Chair ~ October 28, 2003
What is it about Fall that always leaves
me as melancholy as Spring leaves me exhilarated?
Inevitably, change occurs during
the Fall. The most apparent, of course, the
visible ones--even in Texas our Red Oak trees leaves change; the sky seems
the air clearer--nights are again bearable, the stars
Last weekend marked the
beginning of Standard time again from Daylight Savings
time. More dark hours, less daylight.
But the changes I am feeling are deeper
ones. Fall is
time of slowing down, of more quiet. Even out here in the
country, except for the occasional sound
of geese flying south overhead, there are few if any bird
sounds. Gone for the most part are humming lawnmowers and
the fragrance of green grass. Replacing it are the rustle of
leaves on a lonesome October wind.
This particular Fall it has been so quiet
I can hear falling acorns
hitting the driveway, even with the windows shut. We seem to have
whole lot of
acorns this year--the old-timers say it is because we had the largest
amount of oak pollen this spring that we've had in twenty years.
It just feels different to me.
I have been told that because of recent
the Aurora Borealis can be seen as far south as Mexico. It is
so dark out here at night we can see the Milky Way with our security
lights on. I have
watched hopefully each clear night we've had so far, figuring I might eventually catch a
of Northern Lights. So far I haven't, but I've noticed that
in the stark stillness of the autumn nights, shooting stars really
seem to last longer.
There's a sadness in this stillness,
however. America is yet "at war" in Iraq.
The President declared our "continuing positive influence" there at his
recent press conference. He and all the politicians say the War
Terrorism will not be
won quickly. Pundits speculations re: ultimate resolution, range
from five to a hundred years. That prospect hangs in the still, dark
autumn air like an anvil over us. Secretary of Defense Donald
insists we will
have to fulfill our military commitments with civilian personnel (Go
HERE and type in "S89" to read the Uniform Mandatory
Service bill now before the
House to understand what he is planning for your sons and daughters,
husbands and wives).
Read the big overarching plan -- http://www.newamericancentury.org/
Yesterday, I overheard a
satellite-telephone report from
non-imbedded news personnel in Baghdad (KPFK,
Angeles) who explained that Americans are not being told the truth
of what is truly happening in Iraq. No
one around here seems to care much. They still show up for soccer
games in droves. They still show up for high school football games by
trucksful. They buy new cars on credit. They fill the
local Sonic Burger Drive-In on
Saturday night. They stare at me blankly when I ask them where
of civilization was. They can tell me who won (or lost) the
World Series, though. Ditto, the Super Bowl. A few of the
brightest and best can tell me what a spotted
salamander is and all about its endangered habitat. Some can
why every other major religion was represented in last year's DS middle
school Christ-mas pageant EXCEPT Christ-ianity. Many can recite
the lyrics to Britney Spears' latest song. Children
around here idolize the
supernatural gifts of Harry Potter and dream of going to the Hogwort
School of Witchcraft in order to reconcile the bus bully. They
Greenhouse Gasses. The can tell me how our ozone layer is
being depleted. The North Pole is really melting.
even define a black hole. Certain of the older ones can quote the
1st and 2nd Laws of
Thermodynamics. And one has even memorized the five
equations supporting String Theory. But they won't talk about or,
God forbid, even read a chapter of the Bible.
And they cannot tell me how the fourth
amendment (among others) was gutted by Patriot
And they cannot tell me why a man who went
eighteen months is
today saluted by our military. And why did this
one who was on watch for our country fail to scramble air force jets to
either intercept or
shoot down just one of the four hijacked jets on 9-11? Read
Procedure for such events
established June 2001; and FAA guidelines HERE.
Now think about it.
And they cannot tell me what was or were
those "work(s)" that lit the Big Bang -- who or what flipped the switch
-- the ignition (although proponents imply the String Theory will eventually
that, too). Isn't a scientific theory supposed to be
as a process before it becomes an accepted hypothesis?
The past two months commercial news has
increasingly reported the "Coma Case"
in Florida--alleging a young woman,
Terri Schindler-Schiavo, has been in a "persistent vegetative state"
years, whose husband wants her taken off life support so she can die',
etc., etc. The news media be damned. This is
flagrant fraud and obfuscation of truth. Do you even
care? Enough to read more? Because of the lack of
truth reported about this tragic story, many of our alphabet news
media are this week changing their internet headlines to soften their
indifference and error -- "THE COMA CASE" -- has hence been
rewritten as "Paralyzed Woman's Feeding Tube Reinserted" or "Woman in
Vegetative State Case..."
Just type "Florida Coma Case" into Google
look for yourself. The "Coma Case" headlined on or about
This week those headlines were changed, at least on the internet,
appearance's sake. But the truth was already being reported on
renegade independent media
shows/websites like The Power
Hour, and Alex Jones' highly acclaimed
Infowars radio show. Terri
is NOT in a coma. She is brain-damaged from abuse. She is
awake and alert. In
fact, it was Alex Jones who first brought
the truth of this young woman's horrific plight to radio light.
BRAVO to Alex, Joyce, Dave, and Linda
Kennedy, and all the others who brought the truth forward and prevented
a nazi-like precedent from being set in this country for EXTERMINATING
HUMAN "baggage." This is not about right-to-life, folks--it
is about euthenizing the sick
convenience and when it is financially beneficial to the advocate(s).
But Baby Boomers, beware; ours is the
largest generation on earth--if our economy is in the tank, if social
security is depleted, if Medicare is shrinking--well, get ready--who do
you think is going to be YOUR advocate in your old age?????
That's right--The state!
Does anyone care out there?
I think the increasing dimness of
me most of all of the demise of our own sense of humanity and the
current state of general human indifference--being neither hot nor
cold, neither light nor
dark, but merely gray--people just don't care anymore.
In my own neighborhood this past year,
keeping the peace was defined by obfuscating truth to preserve
public reputations and the veneer of "friendship." I have been
ostracized for not turning the
other cheek when one of our local mucky-mucks covered up a crime by
simply writing out a check....
In November, 2001, I was verbally and
physically assaulted in my own
church before forty of our congregation for (privately) suggesting to
our minister that the Bushes and the Bin
friendship and thirty year business (and vacation) history connotes
a conflict of interest. No one lifted a finger to help
me. They all just stood there watching the assault with a look on
their faces like I had worn a short skirt into a pool hall and deserved
Every day now I must face the reality that I am ill, carrying a hybridized organism in my body which was patented by the head epidemiologist of our Department of Defense, Dr. Shyh-Ching, Lo--(U.S. Patent 5,242,820) by our own DOD and the US Army as a "stealth weapon". WHY??? AGAINST WHOM?????
I can no longer count on my legs to always support me, nor my hands to find long-learned chords on my guitar. Music is pretty much out of the question anymore--except perhaps in some informal setting around the old campfire.
But let me let you go now, so you can finish watching "West Wing..."