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"The Black Panther of Poetry" April 21, 2014 at 07:34 am
Bullyism, Homophobism,Sexism,Sizism and Racism; they are all one in the same and they areRead More perpetrated by people who are inadequate,insecure and have feelings of insignificance within themselves. Much like the Cyber bullies on Patch or any blog site that sits behind the protection of there keyboard and say nasty things about folks when otherwise they would be quiet as a mouse!
"The Black Panther of Poetry" April 21, 2014 at 11:06 am
I've been fighting bullies all my life, mostly on behalf of other people that were to weak or scaredRead More or whatever, to fight back. To quote Oprah Winfrey who played Sophia in the hit Steven Spielberg produced movie, COLOR PURPLE: "All my life I had to fight. I had to fight my daddy. I had to fight my uncles. I had to fight my brothers. A girl child ain't safe in a family of men, but I ain't never thought I'd have to fight in my own house"! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5v5JjUZpAPk
Carl Petersen III April 21, 2014 at 11:55 am
"The Black Panther of Poetry" April 21, 2014 at 02:06 PM "I've been fighting bulliesRead More all my life, mostly on behalf of other people that were to weak or scared or whatever, to fight back." ___________________________________________________ Then we are brothers in arms.
Carl Petersen III April 14, 2014 at 02:29 pm
"I just signed a petition to Governor Jerry Brown: Provide Judges the ability to send convictedRead More drug addicts to treatment centers, instead of prison." https://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fpetitions.moveon.org%2Fsign%2Fsave-money-save-people.fb40%3Fsource%3Ds.fb.ty%26r_by%3D8112017
"The Black Panther of Poetry" April 21, 2014 at 02:43 pm
I myself have never done anything more than weed (and I did't like that high) so I can't speak forRead More anyone or criticize anyone about the addictive side of any drug. But I can advocate for the treatment part of it and that we should try that route now that we've tried the punishment route!!! Carl, I will check out your Petition and sign it!!! GOD BLESS!!!
Mark Talmont April 21, 2014 at 04:48 pm
One correction is required, that number for China does not include the 7 million+ in the ChineseRead More prison labor system. See former inmate Harry Wu's site LaoGai.org The first thing we need to do is physically separate the drug offenders from everybody else--I mean entirely distinct physical locations. (Personally I would have let all the marijuana people out a long time ago). Then you could confront their physically-rooted addictive predispositions which can be seen to begin with severely dysfunctional nutrition. Alas, the public health "professionals" who influence such decisions just aren't there yet; they go along with the mass drugging mode that has produced the horrific suicide rates in our war veterans.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" April 7, 2014 at 10:41 am
Carl Petersen III, you are always SPOT ON with your observations, and I commend you for that.Read More Unfortunately we live in a world where it is not rewarding to tell the truth and adhere to it. Any one can argue anything; hell I can argue with you that the Sun doesn't shine every morning, even though it does. And that's what a lot of the people like the one you are referring to does. When these people discuss any matter please keep the old adage of "WHO ARE YOU GOING TO BELIEVE, me or your LYING EYES", at the forefront of your thoughts!!! Thank you....I YIELD THE FLOOR.....
Carl Petersen III April 7, 2014 at 12:56 pm
Thank you. I always enjoy your input.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" April 8, 2014 at 01:12 am
You're welcome!!!!!! "All it takes for lies and proganda to flourish is for good men, andRead More women, to stand by and do nothing"
robert larsen April 1, 2014 at 03:38 pm
Dan, Thank you. That was a very insightful reply and I have to admit, I agree with you. I am justRead More weary of the constant rhetoric back & forth between neocons (Team Red) blaming Obama versus liberals (Team Blue) blaming Bush and Reagan, and the media playing on this to their own advantage. The image I have of our 2-party system is two serpents, coiled around each other, feeding off corporations and our tax dollars. But you're correct. Even if it were several serpents, the public would still choose willful ignorance and listen to Fox & CNN, versus educate themselves beyond corporate media. When my son's combat outpost was under fire, daily, in eastern Afghanistan, and soldiers were being wounded & killed, Michael Jackon's death dominated the news for nearly a month. I could barely found anything on the war in Afghanistan except on the last page. That is when I left my comfort zone. I then began to seek my understanding from broader sources. Thanks for your great comment.
Dan Schmitt April 2, 2014 at 11:37 am
Robert, Long ago, I came to the conclusion that television is designed to make us stupid, andRead More no television does that better than supposed news networks like CNN and Fox. Local and national news stations are no better. There's numerous reasons for that. One involves input and output. Television is a one-way street. There's input bombarding the viewer, but there's no output (thinking from the viewer). That's not how we get the most out of our brains. If absolutely baffles me how anyone can sit for hours watching talking heads "talk their heads off". Heck, I love sports, but the sports talking heads are nothing more than children in grown men's (and women's) bodies. So, what does that say for the viewers? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . We cannot expect the media to "enlighten us". The one possible exception is PBS programs like The Newshour. Everything else is mere entertainment poorly disguised as "news." . . . . . . We cannot expect politicians to enlighten us; although some can at times. That's why I READ! For example, with the Tea Party coming on the scene shortly after Obama becoming President in 2008, all I heard from their quarters was "We need to get back to Constitutionally limited government and what our founding fathers really intended." Then, I began hearing some on the left also talk about "What our founding fathers really intended." . . . . . . . . . . . So, I began reading books about the writing of the Constitution and biographies on some of the founding fathers. What I discovered was that both sides today (liberals and conservatives) are generally full of beans and know very little about the Constitution and what historical figures like Jefferson, Hamilton, and Franklin were really thinking at the time. So, I guess I'm saying we Americans have a responsibility to enlighten ourselves about the important issues facing us, and to expect the television media to do it is complete folly. . . . . . . . . If you're interesting in learning just how the Constitution came to be read Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier's "Decision in Philadelphia: The Constitutional Convention of 1787."
robert larsen April 2, 2014 at 08:54 pm
Great points you made! My best word picture to describe the American public when it comes toRead More relying on the mainstream media for their news, is "hypnotized bovine." I lost faith in the Tea Party movement when it was hijacked by Sarah Palin and the Teavangelicals. Her mantra was, "We're gonna 'take back America." While this appealed to Joe Six Pack, she fell short of offering a description of what "take back America" meant, other than the rhetoric you mentioned regarding a return to our Constitution. You very correct in stating the need for educating ourselves on the historical roots of our Constitution, our Founding Fathers, and how these "ideas" were birthed from the Renaissance and the French Enlightenment. The process of drafting our Constitution was far from a cohesive movement and it was a long and often very heated, divisive process. But Americans tend to love dualism. Go Right - Go Left. Good guys versus bad guys, etc. But our historical beginnings just were not quite that simple. Thank you for the references and I will make it a point to get these.