The Cause is real. FIND KONY NOW


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Is Invisible Children a sham? I don’t think so. This group was born out of the extreme desire to change a horrible human ongoing tragedy.  Out of it some pretty well connected and creative people ideated a way to get the extreme latent power of The American People moving as a massive force for change.  I call this an amazing social experiment that if it works will not only show common folk America it’s extreme power but hopefully move a specific tragic situation to a better outcome.  I.E., taking a ruthless killer out of business. The Invisible Children do alot with their money.  Building schools, re-building communities and making children  safer is not cheap.  Let’s not kid ourselves. Setting up communication venues so that incidents can be reported and hopefully acted upon quickly cannot be cheap either.  Collecting data about these atrocities is essential should Mr. Kony finally come to trial at The Hague.  They are hoping he eventually will.  He has too much blood on his hands for America to look away and conclude that “it’s all fine, it’s not happening anymore.”  How many families remember? How many families hurt everyday for their lost loved ones? How many have body parts that are missing and have to deal with an extreme handicap in a very unforgivable setting such as some of the remote villages they live in?  I say DO NOT FORGET ABOUT KONY.  America won’t go back to sleep.  We don’t always need to fight for money or for our claims, or just when we are directly threatened.  We can spare some of our vast resources to capture Kony for the ICC.  We can do this because it is right.  I believe that Invisible Children will pay for the capture of Kony as best it can contribute.  I can’t believe in my heart that the money they collect will go spent selfishly.  It’s ridiculous. America won’t let that happen!  That being said,  I totally “get” the girl from Uganda that made the video about Kony not really being a problem anymore and Uganda not being this ‘terrible place’ and that with all this media attention and money being spent on awareness kits, that other charities may lose funding.   I get that her Uganda is not this place of 24-7 horror where these atrocities are happening.  But that is her Uganda and yes Kony is moving, but that is what these criminals do!  they need to feed and feed they do, they move when the grass has been eaten! We know that Kony has moved from the area into Congo and is probably lying low as The Great Giant is now on his tail and more aware of his atrocities.  Last of all there is reason he’s number one on the ICC’s Most Wanted list.  When Hitler vacationed in Bergdorf he wasn’t done wreaking havoc on mankind.  He was just on vacation fathering a child.  Egregious things followed. Please follow the LRA Tracking app http://www.lracrisistracker.com/   that was set up to bring this entier process into the 21st century and keep the abuses on our radar.  Day by day the LRA is still active in Uganda and still rapes, murders and maims people.  It is only a matter of time before Kony ramps up and continues his disgusting plan.  He can’t be let off the hook and Americans can make a big thumping noise and move our government to see a positive end to these tragedies.  We’ve seen the power or Tunisia, Egypt, and the unrelenting belief in the power of the people in other nations in the area.  America still has the Occupy movement but this is different.  You don’t mess with Children.  ANYBODY’S CHILDREN.  FIND KONY NOW!! 

America must trust and act.  

 

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My Resolve is strong: ‘What I am endeavoring to correct in the latter part of 2012’


Well I missed the boat.  The huge Italian-piloted-playboy-of a captain’s-type of boat that is.  Because well I’m just not the glitzy “12 lido decks” sailing type.  

"Lido Deck"

I like the impermanance of the warm and sea-worn dinghy.  I love the sheer mystery that goes with the wind in my hair and the”throw caution to the wind”  feeling of, “Will I make it to shore?”  So I missed the boat on putting to paper my “wants” for 2012.  First of all, I wanted the world to continue.  I did not REALLY believe that those crazy Mayans correctly foretold of the end of our spastic little attention deficit planet.  They were probably like….tired of tip tapping all that crazy angular text into stone and were like….Um…bro, I’m DONE! this sh*t’s TIRING!!! Or maybe there’s a “mayan Calendar part deux” buried beneath a behemoth pyramid and the archeologist types will unearth it and will be like…”crap….sorry…you mad bro?”   Not to knock Mayan, because I’m pretty sure their my ancestors.  I’m Mexican and Irish, which officially makes me a “Mexi-gringa” and my grandmother’s family comes from The Tarahumara Tribe.  all you need to know is that they actually chase (yes still) deer and whatever they want to eat, on foot. They wear crazy little skirts.  AND THOSE ARE THE MEN!!   They live in high altitude cliff dwellings in Mexico’s  Copper Canyon to be exact) …and drink a beverage called Iskiate that makes ecstasy look like baby food. So I don’t diss the Mayans.  I’m not an ancestry buff but i’ve a feeling the corn meal doesn’t  fall too far from the huarache if you know what I mean.    But I’m glad they got it wrong.  VERY WRONG.  Because that means we all have more time to ignore Super-Pacs, not stand up for Women’s rights on contraception etc.,  I guess what I’m saying is…DOES IT TAKE THE IMPENDING END OF THE WORLD TO GET FIRED UP ABOUT THESE THINGS?! People…PEOPLE!!!! …..  Seriously.  If you’re gonna get fired up and change things…ahem…then these are some starting points.

I’m also endeavoring to figure out why young female children are hanging their entire tiny self esteems on the millions of mostly hardened YouTube Viewer’s opinions! Patt Morrison of KPCC devoted one of her radio shows to this question the other day.  I was lucky enough to have one of my comments read on the air by Patt, (I can’t tell you how exciting this was…) but my thoughts on this subject have not been entirely aired and I wish to explore this phenomena more fully here! You lucky readers!  Okay you four readers of mine, (you know who you are…)   Personally I don’t remember being wary of my self esteem as a child never mind manically  questioning  whether I was “pretty” or not.  Not much of a thought to tell you the truth.  Not until my next door neighbor, the evil Yvette Lopez,  told me that I got to borrow the ‘ugly Barbie’ because as she put it, ‘I was ‘ugly too.’  I remember being angry, and not really believing her.  I guess my parents had done some work there and made sure my  intrinsic self esteem was intact and somewhat unretractable in a way.  Some sort of positive verbal massaging of the spirit went on.  I do know that I did not own Barbies, either by the sheer prospect of borderline poverty or by ideal I know not.  I do know, however, I was the eager recipient of an occasional chicharone or  pan dulce whilst watching 1970’s basketball with my dad.  My mother had me busy with art projects.  As for Yvette?  I wanted to punch her lights out and began making mud pies to launch over the wall into her front yard.  Being resourceful, I enlisted my little brother and the offensive began.   Looking back, that was my first taste of justice and haven’t’ lost the thirst for it.  Today I’m wondering why America has been resting on it’s laurels with regard to women’s issues.  Not only are we on the razor’s edge of losing contraception rights, we are okay with so much misogyny in our media once again.  I wasn’t around for the 50’s and I was just a wee tot in the 60’s and all I know is that in the 70’s women’s issues were important. I felt it. I saw it.  Women were in a fight.  Gloria Steinem was a common visual on my parent’s magnavox. Cher might’ve been in a tiny deerskin bikini but she was a strong woman.   Women with caftans, flared pants large flowered prints were pissed and on guard.  They wanted to be respected for the women they were.  In the eighties the idea of ‘being an airhead’ or one’s entire self-esteem being soley based on looks still didn’t fly.  There was an enduring radar out there just daring any inkling of disrespect to waft within it’s general airspace.  How did things change so quickly? Now we have The Kardashians, The Bachelor, Jersey Shore’s women put out there as defacto role models for young girls.  Women in bikinis selling hamburgers.  Maybe the ladies on Hee Haw or Petty Coat Junction we’rent perfect but they certainly weren’t bouncing booze soaked ice cubes off the pecs of half naked guido boys! There was enough strong feminist vibe going on that even girls as young as I was knew that we weren’t to be messed with or disrespected and most of all? I had more than my looks to make me feel whole.

Thankfully there is a group called G.A.T.E. (Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment) spearheaded by John Raatz, Jim Carrey and Eckhart Tolle

John Raatz, Eckhart Tolle and JIm Carrey : G.A.T.E.

…and they endeavor to change some of the tendencies in Hollywood that culminate in movies and shows that lower that self-esteem bar.  Basically GATE is trying to raise the bar making Hollywood responsible for what is conveyed in their productions.  Can we tell a good story that people want to see without all the gratuitous sex or stereotypical demography that we now use so wantonly? Can we make an impact without the gratuitous violence?  Can we merely allude to the violence in the story if it is a necessary part of the storytelling?  but not glorify it’s detail? Can we get past using sex and violence as cash cows? and raise our cinema arts to a new level?   Can we tell better stories? and can we tell stories that are more impactful and help us all get along on this tiny blue idiosyncratic planet?  I think so.  And if we do…succeed that is, in making Hollywood just a little less attention starved, we will we have an impact on young children.  We must do this because young kids  are starting to show signs of  the hyper sexualization and adult drama that they encounter everywhere in out society.  A ten year old asking the world if she’s pretty, an eleven year old worried that she’s ‘not hot’.  it’s worrisome.   Endeavor with me.  Eyes on the prize.

Why Egypt’s progressives win


This Youth in Revolt….   Aristotle said, “In democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.”  Clearly the idea of Democracy is a fire in the heart.  It is the call for freedom from the chains of subordination.  It is a call for justice for ALL PEOPLE, not JUST the rich.

It is a call for a level playing field for all people, or at least a demand for a government that works for ALL and endeavors to take care of all of the classes.   The disproportionate wealth in Egypt is obvious and the people will take no more of Mubarak’s policies.

All governments should be reminded that they work for ALL of the people and that they are in power to lead as is a representative entity of the people. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.  The greatest power that a people can have is the power to choose, and this is now what the Egyptians are asserting.  Their power to choose. They choose for Mubarak to step down.

Why Egypt’s progressives win – Opinion – Al Jazeera English.

Women has been at the forefront of the organization of the protests at Tahrir Square.

The Trouble With Milk: 2010 in review – How loud were we?


The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,000 times in 2010. That’s about 7 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 53 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 81 posts. There were 257 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 84mb. That’s about 5 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was December 9th with 66 views. The most popular post that day was “SOUNDS-WEST” The best music in Los Angeles .

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were stumbleupon.com, facebook.com, webmail.aol.com, en.wordpress.com, and WordPress Dashboard.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for the trouble with milk, birth defects pictures, disney female characters, deadmau5, and disney male characters.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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“SOUNDS-WEST” The best music in Los Angeles October 2009
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NCLB and it’s effects on school ‘truancy.’ or…Pearls of Wisdom: “If our American life fails the child, it fails us all.” ~ Pearl S. Buck writer and sometime sha-woman.. March 2010
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Kettleman City – We need another Cesar Chavez. February 2010

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Micachu and the Shapes: Bite your lip, get up and Dance. January 2010

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How the Amelia Bedelia Books SHOULD be titled! October 2009

Remember how we felt? Words About the coming fascism from my father Gil Franco


Note: Although Gil Franco passed away in 2006, it is obvious that we as a country are still dealing with the ‘fascism’ that we were during the reign of ‘King George.’  Read this and ‘remember how we felt.’

Now… think about our current struggle for ‘freedom of speech‘, (Assange, Jeremy Marks, so many others), ‘truth’, (Assange, our war engagement), and ‘transparency.‘ (there are too many examples to place in parenth!)

The ‘slowly, but surely ‘part,  of this essay…was so prescient.

Read on…

Find Gil’s (My dad’s) writing still posted on http://progressivewritersbloc.com

On Sunday March 5 while watching CNN a story appeared that certainly got my attention. It was about a high school teacher in Aurora, Colorado who was suspended (lucky for him, with pay) when he asked his students if they thought there were any similarities between President George W. Bush and Adolph Hitler. (By the way, just Google “Bush Hitler Similarities” and you will find several lengthy lists of similarities various people have compiled.) One of his students, a fifteen year old boy, “just happened” to record this question on his hand held recorder. The teacher, Jay Bennish, did not deny that he asked the question, but he emphasized that he posed his remark as a question, not a statement, in order to stimulate a dialog with his students.

I agree with Mr. Bennish because grappling with controversial issues is supposed to be part of the educational process. A teacher is supposed to get his students to think, isn’t he? Though this incident has been a mere blip on the radar screen, thus far, I find it disturbing (to put it mildly) in the sense that the teacher’s first amendment right (the freedom of speech provision) was violated. Quite frankly this doesn’t surprise me at all. Why? Because this administration has slowly but surely squelched, put down, denied, pressured, or humiliated anyone who disagrees with them. (Hey! That’s a similarity with Hitler right there, isn’t it?) They’re denying us, Americans, our constitutional rights slowly but surely.

What’s almost laughable is that Bush and his partners in crime have the audacity, temerity and unmitigated gall to state (ad nauseam) that they want to spread freedom and democracy around the world while at the same time they’re taking our freedoms away here at home! They must think we’re all just a bunch of brainless morons. Well, I have news for the Bush regime’s boot-lickers and hangers on. There are some of us in this great country of ours who are waking up to the grim reality that confronts us here in the United States of America. There are many of us who do not fall for Bush’s lies, and double talk. We are not part of his so-called base; huge and powerful corporations (foreign and domestic), the oil industry, pharmaceutical firms, the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), Halliburton, etc. Yes, it’s incumbent on those of us who know a con artist when we see one to do everything in our power to stop the theft of our constitutional rights. No one is going to do it for us; it’s up to us. The future is now. Tomorrow will be too late. So let’s stop complaining and start rolling NOW!

Assange latest: “The Truth Shall Set you free.” Why is the U.S. suppressing Freedom of Speech?


Tom Dickinson has nailed it.  He asked, “what would the reaction of America be if we substituted Julian Assange for Bill Keller?”  It would be outrage at the treatment being dealt.  Dickinson’s cut straight to the heart of what is really bugging me the Wikileaks affair on several different levels.   See the article here:  http://tinyurl.com/2epj5z8

First of all, casualties of war or ‘consequences of war’ don’t seem to be such a hard pill for our Government.  They should be, but they aren’t.  Our government openly admits that there are going to be casualties of war on both sides and that we will make Iraq into a democracy even if it kills them….and us.  Do we have a clear plan? Noone’s really sure.  Is it “winnable?”  It doesn’t look like it, and many are saying it is not.  By the way what does “winnable” mean if you’re just supposedly trying to “bring democracy” to a people.  Oh yes, there are those that don’t want us to come in and re-shape things, shave off members of families  because we ‘suspect’ that there’s a member who’s standing in the way of democracy. (Usually those house raids don’t find the right guy), that’s the testimony of several different soldiers.  Yes, I am reading Amy Goodman’s “Breaking the Sound Barrier” I’ll cite the specific articles that these statements come from later in the blog.  We’re talking real testimony from soldiers participating in those raids.  There is testimony all over that book from so many soldiers that say that body counts are wrong.  Very wrong.  The military has it’s own counting system.  They count the way the numbers will look “good” in the media.

Why do we not see coffins coming back to the states?  There was more transparency in our media during the vietnam war!  Why do we not see the costs of war on television?  We basically have a Disney-fied version of our ‘patriotic’ war on television!  When journalists are unembedded, they are free to report on what they see in the places they travel.  They return objective impressions.  Independent to the military view.  Now more than ever we need the truth.  The American people are finally realizing that we are being fed. We are being fed a ‘version’ of the war, an edited war.  What is on the cutting room floor is important.  It is not unlike a movie that has been edited and when the outtakes and other scenes are added, we come away with a completely different story.  What they are leaving out is the sheer increased numbers of dead, the uncountable, the unwanted counts.  They are leaving out the impetus for their deaths on both sides.

The Dalai Lama said that war is outmoded.  …We are so interconnected in our modern world that it does not make sense.  The only sensible tactic when there is discourse it dialogue.  We do not need war anymore.

Julian Assange and his contacts have only unearthed truths.  Be they big or small.  ALL TRUTH IS IMPORTANT.  The United States is afraid of the truth supposedly because it MIGHT cause casualties.  Yes Assange intentionally put truths into the public domain and I applaud him for it.   And by the same token (just turn the coin over), The U.S. is killing people with lies!  and has caused more than 4,000 U.S. casualties alone since waging this war based on lies to the American People.  So who is more dangerous?  The U.S. is branding Assange a terrorist though the consequence of his organizations leak of information has not to date brought death! and the U.S. in instituting a war on lies has brought death.  How is Assange’s ‘war for truth’ that has had no known deaths or casualties, worse than the United States’ war on terror? which has had more than 4,000 deaths and those are just U.S. deaths?  Iraqi deaths number 650,000.  (Terrorist / insurgents / freedom fighters / civil fighters / neighborhood guys and of course innocent men women and children.  If I remember correctly a “terrorist” is one that creates terror and brings death.  So…Is the United States Government more a terrorist organization?

Obama and the others have said (wrongly) that all of the leaked information so far was low level insignificant information, but if then, WHY…the uber-China-Russia-type of man-handling of Assange (and more importantly BRADLEY MANNING) been so gulag-ish? The U.S. clearly sees this information as important.  What is contained? only 4,000 of 190,000 documents have been looked at.  What is the U.S. so afraid of?  Clearly this shows that the truth is even more important than we can imagine.

We can look in part to the Daniel Ellsberg “Pentagon Papers” for a taste of something similar and not find the same reactions from the government.  Why is that?

We can ask about Freedom of the Press, and we can talk about how The Press is the eyes, ears and watchdog of our country, the world and it’s leaders.  This is the entire reason for the existence of the Press!  We can also ask our selves the same questions that Tom Dickenson did in his article for Rolling Stone, which was uploaded or penned? on December 15, 2010.  Tom asks us whether Americans would find the same treatment of Assange unpallatable if it were say….Bill Keller from the NY Times.  I’m not sure there wouldn’t be somewhat of a riot in the streets!~at least in New York and soon spreading from every mouth that believed and spoke about Free speech and Freedom of the Press, not ending until the entire of America was in a national uproar.

The United States’ reaction has been nothing short of Orwelian.  Added to the illogical reaction to Julian Assange’s unearthing of truth documents (whether they be ‘dangerous” – which again they have not yet proved to be), is the inhumane treatment of Bradley Manning.  Manning  is being held in solitary confinement for the last seven months BEFORE being proven guilty.  Certainly….NOT the American way!  What is going on in our country?  Why are we all the people  sleeping?  We should be OUTRAGED and clearly 68% of our country is still quite snowed.  This is a war on truth.  The truth will cost less than the lies and besides we were taught from the day we were born to stand up for the truth. Oh, yah, and there was something else I heard along the way, “the truth shall set you free.”

The short list of some the “sore spots” that have been uncovered by the “Wikileaks” papers.

*Pakistan is funding the Taliban  (Oh yah, we’re giving money to the ISI – the Pakistan guys, so it sure looks like we’re fighting ourselves), in my book that’s a big unearthed and very important truth!

*There are many more innocent women and children being killed in Iraq than the random here and there accidents, even intentional killings.  (this is another important truth! that’s been unearthed!)

*There is video of intentional killings of innocent men, women and children! (see collateral murder), which shows in full audio and video the soldiers fully aware that these were not ‘targets’ and killing them anyway.  Again, to me, these truths are important.  Doing the right thing is important.  Upholding truth and justice used to be our tagline! This is The United States of America! and to me ‘fighting for my country’ means telling the truth and doing the right thing.

*Yes, there is backbiting information between ambassadors calling eachother creeps and whatnot, but why has Obama chosen just to cite THOSE truths and minimize them? He has not spoken to the unearthed collateral damage, or the innocents killed, or the biggie that we may even be fighting against ourselves!  NO WONDER it doesn’t seem winnable!

~Chrissylong

Julian Assange: what is the value of truth?


My husband was making the assertion that Julain Assange of Wikileaks, since he had supposedly succeeded in putting many lives in danger, If not causing potential death in the future as a result of the revelations derived from his leaked documents should at the least be imprisoned. This is the feeling of the U.S. Government and others which has historically used “secret” and “covert” dealings in order to ‘further their objectives around the world’. I understand this. I also understand that these objectives, projects, etc., are supposedly benefit the American people, the economy, or domestic or foreign relations. We have long accepted that this is the case. But should we?

I still am not sure I agree with the opinion that it is wrong to uncover ‘national secrets’ I reserve my opinion because we as a people need to find the answers some philosophical questions about how important truth is, how important ‘secrets’ are, and what are the explicit and excepted reasons we would forgo ‘knowing truth?” is it right to lie, cheat, kill, deceive in order to bring a favorable outcome to a nation of people? Is it right to suppress truth? If it is okay to create, foster and perpetuate war (which we accept will inevitably kill many in it’s very righteous and inevitable path) then why is it not okay to uncover truth at the same costs? We accept our nation’s less than palatable actions of destruction in the interest of ‘supposed greater good’ every day. But why is it NOT okay to uncover TRUTH about these actions for Americans and world citizens if it also will impart some human damage? Uncovering truth is ALWAYS for the greater good. What then is the value of truth? and, how do we as American’s define truth? Is truth also ‘good?’

We the people should be the eyes and ears of our government. We are not. We have been given a small role. A special tunnelvision. We are fed the information on what ‘the issues’ are. We are given ‘the chance’ to vote. But the government is working for us! We should DEMAND a truthful government in all respects. Our forefathers deemed that these “just powers” be derived their powers from the consent of the governed! It’s in black and white (err…sepia and parchment).. in our beloved Declaration of Independence!! We have the power to demand the truth in the same way that the government feels it has the right to impart lies, secrecy and use covert measures in the supposed interest of national or world benefit.

One of the most common life lessons taught to American Children universally is: “the end result DOES NOT justify the means.” What we teach them is ‘the way you get to an outcome must be a noble, correct, fair and impartial endeavor, OR…the end result is corrupt!!!

Shamefully, our government works this age-old adage the opposite way. “If you need a SPECIFIC OUTCOME it DOESN’T MATTER how it is achieved AS LONG AS YOU GET THE DESIRED RESULT !!! We saw this in Guantanamo, we saw this in the video that Mr. Assange’s contacts revealed. (collateral damage in Iraq) and in too many other incidents throughout history.

For these reasons above I believe the condemnation of Mr. Assange should be withheld. Where is the debate? What is the value of truth?

-Chrissylong