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12.25.2010

LA Times: What a gay Marine taught me

http://http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-brannon-dadt-20101225,0,3160780.story
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I am a retired U.S. Marine, having been drafted at the end of the Vietnam War. At one time, I commanded a squadron of 1,200 Marines and
sailors. And, like many of my fellow veterans, I believed that the Clinton-era "don't ask, don't tell" policy worked well, enabling some fine Americans to serve thi

CNN: 22 Nobel Laureates Demand Release - Slam life sentence for Indian doctor

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/12/25/india.maoists/?hpt=T2
URGENT
www.cnn.com
A life sentence handed down to a rural pediatrician in the world's largest democracy had human rights activists screaming a mockery of justice Saturday.

letter from prison - Fr. Louis Vitale - SOA Watch - 6 months. Again.


Dear Start,
Hope this email finds you well. We just received the letter below from prison from Father Louis Vitale. Fr. Louis was arrested together with David Omondi, Nancy Smith and Chris Spicer by the Fort Benning military police during the November Vigil when they carried the call to close the SOA onto the military base. Father Louis and David were sentenced immediately to six months in federal prison. Nancy and Chris are currently preparing for their federal trials on January 5, 2011. They will use the courtroom to put the SOA itself on trial. Several others are also still facing charges after having been arrested by the Columbus police following the rally on November 20, 2010. Support the SOA Watch Legal Defense Fund with a contribution today. You'll find addresses to write to the prisoners below.


Letter from Father Louis Vitale, SOA Watch Prisoner of Conscience:

Two weeks have passed since David Omondi and I began our sojourn here at Irwin County Detention Center in southern Georgia. Some may say, "Vitale has protested himself back into the pokey below the Mason-Dixon line" and "He has been jailed again in an effort to bring peace and social justice." SF Chronicle 11/28

LouieMany ask, "Why do you keep doing this?" We try to respond: "Because the oppression goes on and our nation is a major participant in that oppression of the poor and of all creation." Specifically this manifestation of mourning focuses on the School of the Americas (WHINSEC) at Ft. Benning, Georgia, where U.S. military have taught counter-insurgency techniques, including torture and disappearance, to Latin American military. It still goes on, as recently observed with the outrageous coup in Honduras carried out by graduates of the School of the Americas. In fact, our involvement in oppressive militarism extends throughout the world!

But why so many times at Ft. Benning (my fourth arrest and incarceration, and so far from my home base)? The School of the Americas is an icon of our intrusion into developing countries over many years and the source of horrific massacres including religious leaders and thousands of peasants. Also Ft. Benning is a major military base feeding vast numbers into the war machine. Thousands gather annually to mourn the victims and to call for an end to our war machine that continues to grow into more bases, nuclear weapons manufacturing facilities, even into space war (and the new X-37B militarized version of the space shuttle).

Are we ready to declare peace and act in its presence? Let's call - with all our energy - for nonviolent solutions now, transforming many peoples' lives and our world. Our work is cut out for us as we must be vigilant and active with nonviolent resistance. May we move towards peace in the new year.

[Louie, serving a 6 month sentence for trespass at Ft. Benning, was moved from the Irwin County Detention Center on December 15, and is currently in transit. We will let you know as soon as he reaches his final destination.]


Write the the Prisoners of Conscience

To write to Louis, please direct correspondence to: Fr. Louis Vitale, c/o The Nuclear Resister, P.O. Box 43383, Tucson, AZ 85733

To write to Michael David Omondi, also sentenced to six months for trespass at Ft. Benning, please direct your correspondence to: David Omondi, c/o The Los Angeles Catholic Worker, 632 N. Brittania St., Los Angeles, CA 90033


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"Yeah, I give food and money to that homeless guy," the Secret Service, retired Marine officer mentioned in passing to me. (CLICK for more...)

"Yeah, I give food and money to that homeless guy," the
Secret Service retired Marine officer mentioned in passing to me.

As we were chatting last night at the vigil, my SS officer friend Kevin
noticed a form walking thru the park. "I figured he was dead."
See how he walks funny? The front of both feet have been
cut off - frostbite or diabetes. He used to hang out just outside the park by a warm
grate. I'd give him food and money," he mentioned in passing.
"I haven't seen him in a year. Figured he was dead." Kevin
was visibly relieved.

"Give me a military man to fight alongside any day. Don't give
me any cowards." Gandhi. Me too.

This is a hard Christ-mas for me cuz I can't think about Jesus. SL

For the last 10 years ago since I've returned to my
Sanity / Humanity, Christ-mas has become a massively
wonderful time of my year.  Up until then it was always
a hugely pleasurable time of year.  Now it has been
infinitely better.

All recent years I've devoted days on end to deeply
reading and pondering Jesus' Life and Words.  The
closeness to Him that resulted is unspeakably Divine.

But He has called me to create a book, a compilation
of my writings thus far, this year, and my earlier
Christ-mas devotions to Him so massively
moves me in every way that it would incapacitate my
mission to compile the book.  :-(

My wish is to use the first days of the DC Gov seasonal
lull that I'm usually slave to, to complete the job and
THEN to spend the time with Jesus.

xx

sl

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/24/us/24boston.html
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Shaquille O'Neal has gone out of his way to charm Boston since signing with the Celtics this summer.

LATimesNew START treaty gets preliminary OK in Russia parliament

http://articles.latimes.com/2010/dec/24/world/la-mem-fg-russia-new-start-m
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After just a few hours of debate, the lower house of Russia's parliament on Friday gave overwhelming preliminary approval to the New START arms treaty with the United States. The vote set the stage


12.24.2010

Reuters: Kids tracking Santa get Michelle Obama surprise

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6BO01L20101225?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews
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HONOLULU (Reuters) - Eight-year-old Juliana-Rose Hatcher had tracked Santa Claus all of Friday with the aid of NORAD's Santa hotline, before she got some unexpected help from Michelle Obama. The first

ViD. STUNNING - NPR Marketplace - GivingWhatWeCan.org

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkWSbOBGmfU
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A Joyful Chrstmas to you

Wishing you all that Jesus died to give us -
 
Infinite Joy that comes Only from
Selfless Devotion to The Least of These.

Your brother,

Start



ClimateProgress: Clean air standards coming for America’s biggest carbon polluters « Climate Progress

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USAToday: Obama administration on alert for holiday terror threats


"2010 Earth is so utterly Godless, Loveless. I yearn to go Home." SL

"2010 Earth is so utterly Godless, Loveless. 
I yearn to go Home."  SL

Yesterday I went to Gandhi's DC Statue and received a Christ-mas Gift, I share with you -

http://www.mkgandhi.org/gquots1.htm
Yesterday I went to Gandhi's DC Statue and received a Christ-mas Gift, I share with you -

"'My Life is my Message.' Gandhi. Same's True for You. Inescapably" SL

"'My Life is my Message.' Gandhi.  Same's True for You.
Inescapably"
  SL

Israeli Truth Assassins ADL et al in Seattle

http://www.aolnews.com/2010/12/22/anti-israel-bus-ads-in-seattle-cause-international-stir/
Israeli Truth Assassins ADL et al in Seattle
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A group called the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign has paid King County about $2,760 to rent ad space on the sides of 12 city buses. The ad shows a Palestinian family standing next to a demolished house in Gaza, with the words


NYT Krugman: GOP Lie machine Alive, Winning, Unopposed

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/24/opinion/24krugman.html?_r=1&src=ISMR_AP_LO_MST_FB
NYT Krugman: GOP Lie machine Alive, Winning, Unopposed
www.nytimes.com
The production of humbug has become a systematic, even industrial process. Just listen to some of the recent speeches of Republican presidential hopefuls.


Obama's stunning turnaround - CNN

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Voters who flocked to the Republican banner seven weeks ago are probably scratching their heads, wondering, "Who really won in November?" After handing the president and Congressional Democrats the

Telegraph: Pope’s child porn 'normal' claim sparks outrage among victims - World news, News - Belfasttelegraph.

‎"Ratzinger is a sick, twisted, Evil, perverted old son of Satan." SL
www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Victims of clerical sex abuse have reacted furiously to Pope Benedict's claim yesterday that paedophilia wasn't considered an "absolute evil" as recently as the 1970s.

"Hold yourself to Higher Standards than you Hold Others." SL

"Hold yourself to Higher Standards than you Hold Others. Always." SL

12.23.2010

NYT: Obama’s Gutsy Gamble Pays Off on Arms Control Treaty

www.nytimes.com
President Obama took one of the biggest risks of his presidency by pushing for ratification of an arms control pact with the Russians.


VID START Treaty Passes Senate Pr. Obama Dem Win


12.22.2010

Bloomberg: Arabs demand - STOP RAPING MY FAMILY!

Arabs demand - STOP RAPING MY FAMILY!
www.bloomberg.com
Arab nations and the Palestinian Authority are set to ask the United Nations Security Council to demand that Israel halt settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

STUNNING. A patriotic Duty to watch. Pr. Obama End of 2010 Press Conference

STUNNING. A patriotic Duty to watch.
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Pr. Obama (1) End of 2010 Press Conference

WashPo: Pr. Obama - Leader of the Year

WashPo: Pr. Obama - Leader of the Year
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My reason for choosing him as leader of the year is that he, more than anyone else, has guided, pushed and often persuaded skeptical and independent legislators to...

Obama: "Prepared to Implement"

‎"God damn all who don't fight alongside this great President Obama." sl

"Fastest way to spot someone Un-Christian - Anti Gay." SL

"Fastest way to spot someone Un-Christian - Anti Gay."  SL

12.21.2010

Vanity Fair: Surprise: Barack Obama’s Approval Rating Is Higher Than That of Chris Christie


www.vanityfair.com
Shocking new research, presented below, suggests that actual approval ratings have no bearing on each man's reputation in the media.


NYT: An Unpaid Debt from 911. GOP's Blocking Payment.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/22/opinion/22wed3.html
www.nytimes.com
Senate Republicans must allow a vote on the 9/11 health and compensation bill. America owes help to the thousands who contracted illnesses at ground zero.


"MSM Polling: Equivalent of asking 'How many want free gold bars?'" SL

MSM Polling:  Equivalent of asking 'How many want free gold bars?'" SL

12.20.2010

VID Pr. Obama's Gay White House Staff- Obama Walks the Walk


Vanity Fair: Obama Is Suffering Because of His Achievements, Not Despite Them


"Jesus was Joyful because of, not despite His Self-Sacrifice to the Neediest." SL

"Jesus was Joyful because of,
not despite His Self-Sacrifice to the Neediest." SL

FDL: To GOP's John InSane and Graham, Nat'l Security's for Suckers


"'Plank in your own eye' parable: Always hold yourself to a higher standard than you hold others." SL

"'Plank in your own eye' parable:
Always hold yourself to a higher standard than you hold others." SL

"'Daily Bread:' Full Occupation of the Heart every second, every single day." SL

"'Daily Bread:' Full Occupation of the Heart every second, every single day." SL

WashPo: Pr. Obama - Right Left Whipping Boy


"Peace Makers are Selflessly Exploited by their Cause; Peace Breakers Selfishly Exploit the Cause." SL

"Peace Makers are Selflessly  Exploited by their Cause;
Peace Breakers Selfishly Exploit the Cause."  SL

Obama still busy making history | News for Dallas

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/nation/stories/DN-obama_20nat.ART.State.Edition1.7ea2d2.html
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Krugman NYT: When Zombies Win

www.nytimes.com
Free-market fundamentalists have been wrong about everything — yet they now dominate the political scene more thoroughly than ever.

12.19.2010

"Jesus Teaching: Exorcise the Spirit of Death, or Hell will Reign." SL

"Jesus Teaching:  Exorcise the Spirit of Death, or Hell will Reign." SL

"Spirit is Everything. You Are of the Spirit of Love; or Death. No 3rd Option." SL

"Spirit is Everything. 
You Are of the Spirit of Love; or Death. 
No 3rd Option."  SL

"Jesus' Good News: Lifelong Joy of Loving is yours; Pleasure being the paltry price." SL

"Jesus' Good News: Lifelong Joy of Loving is yours;
Pleasure being the paltry price." SL

NYT Krugman: Cultist Ron Paul now supervises the Fed. Be afraid.

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/19/paleomonetarism/?src=twt&twt=NytimesKrugman
Cultist Ron Paul now supervises the Fed. Be afraid.
Paleomonetarism
krugman.blogs.nytimes.com
It's real, and it's overseeing the Fed.

"True Rights = what IS Right. It's a Duty to Do what's Right." SL

"True Rights = what IS Right.  It's a Duty to Do what's Right." SL

"Entire US economy's committed to diverting us from Humanity's Joy." SL

"Entire US economy's committed to diverting us from Humanity's Joy."  SL

"My tears of Joy just come." SL WashPo: 'Don't ask' is repealed in historic vote

www.washingtonpost.com
The U.S. military will for the first time in history allow gays to serve openly after the Senate voted Saturday to repeal "don't ask, don't tell," the policy that has required such troops to hide their sexual identity or risk being expelled from the services.

Pr. Obama: "Valor and integrity are no more defined by sexual orientation than they are by race or gender, religion or creed."

Pr. Obama: "Valor and integrity are no more defined by
sexual orientation than they are by race or gender, religion or creed."