I’m out of gas today, and so is Jazz. Like me, he didn’t want to get out of bed this morning.
But, I had to get up – he didn’t have to get up until he was ready, and he slept for nearly 30 minutes after I was up!
Anyway, I’ve been working on the computer most of the day. I was also doing a little blog-browsing – looking at animal photos, and came across an article on the No Dog About it Blog, with the I Am a Forever Dog, Not an Until Dog, photo (below), and I liked the message. I really liked the blog, too. Here’s a link to the blog: No Dog About It Blog.
The article on the blog has to do with adopting dogs for someone’s Christmas present. Or, getting a puppy “from Santa” to make kiddos happy, but not having a plan to deal with the rest of the dog’s life. That happens more often than not, and we’ve all probably heard the horror stories. People have the greatest of intentions but don’t realize how much care and attention a dog requires. Cats are easy, not so with dogs. There is a lot of work associated with having a dog. It’s a big responsibility, and they can be very expensive.
When I was young, we had a little Chihuahua that we named Pedro. He lived a good long time and we had him for many years. The black and white photo (below) was my brother feeding Pedro his bottle. That was 1967!
One Christmas, while we still had Pedro, when my brothers and I were very young, Mom and Dad (Santa), bought us an adorable little chocolate-brown Poodle. We named him Honey Bear. We were crazy about him.
We’d had Honey Bear only two weeks when one day my folks called the three of us kids out to the patio to have “a talk.” The first thing we all wanted to know was when will Honey Bear be home, he’d gone to the vet the day before and we missed him like crazy. Well, my Father broke the news to us – while my mom sat silent and tried to hide that she was crying. (Mom never cried.) Then it became a family crying-fest. We all cried and cried and cried.
Honey Bear had been very sick, my Father gently told us, and would not be coming home. Honey Bear had Encephalitis. The vet put him down.
After that we never had another dog but Pedro. It was too upsetting for every one. It must have upset me a lot because my memory of that time is very detailed, and I was only about 8 at the time.
I never had my own dog until I got Jazz, my 10 pound Chihuahua, when he was 9 weeks old.
One of the reasons I’d wanted to have a dog was to get out and walk more as I was just getting over two painful knee replacement surgeries. Getting a dog, I thought, would be great therapy to strengthen my legs. And it was.
However, before I decided to adopt Jazz, I had to look at my life to be certain I could give him the attention he needed. He barely weighed two pounds, was so small he required four feedings a day to sustain his little body.
I lived close to where I worked so it was easy to come home every day at lunch and feed him. I also had neighbors looking in on him during the day, too. He was so small and I was ultra-concerned about making sure he was okay.
That was 7 years ago.
Today, my life revolves around my animals schedules ( I also have a cat.) I plan my social life around my dog’s feeding and walking-times, as if he were a child. In turn, he is the perfect dog – so happy and fun and wonderful.
If you have a dog, you know what a responsibility it is. Just like a child – you’ve got to care for it, train it, love it. When you love a dog, they repay in kind, but give back so much more. A dog will change your life.
So, I really liked the message from the German Shepard Dog Community on Facebook (below).
There’s a wonderful boat tour in Winter Park that traverses Lake Osceola and some of the little canals that finger off of it. The canals wind around some of the beautiful estates and the boat-houses that go with them.
We were all over the lake and it was a perfect day to be on the water – sunny, with just a bit of a cool wind. It was lovely.
I was particularly looking forward to photographing the flora and the fauna, the magnificent trees, and the abundant variety of birds that populate the lake.
Unfortunately, I forgot to change my camera lens for the trip. I had the macro lens on the camera, but needed a zoom. I still got some fairly good pictures, but not many. Soooooo if there is time, I will simply have to go back and do the trip all over again!
When I have a chance to go back, hopefully on Monday, I’ll share pictures of the lovely trees that are just covered with Spanish Moss. I did get one good one of the Spanish Moss, below.
Isn’t it amazing? The tour guide on our boat told us that the term “Don’t let the bed-bugs bite,” literally resulted from using Spanish Moss to stuff mattresses! Back then, apparently, the moss was not cleaned before it was stuffed in mattresses and pillows. The items were sold bugs and all.
Ford Motor company stuffed their car seats with the Spanish Moss, too. When an entire fleet of Ford autos were recalled as a result of customers complaining of bugs and bug-bites, the slogan, “Itching to drive a Ford” was born!
I’m sending you a Christmas tree. Well, a wannabe Christmas Tree, I suppose! It’s really a Cypress tree standing in the middle of the lake. Someone has attached ornaments to it and I can’t resist sharing it and wishing everyone a joyous holiday.
Sending you warm wishes for a merry Christmas and a happy fifth day of Chanukah!
I was going to forget about writing a blog post tonight and went to bed at 11:00 (after falling asleep on the couch at about 9:30.)
Sometimes, I surprise myself at my own sheer stubbornness. I made a promise to blog every day in 2011 and by hook or by nook, I will do it. And the iPhone makes that easy – I’m lying in bed blogging on the phone!
I am pretty darn tired after the drive to Orlando. It’s not a difficult drive, but it’s 3.5 hours of driving, and that tires me out completely.
So, I’m in Orlando! It’s interesting to be here, post the Casey Anthony saga. I still don’t want to visit the site where little Caylee was thrown away like trash, because it’s so near the Anthony home. I think they need to left alone – they have been through enough and people driving by out of curiosity doesn’t seem right – for me, I mean. I would feel like a busy body, I guess.
There’s a new story out today that the former defense team wants a judge to hold former prosecutor, Jeff Ashton in contempt for what he (Jeff) revealed about sealed Psychiatric interviews in his book. I am anxious to write about this one and will tomorrow. As the wonderful Judge Stickland once wrote, “The irony is rich.”
I am looking at things in different ways. different angles. necks don’t always stick out but they should, sometimes. maybe. for others. yes. and then again. no. but usually. yes. sticking my neck out. wondering. in shades like salmon. feathered. weathered. but fine. so happy.
See more here: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/andrea-oconnell.html
Where it ends, it begins!
(Photo taken at Flamingo Gardens, by Andrea O’Connell, all rights reserved.)
The WordPress photo challenge this week is: Celebration.
I took this photo of Santa in a beautiful mall in West Palm Beach, Florida. This Santa stand in did a nice job. He “owned” the role.
The reactions of the kids to this Santa was amazing. Many of the kids just KNEW this Santa was the real deal. In this shot, Santa was having a very deep conversation with a little boy who refused to get very close to Santa, which is why Santa is leaning in. The kid, who seemed to be about five years old, was absolutely frozen in place, completely rapt up in the magic.
It is nice to see magic happen between a Santa and a kid.
I remember believing.
So, this is to celebrate the wonder of kids who still believe.
I haven’t completely lost interest in the ongoing fallout from the Casey Anthony murder trial, which resulted in the surprising Not Guilty verdict earlier this year. Every now and then I get sucked back into the newsy-ness of the remaining civil lawsuits against Casey Anthony.
I’m particularly interested in the defamation lawsuit that Zenaida Gonzalez has brought against Casey via the prominent Orlando law firm, Morgan & Morgan. This lawsuit is becoming ugly as a result of Anthony defense attorney Charles Greene’s public statements that demean Zenaida Gonzalez quite badly.
Initially, Zenaida Gonzalez never signed up for being dragged into a national media maelstrom. It appears now she is enjoying the lime light.
For the first few days of the case, as the supposed nanny, she’d been under the microscope of the media as a potential suspect in the disappearance of Caylee. But, in no way was she a lasting suspect, nor was her involvement a theory in the case because the police were pretty secure about Casey’s involvement. After all, before you could say Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez, Casey was behind bars.
It all started in July 2008 when Casey Anthony blamed her “Nanny,” a Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez, as the one responsible for absconding with her daughter, the adorable Caylee Marie Anthony.
Caylee was about a month shy of her third birthday when her mother, Casey, went on the lam for 31 days without so much of a mention that anything untoward had happened to her daughter. When Casey needed a cover-story for Caylee’s whereabouts, she made up the Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez kidnapping story. We found out soon afterwards that story was a fantasy and Casey knew where her daughter was but refused to share any information.
As we know now, Caylee was already deceased while her mother partied, stole from friends she was living with, and basically thought she’d finally found “the Good Life” or, Bella Vita, as she had tattooed on her back.
When Casey told the police that her nanny, Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez, had taken Caylee 31 days ago, the Detective assigned to the case immediately followed up.
The Detective learned that a Zenaida Gonzalez had filled out a guest card at the Sawgrass Apartments where Casey claimed Zenaida lived and where shed’ dropped Caylee off into Zenaida’s care. The police interviewed the Zenaida who’d filled out that Sawgrass Apartments guest card. It was an odd coincidence that Zenaida had visited Sawgrass Apartments where Casey claimed she’d often left Caylee.
Zenaida denied knowing Casey. And, Casey, when shown a picture of this Zenaida Gonzalez, claimed she was not her nanny.
Sooooo, what’s the fuss, you might be thinking. Well, Zenaida was wrongly portrayed as a potential kidnapper and was in the glare of the media. And that, she claims, harmed her reputation and defamed her in the public.
The irony is she is now in the glare of the cameras constantly. Had she remained in the shadows, her name would have been forgotten within a week of when the police cleared her as a suspect – which they had done immediately, I might add.
But, we’re only human and Zenaida was looking at her chance appearance in the over-sensationalized Anthony case, as a cash cow.
When she hires the law firm Morgan and Morgan (who have a big reputation and bigger voices), they dove into the story and fast.
Morgan and Morgan had a grand time inserting themselves into the media driven soap-opera that had become a circus of many characters and clowns.
It never seemed to be about justice for Zenaida Gonalez. (But, it was a good bit of media attention for her and her lawyers.)
When they (Morgan and Morgan), video-taped George, Cindy and Lee Anthony’s depositions and released them to the media, it was a gold mine for them – the videos made the national news, and so did Morgan. The Anthony family was not at all liked by the populace and they were recalcitrant and harsh in the video depositions which made Morgan and Morgan smell like a garden of roses.
Fast forward to 2011 and the same Zenaida Gonzalez lawsuit is full steam ahead, but seemingly getting derailed by their own hubris.
Now we find out that this Zenaida Gonzalez does not have “Fernandez” in her name. Well, her lawyers used Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez in the civil lawsuit against Casey Anthony…. and no one corrected the media that she was not Fernandez-Gonzalez either. Everyone was led to believe that her full name was Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez.
Is that deceitful? If not, it is curious.
Zenaida Gonzalez now says she doesn’t know why her lawyers put that name on the lawsuit. Could it be they thought their suit might get more attention if the names matched?
Zenaida claims she got unwanted attention as a result of being interviewed by the authorities in connection with this case, though she was never charged with anything. And now she is saying she wants an apology from Anthony. And now she claims that she wasn’t fired from her job – she quit her job.
The Casey Anthony case has always been about band-wagons – jumping on the band-wagon for the attention, payout, notoriety and national media attention.
Back in September, 2008, Zenaida filed her law-suit and shortly after appeared on Good Morning America (GMA), to announce it to the nation.
Her lawyer, John Morgan, was on the GMA show as well. Neither blinked when they referred to Zenaida using the middle name “Fernandez” as you can see in this ABC news story:
Though Fernandez-Gonzalez was cleared by police, she said she lost her job, cannot find an apartment and received threats from Anthony supporters. She filed a defamation lawsuit Thursday against Anthony.
Fernandez-Gonzalez, a 37-year-old mother of six, said today on “Good Morning America” that she looked at an apartment and filled out a form at the complex where Anthony said she dropped off Caylee before she disappeared.
“I just went to look at an apartment and filled out an information card,” Fernandez-Gonzalez said in an exclusive interview today with “GMA.” “My suspicion is they probably gave her [Anthony] the information from the card.” The card included the names of two of her daughters and the make and color of her car, which is the same information that Anthony gave the police, said Fernandez-Gonzalez and her attorney John Morgan. Link to GMA Story: click here.
In every story and every appearance I have seen in relation to the civil law suit, the name Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez, is referred to.
The Anthony’s knew this and they tried to point it out during their humiliating video-deposition in the civil lawsuit. No one really listened at the time.
I wonder if anyone is listening to the latest bits of intrigue?
Take a peek at these stories:
All the day long,
Whether rain or shine
She’s part of the assembly line.
She’s making history,
Working for victory
Rosie the Riveter
~ Lyrics by Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb,. 1942.
It’s hardly like working in war-time. It’s not like in the Rosie the Riveter campaigns in which women stepped up and did a man’s job during World War II, supporting the war effort.
It’s not that at all!
Writing every day cannot remotely compare to the sacrifices women made at home when men were away fighting World War II. And, of course now women are (or should be) considered equal contributors in the US Armed Services.
I’m thinking of Rosie because for me it describes my resolve to write one post every single day during the WordPress post-a-day challenge.
There is one more month left in the challenge. (In reality, December will be my 13th month since I began posting every day in December 2010.)
When the year is over, I’ll not be doing this again…. unless I can help it.
I think I’ll count all the words I’ve written thus far. (I won’t count, WordPress will do it for me!) because it will make me feel like I’ve really accomplished something.
Let’s see. To date, I have written a total of 581 posts. I generally write a minimum of 500 words on average. So, if my math is correct, that’s nearly 3 million words….?
That’s why I thought of Rosie!! 🙂
And, that’s why I’m thinking I may need a day off from blogging soon – well, after the new year, maybe.
…. so grateful for the gift of love (to and from) friends, and family (thanks to WordPress too!).
Happy Thanksgiving, all…
At my ISPI meeting tonight (International Society for Performance Improvement), our guest speaker was Ed Muzio, CEO of Group Harmonics, and author of Four Secrets to Liking Your Work, and more recently, Make Work Great, both popular books offering great solutions to “stopping the drama” in the workplace. The YouTube video below, called Stop the Drama and Do the Work, is only 4 minutes, or so, but it packs a good punch of common sense.
In the video Muzio discusses the Drama Triangle Avoidance model. There are three roles in this model, Muzio explains them like this:
1) Persecutor – someone who blames, criticizes, shames, snipes or back-stabs a victim. The 2) Victim role then, is someone who follows orders, deflects blame, could be cynical, displays “poor me” attitudes, displays hopelessness. And finally, 3) the Rescuer Role – they are the Cheerleaders, they fight the power or plan a coup, they help the wounded one, tend to their hurt feelings, and they are the go-to person to fix problems.
In these three roles: Persecutor, Victim, and Rescuer are certain behaviors that inhibits work from getting done. The trick is to reject the roles. For instance, there are nasty and toxic people in my workplace who like nothing better than making others miserable – stealing your work, undermining your efforts, and basically trying to make you look bad so they look better. They are everywhere in my workplace, especially prevalent in leadership roles which makes their influence worse. (Why people who hate people are allowed to lead people I will never understand.)
Ed Muzio has a solution that will be helpful both inside and outside of the workplace. The secret? “Behave as if the role is not real.” If we refuse to be the victim, the persecutor cannot be real….they may act as such to all outward appearances, but without a victim they’re just a lot of hot air!
Take a look at the video- it’s all explained – I think you’ll enjoy it, too!
And then there’s the all too common toxic workplace ….
Next month our ISPI guest will be Dr. Linnda Durre, her book Surviving the Toxic Workplace, is a huge success.
Do insulting screamers, incompetent assistants and outdated equipment drive you crazy? Are you surrounded by vicious backstabbers, sneaky idea stealers, and lazy whiners? Do the nitpicky control freaks, negative pessimists, and office gossips bring you down? Welcome to the Toxic Workplace, a not-so-rare condition that has reached epidemic proportions. In this ingenious step-by-step guide, renowned psychotherapist Linnda Durré shows you how to diagnose and treat these problems quickly and effectively to ensure the health of your company, your career, and your sanity.
This is a book I want to read!
- Edward Muzio: Train Your People — Without Them Realizing It (huffingtonpost.com)
- Culture Building (800ceoread.com)
- What’s your favourite position? (myonepercentaday.wordpress.com)
I have so many things I want to talk about, but I don’t have much time because I’ve had my nose in the Nook reading Jeff Ashton’s book, which I am enjoying so much.
I love his attitude toward the sickening defense and their inane theories, especially the George Anthony lie, which the State called the Nuclear Lie.
I am enjoying reading about the back story regarding the defense’s obnoxious Discovery violations, and all the excuses Baez made. I love how Mr. Ashton describes the situation in which Baez stipulated about the Dr. Vass testimony, and then like a petulant child, said he was coerced into signing it except it was Dorothy Sims who wrote it for Baez to sign!
And there are many other interesting stories and thoughts that are fascinating in retrospect.
Anyway, I have another Creative Whack to share! This one is titled, Dig Deeper, and it’s one of my favorites, and absolutely true in every sense:
Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it’s the only one you have. ~ Emile’ Chartier
I would like to make a button with those words and wear it on my lapel every day at work…. but that would be rude.
Better to tape it to my forehead!
Here’s another Creative Whack from Roger von Oech, creator of the Creative Whack Pack – a deck of 64 amazing cards to “whack” us out of old and habitual ways of thinking, allowing us to see with fresh eyes and an open mind.
I like the message of this card in particular. I don’t know about you, but I get into ruts from time to time. I am in a pesky rut these past couple of weeks as a result of allowing negative people in the workplace get to me. People who are so old-fashioned and stiff, I feel like I have to salute them.
Needless to say, my workplace operates with a very old-fashioned mindset. The work I am doing now is the same kind of work people were doing in the early 1980’s. Not only are the tools I have to work with antiquated, so is the vision of some people in my workplace. That’s what happens, I guess, when the leaders in an organization stay in positions for years and years. It’s always good when outside perspectives are allowed in. Allowed is the operative word, however. Therein lies the rub.
It’s like how Jeff Ashton describes the personalities of Cindy and Casey Anthony in his new book, Imperfect Justice. (Which I am really enjoying but only half way through.) When you refuse to accept new ideas; if you refuse to see the reality of your current state of affairs, any new idea or new vision is exorcised in favor of the habitual comfort of old ways of thinking. Cindy Anthony grew so used to Casey’s lies, she began to accept them as reality so as not to shake the boat.
Jeff Ashton writes:
From all that we’d seen of their interactions and heard from those around Cindy, it was unlikely that she would ever admit the unvarnished truth about Casey. It was a lethally toxic co-dependent relationship. One person was skilled at lying to others, while the other was skilled at lying to herself.
Cindy Anthony would not allow herself to see the truth about Casey: “Cindy was in denial about her daughter on a colossal scale,” wrote Jeff Ashton.
That is why this message is so important. We have to look beyond what we know and discover new ways of seeing. If we continue to do the things that are comfortable, we grow complacent, dull, and miss the really important stuff, like pretending the smell of human decomposition is really pizza.
Reading the Opinion Page of the New York Times today confirmed the horror I feared would result from Alabama’s new Immigration law – which is illegal but Alabama is bold in their racism – raising its middle finger at Federal laws.
How to put into words the terror that people in Alabama are experiencing is hardly possible – my heart is literally in my throat as I write this. I want to help these people; I want to join this 2011 Civil Rights battle more than anything in the world. I feel helpless. Well, I have this little blog that some of you may read and then realize the seriousness and the desperation of this problem.
I wrote about this issue on November 6th in a post titled, Alabama Ignores Justice Department, because I knew it could get very ugly for children trying to attend school. NEVER, never-ever did I imagine the reality of this issue.
I never wanted to believe that Alabama could turn their Immigration policy into vile racism. Alabama’s brand of hatred drips with the blood of all who came before and fought and died for Civil Rights in this country.
The New York Times editorial from November 13, 2011 tells us this about the Alabama immigration law:
The law was written to deny immigrants without papers the ability to work or travel, to own or rent a home, to enter contracts of any kind. Fear is causing an exodus as Latinos abandon homes and jobs and crops in the fields. Utilities are preparing to shut off water, power and heat to customers who cannot show the right papers.
Alabama is far from alone in passing a law whose express aim is misery and panic. States are expanding their power to hasten racial exclusion and family disintegration, to make a particular ethnic group of poor people disappear. The new laws come cloaked in talk of law and order; the bigotry beneath them is never acknowledged.
The below words spoken by a US Senator should frighten the very life out of all of every one of us:
A sponsor of the legislation, State Senator Scott Beason, chairman of the Rules Committee, was secretly taped by the F.B.I. talking about black residents of Greene County. “They’re aborigines,” he said. He is the lawmaker who urged fellow Republicans to “empty the clip” to stop illegal immigrants.
How can Senator Beason be allowed to stay in Government? He is the lowest of the low; a neanderthals brain is his to claim.
How can he say things like “empty the clip” and not be arrested or charged? What a fine example of a lawmaker he is.
The important aspect in this article? The ease with which people can hate.
Today the hate extends to immigrants in Alabama, and other states (Alabama is the worst). What about tomorrow? Who is next on the list?
As Judge U. W. Clemon, a former Alabama senator, noted, the Latino immigrant population is very small and yet the target Alabama has placed on their backs is startling:
…..Judge Clemon, a civil rights foot soldier who fought Bull Connor and George Wallace, the common thread between then and now — the threat of racial profiling and the abuse of a cheap, exploited work force — is obvious, as is the racism driving the law.
Although the Hispanic population of the state is less than 5 percent, the leaders of the state were hell-bent on removing as much of that 4 percent as possible. And I think they’ve been fairly successful in scaring them out of the state of Alabama.
How can American citizens with any conscious allow such hateful treatment to fellow human beings? These immigrant human beings simply want a better life and they are willing to work their fingers to the bone for the basics. They’ll do the jobs that Americans don’t want to do.
Anyone who thinks immigrants are taking jobs away from Americans is living in a dream world.
Wake up! They simply want to put clothes on their back and a roof over their head.
Alabama would deny immigrants even the basic needs of survival. Can you imagine having the below things taken away from you? I can’t imagine being denied the below basic needs.
- Own or rent a home
- have water service
- basic K-12 education
The NAACP’s leaders in Birmingham Alabama have groups of advocates to assist people caught in this government noose.
I feel helpless. However, I am a member of the NAACP; now I am going to get to work and get ACTIVE.
“Jim Crow is dead,” said the Reverend Anthony Alann Johnson, “but his cousins are still alive.”
You better believe it.
Please help by finding your local NAACP branch and join us to fight for Civil Rights.
Read the article: On the Rise in Alabama
Slide Show: A New Civil Rights Movement
Retired Assistant State Attorney Jeff Ashton, who famously prosecuted the Casey Anthony murder trial, has a book coming out on November 15, 2011.
Mr. Asthon’s book, Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony, promises to discuss never-revealed details about the case, including information related to the psychological examinations performed on then defendant Casey Anthony.
He will also be discussing the book on the Dr. Phil Show, Wednesday, November 16, 2001. No doubt the book will generate a lot of interest.
I’ve per-ordered a copy on my Nook.
If the Barnes & Noble Nook website is any indication, the book should do well. On the Barnes & Noble Nook page for the book, already nearly 60 “customer reviews” have been written! This is despite the fact it’s not even released yet! People are adding their thoughts about what they “think” the book will disclose…and of course they are arguing.
Cheney Mason reportedly is writing a book also. I have absolutely no interest in reading it because, frankly, I wouldn’t know what to believe. By the way, Mr. Mason is in a Daytona hospital after feeling ill during a conference in which he to speak. I certainly hope it’s not a serious issue keeping him in the hospital. I bet he’s cranky as hell in that hospital! I bet he’s shooting the bird at just about everyone, too! I hope so, that would mean he’s on the mend.
Anyway, back to Jeff Ashton’s book. I really am looking forward to reading some inside stories about the case and sure hope the book is long on character details! There were some colorful characters involved in the Anthony case, and it would be interesting to read about them.
Coincidentally, I was perusing Facebook this evening and stumbled upon “The Official Jeff Ashton Page.” Oh, it’s wonderful – lot’s of very nice photos, too!
Seeing some of the great photos of Mr. Ashton and his wife, Rita, his colleagues at the State Attorney’s Office, including Linda Drane-Burdick, and pictures of his Koi pond that he and his wife built – affirmed for me that he is not only a phenomenal attorney, he is also a down-to-earth, very nice guy. Someone you can’t help but like because he oozes charm.
There were many folks on the State side of the case who I really admired: ASA Linda Drane-Burdick, of course, was incredible. I admired the folks at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, too. Yuri Melich – loved him! Eric Edwards – loved him! John Allen – loved him! Who else? Just too many good people to name. Oh! I almost forgot ASA Frank George! Loved him!
Anyway, my Nook is ready for the Imperfect Justice download!
Thanks in advance, Jeff Ashton!
Yesterday was Veteran’s Day. I had to work, but I managed to read stories about various celebrations going on across the country in honor of the day.
It is good to pay respect and honor the men and women in the military, they are doing what they are paid to do. (At least they get a paycheck.) I do think celebrating today’s “wars” is hypocritical. (Maybe hypocritical is the wrong word. Disingenuous is more like it.)
Let’s face it – we all know today’s involvement in conflicts around the world are not “wars.” We call it war, but it’s not.
Who attacked us? Certainly not Iraq and certainly not Afghanistan.
Yet we call our invasion into these countries (who never attacked us) a “war.”
Our military involvement and the involvement of American contractors (who’re making millions of dollars a year), are not helping to end a war!
We are in a money war. The sole reason for our involvement is to bring enough stability in a region to take over their oil and profits.
We can’t head into Iraq or Afghanistan and ask them to roll over so we can rape and ravage their land. No. It is necessary to invade these countries on the premise of instilling so-called democratic values; christian and capitalism values to profit and control the regions.
Of course it’s appalling. Of course it’s also true.
The 1% who have stolen America’s wealth and seek to extend our form of “democracy” over the remainder of the world’s people, are the only ones who benefit from our aggressive sorties into other continents. The mercenaries, Pentagon bureaucrats, military contractors, and pathetic fools who serve in and with our armed forces, because there are no other jobs available in this economy, recognize the absurdity of calling these murderous conflicts “wars.” Wars are fought with those who can fight back. Germany’s slaughter of the Jews was not a “war,” it was murder, plain and simple –likewise with the conduct of our troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and now, Africa. ~ Marti Hiken and Luke Hiken / November 11th, 2011
This article (click the link below) is sad but honest.
I love the idea of finding a photo that says “wonder.” I settled on this photo of my niece, deep in thought, wondering about …. something!
And a swing, of course, is wondrously fun….