Monthly Archives: January 2008

Kenya’s horror



At least 800 people have died in the aftermath of Kenya’s presidential elections that were held on December 27th, 2007.

The President, Mr. Mwai Kibaki, is an ethnic Kikuyu. Observers report widespread evidence of vote-rigging that assured the sitting president would be re-elected. Unfortunately it appears that yet another corrupt African politician has put his ego, his bank account, and his selfish tyranny ahead of the lives of his fellow human beings, ahead of the lives of his fellow Kenyans.  

Did he really believe that he could orchestrate a callous act of flagrant cheating to remain in power, without any consequence? Perhaps he believed he could keep the damage “under the radar” of international scrutiny and slither back into power. Perhaps he believed that the lives of a few dozen innocent children- burned to death- was a political liability he could withstand.

This tragic, horrific turn of events in East Africa has ignited a powder keg of ethnic bitterness between Kikuyu and Luo not unlike that of Rwanda’s Hutu vs. Tutsi genocide.

When will these “leaders” stop their morally corrupt behavior? The heroic level of a Nelson Mandela is sadly so rare. Instead the list of tragic despots continues to grow along with *STOP*

I stopped writing the above post because I can’t stomach anymore of this. I have just read that Melitus Mugabe Were, a freshman member of Parliament, who could have been one of the keys to unlocking Kenya’s crisis, was dragged out of his car and shot to death on Tuesday morning as he pulled out of his gated driveway.

This is a tragedy that will certainly result in an almost unimaginable increase of the chaos and violence in Kenya.

Already we are hearing reports of the country’s unfrastructure being destroyed by angry mobs. Railroad tracks being torn up, telephone poles being chopped down and government buildings being destroyed.

The sad reality is that the frustration that started it all can be directly traced to the sitting president. This cheater, this crazy old fool of a man can’t see that he has caused this disaster? He is letting his own country be destroyed, perhaps eventually beyond recognition. For what? To maintain his illegaly gained position. 

I can’t wrap my brain around any thought process that thinks that’s okay. 



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The news networks- FOX, CNN, MSNBC- have all implemented a very 21st century kind of feature into their daily reportage. They now try to monitor the “Blogoshpere” to glean clues on what we’re thinking about.

They’re apparently monitoring some “everyman” weblogs. These “participatory journalists” are documenting on their particular niche or their corner of the world. The networks can then not only get the pulse of the issue in question, but they get it free. Of course there’s always the maxim, “you get what you pay for” to be considered. 

So the info that is extrapolated from these blogs has to be discerned appropriately or it can be at it’s best worthless, but at it’s worst damaging.  

Either way it’s an interesting angle. Any of us that happen to be online 24/7 certainly have our own favorite blogs and websites. They are like windows we peer into -or out of- that feed our need for timely news, quirky commentary or lively dialogue. We utilize our own filtering systems developed from experience.

I define the connectivity, interaction and info-spill as “Mental Massage” (copyright pending).

We can use what we learn to improve our lives or ruin them. We can spend too much time in virtual life or use it to improve our real life. Those “in the know”, understand that anyone can directly or indirectly find anything- ANYTHING!- online. It’s both exhilarating and frightening. 

I am continually amazed when I talk to old friends back home that choose to have no internet access. I don’t judge that lifestyle choice as being any better or worse than my own. But it does puzzle me why those with the ability to stretch their world, increase their knowledge and improve their quality of life, would choose not to. Frankly, when my high-speed internet access goes down it’s a feeling similar to suffocation.

I guess while some have remained “couchpotatos”, I have evolved into a “deskpotato” (copyright pending).

Now there’s something Darwin could appreciate.


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MLK Day 2008

 Martin Luther King Jr.
civil rights leader & clergyman (1929 – 1968)


“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”


“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction….The chain reaction of evil–hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars–must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”


“Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.”


“Success, recognition, and conformity are the bywords of the modern world where everyone seems to crave the anesthetizing security of being identified with the majority.”


“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. “


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“I Have a Dream”

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Our Next President?


 ….okay, so maybe our next President will not be Kevin Spacey. But I can’t help it, every time I see Mike Huckabee, I swear he reminds me of ol’ Keyser Soze. Come on, don’t you see it?



The Huckster….


 …I started collecting images of these 2 about a week ago, looking for a “perfect match”. I didn’t quite find one but in my latest search I did find this blogger, Chris Phillips,who had the same idea. I like his style… “Pages That No One Will Read”. I would never copy (per se) so because I did see the resemblance without suggestion or innuendo from elsewhere, (and was falling behind on my entries) I am going ahead with this post.

 Even though it looks like Chris and I serve the same readership…the “No One” demographic that for some reason does not attract advertisers….who woulda thunk it? 


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Obama takes Iowa


I didn’t intend to post for awhile, and I certainly do not want to overvalue the Iowa caucuses, but after considering the possibility…

Take just a moment to imagine what it would be like. The greatest nation on earth, the world’s only superpower, electing as president, Barack Obama. The most powerful man in the world will be a Kenyan-Kansan. 

The United States will forever be able to look at itself differently. The rest of the world will have to look at the United States differently.

Never again will the most exclusive club on earth be made up of old white men…. as Jimmy Buffett said in “Only Time Will Tell”….

“Are we destined to be ruled by a bunch of old white men
Who compare the world to football and are programmed to defend…”

With apologies to Mrs. Clinton, the election of Sen. Obama would be a watershed moment like no other, with worldwide implications far beyond any breaching of the gender ceiling.

Here would be the most powerful man in the world, and he would be Kenyan-Kansan…I just had to repeat that. 

The term “New World Order” scares alot of folks. But take away the conspiracy crap and know that what this world may need is exactly that…a new order, a new way to look at things, a new way to deal with things. 

How better to begin the process then to elect a man that is truly an everyman. His mixed ethnicity reflects the rainbow of humanity. He will be fresh- not one of the old boys-which may finally turn that network on its ear.

No big oil, no weapons manufacturers, no big lobby groups, no unseemly law firm deals are hiding in this man’s closet.

The resources that we as a country continue to misuse should be better directed. The messages we send out to the rest of the world should NOT be that of paranoid isolationists.They should be guides by example.

Pollyannaish? Nah. Altruistic? Maybe. Unconventional? definitely.

This is not a repeat of late 70’s Carter-sville. The world is incredibly different now. Simply replacing or maintaining the status quo with a flavor of the month is not enough (see Huckabee, Giuliani, et al).

Not many could argue that these are not drastic times (see Pakistan), they require drastic means.

Just think about it for a minute.  


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Happy New Year

My mantra for 2008 is simply; “Dignity & Purpose”.

dig·ni·ty   [dig-ni-tee] -noun, 

1. bearing, conduct, or speech indicative of self-respect or appreciation of the formality or gravity of an occasion or situation.
2. nobility or elevation of character; worthiness: dignity of sentiments.
3. elevated rank, office, station, etc.
4. relative standing; rank.
5. a sign or token of respect: an impertinent question unworthy of the dignity of an answer.

pur·pose [pur-puhs]–noun

1. the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc.
2. an intended or desired result; end; aim; goal.
3. determination; resoluteness.
4. the subject in hand; the point at issue.
5. practical result, effect, or advantage: to act to good purpose.

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