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November 29th, 2003
You Can Not Be Heard

“We were not allowed anywhere near any kind of position where the president, or the media which follows him, would see or hear us. This is not America. This in not the land of the free and the home of the brave. This is some other country. I’m a patriotic American. I want the country I was raised to believe in, a country strong enough for political discourse and debate, with leaders courageous and decent enough to have the willingness to listen to all citizens, not just those who parrot their own views. … The effort being made to hide political opposition in this country is more than cowardly, it’s un-American.”

–Peter Buckley, from the Common Dreams article “Bush Makes Protesters ‘Disappear’.”

Posted by Claire at 11:31 PM | Politics | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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Where is the Love?

What’s wrong with the world, mama
People livin’ like they ain’t got no mamas
I think the whole world addicted to the drama
Only attracted to things that’ll bring you trauma
Overseas, yeah, we try to stop terrorism
But we still got terrorists here livin’
In the USA, the big CIA
The Bloods and The Crips and the KKK
But if you only have love for your own race
Then you only leave space to discriminate
And to discriminate only generates hate
And when you hate then you’re bound to get irate, yeah
Badness is what you demonstrate
And that’s exactly how anger works and operates
Man, you gotta have love just to set it straight
Take control of your mind and meditate
Let your soul gravitate to the love, y’all, y’all

People killin’, people dyin’
Children hurt and you hear them cryin’
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’
Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love
The love, the love

It just ain’t the same, always unchanged
New days are strange, is the world insane
If love and peace is so strong
Why are there pieces of love that don’t belong
Nations droppin’ bombs
Chemical gasses fillin’ lungs of little ones
With ongoin’ sufferin’ as the youth die young
So ask yourself is the lovin’ really gone
So I could ask myself really what is goin’ wrong
In this world that we livin’ in people keep on givin’
in
Makin’ wrong decisions, only visions of them dividends
Not respectin’ each other, deny thy brother
A war is goin’ on but the reason’s undercover
The truth is kept secret, it’s swept under the rug
If you never know truth then you never know love
Where’s the love, y’all, come on (I don’t really know)
Where’s the truth, y’all, come on (I don’t really know)
Where’s the love, y’all

People killin’, people dyin’
Children hurt and you hear them cryin’
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’
Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love
The love, the love

I feel the weight of the world on my shoulder
As I’m gettin’ older, y’all, people gets colder
Most of us only care about money makin’
Selfishness got us followin’ our wrong direction
Wrong information always shown by the media
Negative images is the main criteria
Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria
Kids wanna act like what they see in the cinema
Yo’, whatever happened to the values of humanity
Whatever happened to the fairness in equality
Instead in spreading love we spreading animosity
Lack of understanding, leading lives away from unity
That’s the reason why sometimes I’m feelin’ under
That’s the reason why sometimes I’m feelin’ down
There’s no wonder why sometimes I’m feelin’ under
Gotta keep my faith alive till love is found

People killin’, people dyin’
Children hurt and you hear them cryin’
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’
Where is the love (Love)

“Where Is The Love?” — Black Eyed Peas

Posted by Claire at 11:16 PM | Days Go By | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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November 27th, 2003
Turkey Day

Happy Thanksgiving. :)

I cooked, a lovely free-range turkey, mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts, gravy, fresh cranberry sauce…

I’m not above admitting I am an excellent cook. *grin*

Anyway, a hot and heavy freeciv game is underway…

Posted by Claire at 10:51 PM | Days Go By | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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November 25th, 2003
Better Living?

So I’ve been taking new antidepressants for about 15 days now. It’s been, ummm, interesting.

This particular drug works very well at killing my appetite. Dead. Don’t want to eat. This is a pretty unusual development for me, the girl who had to eat every four hours or her stomach growled uncontrollably. I realized that I ate all of one meal yesterday, and I went about 12 hours without eating more than a piece of challah bread, without being hungry at all. I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. Given my weight, I suppose it’s not a bad thing.

The anxiety is back (prozac made me bug-nuts with panic attacks) but it’s not as bad this time. I think I’ve gotten better at controlling my anxiety, this time around.

For the first three months or so, the prozac gave me hot flashes like a menopausal woman. This drug seems to do the same thing. It was totally bizarre until I remembered about them. The doctor didn’t have an explanation, so it must just be my body chemistry. I don’t seem to be sweating as much–another thing I was trying to avoid. Stupid prozac made me sweat buckets.

Anyway, I’m inclined to say that I like this drug better. Now, if I would start feeling better…

Posted by Claire at 10:10 AM | Days Go By | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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November 21st, 2003
Weighing In

I don’t address the issue of gay rights very much, because I don’t feel qualified to really comment. I support equal rights and protection under the law for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation. This includes the right to marry, with all the benefits and responsibilities therein.

But, I think it is important to discuss just what I think about marriage, not just for my gay friends, but for everyone.

I personally believe that there should be two concepts here: civil marriage (although perhaps we need another word?) and religious/spiritual marriage. Civil marriage refers to the license a couple must obtain, and to the benefits and protections under the law that the state grants “married” couples. Religious or spiritual marriage refers to the weddings in a church, to the blessing of the couple by the church, and to the sanctioning of the relationship by the church. (Church being a catch-all for whatever religious group or practice you subscribe to.)

The state shouldn’t interfere in church matters (i.e. deciding who the church can and cannot marry) and the church should have no input on who the state decides to grant “married” status to. They are two separate things. Most people who are married in a church in a religious ceremony apply for a license, etc. so their marriage is also recognized by the state. But not everyone who gets married by the state bothers with the church–DH and I had a civil ceremony, for example, as we were married by a judge.

I cannot see any reason why the state should not grant “married” status to same-sex couples. The church is certainly free to decide who they want to bless with the sacrament of marriage, but the state should not discriminate. The bottom line is that the state should issue a license to “marry” (or whatever term we want to use, if marriage is to be owned wholly by the church) to both same-sex and heterosexual couples. The couple can then either be married by a judge, or by a minister who is empowered BY THE STATE to perform marriages.

The concept of civil marriage is not new. Millions of folks get married by the state (instead of by the church, with the state’s approval) already. It’s not a radical concept, and it is discriminatory to deny same-sex couples the right that heterosexual couples enjoy. We’re not giving our gay friends “special rights.” We’re giving back the rights they deserve as human beings, the same rights that straight folk have.

Posted by Claire at 11:06 AM | Politics | Comments (2) | Tweet This Post

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