Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket! So great to be with ‘ya’ll’ on this Friday morning, the fifteenth day of April, 2011, coming to you LIVE from the beaches of Dowses here in the little, tiny, tiny town of Osterville, only a football toss away from the equally great hamlet of Hyannis Port, the former home to the thirty-fifth President of these here United States of America, Mr. Jack Kennedy and his beautiful wife Jackie, that WE are all a part of, whether Republicorp likes it or not. A spectacular day I might add, as the weather–if you may notice in the image above, taken in the beautiful and magical park called “Armstrong-Kelly Park”, cared for by the good people of the Cape Cod Horticultural society and volunteers who are residents of this very fine town, a land, seemingly “lost in time”, as the old world spirits of what this country used to be all about still hang heavy in the air, with every white steep-led church and every Dorey that trolls the bays and rivers for Oysters on a daily basis–is making a turn for the better. Spring is definitely in the air! One of my other occupations, aside from being a very grateful author and photographer, out of the corporate world FOREVER, thank GOD, is my dog sitting company, and this week, I have, along with my own Black Lab, another Black Lab, named “Brady”, named, of course, for the great quarterback of the New England Patriots, Tom Brady. He is truly a big baby, as he looks strikingly like Rachel Maddow’s “big baby” who also happens to be a Black Lab. Are we getting the connection here? Seriously, Mackinac Group, put that in your pipe and smoke it! Speaking of MSNBC, I just finished watching the great show, taped of course, because 8 p.m. is now way past my bedtime, “The Last Word, with Lawrence O’Donnell”, airing every weeknight at 8 p.m., EDT, followed by the “Rachel Maddow Show”, airing at 9 p.m., and then followed up with the venerable “ED SHOW” with my favorite football coach of the real American people, Ed Shultz, airing at 10 p.m., all must watch television if you wish to have some semblance of KNOWLEDGE and a handle on the TRUTH as to what is really going on in this great country of ours…I must also say that my good friend Chris Mathews, of “Hardball”, is on that list of must see, airing every week night at 5 and 7 p.m., EDT, for his work is unparalleled and his LOVE for the Kennedy legacy matches my own. So, as I was watching Mr. Lawrence O’Donnell, a fellow that I have great affection for, who once pinch hit for the GREAT Keith Olbermann on his ground breaking, and most excellent show, “Countdown, with Keith Olbermann”, and took over that time slot at 8 p.m., EDT, when Keith was cruelly taken off the air, by what I can only describe as a Comcast/GE upper management power move, who I pray will return one day to the airwaves and even visit US up here on this little sand bar created 11,500 years ago by the Last Great Ice Age–Cape Cod and the Islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, “we’ll leave the LIGHT on for you my friend!” Yes, when watching Lawrence’s show from last night only a few moments ago, a man who hails from my adopted home state of Massachusetts, I was struck by one of his classic segments called “Tonight’s Re-Write”, a segment a writer like myself can really sink his teeth into. He spoke to his so called ‘breakdown’, a moment of humanity in what he stated very clearly you never really see in the ‘tv box’ we, as Americans, are so engrossed in. During a ‘rewrite’ from a few days ago, Lawrence was speaking of a woman who needed PLANNED PARENTHOOD for simple medical care, as it has been demonized so radically by the likes of John Kyle, the most excellent Senator from the great state of Arizona, (not meant to be a factual statement) who is now famous for telling the world that 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does is abortions, when, in fact, that number is only 3 percent. Lawrence broke down at the end of that segment when he read the words of that woman who simply pleaded in her written statement regarding the cruel and sickening attitude of some rather inhumane individuals, such as talk show host, and rodeo clown, Glenn Beck, pleading the words, “will somebody please talk some SENSE into these people.” Lawrence was mocked by the ‘professor’ of “Beck University”, hello, are you kidding me?, the ‘professor of nonesense’, Mr. Glenn Beck, whose emotional marbles are always in question, and who will thankfully be off the air soon. I, for one, was moved deeply by Lawrence’s so called ‘breakdown’ where he teared up while reading those woman’s words, showing true HUMAN emotions at the pain this woman was trying to express and share with someone who might just give a $hit. I wish we had more MEN like Mr. O’Donnell, a good Irish man from East Boston, for if we did have more MEN like him on television, perhaps this world would not be such a mean spirited place–with networks like FOX NEWS that only serves up HATE, FEAR and horse$hit. Crap that only serves to poison our airwaves and our minds akin to the bp oil spill that will have it’s one year anniversary next week. We ALL need to learn how to share, care for and LOVE this planet and it’s people, animals and plants, for if we don’t we are most certainly doomed. This country not only has a REVENUE problem, due to the rich not paying their FAIR share, but we, more importantly, have a COMPASSION problem, where the mean junior high school bullies you once knew, get away with mocking the very real thing that makes us human beings to begin with–our deep emotional connection to our fellow man, and that, my dear friends, is the definition of LOVE itself–a commodity, as the old song says so well, “we just have to little of…” Please donate a portion of your time to checking out Lawrence’s K.I.N.D. program, ‘kids in need of desks’, as his work with the country of Malawi in Africa, where children sit on dirt for eight hours a day in the classroom of learning. He has launched a great program to put those children in desks so that they may to, learn without being in pain. You can call 1-800-FOR-KIDS, or dial into Lastworddesks.MSNBC.com if you want to change a child’s life forever. God Bless you Lawrence O’Donnell for changing the lives of those poor children in Malawi, as well as opening up the eyes of our own children in this country, who, as you presented on your show last night, are MOVED to help those less fortunate than they… But, for the Grace of God, go I indeed. May GOD continue to be with the good people of Japan today and may that now horrific nuclear category 7 out of 7 disaster come to a solution soon. Have a wonderful week end and may GOD also be with you and yours, today and always. PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M
April 15, 2011
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