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Saturday, March 04, 2006

Told by the Northmen


“So perish the old Gods!
But out of the seas of Time
Rises a new land of song,
Fairer than the old.
Over its meadows green
Walk the young bards and sing.

Build it again,
O ye bards,
Fairer than before!
Ye fathers of the new race,
Feed upon the morning dew,
Sing the new song of love!

The law of force is dead!
The law of love prevails!
Thor, the thunderer,
Shall rule the earth no more,
No more, with threats,
Challenge the meek Christ.

Sing no more
Oh ye bards of the north,
Of Vikings and of Jarls!
Of the days of the Eld
Preserve the freedom only,
Not the deeds of blood”

Written by Longfellow

Two Peas From The Same Pod!

Anti-war campaigners have criticised Tony Blair after he suggested his decision to go to war in Iraq would ultimately be judged by God.

The prime minister told ITV1's Parkinson chat show: "If you believe in God (the judgement) is made by God."

Reg Keys, whose son was killed in Iraq, said Mr Blair was "using God as a get-out for total strategic failure" and his comments were "abhorrent".

But Labour MP Stephen Pound praised Mr Blair for being "painfully honest".

'Right thing'

Mr Blair told Michael Parkinson, in an interview being screened on Saturday, how he had struggled with his conscience when making decisions about a potential war in Iraq.

"When you're faced with a decision like that, some of those decisions have been very, very difficult, most of all because you know... these are people's lives and, in some case, their deaths," he said.

"The only way you can take a decision like that is to try to do the right thing according to your conscience."



He said: "I think if you have faith about these things, then you realise that that judgement is made by other people... and if you believe in God, it's made by God as well."

When asked if he had prayed to God on the matter, he replied: "I don't want to get into that...but yeah, of course, you struggle with your own conscience about it... in the end, you do what you think is the right thing."

Red Caps killed

Mr Keys, who stood in the 2005 General Election as an anti-war candidate in Mr Blair's constituency of Sedgefield, said religion had nothing to do with the Iraq war.

"And the people who will be his judge is not God, it will be the families of the bereaved British soldiers and it will be the families of the bereaved innocent Iraqis who have all been slaughtered in this totally unnecessary conflict."

Mr Keys' son, Lance Corporal Tom Keys, was one of six Red Caps killed by an Iraqi mob in Majar Al-Kabir in June 2003.

Mr Keys, the founder of campaign group Military Families Against The War, said going to war had been a "catastrophic political blunder".

He accused Mr Blair of "jumping on the same bandwagon" as US President George W Bush, who has claimed that he decided to invade Iraq because he was on a "mission from God".

"Are we really seeing over 100 coffins coming back (to the UK) because God told him (Mr Blair) to go to war?"

Rose Gentle, whose son Gordon was killed in Basra in 2004, said: "A good Christian wouldn't be for this war. "I'm actually quite disgusted by the comments. It's a joke."

'Reluctant'

Dr Evan Harris, a Liberal Democrat MP and honorary associate of the National Secular Society, said Mr Blair's comments were "bizarre" and warned against politicians making "references to deity" in public life.

BBC political correspondent Terry Stiasny said: "Tony Blair was very reluctant to actually say that he did pray to God about these decisions, and it's a reluctance we've often seen in Tony Blair in the past when it comes to talking about his own private religious faith...

"This is the nearest we've seen for some time of Tony Blair admitting a little bit that his actions were guided by his own private religious faith."

Mr Pound told BBC Two's Newsnight that Mr Blair was being "painfully honest" and, as he would not be seeking re-election as prime minister, his comments should be taken as apolitical.
"If this was anything to do with trying to appeal to the electorate, he wouldn't be so excruciatingly honest," he said.

"If he was trying to go that awful American route of guns, gods and gays and try to link politics to religion, then he wouldn't be doing it this way."

Parkinson, ITV1, 2155 GMT on Saturday, 4 March

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4773124.stm

Friday, March 03, 2006

Goddess Spell of Three


Color of the day: Pink
Incense of the day: Ginger

The third day of the third month is a powerful day with the magical energies of the number three. This year, this day falls on a Friday, the day dedicated to Venus, making it an especially auspicious day for feminine energy. Dedicate a short ritual today to your unique Goddess energy. On your altar, place three candles; one white to represent the maiden, one red to represent the mother, and one black to represent the crone, and form a triangle.

Ask yourself: What do you have that sets you apart from others? Think about how you respond to situations and how diverse your talents and emotions are. Your blend of qualities is an outcome of your dark and light sides. Your Goddess make-up is a unique tapestry made up of several archetypes arranged in varying quantities and combinations. Dare to be different, because you are! Celebrate that unique combination that is you!

By: Emely Flak

* Message From America *

"..Yo- dudes- look- the American people are waking up.
Please do not hate our nation, because of our government- they do not represent us. If we had a parliamentary system, this government would be out on it's ear, tomorrow. There are millions of US citizens who are working, everyday, to fix this situation- just give us a bit more time.

We're still a VERY young country, But we're learning, everyday. Lend us your faith, and we will lend you our solidarity.
To my fellow Americans- it's time to drive the nails home- give no quarter... Pursue, fight, and persevere."

A Cheering message from http://www.ericblumrich.com/

Thank goodness!

I found this on http://isamericaburning.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Mardi Gras ~ Fat Tuesday ~



Country singer Willie Nelson performed a Mardi Gras tradition by throwing beads to revellers.

The Secret People

Smile at us, pay us, pass us; but do not quite forget;
For we are the people of England, that never have spoken yet.
There is many a fat farmer that drinks less cheerfully,
There is many a free French peasant who is richer and sadder than we.
There are no folk in the whole world so helpless or so wise.
There is hunger in our bellies, there is laughter in our eyes;
You laugh at us and love us, both mugs and eyes are wet:
Only you do not know us. For we have not spoken yet.

The fine French kings came over in a flutter of flags and dames.
We liked their smiles and battles, but we never could say their names.
The blood ran red to Bosworth and the high French lords went down;
There was naught but a naked people under a naked crown.
And the eyes of the King's Servants turned terribly every way,
And the gold of the King's Servants rose higher every day.
They burnt the homes of the shaven men, that had been quaint and kind,
Till there was no bed in a monk's house, nor food that man could find.
The inns of God where no man paid, that were the wall of the weak.
The King's Servants ate them all. And still we did not speak.

And the face of the King's Servants grew greater than the King:
He tricked them, and they trapped him, and stood round him in a ring.
The new grave lords closed round him, that had eaten the abbey's fruits,
And the men of the new religion, with their bibles in their boots,
We saw their shoulders moving, to menace or discuss,
And some were pure and some were vile; but none took heed of us.
We saw the King as they killed him, and his face was proud and pale;
And a few men talked of freedom, while England talked of ale.

A war that we understood not came over the world and woke
Americans, Frenchmen, Irish; but we knew not the things they spoke.
They talked about rights and nature and peace and the people's reign:
And the squires, our masters, bade us fight; and scorned us never again.
Weak if we be for ever, could none condemn us then;
Men called us serfs and drudges; men knew that we were men.
In foam and flame at Trafalgar, on Albuera plains,
We did and died like lions, to keep ourselves in chains,
We lay in living ruins; firing and fearing not
The strange fierce face of the Frenchmen who knew for what they fought,
And the man who seemed to be more than a man we strained against and broke;
And we broke our own rights with him. And still we never spoke.

Our patch of glory ended; we never heard guns again.
But the squire seemed struck in the saddle; he was foolish, as if in pain,
He leaned on a staggering lawyer, he clutched a cringing Jew,
He was stricken; it may be, after all, he was stricken at Waterloo.
Or perhaps the shades of the shaven men, whose spoil is in his house,
Come back in shining shapes at last to spoil his last carouse:
We only know the last sad squires rode slowly towards the sea,
And a new people takes the land: and still it is not we.

They have given us into the hand of new unhappy lords,
Lords without anger or honour, who dare not carry their swords.
They fight by shuffling papers; they have bright dead alien eyes;
They look at our labour and laughter as a tired man looks at flies.
And the load of their loveless pity is worse than the ancient wrongs,
Their doors are shut in the evening; and they know no songs.

We hear men speaking for us of new laws strong and sweet,
Yet is there no man speaketh as we speak in the street.
It may be we shall rise the last as Frenchmen rose the first,
Our wrath come after Russia's wrath and our wrath be the worst.
It may be we are meant to mark with our riot and our rest
God's scorn for all men governing. It may be beer is best.
But we are the people of England; and we have not spoken yet.
Smile at us, pay us, pass us. But do not quite forget.


by G.K.Chesterton

Monday, February 27, 2006

Baghdad Burning

Baghdad Burning

... I'll meet you 'round the bend my friend, where hearts can heal and souls can mend...

Monday, February 27, 2006

Volatile Days...
http://riverbendblog.blogspot.com/

The Sacred Run


The Sacred Run is now in New Mexico, in the "Reflections from the Road" page from the Sacred Run Website we can learn why people are running Marcus Atkinson writes:

"We all know that the political situation throughout the world is getting worse and worse by the day, and that this is leading to environmental destruction and wars around the world, spirituality has become just a business for the majority of the worlds religions, drugs and alcohol are destroying the lives of youth and families everywhere, and in the future world peace will become less and less unlikely unless we can all come together NOW and work for change.

Sacred Run is what first opened my eyes to a much larger world, and led me to many other organizations doing similar things. I am honored to be back on Sacred Run again, with lots of old friends who took the time to teach me so much when I was first getting involved in the struggle, and also opened my life up to spirituality and a belief that WE can make change.

We must go further than just talking about the changes that need to happen, we need to take action, to connect with more and more people, and to create ways for more people to become actively involved in creating Peace and making social change. Only a true sense of spirituality can make it possible for us to stop destroying the environment, and stop us from taking advantage of other people lives and be more concerned with the welfare of EVERYONE instead of just thinking of ourselves.

I will continue to do this for as long as I can walk or run, to honor all those who have given everything, including there lives and their freedom. To become spiritually stronger myself and to help keep the movement for peace and social change alive."

Roger Straw writes:

"Soooo, anyway..... Next time I’m sleeping on a hard gymnasium floor, or feeling the wind burn my face, or freezing, or staying up late to plan tomorrow's route for the Sacred Walkers, I will remind myself that pain and endurance is sometimes redemptive. The gifts of self-neglect we give the world bear fruit. We pay the price, and the fruit is often invisible, a thing of Spirit, a light breeze against the powers that be, but a breeze that sometimes mysteriously joins with the breezes of others in the struggle, and becomes a mighty wind that blows to the Four Directions, and makes the Circle one again. That’s my prayer with every step on today’s journey."

Dennis Banks writes:

"..Our voices need to be heard and we have a message: All Life is Sacred."


http://www.sacredrun.org/Blog/reflections.html

Route, schedule and progress on the road

http://www.sacredrun.org/Route&Schedule.html

The Sacred Run is asking for donations, this is a long run and Runners are taking time out from their every day lives so every donation will be much appreciated, I'm sure.

http://www.redhotpromotions.com/id99.htm

Or if you live close to the route why not join in? The Web site says:

"Because we are receiving a tremendous amount of requests to assist the Run, we are welcoming and allowing new runners and walkers to join us. But you must provide your own transportation and be financially independent. No drugs, alcohol or weapons. If you are on prescription drugs, we must know what it is and what it is for. Check out our Route and Schedule, and write us an email to let us know when you will join us, where, and for how long. "

http://www.sacredrun.org/

Sunday, February 26, 2006

~ The Children Of Iraq Have Names ~

THE CHILDREN OF IRAQ HAVE NAMES
Chorus: The children of Iraq have names
The children of Iraq have names
They must not be collateral damage
The children of Iraq have names
repeat Chorus
The children of Iraq have beautiful faces
They are not the faceless ones
The children of Iraq have hearts that pound
When they run and dance and play
The children of Iraq have many dreams
They are not the dreamless ones
The children of Iraq have twinkling eyes
They are quick and lively with their laughter
repeat Chorus
The children of Iraq have hopes and fears
They want to grow and live and love
The children of Iraq have smiles and tearsJ
ust like you and me
[SPOKEN: (Please repeat each name aloud)]
The children of Iraq have names
Call them Omar
Call them Mohamed
Call them Fahad
Call them Marwa
Call them Tibya
Call them by their names
but never call them statistics of war.
From Raging Grannies
More here:

Which Flower are You

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You are a Lily:
You are graceful, gentle, calm, and pure and
perhaps a little shy (though your shyness is
part of your charm). You are a very honorable
person who always wants to do the right
thing. Your calm attitude has a soothing
effect on others.
Symbolism: The lily has long been used as a symbol
of majesty, honor, chastity, and purity of
heart.

Which Flower are You?
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