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That Flag – a Rant from Ninure da Hippie

I am writing this because I had a friend tell me that he didn’t understand why anyone would associate the Confederate Flag with racism.

“After all, The Civil War”, said, “had nothing to do with slavery”

I didn’t and don’t want to argue that paricular point, because even now what we” are tolf the reasons for a war are, and what they rerally are don’t always seem to match up.

All I could/can do, is explain why this Black person has a gut reaction when I see that particular Flag.

First you need to understand that I am over a half-cenurty old. Things that “you” think are history now, are vivid parts of my memory and life.

Second you need to understand that my Fathers side of the family is from the south, and that those uncle and aunts and cousins who lived in Chicago were not even a whole genration in the North. If long distance calls were expensive. letters were cheap and so that there was a constant flow of information between the Family. In addttion, there was a “tradition” among many Black families of sending children South for alll or part the summer,

I can remember going with my father’s Mother “Down South” for the summer of 1960.

We had to pack food, because there ware few places along the road that Black people could dtop and get a meal. We also had to pack Toilet paper because there were also few places that allowed Black people to use the “public” restrooms.

I was told that I must adress every White person, even if they were my own age (i was seven) with the honorific “mr.” or “miss”, or there could be dire, even deadly consqauences.

And as we travlled down the carious highways and roads where we dared not stop, it seemed that everywhere I looked I saw that “red, white and blue Flag” that was so different from the “American Flag”.

Once we got down to the farms where my relatives lived, I discovered that “we” were not allowed in the naearb town. Anything that the families could not raise themselves was either bought via “catloug” (or mailed from up North by the releatives in Chicago, Nerw Yorl, Milwaukee, erc), or cought from a huge “store-on wheels” that visited the farms in the area on a regular basis.

It never occured to me till I sat down to write this, that I never thoght to ask where the kids went to school. All my relatives could read I know, so they must have learned somewhere.

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I didn’t get back down South again until 1972., on a kind of “speaking toue” of Black colleges and University. Which was particulalry interesting since even tho segregation was supposed to be illegal, the State colleges and Universities were still pretty much racially “seperate and unequal”.

People often say with pride, “I’m not interested in politics.” They might as well say, “I’m not interested in my standard of living, my health, my job, my rights, my freedoms, my future, or any future.”
    — Martha Gellhorn, writer/journalist   (1908-1998)

Live simply. Love generously.
Care deeply. Speak kindly.
Leave the rest to God.

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Rant: Trying not to Judge

I recently posted a Devotional from the “Stillspeaking people” about how we should avoid judging people.

I did NOT get thru the day without seeming to break my commitment to be more understanding, to try harder to understand how people can arrive at the political, religious, and spiritual positions so at odds from mine.

Let me rephrase that:

“…to try harder to understand how people who avow that they are Christianscan arrive at the political, religious, and spiritual positions so at odds from mine.”

Is it judgemental to wonder what the motivation is of “christians” – religious figures/leaders, politians, spokespersons, politcos – who tell the most outrageous lies?

Is it judgemental to wonder what the motivation is of “christians” – religious figures/leaders, politians, spokespersons, politcos – who feed racial dividions by promoting and speading bseless sterotypes?

Is it judgemental to wonder what the motivation is of “christians” – religious figures/leaders, politians, spokespersons, politcos – who impute the most horrible motivations to anyone and everyone who is the least bit different from them and/or their base in order to raise money or gain polircal office?

Is it judgemental to wonder what the motivation is of “christians” – religious figures/leaders, politians, spokespersons, politcos – who call Donald Trump, Glen Beck, Newt Gringrich, and Rush Limbaugh Christians, but refuse to acknowledge that Obama is a Christian?

Is it judgemental if when it comes to these “christians” – religious figures/leaders, politicians, spokespersons, politcos – I stop calling these people “my brothers and sisters in Christ”?

Seriously yours,
Ninure da Hippie

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The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
– Romans 13:9

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary — the evil it does is permanent.
– Mahatma Gandhi

In many parts of the world the people are searching for a solution which would link the two basic values: peace and justice. The two are like bread and salt for mankind.
– Lech Walesa
from his Nobel Lecture

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So NOW you’re Mad?

I emant to ree-post this awhile ago, but in light of the the fact that Super Tuesday is on supposed to be Tuesday, March 6, 2012., I thought this might be wirth sharing NOW. – Ninure da Hippie

So Now You’re Mad

By and via Vanessa Johnson Butler...

“IF ONLY THOSE WHO SEEM TO BE SO MAD AT PRESIDENT OBAMA WOULD READ THIS AND REFLECT A MOMENT, THEY MIGHT SAY:
Hmmmmmmmmmm… YOU MIGHT BE RIGHT!!………

Now, since Obama’s regime, all of a sudden, folks have gotten mad, and want to take America Back…BACK TO WHAT/WHERE is my question?

After The 8 Years Of The Bush/Cheney Disaster, Now You Get Mad?

You didn’t get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.

You didn’t get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate Energy policy and push us to invade Iraq.
You didn’t get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.

You didn’t get mad when we spent over 800 billion (and counting) on said illegal war.

You didn’t get mad when Bush borrowed more money from foreign sources than the previous 42 Presidents combined.

You didn’t get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq.

You didn’t get mad when Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country.

You didn’t get mad when they didn’t catch Bin Laden.

You didn’t get mad when Bush ran up 10 trillion dollars in combined budget and current account deficits.

You didn’t get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.

You didn’t get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans, drown.

You didn’t get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend, the 1%, over a trillion dollars in tax breaks.

You didn’t get mad with the worst 8 years of job creations in several decades.

You didn’t get mad when over 200,000 US Citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance.

You didn’t get mad when lack of oversight and regulations from the Bush Administration caused US Citizens to lose 12 trillion dollars in investments, retirement, and home values.

You finally got mad when a black man was elected President and decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick. Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, job losses by the millions, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, and the worst economic disaster since 1929 are all okay with you, but helping fellow Americans who are sick…

PS. This one definitely needs to be circulated just for a reminder sake!”

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You know your are a Conservative Christian if….

This a long list!

Your friendly Hippie found this in her fles, and it appears to have been coomposed in part by a friend of mine name Mark T. I hpnestly don’t know ow much is “mine”, how much is Mark’s. and how much comes from elsewhere. (I used to collect tis stuff).

Anyway, tho I may not agree with some of this, I present this for your consideration.

>You Know You’re a Fundie if…

– Rather than using the Bible as the basis of your arguments, you form your
arguments first and look for quotes in the Bible you can spin for support.

– You think that everyone who doesn’t agree with you is working together for
some “agenda”.

– You learn about differing views from everyone except the people who
actually hold those views.

– You claim that science has no evidence and takes everything on faith, then
proclaim that your position doesn’t need evidence because you have faith.

– You denounce science for dogmatically holding to beliefs in one breath,
then denounce it for changing its position too frequently in the next.

– You measure the validity of evidence based on how well it supports what
you already think.

– When reality and the Bible contradict, you accuse reality of being wrong.

– You marvel at the infinite complexity of life, the universe, and
everything, yet insist that everything you ever need to know about it can be
condensed into a two inch thick book.

– You only follow the parts of the bible that jive with your own life, and
you call the ones you don’t follow, ‘Written for a different time.’

– You’re cured by modern science and medicine and then claim it was all due
to god.

– If it isn’t mentioned in the bible, it’s the work of satan.

– You claim the bible is the inerrant word of god despite the contradictions
and numerous re-writes.

– You think every tough question can be answered, ‘Goddidit’.

– You think Noah had polar bears, koala bears and panda bears on the ark.

– You shun evolution but think talking snakes are just dandy.

– You think ‘liberal’, ‘atheist’ and ‘satan’ all mean the same thing.

– You defend the idea that Hitler is in heaven and Ghandi is in hell.

– You whisper the medical terms for genitals or give them cutesy names.

– You claim that god’s will is determined even before each person is born,
yet you beseech him with prayers to change said plan.

– You don’t find it odd that Pat Robertson is worth half a billion dollars
and yet he asks you for more money.

– You live in abject fear.

– You think about how homosexuals have sex, A LOT.

– You are a misogynist.

– You defend biblical slavery.

– You ignore Adam, god and the serpent and blame Eve for original sin.

– Despite their same origins, you claim Jews and Muslims have satanic
religions.

– You know who ‘The Real Christians’ are.

– You know that the voice in your head is god and not Satan or a mental
disorder.

– Your God hates all the same people you hate.

– You praise God when humans are charitable and kind to one another; but you
curse humans sinful nature when a natural disaster destroys a town.

– You believe there is a worldwide conspiracy of evil atheist scientists who
are trying to trick the world into believing in evolution for some unspoken,
possibly demonic reason.

– You believe one’s political party determines their salvation.

– You believe every human life is sacred, but are willing to destroy it if
said life belongs to a liberal, Jew, Muslim, atheist, homosexual, or
feminist.

– You believe the Iraqi War is a holy war.

– Your idea of absolute morality just happens to embody the values and mores
of your particular culture and geographical region.

– You relish in telling people they are going to Hell, the more trivial the
offense the better.

– Just being able to conceive of an alternative explanation of anything,
regardless of evidence, is considered sufficient means to refute something.

– You believe the universe is 6,000 years old, and the millions of pieces of
evidence to the contrary are either faked or illusions.

– You say that if God didn’t exist, you’d be a suicidal drug-abusing
criminal, because apparently the promise of a reward in the afterlife is the
only thing worth being a decent person for.

-You feel insulted when a scientists suggest we evolved from apes, but have
no problem with the bible claiming we were created from dirt.

– Your idea of sound science is using conclusions to test the validity of
evidence rather than using evidence to test the validity of conclusions.

– You call people fascists for opposing a religious totalitarian government.

– You think that the theory of evolution was set up as direct opposition to
the Bible and is supposed to cover everything that Genesis did.

– You attribute all the world’s woes to arbitrary groups of people.

– You find pretty much anything that people do for enjoyment to be sinful.

-You claim that although god is all powerful, 98% of the human race will
burn for all eternity because they didn’t accept Christ your way.

-You think anyone that has a different opinion is under the influence of
Satan.

-You think you can only look at the bible one way and any other way is
wrong.

-You throw random bible verses at people to support every arguement.

-You claim that humans have no idea what love or god is even though we we’re
created in his image.

– You think that the discovery of one item younger than 6,000 years old
refutes the millions of items much older, but the millions of items much
older do not refute your one.

– You call for a boycott of telephone and electric companies because they
inevitably provide services to homosexuals.

– You’re absolutely certain that you’re 100% right about everything and that
everyone who is not you is going to Hell.

– You are incapable of finding humor in anything except human suffering.

– You believe God is the only ‘thing’ that can be infallible, but turn
purple at the suggestion you may be wrong about something.

– You believe it a perfectly reasonable reaction of an omniscient,
omnibenevolent deity to send bears to slaughter forty-two children for
mocking a guy’s bald head.

– You believe there must be a rational, caring reason for God to condone the
dashing of babies against rocks…you just don’t know what it is.

– You believe that an omnipotent and omnibenevolent god sacrificed himself
to himself so that he could violate an arbitrary rule that he made up and
save his creation from his own wrath. And it makes sense to you.

-You insist that you can’t possibly understand the Bible unless you already
believe it to be completely true.

– You actually think Harry Potter/D&D is the work of Satan.

– You think the KJV is the best version of the Bible.

– You’re homophobic…but then take great pleasure in graphic descriptions
of anal sex.

– You think that Homosexuality is a choice and can be changed. Either that
or you believe its demon possession.

– You think that only gay men have AIDS and that AIDS is a punishment for
doing homosexual acts.

– You believe the Rapture’s gonna come any day now…

-You think that a 99.9%-.1% split in the scientific community between
evolution-creation means that there is a raging controversy.

-You think that the .1% of the scientists who accept creation are honest
truth seekers (even if they all share a common religion and agenda) while
you just KNOW that the 99.9% of evolutionists who are comprised of many
cultures/religions (some christian) are evil satan worshipers

-You think that a scientifically illiterate public knows better than the
scientists

-You are in favor of teaching all the sides of the debate, but are offended
at the suggestion that OTHER creation myths be taught.

-You think that creation-science is just as valid as geocentric-science and
flat-earth-science

– You believe the ultimate defining factor of a person’s morality is their
sex life.

-God speaks the same language as you

-You believe Martin Luther founded Christianity in 1517, and the Bible was
first revealed to King James in 1611

-You’re not a mysogynist; if you hated women you wouldn’t want to own one

-You’re not a homophobe; if you were afraid of gays you wouldn’t hunt them
down and beat the shit out of them

– You think that your church is the only true church, and that all other
denominations, regardless of the similarity of their beliefs/doctrines to
your own, are hellbound heretics.

– You believe Christianity is the one true faith, but you refuse to
acknowledge the influence that Greek, Roman, and Persian thought had on the
development of Christianity.

– Thou pepperest thy speech with arcane English because thou thinkest it
makest thee sound more biblical. (Bonus pointeths if thee useth it
wronglyeth)

The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
– Romans 13:9

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary — the evil it does is permanent.
– Mahatma Gandhi

In many parts of the world the people are searching for a solution which would link the two basic values: peace and justice. The two are like bread and salt for mankind.
– Lech Walesa
from his Nobel Lecture

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IMPORTANT NOTICE

You may have noticed the increased amount of notices for you to notice. Some of our notices have not been noticed. This is very noticeable. It has been noticed that the responses to the notices have been noticeably unnoticed. This notice is to remind you to notice the notices and respond to the notices, because we do not want the notices to go unnoticed.

“I trace the rainbow through the rain and see the promise is not in vain.”


Every 3.6 seconds a real person dies from hunger somewhere in the world!!!
Feed a hungry person today:
http://www.hungersite.com

My YouTube Channel
http://www.youtube.com/Ninure

God is still speaking
http://www.stillspeaking.com

John Mark Ministries
http://jmm.aaa.net.au/

We Believe….

Perhaps not as sou;d stirring as Dr. Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a Dream” Speech, but I’m willing to bet he’d concur with much of it – Ninure da Hippie

We Believe


(Fron the Address in St. Paul as Part of Minnesota’s Truman Day Celebration – November 3, 1949 )

The reactionaries hold that government policies should be designed for the special benefit of small groups of people who occupy positions of wealth and influence. Their theory seems to be that if these groups are prosperous, they will pass along some of their prosperity to the rest of us. This can be described as the “trickle down theory.”

The vast majority of us reject that theory as totally wrong.

We know that there will be more prosperity for all if all groups have a fair share of the wealth of the country. We know that the country will achieve economic stability and progress only if the benefits of our production are widely distributed among all its citizens.

We believe that it is the Federal Government’s obligation, under the Constitution, to promote the general welfare of all our people–and not just a privileged few.

The policies we advocate are based on these convictions.

We maintain that farmers, like businessmen, should receive a fair price for the products they sell.

We maintain that workers are entitled to good wages and to equality of bargaining power with their employers.

We believe that cooperatives and small business should have a fair opportunity to achieve success, and should not be smothered by monopolies.

We hold that our great natural resources should be protected and developed for the benefit of all our people, and not exploited for private greed.

We believe that old people and the disabled should have an assured income to keep them from being dependent on charity.

We believe that families should have protection against loss of income resulting from accident, illness, or unemployment.

We hold that our citizens should have decent housing at prices they can afford to pay.

We believe in assuring educational opportunities for all our young people in order that we may have an enlightened citizenry.

We believe in better health and medical care for everyone–not for just a few.

We hold that all Americans are entitled to equal rights and equal opportunities under the law, and to equal participation in our national life, free from fear and discrimination.

Now, my friends, these are the policies that spell the progress for all our people. They are the best assurance of prosperity for everyone–including the very people who attack them most bitterly. These policies mean more democracy in this country, and not less. They mean more personal freedom for all Americans, and not less. They are our stanch shield against communism and against every other form of totalitarianism. They are the means by which we will achieve the better world we all seek.

The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
– Romans 13:9

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary — the evil it does is permanent.
– Mahatma Gandhi

In many parts of the world the people are searching for a solution which would link the two basic values: peace and justice. The two are like bread and salt for mankind.
– Lech Walesa
from his Nobel Lecture

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This constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in Title 17 U.S.C. section 107 of the US Copyright Law.

This material is distributed without profit

IMPORTANT NOTICE

You may have noticed the increased amount of notices for you to notice. Some of our notices have not been noticed. This is very noticeable. It has been noticed that the responses to the notices have been noticeably unnoticed. This notice is to remind you to notice the notices and respond to the notices, because we do not want the notices to go unnoticed.

“I trace the rainbow through the rain and see the promise is not in vain.”


Every 3.6 seconds a real person dies from hunger somewhere in the world!!!
Feed a hungry person today:
http://www.hungersite.com

My YouTube Channel
http://www.youtube.com/Ninure

God is still speaking
http://www.stillspeaking.com

John Mark Ministries
http://jmm.aaa.net.au/

I’d like you to think about this when thinking of Dr. King – a Hippie Rant

I’d like you to think about something:

Not talking about prejudice or racism is NOT the same as taking a stand against racism.

When people say “I don’t see color” I don’t hear you saying that you don’t have bigoted ideas/feelings about me. I hear you saying that you have no interest in my history, my culture, the discrimination I face BECAUSE of my color….

No we are not living in a post-racial society.

If Obama tied to catch a cab on the Northside of Chicago, odds are high he might not get picked up,

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Really, nobody does this kind of thing better than Whoopi…..

 

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