Today, at www.calamitypolitics.com we are celebrating the lives of our departed four-legged friends. In this Traditional American folk song Joan Baez laments the pain over the death of a ‘possum hound. Dogs are a blessing to our lives. Be kind, give more than you take. You know, like your dog does for you.–Darlene
If you have lost a four-legged friend recently, maybe it is time to bring another hero into your life. Save a life. Adopt a homeless pet.
“Chasing Butterflies” by Jordan Frank. Jordan sings a song he wrote for his dog that just passed. We all hope he is chasing butterflies and grasshoppers. If you love your pet as much as your pet loves you, you are on solid ground–Darlene
This post is for all the people who have lost a beloved pet. Jackie Short Nguyen says it so beautifully. I thought her words might be just the right words for someone reading this today. I have had six dogs over the course of my life. No matter how hard I try, I can only come up with a handful of people who have given me more love and happiness than those shaggy friends. If you have lost a pet, remember, that there are millions of dogs (and cats) just waiting for a chance to be special to someone. 1.2 million dogs are euthanized every year. 1.4 million cats are euthanized annually. Don’t wait, save a life adopt a pet–Darlene
We at www.calamitypolitics.com love picking out songs for the site. Generally speaking, there is a thread that ties the songs we pick to something we have been writing and screaming about recently. We chose “Fallen Soldier” by singer guitarist, Nathan Fair as today’s #1 selection. We thought it fitting to remember “Bibi” Netanyahu’s brother, Yonatan with this very special song–Darlene
We here at www.calamitypolics.com love this great Dave Granlund cartoon. Looks like the settlements are the problem. Sadly, the situation is no laughing matter. Thanks again Dave Granlund for giving us a moment of levity.
Benjamin Netanyahu was a Captain in the elite commando group Sayeret Matkal.
Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu
By Michael Leonard Douglas and D.S. Mitchell
Benjamin Netanyahu sees himself as Israel’s best great hope.
Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu’s has dreams of going down in the history books as a brilliant, charismatic and heroic leader, shaped by a lifetime of war and domestic conflict. In fact, many in Israel and the United States don’t remember anyone but Netanyahu as Israel’s Prime Minister.
Arrogance and Corruption
But, sadly, like so many other men of prominence Benjamin Netanyahu has succumbed to arrogance, corruption and greed. Familiar human failings. None the less sad for a man who has dominated the Israeli military-political sphere for multiple decades. For years, Netanyahu has portrayed himself as the single person who is smart enough, and strong enough to keep Israel safe.
Threats of Indictment
Netanyahu is a shrewd and wily politician facing indictment.
Currently Benjamin Netanyahu is facing possible indictment for money laundering, fraud, bribery, and breach of trust in three separate ongoing criminal cases. This is only the most recent of several attempts to indict Netanyahu for political corruption. The first threats at indictment and trial occurred in 1993 and again in 1997 without action.
Israeli Witch hunt
Now in 2019 on the eve of another election the Israeli Attorney General is threatening Netanyahu once again with indictment and potential incarceration. Netanyahu is a shrewd and experienced politician who has weathered numerous scandals. He claims he is the victim of a “witch hunt” concocted by his political opponents.
Separating the country of Israel from Judaism is important if we expect meaningful conversations
OPINION: Fear To Criticize Israel
By David Shadrick and D.S. Mitchell
Lawrence Tribe said in a 3/10/19 tweet: “I’m Jewish. So were my parents. My cousins were born and live in Israel. But every fiber of my being rejects Netanyahu’s ugly embrace of second-class status for non-Jewish citizens, including Palestinians. MY people do not believe in oppressing or dispossessing others. Period.”
Ilhan Omar has become a lightening rod for political debate
I’m writing this post in response to the current furor around recent remarks made by Representative Ilhan Omar. I read her remarks. Omar’s remarks were clearly directed at U. S. Congresspersons who rubber stamp votes in favor of Israel. All the power of the right-wing political machine are labeling Omar’s comments as anti-semitic. In addition to her recent tweets, the moral righteousness of the Republican party is attacking previous videos where she pointedly asked similar questions.
Two Sides Of Their Mouths
I am still amazed that Republican alt-right has the gall to call out anyone for racist comments.
With all the anti-Muslim, anti-Latino, anti-LGBTQ, anti-immigrant, and anti-POC rhetoric coming from the right, I was amazed to see the uproar from the Republicans. Seriously, I mean seriously. I wonder how anyone from that side dares even open their mouths? Who are these hypocrites that now raise up on their hind legs and call for a fellow congressperson’s head and her ouster from the House? Trump is already peppering his speech and tweets with attacks against Omar and the Democrats as “Jew haters.” Remember, this is the same guy who identified the Charlottesville Jew haters who rallied with torches “really fine people.”
Don’t Like To Hear It
Israeli PM Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu
Israel under “Bibi” Netanyahu is no place for the non-Jew. So, upfront the United States is in support of an oppressive regime dehumanizing and disenfranchising the Palestinians on the West Bank and participating in an illegal land grab. The United States does a great deal of business with Israel and have been the spine of Israel for decades. It is the unwavering support of the United States, that allows Israel to wear big-boy pants and swagger around the Middle East.
This great sentiment was seen painted on the side of a ramshackle house. Great truths often appear in strange places. Visit www.calamitypolitics.com where we look for simple solutions and great truths–Darlene.
10 Reasons YOU Should Care About the Fate of the Artic
The Wilderness Society Gives Us 10 Reasons to Protect the Arctic Wildlife Refuge.
10 Reasons YOU Should Care About the Fate of the Arctic
(1). The Arctic is America's last and largest remaining wild frontier. While development has pushed deeper into our wild places, the refuge has remained untouched.
(2). It's home to our country's polar bears. The Arctic Refuge is the only U.S. wildlife refuge where polar bears live, and it provides the most important on shore denning area in all of America's Arctic.
(3). It's a world destination for birds. More than 200 bird species from all 50 states and six continents rely on the Arctic as their summer home.
(4). Did we mention bears? The Arctic Refuge isn't just home to polar bears. It's one of the only places in the entire U.S. where you can find all three species of North American bears:polar, black and grizzly.
(5). Its an epic outdoor adventure destination. The land provides once-in-a-lifetime backpacking, rafting, fishing and other recreational opportunities.
(6). A reindeer magnet. Nearly 200,000 caribou march to their calving range on the refuge's coastal plain each year.
(7). The Arctic supports much scientific research, and is unparalleled for watching birds, whales, walrus, and polar bears.
(8). A major oil spill would cause permanent harm. Spilled oil would do more than stain the snow. It would kill wildlife, poison the water, and throw a pristine ecosystem out of balance.
(9). Before you drill, you have to build infrastructure. The land will be carved up by roads, pipelines and well pads. What was once wild will become a vast industrial complex.
(10). The Arctic Refuge is worth fighting for. Drilling would scar this pristine landscape forever. President Trump needs to hear from you!
Don't let this American paradise be destroyed. Join the Wildlife Society today! DONATE TODAY! Send your donation to:
The Wilderness Society
Attn: Jamie Williams
PO Box 97231
Washington, DC 20077-7762
20 Small Changes For You, Make BIG WINS for the Earth
SIMPLE THINGS TO DO TO HELP PROTECT OUR EARTH
1.) Put on a sweater. If you turn up the heat during winter months you are most likely using fossil fuels to fire your furnace. A sweater will actually keep you warmer while conserving resources.
2.) Choose to walk. Using fuel efficient cars is great, but getting out of your car walking or using mass transit could when multiplied by millions of commuters be a highly effective means of conserving energy and get you healthier and happier.
3.) Reuse: Those rubber bands off the delivered newspaper, save them and return them to your carrier along with the plastic bags. Those items cost money and can be used multiple times. If you get a padded envelope in the mail, save it and reuse it.
4.) Switch off: In urban areas the stars are now mostly invisible. Keep lights on in the room you are in, but keep the rest of the house dark.
5.) Get off mailing lists: If you are getting catalogues from companies you do not buy from, call them and get your name off their mailing list.
6.) Plant a tree: It is good for the soil, good for the air we breath, helps reduce climate change and provides housing for our feathered friends.
7.) BYOB: Use refillable water bottles. There are some very stylish ones available for the fashion conscious and if we all went to the refillable bottles we could prevent 50 billion plastic bottles from weighing on the environment.
8.) At the grocery store: bring your own reusable bags. The average American uses 350 plastic bags annually. Stop the threat to marine life caused by plastic bags that end up in rivers, streams and oceans.
9.) Special disposal procedures for many items are required such as ink cartridges, used oil and batteries. Proper disposal is critical, check with the retailer where you purchase such items for their recommendations.
10.) Clean naturally. You can go online and find recipes for non-toxic cleaning products using baking soda, vinegar, lemon and soap as ingredients.
11.) Turn it off. Running your faucet for 5 minutes uses as much energy as a 60 watt light bulb in 14 hours, so shut it down when you brush your teeth.
12.) Get efficient. Refrigerators and freezer units account for 1/6 of a homes energy use. Select energy efficient models when buying replacements.
13.) Switch to ebills. In the U.S. paper bills alone generate almost 2 million tons of CO2.
14.) Shower up. A full bathtub uses about 70 gallons of water, but a 5 minute shower takes only 10-25 gallons.
15.) Buy local and fresh. In North America, fruits and vegetables travel and average of 1500 miles before reaching your plate.
16.) Pull the plug. Many idle electronics use energy even when switched off, so unplug devices when you are not using them.
17.) Change a bulb. Replacing one regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent light can eliminate 150 pounds of carbon dioxide annually.
18.) Power down. Screensavers don't use less energy, so use "sleep mode" and turn off your computer at the end of the day.
19.) Go solar. It's easier than you think! Powering your home with solar panels not only shrinks your carbon footprint but it helps lower electric bills and increase a home's value.
20.) Finally. Donate to an environmental charity. It is good for the planet and good for your sense of participation in a monumental movement to save our mother.
***Thank you World Wildlife Fund for these great suggestions: In fact send donations to: WWF, 1250 24th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20037
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HEROISM ISN'T ALL ABOUT YOUR CAPE FLOATING IN THE WIND
Sometimes being a hero is as simple as:
Showing up for your son's game when you
thought you couldn't.
Speaking up when you see a person being bullied.
Recycling AND reusing.
Visiting a sick friend.
Put flowers on a soldier's grave.
Adopt a homeless pet.
Send a pre-paid phone card to a deployed soldier.
Remember to say thank you.
Being a hero doesn't require mammoth effort but it does require consistent and persistent effort. I don't remember who said that, but I think it is true. Consistency and persistence overcomes most obstacles. If you want to be a political hero I suggest you believe in your ability and power to effect change. I challenge you to effect your corner of the world.
Many great charities, here are a couple that I support:
Sierra Club, World Wildlife Fund,
ACLU, and Planned Parenthood. By the way, did you know that Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase price to the charity of your choice? Log in at smile.amazon.com whenever you purchase. Be sure to specify your charity.