Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket! Great to be back with you on this snowy morning here on Cape Cod, Osterville to be precise, where we have received a few inches, thus far, of the white stuff, two days after the beginning of Spring. Good to be back on the mainland, after taking a much needed trip to Nantucket and a photo op, acquiring images on my Nikon D-200 camera, of that little rock in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, well, actually, roughly 30 miles south/southeast off Hyannis Harbor. Nantucket, in the winter, is a lonely place, where only 15,000 people live year round, as opposed to the over 150,000-200,000 who flock there during the more mild seasons of spring, summer and part of the fall. Nantucket’s brilliance though, shines during the winter months, as one can literally walk Surfside, or Madekat beaches, on the southern and western parts of the island, staring south towards Antarctica, for hours and not see another single living creature, save the many species of birds that soar in the ever changing winds, calling out there names as the waves crash against the rocks and sand of that great island. It has been quite a week in this world of ours has it not? The United States of America is now entrenched in another war involving yet another Arab country, four now if you consider the covert war no one really speaks of in Pakistan, where we continue, daily it seems, to drop ‘predator drones’ on ‘enemies’ that do not seem to have a clear definition, or a stated beef with our policies, making it even more unclear as to our ‘mission’ not only in that country, but in the ten year long war we have been stuck in right next door, in neighboring Afghanistan, a war we are spending 2 billion dollars a week on while we cut the budget back here in the United States on everything from the environment, to education, from home heating oil for the poor and the elderly, to programs for women in Planned Parenthood centers all across this country. Add all of that to this decision to invade Libya, for all intents and purposes, when special forces receive their orders to ‘assist’ rebel forces in bringing down yet another dictator who, although IS an international terrorist, does not necessarily afford the real commitment our blood and treasure brings to the table. When we look at the atrocities that have occurred in Darfur, Sudan, and Rwanda, where millions of people have been systematically wiped from the face of the earth, at the hands of other vicious genocidal maniacs, or the killings of peaceful protesters in Yemen, Bahrain, and even Syria recently, we have to ask ourselves, a) do we have the capital to continue being the world’s policemen?, and b) where do we draw the line with our spending on the ‘never ending war’, feeding the military industrial complex, that rewards large corporations around the world, when our bridges and roads are falling apart in this country, when our people are undernourished and in some cases starving to death, who are both undereducated and generally under-appreciated, as corporate mandates take center stage in every debate, winning out in the end because their lobbies, and their corporate owned, bully bullhorn airwaves such as FOX NEWS, are infinitely more powerful than this rag tag group of what has become the shadow of once was a strong, and proud middle class, ever increasingly becoming the working poor, in a land that was created under the guise of… “WE THE PEOPLE”, stating very clearly that this is a nation, “Of the people, By the people, and FOR THE PEOPLE.” Our priorities in this great nation are so far out of whack it is hard to imagine them getting back to the common sense ideas that were put forth over 236 years ago by our Founding Father’s such as Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, and John Adams, not to mention others like the great author/philosopher and deep thinker, Thomas Paine, ideas that were spelled out in a book by the same name–“Common Sense.” This, all happening at the same time the Japanese people were LIED to by their version of our Nuclear Regulatory Agency, as dangerous levels of radiation are now being found in everything from spinach to milk, adding more salt to a very deep and painful wound caused by the massive 9.0 quake and subsequent tsunami on March 11th, 2011. All of this and Donald Trump on ‘The View’?!– displaying, for all the world to see, his new “birther” position, climbing aboard that crazy train of yahoos who truly believe our President, Barrack Obama, was not actually born where his highly vetted, scrubbed, sterilized and disintfected birth certificate says he was–in the beautiful state of Hawaii. I’m not sure what was sadder to watch, Donald Trump’s appearance on Comedy Central’s recent ‘roast’ of him, or his appearances on ‘Morning Joe’, where the hosts lavished all kinds of sickening praise for a man who ‘fires’ people for a living. I fortunately, did not watch “The View” and thus was spared the arrogance and unattributable ‘greatness’ of a man who cares nothing for the poor, the sick or the elderly in this country–a country that he would like to head. “Your fired!” (in a faux tough guy New York accent)… God help us all. May the GRACE of GOD continue to be with the good men and women of the island nation of Japan, bringing some Light at the end of this very long and dark tunnel they have found themselves in. Have a wonderful day folks and may GOD’s grace also be with you and yours. PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M
March 24, 2011
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