Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Sarah Palin: Misinformer of the Year

At least Sarah Palin is consistent...she wins the biggest lie of the year for 2009 and now is awarded with the Misinformation Award for 2010. Only in America would we promote and support someone who lies, misinforms and fabricates stories for personal gain.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse of 2010

There were times in my life when I was very in tuned with astrology and all that manifests as the planets move through the signs. I am not familiar with this astrologer, but I like his interpretation of what is going on as we move toward 2012. What do you think?

Monday, December 13, 2010

"The Invitation" by Oriah

This is one of my favorite poems and the companion book that illuminates the meaning behind the poem is a cherished treasure...

It doesn’t interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream
of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me
how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk
looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me
what planets are squaring your moon...
I want to know if you have touched
the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened
by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know
if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you
to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations
of being human.

It doesn’t interest me
if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear
the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know
if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live
or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me
who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me
where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know
what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know
if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like
the company you keep
in the empty moments.

By Oriah © Mountain Dreaming,

from the book The Invitation

published by HarperONE, San Francisco,

1999 All rights reserved

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Pundit Lalapaloooooooza

 Okay. It looks like the Bush Tax Cuts will be extended for two more years and will apply to all Americans, including the richest 2%. If you don't know who the richest 2% are and how much wealth they hold, please see a previous blog post here and here.

I'm mad. I was hoping that this campaign promise was going to be one that he kept. I'm looking for blue skies in this storm that is brewing in DC. Now every pundit in the world will have an opinion about what this means, how Obama came off, blah, blah, blah, blah.

I understand and I can live with this. For now. I am more concerned for those millions of people who were going to lose their unemployment benefits immediately. I am more concerned that the other 98% won't see their taxes increase on January 1, 2011.

I am going to bet on this President again. I think he is the only adult in the sandbox and I can understand why he is breaking his promise. As he said in his briefing today. He did not want to see the collateral damage to the hostage middle class, so he gave in to those who would hold us all hostage...the Republicans. It was more important to act now for the majority of the people and deal with the issue of the Bush Tax cuts over the next two years when they come up for an extension again.

A lot can happen in the next two years. I'm going to support the grown up.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

72 Super PACs Spent $83.7 Million On Midterm Elections

From the Washington Post...

The newly created independent political groups known as super PACs, which raised and spent millions of dollars on last month's elections, drew much of their funding from private-equity partners and others in the financial industry, according to new financial disclosure reports.

The 72 super PACs, all formed this year, together spent $83.7 million on the election. The figures provide the best indication yet of the impact of recent Supreme Court decisions that opened the door for wealthy individuals and corporations to give unlimited contributions.

The financial disclosure reports also underscore the extent to which the flow of corporate money will be tied to political goals. Private-equity partners and hedge fund managers, for example, have a substantial stake in several issues before Congress, primarily the taxes they pay on their earnings.

"Super PACs provide a means for the super wealthy to have even more influence and an even greater voice in the political process," said Meredith McGehee, a lobbyist for the Campaign Legal Center, which advocates for tighter regulation of money in politics.

To read the complete article, click here.

Neale D. Walsch discusses the emotion of fear

Just thought I would post this video on kind of puts things in perspective, doesn't it?

The GOP Who Stole Christmas