Archive for November 11th, 2011

A Letter from JoAnn

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This Letter to the Editor appeared in my local newspaper and was written by a friend of mine.  She is a very talented writer, and we share a number of political viewpoints.  I think that many of you will enjoy it.  Please feel free to post comments.   —   YUR

Although pleased regarding the decision to withdraw our troops from Iraq, we’ll still be there in large measure in a so-called diplomatic presence requiring independent contractors.  

Corporate influences will still be paramount and coddled by this burgeoning community called “The Green Zone.” Meanwhile, the people of Iraq live in the unimaginably dangerous rubble of war.

President Obama boasts of fulfilling his Promise. But he fails to recognize the spirit and implications of that promise.  Lying by omission is at the heart of the cancer that continues to plague our ability to shape our future. The Obama Administration has thrown us a bone. I’ll be happy to have the troops back among us, but don’t expect me to celebrate while I’m still choking on the lie.

Corporations that seek ultimate influence over governmental power have disqualified themselves from leadership in our Democracy. We must: Reinstate Glass- Steagall regulations; junk hackable computer-scanner voting machines; reverse the damaging Citizens United Supreme court ruling ; deny more bailouts for corporations or banks; kick out Supreme Court Justices who betray the job description; and put our arms manufacturers to work making America green.

We’re internationally applauded for our past struggles for human rights, not the proliferation of corporate greed at the expense of the people who have made this country great.

JoAnn Wendl

(Sneaky Tough) Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/11/11

to read.It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way.”   —   Rollo May


Farmer plowing in Fahrenwalde, Mecklenburg-Vor...

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(Our first quotation from the noted existential psychologist.  And, I do hope there are more to come.  It seems to me that our country – our society – is running at break-neck speed.  I blame it on a – strangely? – related combination of  technology and abject greed.  What about you guys?  Thoughts on the quote?  On my brief commentary?  Peace.)   —   YUR

Atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.

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(Appropriate) Jumble Spoiler – 11/11/11

American Flag..Vietnam and Korean War veteran ...Visual Description:  Paying respects to those who have served our country.


Clue/Question:  After seeing so many people turn out for the parade, the veterans . . .



Gettysburg Veterans - 50th Anniversary

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(. . . and rightly so.  I didn’t need to back into anything today!  And, I didn’t even have to write out any of the clue words.  I reserved some judgment on “towed”, saw “hurry” and “sneeze” right away, and had to think a little to get “module”.  New word, ralis?  Everything was jumbled well and the answer letter layout didn’t spill the beans!  And, of course a great drawing, showing what looks like three generations of our veterans.  Very nice tribute, guys!  Let’s all look forward to the day when these parades will not be populated with active duty participants.  Be well and do good, my friends.)   —   YUR

Veterans Memorial, Stony Point, New York

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PS.  This is not far from where your uncle lives!   —   YUR

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