11 June, 2008

Obama would not be the first black president after all...

Probably one of the reasons I don't watch television news is because I get stymied and frustrated by the fact that the news is slanted by the networks and doesn't always reflect all the facts. This is one of the reasons that I rely on the periodical, The Week to not only provide news updates but to accurately represent more than just one or two sides to each issue.

A long time in coming Senate Intelligence Committee report was released late last week, that stated that President Bush, Vice-President Cheney and most of the other high level administration officials had indeed misrepresented information to we, the people of the United States and took us into the Iraq war.

From the June 7th, Daily Star: "In making the case for war, the administration repeatedly presented intelligence as fact when in reality it was unsubstantiated, contradicted or even nonexistent," the committee chairman, Senator Jay Rockefeller, said on releasing the 172-page report. "As a result, the American people were led to believe the threat from Iraq was much greater than actually existed."

Over the years, many people have claimed that and attempted to document this information but they were usually dismissed (both literally and figuratively) or considered radical pacifists who were out of touch with the terrorist reality facing America. Perhaps. But nonetheless, we went into and are still involved in a war based on falsehood and deception from our elected leaders. And now the self-same government has issued a lengthy document confirming that and it is not being promoted or publicized. With a brief network exception from NBC's Brian Williams, who at least reported that the report was finally released.

Of course, I understand that it would be incendiary at this time to really drive this information home; not to mention, it could significantly affect the upcoming election for the Republican party.

Speaking of the upcoming election, imagine my surprise when I learned from John McLaughlin on The McLaughlin Report, that Warren G. Harding was of Negro descent. And from my other, more entertaining source of news --Stephen Colbert reports: “John McLaughlin just revealed the bombshell that Warren G. Harding was a Negro…Who knows - with revelations like this John McCain could turn out to be our first straight, white male president.”

Suffice to say, the transformational change that is taking place on this planet is going to call for all of us to stay awake and aware. Those of us with spiritual inclinations are being called on to do be diligent in doing our spiritual practice--which includes being mindful to not fall into the countless opportunities for political polemics that will be offered to us along the road to the election. We really have to take individual responsibility to check out commentaries, news stories or even water-cooler rhetoric before we propagandize anyone or anything no matter how initially noble or right it might sound. All of what is going on and what is coming to the surface, calls us to be more aware and responsible.

And in the meantime, those of us in California, start looking for that headset for your car cell phone. The new state law takes effect July 1st that we must use a headset while driving and using a cell phone.
To get you started, check out this website:
www.freeheadset.org/home
What is FreeHeadset.org?
"Since December of 2003 we've been running a worldwide wireless phone safety program that distributes free cell phone headsets in an effort to promote safe driving. So far we've given away over 200,000 headsets and we'd like to give one to you too."

Choosing Bluetooth is certainly a convenient and wireless way to go, but there are better options for having less EMF exposure. For those of you who are quite concerned about the radiation and EMF side effects, check out the BlueTube on Dr. Mercola's site:
http://products.mercola.com/blue-tube-headset/

Stay informed on matters that mean the most to you.

09 June, 2008

The Natural

This has been a whirlwind, wild and wonderful weekend in Nevada County. Topped quite triumphantly by the sports news that today, Ken Griffey, Jr. is only the sixth baseball player to reach the milestone of 600 home runs.

This is my boy. I have been a fan since the beginning because I made the easy crossover from The Big Red Machine's Ken Griffey, Sr. to Junior; and I have been wearing Red ever since. (Oh, even when Jr. and his dad were in Seattle, too).

For several years now, many of my friends who know me and my passion for Junior, began to waiver in their belief that the kid could do it. After all, he had so many injuries and so much time off from the game and those other guys got there before him. I never doubted him for a second. In fact, he even hit #599 for me while he was playing in San Diego.

And he is a honest-to-goodness natural.
There will be no asterisks next to his name or milestones when he reaches Cooperstown.
His humility and grace jogged around the bases today as he touched home plate. No big displays of egoic bravado. Simply high-fiving his teammates and his son, Trey; and a simple cap wave to the crowd coming out from the dugout.
Oh, how I had been there in support. Oh, how I would love to have that baseball. And then I would gift the ball back to where it belongs, Mr. Junior.

It's good to know that there are still baseball heroes such as Ken Griffey, Jr. playing and honoring the game these days. It's once again, a happy time in Mudville.

City Slackers

No, I did not misspell the title of this post. Yes, I was playing off of the comedy film title, "City Slickers" about a bunch of...