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BamaBlog's Year of the Horse Continues!
Le Laetare – Carnival Wallon
singular imperative of laetari - to rejoice!
Laetare Sunday, fourth Sunday in Lent in the Western Christian Church, so called from the first word (“Rejoice”) of the introit of the liturgy (Isaiah 66). It is also known as mid-Lent Sunday, for it occurs just over halfway through Lent, and as Refreshment Sunday because it may be observed with some relaxation of Lenten strictness. In medieval England simnel cakes (special rich fruitcakes) were consumed on this day. In the Anglican churches it is sometimes called Mothering Sunday, with reference to a verse in Galatians....(Wiki)
....and in the commune of Froidchapelle, Belgium, it is observed by everyone – man, woman and child – in a parade of floats, costumes, music, dancing, history, and fantasy.
Composite Storyboard includes photos from:
Robert Preston (born 1918 – Year of the Earth Horse) was an American stage and film actor best remembered for originating the role of Harold Hill in the 1957 musical The Music Man and the subsequent film adaptation. He is also known for his Oscar-nominated role as homosexual Carroll "Toddy" Todd in Victor Victoria.
At 14, a dedicated high school drama teacher and fanatical amateur Shakespearean had Preston playing Hamlet. Later Preston toiled at the Pasadena Playhouse, where he performed in 42 productions and began one serious and a very durable love scene (where he first met and then married his wife of 47 years).
In World War II, he joined the United States Army Air Corps and served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. 9th Air Force with the 386th Bomb Group (Medium). At the end of the war in Europe, the 386th and Captain Robert Meservy, an S-2 Officer (intelligence), were stationed in St. Trond, Belgium. Meservey's job had been receiving intelligence reports from 9th Air Force headquarters and briefing the bomber crews on what to expect in accomplishing their missions.
Preston acted in 15 plays on Broadway - and made more than 50 films in Hollywood. He died in 1987.
The Music Man film was one of the biggest hits of the year 1962 and highly acclaimed critically. In 2005, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant"
Not present on the Year
At any other period --
When March is scarcely here
A Color stands abroad
On Solitary Fields
That Science cannot overtake
But Human Nature feels.
It waits upon the Lawn,
It shows the furthest Tree
Upon the furthest Slope you know
It almost speaks to you.
(From the sublime to the ridiculous... click on the bird nest)
“My soul would sing of metamorphoses.
But since, o gods, you were the source of these
bodies becoming other bodies, breathe
your breath into my book of changes: may
the song I sing be seamless as its way
weaves from the world's beginning to our day.”
The gods have breathed their breath of change into our blog - and my task is to make the blog's song seamless. We'll see looking at seven years of publishing the blog on line (the News Briefs were Word documents sent out by email before 2005)... with 7 years of changes in format and frequency, but surprisingly fewer changes in subject matter. Is it, perhaps, a question of the more things change, the more they remain the same?
A brief summary for 2014:
Non-Violence – Teach it, practice it,
War and Threats of War – Stop it.
Democracy Gap – Close it.
Our Planet – Protect it, nurture it.
The Arts – Go for it.
The Prinicple of the Commons – Defend it, preserve it, insist on it.
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Note: BamaBlog has added a news source, First Look Media's: The Intercept -
The Intercept, the first of First Look’s digital magazines, is founded and led by award-winning journalists Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill. Its initial focus will be new reporting involving the disclosures made to them by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Over time, the site will broaden its reporting to a wide range of issues involving government and corporate accountability....
President Obama is back on the precipice!
Click on the skull to see a documentary on
the Crimean War 160 years ago
ANOTHER POINT OF VIEW: Paul Craig Roberts, Economist
In her new book, Diane Ravitch—one of the leading thinkers behind the controversial Bush-era law—explores how the faulty logic of high-stakes testing, charter school expansion, and privatization hinders education...Yes Magazine.
A top-secret NSA presentation reveals how the agency used Facebook to hack into targeted computers for surveillance..The Intercept
Almost 44 years after Ohio National Guardsmen fired into a crowd of unarmed Kent State students protesting the Vietnam War, killing four, wounding nine and galvanizing anti-war protests nationwide; four years after newly uncovered forensic evidence refuted the longtime government claim the Guard's actions were prompted by a sniper but no command-to-fire; and two years after the Justice Department declined to reopen the case, despite that evidence, citing “insurmountable legal and evidentiary barriers" - a claim critics called "beyond ludicrous" - the Kent State Truth Tribunal is traveling to Geneva next week to the 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Committee to seek justice for the victims of Kent State.... CommonDreams
Political Revolt and the Accumulation of More
By Lewis H. Lapham
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”...Thomas Jefferson
The twentieth-century philosopher and political scientist Hannah Arendt says that the American Revolution was intended as a restoration of what its progenitors believed to be a natural order of things “disturbed and violated” by the despotism of an overbearing monarchy and the abuses of its colonial government.... TomDispatch
How Obama Became a Publicist for His Presidency (Rather Than the President)
Like many days, March 3rd saw the delivery of a stern opinion by President Obama. To judge by recent developments in Ukraine, he said, Russia was putting itself “on the wrong side of history.” This might seem a surprising thing for an American president to say. The fate of Soviet Communism taught many people to be wary of invoking History as if it were one’s special friend or teammate. But Obama doubtless felt comfortable because he was quoting himself.... TomDispatch
Whistleblower delivers written testimony to European Parliament
I would like to thank the European Parliament for the invitation to provide testimony for your inquiry into the Electronic Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens. The suspicionless surveillance programs of the NSA, GCHQ, and so many others that we learned about over the last year endanger a number of basic rights which, in aggregate, constitute the foundation of liberal societies. Edward Snowden. (CommonDreams)
The revelations of whistle-blowers such as Chelsea Manning, Jeremy Hammond and Edward Snowden about government lawlessness and corporate spying provide a new meaning if not a revitalized urgency and relevance to George Orwell's dystopian fable 1984. Orwell offered his readers an image of the modern state that had become dystopian - one in which privacy as a civil virtue and a crucial right was no longer valued as a measure of the robust strength of a healthy and thriving democracy. Orwell was clear that the right to privacy had come under egregious assault. But the right to privacy pointed to something more sinister than the violation of individual rights. When ruthlessly transgressed, the issue of privacy became a moral and political principle by which to assess the nature, power and severity of an emerging totalitarian state....TruthOut
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