This area is reserved for current
events of national/global interest regarding a wide
variety of subjects beginning with childrens issues,
human rights, humor, politics, mysteries and can be
just about anything that piques my curiosity-and it
may be more than one subject as well-here for your
reading and thought provoking comments and pleasure.
My first commentary regarding national issues of interest
will take us back a bit-and Ill stay with the subject
of child protection. The AMBER ALERT was passed by
the senate on April 11,2003. Thanks to the concerns
of politicians listening to the families of victims,
the public, organizers and supporters-this important
legislation was signed into law by President Bush
April 30,2003. The AMBER ALERT plan was created in
1996as a legacy to 9 year old Amber Hagerman who was
kidnapped and brutally murdered while riding her bicycle
in Arlington Texas.
The tragedy shocked, enraged and outraged the entire
community.(just a thought as I mention the names of
11 yr old Carla Brucie-abducted and murdered-her abduction
caught on video-Dru Shodin-abducted in a mall parking
lot and found murdered-the alleged attacker-by the
name of Rodrigez-a multiple sex offender with the
highest & most dangerous offender status given-6
year old Jon Benet Ramsey-whose death outraged a nation
and Elizabeth Smart-a survivor of nearly 10 months
of kidnapping-abuse and mind control-found a nation
rejoicing-as she is in the 1% range of survivors-most
or 99% of the victims die within the first 3 hours
of kidnapping-abuse and sadly-VICIOUS-death.
The AMBER ALERT LAW will have stricter provisions
in it meaning child molesters/pedophiles and pornographers
will receive tougher punishments under the law.(In
fact it will have a felony-TWO STRIKES provision in
it-meaning any felony child sexual offender with TWO
convictions-goes to jail-FOR LIFE-(remember my earlier
statement-the average sexual predator attacks 117
children-) The AMBER ALERT WILL also target child
pornographers and go after the morphing and abuse
of children regarding CDs-videos and more as the law
provides. The AMBER ALERT will also protect volunteer
boys and girls organizations (where in the past child
predators hide easily) requiring state and federal
criminal background checks.
This is good news for our country to protect our children.
When the AMBER ALERT was passed 50 children had been
recovered-those results speak for themselves.(This
is NOT the time to go into a "BIG BROTHER"
pro and con argument-well save that for another occasion!)
As for the nay sayers of the bill-usually the ACLU
and left wing liberal politics-a reminder that in
the USA-there are 4 million pedophiles-one for every
Present at the signing of The Amber Alert Bill were
the family of Amber Hagerman and Elizabeeth Smart.(Yes-we
DO GOOD things when our voices come together!) For
a moment -it makes me wonder about what our Presidents
think about during these moments--for example-President
Bush at this signing-and President Clinton-when he
pushed the initiative of adoption for families and
finding homes for children-youth-teens and special
needs cases) This is a RAY OF HOPE for the protection
of our children and RAISES the BAR-to do MORE! As
I looked at this article I went back and have added
some comments regarding the April 2002 Supreme Court
Decision regarding virtual reality for computer images
as being acceptable for pornographic imagery. It was
an acceptable means of communication and free speech
protected by the SUPREME COURT! What it meant was-as
long as the images displaying sex werent "real"
it was acceptable. The criminal element went right
to work on this loophole.
PLEASE LOOK AT THESE PHOTOGRAPHS!
WHICH ARE REAL-WHICH ARE COMPUTER GENERATED!
ANSWER: THEY'RE BOTH COMPUTER
Since the issue the Supreme
Court dealt with was "reality" they didnt
have a problem with it -and it became an acceptable
form of communications and the pornography hit the
streets in a tidal wave. Youthful images of virtual
reality and morphing depicting sexual display and
contact were allowable on the internet, videos, Cds
and adult games. It left a huge loophole for child
predators and pornographers to hide behind .and expand
Case and point-on a first year episode of "The
Shield" police raided an adult sex shop only
to be TAUNTED by the owner regarding sex tapes-Cds
and videos that MORPHED-virtual reality child images
onto adult bodies-because it is/was an excepted and
protected Supreme Court right of free speech.(By the
way-"The Shield" starring Michael Chiklis-is
an outstanding adult audience type show- which deals
with the stress of police work-(good and bad cops)
clashes in personalities and politics-and gets into
the trenches over how tough the job of police officers
truly are-the morphing part of the episode-well done
and the message received-big time! It has a stellar
cast of actors.
I am an absolute believer in the rights of free speech.
I also feel weve taken on a darker issue here. It
has to do with the desensitizing of sexual issues
regarding our children. Love her or hate her- Dr Laura
Schlisserman has stated many times on her radio show
"our children are becoming more desensitized
regarding sexual issues through television, movies,
internet, advertising and music and todays children
are being made available for sex at a younger age.
I couldnt possibly say this any better myself- Right
On Dr Laura! (I hope you dont mind a little 60s/70s
lingo sent youre way)!
Sex and pornographic internet sites on an annual basis
number hundreds of thousands and are growing by leaps
and bounds daily- as I said earlier-we have 300,000
children under the 16 and younger participating as
child soldiers in armed conflicts- (sex is no discriminator-furthermore-boys,
girls and teens are becoming killing machines) I remember
the 6/29/02 photo that circulated of a Palestinian
baby 12-18 months old dressed in the garb and warfare
of a suicide bomber/soldier that circulated globally
by television-newspaper-talk show and radio commentary-I
have the photo and it chills me to my CORE to look
Before age 3-children in some areas globally are taught
the basic foundations of hate, discrimination - and
prejudice-much of this leads to murder and suicide!
I have mentioned in previous writings the number of
survivors of sexual abuse in 1993 were 60 MILLION
in the USA-with average rates of sexual abuse annually
totaling 3 million + per year-that leaves another
33 MILLION or more hurt and wounded souls in our country
as of 2004.
When you think thats all you can handle-theres more-a
midwest university professor (USA) creates controversy
by saying there needs to be an acceptable level of
sexual conduct between the ages of 12-16 NOT to be
considered pedophile in nature-REALLY! (Im still trying
to figure out-whether this means that sex between
children 12-16 is ok OR that children 12-16 can have
acceptable levels of sexual contact with ADULTS!)
The subject-of sex between adults and children/teens
12-16 is totally UNACCEPTABLE-now in all truth-I think
back to when I was a 12-16-I know what went through
my head. CLUELESS-even though we all TALKED BIG about
sex-we knew nothing or little about it. Another case-a
university professor rapes a 7 year old boy and at
the trial a professor from a WELL KNOWN UNIVERSITY/THINK
TANK states in DEFENSE of the child rapist-that (paraphrased)
the skilled worker-(the accused university professor)
is in his prime and his loss to society because of
his job-education and expertise makes him TOO valuable
and he must not be judged so harshly. WHAT ABOUT THE
BOY-WHOSE VIOLATION WILL LAST A LIFETIME! Who speaks
High profile cases like the Michael Jackson abuse
case-the Laci Peterson and baby Connor murders and
Kobe Bryant rape cases may set standards for how we
look at issues of rape-molestation and murder.
The consequences of the Simpson trial rocked our country
and split us in two over race-not to mention-Simpson
was later convicted of civil liabilities and 10 years
later-you see him on public TV blaming NICOLE for
getting in trouble-yet he prances around and in several
cases has had brushes with the law & walks away
from it all-rich-wealthy and a "teflon celebrity"
I remember a radio broadcast-(I heard in 1993-1994)which
had a member of NAMBLA-North American Man Boy Love
Association-advocating their despicable organization
with age of CONSENTUAL SEX AT 7-8 YEARS OF AGE! I
read articles about this organization in several news
reports and was chilled to the bone when the infiltrator
who managed to sneak into a meeting reported seeing-school
administrators and child care workers present. The
VERY people who are supposed to PROTECT and SERVE
The most recent global crises of pedophiles hidden
within the Catholic Church reached unbearable heights
of shame and ugliness in case after case numbering
thousands of sexually abused children nationwide.
Many cases were covered up-silenced and paid off for
years. The Catholic church is only one of many churches
and denominations that have abuse hidden within the
clergy. The Boston Diocese has had a major problem
with more than 200 cases of abuse reported. Recently
one of the abused children now an adult-ended his
life by suicide. I was heartbroken when I heard this-then
more revulsion as the Catholic church announced more
than 65 churches were to be closed to pay off the
lawsuits-possibly as many as 67.
Think of all the people that need ministering to-that
have to find new doors to go into-for worship-their
faith-badly shaken-then more as it was found that
the Vatican had made it policy-five to six decades
ago-that the issues of sex abuse were to be kept quiet.
They knew they had a problem and chose to cover up
the subject bringing a cyclone force of public backlash-devasting
to the church-its spirituality and trust-and MORE-another
unkind cut to the people of Boston-to all of us who
care-as the decision is made by the Pope-to elevate
Cardinal Law-the church leader of the Boston Diocese-(where
the recent huge abuse scandal started-).
Cardinal Law it was stated would take over as church
leader for one of the most prestigious Catholic basilicas
overseas. To many- a reward-in the face of blatant
misuse of authority and power-considered an ugly slap
in the face to the people of Boston. To all of us
caring souls-catholic and otherwise-the aftermath
and subsequent scandals justify the outrage. It should
never-happen again. It should never have been allowed
to happen-and you wonder why I scream about Child
I am pleased to say that the Vatican and the Catholic
churches locally and nationally appear to be seriously
reviewing the mistakes and many changes that need
to be made. There is still the issue of leniency being
shown in some cases-however-no clergy-or any child
abuser with an arrest for sexual abuse and conviction--should
ever work with children- ever. Sadly-There is so much
HEALING that needs to happen. I believe it can-but
it will take a long time.
I recently re-read-the Mcmartin school/day care center
case in California-many young children were interviewed
within the investigative and legal process of both
sides of this case. The big issue-can younger children
convey the abuse that happened to them in believability?
There was a high degree of skepticism regarding the
case and its dismissal. The children spoke of tunnels-no
one believed them. It wasnt until AFTER the case was
closed that connecting tunnels were located! Many
serious questions remain about what really happened
to these children.
Ted Gunderson-a private investigator with over 20
years of experience stated he feels the case warrants
further review. In addition he also claims that "50,000
to 60.000 children a year disappear off the face of
our planet" WHERE? pedophiles-rape-murder-ritual
abuse-war-sexual predators-sex slave rings and more.I
will discuss this case in greater detail when I book
review Judith Levines VERY CONTROVERSIAL "Harmful
to Minors" dealing with a chapter in her book
called "Manhunt" and more.
In July of 2002-internet pedophile rings with connections
in 20 countries were discovered-internet pictures
depicting babies-and young children were found and
the criminals are being investigated and prosecuted--then
the gang rape of a young woman overseas after being
found guilty-of TALKING with another young man-who
was supposedly not up to either her-or his standards.
As punishment for her sentence-she was gang raped
by four men in a pit-before the village onlookers.
I cannot even BEGIN to tell you-how this despicable
cowardly and brutal attack sickened me. (I have heard
of the execution of four men regarding an overseas
rape case-Im sure youll recognize this information-if
this is true-I would like to update this story.)
In 2004 Ohio internet pedophile parents (commonlaw-not
married) were arrested-putting pictures of their 9
yr old daughter on the internet for sale and recently-the
announcement that a pedophile ring so large has been
uncovered- (US announcement) hundreds are involved-possibly
prominent names and more could rock our country again
as the nature of this beast hits us full force. It
will take quite awhile to sort through the size of
this case from what it being determined at present
by the media.
Then-the picture of Peter Townsend-lead guitarist
of "THE WHO" had a New York newspaper headline
with two words on it-"WHO ME" as he was
given 5 years of probation-from the British Courts
dealing with porn site solicitation regarding minors
material). Townsend claimed he was doing research
and had an abusive life- Celebrities are not exempt-nor
above the law-on the other hand-I dont believe we
should ever go on WITCH HUNTS-and prosecute wrongly
nor inappropriately-letting the facts and figures
speak for itself-and hoping the spin doctoring legal
system-doesnt plea bargain and spin this subject out
of control-we must always hope our legal system-does
its best work by protecting our children and families
regarding the severity of child abuse.
In closing-today we live in age of war, terrorism,
uncertainty and shifting values. Forgive me if that
sounds-oh-so-cliche! One constant must remain. Our
children are the most important and valuable asset-they
are our present and future. Their protection is the
responsibility of parents (and guardians) . Areas
of society (educators) must help and more must be
The classroom I believe holds the greatest potential
of educating and communicating the importance of their
lives and how they are to interact with others. Their
education must always show how precious and valuable
each child-each person-each soul is that they deal
with-experts in child welfare and more- organizations
and groups must reach out to the education community
and make the connection. Ive already stated who some
of them are. Our children are the hope and future
of our planet-Good must triumph over the evil of abuse-It
IS a WAR-that we cannot afford-to lose.
LION'S ARENA-"THE BALKAN LINE-OF THE BALKAN LION"
Welcome to The Lions Arena!"The
Balkin Line of The Balkan Lion"! A play on words
if you will! MY arena-to take on any subject I feel
is worthy to discuss..As you look at this website-
you will have visited my roots in child abuse-adoption-music-communications
and taken a look at subjects ranging from education-changes
in the American Family-politics-humor-charity-paranormal
studies-belief systems-looked at special people-miracles
and experienced emotions of sorts-quite an odyssey
of travel in a short time.
In MY ARENA-the word may cut like a two-edged sword-other
than that-its not like the "Circus Maximus"
arena of the past where lives were lost-THIS LION-wants
to see lives helped and saved through writing-communicating-caring-sharing
and learning. We may agree to disagree-my hope is
that you will ALWAYS come back to the "roundtable
of discussion"- never let the sun go down on
your anger-and never let the overwhelming spectre
of "politics" especially bi-partisan-take
away all the roots of "good ole fashioned common
sense"! Our world is changing & we will explore
some of those changes taking place-LION STYLE!
I am fascinated by people. By what makes them tick-
By their genealogy-their ethnic heritage-nationality-belief
system-or lack of it-education-biases if known-political
thoughts motivation and temperament. How about our
ability to survive incredible odds of life-in the
face of death-or the ability to give Love-and the
world takes notice-or hate-while the world takes notice
and maybe has to-and those who make the ultimate sacrifice
of giving a life-for a life-and not just the soldier
on the battlefield-how about Mother Theresa-whose
lifetime of devotion to the poor and less fortunate
make her life story-one of modern day unselfishness
and love that goes beyond our normal understanding-to
doctors, paramedics, nurses and scientists who heal
by research and medication-and that soldier I mentioned-
-who gives his or her physical life-to save another-sometimes
I find politics fascinating-spin doctoring frustrating-and
the spectre of global terrorism-frightening. I ask
myself where-and how-does our future lie-if NOT in
the ideology of our past and and present conflicts
over terrorism-economics-belief systems-and politics.
We have been able to take a "front row seat in
the gallery" on the battlefield of WAR watching
the "SHOCK and AWE" of the Iraq war-and
also had a "seat" at the fiasco of what
the United Nations has become.
At the United Nations table I need to paint a picture
in your mind as to how DIFFICULT negotiations have
become-lets put YOU in the role of the United States
ambassador to the UN, and you walk to the table to
negotiate your countries safety through diplomatic
and political means. On one side of you sits Adolph
Hitler from Germany- Gerhard Schroeder-Germany Ghengis
Khan from China-Ayatollah Khomeini from Iran- Emperor
Hirohito from Japan- Stalin-Lenin-Khruschev-Gorbachev
and Putin-of the Soviet Union-Saddam Hussein with
sons Uday and Qusay of Iraq-the 911 terrorists that
were responsible for the vicious brutal attack against
our country Sept 11-2001-(several from Egypt-yet all
Louis and Marie Antoinette-Degalle-Chirac and Joan
of Arc of France-King David-Samson-Moshe-Dayan-Netanyahu-Israel-Mahatma
Ghandi-India-Pierre Trudeau and Brian Mulroney of
Canada-William of Orange-Winston Churchill-Margaret
Thatcher-England and George Washington-Abraham Lincoln-William
Mckinley- Harry Truman-Dwight Eisenhauer. John F Kennedy-Ronald
W. Reagan-and recent presidents George H. W. Bush-William
Jefferson Clinton and George W. Bush are also present.
Representatives from Ireland and 191 member states
to date are involved in the negotiations. You may
wish to think about Yasser Arafat-Palestine is not
a member of the UN however-Arafats presence-is.
The United States is a republic-England-a monarchy-China-communist-Russia-communist-North
Korea-Communist- Iraq in 2004 has death totals of
approximately 2 million dead-thousands buried and
slaughtered in mass graves-based on the tyrannical
rule of Saddam Hussein. Estimates of 6 Million dead
Jews and many other nationalities during the holocaust
of world war 2- including hundreds of thousands of
Greeks-Serbians, Roumanians Croatians, Germans Italians,
Japanese and many more nationalities died during the
second world war. Numbers ranging from 15 Million
dead and more during the Russian revolutions of the
20th century that brought Lenin & Stalin to power.
Millions dead in Chinese conflicts-and the recent
anniversary June 1989 15 years ago of the Tianamen
Square massacre. Genocide - ethnic cleansing and even
eugenics involved-just some of the monumental historical
information you need to remember.
The mid-east conflicts that have brought death and
destruction to Americans- Israelis-Palestinians- Afghanistan-
Iraq and embroiled-Syria-Jordan-Pakistan-Egypt-India-Saudi
Arabia and more. Spain has been terrorized with the
recent train bombing massacre that killed 200 and
they pulled their allied troops out of Iraq and went
to a liberal government-in essence-giving in to the
enemies out to destroy OUR society as we know it-by
wreaking economic and precise attacks against allies
out to destroy global terrorism.
The nuclear bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki
in WW2 killed over 175,000 people and injured thousands
more-leveling the cities they were meant for-only
the tip of the iceberg. Today were fighting chemical
and biological threats that can wipe out entire civilizations
just as efficient as a nuclear device. It doesnt matter
that some of those people I listed at the UN are not
at the UN table today--THEIR DANGEROUS IDEOLOGIES
ARE! and YOU are the one to put a decision on the
peace making process. I ask you-WOULD YOU WANT THE
JOB? WHAT WOULD YOU DO?( I give Mr John D.Negroponte
U.S ambassador to the United Nations a lot of credit-you
have a difficult job. The world-is watching your progress).
The US as a Republic & allies of monarchy-(and
our other allies) are at WAR vs fanatical communism-terrorism-mob
thug & tribal rule-not to mention countries with
drug warlords in power- differences in belief systems
or complete intolerance of them. Christianity, Judaism
Islam, differeing Muslim beliefs- atheism- agnostics-
occultism and our own political maelstrom of thought
between party politics and you have TWO worlds physical
and spiritual-to deal with.
Small wonder we ask WHY is all HELL breaking loose?
We think about it daily-we worry about what is happening.
We are not at war with everybody contrary to political
rhetorical belief. Not everyone hates the United
States-contrary to liberal thought
process. I believe our president is doing what he
can-grace under tremendous pressure. This is not a
pro vs con article-there must be unity in fighting
the war on terrorism-and one more item to think about
They couldnt reach a decision regarding the United
States issue to defend itself-as recent as 6/25/04
the New York Times has reported proof of terrorist
involvement with Iraq prior to 911 going back to the
mid 90s-and from such an UNLIKELY source as The New
York Times-it makes you think about the stakes-WHAT
IF WERE RIGHT ABOUT THIS?
Another thought-the TRUST of the UN will be SORELY
put to test-when the details of the "OIL FOR
FOOD" scandal hit. It may be time for some new
leaders to step forward. If the scandal is true-they(who
are involved) should all step down. (It will also
make you wonder by who was involved-whether this had
ANYTHING to do with the standoff against the United
States.) Whether ambassadors or politicians or whomever
is involved--this story to break will hit with the
force of a Tsunami-count on it!
A question if I may-Is the United Nations holding
the United States Hostage during the resolution/negotiations
phase of the Iraq war? Liberals will say-we had no
need to go to Iraq. Yet we have faced a new terror
that infiltrated the U.S. Federal Aviation Systems-downed
four airplanes-slaughtered more than 3000 people-attacked
the headquarters of the Pentagon housing our Armed
Forces command- destroyed 16 acres on land in NEW
YORK STATE-destroyed lives from 82 nationalities including
men-women-children Muslims, Christians and Jews among
some of the nationalities and belief systems of people
dead-and we have evidence of rogue terror state involvement..
The UN says were just supposed to sit back and TAKE
IT-wait-several months wasted as Iraq stonewalled
the U.S. at every opportunity while weapons could
have been sent anywhere across the borders.
seems weve forgotten how serious Dr. Khadir Hamza
was when he left Iraq-he was just the head of Atomic
Energy for Hussein and his bookSaddams Bombmaker
in detail gives an insightful description of how serious
the nuclear program threat was and his job-to build
a nuclear device for Iraq . He spent years working
on the program. He has since made his way to the United
States.By the way he got his education in Florida-good
ole USA! Excellent book I might add.
The Bush vs Kerry campaign will be nasty and in recent
comments John Kerry stated the newly elected president
of Iraq-Iyad Alawi-is a puppet. How can we show unity-when
our political leaders fighting for the highest office
in the land-undermine the attempts to deal with a
serious issue like the leaders who will begin taking
the countries of Iraq and Afghanistan through the
birth pains of diplomatic process and freedom??? John
Kerry has also in his voting career supported 800%
in increased spending to the United Nations. He has
clearly stated he would turn the entire Iraq problem
to the UN for solution. Someday-maybe-but-for now????
Is that our best and only solution? Truthfully-I dont
For What? WHY? If the Oil For Food scandal
which will hit big time-proves that some of the nay
sayers of United States policy regarding the defending
of itself are involved-It will leave the political
world-reeling and the faith in the United Nations-badly
shaken. WITHOUT the scandal-the United Nations at
best is a weakened disorganized process thats lost
its credibility. Will it gain its status back? Who
audits the UNITED NATIONS for honesty-integrity-clean
books and the best interests of the worlds safety???
Time will tell.
Through the ability to communicate-our world has become
much smaller-planes-trains-autos-fiber optics-anthrax
in the mails-bombing of train stations-hijacking-kidnapping-gruesome
deaths televised to anger-the slaughter of innocents-nuclear
threats-smallpox threats-chaos and much more are part
of our daily life. Nice world isnt it.
By the way- The issue of 911. Is our country and its
freedoms worth taking a stand for? Theres no better
place or country than the United States to live in
with the freedoms we have. Communications can be good-or
bad depending on which side of the fence youre on.
The United Nations offers a wonderful opportunity
for diplomacy but it must be able to hold accountable
issues of terrorism. There can be no retreat from
this evil. It MUST be dealt with. For now-the issue
of terrorism is NOT being dealt with as evidenced
by the resolution fiasco with the United States. The
United Nations is also a powerful tool that can be
used to bring its power against a country and what
is currently happening in regard to the United States
may have a splintering and diminishing effect. It
is also not a place for Kofi Annan (Secretary General
of The United Nations) to make a statement that he
believes the United States war in Iraq is "illegal."
It UNDERMINES our countries safety to do so and is
evidence of NOT being "neutral" in the United
Ideologies such as the destructive forces of terrorism-communism
(pure or crude) naziism-tyranny-dictatorships and
varying forms of the above listed are as destructive
in their nature as nuclear war-bio-terrorism-or chemical
warfare. Simply put-THEY ARE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION.
Is anybody listening out there? Ideals and the physical
substance of those ideals connecting on a human level
can cause great good or great evil and upheaval. Our
world-our plane of existence is struggling.
I am reminded of Hal Lindsays book "The Late
Great Planet Earth" and I wonder-how much closer
to the doomsday clock are we? Ideas KILL-Weapons KILL--so
does hatred and bias-loss of tempers-and discrimination-so
do belief systems-or how you use those belief systems.
Some history-remember Jim Jones and 900+ dead in Guyana-or
how about the mass suicide of 39 people lead by Simon
Applegate-waiting for a great comet-or MASADA-a fortress
under attack by Roman soldiers who defended their
fort so gallantly-and were willing to die-ALL OF THEM!
So much so-more than 900 died by suicide so as not
to be under Roman slavery. Or the revolt of Spartacus-and
the Roman way of dealing with the insurgents who surrendered-by
CRUCIFYING no less than 6000 along the APPIAN way-leading
Wars kill-words kill-two nuclear devices used in WW2
killed and wounded hundreds of thousands-bringing
a brutal war to an end. Hussein slaughtered approximately
2 MILLION. Economics kill-take away money and jobs-what
happens-social problems-like Jean Valjean-the hero
of Les Miserables pursued for 20 years-for stealing
a loaf of bread.
Thousands live today in mid-east camps-with arms and
legs cut off for the same offense of stealing food-or
stealing-for SURVIVAL. Many of them Jean Valjean-of
the 21st Century!
Control the money and you bring down economies, countries,
militaries and governments. I think of the late great
actor George Burns in a scene from "Oh God"
with John Denver and he talks about his only mistake-(paraphrased)
"I made a mistake when I made pockets"-now
you have to put something in them"GREED
when enough-is not enough.
A trip to the past if I may-to remember those "good
ole days" when I played until the street lights
came on and time for supper. Our doors were never
locked -we didnt worry about criminals and kidnapping
and didnt have computers and games to keep us away
from books and in the house all day. I loved the split
glass bottles of Pepsi and other soft drinks and remember
glass bottles of milk back in the 60s-(Im not THAT
Dad took us fishing and to ball games-in later years
we went hunting-and he helped me and my brother get
into music.(neither parent played music) In the fall
we raked leaves and jumped in piles of rainbows and
most of the street neighborhood children came over.
We would spend hours jumping in those leaves ending
the day with a fall sunset on a cool evening-Mom would
come out with a big bowl full of potatoes wrapped
in tin foil-enough for all of us-and dad would burn
the leaves(when there werent zoning violations in
those days for doing so) and us kids would be running
all over the place-playing games like hide-n-seek
or late night kickball.and football girls included-and
we were DROOLING waiting for those potatoes to be
done- dripping with butter. We communicated as children-as
parents-and as friends. As I look back I would like
to believe God was there watching us-smiling. Those
are memories as a child long gone-but not forgotten.
Back to reality-those childhood school years-were
different than today-Inner city schools are hurt by
money thats not there. In Buffalo a control board
sits to try and keep the city from sliding into further
debt-and bankruptcy-people are leaving the city and
the area in droves. It is an embarrassment-a scar-a
black eye that the western new york community will
have for years-no easy problem to resolve.
This is just the beginning. Life regarding education
in these United States is changing-school vouchers
(a volatile subject for some) for some families may
be a help to making alternative choices for school
systems. Schools are closing down-those still around
are taking in more students and teachers are having
a lot tougher job handling the behavior of todays
students-its a tough job. .Freedom of choice in schools
you attend is here but not the way you would like.
It seems more economically driven-not always a good
I do remember the politician in his campaign that
said "what about free tuition for college students
maintaining a B average or higher"? I thought
it was a great idea(it may have helped the "Dumbing
Down" of college students in NY state) although
funding this would be a challenge I imagine-but still
a novel idea. This politician and successful businessman
(Golisano) wasnt elected to a position-but did bail
out the Buffalo Sabres Hockey team. I guess financial
saviors come in different shapes-sizes and ideals
these days-maybe next time on the education subject!
Remember-Politics are good for America- Democrats
and Republicans keep us on our toes. (Not to mention
all the Jay Leno and Conan Obrien jokes!) President
Ronald Reagan showed the wonderful legacy left in
being "The Great Communicator" by achieving
the destruction of The Berlin Wall and the end of
the Cold War and the Soviet Union-without a firing
a shot. Its what we should someday try to achieve
again-I hope its possible. Our country celebrated
his contributions to our way of life & respected
and honored him in death. Roosevelt-Truman-Lincoln-Kennedy-so
many names from the past to list-and they ALL affected
The groups are big and powerful-Republican-Right side-Democrat-Left
Side-Green Party-Far outside the political circle-Independents
left to your own-Conservatives-more right sided than
left-but not always-Regarding the war over Iraq-Red
faced Democrats were yelling-"WHERE ARE THE WEAPONS
OF MASS DESTRUCTION" MY first response "ITS
IN THE IDEOLOGY STUPID" pardon me for borrowing
President Clintons play on a campaign slogan.Its not
much fun when the shoes on the other foot. "Lets
Roll" became a national anthem in our nations
grief-and fear-real fear-the kind thats invisible
reached out and grabbed your throat leaving you speechless.
.Spending in the beginning was down as the markets
reeled from the impact-dropping to 7200 but guess
what! Were re-bounding-the economy is beginning to
roll-employment is up and less than three years after
the most devastating attack in our nations history-were
back moving forward again. An economic machine as
big as the US needs time-we havent recovered from
the havoc and the pain of 911-just ask the families
of the murdered victims-and our soldiers standing
in the GAP-for us. Our homeland security is improving
past the "duct tape" and plastic for
windows commentary Theres much more to be done-we
are trying and we are " A nation of Faith.
Our country needs prayer and it needs Love-It has
also showed some historic leadership in the roles
of President Bush, Rudy Giuliani,Governor Pataki,
Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton. Im not endorsing
any person or party-they came through in a time of
great anguish for our state and our country. I believe
as president Reagan so eloquently said "Our nations
best days are ahead of us". A biblical quote
says "without a vision-we perish" and Frederick
Douglass stated "without a struggle-there can
be no progress". Like the survivors of a tornado
after its destruction-our country rises like the PHOENIX
from its ashes-resurrected and re-born in our nations
efforts to heal, grow and rebuild.
As for Buffalo-it will have to do the same and so
will its school systems. The politicians and leaders
will have to learn from the failed programs-wasted
taxpayer dollars-mismanagement and more-to get this
great city back on track. It is also a fair time to
say that the 911 tragedy and its economic impacts
have hurt us all. However-the blame for these programs
goes right to the top-politicians and management.
Nationally and locally we need civil accounting programs
to watchdog ALL spending programs within the government
and our cities.
Theres no free ride on this train anymore. It doesnt
matter what political party you belong to-you are
accountable to the TAXPAYERS AND VOTERS of this country.-ALL
of us. From the poor-to the richest-its time to trim
the fat on political spending programs across the
board. It seems to me there could be some good accounting
jobs opening in the accounting and math careers of
our talented American students and graduates.
Whether you're Tax-n-Spend democrat or Big Business-Small
Governmant Republican-ITS STILL THE ECONOMY! Dont
expect too many handouts-HOWEVER-To President Bush-I
say Thank you for the Tax Break-ILL TAKE THAT OVER
A tax increase-ANY DAY!
A closing thought-WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WERE THE
U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS?
WAKE UP AMERICA-WEVE GOT LOTS OF WORK TO DO!
The Botton Line-in our "Good Ole USA"-keep
an eye on your children- money-politicians- taxes
- education-safety-spending and spirit. If YOU arent-you
can bet-someone else Is. Better..If its You.....
GROWLS, RIPS, SNARLS, AND PURRS!
Welcome to a different slant
on the definitive Lion-however the "definitive"
depends on MY point of view. You will catch on quickly
as we begin our journey into some timely events of
importance-not necessarily political-but these people-events
and moments in time are captured for you to review
& think about.
A quick opening statement BEFORE I get into this area
of two events of global importance. We have recently
honored the passing of our 40th president of The United
States Ronald W. Reagan known as "The Great Communicator"
whose legacy will be forever intact and remembered
by bringing about the destruction of The Berlin Wall
and ending the cold war with the Soviet Union with
its downfall-all accomplished without firing a shot.
A truly remarkable accomplishment in this day and
age. President Reagan stated many times that "Americas
best days are ahead of us" Mr President-our country
salutes you! Rest-In Peace.
It was announced that the sovereignty of the people
of Iraq has been officially turned over June 28 2004-two
days earlier than the June 30th date. Among a time
of war and terrorism which began September 11, 2001
president Bush stated (paraphrased) that we would
respond at a "moment and time of our choosing."
The Taliban has been destroyed/removed from authority
in Afghanistan and Iraq has been liberated of the
dictator Saddam Hussein responsible for the deaths
of approximately 2 MILLION people since his rise to
power back in the 70s. Lets not forget he also invaded
Kuwait with the express purpose of trying to take
over 20-25% of the worlds oil supply-slaughtered thousands
in chemical warfare-and littered the landscape of
Iraq with mass graves leaving a wake of death and
destruction in terms of human suffering and loss of
life-unbearable for the people of Iraq-and intolerable
for our world as we know it.
It is a great day for Iraq-for their freedom and for
the world-lets hope this serves as notice-that we
need to find the "kinder and gentler"ways
of world diplomacy-so that one day-we wont have to
go to war. May God Bless our country-The United States-and
our FREEDOMS! May God Bless the people of Iraq-and
open the doors to their freedom-education-and their
future and those of their sons-daughters-families
& future generations to come.
My First ROAR-as we take
a look at 2004- with so much activity on a global
basis will have to be the issues of TERRORISM regarding
the despicable deaths of Americans and Allies by kidnapping-torture-mind
control and death by beheading-or any other means.
It is the single most vile threat to humanity today.
What would our world be like under this kind of leadership?
WW2 with the holocaust and the Russian revolutions
bringing Lenin & Stalin to power slaughtered MILLIONS-yet
the Germany of today-is it any stronger? and what
has happened to Russia? Especially in light of the
recent act of terrorism that occurred in a Russian
school where 500 were wounded and 360 slaughtered-160
of those dead were children-most slaughtered as they
tried to run away from the terrorist captors.
No one politically would have predicted the downfall
of the Soviet Union-but I can name Ruth Montgomery
(well known Washington celebrity and psychic author)
as having predicted & written about it years before
it occurred along with Dannion Brinkley (near death
survivor and visionist who Ive written about on other
website pages). This ROAR-speaks for itself-I hope
the roar we hear-will be one voice-as we continue
to push on for our need to humanely deal with our
fellow man-woman and child-through talks and diplomatic
means. Yet we must always-stand strong in the face
of terrorist evil.
My First GROWL-is reserved
for O.J Simpson. Yes folks-he had the NERVE-the GALL-(Im
spitting nails on this one) to come on national TV
and say "Hes MAD at NICOLE" ten years after
her death and murder in 1994. He blamed Nicole for
drug use- give me a break and the "friends"
she had- he blamed Kato-who he said was "her
worst enemy".(EYES ROLLING) I think the "Electric
Company " 70s football player of The Buffalo
Bills-has short circuited and blown a fuse! Not the
first time either as Simpson has had several brushes
with the law in recent years and was found guilty
of civil liability in the Deaths of Nicole Simpson
and Ron Goldman resulting in millions of dollars (33-34
Million in judgements) that in all probability hell
never pay a cent for. The "teflon" antics
of Simpson seem to indicate we have different standards
for the rich and wealthy today-indeed there are times
when crime pays-doesnt it?
Rips-to Cardinal Law-John Paul II accepted Cardinal
Laws resignation December 13, 2002 as he was the Archbishop
during the child sex abuse scandal that continues
to plague the Boston Archdiocese with 200 cases known
and the other cases said to number more than 500-(I
will try to get more accurate info on the number of
actual cases as is known).
On may 28th 2004 it was reported that Cardinal Law
was leaving the Maryland convent where he was in "exile"
at the height of the sex abuse scandal and given a
lofty and some say "symbolic" post in Rome.
Cardinal Law will be the new head priest at the Basilica
of St Mary Major.(one of Four Basilicas in Rome) The
move keeps him in the center of Vatican Affairs and
he will be taken off the Archdocese of Bostons payroll
for the first time in 20 years. Some call it Laws
"Roman Holiday" and others working on the
sex abuse cases have said hes leaving the country
with 38 cases pending-making it difficult for him
to discuss the cases as needed.
Other comments are that the position is one of elevation-not
of shame-for someone in the center of the worst child
abuse sex scandal in history regarding The Catholic
Church. Just a reminder-Patrick McSorley-a young man
of 28-abused by "Father John Geoghan" a
pedophile priest (under the supervision of Cardinal
Law) was arrested and subsequently--murdered in prison.
McSorely died questionably-by suicide-this year in
February-one of the sexually abused young men in the
Boston Diocese whose death saddened those grieving
over the Boston Abuse cases-and touched our nation
and more-(a troubled young man with a background of
drug & alcohol abuse). Then the announcement of
some 67 churches closing as a result of the scandals
and lawsuits. There is muchblame on the hands of Cardinal
Law and the abusers involved from the highest ranking
positions of the Vatican and down regarding Vatican
policy and its stance on child abuse. My thoughts
and prayers for the people of Boston-they need it-You-be-the
My First SNARL goes to-todays
"Political Response" whatever that might
be!. No matter what the question is on any given day-(think
of a bulldog grabbing at your pantleg who wont let
go) Todays SNARL sums up my frustration and feelings
watching Republican vs Democrat or vice versa forums-no
matter what the subject is. If a republican says its
Black-A Democrat says its White-it doesnt matter what
kind or type of question-when you want to know a response-just
think of the opposite of the person talking. In some
ways its LAUGHABLE!
Or-have we reached a point in time where we actually
have begun to see-the DEATH of COMMON SENSE! Todays
"gang politics" on the Hill is hotter than
ever. As recent as 6/27/04 it was announced and found
true that recent Democrat ads hid subliminal pictures
of Hitler in their attack ads on president Bush-(Do
we DO this kind of stuff today?) that must have been
in response to the Bush ads with Rats hidden subliminally
in them from previous ads. Tit for Tat! Pardon Moi-
Definitely in POOR TASTE as admitted by the Democrat
spokesman who claims the ads were removed. I think
the only thing the political parties of today can
agree on-is to DISAGREE-Did I say that? CAN I say
That? How Contradictory! How Appropriate! I think
Im driving MYSELF NUTS!
PURRS-to ROY HORN. The
ROY-of SIEGFREID and ROY! Survivor of attack by one
of his White Tigers during their show of October 3,
2003. Roy Horn showed up on video May 18, 2004 before
6,300 at New Yorks Radio City Music Hall and took
the crowd by surprise! It has been said he looks well
and "dynamic". The master Illusionist team
of Siegfried and Roy received the Hollywood Star of
Fame in 1999 and were selected as Magicians of The
Century in 2000. They first met in 1959 and debuted
together in 1964 at the Astoria Theater in Germany.
Roys survival and rehabilitation is a remarkable story!
More on Roys condition as is available.Worthy of THIS
CATS RESPECT AND PURRS!
Thanks for joining me-SEE you NEXT TIME-with a whole
new lineup of ROARS-GROWLS-RIPS-SNARLS-PURRS! ...MEOW-said
with some Tongue-n-cheek Humor!