Gentilly Girl- a part of the 99%

March 20, 2008

Not My Druthers, But Today I Wish…

Filed under: Aside,Socialist Progressive — Tags: , — Morwen Madrigal @ 2:18 am

I Wish I was a Grannie.

Before I was 1 year old all chance of being a grannie, or a mother, or a great-great grannie, went down the tubes when a faulty Culture felt that they could “control” the Destiny of others unlike them. They got to choose back my “identity” then. I was programmed to a certain course. (Yeah… right.)
Well, this little Soul knows that they were/are wrong, and that she would have taught her children well, been there as things didn’t always fit the Beliefs, helping when the “Culture” created situations that would weed-out “what was not their own”. To “see” what a real person sees. To be intelligent and thoughtful, caring and innovative. To give a damn because we have seen alot…

And we don’t want the ones to come to have to see the horrors and cheats that we have witnessed during our time in this Plane. This doesn’t mean that we are the ne plus ultra of the Sages and Wise, but that we passed on our stories and our priorities, pains, hopes and desires. That we give them the right textbooks, and someone to do homework with.

With that above, here’s something interesting to read. (Not long… KOS can wait.)

Anyone can postulate a “New World”, but I believe in a living Real World. (Child-like, eh’?) They must be able to bear witness to what they think, see and feel. They must live Life and pass that information along. The problem comes in when where the slant of the observations come from: “No Change” or “Become”.
Can we teach our children well?

That is the question.

For myself, the choice has always been to “Become”..

“Be Blessed!”

February 25, 2008

Where Is Your Political Compass Pointed?

Filed under: Aside,Politicians,Socialist Progressive — Tags: , , — Morwen Madrigal @ 3:51 pm

Alright, I took the Political Compass test and this is what the results were:

Your political compass

Economic Left/Right: -7.12
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.41

Where is your compass pointed?

Curtsey to Raybin at the Wild Wild Left for this one.

February 1, 2008

I’ve Been “Obama”-ed

Another reason to vote for Obama and not a “Bush” in a skirt.

This little Creole girl is not voting on the basis of Race, but what she thinks is best for the Country. I also think having another Clinton in the White House is almost as bad as having another Bush.

Bingo! Our Savior Has Clay Feet.

Just read this.

Yeppers, the new gods are just like the old gods. Fuck me with a spatula… We’ve got to do this again. *rolls eyes*
Can’t we not get fooled again?

January 30, 2008

Thanks Mr. Edwards

John Edwards backed out of Campaign ’08 today during a speech here in New Orleans. I’m not happy about this, but I think he has affected the National conversation concerning what is really important for real Americans, the working class and the Future of our country. He has also remained firmly dedicated to the rebuilding of the Coast and getting folks back on their feet.
Here’s a great write-up from Newsweek this afternoon.

BTW- I’m voting for Obama for President now. (Hillary is a George Bush in a skirt.)

January 27, 2008

Sunday Morning Thoughts

Filed under: Politicians,Socialist Progressive — Tags: , — Morwen Madrigal @ 8:33 am

Okay, my sleep patterns have shattered since before the Holidays, and I’m awake early on a Sunday Morning. True to course I open up my feed readers and catch this post from YRHT.

Oyster reminds of us a speech given two years ago on MLK Day by Al Gore. As the Mighty Bivalve puts it, read the speech, all of it. Gore comes to the central Ideas of what this Country, and our Freedoms, rely upon.

If you consider yourself a Patriot, a Believer in the Genius of our Constitution, read this speech and take a stand. Our Nation and way of Life is seriously at risk.

October 12, 2007

Malcolm Suber For City Council-At-Large

Well the elections take place in NOLA in eight days, and I hadn’t made a decision for the City Council At-Large position. That’s fairly odd for one such as myself: I start with my candidate and hang in there for the long haul, but this cycle saw me scratching my head when looking out over a field of contenders vying for the seat. I am totally unimpressed by the same old faces who are running, and then my soul was saved by the Nation and this article.

Editor’s Note: It is not The Nation‘s usual practice to run endorsements of individual candidates by our writers. But longtime contributor Adolph Reed, Jr., an expatriate New Orleanian, made a special case for the importance of Malcolm Suber’s campaign for city council in that beleaguered city, where the most vulnerable of Katrina’s victims have far too few political representatives fighting for their interests. Here is his letter to progressives concerned about New Orleans’ future.

I have been a faithful reader of the Nation for the last 37 years. It is Progressive and has never steered me wrong. The very fact that they published this piece speaks volumes to me. I’m voting for Malcolm Suber.
Malcolm’s site.

September 27, 2007

Mind Food

Filed under: Aside,Socialist Progressive — Tags: , — Morwen Madrigal @ 2:27 pm

I have spent most of my life exploring the world and the folks that live there. Many things came into my consciousness during those adventures. My 20 years in San Francisco were very intense, exposing me to different forms of concepts and possible realities. (sadly, I spent 6 years in the Mid-West, and that’s a brain-dead zone… Don’t go there!)

So, I decided to create a new category here called “Mind Food”. It will not feature Neo-Con shit. It will be a survey and an info pot for those who wish to learn from visionary folks: those who “see” a different Reality than the crap we are currently living with.

Enjoy, educate and grow yourself with the first link on the list: TED:Ideas Worth Spreading.


August 24, 2007

I HATE Materialistic Capitalists…

Some snippets from a current article in People For the American Way:

“As the nation reeled in shock at the destruction of lives and communities wrought by Hurricane Katrina, Americans from all political perspectives came together behind the mission of helping the victims and rebuilding the Gulf Coast. Sadly, however, it seems that a few influential right-wing think tanks, pundits, and legislators see the devastation as a “golden opportunity” (in the words of Jack Kemp) to push through long-sought components of an aggressive and regressive economic and political agenda. Controversial proposals and program cuts that have failed to pass muster in calmer times are now being prescribed as supposedly necessary measures during a period of national crisis.” 

“The Meese report called for the creation of a so-called “Emergency Board” to identify and remove industrial regulations, including environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, financial regulations (to avoid “paperwork”), and worker protections like the Davis-Bacon Act, which mandates that federal contracts pay prevailing wages. Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, a foe of both regulations and organized labor, commented that the immediate gutting of worker protections is necessary because “[u]nions have never hesitated to line their own pockets with extra taxpayer dollars, especially at the expense of lower-skilled workers.”

“The feverish daydreams of the right wing—to shirk the responsibilities of the government to all its citizens and to shrink it to “the size where we can drown it in the bathtub”—have never been a secret, but neither have they been fully adopted under conditions that lent themselves to calm reflection. As the nation has its mind and heart focused on the Gulf Coast, now is certainly not the time to sneak through an extreme ideologically driven economic agenda that would sacrifice the well being of many Americans. On the contrary— the government must concentrate on rebuilding the lives and communities torn apart by Katrina and Rita, on the path of consensus, not opportunism.”

You know, I have always valued the Social Contract. It, much like the goal of having manners, is to provide the grease that keeps us from killing each other. This is how we obtain Social Justice in a widely divergent polyglot Culture.

All of us are different: varying circumstances, family connections, education… but the Social Contract in this country was meant as a leveling of the playing field. We, each and everyone of us have the Right “to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”.  This is our right and responsibility to each other to uphold. It is the glue that holds us together.

For some folk to view the double catastrophe of Katrina/Rita and the Federal Flood of New Orleans a perfect time to subject the American people to a NeoCon social experiment is somewhat like the experiments of Dr. Mengele in Nazi Germany. This is about Human lives and dreams, not the Ruling Elite and their aquireing of more money and toys.

He who has the most toys and shit at Death is NOT THE WINNER. It doesn’t work that way in the ‘Verse. It’s about how and why we live our lives… that we see a little bit of ourselves in those we meet, and we honor their Right to be who and what they are, just as they should do in return.

The NeoCons cannot understand this. They are stunted developmentally as Human Beings, and the kindest act we can perform for these creatures is to place them in a safe place and keep them from preying on each other. Watch over them and hopefully bring some enlightenment to their dark little psyches.

This is why I’m a Progressive Socialist.

July 23, 2007

A Conservative Definition…

Filed under: Aside,Neo-Fascism,Socialist Progressive — Tags: , , — Morwen Madrigal @ 4:04 am

I needed a good, apt, descriptive definition for the American Conservative. The ‘Verse came up with a realistic interpretation of the the creature: “America… What’s in it for me?”. Or “America, who’s in your wallet?”.  Maybe, “America, home of the ME and the slaves.”.

Just a Sunday evening thought.

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