Monthly Archives: June 2007

Thank you, Barack

This may just get you a few bucks from me after all. Keep it up!

Obama says some have ‘hijacked’ faith – Yahoo! News

Sen. Barack Obama told a church convention Saturday that some right-wing evangelical leaders have exploited and politicized religious beliefs in an effort to sow division.

“Somehow, somewhere along the way, faith stopped being used to bring us together and faith started being used to drive us apart,” the Democratic presidential candidate said in a 30-minute speech before the national meeting of the United Church of Christ.

“Faith got hijacked, partly because of the so-called leaders of the Christian Right, all too eager to exploit what divides us,” the Illinois senator said.

“At every opportunity, they’ve told evangelical Christians that Democrats disrespect their values and dislike their church, while suggesting to the rest of the country that religious Americans care only about issues like abortion and gay marriage, school prayer and intelligent design,” according to an advance copy of his speech.

“There was even a time when the Christian Coalition determined that its number one legislative priority was tax cuts for the rich,” Obama said. “I don’t know what Bible they’re reading, but it doesn’t jibe with my version.”

Mine either. I’m really tired of people proclaiming their religion gives them some right to tell me what my values are.

Knowing

It is not speech which we should want to know:
we should know the speaker.

It is not things seen which we should want to know:
we should know the seer.

It is not sounds which we should want to know:
we should know the hearer.

It is not mind which we should want to know:
we should know the thinker.

Kaushitaki Upanishad 3:8

Unethical

“Destroying human life in the hopes of saving human life is not ethical…” — George W Bush

But I guess destroying human life and wrecking an entire nation for oil profits somehow is ethical in his mind.

Peace

Peace is impossible to those who look on war. Peace is inevitable to those who offer peace. How easily, then, is your judgment of the world escaped! It is not the world that makes peace seem impossible. It is the world you see that is impossible. — A Course in Miracles

One of the fundamental teachings of yoga is that if you encounter a person who is established in nonviolence, you will give up violence in that person’s presence. We each have within us the ability to bring an end to violence. Which is to say that the violence in our midst is our responsibility.

Nation after nation does violence to another, and peace seems ever more elusive. We meet violence with more violence, and then our leaders profess shock and outrage when others do not give up their violence toward us.

Our yoga practice is a nonviolent one. Each aspect of this path teaches us ahimsa, or nonharming, in our dealings with ourselves and others. Pranayama is a profound step in this transformation.

We are intentionally bringing peace to the waters of our minds. This peace, like a ripple moving across the waters of a pond, travels through us and out into the family of all beings. — Rolf Gates, Meditations from the Mat

TSA makes us safe from clowns

Can’t sleep… clowns will eat me!

Oh thank goodness for TSA – I feel safer, now!

via Boing Boing…

Pat Cashin’s CLOWNALLEY.NET: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…Part Two

So after leaving the DeSantorium at 6:15 I high-tailed it back to Chicago O’Hare, driving like a stunt man in a Burt Reynolds movie. I made it to the Enterprise car rental with plenty of time to drop off the car and take the shuttle back to the airport.

Once there I was told that my flight was jam-packed and was asked if I wouldn’t mind taking the 12:00 flight which still had 25 seats available. I agreed and THAT was the moment that everything else went to hell in a handbasket.

The TSA confiscated my makeup box, which has always flown in my carry-on luggage for the last 5 years.

Why is my makeup in my carry on bag? Because ALL of my costume is in my carry on bag!

If I get to town and my prop case doesn’t arrive I can always head over to Home Depot or WalMart and scare up what I need to fill out two or three ring gags and some walkaround but if the costume, shoes, wig or makeup aren’t there then I’m royally screwed, so they always fly with me. Those things can’t be easily replaced in Anytown, USA.

Well, the makeup box doesn’t fly with me anymore. It has been thrown into the trash in the interest of National Security. It’s greasepaint, neither a liquid nor a gel, and all less than three ounce maximum.

Whatever. It sucks, but whatever. I can always go out and buy another box, brushes and makeup.

America is now endangered by sippy cups

Good grief where will this nonsense end…. via Boing Boing….

Nightmare at Reagan National Airport: A Security Story to End all Security Stories | The News is NowPublic.com

“I demanded to speak to a TSA [Transportation Security Administration] supervisor who asked me if the water in the sippy cup was ‘nursery water or other bottled water.’ I explained that the sippy cup water was filtered tap water. The sippy cup was seized as my son was pointing and crying for his cup. I asked if I could drink the water to get the cup back, and was advised that I would have to leave security and come back through with an empty cup in order to retain the cup. As I was escorted out of security by TSA and a police officer, I unscrewed the cup to drink the water, which accidentally spilled because I was so upset with the situation.

“At this point, I was detained against my will by the police officer and threatened to be arrested for endangering other passengers with the spilled 3 to 4 ounces of water. I was ordered to clean the water, so I got on my hands and knees while my son sat in his stroller with no shoes on since they were also screened and I had no time to put them back on his feet. I asked to call back my fiancé, who I could still see from afar, waiting for us to clear security, to watch my son while I was being detained, and the officer threatened to arrest me if I moved. So I yelled past security to get the attention of my fiancé.

“I was ordered to apologize for the spilled water, and again threatened with arrest. I was threatened several times with arrest while detained, and while three other police officers were called to the scene of the mother with the 19 month old. A total of four police officers and three TSA officers reported to the scene where I was being held against my will. I was also told that I should not disrespect the officer and could be arrested for this too. I apologized to the officer and she continued to detain me despite me telling her that I would miss my flight. The officer advised me that I should have thought about this before I ‘intentionally spilled the water!'”

Monica said that the incident ended this way: “I missed my flight, needless to say after being detained for over 40 minutes. After the officer was done humiliating me, I was advised that I could go through the security check point in an attempt to catch my flight. The officer insisted that my son and I be rescreened despite us both being detained and under her control the entire time.”

UPDATE:

Note to commentors: IT’S A SIPPY CUP, people. America doesn’t need to be afraid of sippy cups and water bottles, ok? So she got mad and argued, big deal, I would too. I find it insane that we have to more afraid of mothers and toddlers in this country with water bottles and sippy cups than we are of giving up our freedom of movement and travel in our own country. It’s absurd.

Create a Connection – Getting to Know You

I’m a bit late with this, but here are my answers to the “Getting to Know You” questions for this week.
I don’t usually answer these, but this one interests me.

When did you begin your first blog and what inspired you to do so?

I started this blog in February of 2003. I was quite depressed at the time after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was working through a lot of personal issues, so I was using blogging as a way to journal and record my thoughts. As I began to feel better I started to blog about those inspirations that were helping me in my search to rebuild myself, particularly Taoist writings and thoughts. Now sometimes people even say in the comments that they are inspired by the quotes and inspirations I post here. My current readings tend to be about yoga and yoga philosophy.

But mostly people want to see pictures of my puppy Darwin. Here’s Darwin as a swami:

Do you have more than one blog? Why? How are they different?

Yes, actually, I do. Along with this blog, I have a blog called Native Growers that is about native plants. I’m not very good about updating it, though. Initially this blog was going to be a website for connecting those interested in growing native plants with landscape designers and native plant nurseries, but that business never took off. I used to get ideas for businesses a lot and sometimes have acted on them. I’m great at ideas but lousy at follow through. And now that I’m no longer going into manic phases, I don’t start new projects as often.

I also started other blogs here and there, but this is the one I keep returning to and showing up for. Having my name on feels more obligating, I guess.

How would you characterize your blog?
Creative
Political
Informational
Community-oriented
Or something else?

Yes.

To paraphrase Oprah, what is “one thing you know for sure” about blogging?

It’s different for everyone, and everyone’s experience of it is unique.

Is it important to you to get feedback in terms of comments or pings? Why or why not?

Well, yes and no. It’s good to get other’s comments and feedback and I enjoy that tremendously. But i don’t live or die by it. I know most people will read and move along and not care to comment, and that’s ok. I appreciate all of those who do share their thoughts, of course.

What 3 blogs would you recommend to our readers and why?

Wow, that’s hard. I read so many and most of them are on my sidebar, so pick three and visit. They are all interesting, fun, enjoyable and informative. The ones I visit most often are Americablog for political news, The Big Picture for economic news, and Time Goes By for just plain great writing and news about aging. My reading covers a huge range of topics and interests though, and all of my links are wondrous and fabulous in their own way.

Summertime!

I filled up the puppy pool today and Darwin and Chance had a blast climbing into it and playing.

Now they’re mad I won’t let them inside ’cause they are all wet….