Friday, April 29, 2011

By the street of by-and-by, we arrive at the house of never.

~ Miguel de Cervantes
The time has come! Tell Congress to end the $4 billion a year in handouts to oil companies: @CREDOMobile

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Do your practice and all is coming.

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
Tell House Republicans: Hands off #Medicare! #p2

New Orleans 1947 - Movie Review

Having lived in New Orleans for a year I have developed a love for that City and music as well as the surrounding area. I always manage to get back there every so often and don't need to tell Jazz Fest fans how great it all is. I'm not big on crowds but I love a good sounding show and food. Yes food, cooking recipes ambiance and romance New Orleans has it all.

I recently stumbled on to the movie simply called "New Orleans" filmed in 1947 it wraps a typical B- romance story around the City of New Orleans and the birth of Jass. I think it was spelled with two "S's before it was spelled with Z's (Jass vs. Jazz). Anyway get this DVD rent it on netflix because it is a hoot.

I'm a fan of B-Horror movies the old classics so when I get something other than Citizen Kane in my mailbox I'm more delighted than offended. This movie is a camp blast and a historical treat featuring Louis Armstrong and Billy Holiday. Plus all of Louis friends and cohorts from his early playing days get shout outs and cameos. It's awesome, and they look like they are having a good time. The music is fantastic and had me itching to book a flight.

One of the movies main themes is the epic battle between the forbidden music of Jass and the chamber music of the "longhairs". There are fun flashes of joy and hilarity peppered all throughout the film. People getting up and leaving performances because the devil music is playing is just too much and they look so indignant its hilarious. Woody Herman makes a cameo and its just a blast to see all this wrapped up in a dime store novel arc of forbidden love and secret rendezvous. The sailors accosting the hookers on Basin street is so way over the top you'll laugh out-loud.

I love it, love it , love it - plus there are a few nice features on the DVD extra menu including a letter written by Louis Armstrong that is a must read.

Great, great stuff if you know how to watch these old movies with heart and any lover of history, music and corn (as in corny romance) will get a kick out of this whole shebang. If you love New Orleans rent it historically factual well I doubt it lets call it historically flavorful and doesn't that sum up New Orleans nicely.

Good Fun!
New Orleans 1947

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution.

~ Paul Cezanne
Few get understanding that have mere knowledge.

Edgar Cayce Reading 262-19

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different.

~ Hippocrates (philosopher)
Then, to be able to remember the sunset, to be able to remember a beautiful conversation, a beautiful deed done where hope and faith were created, to remember the smile of a babe, the blush of a rose, the harmony of a song--a bird's call; these are creative. For if they are a part of thyself, they bring you closer and closer to God.

Edgar Cayce Reading 1431-1
"This drill drill drill thing is tired," said Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service, which calculates gas prices for the motorist organization AAA. "It's a simplistic way of looking for a solution that doesn't exist."
Tell EPA Admin. @lisapjackson: Ban the use of toxic methyl iodide in agriculture. #p2
Syria's security forces have shot dead more than 400 civilians in their campaign to crush the month-long pro-democracy protests, according to Sawasiah, a Syrian human rights organization.
Of the more than one million species of animals in the world, 94 percent are invertebrates. The services they perform, Pollination, seed dispersal, food for wildlife, nutrient recycling, are critical to life on our planet. Indeed, without them whole ecosystems would collapse. But when decisions are made about environmental policy and land management, these vital and diverse creatures are often overlooked. The Xerces Society works to address this situation through advocacy, policy, education and outreach, applied research, and publications.
No matter where you live, the common denominators to pollinator conservation are simple, •Plant flowers, lots of them.•Use as many native plant species as possible.•Don’t use pesticides.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Remember this, that very little is needed to make a happy life.

~ Marcus Aurelius
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."

- Marcel Proust
Fun has a sacred dimension.

~ Adriana Diaz
From the first not a thing is.

~ Hui-Neng
Tell Congress: Tax millionaires and billionaires rather than shred the social safety net. #p2

Friday, April 22, 2011

Remember this, that very little is needed to make a happy life.

~ Marcus Aurelius
That this moment will never come again, is what makes life sweet.

~ Emily Dickinson
If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.

~ Buddha
No physical evidence. 7 of 9 witnesses changed their story. Stop #TroyDavis' execution: @colorofchange
offshore drilling projects are still moving forward -- without the implementation of at least 10 regulatory reforms identified by the Center for Biological Diversity in a recent analysis as critical for avoiding another oil-spill catastrophe.
More than 2 million gallons of toxic dispersants were sprayed into the Gulf -- which may actually be making waters more toxic for species -- without regulators ensuring the chemicals wouldn't harm endangered wildlife or their habitats.
The BP disaster spilled more than 200 million gallons of oil and 225,000 tons of methane into the Gulf and oiled more than 1,000 miles of shoreline.
Tell @SenatorDurbin: Don't put #SocialSecurity on the chopping block.
#BP owes us $10 billion in taxes! Tell @BP_America: Destroying our gulf shouldn't be a tax write-off! #makebppay
Join me in submitting a public comment to the #EPA supporting proposed new rules for toxic air pollution: @LCVoters #earthday

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Paths cannot be taught, they can only be taken.

~ Zen Saying
CEOs of the largest companies in America received, on average, $11.4 million in total compensation last year—they got a 23 percent raise from 2009.
@sebastianpinera, Cancel #HidroAysén in #Patagonia!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Power is the ability to do good things for others.

~ Brooke Astor
"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing."

- Albert Einstein
Lack of bees for pollination can mean a loss for the farmer of maybe 75 percent of the crop.
In Northern Europe, it is estimated that 75 percent of all wild blooming plants depend upon insect pollination, and most of the flowers are pollinated by honeybees and bumblebees
A normal honeybee colony will make up to four million flights a year, where about 100 flowers are visited in each flight.
In the last election, oil, gas, and coal interests gave more than $25 million in campaign contributions. In return they got over $10 billion in government handouts.
"If you have a laptop computer, or a smart phone or an iPad, you have on your person more and better computing power than the entire US government had when it put a man on the moon…Each and every one of you is a walking technological superpower. What will happen in America when you stop using these devices as toys, and start using them as tools to change America." Vance Jones
I pay #tax, U pay tax, so why can't rich ppl pay #taxes? Probably 'cause #congress won't pass a fair tax act: #p2
And though the government spends more than $11 billion to fund environmental protection, it gives away even more than that (more than $11.5 billion) in tax breaks, write-offs and subsidies to the oil and natural gas industries
Big Agriculture receives more than $7 billion in subsidies; government food safety and inspection services receive just over $1 billion.
Wall Street gets more than $6 billion in tax breaks; agencies charged with monitoring and holding the industry accountable get just over $1 billion.
"All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire."

Coal, Oil and Uranium Cash is King

We have to remove profit as the main point for ALL our decision making. Its callous, no way to govern, counter-productive as well as self destructive. Profit as the be all end all decision point for every decision leads to a sort of absentee management where we trash our coastlines, spoil our food and water sources and give each other cancer. Like fracking, nuclear, coal and oil is a last century technology. Can the heavy extraction industry still make money - you bet. Should we continue to live without regard to our very own, health and safety - nope.

Clean energy sources are available - there are work arounds to relying solely on the dirty energy sector. Put it this way is the computer you are using more than five years old, how about your phone then why on Earth would we continue to rely on last centuries technologies? Coal, oil, and uranium have huge unintended consequences, and the burgeoning job market is screaming for the clean energy technologies to be let on to the field.

Its way past time to move forward. The old dirty industrial revolution industries can still make money because the infrastructure is built around them and because of that they will say and do anything to get us ALL to look the other way.

But upgrading the infrastructure to usher in the clean energy revolution is in ALL our best interest for our health, for national security and for the macro-economy of the entire nation (not just Texas) and all the diversified markets and economies that include; fishermen, the billion dollar tourist industry, and all the small businesses even Ronald Regan acknowledged were the backbone of the country.

Too big to fail - well you already have - the dirty energy era has long outlived its usefulness - unless pools of radioactive waste sitting on fault lines is your idea of properly managing a civilized society. I didn't think so. Upgrade the grid, retrofit the cities, more high speed rail, better fuel economy, solar thermal, geothermal, wave and wind energy, there are even cars that run on compressed air (look it up). Market domination, consolidation, hyper acquisitions and mergers, and monopolies all unregulated, or unenforced have strangled innovation and crippled our markets creating a homogenized, incestuous landscape that is doing for America what it did for the royals - making us sick and weak and leaving us with a third world economy. It's time to enforce the Sherman Anti-Trust Act - stop subsidizing uber profitable industries because they have cornered the market, and invest in the future.

Sure the markets like a money maker but when did the markets ever "govern" successfully unless you think bubble economies and fraud are good for America. The unseen hand of the market is just a poor excuse for absentee management and that not only sounds stupid - it doesn't work.

Take Action Fix The Mess Here

Friday, April 15, 2011

Boeing, which received a $30 billion contract from the Pentagon to build 179 airborne tankers, got a $124 million refund from the IRS last year.
Chevron received a $19 million refund from the IRS last year after it made $10 billion in profits in 2009.
Over the past five years, while General Electric made $26 billion in profits in the United States, it received a $4.1 billion refund from the IRS.
Bank of America received a $1.9 billion tax refund from the IRS last year, although it made $4.4 billion in profits and received a bailout from the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department of nearly $1 trillion.
ExxonMobil made $19 billion in profits in 2009. Exxon not only paid no federal income taxes, it actually received a $156 million rebate from the IRS, according to its SEC filings.

Jerry Garcia - A Good Way To Pass The Time

Jerry really knew how to transcend the limited mundane view of our mass pre-occupations marketing, sports, television, politics, jobs, day to day, buying toilet paper, Brad and Angelina, our lives are filled in some cases with extremely meaningless distractions.

His traveling circus was more music than show business, art flush with feeling, more beyond than immediate, but still very much in the moment, timeless, thick with ethereal boundaries stretched and unlimited, poignant, sanguine, obliterating the mundane, transcending the ordinary expanding the synergy, broadening the horizon. He could conjure a gentle breeze at your back sometimes unfolding furiously.

Un-contained and unconfined slipping and floating seemingly swaying in the stuff of stars, the listener was taken beyond the perimeter, beyond a stadium, past a stage delivering our withdrawn selves outwards as it all expands with everything. Harmoniously conscious of it if only for a few hours, moments, perhaps stretched into days reminding the listeners and musicians, and defining our sensibilities, expanding our awareness again, and again like sunset, like dawn....with music, with story, with words as dew drops on a blade of grass, with love, with heart in a staccato trance, the river worn voice, the world weary soul, the aha moment, the beauty beyond self, the fun, the smile, hey now, the integrity of the divine, the love of it all, and all of it with love.

Jerry Garcia was more than a musician and his music more than just a good way to pass the time but it was that as well.

Paul Burke
Author-Journey Home

Garcia History

Thursday, April 14, 2011

A line is a dot that went for a walk.

~ Paul Klee

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The body, with its physical condition, would do well to remember that the giving out of the mental attitude toward others, is the same as will be received to itself, and that as these thoughts or vibrations or expressions give out to others, we receive these in return; that if we would bring the best to self and others, we should give of our best to others, see.

Edgar Cayce Reading 3991-1
The Presidents Speech Live - (2pm EST 4/13/11)

Want to Stop Abortion - Plan Parenthood

To take "choice" away from individuals eliminates the relevancy of their own circumstances and point of view. Remember religion is not science - it’s a belief system and you are "free" to believe that the moment a sperm fertilizes an egg the soul enters the embryo.

There are so many different points of view on this and I doubt our scientist even in a million years (if we last that long) will be ever able to determine when exactly our souls enter our body.

In fact I would say the soul is still half in and half out of the body during the first five years of life - what do you remember of your first five years of life? And I would also say that the soul leaves the body every night as we sleep for adventures in other dimensions- we call them dreams and we are tethered to our bodies as we sleep - pretty far out but I'm entitled to my "beliefs"

Who's to say they are wrong - you can wave a book at me - but its just written by other men who have absolutely no idea either and were just trying their hand at social engineering and interpreting the unknowables our reality has presented us with (purposefully or by accident)

The right to choose came about in a time when people respected the fact that not everyone believes the same thing, nor that they should and that a lot of women were seeking to terminate unplanned pregnancies and dying themselves. Adoption and orphanages have their dark side as well - check the prison populations for the unwanted children born who now reside there - there are stats to back that up.

This back alley, self mutilating, hanger approach versus carrying an unborn child to term - was a very real consequence of safe medical practices being unavailable. Let em bleed to death in an alley is no way for a civilized society to organize itself.

The deep connection that 9 months brings to both mother and child and having a new born whisked away right after birth as if those nine months of bonding never happened is a form of dark cruelty in and of itself - is not acceptable to many, many women – and only the strong survive that ordeal. Choosing to carry to term and then just kicking the new born to the curb is a fresh hell - believe it and now for two people.

Society that at the time actually cared about one another and understood choosing not to have a baby was a personal choice based on individual circumstances wanted, needed to provide safe alternatives if our claim as a civilized society was to be realized.

At the end of the day if you support the principles of this country - the right to self determination, freedom of religion, the pursuit of happiness, and respect that each one of us in our own situations and circumstances are the ones most qualified to make decisions about ourselves - then you have to support the right of the individual to choose whether they need or want an abortion, choose adoption, or parenthood.

Parenting taken lightly is responsible for more evil in this world than abortion. A child raising a child, or make grandma do all the work, live poor, hungry and desperate making desperate choices upon desperate choices, turning to crime to survive - is it a cliché or a fact of life?

What I would caution all when politics involves itself in this issue - its meant as a distraction - a wedge issue - used to be called a political football. Its meant to be kicked around - for its ability to fire up the constituents emotionally, and distract the voters from the back room deals that go on - how many of you knew more about the abortion issue versus the fact that GE doesn't pay any taxes and Exxon/Mobile despite being the most profitable company in the world - gets corporate welfare subsidized by our tax dollars?

When it comes to politics follow the money. When it comes to abortion - which no federal dollars pay for (the Hyde amendment) - it’s up to the individual.

You can try and force your beliefs and opinions on others, proselytize, preach or reason but at the end of the day each individual is on their own journey and the choices they make are up to them.

A kinder, gentler, more compassionate generation didn't want their sisters, mothers, and daughters bleeding to death. Abortions will happen whether they are legal or not - that's a fact - and we need to govern from a fact based point of view - leaving wide open for the individual the safety to believe what they want to believe about their own life and life's journey.

What lessons we are all to learn as individuals vary from person to person - this is not a one size fits all world and the diversity of fauna, fowl, mammals, landscapes, cultures and ideologies are all reflections of a creative force far more diversified, infinite and profound than we can put into words.

It is right for each soul to make its own choices for their individual path. Each individual’s soul’s trajectory of life and growth is just as varied as life itself. And there is no one way to enlightenment.

Raising children is a life time responsibility - education and planning your pregnancy is the responsible way both as an individual and for a civilized society. But accidents and being unaware are a fact of life so what choices are we to make as a civilized society with a governing body - ignore those realities of unintended consequences or try to mitigate them, wish that they magically go away, or take realistic steps to minimize the suffering of our fellow citizens?

No one wants an abortion - but to cast as villains those that do-to kill the doctors that provide a safe and sanitary procedure for those who would prefer to be in a better circumstance when they finally get pregnant, is not the solution.

For those that do the killing and casting as villains to not support family planning and pre-sex education to minors is counter-productive to their own way of thinking and beliefs.

The immense consequences and responsibility in raising a child, the transmission of disease and the way to prevent all that calamity being WITHHELD from those who need that information the most is completely unjustifiable to the stated beliefs of the sanctity of marriage, two parent family and responsible child rearing.

Murdering doctors and vilifying individuals, cutting off funding for education and sending that money to the wealthy - is that how we fix the problem or is it politics siphoning off your tax dollars under the guise of a moral issue. Its
smoke and mirrors for the sneaky, and powerful who aim to increase their holdings.

If you want to do something about abortions moving the money out of Planned Parenthood and stifling education, and imposing gag rules about birth control is not the way to lower the abortion rates in this country or world.

The recent budget battle is just a re-allocation of wealth to those that are wealthy enough to direct more money and power their way. If they can fool some of the constituents that it is moral to do so - well that is the real evil.

Plan Parenthood!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

~ Ben Williams
A Robin Redbreast in a cage Puts all Heaven in a Rage.

~ William Blake
the Government Accountability Office publicly released a study showing that, as of the end of fiscal year 2010, roughly $330 billion in federal taxes had never been paid -- an amount that, if collected, would represent nearly nine times the amount of savings as the budget itself

Friday, April 08, 2011

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is:

(A) A trade group representing small businesses, like your favorite restaurant or a local car dealership.

(B) Related to the United States Department of Commerce, a federal government agency.

(C) The official voice of the entire business community.

(D) Ruthless lobbyists who push unsustainable policies that benefit multinational corporations at the expense of people and businesses on Main Streets across America.

The correct answer, of course, is D. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce does not speak for you or me. It speaks for giant corporations who want to pollute our democracy, our economy and our planet in their never-ending pursuit for profits.
If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise.

~ Unknown
Don’t confuse fame with talent. Talent is honed. Over years. When no one is looking. When your parents tell you to go to school and your girlfriend tells you you’re a shithead. Nobody believes in you but yourself. But your belief is so strong that you can’t give up. Then people you never knew suddenly believe you’re God.

Yup, that’s how it works. - Bob Lefsetz
"With American miners still succumbing to black lung disease, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has proposed a plan to reduce the number of such deaths through the stricter regulation of mining sites. But at a congressional committee meeting last week, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) voiced concern that the new regulations may not be worth the cost to coal companies -- even though pockets of his state have been designated black lung 'hot spots' by the federal government."
After a hard-fought national campaign over the merits of giving federal money to Planned Parenthood so that it can provide affordable pap tests was won by the Tea Party in November, it's only natural that House Republicans would shut down the government to carry forward the anti-family-planning mandate voters so clearly handed to them.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. ~ Lin Yutang
Years of overfishing have pushed many fisheries to the brink of collapse and scientific estimates suggest that only 1 in 4 fish stocks are sustainable.
China is set to add as many as 220 million new vehicles between now and 2020. But by greening its transportation sector through the use of alternatively fueled vehicles, high-speed rail, and other options, the country can create an average of 2 million jobs annually between 2011 and 2020, according to a forthcoming Worldwatch report. Urban rail expansion in Beijing alone could bring 420,000 green jobs annually over the coming decade.
NBC 4’s reporter-anchor Craig Melvin is a tall African-American. Which apparently led to this exchange with former Sen. George Allen, according to Melvin’s Twitter account Tuesday night:

“For the 2nd time in 5 months, fmr. gov. and sen candidate George Allen asks me,”what position did you play?” I did not a play a sport.”
Seven Deadly Sins
* Wealth without Work
* Pleasure without Conscience
* Science without Humanity
* Knowledge without Character
* Politics without Principle
* Commerce without Morality
* Worship without Sacrifice

Mohandas Karamachand Gandhi
The House will vote to tell the EPA not to do what the Supreme Court told it to do -- protect humanity by regulating carbon emissions. The Senate rejected a similar measure earlier today. Again. Meanwhile, the planet continues to be polluted, and our bodies too. Smart guys, smart...idiots.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has."
-Margaret Mead
"We live in a time in which it's no longer just a question of keeping some wild spaces because we think they're nice. We now have to think about preserving a habitat in which human beings can remain alive. Clean air, clean water, food that won't destroy the body and warp the genes." - Margarette Atwood

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Oh dear lord: Donald Trump is polling well among New Hampshire primary voters. In a new PPP survey of Granite State Republicans, Trump garners the support of 20 percent of respondents, second only to Mitt Romney who leads with 27 percent. You know what? We won't judge. Having the Department of Housing and Urban Development divert all its resources to massive condo projects on the West Side Highway and a renovated White House lined entirely with fake gold trim can't be that bad, right? - HuffPostHill

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

If you want to be happy, be.

~ Leo Tolstoy
Budget deadline is Friday - Urge @BarackObama to veto any attacks on #cleanair: #EPA @LCVoters

Monday, April 04, 2011

Republicans hate social engineering, unless they’re doing it.
Depend more upon the intuitive forces from within and not harken so much to that of outside influences--learn to listen to that still small voice from within...Edgar Cayce Reading 239-1
Every moment is made glorious by the light of love.

~ Rumi
It’s difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it - Upton Sinclair
Tell the EPA: Protect us from toxic mercury, arsenic, lead and other air pollution. @CREDOMobile

Friday, April 01, 2011

Precisely the least, the softest, lightest, a lizard's rustling, a breath, a breeze, a moment's glance—it is little that makes the best happiness.

~ Friedrich W. Nietzsche
Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they will never cease to be amused.

~ Anonymous
When Congress can seriously debate forcing veterans into homelessness and cutting food aid to pregnant women and children, while giving tax breaks to billionaires, something is very, very wrong.