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Open Thread - 11-17-23 - Make a Friend

When I was two, I was put on the Baptist preacher's podium, sang "Do Lord" for the congregation. I remember it like it was yesterday. People were so sweet to me and my family afterwards.

Now, neither I nor my family was particularly religious. This was a song my fanatic g'ma taught me. I do not remember the Amen aspect. I remember the friendship and goodwill, remember my Dad picking me up, taking me through the crowd, being delighted and so proud of me. Dad. My best friend forever.

Open Thread - Thurs 16 Nov 2023 - Doing This Yet Again?

Doing This Yet Again? I Guess We Have To

After the start of the current Gaza war Dennis Kucinich wrote a really good essay about why we should not do war, should not support war (even if it's Israel in their latest pogrom) and so on. The essay is called, 'Thou shalt NOT Kill' and is pretty darn good. It got me to thinking, 'Maybe, maybe it's not entirely useless to protest this damned war and the Ukrainian war and all the others...' Anyway, the essay is worth reading. It does make me wonder, is the obvious disagreement between Kucinich's and RFK, Jr's ideas about the Israel Gaza war what made Kucinich leave the campaign?

Pro-Peace/Palestine March in Washington, DC from NPR

Who is the bigger terrorist?

Remember the old saying "one person's terrorist is another person's freedom fighter?"
Terrorism, in its broadest sense, is the use of intentional violence and fear to achieve political or ideological aims. State terrorism is that perpetrated by nation states, but is not considered such by the state conducting it, making legality a grey area. "Terror is nothing other than justice, prompt, severe, inflexible", said Jacobin leader Maximilien Robespierre.

Can of worms

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Good morning everybody. Weather is easing up a bit for a few days here in the PNW, so time to get some more chores done.
Granddaughter is hosting the family for Thanksgiving dinner for the first time and it frees us up to plan for and ready the motorhome for a trip south to the California coast soon after.