Saturday, December 15, 2012

Guns:Who Will Stop The Violence?


To be blunt, as the cartoon illustrates, our gun availability is simply biting us in the ass. As a responsible gun owner I feel that unless the state and federal governments take immediate, direct leadership in finding ways to better regulate gun ownership, the USA will become an Afghanistan in terms of violence. We need to get beyond the lobbying tactics of the NRA and gun manufacturers and restore national sanity. NOW.
To be blunt, as the cartoon illustrates, our gun availability is simply biting us in the ass.  As a responsible gun owner I feel that unless the state and federal governments take immediate, direct leadership in finding ways to better regulate gun ownership, the USA will become an Afghanistan in terms of violence. We need to get beyond the lobbying tactics of the NRA and gun manufacturers and restore national sanity. NOW.
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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Democracy is NOT a Spectator Sport/Sounds of Silence

If you arrived on this blog by happenstance, you've seen that this is the first post that I've made in more than a year. It's not due to lack of activism or thoughts on my part.  Over the last year I've::

-worked on the recall effort of Wisconsin's governor (Scott Walker)...unsuccessful
-worked with political action groups to send messages to state and national politicians
-networked with the AFL-CIO and Planned Parenthood to support causes
-done whatever I could to help Obama become re-elected
-used social networks to speak out against ultraconservative agenda and actions
-supported the election of Tammy Baldwin as a Wisconsin Congressional voice


What I haven't done is blog about politics.

From the list of actions that I've taken over the last year, it's obvious that I have thoughts/opinions/concerns about a variety of directions that different elements are trying to take this country of ours.  I think that we have struggled to be where we are today and I refuse to let those with a conservative agenda take it all away in order to either make America fit their narrow world view or increase their bottom line profits.

I'm not afraid to speak out against the initiatives endored by Faux News and the Tea Party.  I'm also not afraid to tell moderates/liberals that they need to be more pro-active and assertive. I have spoken up and will contiue to do so in person, through e-mail, and through the social media. In terms of political and social  analytical writings, there are so many who are more informed and articulate than I that my commentary does not seem as relevant as other actions that I might be taking.

Having said that:
- I'll check bac every so often and see if someone has left a message here.
-if you really have a thought to share with me, my e-mail address in in my Blogger profile info.

Thanks for stopping by and listening.

Please remember two things::

-Democracy is not a spectator sport.
-Your silence about a condition is interpreted as your consent for that condition to exist.

Kerry

Friday, November 4, 2011

Dona Nobis Pacem



Dona Nobis Pacem/Give Us Peace

Today, on November 4, I’m taking a detour from my usual blogging to Blog for Peace. Those of you reading this on my photography blogs might react with a, “He promised that he wouldn’t get political in his blog posts on this site”. If you read just a little further, you’ll discover that I have kept my promise.

“Peace”, in my mind, is not and should not be a political word. Peace is a time when people are not in conflict with one another, and treat each other as they’d like to be treated- with respect, dignity, and understanding. True peace does not concern itself with ideology, religion, gender, social class, nation of origin, sexual orientation, or any other way that is commonly used to divide people into “us” and “them” categories. Peace is how you and I relate to each other on a one-to-one basis. I understand that these words are extremely idealistic. I also understand that here are circumstances when peace can only be attained or held onto through non-peaceful struggle. Still, as I travel in my own country and in other parts of the world, it is clear to me that we have more similarities than differences. As individuals, we all have a strong desire for peace for ourselves and those we care about. It is imperative for our own survival that, to the greatest degree possible, we “give peace a chance”. There is no substitute for peace.

Would you like to be part of this peace initiative next year? If so, follow this link:

http://mimiwrites.blogspot.com/p/blogblast-for-peace-2011-how-to-get.html

Peace,

Kerry

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Wisconsin Republicans Rearrange State's Districts by Following "the Dark Side" of American History

In a recent Milwaukee Journal article, it was reported that Republicans have already done this and would like to see it implemented before the ""Recall Walker" votes are made. This is no surprise. Gerrymandering is the proper historical term for it. The intent is to rearrange voting districts in such a way that there is a new balance of voters that favors the political party in power. That means that you realign voter boundaries so that a group who traditionally votes Democratic is absorbed by a majority who have traditionally voted Republican. This is exactly the plan that Wisconsin Republicans hope to implement,

It is interesting that Republicans have chosen to learn from "the Dark Side" of American history and have adopted some of its practices. The last ten months and what has happened in Wisconsin show evidence that it shouldn't be surprising that they do so. Democrats are"using the Force" and have appealed to the federal government (which has created a three judge panel to review this redistricting).

Hopefully, three things will come from this in spite of Republican control of both legislative houses:

-the redistricting will not be permitted to go into effect, at least until AFTER the recall vote.
-the citizens of Wisconsin will be incensed by yet another Republican "Dark Side" ploy.
-Scott Walker will lose his political job and no longer be governor.

For those interested in reading the original Milwaukee Journal article, the link is:

In solidarity,

Kerry

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Thoughts On "The Movement'

Provocative or tongue-in-cheek attempt upon the part of Gary Trudeau? The Movements were/are different:-A stop the war movement + internet = a political tsunami. It's amazing that we did what we did in those times with what we had in terms of communication-no cell phones, no internet. Confrontation through violence was another difference than Occupy Wall Street (both sides were guilty of it at times Kent State (their side)/Army Math Research Center, U.W, Madison (our side)), though our theme was "give peace a chance". Egos abounded and were blatantly present, but Stop the War leaders literally put their lives on the line as targets by being so well-known, as did some protesters randomly (Kent State among other places). Those were the days/there are the days-both with righteous anger and a time of little apathy. My mind is racing on and it's only my initial cup of coffee. This strip triggered memories and thoughts. I vote for "provocative, thanks Gary.
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G.B. Trudeau's Doonesbury is currently in its 41st year, tracking its eighth presidential administration. Trudeau maintains his studio in New York and his Web presence at www.doonesbury.com.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sorting Out the Truth in Journalism/Occupy Wall Street

It is very difficult to find a source of information that practices what used to be traditional objective journalism. In many forms of the media, the editorial page has moved to encompass the whole publication. A friend gave me a link to another journalist's observations that I found interesting and I thought that I'd share it with you. I'd be curious to discover your reactions to it. Here it is:



Kerry


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Scott Walker, Wisconsin Governor, Honored


"Campbell's Soup" has issued a new flavor "in honor" of Scott Walker and his political cronies. Needless to say, it's costly and dangerous to the consumer. Walker is reported to be a Wisconsin Weasel, not a Wisconsin Badger as previously self-identified. His political actions since he took office last January have been extremely detrimental to the majority of Wisconsin citizens that he governs. All of his actions have received a stamp of approval by the Koch brothers, major outside campaign contributors to Walker's election.


RECALL WALKER!