(Philosophy/Poem) All Countries Have Dark Shadows And Secrets

 

Is there any ground that is not stained with innocent blood

Through the thousands and thousands of human years told

Every Clan every village every woman every child and man

There are shadows that move in the back swamps at night

Every Pod sprouts out into the light showing good seed and rotten

 

Here in the U.S. our own History shows we invaded every neighbor

There is blood on the hands of everyone who survived a cleansing

Freedom ain’t Free if all flows to the top end of big Gov and Corporate

How many fields and streams have flowed red with the innocent

Political Media spin put up a face act all amazed to learn about you

 

Ain’t nobody without a little dirt kicked onto a family grave

We won our freedom but how many free people did we kill

Some blood were proud of spilling, some were ashamed of

Can any Country live Free without making a mistake of two

There are dark shadows in the forest and swamps of all Lands

 

(Philosophy/Poem) Protect With Both: Your Bible And Your Gun

Protect With Both: Your Bible And Your Gun

 

Taking the breath away from another should never become easy

When a stranger comes to your door do you always ooze kindness

Self-famous Leaders take all of the rights, away from their slaves

Only the Wolves should have fangs, we others should bow down

Governments say that they are for the good of man, they mean them

 

The fool and the ignorant say there is no God that we have to obey

Everyone is a Spiritual Being who came from God and will go back

The so-called Left can not see the Spiritual ignorance they are in

Some folks on the Right want to use a tank to hunt down Bugs Bunny

The Left nor the Right are able to see that Freedom lies in the middle

 

Someone has always tried to deny the Works of a Divine Being, a God

There are always some who would give all your freedoms away, for peace

Why some Politicians so eager to have all their constituents unarmed

The foolish they try to kill God and education, at school and Peoples homes

A Free People only stay free by the Grace of God and their strength of Arms

 

Repression offers opportunity for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE ASIAN NEWS LETTER ‘WAGING NONVIOLENCE’)

 

Repression offers opportunity for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement

The Chinese government moved forward last week on a controversial high-speed railway development with Hong Kong, a move that would extend Chinese jurisdiction onto the city’s territory. The announcement came amid increasing efforts by Beijing to assert Chinese authority in Hong Kong, in conjunction with the suppression of its pro-democracy movement. These efforts reached a crucial moment the previous week when four pro-democracy lawmakers were removed from Hong Kong’s Legislative Council by a Hong Kong court, posing a setback to the city’s political opposition to Beijing.

The legislators — Nathan Law, Lau Siu-lai, Edward Yiu and “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung — were disqualified for inserting small acts of resistance into their oaths of office, such as shouting slogans demanding universal suffrage or pausing for several seconds after reading each word. Leung held a yellow umbrella during the procedure to symbolize the student-led Umbrella Movement — a 79-day mobilization in 2014, during which tens of thousands took to the streets, marching and camping out in tents to demand full democracy.

While the opposition in Hong Kong lost significant political power with this court decision — as it no longer has the ability to veto pro-Beijing legislation — China’s tightening of control in Hong Kong may actually signal renewed opportunity for resistance. Transforming such repression into action, however, will require unity among Hong Kong’s divided opposition, as well as a clear strategy moving forward. Despite their disagreement in terms of how to achieve democratic transition in Hong Kong, the various opposition groups nevertheless share many common aims and would benefit from dialogue.

The three main factions in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement — Progressive Liberals, Traditional Pan-Democrats, and the Pro-Independence or Localists — have been at odds since the Umbrella Movement rocked the city’s financial district three years ago. The movement was instigated by Beijing’s refusal to permit open nominations for the city’s Chief Executive and Legislative Council elections.

Cleavages between the three groups are not so deep as to preclude any cooperation and have more to do with how each faction envisions a theory for democratic change in Hong Kong. The traditional Pan-Democrats favor negotiation with Beijing and seek to gain influence by working through the system by gaining more power in the Legislative Council. This approach seems to hold less promise after the recent removal of the four legislators. The progressive liberals, on the other hand, favor street protests, direct action and social mobilization to pressure both the Hong Kong and Chinese governments for reform.

It is with the third and most radical faction, the Localists or pro-independence advocates, that a notable challenge arises for finding common ground. The Localists favor a more militant approach and have not publicly renounced violence in their aim for secession. This stands in opposition to what the other groups see as key to winning popular support and pressuring authorities for democratic change: maintaining nonviolent discipline. As such, the Localists have found themselves excluded from the leadership of the Umbrella Movement.

At the same time, however, the Localists’ position on China also leads to self-exclusion. In distancing themselves from Chinese affairs, the Localists refuse to take action on issues related to the promotion of democracy in China. They do not see it as Hong Kong’s concern. That is why the Localists did not join the July 16 vigil commemorating the life of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died as a political prisoner in Chinese custody. Liu’s death — and the expedited, government-controlled ceremony to scatter his ashes — brought thousands into the streets in Hong Kong, demanding justice and resistance to Chinese authority.

Despite these disagreements, the opposition movement is ideologically aligned on many key points, such as the need for free elections, local autonomy and greater political freedoms. Although the Localists have not openly renounced violence, there are indications that they could move in this direction. Should they do so, they will be engaged in dialogue rather than pushed to the sidelines.

China’s tightening grip on dissent, both in the inhumane detention of Xiaobo and the recent crackdown on the four Legislative Council members, has set the stage for a renewed wave of mobilization among the people of Hong Kong. The path forward will depend on coordination among the opposition. Leaders will need to incorporate potential allies, develop a shared vision based on points of agreement, and identify the institutions and actors propping up Chinese control in Hong Kong to more strategically shape a campaign for full democracy.

Three important points should be kept in mind as Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement looks ahead to the future. First, opposition groups must work to draw in as many potential allies as possible. Opponents of Beijing’s authority should not confuse the Chinese government with its citizens. Pejorative names and slurs for Chinese people — like the term “insects,” which some demonstrators have used — undermine the movement and fail to recognize that the Chinese are also victims of their government’s repression. Chinese citizens could be an important source of support in the movement against repressive Chinese rule. By incorporating the young, energetic students from the Umbrella Movement who are angered by the legislators’ dismissal, and the older people in Hong Kong who turned out to march in Xiaobo’s memory, the movement can unify different generations behind a common cause. Democracy must not be seen as only the ends, but also the means, for lasting societal change.

As the pro-democracy movement grows its base of actors, the second point that needs to be considered is the development of a shared vision. Factions in the opposition movement have been attacking each other because they hold different theories of change for Hong Kong. It is important to develop a vision that does not scare away traditional pan-democrats who want stability, while also accounting for the pro-independence faction, which wants to focus on Hong Kong’s internal affairs. Important examples show how dialogue regarding ideological differences can create a degree of consensus, such as the Tunisian dialogue platform that brought secular and religious groups into cooperation. There exists potential for Hong Kong’s opposition to find common ground on issues like urban development, independent judiciary, regulations on financial markets and improving Hong Kong’s position in East Asia. This kind of cooperation is hindered by the proportional representation system in Hong Kong’s Legislative Council, which pits groups against each other to compete for votes. A coalition within the social movement would thus provide an opportunity to build unity.

Finally, it is important for pro-democracy groups to better understand their opponent. Successful resistance efforts always target a variety of pillars, or institutions, upholding a regime. The strength of Hong Kong’s financial markets and its importance as a regional economic hub serve as leverage against Chinese authority. Civil society in Hong Kong can work to create shadow economic monitoring mechanisms that prevent corruption in Chinese investment. By focusing on areas where China is weakest, the pro-democracy opposition can team up with civil societies in foreign countries, exerting pressure on their governments to withdraw support for Chinese intervention in Hong Kong’s domestic affairs.

By uniting together around common issues and playing to Hong Kong’s strengths, the Umbrella Movement can enter a new phase of mobilization. Rather than seeing Beijing’s crackdown as a setback to the pro-democracy movement, it could instead be seen as a sign that China is growing increasingly worried about pro-democracy sentiment in Hong Kong. The recent events may be an opportunity for the movement to regroup, refocus and renew its struggle for democracy in the months and years to come.

(Poem) Hard Top Junkies

 

Just a Hard Top Junkie

I guess that’s what I have always been

Each day I drive this concrete sea

All my life I have spent a traveling man

Like a Gypsy with her crystal ball to see

Each day the old gray slab calls to me

Drawing all my breaths back to her again

 

Evicted from a common life

Drawn to see God’s great land

Friend or foe the old green stamp

Always has an outstretched hand

You work hard to be safe and free

Trying to feed and clothe the family

Thinking of the things I’ve done

Or the things I left for my Bride to do

So few possessions last, like relations lost

Drifting away then disappear like the setting sun

 

To all the soldiers, gypsies, bikers, and truckers

We all love our freedom, the people and the land

So sad that Big Brother tolerates no free thought

Never to be rewarded for the things we have done

Will we be confined to highways in the basement of Hell

Once our roaming is finished and our breathing is done

 

French President Hollande Says French Values Must Be Defended In Cold War Climate

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF BLOOMBERG NEWS)

Hollande Says France Must Defend Values in Cold War Climate

December 31, 2016, 3:03 PM EST
  • Outgoing French president sees democracy, freedom at risk
  • Final New Year’s address targets National Front’s Le Pen

French President Francois Hollande tells the French they have values to defend in the context of a new Cold War — a reference to both geopolitics and the country’s looming presidential election.

“There are moments in history when everything can be toppled. We are living through one of those periods,” Hollande said in a televised speech from Paris. “Democracy, freedom, Europe and even peace — all of these things have become vulnerable, reversible. We saw it with Brexit and with the U.S. election in November.”

Hollande, who came to power in May 2012, bowed out of France’s 2017 presidential race earlier this month, meaning today’s New Year’s eve address to the nation will be his last as head of state. The Socialist leader insisted to French voters that they have a responsibility on the global stage when they cast their ballots.

“France is open to the world, it is European,” Hollande said. “It is not possible to imagine our country crouching behind walls, reduced to its domestic self, returning to a national currency and increasingly discriminating based on peoples’ origins. It would no longer be France. That is what is at stake.”

Those remarks directly targeted the policies of National Front leader Marine Le Pen, who is committed to pulling France out of the euro, increasing restrictions on immigration, as well as putting up tariff barriers.

“Our main enemy is our doubt. You must have confidence in yourselves,” Hollande said.

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Will China’s Communist Leaders Turn Hong Kong Into Another Sea Of Blood?

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF CNN NEWS NETWORK)

‘Never imprison my mind’: Hong Kong lawmakers quote Gandhi, insult China

Hong Kong voters elect pro-democracy activists

Hong Kong voters elect pro-democracy activists

Story highlights

  • Hong Kong is swearing in the latest Legislative Council, the city’s parliament
  • Several lawmakers had their oaths rejected for changing the language

Hong Kong (CNN)The first day of the new Hong Kong parliament descended into farce as several young lawmakers staged curse-laden protests at the swearing in of city’s Legislative Council.

“I do solemnly swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Hong Kong nation,” pro-independence lawmaker Yau Wai-ching, 25, said after laying out a flag bearing the words “Hong Kong is not China.”
Instructed to repeat the oath by Legislative Council secretary general Kenneth Chen, she described the city as the “Hong Kong special administrative region of the People’s Re-f**k-ing of Chee-na (sic).”
Yau’s oath was rejected by Chen, and she will have to retake it at a later date if she wants to take up her seat.
Also rejected was her Youngspiration party colleague Sixtus Leung, who displayed the same flag, and independent lawmaker Edward Yiu, who added a promise, to “fight for genuine universal suffrage”, to his oath.
A spokesman for Youngspiration said the refusal to accept its lawmakers’ oaths was “illegal” and dismissed claims they had deliberately mispronounced any of the words.
He added that the flag displayed was a “fashion statement,” and that “saying ‘Hong Kong is not China’ is a logical statement, Hong Kong the city and China the country are different entities.”

Gestures of defiance

Leung Kwok-hung, holds a yellow umbrella and an oversized mock copy of the proposed anti-subversion legislation as she takes oath.

Other lawmakers who were sworn in were no less combative. Umbrella Movement activist Lau Siu-lai read her entire speech at a snail’s pace in an apparent protest.
Nathan Law, another former Umbrella leader and the city’s youngest lawmaker, quoted Gandhi before making his oath.
“You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind,” he said.
Law, the last lawmaker to be sworn in, then refused to leave the podium, demanding that Chen explain his reasons for refusing to accept the oaths of Leung, Yiu and Yau. He was joined by several other pro-democracy lawmakers as the session ended in chaos.

Worry for Beijing

Yau Wai-ching displayed a flag with the slogan "Hong Kong is not China."

Last month, Hong Kongers turned out in record numbers for the first major election since the 2014 pro-democracy protests.
Voters elected a raft of so-called localist politicians, those who favor greater autonomy or evenindependence for Hong Kong.
“People want to thumb their noses at Beijing and send a strong message that the past few years … of suppressing Hong Kong’s democratic aspirations cannot be tolerated,” Chinese University of Hong Kong professor Willy Lam told CNN at the time.
China has reacted angrily to calls for Hong Kong independence, with some senior officials calling for “separatists” to be prosecuted.

12 Proverbs And Philosophy From My Old Mind (8-18-2016)

 

Here in the 21st century how many Christians still observe the day given as Christs Birthday, as His Birthday? Yet, it seems that so few choose to walk in His principles. So, is it easier to keep this Holiday, or His Birthday than it is to keep His Commandments? Or, in this modern age are His words of no matter because we judge ourselves by our own righteousness?

 

America, if we the people give up the Liberty of the Second Amendment believing that the Government will protect us in our times of peril. Then we will most certainly lose our freedom, our God-given rights, our Country, and our lives.

 

Where you have liberty and all of the basic human rights given to you by God Himself, then you have a Country worth fighting for. If you do not have these things then you do not have a Country, all you have is labor and death to leave to your children and their children.

 

We should all work each day as though we will grow old. Yet each night we should bow our knees and pray that we do not die on the morrow.

 

Does anyone really own the title to a piece of land? Remember, the Lord gives and if He wishes, the Lord has every right to take away. All things belong to the Lord for they were His before us and they will be His after even the thought of us is gone. Yet no free people can tolerate a Government that puts themselves upon God’s Throne. Governments do not give freedom to the people. It is the people who allow the Government to exist, not the other way around!

 

A free people’s rights come from the laws of God, not from inside the D.C. Beltway!

 

What will be the American History of 2016 that is left to the future generations, if indeed there be any? Is this generation truly nothing but Donkey dung or Elephant manure? For what good or what freedom can come from the mouth’s of two Domesticated Beasts who’s master is a Dragon?

 

If the people are allowed to have no freedom of choice by their Government then the people’s only free choice is to remove that Government!

 

We have all heard the old saying about their being too many Chiefs and not enough Indians. Yet if the labor of multitudes of Indians go to behoove a small number of Chiefs, these few Chiefs will grow to consider the many who made them what they are as nothing but parasites not even worthy of their crumbs!

 

As death draws us near to our bed what is it that we hope for or believe? Did we leave God’s Light in the eyes of our children or the love of freedom upon their hearts? Or, will the memory of us be forgotten once the dirt is shoveled upon our face?

 

If “We The People” are so ignorant as to send Lawyers to be in “Our Congress” how can we expect anything except double talk as they fill their pockets at the people’s expense?

 

If a person in your country seeks a position of power and they request you have confidence in them, consider their request if you wish. Yet make sure of two things. Make sure that their feet are bound with chains to your country’s Constitution, and their heart to the Constitution of ‘The’ Creator. For if either one is not bound as such, the people will know only misery, poverty, and an early death!

 

(I hope that you liked at least some or even one of these and if not, I hope that they at least made you either smile, or think. Good night, and God bless.)

To Live In Peace

 

O to live in peace

Why does this have such a majestic sound

Isn’t this something that all sane people wish to be

Why does so many in peace name seem to die each week

It has never been since Adam that God’s peace was free

Strength and prayer the armor that keeps a free people free

Forsake either one and in this world we will soon cease to be

Is this the year that to God Himself all leaders bow their knee

To live in peace with freedom should be a world motto for thee

Simple mathematics, no peace no freedom, leaves only tyranny!

America Needs A Minimum Of 5 Presidential Choices This November: For Freedom!

 

For freedom? Yes, freedom from the monopoly of the Republican and the Democratic racket that they have been putting the American people through hell for decades now. Only the American political establishment, Holly Wood, and the major News Agencies seem to be the only ones who don’t get it that they do not represent the majority of the American people and/or our views. Republican Party, Ted Cruz, get a grip, you say “you will not negotiate with the Democrats”, folks Ted Cruz is the current King of Gridlock in D.C. as a rookie Senator, does he or anyone honestly believe that if he were our President that there would be less gridlock than there is now?

 

America, the land of the free and the home of the brave and the land where literally around half of adult Americans (18 and over) aren’t even registered to vote. Simple reason it’s because they don’t believe that their vote really counts for anything. Then there is the reality that even in Presidential election years we struggle to get a 50% turnout among the voters that are registered. That means that in the biggest election we have each four years that gets the most turn out, still only equals 25% of the adult population of Our Country coming out and voting in an average President election. Now folks, as you know the previous Presidential election cycles always limited us voters to one of two choices one each from the two big parties except for Mr. Wallace and Mr. Perot of course. These days the people who do turn our and vote have been electing people with no more than a 52/48 ratio, this means that approximately 1/2 of that 25% who voted or about 12 1/2% of the American population has been electing our Leaders, at the most 12.5%.

 

As I have said here before I believe that the Republican Party will figure out some way, any way, to make sure that Mr.Trump is not their flag barer. You must know as well as I do that if Mr. Trump is fangled out of the Republican Flag he is going to raise his own flag as a third-party Candidate. That leaves Mr. Cruz in the Birds Eye Seat right? That leaves him the as the Republicans nominee doesn’t it? No, not necessarily, you must be aware that the Republican Establishment hates the ground Mr. Cruz walks on, so why not elect Governor Kasich as the Pallbearer for their Party? You know that Mr. Cruz without a doubt would revolt and become the Tea Party’s Candidate? That is now three from the Republican field with one from the Democratic field, Ms. Hillary and or Mr. Sanders correct? Ms. Hillary has been prepping the pipe with messages of Mr. Sanders not really being a Democrat just in case she gets embarrassed and looses by any margin in New York. Thus putting her nomination of the people, by the people, (I am anti-Super- Delegates) in jeopardy. What I am saying is, if Ms. Hillary can not win the election of her Party without the ‘Supper-Delegates’ I totally believe that Mr. Sanders will split if ‘The Party’ ‘elects’ Ms. Hillary. This would be five possible people for us the public to vote for. #1) Ms. Hillary as the Democrats ordained. #2 Governor Kasich as the Republican nominee. #3 Mr. Cruz representing the Tea Party, this in my opinion would be the ‘Conservative wing’ of the main stream Republican Party.#4 Mr. Trump will need some party to hook to so he can be on the November ballot, he could represent the Liberal side of the Republican Party. I said Liberal because he does think outside of the D.C. Box that the two-party leaderships drill into their puppets, liberal in that sense. #5 Mr. Sanders as the Independent Senator from Vermont represents the Liberal side of the Democratic machine. Republicans thought that President Obama was way left liberal, Mr. Sanders if far left of President Obama. Ms. Hillary these days sometimes on some issues talks more like a Republican, just as her hubby does. ( Well, on the days the wind is blowing that way, it will be some other direction in a moment just hold on).

 

Okay folks, here are my main five I believe we should get to vote on this November 1st. I know there are other parties and good for them, best wishes, I mean that. There are Party’s like Green Peace whom seem to be on the ballots every four years, I am not saying there should only be five, I am saying at least. This you might well say would cause a situation where it would take even far less than 12.5% to win the Presidential election. The ‘safety’ for the American people on a vote like what I am suggesting would require that one Candidate would have to win at least 50.001% of the vote to capture the Nomination. Since this would almost always be the case one person would not get enough of the vote, so then take the top two and run them alone in an up or down election between the two highest vote receivers about seven days later. The American people would be far more involved in elections if they weren’t already slanted so that the people can’t ever win. Republicans, Democrats, Congress, the American people are sick of you and your statuesque.

Live Until You Die

Live Until You Die

 

 

What price do we put on our days

We toil and we labor and  we sweat

Heartbeats given cannot be re-gotten

Youth like life itself quickly fade away

 

Old man, shakes from life’s lessons received

Bodies will age yet the mind keeps deep secrets

Memories good and bad linger in the gray matter

Rocking in our chairs, will we have memories worth having?

 

Doctor tells you it’s a short time till you die

Do you ever wonder if in this life you have ever lived

If we left tonight would anyone even notice we’re not there

Life is up too one’s own inner circle of the mind, of our choices

 

Live your life, breathe the fresh air of your psychological freedom

Governments and employers may rule our bones, but never our Souls

The Comforter within liquidates the stress lain upon us so we can live

Enjoy your freedom, breathe the fresh air, live all the life that you can

 

Dirt baths are a race that none of us will win in the end for the end is the end

Laid in the dirt it is over, no more chances to frolic with our children, or theirs

What will it really mattered that you spent your life toiling as you have done

Our history flies by us, what can we say we did today, if the undertaker greets us tonight?