Monday, January 22, 2007

Feeling Rejected?



Oh no there he goes again being a pain in the ass, sure wish he would stop that it really annoys me.

The trauma of rejection by your peers is a problem that has been passed on from generation to generation with no apparent end in sight. But without rejection we would not no acceptance, so it is a necessary component of life, something to be accepted.

Every component in life has a definite purpose, whether positive or negative, it is an essential component and cannot be changed, it is therefore it IS.

Balance is the key to unlock the components of life, for to accept balance is to accept life.

We will war now but in the future there will be peace, thus the balance.

Hope there shall be for the peoples of the Earth that they will eventually learn peace and harmony through acceptance of the balance life holds.

Go live in peace.

27 comments:

Hajji said...

See "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" for an in-depth study of how rejection by one's peers can be a driving factor in personal acceptance/exploration.

See "Columbine" for a different tilt!

-T

DEN said...

And the return thereto!

Life is all about learning and that propels us as humans, it is when we stop learning wars begin.

DEN said...

On the topic of rejection there is this:

My husband, being unhappy with my mood swings,
bought me a mood ring the other day so he would
be able to monitor my moods.

We've discovered that when I'm in a good mood, it
turns green. When I'm in a bad mood, it leaves a big
fucking red mark on his forehead!

Maybe next time he'll buy me a diamond.

Carey said...

First off, GOOD MORNING! My son and I have rejoined the living! He's even going back to school. I'm still recuperating. The rest of the family is going through it in various stages of suffering. This is one of those lethal bugs that you must change your toothbrush after surviving--to ensure it won't ever, ever come back.

I won't be my ever-clever self for a few days.

Den,

That's one heck of a lovely, thoughtful and insighful comment-- bringing all facets of philosophy into a whole.

That balance, however achieved is the essense of health: The ying-yang of countering forces.

When you watch animal/nature shows, one can always see the connections across the board--how all things, sharing life-giving DNA have relationships and comparitive qualities.

Rejection is a function of survival in a way. It operates for both the accepted and the rejected. It shapes behavior into that socially intricate web of cooperation necessary for survival. In the case of Columbine, the necessary socially-caring forces did not function properly. When a society becomes as disjointed and alienated as ours is becoming, such horrid events happen.

Lack of learning will assuredly, as you said Den, lead to war.


Hajji,

What is the news for Spanky? Been kinda worried about that even though the outlook did look good for his return.



From Ynet news:

There is no doubt that Iran's nuclear program is an attempt by the Islamic Republic to gain military nuclear weapons, and the United States will not allow Tehran to go nuclear, the US Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Ambassador Nicholas Burns, said during the Herzliya Conference Sunday evening.



"Iran is seeking a nuclear weapon, there's no doubt about it," Burns said, adding: "There's no debate among experts. It's seeking a nuclear weapon at its plant at Nantz."

The US under-secretary added that his country "is not seeking, at all, a confrontation with Iran," but said that "the policy of the United States is that we cannot allow Iran to become a nuclear weapons state." His declaration was met with applause among the delegates attending the conference.

"The US has not gone out to look for an argument with Iran," Burns emphasized, but Iran has refused to back down in its attempt to destabilize the region, prompting the US to station "two battle groups in the Persian gulf," and to target Iranian networks enabling attacks on US soldiers in Iraq. "We have an absolute right to defend our soldiers," he added.

Burns outlined a series of diplomatic steps taken by Washington against Iran, and urged the countries of the European Union to end their economic cooperation with the Islamic Republic.

'2007 year of decision'

He also highlighted Iran's divisive role in the Middle East, support of Palestinian terror groups, Hizbullah, and attempt to topple the government of Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.

"In Lebanon, in a couple days time, President Chirac will host a conference, so that the democratic nations stand up in the world against Hizbullah, against those who want to destabilize the democratic government of Siniora," Burns said, adding that the US will help this effort.

"We're all going to defend a democratically elected government from that axis…and we're going to help democracy survive and hopefully prosper," he said. Burns expressed hope that Iran would return to the negotiating table, and said the offer for negotiations was still open.

He affirmed Washington's close alliance with Jerusalem, saying: "We are committed to our alliance with Israel. We are committed to being Israel's strongest security partner. I can't remember a time when the relationship between our two countries was stronger than it is today."

Transportation Minister and former defense minister Shaul Mofaz, who had met with Burns before their joint appearance at the Herzliya conference, said the coming year would be a crucial time for deciding the future of the Middle East.

"The year of 2007 is a year of decisiveness," Mofaz said. "Iran of 2007 has all the components to threaten us existentially, and the whole of the region."

"Mahmoud Ahmadinejad believes he is on a divine mission. I'm the last person to call him insane," Mofaz said. "Although I am not qualified as a psychologist, it's clear to me we are dealing with a person driven by an extremist ideology, who is determined to fulfill his mission," he added.

"Iran is the heart of the problem in the Middle East. It is the urgent threat to the world. And it must be dealt with, before it's too late," he said, adding: "The world can't allow a situation in which a fundamentalist country - that doesn't hide its intentions - holds nuclear weapons. The free world doesn't have the privilege to drag its feet on Iran and hope for best."

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My bold italics for emphasis.

There you have it. The language of coming war. On Feb. 23rd, the U.N. Resolution against Iran expires. Dread that date and beyond.

Carey said...

250,000 Palestinians Fenced In

Some 250,000 Palestinians have been closed off from the rest of the West Bank by the separation fence, according to a report released by "Bimkom - Planners for Planning Rights" human rights organization.

In some areas, the villages are fenced in from three or four angles, cutting them off from urban centers, sources of livelihood and service centers, severely harming daily life to the point of disintegration of the Palestinian society in the area.

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The editors of What Really Happened:

Can we say, deliberately created ghettos, boys and girls? I knew you could!

And so much of this kind of activity is financed by our tax dollars given as aid to Israel: doesn't it make you feel proud?

Hajji said...

Carey,

Thanks for askin'!

Yesterday's e-mail said that all their non-essential equip has been shipped back to Germany.

They were warned that internet would be turned off at their COP on the 31st and they wouldn't be there much longer than that.

Their replacements (gods and fates have mercy on them) have arrived at Blue Diamond.

It is possible that they'll be out of Iraq on or before 2/12.

All he wants when he gets home is a few days at a beach, hopefully in Mexico. (I don't know how we're gonna afford it, but we're GONNA!) I haven't had the heart to tell him that his g/f better get a PASSPORT if she wants to come home from there!

-T

O'Reilly said...

That's good news Hajji. Thx.

Carey said...

OH MY GOD! THAT'S WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL NEWS HAJJI.

ALMOST WELCOME HOME GRANT!

Excuse the length of the following, this is the only way I could provide it. This is from Glenn Greenwald's column last Thursday night.

Den,

In my sickly stupor, this is what I was trying to point out last week. I have no trust in this "new" FISA court approval of surreptitious evesdropping. I sensed that nothing had changed, indeed it hasn't. The Bush administration is up to its same dirty tricks and sleight of hand (if you can even call it that--they certainly think they can pull the wool over the Senator's legal eyes).

Although it was initially greeted as a backdown by Bushco on illegal survelliance, an acknowledgement of the new Democratic congress--NOT! Never expect Bush/Cheney to act in the spectrum of reality.



Greenwald's comments on Gonzales' appearance before the Senate Judiciary:

Their chat ended with Gonzales solemnly assuring all Americans that even though the "Terrorist Surveillance Program" has ended, they are still engaging in full-scale eavesdropping and, as a result, Americans are "no less safe" today than they were before.

In response, Feingold pointed out the painfully obvious -- that that was the whole point all along -- that there was no need whatsoever to eavesdrop outside of FISA and the adminstration's claims that our security depended upon FISA-violating eavesdropping was completely and entirely false.

* * * * *
Schumer begins by making clear that he is not satisfied with this FISC agreement - he says "Clearly, 'the agreement' is better than 'Cheney,' but we don't know what 'this agreement' is."

First question - Do you continue to believe that you have the right to eavesdrop outside of FISA ? You said you did have that power still, so what stops you from just starting to eavesdrop outside of FISA again a month from now?

Gonzales: What we did in the past was lawful.

Schumer: Then you can, at will, just as you instituted this program, you could just go back to it if you get a decision you don't like.

Next question: Is the FISC order you got a case-by-case basis order, a program-wide basis, or something broader? If it is a very broad-brush approval, it doesn't do any good. There is no way to compromise security interests by answering the question.

Gonzales: I am not at liberty to talk about those specifics. To do so requires disclosure of operational details. What I will tell you is that everything is in compliance with FISA. All members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committee have been briefed.

Schumer: Sen. Rockefeller said you didn't brief him. Even Republicans have said in newspapers that the briefing was inadequate and that these are program warrants, and we have to assume that they are program warrants, and it doesn't do anything to satisfy constitutional protections. Are there any specificity in these warrants?

Gonzales: I can tell you everything complies with FISA (i.e., I won't tell you anything).

Schumer: You claim it took you two years to negotiate these new FISA rules. That was more time than you took to plan the war on Iraq. Why would it possibly have taken so long to get these rules in place if you were really trying?

Gonzales: It's very, very complex. It took a long time. We've been trying the whole time to find a way to get it into FISA.

Gonzales keeps saying that they gave these great briefings to everyone on the Intelligence Committee about the new FISA process, but here is what the Times reported this morning:


The administration said it had briefed the full House and Senate Intelligence Committees in closed sessions on its decision.

But Representative Heather A. Wilson, Republican of New Mexico, who serves on the Intelligence committee, disputed that, and some Congressional aides said staff members were briefed Friday without lawmakers present.


I know the answers from Gonzales seem comically non-responsive, even robotic, but I am fairly summarizing them. That is how he testifies - he comes prepared with a menu of empty, platitudinous buzzphrases that he repeats over and over no matter the question. They really could easily devise a very simple Alberto Gonzales Testifying computer program. He doesn't have very many phrases in his arsenal so nothing more complex than DOS-era technology would do the trick, literally.

Leahy said they were going to try to get the FISC order from the head FISC judge and pointed out that Gonzales keeps saying how great the briefings were but everyone who was briefed said they learned nothing (just as was true for everyone who watched these hearings). He also pointed out that all of this doesn't obscure the fact that "the law is the law." They definitely seem angry and diligent, but we'll see if that is followed up by real action.

* * * * * *

What seems to have happened is that they convinced one single FISA judge whom they like to sign a broad, sweeping Order allowing them to do everything they were doing before but declaring it all to be in compliance with FISA. That is why the Committee Democrats are so eager to get the Order. But, as Schumer pointed out, they could just start eavesdropping without FISA warrants again any time they want because they continue to insist that they have that power. And if they did, we would never know (unless someone told Jim Risen again).

That seems like a very compelling reason why the court should continue to decide whether they, in fact, broke the law. The question is not moot even though they are claiming to have stopped warrantless eavesdropping because the conduct in question is both capable of reptition and likely to evade review (because it will be done in secret).

I also think Gonzales has made them sufficiently angry that it will ensure investigations into the program, engendering battles to get information about what they are doing now and, most importantly, what they did before. The administration, needless to say, has not changed one iota as a result of the election and they will not change one iota unless they are forced to. It remains to be seen whether Democrats are up to that.

* * * * * *



It's been haunting me that I couldn't explain myself properly.

The main lesson: Even though it's a Democratic congress (just barely) does not mean things will turn around at all quickly.

Hajji said...

Army Says New Troops will Lack Armor
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The Army acknowledged last week, for example, that it is still 22 percent short of the armored Humvees it needs in Iraq despite heated criticism in 2004 and 2005 over the lack of armored vehicles. Army officials said it will be another eight months before that gap can be filled.

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Note that this is BEFORE 21,000 troop are added to the mix.

This goes to show that the Bush MalAdministration will wantonly endager American Troops for political puposes.

Note I didn't use the word "gains" because there's nothing to be gained. It is all a measure to be seen as doing something no matter HOW irresponsibly STUPID to avoid the appearance of doing NOTHING, which is probably in this case, preferable.

This article, and its reprint at Kentucky.com" SHOULD be an eye-opener to the public and more specifically to the families and soldiers based at Ft. Campbell and Fr.Knox.

71,000 fire suits to wear under all the "battle-rattle" they've already got? Oh, yeah....suuuureee.

Who's selling the Army those fire-suits?

Who's gonna manufacure 6,465 MPV's in the next year, supposedly to protect US troops who're supposed to be GETTING THE FUCK OUT of Iraq?

Just another military/industrial hand-out...fer sure...

go figgure...

-T

DEN said...

Yea, and Mc Cain said yesterday that WE were not supporting the troops by wanting them out of that hell hole.

Great to hear Spanky is headed home!

Better chain him to the porch rail so Uncle Sam won't drag him back again.

Gerald said...

That 22% short of equipment and the money to pay for the equipment are comfortable in the banks of the rich with the huge tax cuts that were given to them.

Carey, the bug that is going around is a powerfful strain that must run its course. Unfortunately, human beings must suffer through this course. I believe that our son had this strain early.

Final Crusade

Dear Posters:

I was watching Law and Order and the program was about hate crimes. We know without a doubt that Hitler Bush is a murderer and a war criminal. I also believe that he is guilty of hate crimes. He and the kkkhristians hate the Muslims. Their goal is to eliminate all the Muslims in the world and declare a victory for the kkkhristians in the Final Crusade.

Killing of the Muslims is not just about oil and their resources. It is about the Final Crusade. The Final Crusade was delayed some 1200 or so years. The Final Crusade needed some psycho to start with incessant lies. The Final Crusade was ripe with the appointment of Hitler Bush, the perfect psycho, in 2000.

With this perfect psycho in office we, Nazi America, under the guidance of Nazi Israel could begin the genocide of all Muslims.

Sincerely,

Gerald

David B. Benson said...

Den --- TNYT today has a article strongly hinting that the left hand of the PRC government does not know what the right hand is doing. Anyway, no word from the PRC foreign office yet regarding the 10--11 day old anti-satellite test...

DEN said...

David, they are rather tight with information unless they are making a point, sending chunks flying all over the region above Earth occupied by satellites and humans is highly irresponsible.

There is quite enough space junk already there, no more needed.

David B. Benson said...

Den --- Yup, lots of space junk including something called the ISS.

And non-junk, including the astronomical instrucments...

DEN said...

Holy flying space debris!

You mean there are people up there?
(just being sarcastic)

Carey said...

Wayne Madsen is interesting today reporting on a Capitol stalker harassing certain people. Madsen suspects Rovian foul play. Read WMR for the unsettling facts.

Speaking of Rovian crap....

Timing is everything

Friday, Jan. 19, 2007: Previewing Tuesday night's State of the Union address, George W. Bush tells USA Today: "My point is going to be, what happens in Iraq matters to your security here at home."

Monday, Jan. 22, 2007: Sources tell ABC News that, in an "incident that has been dealt with at the highest levels of government," coalition forces discovered documents six months ago that suggest "insurgents reportedly tied to al-Qaida in Iraq considered using student visas to slip terrorists into the United States to orchestrate a new attack on American soil."

Tim Grieve

DEN said...

Co-incidence?

HMMMM

Set up something to make chimpie the hero.

Now thats never been done.

Jeanne said...

Carey,
My daughter had something 2 weeks ago that had her down for a week with a temp of 101 - 102. She missed a week of school but managed to make up all the work.

Jeanne said...

David,
I just read something about a report coming out next week on Global Warming. They say it's a conservative report and that's what makes it scary. It is saying there will devistating effects on the Earth. I am convinced that if we begin to tackle the problem TODAY we will save the earth. Look at all the dead lakes that were around in the seventies that are healthy today.

Jeanne said...

Hajji,
Good to hear about Spanky. I want all the boys and girls to come home. End the war today.

David B. Benson said...

Jeanne --- 'Save the earth'. Well, it'll continue, no matter what. Damaged ecology, less biodiversity, but continue.

What won't is agriculture, which depends upon having just the climate we currently have. Other than extraordinarily fortunate localities (I live in one), agriculture will decline, no matter what.

How much it declines depends upon actions taken or foregone...

Hajji said...

jeanne,

Therein lies the rub. Daily I check Iraq Coalition Casualties Count Website
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On days when the links take me to NAME NOT RELEASED YET - Al Anbar Province. It'll say something about a unit other than Grant's.

On days when there HAVE been casualties in his own unit, he's been able to call or e-mail pretty quickly to assure us of his safety. (if simply surviving can be called "safe".)

So almost every day I'm face with the mixed emotions of worry, relief and then...guilt.

Of the hundreds of thousands of other parents out there, the untold thousands of husbands, wives, children, friends and relatives who go through this same thing each day, those who are connected to 2.36 soldiers, sailors and airmen don't get the relief I got yesterday.

They get "the visit". The families of the wounded get "the call". Many thousands more, connected to the lives of names we can barely pronounce, much less hold in our hearts, the children of the lands we've invaded, don't even get that much.

There is a great deal of guilt in the relief.

May they all come home, indeed. May we cherish our children, our partners, our friends and our parents so much that we'll NEVER, EVER find reason to send them off to kill someone else's children, partners, friends and families for a handful of lies, for the bolstering of a tyrant's ego, for the glory of some imagined vengeful god, for the profit of warmongers, for the hubris of politicians. (but I repeat myself)

May any god whose name has been used to justify violence and the murder of innocents bring its wrath down on those arrogant enough to claim to know god's mind!

May all Mother's fears be lifted, may a global peace someday reflect in the softness of a child's sleeping face, a father's gentle touch.

-T

DEN said...

Quite moving Hajji, that was spoken right from the heart, thankyou

Hajji said...

Den,

As I was writing that, ELP's "Lucky Man", a song RARELY heard on the radio, was being played by a classic rock station, here.

I rarely listen to that station...

go figgur!

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LUCKY MAN

He had white horses
And ladies by the score
All dressed in satin
And waiting by the door

Ooooh, what a lucky man he was
Ooooh, what a lucky man he was

White lace and feathers
They made up his bed
A gold covered mattress
On which he was laid
Ooooh, what a lucky man he was
Ooooh, what a lucky man he was

He went to fight wars
For his country and his king
Of his honor and his glory
The people would sing
Ooooh, what a lucky man he was
Ooooh, what a lucky man he was

A bullet had found him
His blood ran as he cried
No money could save him
So he laid down and he died
Ooooh, what a lucky man he was
Ooooh, what a lucky man he was

-ELP

DEN said...

Hajji if you don't mind I will run it on tomorrows post.

Quite apropos Vietnam tune.

Music has not equaled that, ever.

Hajji said...

Den,

Honored...thanks for the bandwidth.

-T

DEN said...

Great! Will do!