By Pamela Jean on March 31, 2007
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By Simone Davis on March 31, 2007
"In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility." Eleanor Roosevelt
I want to choose a president for my country from among candidates whose leadership I can believe in.
I want my president to be somebody that I like listening to, somebody I admire (at least a little bit), somebody that I can fall in behind - somebody that's really worthy of being followed.
I want her to be predictable and trustworthy. Is that really too much to ask?
By Adrian Klaphaak on March 30, 2007
I believe that we all have a path that fits who we are and what we want. We also have a unique way of living and being on our path that optimizes our potential and effectiveness. It's not just what we do but also how we do it. Finding this path and living it allows each of us to express our natural gifts and create unparalleled value for ourselves and others.
Unfortunately there is rarely support for the process of finding your path. School stresses academic prowess over self-knowledge and personal development. It's seemingly more important to get a successful job than a job you love. Society gives us the message that if we are cool and successful, we will be happy.
By Glenn Staab on March 29, 2007
It all started with an innocuous "Happy Birthday, Glenn" from Marge. Dr. Fred looked up and said, "Which one?" I answered, "50." Dr. Fred replied, "Come see me." Now every 49-year-old male knows what that means. But, here's where the conversation took a strange turn.
By J.P. Michaud on March 28, 2007
We heard just how specious the analogy is comparing windmills to oil wells - they are "apples and oranges".
This is not "farming" - it is "industrialization" So lets look at some possible consequences.
Community liability for a wind farm should be the greatest concern for local governments that allow wind turbines to be placed near residences.
Testimony by attorneys at a local Zoning Commission meeting, as both citizens and advocates, raised exactly this concern.
By Bob Hooper on March 27, 2007
"It has been recognized for some time that many areas of the High Plains Aquifer are over-appropriated and groundwater is being pumped faster than it is being recharged." - State Sen. Janis Lee, D-Kensington, Kansas.
In Norton, Kansas, some months ago, after a meeting of the Kansas Water Authority, I spoke with Carl Nuzman, a former employee of the Division of Water Resources under then Chief Engineer Guy Gibson. In the 1960's Nuzman had been sent to study water appropriations in southwest Kansas.
Nuzman said he told Gibson the resource was being severely over-appropriated and asked his boss, "What are we going to do about it?"
"Not a thing," Gibson told him, "until the public demands it."
By J.P. Michaud on March 26, 2007
The proposed wind farm west of Hays, Kansas (in western Kansas) will represent a nightmare development for everyone living in the area. It is not a project driven by local needs, nor will it represent a net benefit to the Hays community.
It is a project driven by individual and corporate greed that will export both the power and the profits. There is not a single community that has ever hosted such a development that has not lived to regret it.
By Ally Klimkoski on March 25, 2007
I'm going to warn you this is really just a fun post. But ... in the past week I've had several conversations over a number of list servs about the ad that Phil DeVellis, an ad consultant in California that works for the Obama Campaign created. If you haven't heard about this you can view it here and I conclude that you were clearly out of town on another planet that simply didn't receive the signal yet...
The ad is a rip off of the 1984 Apple Ad that shows a dictator-like figure communicating to his drones that are sitting open mouthed, dazed, ignorant, and seemingly unable to think for themselves. This until a strong woman comes running through the middle of them with a mallet and security chasing her. She launches the mallet at the screen seemingly breaking the spell of the drones. This reminds me too off a similar device used in V for Vendetta to show the High Chancellor as a giant head on a screen rather than an actual person. Also used in the Wizard of Oz as the Great and Powerful Oz (pay no attention to that man behind the curtain).
By Melissa Tuckey on March 23, 2007
As we begin our fifth year of this illegal immoral war in Iraq and continue our war in Afghanistan, the impact of this war on our veterans is on my mind, partly because Congress has framed the debate as if taking any action to reduce funding or curtail the war would hurt those fighting.
My husband and I had the opportunity to attend the United for Peace and Justice protest here in Washington, DC, and to attend this time as photographers and observers, rather than as participants. It just worked out that way, we only had about an hour to spend at the protest, so we thought recording the event would be the best contribution we could make.
We came up after the march had begun and protesters were making their way onto the memorial bridge. By accident, we walked up through the ranks of the counter-protesters, a couple hundred of them, mostly Vietnam Veterans and their families. We were pleased that there was no barrier between the protesters and counter protesters, and we were able to stand in the margin between the two, alongside the police and a few other photographers.
By Larry James on March 22, 2007
"I sleep on the street," William told us. "I cover up with my blankets. My blankets are precious to me because of the cold. One night last week, I woke up and realized there was another person under my blankets with me! A perfect stranger just trying to stay warm. He meant me no harm at all!"
By Paul Faber on March 20, 2007
Tragedy, according to the philosopher Hegel, occurs when the only things you can do are wrong, when, that is, every action open to you is an evil action.
The war in Iraq is a tragedy.
It is a tragedy because if we stay, we inflame passions and we promote more killing. Many people who have studied Iraqi attitudes and Iraqi behavior argue that the presence of over 100,000 Americans with guns and tanks was once a force for peace, but it is now inflaming Iraqis more than pacifying them. So if we stay, we give Iraqis more reason to kill us, and that gives us more reason to kill them--whether we kill in self-defense, or we kill as punishment, or we kill for revenge and anger. "Lead us not into temptation" says one of the most eloquent - and most important - of our cries for help. And every day and every minute we stay in Iraq we lead ourselves into temptation.
By Stuart Elliott on March 20, 2007
Last year a secular right wing talk radio station dropped a radio program co-hosted by Rev. Terry Fox, a conservative powerhouse pastor. Soon, the church dropped Fox and it turned out that he had spent large sums of the church's money on the radio program without authorization.
Now it seem that another right-wing pastor who played a key role in passing Kansas's anti-gay marriage and civil union bill is in ethical hot water.
By Mike Maggio on March 19, 2007
One of the greatest mistakes made by the left during the Vietnam War was the way we treated the soldiers as they returned from the conflict. Instead of embracing them and recognizing them for what they were - collateral victims of a war many did not support and were forced to fight - we rejected them outright as if they were responsible for what had gone on.
By Larry James on March 17, 2007
A fresh graffiti sketch stood out bright red thanks to the "Bloods" trademark it portrayed right there on the stall wall inside our downstairs men's restroom at our Haskell Avenue Resource Center in Dallas, Texas.
Bloods and Crypts and gang warfare - inner city reality. I hate to see the signs of this negative presence. It strikes me that when life turns hopeless, a growing number of urban youth turn the entire matter into a video game-like experience.
Busting a cap up against somebody's head seems no more difficult than firing away with the aid of a joystick after dropping a couple of coins in a game machine. While there is absolutely no justification for the violence often accompanying this urban fact of life, it does seem useful to ask, "How did we get here?"
By Pamela Jean on March 17, 2007
Last night, about 3,000 Christians gathered in the National Cathedral in Washington DC to pray for peace in Iraq. Organized by the coalition, Christian Peace Witness for Iraq, attendees filled the Cathedral and three other churches simultaneously, for a service and, then, a candlelight procession to the White House. According to the event organizers, the attendees prayed for: 1) an end to the US occupation in Iraq, 2) support for our troops, and, 3) a rebuilding of the war-torn Iraq. Their goal last night was simply to "surround the White House with the bright light of Christ and prayers for peace and make a powerful witness to our government and the world."
By Alice Pfeifer on March 17, 2007
I admit it. I'm only human. And I like it whenever the likes of Newsweek magazine and NPR's Daniel Schorr call 'em as I see 'em.
In the March 19 issue of Newsweek, this commentary on Cheney appears in their regular "Conventional Wisdom Watch" column: "Any way you slice it, the Libby trial exposes him as a vindictive prevaricator. P.S. He's lost his gravitas." But Newsweek is always so polite. I just call him a vengeful liar myself.
Then in today's "Morning Edition" broadcast on NPR, Daniel Schorr was asked to comment on the confessions of KSM. He pinpointed this as the weirdest part of that whole story: KSM has been in prison for the last four years, but his confessions only suddenly made headlines the day after "Mistakes Were Made" Gonzales was taking up all the air in the country's news rooms. Hmmm, big government news releases carefully timed?
By Lucy Belnora on March 17, 2007
If you've been listening to the news with half of (or even your whole) ear this week, you've heard about the "sub-prime mortgage crisis" and you've probably noticed, also, that the media seems to be presenting this as a crisis for lenders.
Even some of the news outlets that I have respected are just spitting out the words like parrots, "lenders are in a crisis." A "crisis for lenders" they say.
Lenders? It seems like "the media" is implying, "the good lenders bent the rules a little bit, with all their generosity and compassion, to lend money to certain people who now are refusing to make good on the loans, now thrusting these good lenders into crisis." Why a crisis for lenders?
Is that really true?
By Alice Pfeifer on March 15, 2007
That was what we used to say when we were kids - whenever we thought someone was pulling our leg. "Tell me another one."
I predict that, for the next two years, all of us will be saying that so often that we might as well all buy ourselves parrots now and train them to say nothing but "Tell me another one." President Cheney and Vice-President Bush are trying to salvage their wrecked legacy, guys and dolls. That's why their fibs are destined only to multiply in the coming months, except for the times they will actually say something true just to lend a little credibility to the rest of what they say.
By Bill Robb on March 14, 2007
You've heard the phrase "I laughed so hard it brought me to tears." The complete opposite can be said about this administration. Sadly enough "I cried so hard I was laughing" can be uttered by any soul who truly understands the pathetic nature of the leadership the U.S. has in the executive branch at this point in history.
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