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Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives,
socialists, Marxists and Obama supporters, et al: We have stuck
together since the late 1950's, but the whole of this latest election
process has made me realize that I want a divorce. I know we tolerated each
other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this
relationship has run its course. Our two ideological sides of America
cannot and will not ever agree on what is right so let's just end it on
friendly terms. We can smile and chalk it up to irreconcilable differences
and go our own way. Here is a model separation agreement:
Our two groups can equitably divide up the country by
landmass each taking a portion. That will be the difficult part, but I am
sure our two sides can come to a friendly agreement. After that, it
should be relatively easy! Our respective representatives can
effortlessly divide other assets since both sides have such distinct and
disparate tastes. We don't like redistributive taxes so you can keep them.
You are welcome to
the liberal judges and the ACLU. Since you hate guns and
war, we'll take
our firearms, the cops, the NRA and the military. You can
keep Oprah, Michael Moore and Rosie O'Donnell (You are, however,
responsible for finding a bio-diesel vehicle big enough to move all three
We'll keep the capitalism, greedy corporations, pharmaceutical companies,
Wal-Mart and Wall Street. You can have your beloved
homeless, homeboys, hippies and illegal aliens.
We'll keep the hot Alaskan hockey moms,
greedy CEO's and rednecks. We'll keep the Bibles
and give you NBC and Hollywood.
You can make nice with Iran and Palestine and we'll
retain the right to
invade and hammer places that threaten us. You can have the
peaceniks and war protesters. When our allies or our way of life are
under assault, we'll help provide them security.
We'll keep our Judeo-Christian values.. You are welcome
to Islam, Scientology, Humanism and Shirley McClain. You can also
have the U. N.. but we will no longer be paying the bill.
We'll keep the SUVs, pickup trucks and oversized luxury
cars. You can take every Subaru station wagon you can find.
You can give everyone healthcare if you can find any
We'll continue to believe healthcare is a luxury and
not a right. We'll keep The Battle Hymn of the Republic and the National
Anthem. I'm sure
you'll be happy to substitute Imagine, I'd Like to
Teach the World to Sing, Kum Ba Ya or We Are the World.
We'll practice trickle down economics and you can give
trickle up poverty your best shot. Since it often so offends you, we'll
keep our history, our name and our flag.
> > Would you agree to this? If so, please pass it along to
> > other like minded liberal and conservative patriots and if you do not agree,
> > just hit delete. In the spirit of friendly parting, I'll bet you ANWAR which one
> > of us will need whose help in 15 years.
John J. Wall, Law Student and an American
P. S. Also, please take Barbara Streisand & Jane Fonda with you.Divorce Agreement: Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives,... more
A humanitarian is a person actively engaged in promoting human welfare and social reforms, sometimes known as a philanthropist. With the recent disaster in Haiti and the next looming around the corner, anyone interested in their fellow man can’t help but take time to think about their role in the world and what can be done to make things better.
Link: http://www.onlineuniversitylowdown.com/2007/08/50-fascinating-lectures-for-humanitarians.htmlA humanitarian is a person actively engaged in promoting human welfare and social... more
Clint Borgen discusses global poverty on KISS 106.1. This video gives a behind the scenes look at Clint Borgen being interviewed on air. Clint Borgen is the President of The Borgen Project, an agency that works with Congress to address global poverty.Clint Borgen discusses global poverty on KISS 106.1. This video gives a behind the... more
More than 8,000 cases of rape were reported last year in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern Kivu provinces, where government forces are battling rebel fighters, the United Nations humanitarian agency said.
Of the rapes, “a vast majority were committed by armed groups, including the national army,” the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in an e-mailed report today.
Humanitarian groups cannot reach 30 percent of the people displaced by fighting because of continuing insecurity in remote parts of the Kivus, the report said, adding that there were 179 attacks against humanitarian workers in the provinces in 2009, compared with 112 in 2008. In total, seven aid workers were killed last year, all Congolese nationals, Giuliano said.
In December, the UN Security Council mandated that peacekeepers in Congo base all future support for the Congolese army on its adherence to international law and protection of civilians.
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601116&sid=a9_ImG_9bQdUhttp://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601116&sid=a9_ImG_9bQdU More than... more
February is black history month and so I will dedicate this piece to the longest serving black political prisoner in the world and to the many others who are prisoners in Cuba's jails....
Institutionalized racism was abolished in Cuba thirty years before Rosa Parks was thrown off that Montgomery bus. The government Castro helped overthrow had included blacks as president of the Senate, minister of agriculture, chief of the army, and Head of state, Fulgencio Batista.
Batista grabbed power in a (bloodless) coup in 1952, but in 1940 he had been elected president in elections considered scrupulously honest by US observers. So whatever racial barriers existed in Cuba at the time did not prevent a country that was 71 percent white from voting in a black president (Batista was mulatto, just like Barack Obama) - and electing him almost twenty years before Eisenhower sent federal troops into Little Rock to enforce legislation and 68 years before the first black man was elected president in the United States.
Today, Cuba's jail population is 85 percent black. The regime Castro founded holds the distinction of having incarcerated the longest serving black political prisoner of the twentieth century, Eusebio Peñalver, who was holed up and tortured in Castro's jails longer than Nelson Mandela languished in South Africa's.
Peñalver was bloodied in his fight with communism but unbowed for thirty years in its dungeons. "Nigger!" taunted his jailers. "Monkey! We pulled you down from the trees and cut off your tail!" snickered Castro's goons as they threw him in solitary confinement.
His communist jailers were always asking Eusebio Peñalver for a "confession," for a signature on some document admitting his "ideological transgressions." This would greatly alleviate his confinement and suffering, they assured him.
They got their answer as swiftly and as clearly from Peñalver as the German commander who surrounded Bastogne got from the 101st Airborne. Eusebio scorned any "re-education" by his Castroite jailers. He knew that it was they who desperately needed it. He refused to wear the uniform of a common criminal. he knew that it was they who should don it. Through thirty years of hell in Castro's dungeons, Eusebio Peñalver stood tall, proud, and defiant.
Ever hear of him? He lived in Miami (died in 2006). Ever see a CNN interview with him? Ever see him on 60 Minutes? Ever read about him in the New York Times? The Boston Globe? Ever hear about him on NPR, or during Black History Month? Ever hear the NAACP or Congressional Black Caucus mention him?
He was a Cuban political prisoner. And as we all know, with the mainstream media and academia, that form of opposition doesn't count. Today. Castro's police bar black Cubans from tourist areas. Cuba's prominent political prisoner, Elias Biscet, is black (I won't bother asking if you've heard of him either). And exactly, 0.8 percent of Cuba's communist rulers are black. In other places they called this "apartheid."February is black history month and so I will dedicate this piece to the longest... more
Israel, the tiny country with only 1/1000th of the worlds population, has the most modern hospital set up in Haiti, with two 747 plane loads of supplies and hundreds of personnel.
Israel has the only field hospital in all of Haiti and it was set up with 48 hours of the quake. The US has not set up a hospital yet.
http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/01/22/haiti.earthquake/index.htmlIsrael, the tiny country with only 1/1000th of the worlds population, has the most... more
A campaign using text messages to raise money for the Red Cross has tallied more than $21 million for relief efforts in Haiti.
The electronic fundraiser, boosted in its early days by widespread posting on social-networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, has outstripped the organization's expectations and is showing no signs of letting up, an official said Monday.
"It's blown me away and it continues to," said Wendy Harman, the director of social media for the Red Cross.
Harman said the campaign, which raised more than $3 million in its first 24 hours last week, had topped the $21 million mark by 11 p.m. Sunday.
The total has obliterated the nearly $4 million that, according to the Red Cross, was donated to all charities by mobile texts in 2009.
In all, the Red Cross had raised about $112 million for Haiti relief by 5 p.m. Monday, according to spokeswoman Abi Weaver.
Spurred in part by the text campaign, Red Cross fundraising for Haiti relief has started at a record pace.A campaign using text messages to raise money for the Red Cross has tallied more than... more
The Orwellian-named mercenary trade group, the International Peace Operations Association, didn't waste much time in offering the "services" of its member companies to swoop down on Haiti for some old fashioned humanitarian assistance disaster profiteering. Within hours of the massive earthquake in Haiti, the IPOA created a special web page for prospective clients, saying: "In the wake of the tragic events in Haiti, a number of IPOA's member companies are available and prepared to provide a wide variety of critical relief services to the earthquake’s victims."
While some of the companies specialize in rapid housing construction, emergency relief shelters and transportation, others are private security companies that operate in Iraq and Afghanistan like Triple Canopy, the company that took over Blackwater's massive State Department contract in Iraq. For years, Blackwater played a major role in IPOA until it left the group following the 2007 Nisour Square massacre.
In 2005, while still a leading member of IPOA, Blackwater’s owner Erik Prince deployed his forces in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Far from some sort of generous gift to the suffering people of the US gulf, Blackwater raked in some $70 million in Homeland Security contracts that began with a massive no-bid contract to provide protective services for FEMA. Blackwater billed US taxpayers $950 per man per day.
The current US program under which armed security companies work for the State Department in Iraq -- the Worldwide Personal Protection Program -- has its roots in Haiti during the Clinton administration. In 1994, private US forces, such as DynCorp, became a staple of US operations in the country following the overthrow of Jean Bertrand Aristide by CIA-backed death squads. When President Bush invaded Iraq, his administration radically expanded that program and turned it into the privatized paramilitary force it is today. At the time of his overthrow in 2004, Aristide was being protected by a San Francisco-based private security firm, the Steele Foundation.
What is unfolding in Haiti seems to be part of what Naomi Klein has labeled the “Shock Doctrine.” Indeed, on the Heritage Foundation blog, opportunity was being found in the crisis with a post titled: "Amidst the Suffering, Crisis in Haiti Offers Opportunities to the U.S." "In addition to providing immediate humanitarian assistance, the U.S. response to the tragic earthquake in Haiti earthquake offers opportunities to re-shape Haiti's long-dysfunctional government and economy as well as to improve the public image of the United States in the region," wrote Heritage fellow Jim Roberts in a post that was subsequently altered to tone down the shock doctrine language. The title was later changed to: "Things to Remember While Helping Haiti."The Orwellian-named mercenary trade group, the International Peace Operations... more
Haiti has a longstanding history of US military intervention and occupation going back to the beginning of the 20th Century. US interventionism has contributed to the destruction of Haiti's national economy and the impoverishment of its population.
The devastating earthquake is presented to World public opinion as the sole cause of the country's predicament.
A country has been destroyed, its infrastructure demolished. Its people precipitated into abysmal poverty and despair.
Haiti's history, its colonial past have been erased.
The US military has come to the rescue of an impoverished Nation. What is its Mandate?
Is it a Humanitarian Operation or an Invasion?
The main actors in America's "humanitarian operation" are the Department of Defense, the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). (See USAID Speeches: On-The-Record Briefing on the Situation in Haiti, 01/13/10). USAID has also been entrusted in channelling food aid to Haiti, which is distributed by the World Food Program. (See USAID Press Release: USAID to Provide Emergency Food Aid for Haiti Earthquake Victims, January 13, 2010)
The military component of the US mission, however, tends to overshadow the civilian functions of rescuing a desperate and impoverished population. The overall humanitarian operation is not being led by civilian governmental agencies such as FEMA or USAID, but by the Pentagon.
The dominant decision making role has been entrusted to US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM).
A massive deployment of military hardware and personnel is contemplated. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen has confirmed that the US will be sending nine to ten thousand troops to Haiti, including 2000 marines. (American Forces Press Service, January 14, 2010)
Aircraft carrier, USS Carl Vinson and its complement of supporting ships has already arrived in Port au Prince. (January 15, 2010). The 2,000-member Marine Amphibious Unit as well as and soldiers from the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne division "are trained in a wide variety of missions including security and riot-control in addition to humanitarian tasks."
In contrast to rescue and relief teams dispatched by various civilian teams and organizations, the humanitarian mandate of the US military is not clearly defined:
“Marines are definitely warriors first, and that is what the world knows the Marines for,... [but] we’re equally as compassionate when we need to be, and this is a role that we’d like to show -- that compassionate warrior, reaching out with a helping hand for those who need it. We are very excited about this.” (Marines' Spokesman, Marines Embark on Haiti Response Mission, Army Forces Press Services, January 14, 2010)
While presidents Obama and Préval spoke on the phone, there were no reports of negotiations between the two governments regarding the entry and deployment of US troops on Haitian soil. The decision was taken and imposed unilaterally by Washington. The total lack of a functioning government in Haiti was used to legitimize, on humanitarian grounds, the sending in of a powerful military force, which has de facto taken over several governmental functions.
More at the link:Haiti has a longstanding history of US military intervention and occupation going back... more
Natural disasters are just that. Natural. Not spiritual. UGH!
18 rabbits digital media produced this short documentary about The Emmanuel Boyz Center in Nairobi, Kenya. This project rehabilitates street boys who are addicted to drugs.18 rabbits digital media produced this short documentary about The Emmanuel Boyz... more
18 rabbits digital media produced this short documentary about The Organization for Youth Empowerment in El Progreso, Honduras. This project provides scholarships and other educational development for orphans in Honduras. OYE was recognized by the International Youth Foundation as one of its YouthActionNet Fellows. YouthActionNet is a program that recognizes and celebrates young social entrepreneurs for their innovative strategies to solving urgent global challenges. To find out more, visit: www.iyfnet.org.18 rabbits digital media produced this short documentary about The Organization for... more
7th January, 2010
1 Million Somali IDPs are in risk of life threatening Diseases following WFP Food halt
Youth Organization for Relief and Development is warning the possibility of life threatening diseases against the 1 million Somali IDPs in southern Somalia following when the world food program halted the food distribution to the people for humanitarian security reason and the bribe that Islamist organization are demanding from the agency.
Among the affected IDPs were mainly children, pregnant women and elderly people and if they don’t receive the food that was halted two days ago by WFP they must now be vulnerable to the life threatening diseases as there is no alternative food source.
Between the IDPS and the life threatening diseases there is nothing and the gap has to be filled urgently.
To avoid possible humanitarian crisis YORD is calling on all the Somali civil society organization, traditional leaders and elders of the southern Somalia and in Generally Somalia to intervene and create a peaceful environment that humanitarian organization could deliver the service the needy Somali people deserves until the IPDs will get peace and go back to their homes.
YORD urges the different parts struggling the leadership of Somalia to respect the humanitarian agencies and their staff in the country, in order the Somali needy people get the humanitarian aid.
Only last 18 months four humanitarian workers were killed, then the question is how the humanitarian agencies can delivery the humanitarian aid mainly food and medicine if we don’t create peaceful environment for humanitarian WORKERS.
This is the interest of the needy Somali IPDs only.
Abdirizak Mohamed Diriye
YORD representative in Nairobi.
Tel: +254 722 676 222.
www.yordorg.com. .Press release. Ref: yord/nbi/01/10... more
Corporate Social Responsibility News: Goodwill + Dell Partner for Reconnect; Miami's Miagreen Conference and Expo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtZR8QkNbgUCorporate Social Responsibility News: Goodwill + Dell Partner for Reconnect;... more
(This is an excerpt from a blog written by Chris Jarvis)
Many argue that volunteer rates are falling. They complain that people today (usually young people) won’t make commitments to a cause. The problem, people tell me, is that volunteers want to know what’s in it for them. Yep, it’s true. But self-interest isn’t the problem. It’s the solution.
Why we do what we do
People volunteer for every imaginable reason.
“I have so much, I just want to give back.” or, “We wanted to be part of the solution.” or, “There are people out there who need our help.” Or so on. And so forth.
Some are prompted by an advertisement on the subway. Others are invited to volunteer by friends or family. It may be that they were urged to get more active in the community by our religious leaders. Or possibly, someone took President Obama’s message of activism to heart.
All good reasons. Just not good enough.
The best reason for volunteering is always self-interest.
I know, I know. You think I am drunk-blogging. Hold on, I’ll explain.
“Self-interested volunteering” seems generally at odds with everything we’ve come to believe about volunteering. Right? “Self-interested volunteers.” Isn’t that an oxy-moron? What about altruism and the greater good?
In Realized Worth training sessions we raise this controversial point and discuss two reasons why self-interest is an essential aspect of an outstanding volunteer experience. Both reasons have to do with motivation.
First, as my partner Angela Parker will tell you with great conviction, “We all do what we want.” Meaning, there is always some kind of motivation and pay-off for the choices we make. When it comes to motivation, the discussion can get pretty complicated. Very rarely (if at all) will someone make a choice with singular motivation. Usually there are multiple motivators, each compelling the other. (Test this by evaluating why you chose the particulars of your lunch yesterday.)
The Ins and Outs of Motivation
For simplicity’s sake, I would suggest that we experience two kinds of motivation: one; extrinsic and two; intrinsic. When people volunteer for the first time, they are usually motivated extrinsically. (Such as a desire to “give back.”) Extrinsic motivators exist outside of an individual. They are not intimate. And while extrinsic motivations are important, they are not deeply rooted in our personality. More precisely, they are not essential factors in our journey to become who we are.
http://3blmedia.com/blog/Chris-Jarvis/Want-Good-Volunteers-Forget-Altruistic-Find-Self-InterestedPart-1-2(This is an excerpt from a blog written by Chris Jarvis) Many argue that volunteer... more
Colorado Rocky Mountain School is an independent high school in the heart of the Rocky Mountains where student-initiated philanthropic clubs abound. From Operation Smile and Face Aids to Peace Jam and Souls4Souls, CRMS students continually expand their interest in, and fundraising efforts surrounding, global humanitarian causes. And while all these clubs enjoy strong membership, an amazing thing happened the other day when one student proposed starting a Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) chapter. Based on an international foundation that promotes kindness (established in 1995 as a 501c3 nonprofit organization) the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is a resource for people committed to spreading kindness.
So Grady, a CRMS senior, announces at a weekly all-school meeting that he would like to start a RAK chapter and to simply reply to his email if anyone is interested in being involved. Well, as a small school with only 145 students and 35 faculty/staff, over 55 people immediately responded and joined his effort. So one week into the new RAK club, over one-third of the school is involved in promoting kindness and unexpected gifts of gratitude
http://3blmedia.com/theCSRfeed/Colorado-Rocky-Mountain-School-students-start-Random-Acts-Kindness-club#Colorado Rocky Mountain School is an independent high school in the heart of the Rocky... more
Since 2006, McKesson has partnered with humanitarian organization World Vision to provide more than 175,000 World Vision Caregiver Kits to local community caregivers who care for those living with AIDS in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The Company's expertise and infrastructure in distributing medical-surgical supplies have allowed McKesson to negotiate dramatic discounts with suppliers on the kits' contents, passing these savings on to the community groups — schools, churches and businesses — that purchase materials and assemble the kits for World Vision to distribute in remote areas of developing countries.
http://3blmedia.com/theCSRfeed/McKessons-Community-Investment-Work-Leverages-Power-Employee-Engagement-Healthcare-Expert#Since 2006, McKesson has partnered with humanitarian organization World Vision to... more
(This article is worthy of posting in it's entirety) Friends and fellow Colorado Rocky Mountain School juniors Kelsey Bohannon and JJ Worley recently found a way to help needy people around the world, and keep what otherwise would be trash out of area landfills.
Through the Soles4Souls shoe charity, they collected some 500 pairs of used shoes from throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. The shoes will be sent to a warehouse in Nevada, and eventually shipped to villages around the world where people cannot afford to buy shoes themselves.
“I heard about it and it just interested me as a way for people do something for those in need without sending money,” said Bohannon, 16, who lives in Glenwood Springs.
“Some people don't like giving money, because they're not sure what's really going to happen to it,” she said. “There's not much else you can do with used shoes, though. You know someone is going to be wearing them who needs them.”
Worley, also 16, from Carbondale, looks at it as a “one person's trash is another person's treasure” sort of approach to global charity.
“People really do get tired of donating money. This is a way to get rid of something you'd be throwing away anyway, and for a good cause,” she said.
Bohannon and Worley put up flyers around the valley and set up collection boxes at Summit Canyon Mountaineering in Glenwood Springs and at Dos Gringos Burritos in Carbondale.
“They asked me to come empty the box at Summit because it was overflowing,” Bohannon said. “The shoes filled up my car.”
Once they collected all the shoes they realized it would cost $230 to ship them to Nevada, even after the 80 percent charity discount from UPS. So they approached the Aspen Skiing Company, and it covered the shipping cost.
“We didn't even think about the money part of it,” Worley said. “We really want to thank the Skico for helping us out.”
They received some interesting shoes along the way, including some Go-Go boots, a pair of snowboard boots, and ballet slippers.
“Some of them are pretty fancy shoes, and not very used at all,” Bohannon said.
Miser's Mercantile, a local second-hand store, also donated some of the shoes it had in stock, and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary collected a box of shoes as well.
The students may do another drive in the future, but their collection efforts are done for now. However, Independence Run and Hike, a local running and outdoor gear store, is also a collection location for Soles4Souls.
The store, located in the Gateway Plaza at Highway 133 and Cowen Drive in Carbondale, is collecting “gently worn” footwear and/or monetary donations to help ship the shoes.
The shoes sometimes go to victims of a natural disaster, or who are subject to living in extreme poverty, according to the organization's website, www.giveshoes.org.
“It is estimated that Americans have 1.5 billion pairs of unused shoes lying in their closets,” it notes. “The charity can use each and every one of these pairs to make a tangible difference in someone's life.”
Independence Run and Hike owner Brion After said he is glad to contribute, both in the charitable sense and because of the reduced environmental impact of recycling used shoes.
“We believe in taking care of the land that takes care of us,” he said. “Partnering with Soles4Souls enables the local running and hiking community to be environmental stewards and assist those in need throughout the world.” firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on Colorado Rocky Mountain School please contact email@example.com
http://3blmedia.com/theCSRfeed/Quite-feat-CRMS-students-send-500-pairs-used-shoes-needy-souls-around-world#(This article is worthy of posting in it's entirety) Friends and fellow Colorado... more