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Sun Mar 29, 2015 at 09:40 PM PDT

The limits of desire

by One Pissed Off Liberal

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Having reached the grand old age of 63, I find myself taking stock of my life. 63 is like 200 in hippie years. I've become an old man, something I never really saw coming. I never thought I'd make it this far. I've been an adventurer, a risk taker, a misfit, an outlaw and a non-conforming smartass - not traits that promise longevity. I've been robbed, beaten, gassed, busted and jailed at various points from coast to coast. I've survived two suicide attempts, several attempts on my life by others including one professional contract, two years of heroin addiction (no telling how many near overdoses), six and a half years in the Alabama prison system and a million broken hearts, both romantic and humanitarian.

I'm a little amazed, and grateful of course, that I've endured this long. Despite all the pathos and the pain, the failure, shame and misfortune, my woefully imperfect life has been a pageant, a spectacle, an utterly amazing thing. I don't say that to distinguish myself from the least of these our brethren...there are none less than I...the point is that all of our lives are amazing – in one way or another. Our very existence is beyond amazing.

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Yes - that crazy, liberal, Progressive, left-leaning Keith Olbermann is still at it.  He's still doing crazy, liberal, Progressive, left-leaning stuff.  Standing up for a minority group in America?  Yes that's crazy, liberal, Progressive, and left-leaning.  And yes - I still love the guy for it.

What's he up to this time?  Nothing that doesn't need to be said and nothing that doesn't need to be done.  Hint:  He's supporting the GLBTQ community.


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Her name is Fineena. Many of you know her. She's been around since '08 and is known for her personal generosity and enthusiastic participation in our community. She's also known for the cool scarves she makes by hand. She sells them here. This would be a great time to stock up on handmade scarves. They make wonderful gifts.

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I don't bother reading the Times of Israel.  As newspapers go, it's rather too right-wing for my taste.  It isn't as harshly right-wing as some other Israeli publications, but a champion of the left it is not.

For a left-of-center Israeli newspaper, one has to go with Haaretz.

Nonetheless, I couldn't ignore this article when I came across it in the ToI.  It has that catchy description of Netanyahu in it that good Americans love so much:  Bullshit.

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On the first day of this new year, Sara R posted a diary informing us of some rotten, horrible, news. Our Cedwyn was very ill and the outlook was not looking promising.

It still isn't. And I just can't accept that. Will not accept that. I will not accept that miracles can not happen for someone who is, as a dear friend described her, "a force of nature."

Ask anyone who knows Cedwyn and you will hear phrases like that. She is a magic maker, one who creates serendipity where ever she goes, opening doors for life and laughter that delight and amaze.

She's also brilliant.  With that huge heart matched by a wondrous smile comes a first class mind. Cedwyn embodies a generosity of spirit. As Sara R said recently, "She's generous with laughter."


In short, she is a gift and a wonder. And we have been blessed with her both on this site and off of it, for years.


             jotter cedwyn

      Cedwyn, ?, Commonsense Mainer, Meteor Blades

So, here's the deal. I want a miracle and that means all of us coming together to send love and healing energy to Cedwyn.

Light a candle, say a prayer, send a good thought, sing a song that says it all for you, or whatever form your caring and good thoughts take.

Leave a message in the comments for Cedwyn. It will be included in the beautiful quilt of healing and love that Sara R and Anne are making for her.  

Share your favorite songs, poems, and yes, stories of Cedwyn. She doesn't want or need pity. She just needs life and love. She needs you. Let her know that you'll catch her if she falls.


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Does any American seriously NOT know that there is a "Cop Culture" in this nation?  Do any of us have a genuine understanding of what goes in inside that culture?

Unless you've lived inside of it, you really don't.  Redditt Hudson works for the NAACP and chairs the board of the Ethics Project in St. Louis, Mo.  He was a cop with the St. Louis PD for 5 years - enough time to become fully-immersed in the Cop Culture, understand it, and form an accurate opinion on it.

He has written an OpEd for the Washington Post which I link for you here.

Excerpts and commentary in the body of this diary.

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Wed Nov 19, 2014 at 10:14 AM PST


by Celtic Merlin

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The meeting lasted well into the night, with the campus paper Daily Bruin unable to get a report out until after 11:30 PM Tuesday night.

The final vote was 8 For, 2 Against, and 2 Abstentions.

Details and links after the Orange Cloud of Celebration.

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Fully-automatic weapons and armored vehicles used on unarmed protesters in Ferguson, MO., and the questions which remain about Michael Brown's death are both enormous and numerous.  The local PD and hundreds of others across the nation close ranks to protect the cop - not to demand that an independent investigation determine the truth about the circumstances.

A 50-year-old First Nations woodcarver is shot 4 times while crossing a street - for holding a closed pocket knife in his hand.  The officer who shot him dead served no jail time because the DA declined to prosecute.  He wasn't even fired - he resigned before the Disciplinary Committee could take any action against him.

Tens of thousands of YouTube videos documenting police misconduct - from verbal abuse and threats at traffic stops to cops parking in handicapped parking slots to shootings of unarmed Americans . . . some of them shot in the back.  Plug the term "police misconduct" into the YouTube search bar and you will get 67,000 results.  And that won't cover ALL of the videos available on YouTube about this problem.  More are added every day by average Americans who are recording their encounters with the police.

And don't even get me started on the repulsive things to be read on the police blogs.  Some of that stuff is horrifying and borders on overt terrorism.

So what's to be done?  One answer is offered by retired Detective Frank Serpico.  I'll introduce him, link to his write-up, and present his recommendations after the Great Orange Cloud.

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Yes, those lovely people over at the NRA have decided that they've had enough of Shannon Watts, the public face of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.  Their new strategy to blunt the effects of this gun-control group seems to be attacking the leader on a personal basis.  Not for what she says.  Not for her position on the issues.  They've decided to go for the gutter and attack this woman's claim that she's a "stay-at-home mom".

Which is true, but not QUITE true enough for the NRA.  Seems that she's not a TRUE Scotsman in their eyes.  How does one accomplish this smear tactic?  Ah, for the answer to this (and probably no other questions) you'll have to read the part pasty the squiggly-jiggly.

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No, this isn't a War Diary.  So you can feel free to read on.

If anything, this is a Peace Diary.  Because it explains how you can help to be a force for Peace, Human Rights, and Dignity for an oppressed People who have been forced to live as stateless persons for almost 70 years.

This diary lays out the case for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement which has the goal of forcing Israel to end its Apartheid practices, negotiate in good faith with the Palestinian People, and bring an end to the status-quo situation which permits the continuing theft of Palestinian land and resources by the occupier of those people.

Since the start of the current massacre, I have seen lots of people asking "How can I help?"  Of course, helping with the current Humanitarian Crisis should be done through the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and/or the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East.  Good, honest, and hard-working groups are these.

The most immediate and pressing need is to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinians who have been bombed, rocketed, and shelled out of their homes, refugee camps, and UN-designated shelters.  The attackers have destroyed hospitals, UN facilities, the one (inadequate) power station in Gaza, water treatment facilities, sewage treatment facilities, and anything else which would give the ordinary Palestinian living in Gaza the most basic needs of human life.

And, given time and enough money from everybody else in the world, these facilities will likely be restored some day.  Until the next time Netanyahu needs to whip up fear and nationalism in the Israeli people and blows all that new infrastructure to smithereens again.


There is a peaceful way to help prevent such a disaster from happening yet a fourth (fifth?) time.  Let's explore that idea together in the next part of this.

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Let me begin with this quote:

Conditions are increasingly dire in the shelters; there is no water for hygiene, very few showers and latrines are totally inadequate. Disease outbreak is beginning, with skin infections, scabies and others. There are thousands of pregnant women in our schools, deliveries are precarious and we are sheltering newborn infants in these appalling conditions.
Sounds like fun, doesn't it?  Yes, that was sarcasm - DEEP sarcasm.  This quote describes human suffering on an unbelievable scale.  Nearly a quarter of a million people are living under these conditions.  And they are the lucky ones.  They have survived the artillery barrages, the rockets, the mortars, and the tank shells and were able to make their way to a UN shelter.  Not that the shelters are completely safe.  The Israeli army has attacked these shelters - defenseless and packed with civilians.

Also from the report:

Yesterday, an elementary girls school in Jabalya serving as a designated emergency shelter for displaced people received artillery strikes, which we have assessed to have been fired by the Israeli military. The precise location and coordinates of the school were conveyed on 17 occasions to the Israeli military, including a notification that the school was sheltering displaced persons. The displaced were instructed by the Israeli military to evacuate their homes and seek shelter in premises such as ours, and I reiterate my condemnation of this attack in the strongest terms, reiterate also that it was a serious violation of international law, and call for accountability, including the immediate launching of a transparent investigation by Israel and to share its findings.
Get your barf bucket handy - there is more sickening content to come.
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This has just been reported a few hours ago, no details have been released besides what is in this from a link to the report from Reuters:

Five members of a family, including three children, were found shot dead at their southern Maine home on Sunday, with a gun located near one of the bodies and no outside involvement suspected, a police spokesman said.

The five, a father and mother in their 30s and three children believed to be 4, 7 and 12, were discovered on Sunday afternoon in three rooms of their second-floor apartment in Saco, about 17 miles (27 km) southwest of Portland, state police spokesman Stephen McCausland said.

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