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125 posted 01-05-2005 10:15 PM       View Profile for Mistletoe Angel   Email Mistletoe Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Mistletoe Angel's Home Page   View IP for Mistletoe Angel

********Wednesday, January 5, 2005********

Wild Pom-Pom Caprice On Circuit

Feliz Nuevo Ano! Hope all of out there had the most merriest Christmas and a first happy four days to this new year! Now, along with kicking off the New Year with my first entry of 2005, we also kick off Page 6! Wooooooooo!

I’ve never been much for making resolutions each New Years Day, as I just find you should just go with the flow in embracing life and let each long-term resolution, the daydreams of each Saturday morning, wishes, and wildest fantasies bleed together in living color like your Electric Rainbow Windows Media Player visualation. But I do know what I really want and aspire for. As naturally as I want a relationship to grow with some girl I may meet real soon, perhaps even the girl of my dreams, I really hope to go on my first date this year, as well as kick off my band project. Hey, even better, wouldn’t it be great if I found a beautiful girl this year who also became a co-vocalist in my band project? Who said having another vocalist of the opposite sex in the same band is no longer in fashion? Jefferson Airplane had Grace Slick. Damien Rice has Lisa Hannigan. The Apples in Stereo always trade off vocalists. (sigh) Sharing a microphone with a girl on stage truly would be a supersonic kiss to anyone’s cheek!

For those of you who are wondering what direction exactly I’m taking my rock and roll to have an idea what it will sound like when finally accessible to you all, well, I’m absolutely in love with the power pop genre. Generally you’re influenced by all you listen too, and for a person like me who’s never been happier and felt sexier in all my life, it’s the uplifting, electric power-pop pulse that always keeps my heart beating loud. I want my vocals to sound like have a battery under my tongue and a ’67 Vox AC-30 plugged to my heartstrings. Piqued with the caprice of Jellyfish and The Oohs, the psychedelic hairpin of the B-52’s and The Posies, frizzed with the atomic bubblegum zing of The Apples In Stereo and Teenage Fanbase, basted in the juices of my favorite influences such as Sun Sawed 1/2 , the JTG Implosion and New Pornographers, and finally apple-cheeked with worldly influences all across the format. I got a bongo for Christmas and I have been implanting my poetic whimsy to the heartbeat of percussion like some mad hippy scientist. (giggles) So basically I am still working to see it the sound is friendly to the cultural dernier cri, but also fresh and, most importantly, whimsical lipstick to each listener, as smiles are contagious and I believe the music industry could use far more of a smile. They need to smile like they mean it!



Speaking of rock and roll, Puffy AmiYumi rock! Yep, you may have heard OF them, but say Hi Hi to Puffy AmiYumi, Japan’s pop goddesses, who I believe are destined to be a major success story internationally 2005. I’ve been hooked to their new cartoon series on Cartoon Network, “Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi”. The show is Ami and Yumi in animated form, featuring all their great bubblegum power pop, touring the world in their continued dream job to keep rocking the world off its axis. Ami and Yumi are cute, talented, and sexy, with Yumi a hard-rocking chick who has a true rock and roll attitude and a deadpan delivery, and Ami the more optimistic, happy-go-lucky girl with strawberry pom-pom hair and lets rainbows guide her on the road. Of course, as it is with most rock bands on their tour busses, each trip can be quite an adventure, with their short, fesity manager Kaz, who is their manager, promoter, bus driver, and kind of a godfather to them, though he also can be a lil’ mischievious and money-obsessed and often get the girls into off-the-map trouble and all kinds of nutty endorsements. (giggles) Anyway, I’ve really been getting into their music lately. I got their soundtrack for the cartoon, as well as “An Illustrated History”. “True Asia”, “Wild Girls On Circuit” and “K2G” have put a cherry cola virus in my playlist! Holy Chapatsu! (giggles) You want some Inari with your seven deities of good fortune? You go girls, rock on, Planet Tokyo!



Hey, I may very well like go Konami in some of my tracks! (skips about like a disco octopus on my intuitive dance mat) Yep, a lil’ Rock Rock Revolution is in my head each and every day! Tuck in that spectrum between my loose fingers after revving up some asanas, flare up that guitar on fire with one loud down stroke, then sugar-coat it with a dance revolution of beats, arpeggios and melodic feedback. While I still don’t have a girl in my life, rock and roll is my ultimate love affair. So the guitars will be all tuned up and loud, but will also be fun-loving and melodic!

I’m also happy to report I’m pursuing acting again. After almost a three-year hiatus from the performing arts since playing Leonato in “Much Ado About Nothing” before graduating as valedictorian from Denver Academy, I am taking TA 101, Theater Appreciation, this term, and am looking to audition in the next production on Portland State campus. My sister, too, after finding dissatisfaction with criminal justice studies, is looking into acting now as well, and I am cheering her on very much. I went to all her high school productions and sat in the front roll in most of them and I indeed believe she can do anything she sets her heart to!

Sometimes some of you question my happiness when saying I often write really serious responses in the Alley thread that are political and rather worrisome. The fact is, personally, I am happy, but after all, I’m not the victim in much of what’s happening in the world right now. I’m not a victim of the proposed gay marriage ban that I believe will spell out inequality in this nation if allowed. I’m not a victim of the Muslim population who many feel an increasing resentment toward and believe their civil rights should be restricted by the U.S government. I’m not a victim of the war in Iraq physically. I’m no victim to much of these problems, but I believe everyone deserves the right to be happy and free and I feel it would be selfish for me not to commit myself to honoring their rights and I would be betraying their potential happiness in silence. You can be happy and be concerned and sympathetic to others without being disingenuous. Same like I said before that protesting is a form art and I don’t find it disingenuous to flash a smile when doing so.

Some say when protesting I kind of give off this “Lindsay Lohan vibe” (giggles) I really loved her in “Mean Girls”, that has got to be my favorite comedy of 2004. I understand when anyone is all over the tabloids, or anyone is frequently indulged to their breasts being 100% real that it usually strikes you as someone who is pretentious or so, but I do sympathize with Lindsay and believe she means well. I mean, her parents Michael and Diana just got divorced three weeks ago after Michael was sentenced to seek treatment at an in-patient alcohol and substance abuse facility. How would any typical person feel in that situation? I would be devastated, and especially when you’re still a teenage girl and the whole world is revolving around you, you’ve got to respect it’s a difficult time for any girl, and especially difficult for some brave soul like Lindsay. Besides, who wouldn’t be sick and tied of all those rumors thrown at you like croquet balls? So, I’m not quite sure where that comparison came from, but I do have that sassy side to me that just wants to have fun and make the scene, and I do take that as a compliment. Lindsay does have quite that yummy face too, doesn’t she? Lindsay is cool to me and I think she’s more of a cute girl than a mean girl! Kisses to her and her drama queen stamina!



Here’s to the new year! “Anything is possible...Hi-Hi Puffy Ami Yumi show...Hi Hi Puf...”. (giggles) What do they put in that miso soup?

Current Mood: (Happy)

Love,
Noah Eaton



"You'll find something that's enough to keep you
But if the bright lights don't receive you
You should turn yourself around and come back home" MB20
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********Friday, January 21, 2005********



Yellow Curry Distress Call

Oh-see-yoh! Today, we go through another day in the first month of this new year, as well as the first full day after Bush's inauguration for his second term. Everyone by know should know my positioning, as I can't say I'm thrilled at all of this happening and oppose a majority of his policies, but I wish no ill will to this man and hope these next four years not just Bush, but every one of us alike, can work to bring this nation back together and unite it once again.

61% said in a CNN poll that they find it inappropriate that protests should happen on the day of the Inauguration. Alicat pondered respect vs. dissent in a new Alley thread yesterday, which I offered my input on. So indeed it may have you wondering, "So, if you truly believe we all must make an effort to re-unite the country, wouldn't protesting yesterday be, rather, the opposite attitude?"

Indeed there was quite a diverse flavor of citizens skipping work and ditching school to attend the day-long protests in Portland yesterday, with diverse ranges of messages on their signs and banners. Some were there with signs like "War is Terrorism" (I believe that) and "When the rich start a war, who pays the price?". Others with signs saying, "Our dreams will never fit in their ballot boxes" and "51% is Not a Mandate" (also true). Some used religious messages such as "What does the Lord require of you? To do justly (be fair), love mercy (be kind), walk humbly (be teachable) with Thy God" (from Misah 6-8). Some leaned to the manipulations and lies of the administration with signs reading "Real Eyes Realize Real Lies" and "Tell Us The Truth". Others were more extreme with signs reading "Fascism Has Come To America" and "End This Fascist Government" while others preferred to be gentle, such as with my Martin Luther King Jr. quotation banner and "Peace is Possible". College students, feminists, environmentalists, families, homeless citizens, even children, were all out there, from the Portland State Anti-Inauguration Carnival outside the Smith Center at SW Park and Montgomery, to the all-day Peace Vigil at Terry Schrunk Plaza at 3rd and Madison featuring lines of Tibetan prayer flags honoring all the 1,359 U.S troops that have died in battle as well as wishes from the community, along with live music from the Fallen Angel Choir, a group of four women who write hilarious satirical political lyrics using already popular songs as melodies, and multiple speakers, including myself, to the Code Pink Tin Foil Hat Inagaural Parade at the MLK Convention Center, which the tin foil represents something they want to send to the Bush administration to offer the troops as some sort of protection, to the huge rally of between 2,000-5,000 that gathered at Burnside and Park Avenue at 3:30 and marched all across Portland for multiple hours, from the Broadway Marriott Hotel which has been the primary gathering place for Republicans in celebration of big significant events, to the Oregonian headquarters, which is so influenced on the corporate media and fails to print the messages of progressives and social struggles, to the Forest Service Regional Headquarters.

Now, there were some out there protesting in belief Bush stole yet another election with the Diebold machines and Kenneth Blackwell Ohio's Katherine Harris and all, but unlike the first time, I believe Bush was democratically elected this time around (maybe not completely since Gore should have been the incumbent candidate in 2004) and he won fair and square, even when I do believe there was voter suppression and irregularities that must be taken seriously.

The purpose in protesting on this second Inauguration of Bush was clearly because Bush declared his election victory as a "mandate". 51% is NOT a mandate. According to the dictionary, a mandate is “a command or an authorization given by the political electorate to its representatives.”. Perhaps because the definition doesn't imply what percentage specifies a mandate status, this is why this argument is even being made. But consider the following.

About 76 million Americans didn't even vote. That's about 16 million more than all those who voted Bush. Besides that, John Kerry got more votes than any other Democratic challenger in history (over 57 million) and when 49% vote otherwise, that puts an election within the margin of error percentage-wise. Over 57 million is a record for those who voted NOT to vote for someone.

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Besides that:

* Bush's 54% percentage of electoral votes is the lowest for any incumbent running for re-election since Woodrow Wilson.

* He won with the lowest percentage of the popular vote (51%) of any incumbent running for re-election since Truman (Clinton doesn't count because Perot was a more challenging third-party candidate than Thurmond and Wallace were in 1948).

* He won by the lowest margin of the popular vote (3.5 million) of any incumbent running for re-election since Truman (His was a 2.1 million margin). Don't forget also only 50 million voted back in the day.

* Simply rack up his re-election victory to those of other re-election incumbents: Clinton won the popular vote by 8.2 million, Reagen by 16.8 million, Nixon by 17.8 million, Lyndon B. Johnson by 15.6 million, and Dwight D. Eisenhower by 9.8 million.

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So 51% is CLEARLY not a mandate victory percentage. Me, among millions of other Americans, believe we will not allow ourselves to be mandated, or have them speak for us all, and have the corporate media keep fictionalizing us and making up more and more propaganda and lies. Bush said the other day winning the election has proven America's position on Iraq. That's, of course, nothing but a lie. I will not allow him to speak for me and the millions of other Americans about this war in Iraq, and pretend everyone is in support of the killing and destruction everyday down there.

So what do we do to sluice through this window dressing? We must get out there and reveal ourselves. The more, the merrier, for the more you have out there getting involved in dissent, the more you'll shake off these illusions the media paints us with. It's symbolic of that the nation is still deeply divided, whether he is willing to accept that fact or not, and we are as American as they are, yet they keep neglecting the true spirit of America by neglecting one side of it.

THAT is why I was out there in protest, and I want everyone to understand that in that I wasn't intentionally trying to do nothing but give Bush and his supporters a hard time or hassle them around in disrespect. Alicat was saying in the "Basic Respect" thread, "Would it be too much to ask, irregardless of the situation, that when someone is having a special day, to let them have that day?  One day out of 4 years.". I respect and appreciate his understanding very much, as Alicat is a wonderful friend to me and I respect deeply his thoughtfulness and consideration in discussion. I just said in response that I really do appreciate his concern, but then again, this problem just goes both ways. When will progressive values be respected in our corporate media? When will the Bill of Rights enjoy the same respect and vitality as the Constitution? When will all political parties get the same equal treatment in the democratic process? We've been waiting far more than four years for that. There's a place and time for everything, but I truly believe the progressive voice is being silenced and somewhat oppressed, we're not being given any time, and going out there to protest was saying, "We demand time, we demand a place!"

I'd like to end this politically-charged entry on a more positive note. Here is the transcript of my own speech, with some partial response to Bush's own...

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Welcome everyone! Now this is what I call a warm front!

(giggles)

Bet you've all enjoyed this unseasonably warm weather this past week! I, myself, couldn't envision a better day to get out there and be involved with your community! I'm...I'm so proud of you all for just being here and embracing the voice within.

Now, we're all out here today with one thing in common. We all share this voice within, this voice within that believes in the utmost greatness for America, the beautiful, the land of the free. And this day, we feel the home of the free just isn't as free as it could be. Whether it's public education, unemployment, rising of health care costs, or anything in particular that we feel most strongly about, America's promise is not being ultimately fulfilled. But the main reason a majority of us are here is because of this ongoing war in Iraq, and the cry for true freedom and peace.

Earlier today, on the steps of the Capitol, Mr. Bush made his second inaugural address. Twenty-seven times in his 17-minute speech, the word "freedom" transpired, emblemed under this thesis, "The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world."

Regardless if you're a Democrat, Republican, Green or independent, whether you're red, blue or unclassified in color, regardless of your religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender, background or color of your skin, we all believe in a dream for the greater good, we all believe in seeking peace and freedom.

It is simply how we go about achieving peace, how we go about finding freedom, that seperates us in the world. We here believe non-violence and peace go hand in hand by true definition. It can be achieved not through arms, nor through retaliation, but through unconditional love and understanding.

This Monday, we honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's birthday. He would have been 76 Monday. Martin Luther King Jr. was a man of conviction, destiny, and wisdom, who offered us a vision we all nurture and carry forward today. A vision of non-violence, a vision of the complete liberation of mankind, a vision of civil equality.

Martin Luther King Jr. said December 11th, 1964, "Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love."

In 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. opposed and protested against the war in Vietnam, for he believed, as he said, "love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.". He recognized that understanding and hearing out the other side's point of view is essential in resolving the deepest conflicts in our world, and through his deepest spiritual awareness, he believed "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."

Today, we have witnessed the philosophy of this most honored man being challenged among so-called "terrorists". In result, Muslim-Americans have fallen victim to this all too familiar suspicion, silence, and oppression. These so-labeled "terrorists" are being argued they are exception to the rights of the Geneva Conventions, almost as though terrorists are being treated or classified as sub-humans.

It was Dr. King who said, "Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will." It is not until we grab the lamp and let it lead us through this deep misunderstanding that we can begin to make amends, find where in history we lost course and what went wrong, so we can work to see to it this void doesn't deepen itself.

In our experiences, as diverse as they are, we believe ourselves that "war is a poor chisel in carving out tomorrow", for, "in the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."

Dr. King also once said, "If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well."

Today, we sweep the streets of Portland with this message at heart. A message to America for peace, a message to America for reconciliation, a message to America for rejuvenation.

We ARE ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom. Let us go about it the right way, with a sword that heals, a sword of non-violence, and take that first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

Let us continue to protest this war and continue to pray that our young men and women in uniform will come home as soon as possible, but moreover, let this protest rather make a positive impact and edify each community in how they can make a difference. Let us put our emotions forth in a positive light and should those who are more cynical about making peace possible in the world without arms, let us not raise our voices in angst, but rather blow them kisses, for when we say we're anti-war, we shouldn't only mean a material war, but all war in general. Let us not fight fighting words with fighting words and continue to encourage the cultural war on the streets, and rather try and make this experience comforting and welcoming.

Peace is possible. The time is always right to do what is right. So let's go out there and make quality of this time and promote our message of peace and justice!

God Bless You All, peace, love, and harmony!

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Love,
Noah Eaton




"You'll find something that's enough to keep you
But if the bright lights don't receive you
You should turn yourself around and come back home" MB20


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********Thursday, January 27, 2005********

Taming of the Flame

Just once more I thought I'd provide my thoughts regarding Bush's second inauguration speech, which I believe is indeed powerfully idealistic and visionary, and in many ways, frightening and intimidating. When you say "freedom" 27 times during seventeen minutes and "liberty" 15 times, often you can repeat words so frequently you could distort their meaning.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/ALLPOLITICS/01/20/bush.transcript/index.html

There's no doubt in my mind that this may likely be his most memorable speech of his presidency to date, not to mention the one that will be most analyzed from here on out as the senseless war on terror continues.

First of all, the speech was obviously loaded with explicit references to God, but there's far more to it than that. It was also filled with even more hidden allusions to the Bible. And if that isn't enough, the speech was embedded with very hidden messages to his evangelical base. So many allusions with so many interpretations that even got former Reagan speechwriter Peter Robinson saying the speech was "wide open for interpretation," and to him "felt like quite an overreach."  

Former Ronald Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan even wrote in Friday's Wall Street Journal that the speech was "startling," "over the top" and "left me with a bad feeling." She added the speech was "heavenish" and wrote, "It was a God-drenched speech" adding that his declaration to end tyranny "seemed to me to land somewhere between dreamy and disturbing."

Pat Buchanan denounced the speech as well specifically for asserting the right "to intervene in the internal affairs of every nation on earth and that is, quite simply, a recipe for endless war. And war is the death of republics."

London's Al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper described the speech as "pretentious and meaningless," and called "the democracy which President Bush is heralding" to be a "bloody democracy which cost the lives of 100,000 Iraqi martyrs."

Consider the parallels between Bush's speech and the Good Book.

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Exhibit A:

George W. Bush: "Today, I also speak anew to my fellow citizens. From all of you I have asked patience in the hard task of securing America, which you have granted in good measure."

Luke 6:38, "Give and it shall be given unto you, good measure."

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Exhibit B:

George W. Bush: "Freedom is the permanent hope of mankind, the hunger in dark places, the longing of the soul."

Psalm 107: "He satisfieth the longing soul and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. Such as sit in darkness."

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Exhibit C:

George W. Bush: "This untamed fire will burn those who fight its progress."

Jeremiah 17:27: "I will kindle an unquenchable fire in the gates of Jerusalem."

Jeremiah 50:32: "I will kindle a fire in her towns that will consume all who are around her."

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Exhibit D:

George W. Bush: "And we can feel that same unity and pride whenever America acts for good, and the victims of disaster are given hope, and the unjust encounter justice, and the captives are set free."

Ephesians: "He led the captives free."

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Exhibit E:

George W. Bush: "After the shipwreck of communism came years of relative quiet, years of repose, years of sabbatical -- and then there came a day of fire."

1 Corinthians 3:13: "Every man's work shall be made manifests for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire, and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is."

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Exhibit F:

George W. Bush: "...ideals of justice and conduct that are the same yesterday, today, and forever..."

Hebrews 13:8: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever."

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Exhibit G:

George W. Bush: "And we can feel that same unity and pride whenever America acts for good, and the victims of disaster are given hope, and the unjust encounter justice, and the captives are set free."

Job 27: "May my enemies be like the wicked, my adversaries like the unjust. However many his children, their fate is the sword; his offspring will never have enough to eat."

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Exhibit H:

George W. Bush: "History also has a visible direction, set by liberty and the Author of Liberty,"

Acts 3:15: "You killed the author of life"

Hebrews 12:2: "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith"

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Exhibit I:



As a Catholic, I was raised on the teachings of Jesus Christ and related to the Bible much of my life and still do this day. I believe with all my heart Jesus Christ was an apostle of non-violence, and I've also learned from my experience that this "freedom" is not our gift to deliver; it's the gift of the Almighty. Yet Bush identifies himself as God's UPS man, or the agent of the Author. He continues to insist, or at least insinuate, God put him in the Oval Office.

After 9/11, he gave a speech by the same speechwriter of his inaugural address, Michael Gerson, and after the speech Gerson said to Bush, "Oh, you gave a great speech, Mr. President. I knew right then that God wanted you to be in the Oval Office." Bush said back, "God wants us all to be where we are." On the campaign trail last year in Pennsylvania, he said, "God speaks through me."

This type of attitde and thinking is just wrong to me. I feel it in my heart. The First Amendment clearly says that there shall be "no establishment of religion." That's exactly what he was doing January 20th, and has made it feel those without faith don't have a place in the United States of America, or making it feel less like home for those who believe the church and state must remain seperated.

The rleigious context is not the only thing to deeply interpret here. The historical context, itself, is distorted.

There's some irony behind what Bush said here:

"Across the generations, we’ve proclaimed the imperative of self-government, because no one's fit to be a master, and no one deserves to be a slave. Advancing these ideals is the mission that created our nation. It's the honorable achievement of our fathers. Now it's the urgent requirement of our national security, and the calling of our time."

The truth is, our founding fathers were actually slave-holders. And the fact they were just that doesn't make them bad presidents or founding fathers, but the nation was actually founded on slavery before the era of Abraham Lincoln and, in some ways, our earliest presidents didn't even like the prospect of democracy.

John Quincy Adams said, "the United States is not a paladin that goes forth to slay dragons. If we were, we could become mistress of the world and in the process we would lose our own soul."

Those words couldn’t ring any more true to my ears. I wish our nation at large could take this understanding to heart and learn this lesson and apply it to how we resolve these conflicts worldwide, rather than insinuate a global war that won’t stop in Iraq. And in result of the latter, because of this senseless war in Iraq, our great nation is more divided from the world than ever.

Ever si ce I was a little boy, as I’ve said before, I always believed Jesus Christ characterized non-violence and unconditional love. And to this day, I still believe that with all my heart. In fact, now I have come to understand not only does he characterize non-violence or a teacher of non-violence, he is the sign of non-violence.

Along with what I’ve mentioned before in backing up my belief, I have always taken these verses to heart and applied them to my Catholic discussions:

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"I tell you solemnly, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." Mt. 18.3

"Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate. Do not judge, and you will not be judge yourselves; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned yourselves; grant pardon, and you will be pardoned." Lk 6.27

"You have learnt how it was said to our ancestors: 'You must not kill; and anyone does kill he must answer for it before the court.' But I say this to you: anyone who is angry with his brother will answer for it before the court." Mt. 5.21-22

"You have learnt how it was said: 'Eye for eye and tooth for tooth.' But I say to you, Offer the wicked man no resistance. If anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; if a man takes you to law and would have your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone orders you to go one mile, go two miles with him." Mt. 5.38-41

"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy; But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those whose persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Mt. 5.43-46

"You will be hated by all men on account of my name; but the man who stands firm to the end will be saved. If they persecute you in one town, take refuge in the next; and if they persecute you in that, take refuge in another." Mt. 10.22-23

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I strongly believe Jesus would be shaking his head sadly if he saw what was happening now, with the further mirroring and retaliation of hatred and violence against one another. I believe He wouldn’t allow wars like this, and believe them to be wrong as well.

Everyone in this world deserves to be free, and I dream and wish for freedom for all each and every day. However, I do not believe in war in achieving this "freedom" and "peace" worldwide, for I believe war only leaves ugliness and tension behind, which the tension is a disease that always mutates into some other form of sorrow, malice, hatred or despair.

I designed this entry as not to simply libel Bush. I do not hate George W. Bush, for hate retracts itself and I believe we are all God's children and he, to me, is just a bigger brother that is just bullying many and is unaware of it. I simply believe Bush is a misguided, troubled, sad spirit, and delusional of many of the values he speaks of. Some may believe I am doing nothing but giving him a hard time. That's not true either. I believe I am a forgiving person, but the fact is, the first step of the forgiveness process begins with admitting your own fault or wrong-doing. Bush has been unwilling to open up and so it's just right I can't forgive him until that day comes, and he has a lot of penitence to make for the many losses in Iraq.

The final thought here is, I'm just saddened to see Christianity and the teachings of Christ and His disciples being bended to the will of politics and war. I believe it's only going to hurt this nation and have many worldwide questioning the essence of our cherished Christian values.

I'm also equally as saddened to see, like on Fox News, Islamophobia and Islamic religion frequently being described as a "religion of hate", like on that segment of Hannity and Colmes from September 2002 when televangelist Pat Robertson talked about Muhammad: "This man was an absolute wild-eyed fanatic. He was a robber and a brigand. And to say that these terrorists distort Islam, they're carrying out Islam." Then Hannity, instead of condemning or questioning his statements, encouraged them by responding, "So Islam is a threat bigger than what most people are willing to say publicly? Do you think it's inevitable, then, that the world is going to be in conflict, perhaps even at war, with Islam for many decades to come?" Then Bill O'Reilly has also compared the Quran to Hitler's "Mein Kampf"

That's not true. Over 99% of those who follow Islam are not terrorists. Just like with any faction or belief, there will always be those few that will try and give the belief or religion a bad name. Unfortunately it seems to be working on Islam and there's been so much anti-Islam bias on the corporate media!

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means." If only those billions the government keeps spending on this senseless war can be directed instead for education, we can educate the children the true values of every culture and every religion so we won't have to keep lifting veils too little too late to recognize the truth. It may not be too late, but we can't afford to waste another moment. So let us pray for this non-violent peace, love, and understanding many of us worldwide yearn for so vety much.

Peace, love, and harmony to all, and God Bless You!

Sincerely,
Noah Eaton


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But if the bright lights don't receive you
You should turn yourself around and come back home" MB20

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Tuesday, February 8, 2005

Proliferating the Dream

OK, so this will be the third entry in a roll in which is politically-charged, and I can see how some may think this is metamorphosizing into a liberal blog. I do not mean for this journal to become such a blog, but this past week there have been many stories in which have hit home to me regarding free speech vs. patriotism, and one comes from my own backyard.

My old home, the University of Colorado, where I attended for two years before transferring to Portland State University in moving with my family to the Beaver State, is in the electric limelight (yet again) as Ward Churchill, the professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado, is under controversy after responses to his controversial essay following the attacks on September 11th. In the essay, Churchill cites victims of the terrorist attacks "little Eichmanns," in a direct comparison to Hitler henchman and Holocaust engineer Adolf Eichmann. He also cites Pentagon victims as quote, "military targets, pure and simple." and characterized some of the World Trade Center victims not as innocent but as quote, "braying, self-importantly into their cell phones arranging power lunches and stock transactions."

This essay has been generating mixed interpretations, including those of Bill O'Reilly, among many free speech activists as well.

Though the essay was written over two years ago, Hamilton College, a small liberal arts college in upstate New York, had contracted with Ward Churchill to speak. Several students, among them Matthew Coppo, who lost his father in the 9/11 attacks on the WTC, mounted an on-campus protest, citing the essay linked above as reason to cancel Professor Churchill's lecture. The President of the College, Joan Hinde Stewart, refused. In light of the controversy, Churchill waived his usual $3500 speakers' fee. On Friday O'Reilly told his viewers to send letters of protest to the College.

This morning, Hamilton College announced it was canceling the lecture, citing death threats against Ms. Stewart. She has been accompanied by bodyguard for several days.

Fox News's Bill O'Reilly has since picked up on this story, insisting he believes Churchill should be fired from the University of Colorado, who has also said the following in a Friday segment:

"Yes. You know what this is all about? This is about political correctness once again. That's what this is about. This guy is a native American. He feels that genocide was perpetuated on his race. And therefore, he can hate his country and say anything he wants."

Ward Churchill responded to the controversy with this response: http://www.kersplebedeb.com/mystuff/s11/ward_churchill_responds.html  

Free speech activists are coming to the defense of Churchill upon the University of Colorado campus and elsewhere, claiming even if most do not agree with his opinion, the Bill of Rights values the protection of unpopular or minority viewpoints.

First of all, let me say I don't agree with his bold, extreme comments. In fact they’e disturbing to hear. But, I absolutely believe in Voltaire's notion that "I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend, to the death, your right to say it."

First, as far as Churchill is concerned, let me say that I went to the University of Colorado for two years before moving to Portland. And, in my experience, I can tell you this. There's no doubt that the University of Colorado is a very liberal university. The whole city of Boulder is considered "the liberal eye of Colorado". Denver also leans to the left, but otherwise, the rest of Colorado leans right, especially Colorado Springs, where Fort Carson is. I recall many times having lunch on the University Memorial Center grounds, where often some form of activist project was happening, most of the time environmentally-related. I co-headed the project "180 Degree Shift At The Eleventh Hour" in a move to ask the university to stop accepting grants and donations from corporations with troubling or abysmal records on human rights, the environment and economic justice. Coors, Lockheed Martin and Peabody Coal were the big three.

Since learning about the Ward Churchill incident, I phoned some of my ex-180 colleagues this week and wanted to get the scoop. And here's what one of them said to me:

"Professor Churchill is not a rabble-rouser seeking a larger audience. In fact no one here seemed to know who he is and his name was "not on the radar" until this whole thing was showcased by the Fox News Channel."

I asked other colleagues if they had known Ward and had the same sort of response.
So I feel if opponents of Ward feel that the whole university is cursed by this sort of thinking, that certainly isn't true, and I believe my experience there speaks that well. No doubt the college is influenced by strong liberal ideals politically and culturally, but Churchill's opinions are no metonymy for the university at large.

There’s a very important angle to this argument as well that has been discussed on some cable news programs, regarding taxpayer dollars/education.

When I look at it from that perspective, I sympathize and respect what is being meant. I felt this exact same way when the war in Iraq began. Much of our own tax-paying money is being directed to the war, and I cried out, "No, I will have no part in this, I don't want to fund any penny into the sad realization some innocent person may be killed" because I just don't believe in it in my heart and gut.

Like O'Reilly and Hannity and those on the right may be feeling now toward this controversy, I wanted to find a way around the war, in paying my taxes as every true American should without also contributing to the war. I found some good advice and solace here:
http://www.peacetaxfund.org/  

Just today, the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee is encouraging taxpayers opposed to the war in Iraq to file a Peace Tax Return when they file taxes with the IRS. The group has published two types of Peace Tax Returns -- one for tax resisters who are refusing to pay for part or all of their federal taxes and another for taxpayers who want to request the federal government divert their taxes to nonmilitary programs. The letter reads in part, "Each year at least half of our tax dollars are used to pay for current and past wars. If instead this money were invested in peace initiatives and aid programs we could truly build a better and more secure world."

I welcome those who want to find such a way like Peace Tax Fund has done in paying your taxes without feeling you're chipping away nickels into the salary of a professor whose views are the antipole of yours. I would respect and support such an endeavor in reforming the tax funding rules.

But I don't believe Churchill should be fired from the University of Colorado. The source of all this tension came from an opinion not expressed in public, but in an essay originally published on-line. It's been around for over three years now, and Churchill also has a strong resume behind him which seems to indicate despite a few controversial essays on that and that non-violent protests do absolutely nothing, Churchill is a distinguished and serious educator.

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I’ll also tell you this. I’m getting saddened and exhausted from all that anti-UN rhetoric floating around as generated from Move America Forward.

I believe in my heart the United Nations has done more for the good of humanity than any other major organization in history. Those regular participants of the Alley may debate all they want about it, but I just believe in either case, the U.N isn’t getting the credit they deserve, regardless of your feel on the developing U.N Oil-For-Food scandal.

I not only believe it’s important to give the U.N credit for their accomplishments this past half a century, I believe it’s patriotic to be pro-U.N.

Think back to 1999, for example. The 1999 regular budget of the UN amounted to $1.26 billion, of which the US share is about 25 percent or $300 million (the US share of the world economy is also about 25 percent). And it is that regular budget that funds UN activities, staff, and the basics, but does not cover peacekeeping operations or the cost of running specialized UN agencies. When you sum it all up, the entire UN program, including peacekeeping and specialized agencies, runs on about $10 billion a year, and two-thirds of the finances come from voluntary contributions from the member states.

Think about it. We’ve got the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Food Programme (WFP), the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), the World Health Organisation (WHO), the UN's Children's FUND (UNICEF), the list goes on and on and on. And it can overwhelm anyone a first sight and lead to the interpretation that it’d take trillions of dollars to keep it all afloat.

But look at it this way. The US federal government collected and disburses then about 180 times what the U.N budget is. ($1.8 trillion) without even counting what the states themselves spend. Vermont and South Dakota had the two smallest budgets that year but still each had one of $2 billion. The entire U.N budget is equal to that of the New York police department, the budget for UN worldwide human rights activities is smaller than that of the Zürich Opera House, and the cost of UN peacekeeping, below $1 billion in 1998, is less than two-tenth of one percent of world military spending (probably much lower than that now)

I’d certainly be impressed if I were you, anyone reading this should be. $10 billion really isn’t a lot in real terms, and I believe so much has been accomplished on a soft budget. Smallpox is virtually gone all over the world. Peaceful diplomatic solutions for co-existence, democracy, literacy programs, and sustainability just a few of the many benefits of this grand organization. The promotion of international trade. About half of the vaccines in the world are purchased by UNICEF.

The United Nations was founded right here in America, on October 24, 1945 in San Francisco. America itself is the mother to this enduring organization, and it needs to go back to its roots. Go back to the sense of that first meeting "The Establishment of a Commission to Deal with the Problems Raised by the Discovery of Atomic Energy" and use this same common sense in finding non-violent ways to stopping nuclear proliferation, something which I believe hasn't been taken as seriously as it should. Embrace the ethics of human rights in the fullest form, one of the cornerstones since the beginning for the UN. Its creation was largely influenced by World War II atrocities, after all, and I feel we need to once again embrace the "Universal Declration of Human Rights" ideals in assuring scandals like Guantanamo and Abu-Ghraib don't repeat themselves. All at once, something must be done as well about the genocide in Sudan as well, etc as that also violates human rights.

The United States has long been a mother to this organization, nurturing it and letting it grow to fulfill the needs of many. Indeed anyone can admit, like any organization, it could have done more at times, we could disagree or question their motives sometimes, and sometimes just couldn’t mediate a conflict. We’re human after all, and it is just up to us to accept he imperfections sometimes and just get up and keep the community alive to hope for a strong second wind. And I believe the U.N does just that round the clock, in ensuring help is on the way.

I don’t agree with the U.N on everything, and wish they could be doing more in resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict, Kashmir and Sudan. But I don’t believe I should be expected to agree with any organization on anything. You just have to look at all the good aside from their struggles. Indonesia became an independent nation largely due to their diplomacy. They stabilized the Dominican Republic in the mid-60’s. Cyprus has been peaceful since they got involved in 1974. Namibia became independent under their help. And East Timor finally achieved their independence about three years ago after decades of carnage and strife, thanks to the calling of internatonial pressure called upon by the U.N.

They formed the United Nations Decade for Women in 1975 in Mexico to see to it women are recognized and paid for all the unwaged work they do in every level of the government and at home, and through extensive lobbying in supporting their rights to child benefits, childcare, pensions, etc. the governments decided to measure and value unwaged work for them.

On November 20, 1989, the United Nations gathered in forming the "Convention on the Rights of the Child" in setting goals and standards for improving the health and education of children in underdeveloped nations worldwide, which was signed by 109 countries and attended by more than 70 world leaders. One major finding during the convention was that 14 million children under the age of five die each year from malnutrition or a variety of diseases, most of them preventable. They planned to reduce child mortality by a third and to reduce malnutrition by as much as half. Sixty countries succeeded in reducing child mortality by one-third. Though they didn't reduce malnutrition by one-third, they still made very significant progress by reducing malnutrition globally for children under five from 177 million in 1990 to 150 million in 2000, where they reported malnutrition levels falling from 23 to 16 percent in East Asia and the Pacific. Access to safe drinking water improved from 77 to 82 percent in that same time-frame. They also had goals to reduce the gender gap in schools worldwide. They split it in half, with huge progress made in South Asia. They said they would work to eradicate polio and guinea-worm infection once and for all. In 1988, polio was endemic in 125 countries, now, it's only endemic in 10 countries, while guinea-worm infections and other diseases have seemingly vanished from many regions of the world.

The United Nations has played a significant role in improving standards of living all throughout the world. They deserve our thanks, so I tip my hat to them for a job well done. And to all those U.N bashers out there who insist to lambaste the organization for everything they do, or take the oil-for-food scandal as an indication that everything they do is corrupt, I insist you take the time to look at the big picture and recognize all the many bridges that have formed between communities worldwide, which all find dependence and trust in this great organization. And I believe that’s an outstanding form of patriotism in not just loving your country, but loving the world community.

It was our President John F. Kennedy who said in 1961, “The United Nations, our last best hope in an age where the instruments of war have far outpaced the instruments of peace...”

And indeed I feel the instruments of war continue to be proliferated across the globe with further isolation, prejudice and irresponsibility. I for one believe the instruments of war and peace are not alike. Only unconditional love for not just your country, but the world, can proliferate the instruments of peace universally in the end. I just find something’s incredibly wrong when our military and defense budget is growing by billions while Medicaid and other domestic programs are losing billions. And that $419 billion that is being called on for defense spending doesn’t even include the money for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The basic qualities of life are being defunded, and it is time we have that fact come to everyone’s attention before more negligence arises.

In closing statements, I’d like to share this dream I believe in which is read from Page 58, The Miracle, Joy and Art of Living: My Testament to Life, Volume 1:

”I dream that all governments will join their minds and hearts
to manage this beautiful Earth and its precious humanity
in peace, justice and happiness,
That all religions will join
in a global spirituality,
That all people will become
a caring family,
That all scientists will join
in a united, ethical science,
That all corporations will unite
in a global cooperative
to preserve nature and all humanity.
I believe that once and for ever,
we will eliminate all wars,
violence and armaments
from this miraculous planet.
I dream that the incredible and
growing distance between rich and poor,
between and inside nations
will be eliminated as a blemish
to the miracle of life.
I dream that we will stop the destruction
of our miraculous, so richly endowed planetary home.
I dream that we will eliminate all lies, corruption and
immoral advertisements
for purely monetary purposes.
I dream that we will all live
simple, frugal lives in order
not to waste unduly the precious
resources of our planet.
I dream that each decade and centennial
will be celebrated as a great
world wide thanksgiving for our successes.
I dream that we will succeed in making our planet
the ultimate success of God,
of the mysterious forces of the
universe of which each of us
is a miraculous, cosmic unit.
I dream that the United Nations will
declare a yearly World Thanksgiving Day
Dear brothers and sisters,
dear children, youth, adults and elderly,
dear spirits of all the departed
let us join forces in fulfilling
God's loving destiny intended
for all of humanity.”


Love,
Noah Eaton



"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"

Mother Teresa

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Hi Noah !!!

Such a wonderful and interesting journal!

I enjoyed reading it.

God bless

Tais

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  I enjoy your journal. Personally I wish George Bush was not president again. Look forward to your next entry.

Poetry is beauty in words.

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