Thursday, March 9, 2017

From America With Love: Peace: The Hard Sell

From America With Love: Peace: The Hard Sell: Hi! It's been a while. Well, I have to admit that after the election in November, I went into a bit of hibernation. But I think it&#39...

Peace: The Hard Sell

Hi! It's been a while. Well, I have to admit that after the election in November, I went into a bit of hibernation.
But I think it's time to come out of hiding and rejoin society, however screwed up it may be.

     A friend of mine told me recently that she had a disturbing encounter on Facebook. Someone in another country was accusing all Americans of supporting our government's policies. My friend felt understandably angry and hurt by this. She tried to explain that many of us did not vote for the current President. Additionally, some of us are active in organizations that protest war, speak out for human rights and lobby Congress for progressive issues.
     It is unfortunate that some individuals in other countries lump us together and assume we agree with all that our elected leaders do. Such is not the case, of course! We wonder why they would think that.
     First, we must understand that the media in other countries may be just as biased as ours-or even more so. Secondly, leaders in other countries bicker and rattle sabers just as ours do. But we have done more than threaten; we have attacked one country after another until people believe the United States to be a bully. Is someone in a war zone supposed to NOT hate his attacker?
     But wars are never fought by those we elect. The White House and halls of Congress continue to be occupied mostly by those who have never been in uniform. Leaders give the order for war; young and healthy people fight it. Often, they do not make it back alive and if they do, their mental wounds can be every bit as bad as their physical ones.  Many of them sign up because their prospects for education or a good job are not looking good. The military promises full time employment, benefits, and money for college, not to mention the travel and adventure every recruiter peddles. They must play down the facts about war.
     I love the quote, "What if they threw a war and no one showed up?"
     Think about that. How do we get young people around the world to refuse to fight a war? That's a tough sell, even here in America. Somehow, our flag and national anthem have been mixed with so called "patriotism", which could better be described as "nationalism". That has led many down the road to xenophobia. They seem not to realize the irony of their bigotry against those in other countries.
     These are people who have forgotten we Americans, for the most part, are the descendants of immigrants. It is precisely because of their hard work that this country has been successful for so long. It is our diversity that makes us truly great! We really are a melting pot of many cultures and religions.

     So, I say to the rest of the world, especially those in war zones, to those who are angry and fearful of us, many of us wish you only peace. I am sorry we have not yet been able to get all Americans to say "no" to war and "yes" to peace and compassion for all people. This awakening that must take place is manifesting itself more slowly than we would like. But we are grateful for the progress that has been made.
     The vast majority of people in the United States are good folks. They mean no harm. But they are lied to by our government and the mainstream media. We do not often get to hear the voices of the oppressed. We need them! We need all of our voices, demanding the insanity of perpetual war be ceased!

     Those are my thoughts today, as I ride a city bus and contemplate my mutual humanity with the rest of the world. 

     From somewhere near The Lake, be well and wage peace!

     Peace Train

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Water is Life-DAPL is Death

It's been busy here this week. We got through the Thanksgiving gatherings with grateful hearts and full stomachs.
On Black Friday, my son and I stood with one other person outside a Wells Fargo bank, holding signs and raising awareness of what the Dakota Access pipeline dispute is about. Why Wells Fargo? Because it is one of numerous banks that have been funding "The Black Snake".
Lakota prophecy says "If the Black Snake crosses our land, our world will end."

So, I am putting a link here to more information about the  movement to defund DAPL. I encourage you to tell these banks "Dump DAPL-or I dump you!" If you wish to do more, there is plenty to be done in both North Dakota and Iowa. This battle is not over!

 pdf of Banks funding DAPL

Signing off from The Lake....stay tuned for more later.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Welcome to My Couch | The Holderness Family

A friend sent me this video and I love it!
As a nation, can we set it all aside for just one day and be grateful for all we have?
Can we at least not argue? Ok-well, can we at least not punch each other?

With Love..Happy Thanksgiving!

P.S. Dear America, you are already great. Just remember what made you that way! And keep a sense of humor, huh?!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

"The Only Courtesy Donald Trump Deserves" is a Must See!

Well, the election is over and here at The Lake, I'm just trying to get my head to stop spinning! As an unapologetic Monday morning quarterback, I can say that the DNC got it wrong and we knew they had it wrong months ago! The polls back then said that Hillary would lose and that Bernie would win against Donald Trump. So much for utilizing things like numbers. I guess that was too complex.

So here we are, looking at the prospect of mass deportations, the end of Obamacare, the end of protections for the LBGTQ community, the death of Roe. v. Wade and the end of regulations put in place to protect our health and well being from pollution of our air and water. That alone should scare the piss out of anyone. Add to that what deregulation will mean in terms of climate change and it's enough to make you want to just stick a gun in your mouth now and get it over with!

But we can't do that, folks. Especially here in the U.S., we cannot just sit and wait out the end. No, that's not us. Not deep down. We will still fight for the common good and for our children's futures.

Please watch the video here and subscribe to the Carbon Freeze channel. He's got some great things to say!

Signing off from The Lake...stay cool...

Thursday, October 27, 2016

From America With Love: IOWA CCI Action Fund

From America With Love: IOWA CCI Action Fund: IOWA CCI Action Fund The Dakota Access Pipeline is a threat to soil and water across eighteen counties in Iowa. A leak will impact million...

IOWA CCI Action Fund

IOWA CCI Action Fund

The Dakota Access Pipeline is a threat to soil and water across eighteen counties in Iowa. A leak will impact millions of people along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. It is not a question of IF there will be a leak, but WHEN!

DAPL is already violating their agreement with the Iowa Utilities Board. They are ruining top soil, leaving scrap metal buried in farm fields, and have even hired private security personnel to attack and illegally detain water protectors.

Given this sort of behavior during the construction of the pipeline, how can DAPL be trusted to monitor and maintain the pipeline in the future?? They can't be, plain and simple.

Please sign and share this letter to the Iowa Utilities Board, asking them to halt construction until these violations are addressed.