Friday, May 01, 2015

I want a cult of life

I think the over 400 assassinations carried out by the CIA during Obama's Presidency is unaccountable, irresponsible, and dangerous to our country.  What have we gained from this?  How does assassinating tribal leaders, who are undoubtedly despicable, help keep us safe at home?  I am not heartless, and I would disarm these crude, hateful people in a heartbeat.  Let's invent a giant magnet that will carry all the stupid lethal weapons out of the middle east, Pakistan, Afghanistan and North Korea.  Then the people will have a chance.

Hillary Clinton argued to arm the Syrian rebels.  She voted for the Iraq war.  She seems reticent to start a war with Iran, but I've seen her turn her back on war protestors.  She's a hawk.

Bernie Sanders is running now, he's a force of truth and after hearing him speak today I have confidence that he would be an excellent Commander in Chief.  I would like to hear how he would deal with ISIS.  

One thing I know we should do about ISIS, is to make kids realize life in the Western world is actually better than in a freaking violent theocracy.  

We need to excite teenagers about the possibility of a future that they will fit into; whether it's work, or creativity, or sports, or growing a family.  We need to understand the challenges youth face and participate in our communities to help them learn the value of work and community.  ISIS is exciting to young people because they have a black and white plan and system of rules that suggests there is a place for everyone: fighter and wife.  Well that spells death and widow, too, but ISIS sells death as a win, too, and tells kids that they never really die, or that dying is an entry into heaven.  It is a cult of death.

We need to create a cult of life, hope and attainable dreams.

Think these concepts are unrelated? Shields and Brooks and the PBS News Hour below suggest that ISIS is successfully using our faceless, unaccountable war drones as a recruiting tool.  Stop them, ban them, worldwide.

American Nightmare

Born poor and without a sober mother, the boy's father worked three jobs as his mother slowly withdrew and disappeared from their life. He always loved to read, and his dad would give him a dollar a week for comic books.

Ethan was a bright child who went to an overcrowded school where most kids were reading at a 4th grade level in high school.  He had developed lupus and Medicaid helped him.  Last week his father suddenly died of an undiagnosed heart attack; his father had never had affordable healthcare. The young man, having no where to go, tried the Church of The Afterlife that offered him a bed and breakfast.  Sadly, the lonely minister climbed into his bed shortly before sun up, so Ethan collected his things and left her, before breakfast.

Homeless and hungry, he steals some bread from a 7-11.  As he runs to hide, a cop mistakes his plastic knife for a real one, draws his gun, and aims for the boys heart.  The boy jumps at the sound of the shot, so the bullet enters a lung, he fell limp and bleeding.  The cop handcuffs him as the ambulance arrives.  

After a life-saving emergency, and a few days of recovery, the boy is sent to jail to await trial.  The sheriff pays a visit and says, "You criminals don't deserve hot meals, here's your baloney sandwich."  The boy threw up his sandwich as a guard punched him and screamed, "You disgusting runt!" The boy was sent back to the hospital for bleeding.

The nurse attending the young man heard him say that he missed his father, and worried that he’d die in jail.  The nurse told him not to worry, that he was young and that he had his whole life to figure out how to make things work.  This was America, after all.

UrbanPink2008 c.2015

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Back on the Healthy Living Bus

Since I birthed two boys, I fell off the Healthy Living bus.  Granted, I didn't give up my Smart Balance balanced oils spread, or happily choose non-organic produce, but I do regretfully, and I certainly eat way too much sugar (pure, no artificial stuff of course) and, unbeknownst to me, grains!! 

I had a Chiropractor tell me today that Monsanto has so fully destroyed our food system in terms of manipulated and polluted grain crops that they have actually caused all the gluten intolerance we're suffering from today. He's been gluten free for two years.  Members of my family and friends have children and themselves testing for gluten intolerance right and left!  I haven't had any glaring digestive issues, in fact, I like to think I have a British stomach made of iron, but I've definitely been suffering from cognitive shortcomings lately that I suspect are nutritional, rather than aging, thank G-d.

After looking at my symptoms chart he demanded that I stop eating high-fiber English muffins for breakfast (and dump the Smart Balance for butter [but the saturated fats!!] or olive oil), and as for my whole wheat lunch crackers with cream cheese?  I promptly made a rare trip to Trader Joe's and picked up the recommended goat cheese (more pure than Cow milk, I guess) and rice crackers.  I ate at least 20 of them for lunch today--not exactly filling alone.  And I skipped the toast at dinner.

I already feel better, and my sharp neck pain is gone to boot!

There are a lot of doubts about Chiropractors in the MD community, but I would take a referral for a  D.O. or a Chiropractor over any blind MD!  Alternative therapies promote wellness, but should also be regulated like traditional therapies.

I noticed that since this Doctor is outside of my insurance plan, I can reveal my complete medical history without fear of being dropped by my insurance!  It made me see that not only is our insurance system corrupt in it's greed, but it so easily corrupts being honest about health. What a horrible "health" system!  With Universal Healthcare, we would never fear losing access for any reason, we could be completely honest about our health histories and habits.

Who wants peace on earth?

I wanted to see the North Korean government get whacked so I watched Team America (2004) last week, too violent and not for kids, but there was a funny thing about "three kinds of people," which I won't go into here, but I was wondering if this has any truth to it:

There are three kinds of people; those who want peace on earth; those who want hell on earth; and those who just don't give a sh#@$# which means only about 1/3 of the world's people are working toward peace?  Well, at least the cup for peace is a third full...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Right to Life Begins at Birth

On February 5th, Randal Terry will be putting pictures of aborted fetuses, arranged in morbid tableus, on prime-time television.

In his portraits of the unborn, he doesn't discuss the women who bore those fetuses; he does not tell us if the abortions happened because a woman was poor, a woman was raped, a woman already had five children, a woman was not capable of bearing a child, or a woman was dying.  The physical and legal reality that exists between a woman and what's inside her womb, and her family, doesn't matter to him.  Or anyone who is willing to compare a fetus to a Holocaust victim

When I was a child in the 1980s my preacher father vehemently defended a woman's right to legal abortion within our church and within our community.  He deeply understood with compassion that women do not always control how they get pregnant, and that they and their families bear the moral choice to continue or, very tragically, end a pregnancy.  He and other ministers exchanged impassioned letters arguing both sides of the issue.  As a child I observed what often gets ignored: those arguing to outlaw abortion rarely considered the liberties or life of a pregnant woman. Their compassion stops outside the womb.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Citibank and the 1%

I dressed in my best coat and went to Citibank.  It is in my wealthy neighborhood, well, at least the neighborhood directly south of us has many 1%ers.   I went to transfer my measly $2000 IRA CD to another bank.  My husband has more savings, and we have good life insurance.  But because I've been a stay-at-home mom for years, and had part-time jobs for a decade before that, I'm lucky to have $2000 for retirement!  My Social Security future securities have been decimated because Americans MUST be on a PAYROLL to accumulate even the measliest individual retirement security!! 

The Citibank employee sat with me and gave me a lot of information, but could not do one blimmin' thing to help me make this transfer.  Momentarily I actually have to make a call to a Citibank 800 number TODAY to make sure there aren't any IRS charges applied to my transfer--a call the bank employee could not make on my behalf.

I said, "What's the point of a branch office if employees can't do things like this?"

No response, instead she asked, "Why are you transferring the IRA to another bank?"

I said, "Well, at the new bank I can actually trade the funds myself.  I can control the investments and it's not locked up."

And she said, "You can do that here!  Over here in our 'Wealth Management' corner, we have people who can help you invest, there's no charge for their advice!"

I said, "Oh, I did not know that."

Then her, "How much are you transferring?"

I said, "Oh it's not a lot, about $2,000."

And her response was, "Oh, well, they really only work with people who are investing large amounts of cash..."

So I said, "Oh, I guess we're not rich enough!  Okay, thanks anyway."

And I think she knew at that point that I would never be back.

And I think $2000 can help a lot of women's small businesses and sustainable farmers, so I hope I can invest in those kind of things!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011


I've been debating some Islamophobic bloggers (although one I saw shakes off that label because it describes "irrational" fear and he thinks his hate is justified...but I digress).

They take the Koran (Quran?) literally (and it basically allows the same horrific elements that some parts of the bible does: murder, slavery, rape, incest, etc.) and they believe it is a world-domination plan for every Muslim.

They interpret world history as a power play by Muslim Arabs to dominate the Western world (citing massacres in India and Turkey).  And they think that everyone is controlled by the Saudis.

I must admit, our relationship with the Saudis freaks me out.  But if the Saudi's didn't have oil, would we have any reason to have a relationship??  Really?

Sat Sept 3
Op Ed today in New York Times from a faculty member at Yale calling out right-wing legislation against "Sharia Law."  I sent him an e-mail thanking him, asking if he knows of any religious groups integrating Muslims successfully, and warning/or recognizing that he's about to be abused by the Muslim-haters.