Sep. 30th, 2005 @ 06:33 am 137 Speaks Without Words...
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'Nuff said!

One Eye
The Eye of 137
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Sep. 30th, 2005 @ 05:55 am BREAKING NEWS: The Clearing Shifts from 10/17 to 11/18!
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Due to a series of External Factors falling gently into place, THE CLEARING (see previous entries) has now shifted out about a month and a day - it has moved from 10/17 to 11/18. Just thought you should know. And yes, it *does* add up to 11 (or 9 if you include the year). And yes, I *do* see THREE ONES in there. It's just a coincidence.

The Clearing
The Clearing, Late 2005 - A Photographic Representation of Our Shared Future
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Sep. 29th, 2005 @ 04:53 pm The New (Grand Opening Next Friday, 10/7)
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Here are some shots of The New Building ("The New"). It turned out quite nice, I think. STRANGE & COMPLICATED. Yet STURDY. And for what's going to be going on in there, that's the perfect combination! The Grand Opening is 10/7. Invitation-only, of course. Doors open at 11. Be there! ALOHA!

I
View from The River


II
View from Burchard


So is that COOL, or what?!

1by1as1,
I AM Jala*AN.
Lawrence, KS, USA
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Sep. 28th, 2005 @ 04:44 am The Clearing, HDNet’s THE WAR WITHIN, & Looming Disaster…
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When I told you all way back when in May that I sensed some kind of great disaster was coming and that I referred to it as THE CLEARING, I had something very different than Katrina (and Rita) in mind. Check out the 5/9 post itself and/or go here for a refresher. Now, I know I could just say to you all (and myself) "Well, Katrina (and Rita) must have been what I was sensing" and just be done with it. I mean, we certainly experienced a CLEARING with Katrina. It came in and cleared out the land. It cleared out the people. And it left a hole in the earth in its wake like nothing we've seen in recent memory. So it certainly fits the bill as a form of CLEARING. So did Rita. But on a much smaller scale. So I could just say that these two back-to-back disasters were, in fact, THE CLEARING. But if I did that, I wouldn't be telling you the truth. I would be telling you a LIE simply for the sake of claiming a psychic "hit". I won't do that. Unlike many others in this line of work, I specialize in KEEPING IT REAL. There are literally thousands of LIARS and FRAUDS out there (you know who you are) who make wild claims each and every week regarding so-called "hits" that just aren't real. And since KEEPING IT REAL is my over-arching policy, I cannot ascribe Katrina (or Rita) to the "vibe" I was getting over 4 months ago. I still have that vibe. I still sense that something else is coming.

Which brings us to a little gem from HDNet Films called THE WAR WITHIN. It premiers in limited release this Friday, 9/30.

If you don't know what HDNet is, I will quickly summarize: it's one of a handful of non-local HD stations that we HDTV-type folks have available for viewing on our HDTVs. It offers 16:9 versions of many different network programs (which are broadcast in a 4:3 aspect ratio). It also offers HDNet News. It's got sports too but since I don't care about sport-play all that much (except for F1 and Ultimate Frisbee), I won't go into the details. Its companion station, HDNet Movies, runs movies in HD 24X7. So for the past month, HDNet has been running this promo for a movie called THE WAR WITHIN. It takes place in the area of the country where I was just last week. Urban/Suburban NY/NJ. [And just to clarify, this is NOT My Homeland. My Homeland is in the extreme Northwest corner of NJ, hugging the Delaware River and NJ's western-most border. Sussex County, it's called. My Homeland. Sure, it's more crowded there than it used to be, but it's still home to some of the most precious rural settings in the entire Northeast.] At any rate, the Urban/Suburban Hell part of NJ and NYC is where this movie apparently takes place. I bring this up for one reason and one reason alone: its connection to THE CLEARING. And that connection is this:

THE CLEARING involves the detonation of a nuclear device (a "dirty bomb") within a large metropolitan area. There, I said it.

To be very specific about where this will happen: when I envision THE CLEARING, I envision that it will occur somewhere in the heart of NYC. The resulting Dead Zone will stretch out in all directions. Its dark tentacles may even reach out to My Homeland. Who knows. But certainly, Ground Zero for the disaster will be the hardest hit and will be wiped off the face of the map. So, in the preview for this movie (which is co-produced by HDNet and something called "2929 Productions") we see a gentleman of middle-eastern descent dealing with life in Urban Jersey and NYC. He sees everyone enjoying the Great Melting Pot and he hears of all the wonderful opportunities that everyone has in this Land o' Plenty. We hear overlapping quotes while we watch him getting ready for The Moment. "This nation is a greedy tyrant" immediately followed by "you will never understand what it is that I must do." The preview ends with the man dressed in a suite and standing inside Grand Central Station, dripping sweat, with his hand nervously gripping some kind of detonation device connected to a suitcase he's carrying. This is what I have seen. This is what I still sense is coming. When I saw the promo for the first time about a month ago, I said, "OMG – this is the prelude to The Clearing!"

So... THE WAR WITHIN is seeing limited release on 9/30. It will begin its run on the HDNet movie channel this Friday night. And I'm still sensing that THE CLEARING is yet to come. Yes, despite everything we saw with Katrina, it was NOT what I've been sensing all these months as THE CLEARING.

Yes, I know it's only 3 weeks away. That date may adjust yet again. If it did move out yet again, the date I'm next sensing is November 18th. Who knows. It would be great if this is somehow avoided. If this doesn't happen before the end of the year, I may have to declare that it was averted. My ego may be then even more tempted to ascribe THE CLEARING to Katrina (and Rita). But I will resist temptation. I will simply declare that whatever I had been sensing was avoided (or NEVER WAS). Not a "hit" (at all) but certainly a darn good thing for all my friends and family back east in the Urban/Suburban Hell regions of NY/NJ. Once again, I am SO glad to be way out here in the midwest. We're just not a target. Not yet, at least.


The Clearing
The Clearing, Late 2005 - A Photographic Representation of Our Shared Future


Until then...

1by1as1,
I AM Jala*AN.
Lawrence, KS, USA
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Sep. 24th, 2005 @ 05:55 pm ACS (1852-1933)
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ACS
ACS, My Great-Grandfather. I visited one of the family plots down in Urban Jersey earlier today on my way to Newark Liberty and paid my respects.

It was great to see my parents, but it is SO good to be back in Lawrence. The Wide Open Kansas countryside is such a joy! Yes, there's no place like home!
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Sep. 24th, 2005 @ 10:11 am Calabi-Yau, Threshold, & My Visit Back East...
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Current Music: Some Jazz CD my Mom has on downstairs
LIVE FROM THE POCONOS!

Well, it's been a wonderful week here back east with my folks. I came back for work stuff (which takes me into the NY/NJ Urban/Suburban Region) but stayed way out here in PA with them instead of getting a hotel "down the line". They are the best! In case you've forgotten what they look like, here you go:

Mom and Dad

They getting up there (mid-70s) but are very independent and happily retired "snowbirds" with one place here in the northeast and another down in Florida.

Anyway, getting back to "the region"...

I had forgotten what a rat-race it is around here. My rental car is a brand new 2006 Grand Prix so I certainly could compete in the twice-daily drag races with all the nuts RUSH-RUSH-RUSHING to and from work. I left the house each morning at 5:30AM to avoid the traffic. I was on what I called the "crest of the wave" each morning. And would get to work some time prior to 7AM. I was always an early bird when I lived here for exactly the same reason. But the only problem with that is that you can't actually leave early on the way home. So it was anywhere between 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours and 15 minutes on the way "home" to M&D's place. Anyway, it has reminded me (once again) that I have become very accustomed to the WIDE OPEN SPACE surrounding where we live in Kansas. There's just less people, less competition for the allotted space, and less stress. Add that to the fact that my commute is about 10 seconds or so down the hallway to my Home Office - let's just say that I'm *really* counting my blessings for the sweet deal I've got.

So being back here, I got a chance to share THRESHOLD with my Dad (a big-time sci-fi fan). I brought back the DVD I burned of the first episode (which was in the Top 20 in the ratings, BTW) and he watched it. Then we watched the new episode last night. This is the guy who, you know, took me to see PLANET OF THE APES MOVIES when I was a little kid! So he was thinking he recognized the shape that came out of the water and it was bugging him that he couldn't remember where he had seen it before. So this morning he says, "I found it!" and tells me to come downstairs. He's got his copy of Brian Greene's THE FABRIC OF THE COSMOS out and he's on page 369. "See, there it is!" And he's right. The thing that came out of the water and "infected" everyone on that ship looks just like something called a "Calabi-Yau" shape. This is a six-dimensional object. Which makes sense - they actually said that it was probably a higher dimensional object, somehow, becoming visible in our 3-D world. So anyway, here are some pictures of Calabi-Yau shapes:

http://images.google.com/images?q=calabi-yau&hl=en

You'll see what he means, I'm sure.

What a joy it is to have a PhD in math for a father! And imagine this, the guy was one of the first people in the world to use a mainframe computer way back when and here it is 2005, he's 75, and he's reminding me about CALABI-YAU Shapes! Amazing. My mom's no slouch either. She's got her sheepskin too and was always a very well-known leader in our community when I was growing up.

So... this is the genetic stock from which I sprang. And believe me, I thank MY LUCKY STARS each and every day that I wasn't born into a family of CLUELESS DUMMIES.

Heh.

Well, I'm headed back to KANSAS later on today. It sure will be good to be back at The Fort. And yes, perhaps I'll even say something corny like "There's No Place Like Home" when I walk in the door. Thankfully, it looks like Rita won't be impacting my flight. At all. LUCKY FOR ME!

See you next week.

1by1as1,
I AM Jala*AN.
Lawrence, KS, USA (on location in the Poconos, PA, USA)
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Sep. 19th, 2005 @ 05:55 am The Roots Go Deep...
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I'm going back to My Roots on this one. The roots of my paranormal experience on this planet. My 111 Roots. Yes, my mind-boggling nearly life-long connection to/with the number 111 is really at the heart of nearly everything I have ever experienced in the Paranormal Arena. It's been the trigger. Admittedly, I've always been a sci-fi fan (since my dad took me to a see one of the "Planet of the Apes" movies when I was 6!) and perhaps this has always kept my mind open to All Things Paranormal. And, even though I am 100% drug-free now, there was 22 years of smoking pot nearly every single day that might have given me more of a Paranormal Perspective on things. But still. And, of course, there were numerous experiences with hallucinogenic substances (with the very last time being at RFK Stadium a few weeks before Jerry died) that most certainly added to my abilities to be open to the so-called Paranormal. But still. From the very moment my voice was slapped onto that Scotch 111 Magnetic Tape in 1965

111 [circa 1965]

to the very last time a "funny" large-scale coincidence occurred with 111 --- I'm calling the whole darn thing - soup to nuts - A MIRACLE.

There. I said it. It's a MIRACLE.

In the write-up, for many years, I've said the following regarding 111: "it is a divine yet not completely understood gift." Kinda hedging on the whole MIRACLE thing so I didn't sound completely wacky. I said "divine" and "not completely understood" back then but let's face it people, it's a freakin' miracle. And you don't really need to understand a miracle or how it happens. It's just a miracle. You experience it. It happens. The fact that 111 came into my life at such an early age and the fact that it gradually revealed itself over the course of the past 40 years and that it eventually led me to my ongoing (and very private) experience with the Qabala --- well, it's completely amazing. The fact that 111 and 7 are joined at the hip (111 is the binary representation of 7) is also completely amazing. I mean, let's face it folks, SEVEN is a Big Deal Number here on Earth. Think about how often it comes up. Not just in the Christian's bible, not just in our planetary history, but in nature as well. The fact that 111 and 7 are linked wasn't something I realized until WAY after it came into my life. I was too busy trying to keep up with all the sightings. Again, that's all ancient history at this point. And most of you should know by now that there are very few occurrences of 111 nowadays that impress me.

So… if you're wondering how I really feel about my "completed" experience with 111, I'll tell you in plain English (and this replaces any "hedging"-type statements I made in the final update to the write-up on 11/01/2000) ---

111 forever remains a truly Magickal Symbol that represents All Trinities. It will forever have close ties to Lucky 7. It led me to my sacred journey with the Qabala. And it was revealed to me THROUGH DIVINE INTERVENTION on a journey that began at the tender age of 3 (you know, III).

There you have it. Now... when I say Divine Intervention exactly what do I mean?

Do I mean God? Maybe.

Do I mean Aliens? Could be.

Like how the image of Devils Tower (no apostrophe) was implanted in people's minds as a means of COMMUNICATION? Wouldn't rule it out.

Do I mean my dead Grandfather who, as an extra-dimensional spirit-being, was trying to sway me in the direction of Christianity by imprinting a blatantly Holy Trinity-like symbol in my brain? It's certainly possible.

And how, to respond to my critics (you know who you are), do you positively rule out some form of Mental Disorder being at play here? Like, somehow, I'm insane because I've come to see 111 as a Magickal Symbol? And I'm insane because I feel that it was GIVEN to me through some Supernatural chain of events that involves the creator of the universe, Aliens, and/or my dead Grandfather? Well, if you read the write-up, it's very clear that I did not go looking for 111. It found me. In 1980. And then, as was revealed several years later, it turned out that I had already been branded by 111 in 1965 when my Grandfather, who still had 13 years left to live, slapped my voice onto that magnetic tape. And if you've done even the most basic investigations into the Qabala, you know (for a fact) that 111 has its most ancient roots in that system. The conclusion that I draw from all this, of course, is that I'm not crazy and that this stuff is real. And how I came to be connected with it is A MIRACLE.

Most who know me from my childhood probably hoped that this miracle deal with 111 would have led me straight to Christianity and its Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Its Holy Trinity. The TRI-unity Godhead that, for some Christians, is at the heart of their faith. I recognized this connection very early on (the summer of 1980, actually). But since I saw The Trinity coming up in religions that pre-dated Christianity, it was very hard for me to ignore those faiths and commit to the Christian Faith. Couldn't do it. Still can't. For the very same reasons. I felt more of a connection to the Celtic Systems and their heavy reliance on Trinities than I did to the Christian Faith. Did my refusal to see 111 as a Christian-style miracle lock me into some kind of Anti-Christian (potentially "evil" and/or "dark") system of influence? I don’t think it did. It locked me into a life-long journey with the Qabala is what it did. Certainly a far cry from anything even remotely "evil" or "dark" (in my book, at least). Does 111, in fact, defy the traditional good/evil dualistic characterizations that run rampant on this planet? I believe it does. But negative/dark/bad/evil characterizations of 111 do exist. That cannot be helped. I speak about this in the write-up. Go back and review them if you need a refresher course.

A fellow "111 experience" colleague of mine had a very curious interaction with the pattern (when it first appeared to him) and had what I would call very ominous first thoughts about what it really was. This is what he thought when he first saw 111:

It is the time that emits the least amount of light on a digital clock (it was an old LED-style digital clock, of course, not an LCD clock that has ALL Dark Numbers).

111. THE LEAST AMOUNT OF LIGHT. Huh!

Finally! Someone was telling me something about 111 that I had NEVER THOUGHT OF before! Aside from AC's references to 111 from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this was the first NEW IDEA I had ever experienced regarding 111! What does that mean? It means that until this individual gave me that "least amount of light" idea, anything that anyone had ever told me about 111 (aside from AC) was something I had already thought of or had already reported in the write-up. Let's think about his statement. Aside from the LED-style digital clock being turned off, it really is the time that emits the least amount of light. Of course that brings in the Light/Good and Dark/Bad duality vibe that so many of us are stuck on. So whether I liked it or not, there you had 111 (III) being tied to Darkness (lack of light).

So… where does that leave us?

111... magickal DIVINE gift... Aliens... Dead People (extra-dimensional spirit-beings)... the least amount of light... "dark as hell"... where is this all leading?

Let's face it: most of us, on a near-daily basis, feed the Dualistic notions of Light/Good and Dark/Bad with our thoughts, words, and deeds. I'm here to tell you that these associations are false. You're saying "well duh, Jim, of course they're false." YOU'RE SAYING THAT. But guess what? The vast majority of humans on this planet are not. Somewhere down the road, future entries to "Way [WAY] Beyond Mere IIII_III_IIII Shadow Puppets" will be devoted to an in-depth and detailed study of DARKNESS. Is it bad? Is it good? Is it neither?

I think that you should first accept the fact that we've got billions of people thinking that Light Means Good and Dark Means Bad. That's just a fact of life on this planet. What does that do to the psychic landscape? Well, it sets up a pretty hefty planet-wide "Thought-form Wave Function" that generally eclipses our attempts to block it. So what can we do about that? We have three choices:

1) Work to convince people that "The Light" isn't necessarily "The Good" through some form of Crusade.

or

2) Work to convince people that "The Dark" isn't necessarily "The Bad" thought some form of Crusade.

or

3) Ignore Earth's prevailing and oppressive "Thought-form Wave Functions" by congregating with other like-minded, non-Dualistic individuals. By creating comfy little cocoons in hidden, more remote sections of the Planet. By living a life that's free from Duality's influence. By experiencing the continued Magick of the Divine Gifts we're lucky enough to acquire during the journey. And (just for the heck of it) by making ourselves as open as possible to physical and spiritual connections and info-sharing with ALL Extra-Terrestrial and ALL Extra-Dimensional life-forms that might happen to come our way.

I'm choosing 3 (III). For obvious reasons. How about YOU?

1by1as1,
I AM Jala*AN.
Lawrence, KS, USA
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Sep. 17th, 2005 @ 04:11 pm Coming on 9/29: SIRIUS Lineup Changes
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Current Music: Octane (SIRIUS Ch. 20 - DISH Network Ch. 6020)
SIRIUS II

Well, big changes are coming to SIRIUS SatRad on 9/29. Here are the ones I care about:

One of my favorites, Radio Classics 133 (plays old radio shows from the 30s, 40s, and 50s), is moving to channel 118. Swing Street 73 is being eliminated and folded into Standards to create Standards/Swing on channel 75. Some New Age station called SPA 73 is moving into channel 73. Of course, Howard Stern arrives in January and has channel 100 already reserved for the "Howard Stern Channel" and 101 reserved for "Howard Stern II". Hmmm... 100/101. I like that. I *really* like that. Gee, I wonder why! Heh. Also --- OCTANE is staying at 20. Most of the commercial-free music stations I care about from channel 14 (Classic Vinyl) all the way to channel 28 (FACTION) are staying put. Bloomberg, CNN, and Fox are moving from 102/104/105 to 131/132/133.

Additional details can be found here: http://www.sirius.com/

And just for fun, here is another SIRIUS for your viewing pleasure. Actually, it's the original ---

SIRIUS I
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Sep. 17th, 2005 @ 03:53 pm Monkey Loves His New Best Friend...
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The Alien Being
"Looking Up [5]" (2005)

From the "Looking Up" series and a brand new addition to my desk ornaments collection in my Home Office: Monkey and his New Best Friend (The Alien Being). He calls him TAB. "Oh, you mean, like the soda that used to have saccharine in it?" I asked innocently enough. "Man, you ARE old!" said the Monkey, mocking my advanced years. Well, he's right. I am SO old. But oh so young at heart. Yup.
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Sep. 17th, 2005 @ 01:11 pm Review: I’m giving THRESHOLD a 93 (a [nearly] Solid “A”)!
Current Mood: satisfied
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THRESHOLD

Kudos to you, Brannon Braga! You’ve at least partially made up for the disastrous ST:ENT Series Finale. Here’s some of what I loved about the premier of THRESHOLD last night (which has become, in my book, an Instant Classic) ---

- Brent Spiner’s “former hippy radical” scientist character. Perfect!

- All of the characters, in fact, seemed very real. Very believable. And the way the ensemble cast just seemed to click almost immediately - a real pleasure.

- To be sure, the storyline is a familiar one but I’m giving high marks for the new approach and the dramatic and very dark way it’s playing out.

- No cutesy Show Beginning. It’s not needed and I’m glad someone said “you know what, we don’t NEED a cutesy beginning – let’s just roll with the story.” The beginning is just the word THRESHOLD against as dark background. Done.

- Cheers to the mostly correct use of actual, real-life mathematical terminology (except the next person who misuses the term “Fourier Analysis” is gonna get clobbered!)

- Cheers to reminding people about FRACTALS. The “symbol” (watch the show to see what I mean) is, apparently, a fractal. It appears to be a fractal spiral. We’re led to believe, from the first episode, that it represents our double-helix DNA morphed into a triple-helix DNA. I know an awful lot about fractals, and this requires a pretty big leap, but I’ll reserve judgment. For now.

- Cheers to quickly breaking away from that cutesy “You’re Gonna Make It”-ish cutesy-wootsey song right into a deep dark nightmare about the Trees Made of Glass.

- This show is taking us into the Dream World. Which may not actually be a dream after-all. It may be a much closer relative to our “regular” world than we think.

- High marks for realism with pointed questions being put to the Feds by Red Team members concerned about their constitutional rights being violated. They were, in essence, forced (kidnapped?) onto the team against their will.

- There were many references to the so-called “higher order” dimensions.

- There was a humorous reference to KLINGONS.

- The whole thing is broadcast in HD and we watched it on my 42-inch Dell Flat Screen TV. I swear, it actually looked 3-D.

- Any show that has a reference to 221, 22, and 22:10 in the first 15 minutes has got my attention.

What I didn’t like:

- That it was only two hours long

- That I actually had to sit through commercials! I usually digitally record nearly everything, but last night I wanted to see this thing as it went out. Live. With The Normal People who are used to watching commercials all the time. I hardly EVER watch commercials. So it was a bit of a shocker.

- Points were deducted for the cheesy “zoom-out on all the cars and people and lights and see the fractal pattern thing again from above” ending. He didn’t need to do that. Unless (and this is a big unless) it was to show how in-control THEY already are. If that’s what was meant, then please remove this from the “what I didn’t like” category.

All in all, great work! Perhaps it will get up into the mid-90s next week. One would hope for 100%, but of course that never happens. Not on regular old network TV, at least.

1by1as1,
I AM Jala*AN.
Lawrence, KS, USA

p.s. --- My brother, who’s even more of a techno-wizard than I am, called right when it started and left a message saying he was actually going to watch it. “The last show I watched on a regular basis was Seinfeld, so I think we’ll give this a try,” he said. I’ll find out what he thought during our weekly call on Sunday night.
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Sep. 12th, 2005 @ 11:11 pm Threshold [9/16 @ 9PM ET/PT on CBS] - BE THERE!!!
Current Mood: excited
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THRESHOLD

OK. Here's the Top 3 reasons why I am supporting this:

1) Despite how much Brannon Braga let me down with what he did to ST:ENT, he's still one of my favorite writers and, well, this is his Brand New Baby. Also - who can pass up the opportunity to see Brent Spiner in something new?! I mean, really!

2) I'm a sucker for "Aliens come back to earth and mess with us" scenarios (EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT was another recent gem for this genre - although it did start to drag by the 4th season)

And finally...

3) SPIRALS, BABY!

SPIRALS, BABY!

Heh.

Here's the "official" plot summary from CBS:

THRESHOLD is a suspenseful drama about a team of experts who are assembled when the U.S. Navy makes a chilling discovery: an extra terrestrial craft has landed in the mid-Atlantic ocean. Dr. Molly Anne Caffrey (Carla Gugino) is a government contingency analyst whose job is to devise response plans for worst-case scenarios. In a single instant, her life changes when one of those plans -- THRESHOLD -- is activated by Deputy National Security Advisor J.T. Baylock (Charles S. Dutton). Armed only with her hypothetical strategy to address the appearance of aliens on earth, Caffrey now finds herself thrust in the midst of a global crisis. She hand-picks a team of eclectic specialists to prepare for first contact: Dr. Nigel Fenway (Brent Spiner), a disillusioned NASA microbiologist; Lucas Pegg (Rob Benedict), a brilliant but neurotic physicist; Arthur Ramsey (Peter Dinklage), an expert in languages and mathematics; and Cavennaugh (Brian Van Holt), a highly trained covert operative with a mysterious past. Together, they decipher the intention of the craft, the fate of the ship's crew and begin preparations for the possibility of a crisis situation --an alien invasion.

Go to http://www.cbs.com/primetime/threshold for previews, interviews, and downloads. Come back here over the weekend for a quick review of the show.

See you then!

1by1as1,
I AM Jala*AN.
Lawrence, KS, USA
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Sep. 11th, 2005 @ 05:30 pm Remembering Those Who Perished on 9/11/01 [Especially Harry]
Current Mood: Quiet (mostly)
Current Music: No music - Just Silence
Looking Up - 1983
Looking Up (1983)

To Harry: Even though 4 years have passed, we still can't believe you were taken from us. Like we've said a thousand times before: you live on in our hearts and in our minds FOREVER.

1by1as1,
I AM Jala*AN.
Lawrence, KS, USA

p.s. --- And yes Harry, you can still call me Jim. He's like "What the hell's up with you and this JAH-LAH-AHN crap?!" HA! I swear, I can actually hear him saying that. Peace to you, my friend. Keep everyone in line over there on the Other Side for us! ;-)
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Sep. 11th, 2005 @ 04:44 pm Additional Thoughts (Re: APHC and "Feeling" My Fellow Kansans)
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I took the liberty of posting a slightly modified version of my "review" onto the message boards of the "A Prairie Home Companion" Radio Show. I called it "FEELING" MY FELLOW KANSANS. The ensuing "back & forth" caused me to offer some additional thoughts on our adventure yesterday. Enjoy!

~~~

Look. Here's my thing: I am a proud liberal from that tiny little ISLAND OF BLUE that sits in the northeast corner of an oppressive SEA OF RED DULLARDS. You know this special little Island, right? Lawrence? Lawrence, Kansas? You may have heard of us? Home to the Free State movement way back when? The town voted overwhelmingly for Kerry last year? We opposed the same-sex marriage ban? Hello?! Is this thing on?

Let me break it down for you:

Most of Lawrence, Kansas = smart, hip, happening, progressive

Most of the Rest of Kansas = dull, dumb, conservative, needs to be made fun of

And to those of you loyal APHC fans stuck in Kansas yet unfortunately living “Off-Island” elsewhere, you have my deepest sympathy. It must be very painful wading through that SEA OF RED DULLARDS each and every day. Sounds excruciating!

Well hey, there's always Lawrence! You would be most welcome here. See you soon?

Warmest Regards,
JLWN111 (thanking The Gods that he lives in Lawrence!]

p.s. --- Just so you know, and for the record, I actually voted for David Cobb (Green Party) in 2004. Kerry lost my vote when he put on his hunting uniform. And yes, I'm a vegan animal-rights activist too. But that's for another time... and another thread... :-)

~~~

In response to: "I have little patience for the poor souls who, when treated well and encouraged, still are unwilling to relate to a group in accordance and only come to cause damage."

Gee, I really hope you're not talking about me! Not trying to "cause damage" - just telling it like it is. The painful truth about Kansas.

BTW - I will repeat my praise - the show was excellent! And we would gladly wade into that DREADFUL SEA once again - as long as it was for something as worthwhile as seeing Garrison and APHC!

Later, folks.

1by1as1,
ME.

~~~

In response to: "jlwn111, you realize of course that a vote for David Cobb in 2004 was a vote for the RED team?"

Not here in Kansas it wasn't. Not even close. The seven folks who voted for Cobb here in Lawrence (and I was one of them) didn't have anything to do with Bush winning or Kerry losing. It was, in fact, a vote for the GREEN team. And we felt good about it.

Stats for Kansas:

Bush - 736,456 (62%)
Kerry - 434,993 (37%)

I'll make this my last post. I've pretty much said everything that needed to be said. And plus, I generally steer clear of "flame wars" at this point. That's where this is headed, I'm sure. I was simply voicing my opinion about the state of affairs here in Kansas, I was praising Garrison and the APHC cast for an awesome show yesterday at the Kansas State Fair, and lastly, I was expressing how thankful I am that I live in such a progressive city inside of a state that’s mostly filled with conservative morons.

Bests,
JLWN111

~~~

In response to: "This is someone who shows up from time to time pretending to be a certain sex, political persuasion, or from some different area in the country. It's all playtime, pretend. A game to see how many people he can get riled up."

No, I'm afraid you've got me confused with someone else. And I assure you, I am a "for real" person who really does live in Lawrence, Kansas. Actually, I have never (ever) been here before. I'm a longtime APHC fan, but these posts here today were my first ever. Why don't you do some research if you're so curious as to who I really am? A simple 2-second Google search on jlwn111 might serve to enlighten you. Best of luck! HA!

Please, go back to your regularly scheduled postings now. I'm done. No matter how much more bait you put out. :-)

1by1as1,
ME.

~~~

NOTE FROM ME: And if they do Google it, the first entry they will find is my LiveJournal! HA!

OOPS! I'm getting "The Eyes" again. You know. THE EYES. It's the 137-year-old man who is ONCE AGAIN reminding me that this Blog is mostly on hold right now (he also has reminded me that I don't "do" Flame Wars anymore - I told him to relax and that the APHC thing wasn't really anything even close to a Flame War). Anyway, he's right about one thing. This Blog is ON HOLD. Until, of course, we reach THE CLEARING.

The Clearing
The Clearing, Late 2005 - A Photographic Representation of Our Shared Future
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Sep. 11th, 2005 @ 09:44 am "A Prairie Home Companion" and the (ECCH!) "Rest" of Kansas...
Current Mood: amused
Current Music: APHC Archives [http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/programs]
An essential post from the "On Hold" mist:

Right on the heels of our awesome Route 66 road-trip deep into Texas and New Mexico a few weeks back, we ventured out of Lawrence yesterday YET AGAIN to points unknown. Points unknown and PEOPLE unknown. I know this may sound funny, but since we live and work and play in the hip & happening University Town of Lawrence that pretty much has everything that a thinking, well-educated, and leftward-leaning person could ever possibly want or need, I never see any really compelling reasons to leave this fine city. I mean, we're Gay Friendly (we had an openly gay Mayor), we're extremely progressive (we were the only place in Kansas that voted overwhelmingly against the Kansas same-sex marriage ban), we're a "Top Ten Smartest" City (over 42% of our population holds a Bachelor's degree or higher), and we're a SEA OF BLUE (voted overwhelmingly for Kerry in '04) in an otherwise extremely primitive and backwards state that's mostly filled with lots of "simple, old-fashioned values" conservative-type folks. And trust me, they really aren't that bright.

Which brings us to the Kansas State Fair and "Hutch" (Hutchinson, KS).

I know these "simple folks" mean well, but to SEE THEM, to FEEL THEM, and to HEAR THEM I am profoundly reminded why the rest of the country sees us the way they do. So why did we venture out of our little Sea of Blue Paradise to submerge ourselves in a Sea of Mediocrity? Into a SEA OF BLOATED DUMMIES? Well, we're big-time fans of little radio show that broadcasts live each and every weekend. Perhaps you may have heard of it? Of course you have.

APHC

We've seen the show live a couple of times in the past few years and always enjoy Garrison's wit and wisdom. The show yesterday was awesome. He's a brilliant man and, together with the rest of the cast, they put on one hell of a performance. But he did rake most of Kansas over the coals during the show. Lots of barbs directed at the state. Our female (!) Governor who also happens to be a Democrat (!) was actually on the show too and participated in one of the regular sketches. That was a real treat. We are HUGE fans of Kathleen Sebelius and will vote for her again in the next election. Garrison actually commented on how strange it was that this state, THIS MOSTLY RED STATE, has a female Democrat for governor. "Yes, it *was* a miracle," Kathleen said.

But getting back to my fellow Kansans.

I looked around quite a bit during the show to see how much of the material was registering on these dumb hick's faces. Nadda. I think they were like "we're at the State Fair, let's go see what this radio show is all about." I actually broke out laughing on several occasions while others sat stone-faced and silent during some of the particularly biting commentary about Kansas. It was just so funny to FEEL these people. I could FEEL how dumb most of these people were. It was most distasteful. The Simple Folks. The Salt of the Earth. The Keepers of Traditional Family Values. That's who most of these people were. I would say that 3/4 of the audience hadn't a clue. But the other quarter? THE BIG-TIME FANS WHO TRAVELED CLOSE TO 200 MILES TO GET TO THE SHOW? They were great. A real joy! A tiny little island of intelligent, like-minded individuals and fans of "A Prairie Home Companion" in a SEA OF CLUELESS BUFFOONS! Yes, they were "bloated dummies" *and* "clueless buffoons" (heh). Listen, if I could make up a test for who gets to be a part of that UTOPIAN future I described a few posts back, surely one of the questions would be:

Do you GET "A Prairie Home Companion"? No, dumbass, not do you GET IT on your radio! Do you GET it?

-or better yet-

Do you listen to NPR?

If the answer is NO, these folks can be left On The Outside. If the answer is YES, it's a good sign that the individual is like-minded and gets to come in.

Actually, I suppose they could always lie about the answer.

"Straight-shooting-Salt-of-the-Earth-Traditional-Value"-type folks actually LYING??? NO! Say it ain't so! They couldn't! THEY WOULDN'T.

Heh.

1by1as1,
I AM Jala*AN
Lawrence, KS, USA

p.s. I --- Go to http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/ to read more about the show.

p.s. II --- Other than a work trip back east to the NJ/NY metro region at the end of September, I think the next time I actually have to leave The Oasis (Lawrence) will be during the holiday season when we will be with my parents in Florida. HA! Actually, strike that, we're going to the Ren Fest "down the line" in mid-October. OK, so three times before the end of the year. I guess that'll be OK. :-)
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Sep. 4th, 2005 @ 07:44 pm Despite What My 5/9 LJ Post Said, Katrina was NOT The Clearing
Current Mood: AWARE
Current Music: No Music - Silence
OK.

I have had several people question me over the past week if Katrina was, in fact, The Clearing. Quotes from my 5/9/2005 entry where I warned of impending doom:

"I just wanted you all to know that a great many of us are picking up on an event. This event will happen sooner rather than later."

"This event will overshadow the events of 9/11/01 by several orders of magnitude."

"It will occur on our shores."

"It's huge. And again, it will dwarf 911."

"It's unnerving."

"All we can do is wait it out. And be there to help our fellow citizens when the shit hits the fan."

"We'll pull together just like we did three and a half years ago."

"But this time, the devastation will be SO massive, it will take days, if not weeks, just to even get to the wounded."

Despite how these statements could absolutely apply to Katrina, they do not. They apply to something else. Something that hasn't happened yet. Something that is still lurking out there on the horizon. I wish I didn't still sense this. But I do.

The Clearing
The Clearing, Late 2005 - A Photographic Representation of Our Shared Future

And the 137-year-old man is once again reminding me that this Blog is mostly on hold right now. Until, of course, we reach The Clearing.

1by1as1,
I AM Jala*AN.
Lawrence, KS, USA
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Sep. 4th, 2005 @ 07:30 pm Lost in the Flood [from SLATE]
Current Mood: angry
Current Music: Octane (SIRIUS Ch. 20 - DISH Network Ch. 6020)
More people reading my mind. This was actually from mid-week but still packs a punch.

Lost in the Flood
Why no mention of race or class in TV's Katrina coverage?
By Jack Shafer
http://www.slate.com/

What the newscasters didn't say

I can't say I saw everything that the TV newscasters pumped out about Katrina, but I viewed enough repeated segments to say with 90 percent confidence that broadcasters covering the New Orleans end of the disaster demurred from mentioning two topics that must have occurred to every sentient viewer: race and class.

Nearly every rescued person, temporary resident of the Superdome, looter, or loiterer on the high ground of the freeway I saw on TV was African-American. And from the look of it, they weren't wealthy residents of the Garden District. This storm appears to have hurt blacks more directly than whites, but the broadcasters scarcely mentioned that fact.

Now, don't get me wrong. Just because 67 percent of New Orleans residents are black, I don't expect CNN to rename the storm "Hurricane" Carter in honor of the black boxer. Just because Katrina's next stop after destroying coastal Mississippi was counties that are 25 percent to 86 percent African-American (according to this U.S. Census map), and 27.9 percent of New Orleans residents are below the poverty line, I don't expect the Rev. Jesse Jackson to call the news channels to give a comment. But in the their frenzy to beat freshness into the endless loops of disaster footage that have been running all day, broadcasters might have mentioned that nearly all the visible people left behind in New Orleans are of the black persuasion, and mostly poor.

To be sure, some reporters sidled up to the race and class issue. I heard them ask the storm's New Orleans victims why they hadn't left town when the evacuation call came. Many said they were broke—"I live from paycheck to paycheck," explained one woman. Others said they didn't own a car with which to escape and that they hadn't understood the importance of evacuation.

But I don't recall any reporter exploring the class issue directly by getting a paycheck-to-paycheck victim to explain that he couldn't risk leaving because if he lost his furniture and appliances, his pots and pans, his bedding and clothes, to Katrina or looters, he'd have no way to replace them. No insurance, no stable, large extended family that could lend him cash to get back on his feet, no middle-class job to return to after the storm.

What accounts for the broadcasters' timidity? I saw only a couple of black faces anchoring or co-anchoring but didn't see any black faces reporting from New Orleans. So, it's safe to assume that the reluctance to talk about race on the air was a mostly white thing. That would tend to imply that white people don't enjoy discussing the subject. But they do, as long as they get to call another white person racist.

My guess is that Caucasian broadcasters refrain from extemporizing about race on the air mostly because they fear having an Al Campanis moment. Campanis, you may recall, was the Los Angeles Dodgers vice president who brought his career to an end when he appeared on Nightline in 1987 and explained to Ted Koppel that blacks might not have "some of the necessities" it takes to manage a major league team or run it as a general manager for the same reason black people aren't "good swimmers." They lack "buoyancy," he said.

Not to excuse Campanis, but as racists go he was an underachiever. While playing in the minor leagues, he threw down his mitt and challenged another player who was bullying Jackie Robinson. As Dodger GM, he aggressively signed black and Latino players, treated them well, and earned their admiration. Although his Nightline statement was transparently racist, in the furor that followed, nobody could cite another racist remark he had ever made. His racism, which surely blocked blacks from potential front-office Dodger careers, was the racism of overwhelming ignorance—a trait he shared (shares?) with many other baseball executives.

This sort of latent racism (or something more potent) may lurk in the hearts of many white people who end up on TV, as it does in the hearts of many who watch. Or, even if they're completely clean of racism's taint, anchors and reporters fear that they'll suffer a career-stopping Campanis moment by blurting something poorly thought out or something that gets misconstrued. Better, most think, to avoid discussing race at all unless someone with impeccable race credentials appears to supervise—and indemnify—everybody from potentially damaging charges of racism.

Race remains largely untouchable for TV because broadcasters sense that they can't make an error without destroying careers. That's a true pity. If the subject were a little less taboo, one of last night's anchors could have asked a reporter, "Can you explain to our viewers, who by now have surely noticed, why 99 percent of the New Orleans evacuees we're seeing are African-American? I suppose our viewers have noticed, too, that the provocative looting footage we're airing and re-airing seems to depict mostly African-Americans."

If the reporter on the ground couldn't answer the questions, a researcher could have Nexised the New Orleans Times-Picayune five-parter from 2002, "Washing Away," which reported that the city's 100,000 residents without private transportation were likely to be stranded by a big storm. In other words, what's happening is what was expected to happen: The poor didn't get out in time.

To the question of looting, an informed reporter or anchor might have pointed out that anybody—even one of the 500 Nordic blondes working in broadcast news—would loot food from a shuttered shop if they found themselves trapped by a flood and had no idea when help would come. However sympathetic I might be to people liberating necessities during a disaster in order to survive, I can't muster the same tolerance for those caught on camera helping themselves in a leisurely fashion to dry goods at Wal-Mart. Those people weren't looting as much as they were shopping for good stuff to steal. MSNBC's anchor Rita Cosby, who blurted an outraged if inarticulate harrumph when she aired the Wal-Mart heist footage, deserves more respect than the broadcasters who gave the tape the sort of nonjudgmental commentary they might deliver if they were watching the perps vacuum the carpets at home.

When disaster strikes, Americans—especially journalists—like to pretend that no matter who gets hit, no matter what race, color, creed, or socioeconomic level they hail from, we're all in it together. This spirit informs the 1997 disaster flick Volcano, in which a "can't we all just get along" moment arrives at the film's end: Volcanic ash covers every face in the big crowd scene, and everybody realizes that we're all members of one united race.

But we aren't one united race, we aren't one united class, and Katrina didn't hit all folks equally. By failing to acknowledge upfront that black New Orleanians—and perhaps black Mississippians—suffered more from Katrina than whites, the TV talkers may escape potential accusations that they're racist. But by ignoring race and class, they boot the journalistic opportunity to bring attention to the disenfranchisement of a whole definable segment of the population. What I wouldn't pay to hear a Fox anchor ask, "Say, Bob, why are these African-Americans so poor to begin with?"
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Sep. 4th, 2005 @ 07:22 pm The Ugly Truth [from the NY Daily News]
Current Mood: angry
Current Music: Octane (SIRIUS Ch. 20 - DISH Network Ch. 6020)
This pretty much sums up at least PART of what I've been feeling over the past 6 days...

The Ugly Truth
by Errol Louis
Sunday, September 4th, 2005

Bubbling up from the flood that destroyed New Orleans are images, beamed around the world, of America's original and continuing sin: the shabby, contemptuous treatment this country metes out, decade after decade, to poor people in general and the descendants of African slaves in particular. The world sees New Orleans burning and dying today, but the televised anarchy - the shooting and looting, needless deaths, helpless rage and maddening governmental incompetence - was centuries in the making.

To the casual viewer, the situation is an incomprehensible mess that raises questions about the intelligence, sanity and moral worth of those trapped in the city. Why didn't those people evacuate before the hurricane? Why don't they just walk out of town now? And why should anyone care about people who are stealing and fighting the police?

That hard, unsympathetic view is the traditional American response to the poverty, ignorance and rage that afflict many of us whose great-great-grandparents once made up the captive African slave labor pool. In far too many cities, including New Orleans, the marching orders on the front lines of American race relations are to control and contain the very poor in ghettos as cheaply as possible; ignore them completely if possible; and call in the troops if the brutes get out of line.

By almost every statistical measure, New Orleans is a bad place to be poor. Half the city's households make less than $28,000 a year, and 28% of the population lives in poverty.

In the late 1990s, the state's school systems ranked dead last in the nation in the number of computers per student (1 per 88), and Louisiana has the nation's second-highest percentage of adults who never finished high school. By the state's own measure, 47% of the public schools in New Orleans rank as "academically unacceptable."

And Louisiana is the only one of the 50 states where the state legislature doesn't allocate money to pay for the legal defense of indigent defendants. The Associated Press reported this year that it's not unusual for poor people charged with crimes to stay in jail for nine months before getting a lawyer appointed.

These government failures are not merely a matter of incompetence. Louisiana and New Orleans have a long, well-known reputation for corruption: as former congressman Billy Tauzin once put it, "half of Louisiana is under water and the other half is under indictment."

That's putting it mildly. Adjusted for population size, the state ranks third in the number of elected officials convicted of crimes (Mississippi is No. 1). Recent scandals include the conviction of 14 state judges and an FBI raid on the business and personal files of a Louisiana congressman.

In 1991, a notoriously corrupt Democrat named Edwin Edwards ran for governor against Republican David Duke, a former head of the Ku Klux Klan. Edwards, whose winning campaign included bumper stickers saying "Elect the Crook," is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence for taking bribes from casino owners. Duke recently completed his own prison term for tax fraud.

The rot included the New Orleans Police Department, which in the 1990s had the dubious distinction of being the nation's most corrupt police force and the least effective: the city had the highest murder rate in America. More than 50 officers were eventually convicted of crimes including murder, rape and robbery; two are currently on Death Row.

The decision to subject an entire population to poverty, ignorance, injustice and government corruption as a way of life has its ugly moments, as the world is now seeing. New Orleans officials issued an almost cynical evacuation order in a city where they know full well that thousands have no car, no money for airfare or an interstate bus, no credit cards for hotels, and therefore no way to leave town before the deadly storm and flood arrived.

The authorities provided no transportation out of the danger zone, apparently figuring the neglected thousands would somehow weather the storm in their uninsured, low-lying shacks and public housing projects. The poor were expected to remain invisible at the bottom of the pecking order and somehow weather the storm.

But the flood confounded the plan, and the world began to see a tide of human misery rising from the water - ragged, sick, desperate and disorderly. Some foraged for food, some took advantage of the chaos to commit crimes. All in all, they acted exactly the way you could predict people would act who have been locked up in a ghetto for generations.

The world also saw the breezy indifference with which government officials treated these tens of thousands of sick and dying citizens, even as the scope of the disaster became clear. President Bush initially shunned the Gulf Coast and headed to political fund-raisers in the West.

That left matters in the bumbling hands of the director of emergency management, Michael Brown, who ranks No. 1 on the list of officials who ought to be fired when the crisis has passed. Even as local officials were publicly reporting assaults, fires and bedlam at local hospitals, Brown took to the airwaves to declare that "things are going well" as mayhem engulfed the city. When asked about the rising death toll, Brown attributed it to "people who did not heed the advance warnings." Brown's smug ignorance of the conditions of the place he was tasked to save became the final door slammed on the trap that tens of thousands of the city's poorest found themselves.

The challenge for America is to remember the faces of the evacuees who will surely be ushered back into a black hole of public indifference as soon as the White House and local officials can manage it. While pledging ourselves to remember their mistreatment and fight for their cause, we should also be sure to cast a searching, skeptical eye on the money that Bush has pledged for rebuilding.

Ten billion dollars are about to pass into the sticky hands of politicians in the No. 1 and No. 3 most corrupt states in America. Worried about looting? You ain't seen nothing yet.
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Sep. 2nd, 2005 @ 07:00 am FW: Vacation is Over [Michael's 9/2 Letter to George]
Current Mood: angry
Current Music: Octane (SIRIUS Ch. 20 - DISH Network Ch. 6020)
Enjoy the HOLIDAY weekend! Jeesh. What a world. This disaster gives new meaning to my catch-phrase for this dreadful planet of ours. You know, how I call it a "Haunted Mansion on Top of a Runaway Train." And no, as several of you have asked, this is NOT The Clearing. Looks like it. Tastes like it. Even smells like it. But it's not. Also - before you leave for your "vacation" please make sure you visit http://www.redcross.org/ and donate what you can. Check to see if your company will match your donation. Many are. Yours might be one of them.

FYI:

>From: "Michael Moore" <mmflint@aol.com>
>To: jlwn111@hotmail.com
>Subject: Vacation is Over... an open letter from Michael Moore to George W. Bush
>Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2005 05:18:40 -0400
>
>Friday, September 2nd, 2005
>
>Dear Mr. Bush:
>
>Any idea where all our helicopters are? It's Day 5 of Hurricane Katrina and thousands remain stranded in New Orleans and need to be airlifted. Where on earth could you have misplaced all our military choppers? Do you need help finding them? I once lost my car in a Sears parking lot. Man, was that a drag.
>
>Also, any idea where all our national guard soldiers are? We could really use them right now for the type of thing they signed up to do like helping with national disasters. How come they weren't there to begin with?
>
>Last Thursday I was in south Florida and sat outside while the eye of Hurricane Katrina passed over my head. It was only a Category 1 then but it was pretty nasty. Eleven people died and, as of today, there were still homes without power. That night the weatherman said this storm was on its way to New Orleans. That was Thursday! Did anybody tell you? I know you didn't want to interrupt your vacation and I know how you don't like to get bad news. Plus, you had fundraisers to go to and mothers of dead soldiers to ignore and smear. You sure showed her!
>
>I especially like how, the day after the hurricane, instead of flying to Louisiana, you flew to San Diego to party with your business peeps. Don't let people criticize you for this -- after all, the hurricane was over and what the heck could you do, put your finger in the dike?
>
>And don't listen to those who, in the coming days, will reveal how you specifically reduced the Army Corps of Engineers' budget for New Orleans this summer for the third year in a row. You just tell them that even if you hadn't cut the money to fix those levees, there weren't going to be any Army engineers to fix them anyway because you had a much more important construction job for them -- BUILDING DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ!
>
>On Day 3, when you finally left your vacation home, I have to say I was moved by how you had your Air Force One pilot descend from the clouds as you flew over New Orleans so you could catch a quick look of the disaster. Hey, I know you couldn't stop and grab a bullhorn and stand on some rubble and act like a commander in chief. Been there done that.
>
>There will be those who will try to politicize this tragedy and try to use it against you. Just have your people keep pointing that out. Respond to nothing. Even those pesky scientists who predicted this would happen because the water in the Gulf of Mexico is getting hotter and hotter making a storm like this inevitable. Ignore them and all their global warming Chicken Littles. There is nothing unusual about a hurricane that was so wide it would be like having one F-4 tornado that stretched from New York to Cleveland.
>
>No, Mr. Bush, you just stay the course. It's not your fault that 30 percent of New Orleans lives in poverty or that tens of thousands had no transportation to get out of town. C'mon, they're black! I mean, it's not like this happened to Kennebunkport. Can you imagine leaving white people on their roofs for five days? Don't make me laugh! Race has nothing -- NOTHING -- to do with this!
>
>You hang in there, Mr. Bush. Just try to find a few of our Army helicopters and send them there. Pretend the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are near Tikrit.
>
>Yours,
>
>Michael Moore
>MMFlint@aol.com
>www.MichaelMoore.com
>
>P.S. That annoying mother, Cindy Sheehan, is no longer at your ranch. She and dozens of other relatives of the Iraqi War dead are now driving across the country, stopping in many cities along the way ( http://bringthemhomenowtour.org/ ). Maybe you can catch up with them before they get to DC on September 21st.
>
>
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Aug. 25th, 2005 @ 10:37 am Once Again, The 137-year-old Man Has Reminded Us...
Current Mood: contemplative
Current Music: Octane (SIRIUS Ch. 20 - DISH Network Ch. 6020)
137

...that this Blog is mostly on hold right now. Until, of course, we reach THE CLEARING.

And if you need something in the meantime, feel free to call or write. Until then - STAY SAFE!

1by1as1,
I AM Jala*AN.
Lawrence, KS, USA
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Aug. 25th, 2005 @ 06:55 am The '05 Midwest ANKS Conference - BE THERE! (10/28-30/2005)
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ANKS

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