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March 30th, 2013 by Magdalena Tabor

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Do We Survive Our Death or Is there Life After The End of Life ???

March 26th, 2013 by Michael Tabor

Or how about – “After I have finished eaten my ice cream cone, is there anymore ice cream left to be eaten?” These questions seem absurd, for the answers to which are built right into the questions itself. “After the game is over, what happens in the game?”

Nevertheless, we conscious, sentient, self – reflecting human beings have been asking whether or not there is life after death since time immemorial; in fact, the notion of whether there is life after the end of life is considered to be one of the greatest mysteries of all time. Yet, if you ponder the question, and for not all that long, the answer has got to be NO. Or is it ???

So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? This is an example of a Zen koan.

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Pat Robertson Blames Ugly Women for Marital Problems

March 24th, 2013 by Michael Tabor
Pat Robertson, host of the 700 Club (Christian news and TV show)  a  staunch republican who unsuccessfully campaigned to run for president in 1988, and incidentally, the former good friend and spiritual advisor and consultant to the late Ronald Reagan recently stated that unattractive women are the cause for marital problems and the high rate of divorce in this country.  Here is a quote from Pat delivered on his show the other day:
A woman came to a preacher that I know, and she was awful looking. I mean, her hair was all torn up and she was overweight and looked terrible, clothes bad and everything. And she said, ‘Oh, Reverend, what can I do? My husband has started to drink.’ And the preacher looked at her and said, ‘Madam, if I was married to you I’d start to drink too.’ We need to cultivate romance, darling! … You always have to keep that spark of love alive. It just isn’t something to just lie there, ‘Well, I’m married to him so he’s got to take me slatternly looking.’ You’ve got to fix yourself up, look pretty

 

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Here is a laundry list of some other gems Robertson has spewed over the years:

1. The conservative Christian thinks that “nuking” the U.S. State Department is a good idea; these are Pat’s words ” If we could just manage to get a nuclear device into the “Foggy Bottom” (State Department) it would be good for the country.”
2. Mr. Robertson maintains that he literally communicates with the Christian God and even went on to say that  God whispered into his ear and stated to him in no uncertain terms that the U.S deserved to be attacked on 9/11 because the Lord is upset  with our handling of feminists, homosexuals, pagans, abortionists, and the ACLU .
3. Robertson believes that thirty to forty thousand left-wing professors in the United States are racists, murderers, sexual deviants, and supporters of Al-Qaeda.
4. The evangelist has described feminists as a socialist, anti – family movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and ultimately become lesbians.
5. Robertson has said many egregiously offensive things but stating that Haitians were to blame, (God told Robertson that Haiti made a pact with the devil …. During the 1791 slave rebellion) for the 2010 earthquake in which 220, 000 of its citizens were killed ranks right up there with his 9/11 remarks.
 


So WhaDaYaThhink, What do you think ? I’m not sure if anyone takes this madman seriously anymore but he still garners some attention – at least from the religious zealots; and nobody can deny the fact that he was a major player before and during the Reagan administration.

 

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Half Hollow

March 23rd, 2013 by Magdalena Tabor

Here, in the hollow
Of my heart,
Living still,
As though no time
Has touched them,
In the places
They called home,
And my ghost
Among them.

These walls,
So silent now,
Retain the talk
Begun in earnest,
What was so important
Once.
Only once?

But breathe, these walls,
Exhale the laughter,
For I know I heard them
Ear to wall.
Hand to heart
Is but my own beating
In this half hollow.
Here,
Living still.

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George W. Bush and Dick Cheney Guilty of War Crimes ???

March 20th, 2013 by Michael Tabor
Tomas Young, a patriot and courageous man, at the tender age of 21, joined the army 2 days after 9/11 because he felt it was his duty to go after the terrorists who murdered  some 3,000 + of his fellow citizens. Instead of being deployed to Afghanistan to fight Al Qaida, he was sent to Iraq which incidentally, as we all know now,had nothing at all to do with 9/11 (not to mention no WMD).
Tragically, Tomas was hit with shrapnel that shattered his spine and left him paralyzed from the chest down; a young man’s life snuffed out just like that. War is hell & sadly necessary but the real issue at hand here is that Mr. Young was sent to the wrong country and was fighting people who had nothing to do with the very reason he enlisted in the army to begin with. Here is what Tomas had to say in an open letter to Bush and Cheney:

I joined the Army two days after the 9/11 attacks. I joined the Army because our country had been attacked. I wanted to strike back at those who had killed some 3,000 of my fellow citizens. I did not join the Army to go to Iraq, a country that had no part in the September 2001 attacks and did not pose a threat to its neighbors, much less to the United States. I did not join the Army to “liberate” Iraqis or to shut down mythical weapons-of-mass-destruction facilities or to implant what you cynically called “democracy” in Baghdad and the Middle East. I did not join the Army to rebuild Iraq, which at the time you told us could be paid for by Iraq’s oil revenues.
I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation, and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.”


Tomas Young is just another victim of a prodigiously long list of innocent victims. So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think? I know it’s ludicrous to even think that Bush and Cheney would be put on trial for war crimes. However, the facts are the facts – and the W. administration flat out lied to the American public and thousands of brave men and women have paid the price with their lives.
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Marathon Runner Dies at the Age of 47

March 18th, 2013 by Michael Tabor

26 miles and 385 yards – that’s insanity!!! People point their finger at me and say that I’m a fan of a brutal sport (MMA –Mixed Martial Arts) but not a single person has ever died in the UFC octagon; and though I don’t have the exact statistics, invariably every year or so, one hears that a person has died of a heart attack running the outrageously long race.

Why does the race have to be that long ? And, who are the morons who elect to participate in such a deleterious sporting event? It’s a medical fact that engaging in any cardiovascular activity for more than an hour provides no further benefits to one’s health and in fact pushing oneself beyond 40 minutes to an hour without pause is simply put – dangerous. I find it quite interesting to note that these professional marathon runners do not look in any way shape or form  – healthy; in fact they look sickly and in need of a good highly – caloric meal.

I do respect the gutsy toughness of the runners, but can’t they cut it down to 13 miles, instead of 26 ??? Wouldn’t that make sense?

So, WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ?

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March 16th, 2013 by Magdalena Tabor

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Isn’t it About Time That We Legalize Marijuana???

March 13th, 2013 by Michael Tabor
My body chemistry doesn’t react favorably to the ingestion of weed, I get paranoid, so I don’t smoke it; however marijuana is in fact less dangerous than most drugs including the legal ones – tobacco and alcohol. I don’t like it but that’s me, others however love it and don’t abuse the substance … so let’s decriminalize, regulate and tax the stuff already. For most users, marijuana is no less of an issue than having a glass of wine with dinner; one would be shocked to learn the number of fashionable, cultured, and very high – functioning high society folks who enjoy a little innocuous weed now and then.

There is not a whole lot of downside (pot has been labeled a gateway drug to more dangerous ones – which is certainly debatable) and a plethora of upside. The first and most obvious benefit is the economics of  it all: 1. This country will save around 7.7 billion $$ on eliminating the enforcement of  the illegal drug status 2. The other awesome benefit if mary jane is regulated, decriminalized, etc. we can tax the good (lol – pot – a good) and reap in almost 3 billion dollars.

The other positive aspect of  legalizing pot is the fact that there will now be regulatory control, which means the consumer will get exactly what he or she is paying for, hence a safer and better product. Furthermore, if in fact marijuana is decriminalized the price will be slashed dramatically and the profits will be garnered by law – abiding merchants. Marijuana also has medicinal properties and cancer patients have maintained that their quality of life has increased…. I can go on further with the pros and cons of decriminalization (and there are many more, which I certainly invite the readers to contribute) but I think you get my point.

So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? One other factoid is that pot is a uniquely different drug in terms of – you either like it or you don’t; as I stated in my first paragraph I don’t like the way it makes me feel so I don’t smoke it – period. So, let’s make marijuana legal already, this may in fact mend (or @ least help) our crippled current economy.

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The Big Question

March 12th, 2013 by Magdalena Tabor
What if that voice is silent?
Not so much as an echo
To my pebble tossed.
Standing breathless
Hand on heart
To glean but a word
Or a mutter of unintelligible
Response
That might be construed
As something.

So long silent, that voice.
More familiar
Than strange
In its absence.
The anticipation of footsteps
Stopping at my door
Are nothing but my own
Slippered feet.
A kind of muffled answer
To a question of such
Significance.

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Why Reject Sanctions For Polar Bears?

March 11th, 2013 by Magdalena Tabor

I’m sorry I didn’t get to write about this sooner because time is always of the utmost importance on actions that have already been too long delayed. But on Thursday, the US sought to protect the killing and distribution of Polar Bear parts at a world conference but was voted down by Canada, Norway and Greenland. This is a huge blow for those who advocate this magnificent species.
The Unites States argues that shrinking Arctic ice habitat due to climate change, places the Polar Bear at risk for extinction and demands for its protection were argued against. Canada, which holds the largest poplulation of Polar Bears, claims that there is no indication of the bears’ marked decline and is not threatened.
Prices for Polar Bear pelts have increased dramatically and are traded among 70 countries with every indication of its continued escalation. So it all comes down to money. This barbaric practice has to stop! Restrictions on its trade must be met head on. I won’t go into the particulars but did want to make quick mention of it. Please be so interested as to read the editorial on cnn.com and then contact your congressman.
We need to be the spokesmen for those that cannot speak for themselves.
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