaratory relief sought under 23(b)(2) of the FRCP (Federal Rules of Civil Procedure). It is deeply fundamental to the ability to prosecute corporations in a way that forces them to implement or change policies across the board by this procedural mechanism.
Another panelist is a current Law Professor at Catholic U's law school, Suzette Malveau who bears a striking resemblance to her newscaster sibling, has written a law review article "Class Action At A Crosroads: An Answer to Wal-Mart v. Dukes" Vol.6, No.1, 2011 (winter) Harvard Law Review which is mandatory reading for anyone seriously interested in this. It's a bit technical but raises very interesting angles.
Women in this country make on average still 64 cents less on the dollar to men we were told by Marcia. We have come a little not a long way from the 54 cents when the Equal Pay Act first kicked off. We got a ten cent raise. The same stereotypical assumptions still pervade in large corporations and Wal-Mart is the largest private employer in the country with billions and billions in annual revenues. Women are considered en masse more non-career, able to make comparably less and forced to do so because the guy is supporting a family and so he should get the pay promotion. Women are presumed not to stay as long and cost more over maternity benefits and leave, etc. What this case showed is however that the performance evaluations were on the whole better for the women, and the women were treated unfairly by operation of the systemic corporate wide policies that kept them down- policies that gave too much discretion over pay and promotion with less guidelines than what they give store managers over how to control the temperature gauges inside stores, argued Marcia.
This case could and should say something very significant for women's equal rights and pay and dignity and standing in corporate life.
On a personal note, I have a grandmother who had to go back to work and earned a Masters' degree at age 50 because she was widowed. She worked into her late 70s as a professor at a Pennsylvania State College. I have an aunt who lost her husband with two small children when she was in her early 40s. I have another late aunt who was divorced with two small children and had to work. Half the country is divorced now and women have to work and support their children too. There is just no excuse for any pay promotion or hiring disparities in large corporations for women.
At this juncture in our history the Courts if they wish strong American families have to help make women strong and certifying this class action would send an enormous signal that life has to start getting fairer.
Some people are told to just swallow and accept the "Life is not Fair" conclusion. Others try to change it and believe they can. Ask what you can do for your country now. Let it not be in vain.
This NYTimes article posted all over MSNBC today says it all:
We are fighting Libya for the commercial interests of mostly oil company executives who feel extorted by him. It's all about money. It's not about Human Rights, humanitarian impulses- that is what is sold to people to convince them to send in their sons and daughters to lose their limbs. This is about oil companies complaining its too expensive to do business there because the guy is a crook. It's a Kleptocracy- he puts too much a surcharge premium on his country's resources and keeps it all for his family. -OK, so now we are clear.
Thanks for being honest. I agree making US oil companies pay for terrorist acts in kickback schemes is morally repugnant. But does it justify our killing off his family and anyone who supports him? How many people do we get to kill to oppose the kleptocracy? As many people as were in the Pan Am Lockerbie jet?
How many other countries, Arab or European do we get to throw their sons and daughters in front of grenades and African mercenaries in the interest of American commerce?
No one told any American company they had to do any business in Libya. Generally smart companies do foreign risk analysis and decide which countries and companies they do and don't want to do business with on various risk analysis and it if is too expensive to do business there- don't. Just like the reported cell company that didn't want to get into a contract with Khadaffi's son. You can choose who to do business with. Cancel your oil leases. Get it somewhere else.
You don't get to kill all the people in the government if they make life too expensive. Take your ball home and go play somewhere else. We don't get to kill off every government that does not sign up with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Figure out some other sanction for them not doing so tied to the contracts originally.
The era of oil companies dictating our Foreign Policy has to be over. The sham and charade of putting forth pretextual UN excuses to invade countries to protect American commercial interests in the name of protecting civilians from their government after we incited the riots is pathetic and frankly, a bit disgraceful.
If the Libyan people want to share in the spoils-that's another thing. If we are mad that a foreign government put an absurd or immoral premium too high on the natural resources within their borders or their commercial contracts, don't do business there.
At what we think we are doing in Libya. Aside from the shock and awe of blitzkriegging the place without much discussion, i.e. Congressional approval and clue in....you didn't obviously
get the commitments lined up to follow up or follow through with the 'no fly zone' enforcement on what looks like a Rice-Clinton replay of Powell's embarassing UN moments because still six days later (starting Friday) no one wants to step forward in the bloody battle to follow with Khadaffi's billion dollar Gold reserve to hire half the African continent as mercinaries.
Hillary's talk last night left me with Shivers. I like these people and I am scared!
First of all, the case to the American people concerning why exactly Khadaffi 'has lost all legitimacy to govern" fell far short of an explanation. What did he do besides being brutal in
putting down an uprising that caused him to 'lose all legitimacy' ? How many of his people have turned on him, how many like him and how many find the opposition a bit off their meds? He's been there forty years, what did he do recently except feel threatend by the uprisings around him so decided to crack down on opposition? They did the same thing in Iran and we didn't say there the leader lost all legitimacy.
If this conclusion is because the Libyan UN contingent defected, or everyone in the Arab Leage says so, then we need to hear from the UN guy as to why and from someone in the Arab League.
Also, Hillary's tone is off base. It comes off as arrogant and bullying and plays into the hands of people accusing us of conspiring with imperialist aggression. The 'crusader' term flung is ridiculous because neither Hillary nor Obama are of the same religious fundamentalist cloth as Bush and it is a more secular administration than we have had in a while- but the conspiracy with imperialism moniker has to be addressed.
My humble suggestion:
the next public appearance anyone makes on this has to have an Arab translator simultaneously translating standing next to Hillary or Rice or Obama explaining, preferably with someone, anyone, from the Region or a former government official who defected (sought asylum) what exactly Khadaffi has done to suggest he has lost legitimacy to govern as recognized by the people bold enough to oppose him. Further, a plea to explain to the people why it is in THEIR interest (not the US interest) to oppose him and not support him should be articulated. Something like- Good people of Libya who have a long and honorable history which predates Khadaffi's administration, you have over the past forty years been victims to such an undemocratic unegalitarian pillage of your country's resources that Khadaffi has earned over fifty billion dollars in oil revenues which he has stockpiled for himself and to support his regime while you barely survive, your businesses are barely solvent, he has kept you in poverty while amassing luxury and riches for himself without sharing, etc.... He now threatens to use over fifty billion in stockpiled gold reserves in your central bank to convine you that you have to die for him rather than using that money to develop infrastructure, build roads, universities, industrial development to raise your lifestyles. He has kept you his peasants, he has oppressed you brutally, he has created a culture that values military oppression over economic development. We are here to assist you and we encourage you to assist yourselves and grab the ring in this moment of your history.
Love, Barach, Suzie, Hill. and Faoud. Something like that. Works much better than the Bullying Blonde Biatch act.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The Power who created heaven, hell and purgatory
Now start with this assumption: You Know Nothing- like a child.
Because unless you are like a child you cannot enter the wormhole and
be transported- your belief is the oil that fuels you to God who
gave you a gift if you recognize your portal ticket.
For the May Beatification of JPII :***** 206 Tours.
Aptly named because the Blessed Mother appeared at twenty to six to the visionaries in Medjugorje, this agency was founded by a Serbian who worked for Yugoslavian Airlines then started her own business which is now a pre-eminent international Catholic Pilgrimage Agency. Priests accompany all tours, and the tour guides are the best in the area with special inside access to privileged audiences and spaces. http://www.206tours.com/ They go everywhere and anywhere.
*****Bethesda Travel Center
The owner Guido Adelfio, born in Palermo, whose clientele have included Washington's well heeled attending the Washington Cardinal's invocation at the Vatican among his long list of pilgrimages has special ins and access by virtue of his priestly connections all around Rome. BTC also specializes in family vacations and Honeymoons and is located in the heart of downtown Bethesda, Maryland. The agency's hallmark is the impeccable taste, style and class of the owner who never disappoints and takes personal care and attention to every trip. It is a family owned business which has been in the business for fifty years.
This exclusive McLean, Virginia based agency is founded and owned by Ezio deFilippis, also an Italian native and former Air Italia executive who has led and organized many group pilgrimmages with a special focus in Italy. Based in McLean but serving catholic schools throughout the country, he has organized many groups, conferences and tours for religious and non-religious groups alike such as for the United Nations Association National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) study tours to Geneva and Paris.
These are all rated Five Stars by Pilgrims, Patriots and Prophets and are recommended without reservation.
Detroit. Huffington Post photographer-journalist: Don't think this isn't coming to a city near you.
The Status of Interreligious Cooperation and Reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Father Ivo Markovic, a Bosnian Friar, is a founder of Pontanima, an interreligious choir based in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is widely acclaimed as an innovative peacemaking project, a shining representation of Bosnia-Herzegovina, and a major contributor to the country's cultural life. The choir and its founder received Search for Common Ground Reconciliation Through the Arts Award (2004) and the Tanenbaum Peacemakers in Action Award (1998), among others.
Father Ivo will give a talk on the status of interreligious cooperation and reconciliation in today's Bosnia, which remains a very unsettled place even 16 years after the war ended.
Father Ivo Markovic
Founder, Pontanima Interreligious Choir
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Renata Stuebner, Introduction
Senior Program Assistant, Religion and Peacemaking Center
U.S. Institute of Peace
JOHAN GALTUNG WORKSHOPS & LECTURE/RECEPTION with Diane PerlmanMarch 25, 2011
Search for Common Ground 4th floor 1601 Connecticut Ave., NW, Dupont Metro North ExitOutside the Box Strategies for Transforming a Seemingly Intractable Conflicts
9:30 - 10:00 Coffee and Registration
10:00 – 1:00 Workshop 1 – Training in Deep Culture, Deep Structure, Mediation & Positive Peace1:30 – 4:00 Workshop 2 – The New Situation in the Middle East
4:15 – 5:30 Lecture /Reception – The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict 6 State SolutionWorkshop 1 - $30.00 Workshop 2 - $25.00 Lecture/Reception $15.00 All 3 - $60.00
Healthy, vegetarian, low methane, low carbon, and mostly low carb snacks included
Space Limited, First come basis
Workshop 1 – Training in Deep Culture, Deep Structure, Mediation & Positive Peace This workshop will present the Transcend Method – creative, successful strategies that inform sound policies capable of breaking deadlocks and transforming challenging and dangerous conflicts.
Workshop 2 The New Situation in the Middle East This workshop will address of the uprisings in the Middle East, intervention in Libya and more.
Lecture/Reception – The 6 State Solution to the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict This core conflict fuels other conflicts, increasing tensions, driving extremism and inflaming anti-American and anti-Israeli sentiments. Military and political leaders recognize consequences for US security at home and abroad. Rather than blaming the inability to end this conflict on parties, we will consider decades of failure as a result of inadequate solutions based on old paradigms and narrow thinking that miss deep psychological forces and dynamics that provoke resistance and setbacks.
Outside-the-box thinking includes a proposal for a Middle East Community, MEC, and a regional Organization for Security and Cooperation in the Middle East, OSCME, modeled after the OSCE. Our approach will address issues of trauma, identity, fear, guilt, envy, humiliation, and systems theory. We will consider basic human needs, legitimate goals, and just grievances, and strategies for overcoming bitterness. We will explore the critical role and untapped contribution of conflict analysis in collaborating to design creative, transformative, sound solutions more capable of reducing tensions and transforming conflict
Dr. Johan Galtung is a pioneer in peace research and conflict transformation, founder and co-director of Transcend, originator of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and resolver of the 8 year conflict between Peru and Ecuador, consultant and advisor to many world leaders and organizations, focusing on strategies which create a new reality conducive to sustainable, enduring security.
Diane Perlman, PhD is a clinical and political psychologist, Visiting Scholar Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, a member of Transcend, Mediators Beyond Borders, and Psychologists for Social Responsibility, and Abolition 2000, working on the psychology of nuclear proliferation, terror reduction, enmity, reversing cycles of violence and reconciliation processes from perspectives of depth psychology, systems theory and conflict dynamics.
TO RESERVE - Email Diane Perlman, EnduringSecurity@gmail.com– give name, email address, phone # and which workshops, 1, 2, and/or 3. Pay at door on 3/25, If you have questions call Diane Perlman, 202 775 0777 cell 202 241 7018
(for those generation x and y it is a reference to an old bath bubble commercial)
Because watching what is happening in Libya is only making me want to hide somewhere. I envy Mika of Morning Joe who gets to poll the folks in the South of France about the latest incursions.
If I didn't have all these bills I might defect to Monaco.
Here is why Libya is not the Balkans where the air power with minimal casualties turned a genocide into a good resolve. There the I-4 you recall came in under UN auspices and protection as NATO forces stopped the genocide of Milosovich who died before final verdict in his war crimes trial. Someone tell them NATO stands for North Atlantic Treaty Org. not North African Treaty Org. Without Germany, Russia and Turkey there is no NATO backing for anything, and certainly not in North Africa. Merkel has pulled all German ships from the Mediterranean because she wants no part of invasion in Libya. Strategic miscalculation No.1
Strategic miscalculation No.2
Someone is going to have to bring ground troops to bear if we aren't done until the Regime is changed because Khadaffi wasn't fighting an air war to begin with. Obama knows as much now and is saying things like-all options on the table, we rule nothing out, etc... If we launch another Afghanistan or Iraq-style ground troop invasion in Libya we are in real trouble. Iraq is probably the single greatest Foreign Policy disaster since WWII we have ever engaged in and we are still there eight years later. Obama just lost his base. He rode in on Anti-Iraq Anti-War sentiment and he is proving himself dumber than the predecessor. And more elite ivy league arrogant.
Hillary is hinting as leaked apparently that Khadaffi is looking for a way out in exhile perhaps- not bloody likely and very wishful thinking. He ruled for over forty years and he will go down with his ship because his religion views martyrdom as the highest calling. And that's all we need- a head of state as an Islamic Martyr.
How you invade without the plans prior to back up what you say you are going to do first looks totally immature and foolish. No, it looks downright Reckless.
People should now be prepared to run Biden against Obama and put up other people for the Democratic nomination because Obama cannot win in 2012.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Wonder if I will meet Olberman there.
I am on blogging hiatus because I am beyond upset at the recent turn of events. War gives me bad stomach acid. I try to be consistent in this Peace ethic thing and I like Obama. I can't stand what is going on and don't want to criticize him but it's too obvious. I don't know if I will wake up and some other American soldier is wandering around libyan rebel territory after parachouting out of his torched sortie or F16. I hope they serve good tea there. This is just surreal. -No, some Congressional resolution referring Khadaffi to the International Criminal Court for something he did a few decades ago is not a Congressional authorization to war against the entire country now, to take out all his air force and tanks. How is that not war?
Wake me up when they capture Khadaffi or find his head on a stake. If I lose any more sleep over this I will turn as Manic as Sarkozy.
Hillary start sending resumes to Harvard and Yale to teach.
Obama is a one term President. That is a frightening thought given the alternatives out there.
I can't even imagine what Netanyahu said to Caribou Barbie. Then there's Newt Gingrich paradied on John Stewart the other day as the thrice married "I want to screw all of America" candidate.
But this is -Are you smarter than a fifth grader Foreign Policy at its scariest.
Obama's comments now look almost as delusional as Bush in bragging how proud he is to
enter into rebel fracases intervening in other countries- OK Khadaffi is a really bad dictator. What about the genocide in the Sudan? What did we do there? Or didn't we want to tick off the Chinese who own us and all the oil in Sudan?
We intervened in a civil war to protect whose interests? Israel? You think that didn't just inflame all the nuts who think this attack is motivated by "zionists"- you cannot imagine the terrorist retribution fall out we are going to get. This is just the same deja vous all over again.
Manic. Too impetuous. Run by re-election fears. This is what they say about Sarkozy. Angela Merkel sends a note to the Elysee Palace saying, please, can someone tell the guy to stop hugging me-too 'tactile"! http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/wintour-and-watt/2011/mar/22/nicolas-sarkozy-davidcameron
Behind the camera niceties David Cameron is more than a little peaved, feels underconsulted and AFTER the invasion we manoever around saying someone else is going to run with the ball and take the reins. Really. Trust me. Gates is put out there to say-really Trust Him Really. Really?
NATO has Turkey in it and they say, no way Jose- or no way Ataturk. They didn't even let us land planes there during Iraq. NATO? Invading an Arab Muslim country?
Sorry, I have to say, this just looks like keystone cops tries not to go to War.
So far I must say though, to those who say this trumps "Mission Accomplished" because this time we didn't even pretend there were massive WMDs (except a little mustard gas) or that an attack on the US was 'imminent' to pretend to comply with International law on pre-emptive strikes on a country that never attacked us first, we have not lost massive amounts of lives yet-have we? At least we aren't targeting civilians unless they agree to be human shields and that casued at least one mission to turn back. We are just after your aircraft and anti-ballistic missiles apparently.
England looks ticked if France takes the reins, France doesn't even look like it has the military capacity to take the reins, NATO isn't going to invade Libya if Turkey and Russia can help it, which leave Obama hat in hand looking for who exactly to pass off the baton to?
Did any of you play chess as kids?
The Republicans are all over talking headom about Obama being too arrogant to get a declaration of war or even a serious discussion or hearing going over the invasion of Libya. Even
John Conyers, a democratic loyalist friend of Obama (I thought) is finding it hard to swallow.
Because this "limited" mission in scope and duration is a profound provocation and a first strike in a war. You can't just say we are implementing a UN no fly zone. Clearly, you aren't just doing that if you are bombing his compound. Does he have air craft anti-ballistic missiles in his compound anywhere other than photoshopped imagination?
Here's where the American blindsidedness comes in- there are French and there are French. And most Americans can't tell the difference. The French have their internal political right-left issues just like we do. Sarkozy came in the wake of people being sick of being demonized by Americans and accused of not helping and letting down the faith who viewed Chirac as too corruptly tied to the interests of Saddam Hussein. Recall under Chirac millions of people in 2003 (eve of Iraq invasion) went to the streets pouring out in 'manifestations'- rallys and riots almost to stop the war in Iraq which killed Millions of people. Libya is 'the Magreb' which has large French imperialist influence in it. The Conservative guard French are still smarting from the Algerian revolution- and they
have a large contingent of anti-arab racism. Sarkozy recall is the guy who sent back all the Romani to ---where?? They were French too- and he expatriated them, in a racist move that would have every plaintiffs' civil rights attorney in this country suing the government if it happened here. Sarkozy is to the right of Atilla the Hun's grandfather. He's a Bushie with a better wine collection.
Here is why it is all so barbaric. Clearly, Khadaffi is not a good guy. Clearly he engineered the lockerbie crash and other air crashes and terrorist actions. Arguably the Palestinians have had leaders that are terrorists, the Irish have the IRA, and apparently there is talk now in Geneva that some Israeli leaders should be hauled before Human Rights commissions because of unilateral attacks against Gaza and breaching the border agreements with settlement abuses.
Everyone against anyone who has experienced violence by anyone sees the other side as terrorists. Americans were terrorists to the British before winning the Revolution of 1776.
The evolution of humanity requires a better response, a more enlightened one- a one driven by peacemaking impulses for resolve that is more clever. That is why Pax Christi is deeply upset at the Western response under cover of the 'by any mean necessary' UN resolution purporting to be a No Fly Zone enforcement.
Violence of any kind is a failure. Fire cannot be put out with more Fire. The 'shock and awe' of the Bush aggression was shocking and aweful. And it is being repeated here.
The provocation is deeply disturbing and deeply dangerous.
Chirac is now being tried for corruption- and the right wingers are jumping with glee. I predict he will be exhonerated. I also predict that Sarkozy will be run out of town on a rail at his re-election. This War is a big deal for everyone. Bigger than you calculated.
Rebuild My Church. This is what Saint Francis heard God say to him. It's God's Church. It's not any one else's church. Jesus with God and The Holy Spirit at Pentacost created it. No one else in it can claim 'ownership' of it. At the time Saint Francis lived, God's church was in shambles.
Saint Francis didn't really understand what God meant at the time. He lived in a time of petty conflicts all around where little city-states in Italy were warring. He himself was a prisoner of war, a POW, likely tortured in a prison in Perrugia. There he was smuggled a bible in the Vulgate, not the official latin language but one he could read. He discovered the Gospel afresh. Saint Francis is a saint to both the Catholic and Protestant world because he lived prior to the Protestant reformation. Two billion people in the world recognize him as a great purifier. He founded the order consecrated to Peacemaking who guard the Christian holy sites in Jerusalem.
Saint Francis was told to "build my church." So stone by stone he first went about physically building a new space to worship. Then he realized, that is not what God meant exactly. This actual stone church is still standing, enclosed within a Basillica in Assisi.
Rebuilding the Church means reclaiming the Heart of Christ in it. Evolving away from the dirt of worldly corruption which threatens to swallow it. It means purifying it in a cleansing at the heart of the Church to put Christ's heart at the center of it.
We have now historically a profound filth in the church in the form of the persecutions of people who are highlighting various 'abuses' of clergy and the filth of the abuses themselves which are indeed far more widespread than anyone minimized earlier. It has threatened to completely undermine the church in Ireland and has given ammunition to critics who seek to use the filth to discredit Christ's mission and meaning.
Franciscans, not coincidentally are the order that didn't defect from the Croatian hills against persecutions. They survived them- one third killed, one third imprisoned and the rest persecuted mercilessly. They are the purifying fire. It is also not coincidence that they are the order who are praying non-stop around the Eucharist at Medjugorje and stayed while the diocesene and secular priests fled.
The church in Medjugorje stands as a testament for God's love of womanhood and motherhood, surrounded by the Blessed Mother who won't leave the place according to the three Visionaries who still see her until her mission there is accomplished.
One of the franciscans has been defrocked- because he had a relationship with a woman -a nun-who got pregnant.
I believe that part of the Blessed Mother's mission, the spouse of the Holy Spirit is to cleanse the filth of the hearts of men who view women as lesser, more unworthy or sub-holy, such that they view marriage as scandal, even marriage with clergy. This is contrary to verses in Timothy wherein it is noted that in the end times in particular people will forbid marriage- and this is sin. Error. Falsehood. Heresy. This is contrary to Jewish law and teaching and Jesus said he did not come to abolish the laws but to fulfill them. It has created a path for the foothold of evil to trample the church.
The church needs to repent of this- and once it does, it will go a long way toward cleansing it's ego-errant deviations from God's Will. I believe that the Blessed Mother is not going to leave Medjugorje until there is a formal doctrinal revocation of the mandatory all person all time clerical celibacy imposition which confuses and conflates charisms and drives people God has called into priestly service out of service in HIS church. It is an Afront to LOVE, and God is Love- or he is nothing.
Monday, March 21, 2011
if you think that the CIA can't project anything being shot from the sky and fed to media check this trick out:
And they tried to try him overcoming the immunity normally granted 'heads of state' because they alleged he engaged in terrorist acts in civil aviation. http://www.asil.org/insigh56.cfm
This is pretty big payback apparently.