The Cathedral Bells Toll For A More Equitable World

During this very month of August, back in 1619, two slave ships transported more than 30 African women and men from the area now known as Angola. Once they arrived in North America, they were promptly sold into servitude when bereft of conscience, English colonists paid for them with food and supplies.

On this very Sunday at 3:00 p.m. EDT, Washington National Cathedral’s Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith plans to ring their 12-ton Bourdon Funeral Bell. Said he…

“400 years after the first slaves were brought to this continent against their will, we ring it to both honor and recognize their strength in the face of injustice and dehumanization, and to work toward a better, more just and more equitable world moving forward.”

From my perspective, I deem it necessary to expand this memorial… to honor… to never forget… the estimated 600,000 more slaves who followed them… as well as the the 37+ Million African-Americans who, even today, in ways both subtle and flagrant, have never been, truly, fully liberated… have never, actually, achieved racial parity.

Other American houses of worship, nationwide, also plan to ring their bells today… and as my local NPR radio affiliate reports… some of them plan to extend Rev. Hollerith’s duration from one minute to four. In other words…

1 minute = 100 years / 4 minutes = 400 years

On a technical note: The above video’s total time = 19:28. That breaks down in this manner…

0:00 thru 4:02 = bells / 4:02 to 15:25 = songs / 15:25 thru 19:28 = more bells (4 more minutes)

How long you choose to listen and meditate is a decision I totally leave up to you. I am posting this video some two hours earlier than the 3:00 p.m. designated start time because I know it will take time for folks to find my site.

My parting sentiment…

The denial of human dignity, freedom and equality was… still is… and shall forever be a crime against humanity.

 

 

 

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ICE’d Over Kids ~ 1 Quick Limerick #070

The fake prez prolife claim? Fake news! Effing Lie!
He oft will ICE over downtrodden small fry,
Watch that aberrant tyrant,
Tear Gas / cage children, migrant,
And heartlessly make them cry / get sick and die!

 

 

 

 

 

The 9/11 Prez’s Stench Rendered Naïve Voters Nose Blind

 

Let’s rehash George W. Bush… the 9/11 “prez”. For starters, his very rise to power hinged upon his mouthpieces and handlers successfully corrupting 5 of the 9 SCOTUS judges… coercing them into denying his opponent, Al Gore, what should’ve been the mandatory, statewide recount of the disputed Florida ballots.

In the end, W wound up stealing the 2000 elections… cheating his way into the Oval Office. The glaring irony… he had never actually wanted the presidency. He had amply demonstrated his disinterest by turning a blind eye to his 08/06/2001 Presidential Daily Briefing’s figurative, flashing red lights… a deaf ear to the accompanying, figurative, high decibel klaxons. What part of that PDB’s headline “Bin Laden Determined To Strike in US” did he not comprehend?

That spot-on, invaluable intel had forewarned W of the imminent hijackings five full weeks before they went down. Why the hell… at the very least… had he not beefed up airport security?

OK… in all fairness… it’s totally possible such an effort would’ve proven insufficient to prevent 9/11. Nonetheless, he should’ve tried. But, instead, W went on vacation… and after a mere seven months into his first term.

And so, his slacking off allowed the jets to crash into the twin towers, five sided architecture and rural real estate… caused nearly 3,000 needless deaths. And so, he was caught with his commander in chief trousers down… staring into the cameras… caught in their unforgiving glare like the proverbial, dazed deer caught in the headlights.

At that point, his in a tizzy spin doctors and image consultants went into damage control mode to beef / stiffen up his flaccid, unpresidential image. Yep, they were already thinking way ahead towards his ’04 reelection campaign. To that end, they’d begun to mutate their little boy W into “The Boy Wonder”… the “blood and guts”, “rampaging”, “superhero” persona he never had and never would. He’d order US troops to pointlessly rampage into Afghanistan and Iraq… to bomb the crap out of them… to commit crimes against humanity such as the waterboarding / torturing of their captured POWs… to permit Osama bin Laden to flee.

And, as if that weren’t bad enough, already, W collaborated with US Congressmen to bulldoze and bury the US Constitution… to gut that once hallowed, Founding Father penned document of any promises that’d “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity”

W’s legacy… He became an un-convicted war criminal and bank robber. He needlessly rolled out the tanks and tanked out the economy. He militarily splattered the red blood and monetarily splattered the red ink.

To keep it real… statistically, W blew away one million humans and blew one trillion bucks fighting his no-win, never-win war on terror.

All that had actually accomplished was to set the Republican, presidential expectations bar low. In other words… if the majority of American voters could put up with the stench of George W. Bush, they could easily go nose blind to the far worse stench of Donald J. Trump.

The End!

 

Dirty Harry’s Holocaust

 

Something I’ll never be able to fathom is how the post-Hiroshima, Harry S. Truman could see the death and destruction he had inflicted upon humanity and, yet, rage onward into Nagasaki… how the post Nagasaki Truman might’ve even said to himself, “What a good little boy am I!”

Only a sociopathic flesh peddler would ever have the audacity to rationalize that the wholesale slaughter of 90,000–146,000 souls in Hiroshima (08/06/1945) AND 39,000–80,000 souls in Nagasaki (08/09/1945) was somehow, someway justifiable???

True… technically speaking… Truman’s WMD had prevented Hitler from developing / detonating his own nuclear WMD. But, it’s impossible to see much difference between these two sickos when neither of them had any qualms about frying humanity.

Little doubt, delusional Harry believed he was nuking on behalf of a noble cause. But would not delusional ‘Dolf have believed the same thing? To fight nukes with nukes to save the world? It’d be a hard sell to convince the hapless, helpless “survivors” that such a madman ruled world is even worth saving.

True… technically speaking… in the wake of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, WW-II did come to an end. But, did it REALLY end? Did anyone ever ACTUALLY win? Once the radioactive dust had settled we were… still are… left with only one, inescapable truth.

Truman’s Two Nukes Did Not Make One Right!

All that micro-brained “prez” had truly accomplished was the establishment of “mushroom envy” amongst the other micro-brained world “leaders” of that era… and every other era ever since. He ushered in a never-ending, global, nuclear arms race, which even now… especially now… the current, micro-brained, “prez” taps into, revels in and escalates (one Tweet / one soundbite at a time).

If/when we, the 21st century nuclear pawns, experience Dirty Donny’s nuclear war, it’d be a misnomer to call it WW-III. In reality, it’d be the resumption Dirty Harry’s 1945 nuclear holocaust.

It’s not too late to put Harry S. Truman, on trial for his crimes against humanity and (posthumously) bring him to justice.

 

An Ideological Wardrobe Malfunction ~ Vid of the Day

In her attempt to hang up her husband’s figurative(?) white hood, white robe and brown shirt… FLOTUS Melania Trump flew off to Texas today to tour an immigration detention center. Call this her efforts to “make nice” along the U.S. / Mexico border on behalf of her husband, who… in all likelihood… neither actually feels remorse nor any particular need to heal the deep emotional wounds he’s inflicted upon young children and their mommies and daddies.

However, her good deed lost some of its sorely needed positive impact. You see, the First Lady wound up experiencing an ideological wardrobe malfunction. Emblazoned on the back of her jacket… for all the world to see… were the words…

“I Really Don’t Care, Do U?”

White House East Wing communications director Stephanie Grisham responded thusly…

“It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message. After today’s important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn’t going to choose to focus on her wardrobe.”

For the record… I do believe Ms. Trump to be a far more decent and compassionate person than her husband. As such, that makes Ms. Grisham’s explanation believable… BUT

To say the least… this unfortunate incident could not have happened at a worse time.

To say the most… folks… I do question my objectivity in this matter. Ever since I got my firsthand glimpse of that mournfully crying, devastated, needlessly detained, immigrant child, I’ve been an emotional basket case. No normal person could ever eyewitness the embodiment of Donald Trump’s inhumanity to humankind without feeling consumed by profound sorrow and outrage.

To say a bit more… as is true with most of us… in our lifetimes most of us have suffered through UNAVOIDABLE incidents of separation anxiety. In my own case, I can still recall two specific events vividly… even though they occurred six decades ago (I’ve reblogged the two relevant passages from my 06/05/2018 blog and they’ll appear, below, as an addendum to this blog).

My apologies now go out to Ms. Trump for dragging her into this blog. BUT, since she IS attempting to soothe the worldwide outrage and since I am one person out of 7+ Billion souls in need of her therapy, I’d tend to think she’d understand my need to vent… especially since my criticism is focusing, primarily, upon her husband. That duly noted…

My one and only (mild) critique of Ms. Trump is that she should’ve been more careful. Or… at the very least why couldn’t one… MAYBE JUST ONE… White House staffer have noticed and taken her aside to suggest a change of wardrobe prior to her having gone out in public?

BUT… considering the YUGE [sic] cast of disreputable, slimy characters swimming in the deep end of today’s White House swamp… many of them personally handpicked by Donald… who among these deplorables would’ve ever found that “I Really Don’t Care, Do U?” jacket message even remotely off-putting? Not caring IS their very way of life. Indeed… they’ve based their entire careers upon not giving a F about anything that truly matters.

In fact… most of them would’ve been far more likely to take the First Lady aside to high-five her on her way out the door!

 

ADDENDUM / REBLOG:

As a four-year-old I had needed surgery. Even though my folks had tried their very best to emotionally prepare me for my upcoming operation / hospitalization, on the day of my admission, those white uniformed strangers had so frightened me… so worried me that their plans included FOREVER taking me away from my parents that… en route to my assigned room… I actually threw up in the corridor.

As a six-year-old, I can recall how a long distance phone call had totally turned my little world upside-down. My maternal grandma had died and… there being insufficient funds to buy all four of us tickets… Mom would be attending the funeral service alone. While Dad, Sis and I waved our bus station good-byes, my heart sank and tears flowed. No amount of my father’s repeated, daylong assurances could convince me that I’d ever see my Mom again. Even though Dad… in his new role as head chef… had prepared us a tasty supper and I hadn’t eaten a morsel since Mom had served breakfast… with my stomach tied in emotional knots… I didn’t eat much.

 

 

 

Relighting America’s Beacon ~ Vid of the Day

 

Programming the human brain is not unlike programming a computer…

Garbage IN = Garbage OUT

Even though the un-American, fake prez has a head that’s akin to a massive landfill… a wasteland overloaded with ideological garbage… he’s still fully aware of that above equation. As a garbageman / programmer his singularity of purpose is to install malware… e.g., his zero tolerance immigration policy.

He ceaselessly exploits / plays into his constituents’ preexisting unreasonable and unfounded prejudices and phobias. And just prior to clicking onto “restart”… just to further fan the flames of their racial bias and fears of cultural differences… his programming also involves his BOGUS claim that undocumented immigrants are “stealing” employment opportunities from Americans.

Hmmm… let’s update our minds, instead, with the installation of this reality based “software” (version 6.20)…

Job loss is far more about bad business practices such as the upward redistribution of wealth, outsourcing and automation… far more about bad governance, which perpetuates the abysmal status quo… e.g. the sky high cost of higher education.

In the end, our undereducated society is ill prepared / ill equipped to apply for and fill the high tech and highly specialized job openings of the 21st century.

In short… it’s far easier for reckless businessmen and feckless, elected leaders to blame illegal immigrants than to offer up meaningful societal changes. To further clarify this, let’s also install this IF/THEN scenario…

IF avaricious CEOs (playing out their real life game of Monopoly) weren’t demanding exorbitant annual salaries and obscene perks… IF they truly believed in providing pleasant working conditions and paying a living wage / offering vital benefits to each and every industrious, average Jane and Joe worker… IF affordable college education and vocational training were both readily available…

THEN a symbiotic relationship would develop between labor and management…THEN full employment would become possible… THEN poverty would be eradicated… THEN immigrants would be welcomed… THEN political, emotional, ideological and national boundary lines would first blur… next vanish… THEN a genuinely global society / community could bloom and flourish.

THEN Neil Diamond’s America would become far, Far, FAR more than exquisitely delivered, pride inspiring song lyrics. As I type… as you read the final four lines of this post… keep in mind this song’s repeated, spirited, joyous rallying chants of “TODAY!”

 

Let’s restart our minds! “TODAY!”
Let’s restart our search for benevolent leadership! “TODAY!”
Let’s restart America! “TODAY!”
Let’s restart our entire World! “TODAY!”

 

 

The Day America Died! God Where Are You?

Donald Trump’s execution of his zero tolerance immigration policy involves the needless, inexcusable and unforgivable traumatization of the young children, who the U.S. Border Patrol guards have been capturing and detaining along the U.S. / Mexico border.

How is it even possible for the prez to so easily flip off the sorrowful sobbing of children… to be oblivious to their repeated, anguished pleas to be reunited with their their mommies and daddies?

Doubtlessly the prez’s heartlessness is a deadly contagion which has infected his underlings… his calloused, inhumane, “just following orders” concentration camp guards. We can hear one of them equating his young detainees’ wailing to a symphony in need of a conductor. It even sounds as if he finds all the misery he’s been inflicting to be amusing.

OMG! Please don’t tell us that such mournful sounds are music to his ears… to Jeff Sessions’ ears… to Donald Trump’s ears…

 

Did it ever occur to the “prez” that it is well within his power and purview to fire off one of his Executive Orders? In less time that it’d take to post one of his incoherent Tweets, he could scribble out four lucid words, “LEAVE MIGRANT FAMILIES INTACT!” Upon signing on the dotted line, he could… in a heartbeat… put an end to all of HIS indefensible child abuse.

 

But, even were he able to ever relocate and reclaim his mind, heart and soul… it’ll be too little… to late for some.

 

What’s to become of the children who’ve already been severely traumatized and psychologically damaged for life?

What’s to become of their similarly affected mothers and fathers?