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Poor America……ObamaLaw is coming….

March 2, 2015
By ichabod
Poor America……ObamaLaw is coming….

President Barack Obama today introduced his plan for a progressive takeover of state and local policing. “We have a great opportunity… to really transform how we think about community law enforcement relations,” he said Monday. “We need to seize that opportunity… this is something that I’m going to stay very focused on in the months to come,” Obama said, as he touted a new interim report from his Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Obama also instructed his media allies to help a federalization of policing, and to sideline critics of centralized policing rules. “I expect our friends in the media to really focus on what’s in this report and pay attention to it.”….yahoo.com

I have heard the term police state more often in the last few years than ever before.

When I read the above about ObamaLaw, I felt bad for my American friends who have to put up with the Orwellian Society the USA appears to be turning into.

I wonder how long this will continue before it self destructs, and we know it will sooner or later.  People do have a breaking point and will react sooner or later.

To be or not to be…….a Jew

March 1, 2015
By ichabod
To be or not to be…….a Jew

I find it a little perplexing why so many people hate ‘Jews’ in the world.  My first mother in law, a Ukrainian descendent, hated Jews.  I asked her once, “Do you know any?”

If looks could kill, I would have been a dead son in law that day, but no, she didn’t know any.

There seems to be confusion in this world whether Jews are a race or religion.  I figured that with DNA they should be able to come to a definitive conclusion, but it doesn’t appear to be any conclusion with science either as per the two following links:

http://forward.com/articles/175912/jews-a-race-genetic-theory-comes-under-fierce-atta/?p=all

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetic_studies_of_Jewish_origins

I’m no scientist, but from what I read, apart from the commonality of Middle East and European roots, there is nothing really specific to identify a Jew through DNA.  Where I live there are Hutterite colonies and Mennonite communities. These are religions.  Hutterites live in communes.  After a few generations the fact that they breed within their own community would probably reflect a little in DNA, same as Mennonites.  Yet if they were negroid or caucasion, they would still be negroid or caucasian, wouldn’t they?

Most Christians are familiar with bible genealogy.  Starting with Adam and Eve on to the 12 tribes of Israel and so on.  Jews are considered by themselves to be God’s chosen people, much like Christians believe they will be the only ones saved on judgment day.  The bible lists the ancestors from Adam onwards to a point, but there is no way to prove or disprove it and it would be ludicrous staking your life on such a claim.

However, the Palestinians in Gaza apparently share much the same DNA as Jews, which makes sense as they are all from the same area for generations.

Anyway, it appears that being a Jew is nothing more than a religion, just like a Muslim or Christian are followers of a certain teaching.

That being said, I wonder if the State of Israel was created under false pretenses as there is no conclusive way to determine if a Jew is a Jew.   I am not perpetrating animosity to Jews as a group, they are human beings no different than the rest, however a big price in lives and property never mind the hell people have to endure to facilitate nation building at a place which had inhabitants to begin with.

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February 28, 2015
By ichabod

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everyday type, not handsome, humble
“my dream is to spend my life doing what I was borne to do”
words spoken

are they to be believed?
Nessun Dorma I hear

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young, humble, orphan laborer
“i was a dayfly, sleeping in toilets, selling candy”
the words flowed with incredible sound

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young, attractive, suffers anxiety disorder but appears in control
some think she is fooling, but not
she sings “hallelujah

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dayflies, nessun dorma, hallelujah

for a moment
our souls touched
spirit soared

i knew there is more
much more
but not here

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Where did ‘God’ come from?

February 28, 2015
By ichabod
Where did ‘God’ come from?

I was thinking if there were no religious books or teaching of any kind in the world, would God still be?

Think about it, no Christians, Jews, Muslims and much more.  Just us and the universe, would God still be or would we all be different in attitude?

Much of all God stuff has origins in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Africa.

I asked a friend of mine once, a native North American, if he knew what his ancestors believed.  Apparently they believed in a monotheistic God.

I also remember a documentary I watched decades ago about an Amazon tribe I believe it was.  The tribe had been isolated from other peoples since the beginning.  It is assumed no religion had never had the opportunity to influence this small group.  It was amazing, they too believed in a God and had moral beliefs.

Is it reasoning or logic which formulates God in our lives?  For example, when one starts to become aware of this planet and vastness of a universe our intellect concludes a spiritual entity ‘created’ it all.  Or is God built into our DNA, much like the instinct to survive, love and hate?

 

Were Adam and Eve Jews?

February 28, 2015
By ichabod
Were Adam and Eve Jews?

There is a lot of animosity towards Jews now and historically.  I suppose they are viewed in the same category as Muslim extremists by some.

The bible is mostly about Jews, isn’t it?

Since Ivanka Trump successfully converted to Judaism for her husband it opens up the thought process.  Many equate being a Jew as an ethnicity, others as a religion.

Conversion to Judaism has its origins from very early times, not much different from converts to Christianity, Islam, Scientology and so on.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proselyte.

Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday such attacks will likely continue and Israel would welcome European Jews who choose to move there.

Does that include converts?

What if a Jew becomes a Catholic, like a friend of mine did.  Is she still a Jew?

What about Israel, was that country not created in part because it was a lost Jewish homeland, as if being Jewish was like being a different race?

The creation of Israel can also be seen as a State being created for religion, like the Vatican being its own country.

I think many people who hate Jews, really don’t know what they are hating, the religion or people who are believed to be a race of God’s chosen.  Were Adam and Eve Jews as Jesus or Mohammad didn’t arrive yet so Christianity and Islam weren’t even thought of and Hinduism and Buddhism don’t have an Adam and Eve?

It is amazing how these things can shape human history.

Blew me away…..

February 28, 2015
By ichabod

We know there is no innocence in this world.

For some reason I always believed or liked to believe the allies were on a morally higher ground than the axis in WW2.  I always considered that a war of good against evil.  I lost two uncles and a grandfather in that conflict.  The haunting stories and pictures of Dachau, Auschwitz, Dresden, Warsaw, Stalingrad and so many more made an impression on me.

For some reason I was searching for something today and Eisenhower’s Death Camps became known to me for the first time.  Google it, there is plenty of info there.

It blew me away…..

So much for moral higher ground, even the ‘good’ guys were the same as the ‘evil’ ones.

I guess they are too embarrassed to admit the truth, so they pretend it didn’t happen.

The following quote by Lieutenant Ernest Fisher, of the 101st Airborne Division and former Senior Historian of the United States Army is from the book Other Losses:

Starting in April 1945, the United States Army and the French Army casually annihilated about one million men, most of them in American camps.

Eisenhower’s hatred, passed through the lens of a compliant military bureaucracy, produced the horror of death camps unequaled by anything in American military history…

Stephen Ambrose, a noted World War II historian, disputes the claims made by James Bacque. His review of Bacque’s book can be read at this web site:

This quote is from the words of James Bacque, who wrote a book entitled Other Losses:

Under the Geneva Convention, three important rights are guaranteed prisoners of war: that they will be fed and sheltered to the same standard as base or depot troops of the Capturing Power; that they can send and receive mail; and that they will be visited by delegates of the International Red Cross (ICRC) who will report in secret on their treatment to a Protecting Power.  (In the cas eof Germany, as the government disintegrated in the closing stages of the war, Switzerland had been designated the protecting power.)

In fact, German prisoners taken by the U.S. Army at the end of the Second World War were denied these and most other rights by a series of specific decisions and directives stemming mainly from SHAEF–Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force.  General Dwight Eisenhower was both supreme commander of SHAEF–all the Allied armies in northwest Europe–and the commanding general of the U.S. forces in the European theatre.  He was subject to the Combined Chiefs of Staff (CCS) of Britain and the U.S., to the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), and to the policy of the U.S. government, but in the absence of explicit directives–to the contrary or otherwise–ultimate responsibility for the treatment of the German prisoners in American hands lies with him.

“God , I hate the Germans,” Eisenhower wrote to his wife, Mamie, in September, 1944.  Earlier, in front of the British ambassador to Washington, he had said that all the 3,500 or so officers of the German General Staff should be “exterminated.”

In March, 1945, a message to the Combined Chiefs of Staff signed and initialled by Eisenhower recommended creating a new class of prisoners–Disarmed Enemy Forces, or DEFs–who, unlike Geneva-defined prisoners of war, would not be fed by the army after the surrender of Germany.  This would be a direct breach of the Geneva Convention.  The message, dated March 10, argues in part: “The additional maintenance commitment entailed by declaring the German Armed Forces prisoners of war which would necessitate the prevision of rations on a scale equal to that of base troops would prove far beyond the capacity of the Allies even if all German sources were tapped.”  It ends: “Your approval is requested.  Existing plans have been prepared upon this basis.”

On April 26, 1945, the Combined Chiefs approved the DEF status for prisoners of war in American hands only: the British members had refused to adopt the American plan for their own prisoners.  The Combined Chiefs stipulated that the status of disarmed troops be kept secret.

By that time, Eisenhower’s quartermaster general at SHAEF, General Robert Littlejohn, had already twice reduced rations for prisoners, and a SHAEF message signed “Eisenhower” had reported to General George Marshall, the U.S. Army Chief of staff, that the prisoner pens would provide “no shelter or other comforts….”

The problem was not supplies.  There was more than enough material stockpiled in Europe to construct prison camp facilities.  Eisenhower’s special assistant, general Everett Hughes, had visited the huge supply dumps at Naples and Marseille and reported:  “More stocks than we can ever use.  Stretch as far as eye can see.”  Food should not have been a problem, either.  In the U.S., wheat and corn surpluses were higher than they had ever been, and there was a record crop of potatoes.  The army itself had so much food in reserve that when a whole warehouse was dropped from the supply list by accident in England it was not noticed for three months.  In addition, the International Red Cross had over 100,000 tons of food in storage in Switzerland.  When it tried to send two trainloads of this to the American sector of Germany, U.S. Army Officers turned the trains back, saying their warehouses were already overflowing with ICRC food which they had never distributed.

Nonetheless it was through the supply side that the policy of deprivation was carried out.  Water, food, tents, space, medicine–everything necessary for the prisoners was kept fatally scarce.  Camp Rheinberg, where Corporal Liebich would fetch up in in mid-May, shivering with dysentery and typhus, had no food at all when it was opened on April 17.  As in the other big “Rhine meadow” camps, opened by the Americans in mid-April, there were no guard towers, tents, buildings, cooking facilities, water, latrines, or food.

The conditions in the American camps along the Rhine in late April were observed by two colonels in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, James Mason and Charles Beasley, who described them in a paper published in 1950:  “Huddled close together for warmth, behind the barbed wire was a most awesome sight–nearly 100,000 haggard, apathetic, dirty, gaunt, blank-staring med clad in dirty field grey uniforms, and standing ankle-deep in mud….The German Divisions Commander reported that the men had not eaten for at least two days, and the provisions of water was a major problem–yet only 200 yards away was the River Rhine running bankfull.”

On May 4, 1945, the first German prisoners of war in U.S. hands were transferred to DEF status.  The same day, the U.S. war Department banned mail to or from the prisoners.  (when the International Committee of the Red Cross suggested a plan for restoring mail in June, it was rejected.)

On May 8, V-E Day, the German government was abolished and, simultaneously, the U.S. State Department dismissed Switzerland as the protecting power for the German prisoners.  (Prime Minister Mackenzie King of Canada protested to the foreign Office in London the parallel removal of the Swiss as protecting power in British-Canadian camps, but was squelched for his pains.)  With this done, the State Department informed the International Red Cross that, since there was no protecting power to report to, there was no longer and point in visiting the camps……..furtherglory.wordpress.com

Music and Memory

February 27, 2015
By bouzouki

I put four cds in the machine, selected shuffle and drew dark lines on paper.  Judy Collins’ In My Life’, Joni Mitchell, then Judy with Marat/Sade, and a memory of going to see the play performed by the Royal Shakespearian Theatre rated R , and I went with my Mother because I could not get in alone as a minor.  We want our revolution now.

When the revolution is within, thought forms that seemed etched in stone set free.  The years of my adolescence started slow and rapidly accelerated through the years to the point I thought I would be dead before I turned 21.  One thing that saved me; music.  That spread in to words, though you wouldn’t know it now, and even as my ear now is broken, I can find places in music, a memory updated.  Joni Mitchell sings ‘Dreamland’, and the drums soothe me.

As events are farther removed by time, our recollection of some events have to be jarred by something that reminds us.  The light rain on rich loam soil is a smell that I inhale as much as I can when it or some smell similar flows through my nose.  I think of being a boy running down the road from Granddad’s house to my Aunt and Uncle, and cousins.

Pulling memory works until I find the entrance to some experiences blocked.  I find my attention pulled by tinnitus.  I turned off the music and breathe and wait for the “sound” to ease.  It is the change of the weather, snow stopped falling and the air pressure changed.  I seem to always be surprised by the change and how it grabs my awareness immediately. I then have to wait until I am somewhat recovered.  My short term, immediate memory is short-circuited,  and it takes a long time to retrieve words.  I have to do chores, follow familiar paths and remind myself through longstanding routine.

Later, I can return to music and bask in sound for a while.

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