"There are no logical excuses not to keep human rights inviolable in this country -- only excuses…"
Please give to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America: 322 8th Avenue, 7th Floor/ New York, New York 10001/ 866-828-8484
Happy Memorial Day:
Sometimes you can't repay people for an act of kindness, loyalty, charity, sacrifice, or courage, but you can try -- sometimes life is in the effort...
"He did not understand the war --
He understood the blistering injustice of it; the stroke-like fear in the faraway sight of the raped as they blamed him for not being there; the accusing eyes of the children that leered from atop distended bellies even as they starved; the seeping lines of grief lacerated into the faces of fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers, husbands and wives who had lost all they loved; the tortured and the maimed becoming in part or in whole separate from who they once were; and the Dali-draped carcasses of the dead…
The evil of the war bored into his heart, twisted with agony until he learned to ignore it --
Until he could ignore it no longer." - from The Invisible War aka The Forgotten War, a short story by Kevin O'Kendley
"He’d seen a lot of death in his life but it hadn’t inured him to the pain of it, the tragedy, the loss, the suffering. On the contrary, it had a cumulative effect; on darker days this effect swamped him in a Tsunami of emotion: after all the smaller waves passed, a big one threatened. He would watch it nearing shore with a rising dread…" - from Chandler's Bar, a novel by Kevin O'Kendley
Please give to The Paralyzed Veterans of America: VA Palo Alto Health Care System/
3801 Miranda Avenue/ Palo Alto, California 94304/ 650-858-3936/ And:
The Wounded Warrior Project: National Processing Center/ P.O. Box 75840/ Topeka, Kansas 66675/ 877-832-6997
“If an overdose of female is our poison, Jordan Peterson preaches a masculine cure.
“Toronto -- Jordan Peterson fills huge lecture halls and tells his audiences there’s no shame in looking backward to a model of how the world should be arranged. Look back to the 1950s, he says – and back even further. He is bringing them knowledge, he says, but it’s knowledge that they already know and feel in their bones. He casts this as ancient wisdom, delivered through religious allegories and fairy tales containing truth, he says, that modern society has forgotten.
“‘The masculine spirit is under assault,’ he told me. ‘It is obvious.’
“In Mr. Perterson’s world, order is masculine. Chaos is feminine. And if an overdose of female is our modern poison, Mr. Peterson knows the cure. Hence his new book‘s subtitle: ‘An Antidote to Chaos.’” - Nellie Bowles/ New York Times
6.4% of Fortune 500 CEO’s are women. - Wikipedia 2017
Women make 80.5 cents per one dollar that a man makes. - Women’s Policy Research 2017
19.4 % of the 115th U.S. Congress is female. - Wikipedia 2018 51 % of America is female.
Nearly one out of five women and one out of seventy-one men are raped in the United States. - According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS), as reported by Colorado’s Department of Health and Environment.
"Love teaches a man loyalty for a woman, not ownership."
(a version of the toon posted earlier)
A 17-year-old suspect, “is being held on charges of capital murder and aggravated assault on a public servant. The Santa Fe student allegedly used a shotgun and a revolver to kill eight students and two teachers and injure 13 others." The alleged murderer "confessed that he acted alone in the shooting, according to a probable cause affidavit.”
The murders took place at Sante Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, on May 18, 2018.
- KTLA 5
Our blame for the murder of innocents is measured by every person, each perspective. What a sociopath did was who he was -- who he is. I'm sorry for the devastating loss the families have suffered; for the children that lost their lives... (edited 5/26)
"Fate can be like an alimony check that never comes, no matter how much you need the cash."
"Slippery Dick was pardoned by Congress before, uh, Ms. Clinton, Ms. Trump, Ms. Haley, Ms. Pingree, Ms. Giffords, Ms. Waters, Ms. Matsui, Ms. Wasserman-Schultz, Ms. Palin, Ms. Gabbard, Ms. Torres joined the ranks of some other GOGs -- Good Old Girls -- like Ms. Pelosi, Ms. Feinstein, Ms. Collins, Ms. Mitchell, and Ms. Obama, becoming senators, governors, congresspersons, etcetera, which, of course, ah, then made pardoning someone named Slippery Dick politically problematic if not outright unwise. A series of well-placed bribes, uh, arguments predicated on The Rights of Man, and, ah, blatant distortions delivered to powerful lobbyists of special interests insured Dick the wherewithal he needed to re-design his, uh, qualifications and to, eventually, become the president of the Guam Bar Association, where he presides naked whenever possible."
“On Monday, May 14, Israelis and Americans celebrated the opening of a new US Embassy in Jerusalem.
“The festive event had a guest list that was 800 people long and included a televised speech by President Donald Trump. ‘The United States will always be a great friend of Israel and a partner in the cause of freedom and peace,’ he said. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also gave a speech, declaring that it was a ‘great day.’
“At the same time, 60 miles away, Israeli soldiers were firing on Palestinian protesters at the Gaza border. They’ve so far killed more than 50 people and wounded thousands of others. Many of the protesters were unarmed, though some hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails. The Israeli military also said they shot dead three protesters who were attempting to detonate a bomb.” -Vox/ Kainaz Amaria & Alexia Underwood (5/14)
History of Israel and Palestine (post WWll):
1947: United Nations adopts Resolution 181 partitioning the British Mandate of Palestine into two states: Israel and Palestine (which includes the West Bank and the Gaza Strip).
1948: Israel becomes a state. Jewish, Palestinian, and Arab groups begin fighting. The war escalates when Arab forces -- Saudi Arabian, Egyptian, Jordanian, Lebanese, Yemenese, Syrian -- including the Arab Legion, invade.
The war ends in 1949. As a result of the conflict, the Two State Solution does not take place, a flight of Palestinian refugees begins, Israel becomes larger, Egypt controls the Gaza Strip, and (Trans)Jordan the West Bank.
1956: Israel, France, and Britain invade Egypt’s western Suez Canal area and the Sinai, after President Nasser of Egypt nationalizes the Suez Canal. The joint forces withdraw by 1957.
1967: Israel launches preemptive airstrikes against Egypt. Egypt, Syria, Jordan, and Iraq retaliate. The Six-Day War results in Israel’s capture of the Sinai Peninsula, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights. Israel still occupies 2/3rds of the Golan Heights, controls the West Bank with the Palestinian Authority.
1973 Yom Kippur War: On Yom Kippur, a Jewish religious holiday, Egypt and Syria invade Israel. After suffering losses, Israel counterattacks, repulses Egyptian and Syrian troops, and recaptures the Golan Heights. The war lasts nineteen days.
With President Jimmy Carter in 1978: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin sign the Camp David Peace Accords. Egypt recognizes Israel’s right to exist. Sadat and Begin win the Nobel Peace Prize. President Sadat is assassinated as a result of his participation in the accords.
In 1993, the Oslo Peace Accords are signed by the Palestinian Authority and Israel. A two-state solution is still recognized as a viable goal. The Palestinian Authority recognizes Israel’s right to exist.
Approximately 91,105 Arabs and 24,969 Israelis (2016 statistics) have been killed in the Arab-Israeli conflict since 1920, or beginning with the end of Ottoman Empire’s control of the Palestine region and the League of Nations’ (British) Mandate.
In the Mideast: Turkey, Egypt, and Jordan recognize Israel’s right to exist.
Please see Carbuncle Moon post: 6/21/16
In securing a sovereign and inviolate Israel and Palestine:
The Armeggeddon-puzzle of solving war should include the parents of children with no future --
Sources: Wikipedia, historynet, Office of the Historian, Britannica.com, the history learning site, history.com, cnn.com, BBC, Jewish Virtual Library, Google, Speech by President Gamal Abdel Nasser
Please give to the Palestine Red Crescent Society: HQ ,Palestine , Al-bireh/ 972 2 297 85 20/ firstname.lastname@example.org/ And:
Magen David Adom in Israel: 60 Yigal Alon Street/ Tel Aviv 67062/ Israel/ 972 3 6301461/2
Today is Peace Officers Memorial Day in the United States:
A Good Cop Makes The Job Noble.
Please give to the Police Protective Fund: P.O. Box 1084/ Schenectady, New York 12301/ 877-343-2477
"My martial art discipline, ah, is called Lamaze -- breathe in, breathe out -- calm now -- breathe in, breathe out -- c’mon, push, push a little harder. We're Muslims, but when my wife was pregnant and we were in Reno, I, uh, studied under her at the YWCA.* That has a certain image to it that I like -- Happy Mother's Day." (edited 5/14)
*Young Women's Christian Association.
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“President Trump and first lady Melania arrived early Thursday morning to greet three Americans as they flew into Joint Base Andrews, outside the U.S. capital, less than 24 hours after they were released by North Korea. The three men, Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim, were released during a visit on Tuesday by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and were in the air less than one hour after being released in North Korea's capital city, Pyongyang.” - CBS
“Otto Frederick Warmbier (December 12, 1994 – June 19, 2017) was an American college student from Cincinnati, Ohio, who was arrested in North Korea in January 2016 for attempted theft” (of a banner), “for which he was sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment. While incarcerated, he fell into a coma and never regained consciousness, dying in June 2017.”
In a comatose state, Warmier was freed in 2017 after being imprisoned for 17 months. He died on June 19, 2017, in Ohio, without regaining consciousness. The coroner’s report did not identify a cause of injury. - Wikipedia
Please see Carbuncle Moon post: 5/1/17
Please support the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights: Palais Wilson/ 52 rue des Paquis/ CH-1201, Geneva, Switzerland
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