will brady's ruminations
culture wars in washington d c
I don't know how I missed this. Congressional Representative lobbies to save candy canes
Former real estate broker and horse enthusiast Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis from Virginia
took the time this month from her busy schedule
to craft this legislation so essential to this nation's core values.
Ms. Davis' effort is not without it's critics. For example, U.S. Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott
, D-Newport News, VA, opposed Davis' resolution as a largely meaningless exercise. He said it masked what he suggested were immoral decisions by Congress to cut food stamps and Medicaid for the poor while cutting taxes for the wealthy.
And the Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State
, said, "This is possibly the silliest bill ever presented to the United States Congress.
But, frankly, I wonder. This legislative effort comes, after all, from someone who has been appointed to chair the House Intelligence Committee on Terrorism
. Maybe that's
what Bin Laden has been up to. Conspiring to rid our shores of sticky red & green peppermint candy. Evidently there is much that people in the know can't share with the rest of us.
What else? Inquiring minds want to know.
: Joel Sax comments on some of the inconsistencies of the Mental Health System
; clinicians citing "patient rights" so they'll release someone who is "gravely disabled" if they've got someone to vouch for them; and
of advocates, who argue it is someone's stated preference, even when an action is certain to result in harm.
He makes note of how easy it is to get out of hospital during an initial court approval phase, but contrasts this with the state's aggressive desire to be draconian in forcing unwanted treatment.
Then Joel provides a link to a site that gives information on psychiatric advance directives
, a little used "tool" that can help protect a person's wishes for what they see as proper forms of care. By the way, the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
also provides info on psychiatric advocance directives as well.
meme of four
first seen at Pax Nortana
Four jobs you've had in your life
: Bricklayer apprentice in a steel mill; Typsetter/typographer; Front Desk Clerk; Human Rights Officer/Investigator.
Four movies you could watch over and over
: The Shameless Old Lady
dir ~ Rene Allio; Baraka
dir ~ Ron Fricke; City of Lost Children
~ dirs Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet; Pollock
dir ~ Ed Harris.
Four places you've lived
: Germantown/Phildelphia, PA; Fort Green section of Brooklyn, NY; Adirondak Mountains, NY; East Haddam, CT.
Four TV shows you love to watch
[regrettably no longer available where I live]; Inside the Actor's Studio
; History Channel Modern Marvels
; Commander in Chief
Four places you've been on vacation
: Belize; Paris, FR; Montreal, P.Q.; Bisbee, AZ.
Four websites you visit daily
: Pax Nortana
; John Strain Online Journal
; Ron's Log
; Wood's Lot
Four of your favorite foods
: Venison Wellington; my own homemade spaghetti sauce [any type pasta]; Creme Bruleé; Seared Scallops in a spicy Thai sauce; Vanilla Creme filled from Dunkin' Donut's; Florentine Pizza.
Four places you'd rather be
: Wissahickon Creek Park, Philadelphia, PA; Bathtub Beach, Huntington, FL; Altun Ha, Belize; Montréal, P.Q. Canada.
Four albums you can't live without
: Jean Luc Ponty ~ Civilized Evil
; Karl Jenkins' Adiemus
; Les Ritas Mitsuko
; Mr. Mister ~ Go On
; Tangerine Dream ~ Mars Polaris
; Depeche Mode ~ Songa of Faith and Devotion
MojoVilma sent me this link to SpyChips
, a site about "...how major corporations and government will track your every move...
". This is a site that you might read, glomming every detail about how we are already spied upon
, curl up in the foetal position, hope to die soon or just say "What the f*ck; They know everything already
" and go on with life as usual. With this perspective, you remain blase until the take you to the interrment camps.
This site, valuable in and of itself, is complimented with the musings of Lance Goehring, who reports from his cyberdesk ...and now for something completely different
. Check out his comments on the film Syriana
["it's about oil"].
folks I've been looking at today
offering Christmas Greeting
, talking about Levee Bonfires + Papa Noel
and reflecting on the ghosts who haunted Scrooge
has a holiday comment
and with it a link to Mind.org
, Great Britain's "leading mental health charity
" whose vision is:"...of a society that promotes and protects good mental health for all, and that treats people with experience of mental distress fairly, positively, and with respect."
at Eramosa River Journal
provides us with updates on his Christmas plans and reviving the Green Man for Solstice.
contrasts his thoughts on Christmas with the Bushanistas
Poet and short story writer Michael Gates
shares his perspective at Twists and Turns
. On occasion, he alerts us to other writers like David Moser who penned This is the title of this story
finally joins Blogger and talks about his pictures
.folks looking at me recently
. I may visit his site more often. He sounds to be an enthusiastic traveller and quotes Mark Twain as his opening blog line:"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." Mark Twain - Innocents Abroad
Two women with "sustainable living" points of view: The first is Clare
, from Washington State, writes in Farm Style Blog
and does a meritable job of recognizing a range of holiday celebrations and looks with humor at life.
The second is Laurie's Slowly She Turned
. Laurie is from Greensboro, NC and occasionally thinks of herself as a Progressive Christian. We need more of them. I'll have to add them both to my list of periodic look-sees.
who has a multi-part story, The Journey
, about a kid kicked out of family home and what happened to him as he hitch-hiked from Maryland to Florida in winter.
Yayu's European Christmas
. Lots of entertaining pictures.
Josh Rubin's Cool Hunting
. An extensive and eye-opening site put together by "a small gaggle of hand picked writers who are out finding great things and looking at all the stuff readers are feeding us
Mrs. Pott's Cup of Tea
Ning Bao's Secret Garden
with a list of photo posts of Las Vegas.
I'll close these wanderings with an Apache Blessing, found at Clare's site:
"May the sun bring you new energy by day, may the moon softly restore you by night, may the rain wash away your worries, may the breeze blow new strength into your being, may you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life"
For what it's worth, this is a set of thumbnails of images I've posted on this weblog at different times during the past couple of years
christmas day reflections / 3
more pictures from the Misquamicut tripsunrise
The sun remained visible for about 10 minutes then a thick fog descended upon usfence
This was flotsam from past storms but ends up looking intentionally sculpturaljetty
Granite blocks help provide some stability to the dunes Will
christmas day reflections 2005 / 1
My day started last night when I went to East Haddam's UCC for candlelight services
. The preacher, Reverend Paul Goodman, told the story
of battling regiments who, during World War I, began to sing carols back and forth on Christmas Eve. The Christmas Truce of 1914
continued through the night and into the next day with excanges of gifts between supposed enemy combatants, sharing of letters and momentoes and two impromptu soccer matches. This welcome respite from blood-letting continued for almost three days until the minitary command forbade this unacceptable behavior with threat of charging the soldiers with treason. It didn't come to that. Fighting resumed, albeit with an edge and hesitancy from troops who questioned firing upon others like themselves: rank-and-file, ordinary working men fighting battles for the privileged classes, as always. // A refreshing counterpoint to today's faux-news warmongers.
This morning I arose at 0330 hours to prepare for my annual pilgrimage to Misquamacut with Lorraine, to watch the sun rise. Making coffee, gathering extra layers of outerwear in case it's still too cold [this
year we needed only arctic hats] ensuring that the camera batteries were fresh. When we arrived the moon was still the most visible orb in the sky. It was still. No people at all this year, unlike the bagpiper and the surfers
from previous visits.
We shared our stories, our triumphs and trials fromthe past year together. I paid silent tribute to the passing of my Mom
, Lorraine of the coming birth of a new grandchild. We talked about the continued failings of the mental health system and power-grabbing bureaucrats, more interested in divorcing themselves from their
clients, than in being there for anybody other than themselves. We didn't talk about Hurricane Katrina, Iraq, George Bush or the darkness in the world today. For today was about joy, hope, fresh starts, and the endurance of the Human Spirit. It felt good.
christmas reflections 2005 / 2
| Every year we bring decorations; in part to decorate the tree along the access road
, in part to make our mark, however briefly, upon the beach itself, and to leave notice of our celebration.
We pay attention to the changes on the beach. This year, upon arrival, save a lone sea gull and a comorant, there were no birds to greet us. They came upon us later, after we covered the sands with sunflower seeds. But there were thousands of starfish that had been washed ashore, scattered amidst the kelp
. One year we saw the effects of erosion from the ravages of winter storms
. On other years we marveled at near balmy temperatures.
And, of course, we get to see the wildlife on the trip, though these characters were not by the shoreline.
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