Thursday, March 29, 2012

Budget’s For All Deficit reduction of $6.8 trillion
Primary spending cuts of $749 billion
Public investment and job creation measures of $2.9 trillion Debt reduced to 62.3% of GDP by 2022.
U.S. House of Representatives The Budget for All
Budget of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
Fiscal Year 2013

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

No snowflake falls in an inappropriate place.

~ Zen saying

Monday, March 26, 2012

The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.

~ Andy Rooney
The moon is one, but on agitated water it produces many reflections. Similarly ultimate reality is one, yet it appears to be many in a mind agitated by thoughts.


Friday, March 23, 2012

The destiny of man is in his own soul.

~ Herodotus
The United States cannot drill its way to energy independence when we consume over 20 percent of the world's petroleum, yet hold about two percent of the proven oil reserves.
The Obama administration has taken action to cut U.S. oil use by moving forward with strong new fuel efficiency and global warming emissions standards. These standards can save consumers thousands of dollars while cutting America's oil dependence by 3.5 million barrels per day in 2030, which is more oil than we currently import from Saudi Arabia and Iraq.
The Union of Concerned Scientists has developed a plan to cut America's projected oil consumption in half by 2030 by boosting the fuel economy of our vehicles, producing clean biofuels, expanding public transportation options, and investing in the next generation of advanced vehicles that no longer rely exclusively on oil.
Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.

~ Bradley Millar

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.

Chinese Proverb
One third of the Chesapeake Bay – one of the world’s most productive fisheries – cannot support life due to nitrate and phosphorous runoff from nearby chicken farms.
Nutrient runoff from the Mississippi River has created a 22,000 square kilometer dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. That’s an area the size of New Jersey!
Fertilizers and pesticides used in current farming methods are polluting our ocean waters through runoff.

The Allman Brothers Band vs. Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Richard Julian

I think I'd travel to go see that jam. How about a new Watkins Glenn?

Bruce brings something entirely different to the table than the Allman Brothers and I'm a fan of both but a bigger ABB fan. Bruce is all about the summer to me. His album Greetings from Asbury Park is a summer resort town and the tales of the first three albums spoke to the hard scrabbled living that occurs in those communities - (we're not talking the Hamptons) - teenage love, fast cars, a little greaser mentality mixed in with scorching romance equals early Bruce. When they said sit down I stood up.

Bruce's generation grew up with him. The energy of the Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle well the title tells it all. I have to admit after Darkness I left Bruce. Born in the USA was way too jingoistic for me. His attempts at delving deeper into the Tom Joads didn't resonate. I had moved on but every summer like clock work out comes the first four albums and well it helps that I had a mad crush on a girl named Kitty just as E Street Shuffle came yeah Bruce gets it we were all Born to Run. The poets down here don't write anything at all they just stand back and let it all be. So a a little experience with the street is all you need to get Bruce but try not to analyze music so hard. If it speaks to you enjoy. If it doesn't get another cd out or sing in the shower.

As for the ABB contrasted to Bruce - in order to bring this post to a close lets just in general (re-read that line again) say melody versus angst. Bottle neck versus saxophone - Les Paul versus Telecaster - Motorcycles versus muscle cars. Twin guitar attack versus storytelling. All have their time and place. Like Zeppelin vs The Who - lust versus anger - and Tom Petty its hard for me to play his songs because I'm just not that pis**d off - but I love his music and Petty is a must see show if you haven't seen Tom live - the most under rated lead guitar player ever Mike Cambell.

Music is the palette of the ear. There are many, many different colors and all of them have merit if they stir and lift your soul in a profound way. Its up to the individual think for yourself and watch marketing and commercialization. While its not always true the best is often never heard by the majority and I would add that doesn't matter either. Richard Julian in a small venue works for me you don't have to be a multi selling artist to be enjoyed and enjoy a great life.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us

Robert Louis Stevenson
Thanks to the Citizens United ruling, super rich people can singlehandedly prop up political candidacies and receive sizable tax breaks in the process

Monday, March 19, 2012

There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.

Federico Fellini
When the bird and the book disagree, always believe the bird.

~ John James Audobon
A mutt is couture — it’s the only one like it in the world, made especially for you.

Isaac Mizrahi
Each entrance of an entity into a material experience is that it may better fit itself, through the application of an ideal in its experience, for a sojourn with that which is Creative--that influence or force in which all move and have their consciousness, their being.

Cayce Reading 1759-1
"Leave it as it is … The ages have been at work on it,
and man can only mar it."
–President Roosevelt, as he gazed upon the Grand Canyon.
"If they're going to decide on women's reproductive issues, I'm not going to vote for any of them. Women's reproduction is our own business." -- Iowa voter, evangelical Christian, and former Mitt Romney supporter Mary Russell, quoted in the New York Times, March 10, 2012

Friday, March 16, 2012

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates

~ Lao-Tzu
Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.

Rachel Carson
"If you realized that the nurtured spiritual part of yourself would accompany you on your eternal journey and that everything that you have labored so hard to accumulate would vanish the instant you depart this world, would it alter your daily agenda?" - Walter Cooper
"Earlier today, President Obama compared the GOP's skepticism toward alternative energy to President Rutherford B. Hayes's reaction to the telephone: 'It's a great invention, but who would ever want to use one?' 'That's why he's not on Mount Rushmore,' Obama concluded. 'He's explaining why we can't do something instead of why we can do something.'"

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Laughter need not be cut out of anything, since it improves everything.

~ James Thurber

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Great news! In a decisive 57-41 vote, the U.S. Senate rejected an amendment to the Transportation Bill that would have handed over the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and protected coastal waters to Big Oil!

This Senate vote on the Arctic Refuge was the first in many years -- and thanks to people like you our wildlife and wild places came out on top.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Out of clutter, find simplicity.

Albert Einstein
The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.

Victor Hugo
Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.

Spanish Proverb
Premiere Networks, which distributes Limbaugh as well as a host of other right-wing talkers, sent an email out to its affiliates early Friday listing 98 large corporations that have requested their ads appear only on “programs free of content that you know are deemed to be offensive or controversial (for example, Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, Tom Leykis, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity).”
Ninety-eight major advertisers—including Ford and Geico—will no longer air spots on Premiere Networks’ ‘offensive’ programs. Insiders say the loss will rock right-wing talk radio.
When asked whether "the ultrawealthy have an inordinate or inappropriate amount of influence on the political process," billionaire Mitt Romney supporter Ken Griffin said in an interview, "I think they actually have an insufficient influence." - hilarious!
Thanks to hundreds of thousands of action takers worldwide -- Internet giant has officially banned the sale of all whale and dolphin products. Thank you for asking Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to ban the sale of all whale products on Petitions WORK!

Friday, March 09, 2012

At least 50 companies, including Netflix, Capitol One, and AOL pulled their advertising from Limbaugh’s radio show, leaving only 2 paid ads during his entire 3 hour broadcast yesterday. He even filled time during the commercial break with dead air!

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.

Cynthia Ozick
The Military-Industrial Complex controls our foreign policy, like Wall Street controls our economic policy, and Big Oil controls our energy policy.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.

~ James Thurber

Monday, March 05, 2012

Giving is the secret of abundance.

~ Swami Sivananda
People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have the things about us.

~ Iris Murdoch
When you live in reaction, you give your power away. Then you get to experience what you gave your power to.

N. Smith

Friday, March 02, 2012

The new earth arises as more and more people discover that their main purpose in life is to bring the light of consciousness into this world and to use whatever they do as a vehicle for consciousness

Eckhart Tolle

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.