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cross-posted at DailyKos, Booman Tribune, European Tribune, and My Left Wing.

this is a retrospective of the first 299 diary posts in the series. images for days 101-150 and selected poems below the fold.

Days 1-50 here.
Days 51-100 here.

Note - Several images depict graphic scenes of death and mutilation.

Day 101

Day 102

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Day 150

From Day 104

from The Marriage of Figaro
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
Act Two, Scene One

Porgi, amor, qualche ristoro
Al mio duolo, a' miei sospiri;
O mi rendi il mio tesoro,
O mi lascia almen morir.

O love, bring some relief
To my sorrows, to my sighs;
O give me back my loved one
Or in mercy let me die.

From Day 128

White Ashes
from Rennyo's Letters
translated by Hisao Inagaki et al

When I deeply contemplate the transient nature of human life, I realize that, from beginning to end, life is impermanent like an illusion. We have not yet heard of anyone who lived ten thousand years. How fleeting is a lifetime!

Who in this world today can maintain a human form for even a hundred years? There is no knowing whether I will die first or others, whether death will occur today or tomorrow. We depart one after another more quickly than the dewdrops on the roots or the tips of the blades of grasses. So it is said. Hence, we may have radiant faces in the morning, but by evening we may turn into white ashes. Once the winds of impermanence have blown, our eyes are instantly closed and our breath stops forever. Then, our radiant face changes its color, and the attractive countenance like peach and plum blossoms is lost. Family and relatives will gather and grieve, but all to no avail?

Since there is nothing else that can be done, they carry the deceased out to the fields, and then what is left after the body has been cremated and has turned into the midnight smoke is just white ashes. Words fail to describe the sadness of it all.

Thus the ephemeral nature of human existence is such that death comes to young and old alike without discrimination. So we should all quickly take to heart the matter of the greatest importance of the afterlife, entrust ourselves deeply to Amida Buddha, and recite the nembutsu. Humbly and respectfully.

From Day 140

The Diameter of the Bomb
by Yehuda Amichai

The diameter of the bomb was thirty centimeters
and the diameter of its effective range about seven meters,
with four dead and eleven wounded.
And around these, in a larger circle
of pain and time, two hospitals are scattered
and one graveyard. But the young woman
who was buried in the city she came from,
at a distance of more than a hundred kilometers,
enlarges the circle considerably,
and the solitary man mourning her death
at the distant shores of a country far across the sea
includes the entire world in the circle.
And I won't even mention the crying of orphans
that reaches up to the throne of God and
beyond, making
a circle with no end and no God.

From Day 143

Pentagon Ban on Filming Coffins Defied
Agence France-Presse, Thursday 13 January 2005, 10:08

A US National Guard unit has defied a Pentagon request that sought to stop television news crews filming six flag-draped soldiers' coffins arriving in Louisiana.

The Pentagon has barred US media from filming the coffins of US service members arriving at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

But the Louisiana National Guard allowed a CBS news crew on Wednesday to film the arrival of six soldiers' coffins at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse, near New Orleans, Louisiana.

Despite the Pentagon request, Lieutenant-Colonel Pete Schneider, a spokesman for the Louisiana National Guard told CBS: "What we thought was, we're going to do what the family asked us to do."

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Originally posted to RubDMC on Sun Nov 06, 2005 at 08:06 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Light a candle... (4.00)

    Click on the candle to copy the image into your own comment (you can leave it on my server), and/or rate this one - not for mojo, but to leave a small mark after taking this moment.

    "...psychopaths have little difficulty infiltrating the domains of...politics, law enforcement, (and) government." Dr. Robert Hare

    by RubDMC on Sun Nov 06, 2005 at 08:07:11 AM PST

  •  Candle lit (4.00)

    What an excellent day for an Excorcism... SCI/Kenyon

    by DianeL on Sun Nov 06, 2005 at 08:28:03 AM PST

  •  No Words Left To Say... (4.00)

    The problem with America Today: There's a difference between The American Dream, and The American Way.

    by Disillusioned on Sun Nov 06, 2005 at 08:29:31 AM PST

  •  Sunday mourning... (4.00)

    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. -- Margaret Mead

    by ilona on Sun Nov 06, 2005 at 08:40:58 AM PST

  •  No words (4.00)
        are needed here.

    The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it is true. J. Robert Oppenheimer

    by captainlaser on Sun Nov 06, 2005 at 08:50:00 AM PST

  •  Peace (4.00)


    ...despite those nets of tuna fleets...we thought that most of your were pretty sweet...

    by moira977 on Sun Nov 06, 2005 at 08:58:33 AM PST

  •  Candle Lit (4.00)

    GWB: best argument I know of to refute "Intelligent Design"

    by Pandora on Sun Nov 06, 2005 at 09:09:10 AM PST

  •  If Not Now... When? (4.00)

    Light A Candle For
    Peace, Tolerance, Understanding
    and For Innocence Lost!

    If Not Now... When?
    ...Barbra Streisand  

    Posted on October 26, 2005

    If there was ever a time in history to impeach a President of the United States, it would be now. In my opinion, it is two years too late. We should have done this before the election to spare the country the misjudgment, the incompetence and the malfeasance of this administration. Let us remember that UN weapons inspectors asked for more time to search Iraq for WMDs. Two months into their search, the Director General of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, stated that he found no evidence that Iraq had revived its nuclear weapons program since its elimination in the 1990s. And Saddam Hussein had begun to comply with the administration's demands. Why would you invade a country if there was still a chance for peace? Shouldn't war be an absolute last resort? We went to war because we were misled. And we should be angry because of the 2,000 American soldiers and the 200 armed coalition forces that have died. We should be livid because of the 15,000 American soldiers that have been horribly maimed and wounded. We should be disgusted because of the 30,000 innocent Iraqi civilians that have been killed and the 20,000 that are wounded after administration officials claimed that the US was going to liberate the Iraqi people.


  •  There Will Always Be......... (4.00)

    Light A Candle For
    Peace, Tolerance, Understanding
    and For Innocence Lost!

    As Alec Baldwin puts it So Well in his Post, over at Huffington:

    The war, not scandals involving hacks like Rove and Robert Novak, may be the answer. Remember, Cheney, Rumsfeld, these people were built for war. They are haters. They are destroyers. They are the spiritual leaders of a cause that took the White House in 2000 with but one credential. War. They don't know shitake from shinola about education, infrastructure, health care, the environment, energy policy, transportation, housing, Social Security. You name it. They have no skills whatsoever at any of it, except utilizing defense policy to manipulate the Dow. And look what has happened. The crew that dared to pose in Vanity Fair as the can-do warrior chiefs who were gonna bring in Bin Laden, dead or alive, now seem more Robert McNamara than Douglas MacArthur.

    Wars, Conflicts, Destruction, Blood Profiteering as long as there are those, as he lists, and others like them in This World! They Must be Recognized Long Before they are able to bring their Wrath on Others!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  •  for compassion, sorrow and awareness (4.00)
  •  Light (4.00)

    In the long run, we're all dead (Keynes)
    Read more on the European Tribune - bringing dKos to Europe

    by Jerome a Paris on Sun Nov 06, 2005 at 02:53:54 PM PST

  •  candle lit...peace now. (4.00)

    A little neglect may breed mischief. For want of a nail the shoe was lost, for want of a shoe the horse was lost, want of a horse the rider was lost. B Franklin

    by exNYinTX on Sun Nov 06, 2005 at 03:03:46 PM PST

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