Saturday, December 28, 2013

By the Rivers of Babylon - Guantanamo Bay Detention Center turns 12, January 11, 2014 - America, WTF?

 Reuters / Bob Strong

Rivers of Babylon

By the rivers of Babylon
There we sat down
Ye-eah, we wept
When we remembered Zion

By the rivers of Babylon
There we sat down
Ye-eah, we wept
When we remembered Zion

When the wicked carried us away in captivity
Required from us a song
Now, how shall we sing the Lord's song
In a strange land

When the wicked carried us away in captivity
Requiring of us a song
Now how shall we sing the Lord's song
In a strange land

Let the words of our mouth
And the meditation of our heart
Be acceptable in thy sight
Here tonight

Let the words of our mouth
And the meditation of our hearts
Be acceptable in thy sight
Here tonight

By the rivers of Babylon
There we sat down
Ye-eah, we wept
When we remembered Zion

By the rivers of Babylon
There we sat down
Ye-eah, we wept
When we remembered Zion

By the rivers of Babylon
(Dark tears of Babylon)
There we sat down
(You got to sing a song)
Ye-eah we wept
(Sing a song of love)
When we remembered Zion
(Yeah yeah yeah)

By the rivers of Babylon
(Rough bits of Babylon)
There we sat down
(You hear the people cry)
Ye-eah, we wept
(They need that all)
When we remembered Zion
(Ooh, have the power)

Original Version,"Rivers of Babylon" is a Rastafarian song written and recorded by Brent Dowe and Trevor McNaughton of the Jamaican reggae group The Melodians in 1970. Popularized by Boney M, 1978 Cover.
Lyrics © SONY/ATV Music Publishing LLC, EMI Music Publishing, Royalty Network, Universal Music Publishing Group

Another New Year and another 365 days for the men growing old and starving for our humanity, in Guantanamo...

Happy Birthday to Guantanamo Bay Detention Center and America's hubris nightmare realized...
The nightmare of man's inhumanity to men.

Michael Ratner, Center for Constitutional Rights, speaks out on America and her War Crimes, in an interview for The Real News Network.

CCR has been on the ground and in the courts for years - they brought suits in FranceGermanySpain, , and other nations to help confine the former Bush Administration to the US with little ability to travel outside the US, unless they wanted to be met with the prosecution they deserve for crimes against humanity...
The court in France nearly got Rumsfeld  - police, with warrant, came in the front door to the auditorium at which Rummy had been scheduled to speak as Rummy was rushed out the back door and shuttled onto a plane....

More accountability than was ever attempted in the US.  More than even considered by the current administration who has followed along the Bush trail to war criminality - Bagram and GTMO continued; Kill List continued; Drone Murder expanded;  NDAA to Bush's Patriot Act; The Holder DOJ to Gonzales' DOJ - both using whatever means they can to prevent human rights for the prisoners of the "Noble Lie" called the "War On Terror" - to include the 158 men still languishing at Guantanamo Bay, 79 declared innocent under both Bush and Obama.

The interview:

The CCR has been out-spoken about America's continued crimes against humanity - as has Amnesty International and Human RightsWatch......

While America keeps the ear plugs in place. 

So, America, listen and weep - for innocent men tortured and held without hope of release for 12 years and the soul of a nation dying from lack use. 

Recorded and performed by Boney M ~ 1978

Monday, December 23, 2013

May the Light Within You Shine With-Out

The Kwan Yin...Blessed Mother, protector and holder of the lotus....
Kuan Yin, Quan'Am (Vietnam), Kannon (Japan), and Kanin (Bali), She is the embodiment of compassionate loving kindness. As the Bodhisattva of Compassion, She hears the cries of all beings. Quan Yin enjoys a strong resonance with the Christian Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and the Tibetan goddess Tara.

Born of a ray of pure white light............................

When I was a small child, I had vivid dreams.  Whenever I was ill, or scared or in need, I would dream imagery so powerful that it either made those feelings more horrific or soothed me to a calm. 

When I was a child - alienated and lost, I would dream of a hand that held a flower and from that flower a beautiful woman sat peacefully. 

That image stayed with me now for over 50 years and  has always, ALWAYS, been my image for peace and ease.  She protected me, taught me, led me - this being, I imagined, sitting on my head or on my heart or on my shoulder to speak to me and tell me the truth behind those with whom I interacted. 

When I was a child, I was honored to live and visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum and felt drawn, always, to the temple within and a statue of a woman sitting on a rock.  I would sit at her feet staring up at the mother, the priestess, the goddess with peace and beauty within. 

As I grew older and hung at Volker Fountain with the alienated of Kansas City, I would visit the statue whenever possible and sit at her feet - it was not until I was in my mid-teens that I read the words that held nothing of the beauty I saw, the peace I felt, but the name struck and stuck.....Guanyin .

Guanyin of the Southern Sea (Nanhai Guanyin), 11th-12th century Liao Dynasty (907-1125). Wood with multiple layers of paint. Height: 95 inches (241.3 cm). Purchase: Nelson Trust,
The Nelson-Atkins Museum

Guanyin (Chinese: 觀音; pinyin: guān yīn; Wade-Giles: kuan-yin) is the bodhisattva associated with compassion as venerated by East Asian Buddhists, usually as a female. Guanyin is short for Guanshi'yin (觀世音, pinyin: guānshì yīn, Wade-Giles: kuan-shih yin) which means "Observing the Sounds (or Cries) of the World".

Now to be sure, I call myself of no religion - I am no Christian or any other of the Book; I am no Hindu, no Buddhist, no Taoist...

For all those have become too rigid for my child-like being.  I tend to go with Universal Pantheist when asked though it does not begin to describe the light within that reflects the light of all the cosmos. 

The Kuan, Kwan, Quan is always within and with - out.  She has "got my back" and is "on my back" (usually when I lose my way)

My hope for all during this time of death to life, rebirth and renewal - the Solstice and Saturnalia, Samheim and every other name thrown on that time of year when we become so dark but, hopefully, move towards the light, is to touch that light within and bring it forth to shine - the brilliance of the Cosmos

Merry Christmas, Happy Solstice, Samheim and Saturnalia; Joyful Eve of Yalda or Shebe Yalda, Hogmanay, Mōdraniht as well as Diwali and Sacred Bhau-Beej, Glorious Chalica and Shab-e Chelleh; Merry festival of Dongzhi; Solemn and radiant Soyal adding Twelfth Night and Epiphany, Yule, Daft-Days and Return of Deela-Malkh

And Hope for the NEW Year

I bow to your true self and to the light of the Cosmos within and with-out us all....


Reposted from the last turning of the days

Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Ending of 2013: There has to be a Revolution of Consciousness

Beware The Rabbit Hole

The end of 2013 in a continued spiral down the Rabbit Hole towards the blackness of the bottomless abyss..

Government spies, presidential lies, and fire from the skies – Due process, we don’t need no stinkin’ due process…The Kill List is our “justice.”

Guantanamo, no more than the monument to America’s Hubris, still holds innocent men dying for our humanity.

Government obstructed, Middle Class destructed, and the Oligarchy constructed – The people are of no consequence, only money is spoken here...

All eyes on the GDP at the expense of the people is the evil of corporate rule – The top ½ of the top 1% horde it all while millions fall destitute with deafening silence …

Torture out-source, War without remorse, and nations without recourse – Imperialism justified by post 9/11 might equals right mindset...

Exceptionalism and fear promoted by power-brokers whispering murderous death chants like an Iago in the ear of an evil lord.

Iraq lays in rubble, Afghanistan is dysfunction trouble, as we live in a neo-conned bubble -  Blood and gore  the color of the century, plastering the sands of time...

“Spreading Hope and Change” and “Spreading Democracy” become the battle cries to justify more destruction and oppression of the  planet.

Whistleblowers defected, truth is neglected, accountability rejected - "Plausible deniability" the NewSpeak by an Orwellian Ministry of Truth's daily MSM.

The whole world still watching ……….

Time to wake up………

With Special Thanks and Solidarity!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

9/11...9/11...9/11...Promoting the Militarization Mentality in a Militarized State: America, WTF?

America is great at refusing to let wounds heal..We rip open scabs and force scarring only to rip them open again...a never ending chant droning of "never forget" - as if anyone ever could.

9/11...9/11...9/11 is the war cry heard after every death in Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, Every bomb, every mass shooting...every time we want to justify the militarization of schools, police, government offices...

9/11...9/11...9/11 - screeched by politicians wanting to instill nationalism and war-mongers wanting to instill fear, all in the name of "National Security".

We arm untrained, and often unhinged, police and sheriff's deputies with military grade weaponry; excuse excessive force in bringing down suspects; support murder committed on foreign soil as "justice" as we deny "due process"; allow gun manufacturers to dictate policy; and enact laws that legalize assault, and murder, when someone claims he was "threatened"...

Logic, reason and peaceful co-existence have been replaced by bluster, imperialism and a "might equals right" mentality.

Truth-out released "America's Child Soldiers: JROTC and the Militarizing of America," a re-post from "," "Tomgram: Ann Jones, Suffer the Children," addressing the issue of the militarization of our youth:

"...Too bad for the young -- and the future -- of those countries. But look at it this way: Why should Washington help the children of Sudan or Yemen escape war when it spares no expense right here at home to press our own impressionable, idealistic, ambitious American kids into military 'service'?
It should be no secret that the United States has the biggest, most efficiently organized, most effective system for recruiting child soldiers in the world. With uncharacteristic modesty, however, the Pentagon doesn’t call it that. Its term is 'youth development program.'..."

America, WTF?

Bad enough that we have destroyed the hopes for peace in our time, do we have to shatter the dreams of our children too?

Friday, December 6, 2013

As if we needed more proof that the Koch Bros. own a large portion of government

David and Charles Koch own the 2nd largest privately held corporation in America..and the largest privately held oil company in America. They inherited it from their daddy.

Expanding into minerals of all types, then paper products and "cleaning" materials, they have raped and pillaged the planet from South to North, East to West and all around the globe.

In order to maintain their standing as one of the world's despotic controllers, they have poured millions of greenbacks into framing discussions, perpetuating myths and lying to everyone - from climate change denial ... misogyny and anti-feminism; from health care reform .... energy reform...

......Oligarchal apology to Corporate whoredom, the Koch's are kings of the "Noble Lie" to perpetuate their continued obscenities...

As a member of ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), they have led their friends along the primrose path of self-righteous hubris and into planetary decay.

$1 out of every $4 dollars darkly passed into the darkest of money machines influencing campaigns and elections - buying off politicians (willing to be bought) and the propositions, amendments and referenda placed in front of the voting public (or what was left of them after more money had been poured into denying voters, across the nation, their rights).

Robber Barons and hucksters have been pouring their ill-gotten gains into controlling our fate for decades - selling the soul of a nation for their Capitalist swindles. The Kochs are just making it into a demonic Dark Arts form.