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Hero or Villian

Yesterday, Edward Snowden was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by two Norwegian politicians. Snowden's story is still being told, so its cultural significance has not yet been determined, but I do find this nomination to be notable because it provides an alternative to the narrative being promoted by the US government.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/29/us-norway-nobel-snowden-idUSBREA0S0SR20140129

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I called Brother Grimm's Brooklyn office

At 9am and called him a thug and and said he should be charged for threatening murder and thrown out of Congress. After saying I wasn't a constituent they hung up on me. Brooklyn manners, typical.

This was a disgrace and the capitol police should press charges. This guy needs anger management at the least and benzodiazapines at worst.

His scared and humble response was such a crock later in the day. CNN is playing a tape this morning where he asks CNN not to play the footage!

There are good politicians but they are the 10% for sure.

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Brother Grimm, the ornery one...

"Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation."

- Henry A. Kissinger

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US Representative Michael Grimm (R-NY)

After the POTUS' SOTU address last night, there was some high drama involving a Republican Congressperson and a representative of the media that played out on the balcony of the US Capitol building, and wouldn't you know it, there were cameras rolling:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nz8W309TKfA

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Nothing meaningful in SOU tonight

While Obama will try to salvage some of his presidency this evening nothing eventful is going to happen except what he can do himself without the approval of an obstructionist Congress. He may take the opportunity to fire up his base for mid-term elections and 2016. Lord knows his ideas are certainly worthwhile. The middle-class is like a boat collapsing in the middle with people hanging on to either side. There is a lot of poor people freezing in the cold this year, one 20 miles from me.

But what brings a soul-less rage to my mind is the inability to effect change by basic Americans. The damn right to vote is under attack in almost every red state. And that is if you believe the power of the ballot would ever change anything in a two party system. In effect, this two-party system draws off the people who would otherwise be the capable ones in effecting some real change.

The Supreme Court rearranges the Constitution and Bill of Rights like pieces on a chess board according to how the winds are blowing. There are good people in this country but very few have the power or cojones like Ed Snowden to effect even a ripple of change in the abomination that is and has been American foreign and domestic policy.

I'm tuning out the ritual of the State of the Union tonight. I already know the state:
SOUL-LESS!

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Yoko as Dzog-Chen Rinpoche and Zen Master

Wow, thanks for the quote RL. Never was much into Yoko but this one blew me away! I'll have to try the meditation some time (as long as the tuna is dolphin-free!)

(%);~}

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where pale limbs lie

'Imagine one thousand suns in the
sky at the same time.
Let them shine for one hour.
Then, let them gradually melt
into the sky.
Make one tunafish sandwich and eat.'

by Yoko Ono

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Yeah, Thanks Mike

A verse for the new century. Still, my soul is with John Lennon on top of Mt. Royal in Montreal
(site for famous anti-war protest around 1970)

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mike

that pretty much says it all, great lyrics.

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A Working Class Speedball

In a world strung out on terror and greed
Jonesing for success in excess all succeed
Fix me up with coffee, tobacco and weed
A working class speedball is all that i need
A working class speedball is all that i need

The world only imagines things to be bought
By souls sold into slavery for a recycled plot
I free myself buying coffee, tobacco and pot
A working class speedball is all that i need
A working class speedball is all that i need

All you need is love but they want to see the cash
But why bust your nut shagging after flashy trash
When you can drink coffee, smoke tobacco and some hash
A working class speedball is all that you need
A working class speedball is all that you need

If the world is a hemorrhoid, a pain in the ass
Then, like other things, its days too must pass
Until then, i'll take coffee, tobacco and grass
A working class speedball is all that i need
A working class speedball is all that i need

Falling out of bed and into the abyss
I heard this whispered by a whiskered walrus:
Drink coffee, smoke tobacco and canna-bissss
A working class speedball is all that you need
A working class speedball is all that you need

If you want to be a hero, then don't follow me
If you want to be a hero, well don't follow me

by Mike Edwards

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