11-22-13 Unexpected

For God’s sake, let us sit upon the ground,

And tell sad stories of the death of kings;



When I saw that the weekly photo challenge was unexpected, I had to believe that whether consciously or subconsciously Cheri Lucas Rowland over at WordPress HQ had been influenced by the date.  To my mind the events in Dallas 50 years ago were perhaps the most unexpected event at least since Pearl Harbor and probably longer. Some people had predicted a Japanese attack. The CIA warned about 9/11 but I don’t think Kennedy’s assassination was on any radar – well except for those who planned it.

I took a walk through Central Park recently. As I came over a rise what appeared before me?




Giant pink snails from Italy of all things.

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As always. a few other views:

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12-7-12 “A Day That Will Live In Infamy” (For A While But Then The World Changes)

So yes, it was Pearl Harbor Day. It did not seem that USA people took much notice. A few people noted the date on Facebook. One or two passing conversations during the day. A couple of articles in the papers.

But, that is ancient history, man.

It was ancient history when I was a boy. Now…

It makes me wonder…Before we were a country we fought the French.  The French came to our defense when we fought and hated the British and started the country. The British burned the capitol in the war of 1812 and then they became our best ally for a long time and perhaps still today (although I go with Australia or Canada).  We fought the Germans, twice, to prevent them from controlling Europe (we only found out the real and deadly truth about the Holocaust after we were at war) and now we encourage their control of Europe.  We made the Japanese into sub-humans after Pearl Harbor. Now, we support and encourage each other, they are a strong ally.

In 50 years, I wonder, will we be good friends with the radicals of Islam? History says quite possibly…who will be the “other” then, I wonder.

I was in Central Park and the pedicabs seemed to be having a convention. Leaflets were being handed out. Nonetheless, this gentleman was not happy that I was photographing them.

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12-7-11 Did Anyone Remember Pearl Harbor?

I’ll take your part
When darkness comes
And pain is all around
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

Paul Simon

Living in New York, living in the USA, I frequently hear and read that 9/11/01 is a day that “We will never forget”. There was an earlier  day that “would live in infamy” that we would always remember…A few editorials, one or two friends posted something on FB, a few blogs but….

We humans are built to forget and live in a future looking place. It is one of the reasons I find the current political climate so depressing. The Democrats want to recreate FDR, the Republicans want to take us to the mid- 19th Century (except Ron Paul who wants to go much further back…), The Corporations, our real rulers, are looking back to feudal times…no one is looking forward. A very small but telling example is the collapse of our manned space program. We need the Russians and Chinese to take us into space?  What is that about?

All I hear from politicians is what we can’t do; how if we would just do as they say , not as they do, we would live on “that shining city on the hill”; how stupid, venal and greedy everyone is especially teachers and other public sector workers aka the people who educate our children, make the trains run on time and deliver the mail (just a thought..I don’t think the founders meant for the Post Office to MAKE money. I think they meant it to be a government service that would connect all of the citizens of the USA not just those who can afford Fedex, UPS and high speed internet.)

And finally, please write your congressman and senators and ask them to revoke the senate passage of the evisceration of the 4th and 6th Amendments. If you haven’t heard about this the Senate included, in their version of the Defense Authorization Act, a provision that would allow for American citizens, living in the US, to be held indefinitely without being charged with a crime, if they are suspected of being terrorists. As Rand Paul pointed out, if you are missing fingers the DOJ says you might be a terrorist…

Check out two clips from Jon Stewart, who is a lot better at this than I am… Daily Show Clip 1 Daily Show Clip 2

Sorry about the commercials in the links.