Monday, January 30, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

If only i had had a big stab wound

"maybe then the police would believe i had been raped. "

i hate it when the police do not believe a woman.
how many students have made the effort to report--with ALL THAT ENTAILS-- then the police, after grilling her several times, do not even interview the alleged perpetrator--do NOT EVEN INTERVIEW HIM! 
 (answer: too many)
We have really great police officers, and we have untrained or noncaring ones.
if they only knew the enourmous didfference they make.
 how am i able to say, sure , yeah, excellent choice, to report this crime--
if there is a 50-50 chance the CRIME VICTIM will be treated like a liar. and the perpetrator is not even given the tiny little fear of a police officer or detective interviewing him.
I thought that was something they like to do? Scare, trick, shame, cajol a rapist into admitting something that will get the case some justice.

i wont leave a mark dagnabit

give me all your money. (don't fight him, just give him your money!)
           give me your purse.

cry sometimes, laugh somtimes.

Maybe the fact that the TV sensational anchors only report the 2% of weird cases, troubled reports, sociopathic liars, and smarmy stuff--completely ignoring the EPIDEMIC of sexual violence-- is one reason....

Irish Water Spaniel Dog: Stunning. Sweetest Hypoallergenic Friday

OK, an Irish Water Spaniel is a glorious dog. the Calendar has this picture:

 and an Irish Water Spaniel Puppy:

looks a little like howard stern, but better looking.

"The colour is liver/puce and has a very definite purple hue unlike the colour of any other known breed...IWS have several distinguishing characteristics which place them among the more unique of all breeds: The topknot of long, loose curls growing down from the head which often covers the eyes; a "beard" growing at the back of the throat often accompanied by "sideburns"; and a curled, liver ("puce")-colored coat. The most distinguishing characteristic of these dogs is the smooth "rat tail", completely free of long coat except at the base where it is covered for 2-3 inches with curls. The face is entirely smooth-coated and, unlike the poodle, should require little or no trimming to stay that way. An IWS is ruggedly built with webbed feet to aid in its powerful swimming. Altogether, the IWS presents a picture of a smart, upstanding, strongly built but not leggy dog, combining great intelligence and rugged endurance with a bold, dashing eagerness of temperament.
They are the largest of the Spaniel group. Dogs range in height from 22 to 24 inches (56–61 cm), and weigh 55 to 65 pounds (25–30 kg). As their name would imply these dogs love water."

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Rest Your Eyes, Refresh Your Heart, Clear Your Ears

I have just the thing. Give yourself permission for four and a half minutes to sit, listen, watch,
It Is OK to Be Here. You Are A Child of the Universe.
All is well.

The flint hills of kansas are my back yard HERE

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

they call it flyover country...

I've counted 20 jet contrails in the skies here in flyover country during the Rush Hour.
flyover country

Jet Contrails in the West:
Hmmm, nice thick rich color...

short cut?

Jet "contrails" wrapped in plastic mary todd

20 second video of cool jet contrail HERE:

Kansas Country Highway Sunset

The clouds got better and better. Will post a video tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Season for Nonviolence: 2012 at K-State

Walk a Path of Peace.

A Season for Nonviolence 2012: The anniversaries of the assassinations of Mahatma Gandhi (January 30) and Dr. Martin Luther King (April 4) mark the bookends of the 64 days of the Season for Nonviolence. Find out more at the beautiful National Site:

click to enlarge poster

A Season for Nonviolence began in Los Angeles, inspired by the 50th memorial anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi (January 30, 1998) and the 30th memorial anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (April 4, 1998). At that time, task forces in 111 U.S. cities and 10 countries formed a network to nurture the spirit of nonviolence in our communities and to demonstrate that every individual can move the world in the direction of peace through their nonviolent choice and action. That network continues to grow. A Season for Nonviolence is currently in its 14th Season.

Kansas State University Nonviolence: HERE
 Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. ……Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The ultimate measure of a person is not where one stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where one stands in times of challenge and controversy. … Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   Right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant…      Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him…    ……   Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.             Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny….     Peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal…  ……Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  As you press on for justice, be sure to move with dignity and discipline, using only the weapon of love. Let no man pull you so low as to hate him….……

KC Star Story: Gay Teen and T-Shirt Dispute

The KC STAR Story here made me think about how people with differing views can work/communicate together, agree to disagree, live their lives and then
And Then:
There is always the idiot who just wants to
get ugly, call names, start trouble, and show the inner bully.
excerpt from story by LEE HILL KAVANAUGH

"... As president of her high school club, the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) at Blue Springs South, Bailee liked the idea of having T-shirts made like other student groups. But she didn’t want a racy one. “One of the girl’s sports teams, I think it’s soccer, has a T-shirt that says, ‘Girls do it in the grass 11 ways,’ ” Bailee said. “My mom wouldn’t ever allow me to wear that.”
She found a slogan with a deeper message on the Internet: Why is it that as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands? The dozen members of the club loved it. Bailee handed the design to her principal. The next day, he gave it back, with his signature of approval. She emailed her order for a dozen shirts from Rod’s Sporting Goods in Blue Springs. A clerk told her they would be ready in a week..."

Lara Logan Educates About Long Term Effects and PTSD After Sexual Assault.

Update: Rape victims are often told, "you should be over it by now..." or, "It's been a year, move on--" but those who have suffered ANY trauma, real, deep trauma--know that the Post Trauma Stress can be so heavy that it indeed becomes a matter which must be addressed medically and psychologically.
I have worked with rape victims who were basically told by the police
that "it wasn't a real rape" or "it isn't worth pushing an investigation" because she wasn't bruised and bloodied, or because she waited too long to report the crime, or because she took a ride home (merely to GET home, smiling, hoping he did not realize she knew she was raped, hoping she could just softly, quietly slide away to safety) ...any way, here is the Latest from Lara Logan:
Update: Lara Logan Says effects of sexual assault Do Not Go Away... HERE
CBS 60 minutes video below) and story HERE.  Lara Logan Feared Death: Update May 1, 2011:  On cbs 60 minutes, Lara Logan indicates that she believed she was going to die during the sexual assault and beating in Egypt's Tahrir Square. "She was set upon by a mob of several hundred men. She said in an interview with Scott Pelley that 'there was no doubt in my mind that I was in the process of dying. I thought not only am I going to die, but it's going to be just a torturous death that's going to go on forever.' After being rescued, she returned to the United States and was treated in a hospital for four days..."
"Ms. Logan, a CBS News correspondent, was in the square preparing a report for “60 Minutes” on Feb. 11 when the celebratory mood suddenly turned threatening. She was ripped away from her producer and bodyguard by a group of men who tore at her clothes and groped and beat her body. “For an extended period of time, they raped me with their hands,” Ms. Logan said in an interview with The New York Times. She estimated that the attack involved 200 to 300 men."

Journalist Amand Lindhout's
Somalian Kidnapping horror story HERE
It never ends.
"CBS News correspondent Lara Logan was assaulted and sexually abused by an Egyptian crowd last week during the celebration of President Hosni Mubarak's decision to step aside. Logan, a veteran foreign correspondent, was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for "60 Minutes" on Feb. 11 when "she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration," CBS News said in a statement published on their website today.

lara logan picture apparently taken just minutes before violent attack

"In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers," according to the CBS statement.  

more video and story here at NPR.

Sadness. I pray pray pray that the use of the terms in the report of this assault--indicates that the crimes committed against her were on the least violent in the spectrum.

These two stories show how the modern media is used to react instantly or even smear in insane and appalling ways after events: (Because sexual assault is always about getting attention, right)

click on pic to enlarge twitter feed.

second post here:

Updated info from The Daily Mail, London Times and Daily Beast:

From the Daily Mail: “More details have emerged of Lara Logan's terrifying ordeal at the hands of a frenzied mob. The 39-year-old foreign correspondent for CBS News show 60 Minutes was separated from her film crew in Cairo on February 11 and surrounded by as many as 200 men in Tahrir Square at the height of the anti-Mubarak demonstrations. According to one source, reported in The Sunday Times newspaper, sensitive parts of her body were covered in red marks that were originally thought to have been bite marks. After further examination they were revealed to be from aggressive pinching. It has also been revealed that she was stripped, punched and slapped by the crowd, which was labelling her a spy and chanting 'Israeli' and 'Jew' as they beat her.And medical sources have revealed that marks on her body were consistent with being whipped and beaten with the makeshift poles that were used to fly flags during the demonstration. An unnamed friend of the reporter told The Sunday Times: 'Lara is getting better daily. The psychological trauma is as bad as, if not worse than, the physical injuries. She might talk about it at sometime in the future, but not now.'

(After being taken to the Four Seasons hotel, she was treated and sedated by the hotel doctor. Within hours of the attack she was was flown out of the country and spent five days in a New York hospital.) Witnesses say the mainly peaceful protests to end Mubarak's rule had taken a more violent turn after the Egyptian president announced his resignation. The military presence controlling the amount of people entering Tahrir Square seemed to evaporate, and an angrier element had flowed in. Miss Logan was attacked around 1am as she filmed in the square. Egyptian state media had been publishing negative stories about foreign journalists, with many reports alleging that many Israeli spies were masquerading as news crews. Days before her attack, Miss Logan had been held in Alexandria on suspicion of being foreign spies.

“ Read more:

Responses, videos and extended coverage click here

UPDATE: Nir ROsen has resigned.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Shedding Tears for Elizabeth Smart: Now Engaged.

By the Grace of God? Now Elizabeth Smart is engaged.  Did you shed tears as you followed the unspeakable ordeal she endured? When I first mentioned her in this blog, it sweemed there was a spate of kidnappings in the news. Young children ripped from their families into a world of torture. How would they ever recover? What of the ones never found? The unimaginable pain and unending prayers of families who still wait; (my guess is, almost hoping their child is in the arms of angels rather than living a life in evil's hands...)
elizabeth smart engaged photo story here
There is healing, and moving on for some.
As you watch the video below, ponder
how over the years, as you have heard of various horror crimes, in particular those involving kidnapping and torture of children--
how much you wanted to know
that if ever a child was found, was saved--that she would be whole again, that s/he would be healed. Stronger than ever. That s/he would not be permanently wounded.

Elizabeth Smart, taken at age 14 at knifepoint from her bedroom, gave us some comfort
as she shared
factually, simply, graciously
with great insight and humble wisdom
her Moving On
and her confrontation with the criminal...

She has started a foundation--" I think one of the biggest ways to overcome any trial in life, to heal from any any kind of experience is by helping those around you --because by lifting those around you up
 you end up lifting yourself up as well..."
 here is the video
This is actually the moment many of us have waited for many times, for those we will never meet, for those we have prayed for. This is what by Grace we hope the recovery from monsters looks like.