March 6, 2013-Wed. 3rd Week of Lent's a start
well…it’s a start

So we’ve been sequestered. I was gearing up for a TSA meltdown at PDX yesterday, but it never materialized. 82 billion seems like a drop in the bucket compared to the amount we spend on endless wars and military bases that should be decommissioned and countless other subsidies that we fork out every year. Now Rand Paul is filibustering the nomination of John Brennan to be head of the CIA. In this case, I would have to agree with him, but the precedent of filibustering cabinet nominees which began recently is not a good one. Up or down vote, that’s it. But I guess to make a name for himself, he is talking through his filibuster which is probably a good thing. You know, taking a stand and all. I’m not a fan of Brennan and hope that he does get voted down. I haven’t been a fan of the CIA for like, forever. I think the Patriot Act, the knee jerk response to 9/11 was a blow to our freedoms and I am very concerned about the eroding of our privacy over the years. I don’t have GPS on my phone because I am paranoid that someone is watching from someplace in space. I am not a conspiracy nutter but I am concerned about people knowing what I buy and whom I email and for what. Concerning the sequester debacle, let it happen. It is so easy to fix, I’m surprised that no one has done it.

Speaking of fixing…just today here  are the headlines for crime, just on a Wednesday (some of these are a few days old I’m afraid)

Connecticut Campus On LOCKDOWN After Gunman Report (guess we didn’t see this coming)
Leticia Silva Allegedly Mailed Kids Knife To Murder Grandparents (somebody has issues)
Southern Poverty Law Center Report Finds ‘Patriot’ Groups Surge As Anti-Obama Fervor Grows (more of this)
Bailey O’Neill Dead: 12-Year-Old Boy Dies In Coma After Attack (a real tragedy)

And the hits keep right on coming. It was good to be out of touch for a week or so in the Northwest. No phone, no internet no crime no nothin’. This could be a trend.

Speaking of trends…did you know that on this date in 1944, nearly 700 U.S. planes bombed Berlin, Germany? The Americans suffered a one-day record 69 planes lost. So now you have your opening pick-up line at the pub.

“However, take care and be earnestly on your guard
not to forget the things which your own eyes have seen,
nor let them slip from your memory as long as you live,
but teach them to your children and to your children’s children.” (DT 4)

That’s the reading for today and a good reminder. CSN and Y gave us the song, “Teach your children well” and the bottom line is yes indeed so. Teach them about the good in life, the good in love and especially  the good in service to their fellow citizens. We have a collective responsibility to help in any way we can. We, after all, are the “people.” As we continue to march through March on our way to Easter, it is good to take time to remember what is really really important. So what if someone in space can track when I go to the bathroom, or that Safeway knows when I buy a particular brand of toilet tissue (I see a theme here). Those are things I can do something about over a period of time. But to be a good person starts now. I know the sequester will be a blimp on the screen and all the hand wringing will be forgotten in time. What I can do, what power I do have now, is to try and make this a better place today, now…and it starts with turning off Fox News…

and so it goes…

A little song, a little dance, a little coffee down your pants... 40 years in the high school classroom and now on my own. A chance to think about stuff and how it affects everyone, not just me. Now residing in Oregon volunteering for a refugee organization.

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