Saturday, October 08, 2011

Nobody, But Nobody, Can Make It Out Here Alone

"A witch speaks for those who cannot speak for themselves." - Terry Pratchett 

Beth Owl's Daughter and Maya Angelou's poem said it all today.

We are the 99% and nobody makes it alone. 


Update: A man named Derek Batchelor wrote this on his Facebook page today: 
No one has been able to explain to me why young men... and women serve in the U.S. Military for 20 years, risking their lives protecting freedom, and only get 50% of their pay. While Politicians hold their political positions in the safe confines of the capital, protected by these same men and women, and receive full pay retirement after serving one term. It just does not make any sense.

... the staffers of Congress family members are exempt from having to pay back student loans...
35 States file lawsuit against the Federal Government

Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon them. It only takes 38 (of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention.

...For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens (have) no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the 6ylaws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform... in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn't seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law. I truly don't care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop.

Related Links: 

Untying Injustice: A review of Thich Nhat Hanh's story, The Novice

Amplifying this resonance of folk story with the author’s own story, his long-time friend along the Path, Ven. Sister Chan Khong brings to light how he’s dealt with incredible adversity, much probably unknown to most readers. This ranges from lethal violence leveled at his grassroots, nonpartisan social work during America’s war in his native land (aka the Vietnamese war), to the recent brutal repression of his disciples there, after he’d weathered out his 40-some-year exile. The volume is capped with his own summing up.

Art: She Who Watches

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What is that image of the metallic cat-like mask from?