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“A storm builds, and its coming will cleanse the World”

Lo! We have listened to many a story of our forefathers, their splendor of old, their mighty heirs and warrior deeds!  Many a son of warriors old, taken by the forces of savage foes.

Whence came this seed of evil?  Born of a father from Ny-an-za, in the “Dark Continent.”

The mother of evil, from Wi-chi-ta, a far away land named “The New World.”  The seedling to be born a half-breed son.

The young lad had not a decent upbringing;  a father and mother of nomadic ways, he found guidance through a false prophet, who resided in the windy city.

The prophet-noir did instill obscure and profane thoughts into the impressionable young mind.  The lad had sought out strange writings by mad-men; twisted ideas of “taking from one man, to give to another”,  his education grew in the wrong direction- it was too late- he had sealed his fate.

Surrounded by faceless soulless men and women; he learned his craft well, to be a soothsayer and captured the feeble minded through wicked spells of deception.

From humble beginnings, paltry and weak, he grew to a tyrant as time brought change to the world;  he slyly throve under heaven in power and pride.

As he tasted a sip of power he knew, he had to take it all for himself;  nothing to stop him- the lawmakers that were trusted to protect the masses, they also fell victim to his spells.

Woe the fate of a great Republic- sabotaged by this monster!

He had planned his campaign; through any means to take power, to rule over all.  His ideas were to be followed, none may object; strike down those who dare criticize his will.

His rise to the Apex of power came to pass, swift like a thief in the night.  By covert  planning; many opened the doors for him, through nefarious ways.

In his court of advisers; a haggard woman of power, took him for her pawn.  She vouched for him; a lie through and through….that he may be eligible to be supreme leader over all.

Although the contract of the Republic stated only a natural citizen may rule; she convinced the judges, that her words were true.

Once in power, this usurper from the “Dark Continent” needed not abide by the laws.  The oligarchy ruled; looked the other way, when transgressions were committed against the common people.

Those who had power, had committed treason against the Republic; how to annihilate them to restore peace and prosperity through the Great Land?, for which many a brave warrior had met mortality to protect.

Oh the fate of a great nation, only to collapse under such duress!

Everything that was hidden  will be revealed; and as the sun overcomes the darkness, will a new day dawn with grace?

Annihilate– To destroy something

Apex– The highest point of something, the top

Covert– Secret, not intended to be known, seen, or found out

Forefather– Male ancestor, usually one who died long ago

Haggard– Appearing worn, unruly

Nefarious– Evil, utterly immoral or wicked

Nomadic or Nomad- Someone who wanders from place to place

Paltry– Insignificant or unimportant

Profane– Irreverent, showing disrespect for God, any deity or religion

Throve– Past tense of thrive

Treason– Betrayal of country

Tyrant– An absolute ruler who exercises power cruelly and unjustly

Usurper- Seize something without right: to use something without the right to do so

Whence– From where- from what place or source

Definitions from Encarta.com, and The American Heritage Dictionary 3rd edition.

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I had heard recently that there is STILL OIL on Alaska’s beaches from the Exxon Valdez spill that happened twenty one years ago. So I decided to do some research and found this interview from “Democracy Now”, a daily TV/radio news program, hosted by Amy Goodman. The following is just part of an interview she had with Riki Ott, a community activist, marine toxicologist, and former commercial salmon fisher-woman and author of two books on the spill.

The reason I feel this interview is important to share with the masses is because of the issue of “corporations” having the same rights as a person. (being protected by law). She explains this in detail later, and I encourage you to think of what power is being given to corporations, and as long as they continue to have these same rights, justice will never be “for the people”.

Now with the oil spill off the coast of Louisiana, we will face yet many more years of litigation, which will of course not accomplish justice for the people, or animals that are now suffering (and will continue to suffer) because of this tragedy.

To read the complete interview, you may use this link:

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/24/20_years_after_exxon_valdez_oil

AMY GOODMAN:

A report marking the twentieth anniversary of the spill has found oil still persists in the region and, in some places, quote, “is nearly as toxic as it was a few weeks after the spill.” The report was put together by the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, which oversaw restoration efforts. It states, quote, “At this rate, the remaining oil will take decades and possibly centuries to disappear entirely.”

RIKI OTT:

Those ecosystem studies began in 1994, really too late for our trial. They didn’t get completed until about 2004—I’m talking about published papers now. And those studies show, sure enough, the oil that’s remaining on our beaches is still causing harm

AMY GOODMAN: Let me see. You have brought a little jar. This is Exxon Valdez oil, Smith Island, Prince William Sound. This is one year ago. This is not from—

RIKI OTT: This is July 2nd last year, not even a year.

AMY GOODMAN: This is astounding.

RIKI OTT: That’s what we think, too. I take children out on the beaches now who were born after the spill and say, “This is your legacy.”

AMY GOODMAN: It’s just covered in oil.

RIKI OTT: The oil specifically is polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, PAHs. This is actually coming out the tailpipes of our automobiles. It’s the fine soot. That’s kind of the codeword for it. And this is linked with genetic harm, not only in animals, but in people, as well, respiratory harm, reproductive impairment, cancers. Very low levels of this oil, these PAHs, cause incredible harm to people.

AMY GOODMAN: You’ve said that is not just an environmental disaster, but a crisis in democracy.

RIKI OTT: It is a democracy crisis. The question we started asking as our lawsuit went on and on and on, and we didn’t get paid, was how did corporations get this big, where they can manipulate the legal system, the political system? What happened here? And I thought that was a really good question, so I went to answer it. And that became the final chapter of Not One Drop.

And I learned from other people’s work that there’s actually two ways to amend the Constitution. One is formally, through people-made law, which we’ve done twenty-seven times. And one is informally, through what Thomas Jefferson called the engine of consolidation, the federal judiciary, the Supreme Court.

And in 1886, the Supreme Court made sort of a seminal decision, where it granted a railroad corporation equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment, which is, of course, a civil rights amendment for due process and equal protection for African American men. For the first forty years after that passed, there were 307 lawsuits brought, nineteen by African American men, the rest by corporations.

And at that point, when the Fourteenth Amendment passed to corporations, this thing called a corporate person arose. And that corporate person, in the eyes of the law, is able to access our rights, human rights, the Bill of Rights, constitutional protections. This is wrong. The word “corporation” never appears in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. This is how we’ve lost freedom of speech. We still—we, as people, still have the First Amendment, but so do corporations. Free speech equals money. Those with more money have more speech. Pretty simple. So I began to understand that the legal system is broken. The election process is broken, all because of the same reason, this corporate personhood.

AMY GOODMAN: Riki Ott, I want to thank you for being with us. She has written the book Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. I thank you for joining us.

RIKI OTT: Thank you. And I’m advocating the Twenty-Eighth Amendment to strip corporations of human rights. Thank you.

Gray Whale photo: (John Gaps III / AP)

Worker photo: latimesblogs.latimes.com/…/03/09/valdez.jpg


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I like to visit New Orleans whenever possible, but not for the famous Mardi Gras, there are other things about that city that draws me to it.

The city and its people are rather laid back, I like that kind of atmosphere, a carefree style without concern about anything. Most of the people are friendly, and you can strike up a conversation without getting a sour look in return for speaking to a total stranger. Also, their accents of Creole mixed “French” is quite interesting to listen to.

A local getting ready for the day

I go for the authentic Cajun food, I can’t get enough of those wonderful spices they cook with. This last time we went, I had the “full Cajun” dinner, it consisted of Jambalaya, with spicy sausage, dirty rice, and of course some gumbo….it was like I died and went to heaven (gee I hope there’s Cajun food in heaven).

Another thing so compelling about the city is just the beauty of the architecture of the buildings. Many of the buildings were built in the late 1700’s, and the styles you will find are, Creole cottage, Creole townhouse, American townhouse, Shotgun house, and Double-Gallery homes. Many of these homes are surrounded by beautiful azaleas, and old oak trees. A good way to see these homes is by riding on one of the streetcars, such as the “St. Charles” line. This one passes many antebellum mansions, historical monuments, the Audubon Zoological Gardens, and Loyola and Tulane Universities.

A local Art Gallery

I do not advise going there in the heat of summer, but rather plan to go in spring or in the fall. If you have never been, there is a good reason for this advice. It is not a very clean city and garbage cans litter the back alleys and they are even posted out front of some establishments. I suppose the cans are there because it is a city where people are allowed to walk around with drink in hand (and not get stopped by the police).

Note the garbage cans lined up in the street to the right

New Orleans is classified as one of the most haunted cities in the United States. Given its history and how it was founded, it is no wonder it has this title or has so many sightings of ghosts. It is founded on a huge area of swampland, and was considered an ideal area to build because of its location on the Mississippi River.

The French believed it would be a good area for trading, so it was established in 1718, and built by prisoners that were sent over from France. These prisoners were the first residents of New Orleans, a population of thieves, murderers, and rapists. The living conditions were horrible, given that there were many mosquitoes, alligators, snakes, and disease. All of this made a perfect atmosphere for hauntings and ghosts.

The first time we visited, we stayed at Le Pavillon Hotel. It was built in 1907, and is listed as a member of historic hotels of America. It has many antiques and beautiful chandeliers throughout, a very elegant atmosphere.

Le Pavillon Hotel

Lobby in the Pavillon

It is said to have four resident ghosts, a teenage girl named Ada, from the 1840’s, a young man from the 1920’s era, and an aristocratic couple, also believed to be from the 1920’s. It is known for inexplicable sounds and smells, voices and poltergeist activity.

When we stayed there, one night I woke up hearing voices in the hallway….it was around 1:30 or 2:00 am. Nothing really that scary for me. However our most recent stay in New Orleans, we were staying at The Ambassador Hotel (not really that great, but the price was right).

The first night, I woke up due to the noises in our room. It is hard to describe what it was, but it sounded like someone playing a game of “jacks” on the floor. I could hear the sound of metal (the jacks) and what sounded like a little rubber ball bouncing off the floor. There were creaking sounds like someone standing there also. The whole hotel has hardwood planks that run throughout it, and it creaks whenever you walk on it. Sometimes it sounded like someone moving a step stool, flipping it over and over. I was tired, so managed to go back to sleep…even with the noises.

My husband says it was my imagination, and in his mind, that is all it was. Even though I woke him up to ask him if he could hear it also.

His response was that it was just hearing someone walking on the other side….and the sound travels through the planks. Well, gee…that doesn’t explain the bouncing ball noise or the metal sounds.

The next night (just as I knew in the back of my mind), the noises started again, same spot, around the same time. I once again woke my husband up, and he once again dismissed it. But this time, the noises became louder, and it even sounded like someone threw something big and hard against the wall….all the way on the other side of the room, by the window. This really unnerved me, and made me very uncomfortable. What if it throws something at me, or tries to hurt me. I decided to do something about it, as I couldn’t get to sleep. I remember reading in the Bible, that we can tell evil or spirits to go away, and it has to comply. But, you have to say specifically, “In the name of Jesus Christ, be gone”

So I sat up in the bed and said that in a very loud and commanding way. I also told it to “go away”.

It worked! No noises for long enough for me to go back to sleep. Of course my husband thought I was crazy and just annoying him, by waking him up again.

By the end of the day, for our final night, I knew it would happen again, but this time I was prepared, and went to sleep with my mp3 player on. I was not going to have that pesky ghost or whatever keep me up. Sure enough, like clockwork….it did happen again. It managed to get even louder, and more obnoxious….like it knew it would have to to wake me up. And once again, sounded like someone was throwing things against the wall (every once in awhile). I turned up my mp3 player and went back to sleep.

Now don’t get me wrong, I wanted to request a different room after the first and even second encounter, but my husband didn’t want to bother the hotel staff, and mostly he didn’t want them to think we were crazy (that’s the real reason). Because of my “open-mindedness”, I think I am tolerant of certain things that I cannot explain. If it weren’t for that, I’m sure I would have ran out of there screaming.

We have had other encounters with ghosts, so I just don’t understand why he is in denial. I will save those for another post.

Well, anyway, we managed to enjoy our stay again in New Orleans…..it has such a tormented history….no wonder it has so many ghosts. I won’t let them keep me away though, as there is always something new to discover there in that wonderful old city.

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"Mad Anne"

So, I’m a book lover, and have my own “library” room which is packed with many books on a variety of subjects. It has come in handy on many occasions when my son has come home and said to me…. “oh mom…I need to do a report on such and such…I have to use some book references….my teacher says you can’t use only the Internet for sources”.

Many of my books I acquired because the local High school was “discarding” what they considered to be old and out- of- date books.  I barely looked at most of them, I just grabbed whatever sounded interesting, and when I got home, they were quickly transferred to my bookshelves.

Anyway, I was looking over my collection, when I noticed one with the title, “American Nicknames”, while paging through it, I found that it provides nicknames referring to people, places, buildings, objects of life, religious and political organizations…..this book is a treasure trove of information!

At first glance, it seems boring, as everything is alphabetized just like a dictionary. I didn’t make it very far when I noticed the name, “Anne Hennis Trotter Bailey”, and what caught my attention was her nickname, “Mad Anne”. Well, I have to read about this person who gets this odd nickname!

So, here is an excerpt about “Mad Anne”:

Mrs. Anne Hennis Trotter Bailey was often designated Mad Anne by the settlers of Gallipolis, Ohio, and by the frontiersmen on the adjacent Virginia border because her unconventionality and her courage at times seemed to border on madness.

After Mrs. Trotter’s husband, Richard Trotter, had been killed in 1774 during an Indian raid, Mrs. Trotter dressed in men’s clothes, and joined a band of soldiers on the Kanawha River at the present site of Charleston, West Virginia, hoping to avenge the death of her husband.

When the Revolutionary War broke out, she inspired a great number of men to join the Continental Army. She became an expert in the use of firearms, and was invaluable as a messenger between the forts and in securing ammunition and supplies for these garrisons.

Because she was so unconventional in her dress and in engaging in the activities of war, she was considered to be abnormal or insane and was called Mad Anne.

She was born in Liverpool, England, around 1742, and died at Gallipolis (now Ohio), on November 22, 1825.

I bet she was a hoot in her day and time, no wonder they thought she was crazy….women wearing pants!

Sketches from “Anne Bailey, Frontier Scout” by Mary R. Furber, Morgan Reynolds Publishing, Inc., Greensboro, NC.

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Well, with the political turmoil that we are experiencing today, I found it necessary to look back to the wise words of our founding fathers for their insight.  Here is one of many that I like:

Thomas Jefferson,    letter to William Ludlow

September 6, 1824

Topic: Bureaucracy

I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.

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