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A Voice in the Wilderness

As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there's a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such twilight that we must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness. -- William O. Douglas

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Our Family Blanket - Thanksgiving 2006

Our Family Blanket

Family is like an old quilt with its patchwork of different personalities - a gathering of so many varied pieces of cloth that bring warmth, protection and comfort.

This year, the blanket which is our Family has been tattered by death, anniversaries of death, changes in employment and surgeries. It has been marked by first days of school, and a myriad of changes that mark the passing of another year. It has also been added to by birth of the first great grandchild who will never feel the embrace of her great grandfather – a man she will only know of through pictures and words - and the blanket.

Late in September, we received the troubling news that Mama had developed several medical conditions – any of which could have proven fatal.

Months have passed and after a difficult recovery period, test after test has revealed good news; she is cancer-free. We appreciate the miracle.

Despite such wonderful blessings, Mama’s illness and recovery revealed some disturbing frays in the blanket – an undercurrent which threatens the very fabric that binds our family together.

With so many different personalities pulling in so many different directions we have been faced with the challenge of remaining united. As many of us have witnessed – some more recently than others - the work that goes into maintaining the blanket can often be thankless and downright frustrating. Well the work may be thankless but, it remains nonetheless necessary – just ask Mama. Investing in it and abiding by it has been her life's work.

Recently, some members of the family have adopted the nasty business of forming alliances for the purpose of politicking against others with differing perspectives. Formation of such pacts is short sighted. It is dangerous and it is destructive; when we engage in picking and choosing only the parts of the blanket that we find particularly agreeable then we no longer have a blanket – we no longer have a family.

The blanket of family is a gift given to each and every one of us. It doesn’t individually belong to any one of us. Rather, we belong to it. It is not ours to tear apart. We were brought into it with the expectation that we would not only improve it but that we would faithfully pass it on - in better condition than we received it.

Our family is a testament of honor to those who gave it to us and to the one who created us. We honor them by appreciating and caring for each other - with love, respect and kindness - even when we happen to disagree.

Love and respect are the threads that stitch our patchwork together; let us sew them abundantly and without condition for that is the lesson our children will carry on when they become the parents, the grandparents, the uncles and the aunts of tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow because family is the legacy we leave to our future generations.

It is my deepest wish that, after we are done with holding each other’s hands at this moment of prayer, that we will carry away a profound understanding that the life which pulses through those hands we are holding right now is the very life which was gifted to us as well by our parents, our grandparents and our Creator.

Bearing in mind Mama’s recent frightening experience with Cancer I pray we will remain awakened to the reality that the time is a precious commodity that ought not be squandered away with fractious self-promotion. It should be spent sewing memories of support, trust and love into the blanket of our family. Now is the time to do away the haughty, hurtful and divisive coalitions.

It is incumbent upon each of us to protect our family at all costs - to avoid damaging it with our pridefulness and self-promotion. When neccessary, we are compelled to fix the tears - without complaint or fanfair. While it is in our care, let us work not only to keep it together but to make it stronger by being of service to one another.

There is no doubt that keeping the family together requires a tremendous amount of effort but if each of us remembers our basic responsibility to be respectful, courteous, empathetic, grateful, and kind toward one another – this family can never die.

Thank you Mama, thank you Daddy and thank you Dear Lord for this beautiful blanket we call family.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Montana goes to Dems - Senate Tied

More Breaking News:

Montana goes to Democrats.

The Senate is now tied. Let's see who wins Va.


Breaking News:

Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld is going to resign.

The president will be announcing his replacement in a few minutes.


Democrats Win Nationwide - However, New Mexico's Coconut Constituency Again Stupidly Delivers Heather Their Support

While Americans have issued what amounts to a referendum against George Bush and his, "Stay the course" Iraq war policy, New Mexico remains a toss-up at least as far as NM Republican Congresswoman, Heather Wilson goes.

As of right now, Wilson leads Attorney General Patricia Madrid by 1300 votes. Final counting is wrapping up and the results ought to be official by noon today. Ironically, New Mexico is predominantly Democrat and yet, Heather Wilson appears to have pulled off yet another win.

Well, it was Madrid's election to lose - I'll discuss more on that in a later post once the outcome is official. Suffice it to say, that Heather's appeal is potent enough to draw a demographic of voters that have traditionally been Democrat.

The past decades of influx to New Mexico is shifting the political climate - add to that the sense of apathy on the part of native new Mexican Democrats, strong ties to the American military industrial complex and finally, the cultural confusion of the local indigenous Latino population explains this cultural voting phenomenon playing itself out in the First Congressional District.

The Latino Perspective: Latinos in New Mexico are atypical in that they do not vote as a block. Rather, they vote according to socio-economic status. The result has played itself out and it is a direct result of the cultural schizophrenia induced by shame and denial of those who would prefer to be anything but Latino.

Sadly, the misplaced loyalty to a party that represents quite specific interests appeals to a large enough segment of New Mexico's native Hispanics to cause power shifts - the likes of which we are seeing played out in favor of Heather Wilson.

Needless to say; if Wilson wins, I am disappointed. I am disappointed - not that Heather can win - but rather that she can win off the votes of a select few coconuts (Latinos who are ashamed to be Hispanic; brown-skinned on the outside and white on the inside - not any different from the pejorative used to describe 'Uncle Tom' traitorous blacks) who devalue their culture and quite literally abandon all that represents their culture in favor of the dominant American cultural perspectives held by the majority population in the United States. How sad that these Tio Tacos can quite literally turn their backs on their cultural values because they mistakenly confuse them as being inferior.

Leslie Sanchez, a perfect example of a Latino Coconut

Consequently, these Latinos align themselves with bigots, xenophobes, rednecks not unlike the Jews that funded the Catholic Kings Isabella and Ferdinand's rise to power and expulsion of the Moors from Spain in the 15th century - only to then be subjected to bigoted abuses, alienation, derision and disaffection after their purpose had been served.

Such sell-outs love to wrap themselves in the American flag and paint themselves as, "rootin'-tootin Americans." These days, the refer to themselves as, 'Republicanos.' Lacking any sense of historical context, they ignorantly do it - I can only assume - out of profound self-hatred, delusional believing that their olive skin and genetic phenotype will be mollified in the eyes of their puppet-masters if they speak the King Dubya's English. Apparently their brown asses and mixed race features escape them when they look in the mirror. Such self-deception is as ludicrous as the chicken, cow and pig who lovingly look to farmer Jones because he feeds and cares for them.

Yes, these are the same morons who cross themselves in church and pray on Sunday for the unborn while simultaneously parsing the words in the Good Book as they scream for state-sanctioned executions; the same folks who are all too willing to abandon the Bible when it comes to caring for the poor, the defenseless and the weak if it has any potential effect on their holy-rolling pocketbooks. Such morons wouldn't think twice about hiding their tortillas and tacos, but they cannot deny what their phenotype and DNA belie. In the end, they dismiss fellow Latinos who hold opposite views as "far-left" and "marginalized" in order to sniff the lying adulterer Newt Gingrich's back side.

And why do they do it? Why are they so willing to ignore their most basic religious tenets? Because they suffer from ethnic shame - they approach the table as apologist beggars. They naively feed at the troughs of their masters never realizing that they are just being groomed as decoys to garner the vote. When the pig is being fattened for the kill, he never eats better. Indeed, these knuckle heads would label Jesus Christ himself as a "socialist" if he was to walk the earth today.

This is precisely what is wrong with the Coconut Constituency in America and, more specifically, New Mexico; they support the oppressors of their people and look the other way as Human rights violations abound. They look away as the bigoted agendas of the right persist and they mistakenly conclude that their rise in social status has nothing to do with the rich cultural values they were given as they rose from their humble beginnings, their beans and chile sustenance and their very core beliefs abandoned for alignment with their historical arch rivals and conquerors.

It looks like Heather might have pulled it off. Now she can wipe her ass with the fools who put you into office for another two years.

Way to go Heather. You did it to the Jews, you did it to the Veterans, you did it to the Senior Citizens and you can continue to do it thanks to the Coconut Constituency.

Only in New Mexico; the national trend is to seek change and Nuevo Mexicanos drag in behind.

Oh my people, will you ever learn?


Monday, November 06, 2006

Heather Wilson must GO: Remember Your Gas Prices Tomorrow When You Vote

Before you vote on November 7th. Go to your local gas station first.

Gas prices dropped by 85 cents - one third on average - in just thirty days prior to this mid-term election.

News accounts are indicating they have now levelled off.

Any guesses what is going to happen after tomorrow???

They will be going back up after the election.
You can count on it.

Remember the gas prices when you vote.
Remember who is in big oil's pocket.

Heather Wilson must go.


Sunday, November 05, 2006

NY Times: G.O.P. Glum as It Struggles to Hold Congress

NY Times: G.O.P. Glum as It Struggles to Hold Congress (click here)

Here's an interesting - and current - article in today's NY Times - giving a detailed breakdown - no pun intended - on how the Republican Machine is clunking to a halt as this Tuesday's mid-term elections approach.

The "mission" was based on lies, it is far from "accomplished" unless the mission was to make America the object of derision and hate for the world.

Is it any wonder when our president - the moron who has single-handedly abrogated America's standing as the Beacon of Democracy for the World?

Americans are fed up and they will register their vote come Tuesday. Our citizens have awakened to the reality that this president and his authoritarian cohorts have abused their privilege to lead this country. Americans are fed up with the deception and lies.

Here's a quote from the article,

"Joe Gaylord, who was the political lieutenant to Newt Gingrich when he led the Republican takeover of the House in 1994, said that based on polling he had seen in recent weeks, he expected his party to lose 25 seats to 30 seats on Tuesday. That general assessment was repeatedly echoed in interviews with Republicans close to the White House.

“It’s very grim,” Mr. Gaylord said. “Things are dreadful out there.”

Representative Thomas M. Davis III, a Virginia Republican and veteran party strategist, said: “There’s no question we’re going to take a hit. The only question is how hard it would be.”

Side Note: The New York Times is free on-line. In order to read the article, you can simply register an ID and pasword - its not that difficult.

I hope you read the article because it indicates the tide across the country is changing. My faith in Democracy remains undiminished and I look forward to Tuesday when these soundrels - led by Bush & Co. - are finally unseated.

Meanwhile - in the eleventh hour - the Republican controlled and owned cable news media - like the Faux News Network - are working overtime to "jiggle the numbers" (that quote, this morning on MSNBC from bullshit artist, Chris Matthews) and spin the iinformation as a means of motivating the Republicans to turn out on Tuesday.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Who'll Stop the Rain

Who'll Stop the Rain
Creedence Clearwater Revival

Long as I remember the rain been comin' down.
Clouds of mystery pourin' confusion on the ground.
Good men through the ages, tryin' to find the sun;
And I wonder, still I wonder, who'll stop the rain.

I went down Virginia, seekin shelter from the storm.
Caught up in the fable, I watched the tower grow.
Five year plans and new deals, wrapped in golden chains.
And I wonder, still I wonder who'll stop the rain.

Heard the singers playin, how we cheered for more.
The crowd had rushed together, tryin to keep warm.
Still the rain kept pourin', fallin' on my ears.
And I wonder, still I wonder who'll stop the rain.

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