- Random yapping would replace chatting or talking.
- “Aye chihuahua” would replace “hello, “hi,”" or “hola” as the official greeting.
- Snorting and sniffling would become socially acceptable – who needs tissues?
- Chihuahua, Mexico would be decreed as world capital.
- Taco Bell would use a chihuahua in all their commercials – oh wait, they already did that.
- Then..Taco Bell would be the world’s only official food provider.
- There would no longer be an energy shortage once we figure out how to bottle their perpetual motion.
- Both sock and toy tug-o-war would become an Olympic events and would be required in all physical education classes.
- Large dogs must bow and/or curtsy to all chihauhuas, while small dogs must salute. Disobedience will not be tolerated!
- Cinco de Mayo would be a worldwide holiday.
- All immigrants would be treated with respect (a welcome change).
- No item of furniture worth sitting and sleeping on would be allowed to be taller than the jumping ability of a chihuahua.
- Winter would be outlawed.
- Hairless would become a status symbol.
- Bulging eyes are decreed a sign of elegance, beauty, and genius.
- Montezuma’s revengewill be inflicted on all naysayer’s and nonconformist’s without mercy.
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Every now and then I hear (or overhear) an offensive comment from someone that irritates the daylights out of me. Late Monday afternoon this happened when a person make the following obnoxious comment:
“It’s getting to be like the intersection of Singapore Street and Calcutta Boulevard around here.”
Really? How very 17th Century of you. Just because people are different, may do things differently than you, or have different opinions, doesn’t mean they are wrong. Nor does that give you any right to be derogatory.
Live and let live. It is the beautifully vast diversity of cultures, people, ideas, art, and beliefs that make living in the college town (and on this planet) so very wonderful.
Sadly, far too many people are trapped in their xenophobic attitudes and have no idea of all the wonderful things they are missing out on. If they would just take a moment, step back, and absorb the amazing wealth of diversity around us, they might learn to cherish all the blessings found on the lovely sphere that we all inhabit.
Posted in civics, civility, Communications, Diversity, gay rights, government, health, human rights, humanity, Immigration, Language, Love, Peace, politics, Poverty, racism, Religion, Sexism, Women, writing, tagged corporations, human rights, humanism, humanity, Love, people on May 20, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
In 2010, the Supreme Court decided in the Citizen United case that corporations are “people.” More recently, I have seen and heard references to people as something other than “people.” I have heard “units” utilized on a television commercial for Colonial Penn Life Insurance and “giving units” at two different churches to describe people who donate to the church. While this may be accounting lingo, I find it very disturbing that corporations are being called “people” while people are being described as “units.”
This may seem innocent to some, but my concern is these subtle alterations slowly but surely dehumanize people into something other than human beings, while raising corporations up to a standard of perception that frankly, they do not deserve. When you dehumanize people, it can be the start of a very slippery slope towards mistreating and disrespecting them. It is much easier to dispose of a “unit” than a “person.” We all know history is littered with the corpses of those poor souls who were dehumanized by their enemies.
To keep humankind from repeating some of history’s lowest moments, it is high time for all of us to re-emphasize our love and respect for ALL of humanity, whether they are our friends, family, neighbors, fellow citizens, or our enemies. Love is life’s greatest gift. It is time for each and every one of us on the planet to start behaving like we appreciate this generous blessing.
Posted in censorship, civics, civility, deregulation, Diversity, Economics, government, health, Homelessness, human rights, humanity, Immigration, Labor, politics, pollution, Poverty, racism, Religion, satire, schools, Sexism, unemployment, tagged Constitution, plutocracy, politics, poor, rich, United States on May 14, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
“We the rich people of the United States, in order to form a more profitable union, establish injustice, insure economic disparity, provide for our own self-defense, promote corporate welfare, and secure the blessings of privilege to ourselves and our own posteriors, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of Scamerica.”
Posted in censorship, charities, civics, civility, Communications, Diversity, Education, Environment, feminism, gay rights, government, Homelessness, human rights, humanity, Immigration, Love, Peace, politics, Poverty, racism, schools, Sexism, volunteerism, Women, tagged activism, government, Love, militarism, peace, Peace Education Center, politics, protest on April 15, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Last night I had the privilege of attending the annual meeting of the Peace Education Center in East Lansing. The energy level among the approximately 50 attendees was inspiring as the membership socialized, shared a potluck supper, celebrated volunteer efforts, heard business reports, listened to informative presentations, and voted on officers. During the meeting, there was a quote stated that I thought was particularly poignant and useful to pass along:
“Sustainable peace is grounded in inner peace.”
As part of the business reports, three were given by task forces that the Peace Education Center is championing. These are:
The Youth Outreach Program conducted an intriguing study in six area high schools. They asked students if they had $1.3 trillion dollars to spend elsewhere than the for the Pentagon, where would they spend it? Below is a chart showing a summary of the answers that came from more than 400 students.
If you live within earshot of Greater Lansing, please consider joining the Peace Education Center. Their continuing efforts towards a more just and equitable society are commendable and should be supported. If you live elsewhere, consider joining a similar group in your community. If no such organization currently exists there, think about starting a new one. I think you will find the effort an uplifting experience for you and your community.
A certain home improvement store has decided to pull its advertisements from a new television show on TLC about a typical Muslim family in America, entitled All–American Muslim. They did this because of some fringe evangelicals from Florida (there’s a surprise – NOT). If the efforts of this evangelical group (Florida Family Association) isn’t blatant religious bigotry, I don’t know what is.
Some of my very best and most trusted friends are Muslim. Frankly, I trust each of them more than many “so-called Christians” who talk one way on Sunday and act a completely different (and sinful) way they rest of the week. These kinds of fringe Christian groups worry me far more than any potential adversary from inside or outside our nation.
Now is the time for all Americans to speak out (loudly) and stop this crapola, before it gets out of hand. Perhaps, if the German populace had spoken out in the 1930s, the horrors that took place in World War II may have been averted. Don’t be an ostrich and hide your head in the sand, speak out against this cowardly action.
How dare this home improvement chain not stand up for basic human rights and American principles of freedom of religion, fairness, free speech, and equal rights. Corporations wanted personhood, so it is time for them to get some backbone and stand up for what is right.
Posted in abortion, civics, civility, Climate Change, deregulation, Diversity, Economy, Environment, feminism, government, Health care, Immigration, Peace, politics, pollution, Poverty, Privatization, unemployment, Women, tagged conservatives, economy, GOP, politics, progressives on November 5, 2011 | 3 Comments »
Thought this poster found on tumblr.com was particularly telling. Didn’t the GOP run in 2010 on jobs and the economy ? Huh, guess its a case of bait and switch. Don’t waste your vote in 2012 on the GOP’s false advertising and hollow promises. They’re full of more b.s. than most sewers.
Congratulations to the Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council and other community sponsors of the Capital City Dragon Boat Race for a very successful inaugural event this weekend in Greater Lansing. I had a great time volunteering and next year plan to be participating as a member of one of the dragon boat racing teams.
Eleven teams with hilarious names like Oar Wars and Dragon Asses participated and from all appearances (including the photo below) were very evenly matched.
Sunday included round-robin races involving all the teams. Great fun was had by volunteers, participants, and the hearty crowd who came to watch. Once again, congratulations to all the organizers for such a successful event.
I had that thought the other day while thinking of a woman I spoke to during my calls for OFA. Laurie has had incredibly poor fortune the past few years. She and her husband both had health emergencies in 2008. Her husband lost his job because of his, and he couldn’t get another one because he was a) illiterate and b) too ill to work. They had to deal with a mess of red tape to get unemployment benefits, which have since run out. Laurie has diabetes and so can’t get private insurance because of a pre-existing condition. Her husband gets about $900 a month in Social Security payments, $650 of which goes to the rent. They have no other income and are struggling to provide for their daughter.
Laurie was obviously lonely and desperate; it was the longest call I’ve had so far because she kept talking and I just didn’t have the heart to hang up. She kept saying “it’s not fair” and I completely agreed with her. Obviously an election more than a year away was not at the top of her list of priorities. I gave her the number for the local United Way hotline and said I honestly believed President Obama had the interests of average people like her at heart when he crafted policy.
It’s because of people like Laurie that I’m involved with the summer program at Organizing for America. It’s because of people like Laurie that I’m trying to get Obama re-elected. We have to lower the unemployment rate and create jobs. We have to raise taxes on the rich to raise revenue and balance the budget. We have to revise our health care laws so people like Laurie and her family don’t fall through the cracks. We have to raise disability payments to a living wage so Laurie isn’t worried about her family ending up hungry and homeless. That’s not the promise America was founded on.
Of course, Republicans are totally opposed to all of the steps outlined above. They seem to care only about the top 1% of fellow millionaires. I presume the Republicans have a similar program in which they recruit volunteers. How do they do that? By appealing to “family values” and “tradition”? By extolling the racism and sexism of the 1950s and refusing to acknowledge a multicultural future? By saying “you, too, can help pollute our nation’s air and water”? By championing massive profits in the oil, financial and health care industries? By criticizing so-called “entitlements” while at the same time benefiting from government subsidies and health care? By bellowing about constitutionality while taking away people’s right to vote? By advocating smaller government while at the same time nosing into the most personal details of women’s medical care? By celebrating all of the old white men in their establishment?
I just honestly can’t imagine what kind of tools they use to get people interested in their party. Obviously those people are out there, what with the success of Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. And certainly Democrats aren’t perfect. We don’t have strong, assertive voices or clear messaging on vital subjects. But I believe more Democrats have more average people’s interests in mind than do Republicans.