START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x
Nov 9, 2010
Name: President Barack Obama
Type: Tribute (for the living)
To Honor: Individual(s)
Location: USA, United States
Check out this article from Canada:
 
America - He's your President for Goodness Sake!
By William Thomas
Posted: Friday, October 1st, 2010
http://www.seniorlivingmag.com/articles/2283/williamthomas_web_photo_240.jpg
There was a time not so long ago when Americans, regardless of their political stripes, rallied round their president. Once elected, the man who won the White House was no longer viewed as a Republican or Democrat, but the President of the United States. The oath of office was taken, the wagons were circled around the country’s borders and it was America versus the rest of the world with the president of all the people at the helm.
Suddenly President Barack Obama, with the potential to become an exceptional president has become the glaring exception to that unwritten, patriotic rule.
Four days before President Obama’s inauguration, before he officially took charge of the American government, Rush Limbaugh boasted publicly that he hoped the president would fail. Of course, when the president fails the country flounders. Wishing harm upon your country in order to further your own narrow political views is selfish, sinister and a tad treasonous as well.
Subsequently, during his State of the Union address, which is pretty much a pep rally for America, an unknown congressional representative from South Carolina, later identified as Joe Wilson, stopped the show when he called the President of the United States a liar. The president showed great restraint in ignoring this unprecedented insult and carried on with his speech. Speaker Nancy Pelosi was so stunned by the slur, she forgot to jump to her feet while clapping wildly, 30 or 40 times after that.
Last spring, President Obama took his wife Michelle to see a play in New York City and republicans attacked him over the cost of security for the excursion. The president can’t take his wife out to dinner and a show without being scrutinized by the political opposition? As history has proven, a president in a theatre without adequate security is a tragically bad idea.
Remember: “Apart from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?”
At some point, the treatment of President Obama went from offensive to ugly and then to downright dangerous.
The health-care debate, which looked more like extreme fighting in a mud pit than a national dialogue, revealed a very vulgar side of America. President Obama’s face appeared on protest signs white-faced and blood-mouthed in a satanic clown image. In other tasteless portrayals, people who disagreed with his position distorted his face to look like Hitler complete with mustache and swastika.
Odd, that burning the flag makes Americans crazy, but depicting the president as a clown and a maniacal fascist is accepted as part of the new rude America.
Maligning the image of the leader of the free world is one thing, putting the president’s life in peril is quite another. More than once, men with guns were videotaped at the health-care rallies where the president spoke. Again, history shows that letting men with guns get within range of a president has not served America well in the past.
And still the “birthers” are out there claiming Barack Obama was not born in the United States, although public documentation proves otherwise. Hawaii is definitely part of the United States, but the Panama Canal Zone where his electoral opponent Senator John McCain was born? Nobody’s sure.
Last month, a 44-year-old woman in Buffalo was quite taken by President Obama when she met him in a chicken wing restaurant called Duff’s. Did she say something about a pleasure and an honour to meet the man or utter encouraging words for the difficult job he is doing? No. Quote: “You’re a hottie with a smokin’ little body.”
Lady, that was the President of the United States you were addressing, not one of the Jonas Brothers! He’s your president for goodness sakes, not the guy driving the Zamboni at “Monster Trucks On Ice.” Maybe next it’ll be, “Take Your President To A Topless Bar Day.”
In President Barack Obama, Americans have a charismatic leader with a good and honest heart. Unlike his predecessor, he’s a very intelligent leader. And unlike that president’s predecessor, he’s a highly moral man.
In President Obama, Americans have the real deal, the whole package and a leader that citizens of almost every country around the world look to with great envy. Given the opportunity, Canadians would trade our leader, hell, most of our leaders for Obama in a heartbeat.
What America has in Obama is a head of state with vitality and insight and youth. Think about it, Barack Obama is a young Nelson Mandela. Mandela was the face of change and charity for all of Africa but he was too old to make it happen. The great things Obama might do for America and the world could go on for decades after he’s out of office.
America, you know not what you have.
The man is being challenged unfairly, characterized with vulgarity and treated with the kind of deep disrespect to which no previous president was subjected. It’s like the day after electing the first black man to be president, thereby electrifying the world with hope and joy, Americans sobered up and decided the bad old days were better.
President Obama may fail but it will not be a Richard Nixon default fraught with larceny and lies. President Obama, given a fair chance, will surely succeed but his triumph will never come with a Bill Clinton caveat – “if only he’d got control of that zipper.”
Please. Give the man a fair, fighting chance. This incivility toward the leader who won over Americans and gave hope to billions of people around the world that their lives could be enhanced by his example, just naturally has to stop.
Believe me, when Americans drive by the White House and see a sign on the lawn that reads: “No shirt. No shoes. No service,” they’ll realize this new national rudeness has gone way, way too far.
 
OCTOBER 2010 SENIOR LIVING MAGAZINE VANCOUVER & LOWER MAINLAND
 
Visibility: Everyone
Tags: , , , , ,
Posted: Nov 9, 2010 7:39pm
Sep 22, 2008

. . .that while she does not advocate violence she understands the painful
place from which it is born
that she has always loved people of all races
especially those who
have tried on a daily basis and for hundreds of years
to make her feel less than worthy
because of her skin color, her mixed heritage, her religious beliefs,
her sexual orientation and all the other "isms" that come
masquerading as America the land of the free---
that there is but One planet
and One God and that we must learn
to abide in peace here
before she or anyone else
shall ever see or return to that Source of unconditional love--
and if the pen is mightier
then let there be
a new day written into the history of the world as we know it--
a day which celebrates
the humanity of all peoples--
a day in which planet earth is not divided by borders,
customs, religion, race, and hatred
but a new day that is equally and eternally yoked
to the real birth of a new millennium
and the true secret of this poem
lies in hope for the masses yearning for world peace
in the year of our Lord 2008
may the compassion peace find us as One
M.D. Taylor
(c) 2008 March/ALL RIGHTS RETAINED 

 

Visibility: Everyone
Tags: , , , , ,
Posted: Sep 22, 2008 8:30pm
Aug 8, 2008

Share this link:http://candle4tibet.ning.com/group/iwanttohelpourcampaignbutidontknowhow/forum/topic/topic/show?id=2154241%3ATopic%3A9953

Share this link:

Do as your heart and most certainly your mind lead you to do. Thanks for allowing me to share with you~

Visibility: Everyone
Tags: , , , , , , ,
Posted: Aug 8, 2008 8:14pm
Aug 5, 2008

 . . .look at the picture above and feel the joy of being alive no matter what your earth life circumstances have placed on your plate of Real Life~ Remember that this too shall pass~

 . . . just breathe- find the joy in embracing your pain and blow out the solution to your grief, angst, pain, or whatever it is that is ailing you~ Tomorrow is waiting for you . . .

By the way, put on your favorite jam/music and know that as Bob has suggested,"when music hits you it does not leave any pain."

 

Visibility: Everyone
Tags: , ,
Posted: Aug 5, 2008 1:01pm
Feb 17, 2008
Someone shared this beautiful site with me and I want to continue the share with others-- please see the link as shown below:

http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/view.cfm?l=eng&c=5300114

I hope you'll enjoy this site as much and as often as I do~


Abiding Love & Peace,
Emm Dee
Visibility: Everyone
Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted: Feb 17, 2008 2:36pm
Dec 8, 2006
Focus: Human Rights
Action Request: Visit - online
Location: United States

NOTE: The use of this page offers no credit to the EmmDee B. All Rigths Are Retained by the originator of the subject web page and data~ see below



On Sunday December 10th, as part of UN World Human Rights Day, activists in cities around the world will hold demonstrations in front of the Sudan's embassies to "Raise the Alarm" on Darfur. We have called on communities of faith to participate through the "Weekend of Prayer and Action," December 8th-10th.


I would like to invite you to participate in this weekend's important activities by asking your house of worship to add its name to an urgent sign-on letter to President Bush.


Click here to sign up to participate in the Weekend of Prayer and Action for Darfur.



We hope to use this weekend to bring diverse communities of faith together in calling on the president to take immediate action to stop the genocide in Darfur.

In particular, we hope to raise awareness of the horrific situation women and girls face every day in Darfur.


Women and girls as young as 8 years old are being raped and sexually assaulted
by the Janjaweed on a daily basis as part of a calculated strategy of genocide.

They live in constant fear of attack. Even routine tasks such as searching for firewood have become perilous for them.

Please ask your house of worship to sign on to the letter urging President Bush to act immediately to end these atrocities.

Click here to let us know if you plan to ask the leaders of your house of worship to add its name to the letter.


You will be joining hundreds of thousands of concerned people around the world who will be calling on their respective leaders to act for the people of Darfur.

Please forward this message to your friends and family and invite them to join you in participating in this effort.


Thank you again for your dedication.

Best regards,

David Rubenstein

Save Darfur Coalition

P.S. Are you looking for a meaningful holiday gift? If so, click here to visit the Save Darfur Coalition's online store to browse our selection of t-shirts, wristbands, and much more. Our merchandise is the perfect way to give a gift to someone you love and help people in need at the same time.

The Save Darfur Coalition is an alliance of over 175 faith-based, advocacy and humanitarian organizations whose mission is to raise public awareness about the ongoing genocide in Darfur and to mobilize a unified response to the atrocities that threaten the lives of more than two million people in the Darfur region. To learn more, please visit http://www.SaveDarfur.org.
Visibility: Everyone
Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted: Dec 8, 2006 1:08pm
Nov 29, 2006

ALL:

Here is one of the many photos of the bus accident that happened here in Huntsville, Alabama on Monday, 20th November. 

Those of you that live out of town may have heard about this on CNN. 

The bus accident happened on I-565 around the downtown area off Church Street. This was Lee High School's trade school bus. They were on their way to the Tech School.

Four girls have died so far. There were 43 kids on the bus when it went over the I-565 overpass.

We ask that you offer continued prayers for the families that loss their loved ones and too for those families who have students in throws of attempting to recoup.

God is an awesome God and prayer is an awesome tool and most certainly prayer changes things~ Thank you for your prayers for our city, its people and its overall well being.

Visibility: Everyone
Tags: , , , , , ,
Posted: Nov 29, 2006 6:40pm
Nov 22, 2006

The URL for this entry is:
http://www.savedarfur.org/pages/thanksgiving_documents/

Code to excerpt and link:
 

The HTML above will produce this:

SaveDarfur.org has a post called "Materials for Thanksgiving Action" that's worth checking out...

Thanks again for including the people of Darfur in your Thanksgiving celebration.  We truly appreciate your help.Below are links to download the two documents you'll need.1. A one page document that provides a brief overview of the crisis in Darfur. 

Visibility: Everyone
Tags: , , , , , , , ,
Posted: Nov 22, 2006 5:57am
Nov 20, 2006
ALL:

 . . .a rather interesting piece and thought it worthy to be shared. It is from the source as cited below via the web link:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/usatoday/20061120/cm_usatoday/whenreligionlosesitscredibility or review the story as shown below with its appropriate credits offered~



 

When religion loses its credibility

By Oliver "Buzz" ThomasMon Nov 20, 6:40 AM ET

What if Christian leaders are wrong about homosexuality? I suppose, much as a newspaper maintains its credibility by setting the record straight, church leaders would need to do the same: Correction: Despite what you might have read, heard or been taught throughout your churchgoing life, homosexuality is, in fact, determined at birth and is not to be condemned by God's followers.

Based on a few recent headlines, we won't be seeing that admission anytime soon. Last week, U.S. Roman Catholic bishops took the position that homosexual attractions are "disordered" and that gays should live closeted lives of chastity. At the same time, North Carolina's Baptist State Convention was preparing to investigate churches that are too gay-friendly. Even the more liberal Presbyterian Church (USA) had been planning to put a minister on trial for conducting a marriage ceremony for two women before the charges were dismissed on a technicality. All this brings me back to the question: What if we're wrong?

Religion's only real commodity, after all, is its moral authority. Lose that, and we lose our credibility. Lose credibility, and we might as well close up shop.

It's happened to Christianity before, most famously when we dug in our heels over Galileo's challenge to the biblical view that the Earth, rather than the sun, was at the center of our solar system. You know the story. Galileo was persecuted for what turned out to be incontrovertibly true. For many, especially in the scientific community, Christianity never recovered.


This time, Christianity is in danger of squandering its moral authority by continuing its pattern of discrimination against gays and lesbians in the face of mounting scientific evidence that sexual orientation has little or nothing to do with choice. To the contrary, whether sexual orientation arises as a result of the mother's hormones or the child's brain structure or DNA, it is almost certainly an accident of birth. The point is this: Without choice, there can be no moral culpability.


Answer in Scriptures

So, why are so many church leaders (not to mention Orthodox Jewish and Muslim leaders) persisting in their view that homosexuality is wrong despite a growing stream of scientific evidence that is likely to become a torrent in the coming years? The answer is found in Leviticus 18. "You shall not lie with a man as with a woman; it is an abomination."

As a former "the Bible says it, I believe it, that settles it" kind of guy, I am sympathetic with any Christian who accepts the Bible at face value. But here's the catch. Leviticus is filled with laws imposing the death penalty for everything from eating catfish to sassing your parents. If you accept one as the absolute, unequivocal word of God, you must accept them all.

For many of gay America's loudest critics, the results are unthinkable. First, no more football. At least not without gloves. Handling a pig skin is an abomination. Second, no more Saturday games even if you can get a new ball. Violating the Sabbath is a capital offense according to Leviticus. For the over-40 crowd, approaching the altar of God with a defect in your sight is taboo, but you'll have plenty of company because those menstruating or with disabilities are also barred.

The truth is that mainstream religion has moved beyond animal sacrifice, slavery and the host of primitive rituals described in Leviticus centuries ago. Selectively hanging onto these ancient proscriptions for gays and lesbians exclusively is unfair according to anybody's standard of ethics. We lawyers call it "selective enforcement," and in civil affairs it's illegal.

A better reading of Scripture starts with the book of Genesis and the grand pronouncement about the world God created and all those who dwelled in it. "And, the Lord saw that it was good." If God created us and if everything he created is good, how can a gay person be guilty of being anything more than what God created him or her to be?

Turning to the New Testament, the writings of the Apostle Paul at first lend credence to the notion that homosexuality is a sin, until you consider that Paul most likely is referring to the Roman practice of pederasty, a form of pedophilia common in the ancient world. Successful older men often took boys into their homes as concubines, lovers or sexual slaves. Today, such sexual exploitation of minors is no longer tolerated. The point is that the sort of long-term, committed, same-sex relationships that are being debated today are not addressed in the New Testament. It distorts the biblical witness to apply verses written in one historical context (i.e. sexual exploitation of children) to contemporary situations between two monogamous partners of the same sex. Sexual promiscuity is condemned by the Bible whether it's between gays or straights. Sexual fidelity is not.

What would Jesus do?

For those who have lingering doubts, dust off your Bibles and take a few hours to reacquaint yourself with the teachings of Jesus. You won't find a single reference to homosexuality. There are teachings on money, lust, revenge, divorce, fasting and a thousand other subjects, but there is nothing on homosexuality. Strange, don't you think, if being gay were such a moral threat?

On the other hand, Jesus spent a lot of time talking about how we should treat others. First, he made clear it is not our role to judge. It is God's. ("Judge not lest you be judged." Matthew 7:1) And, second, he commanded us to love other people as we love ourselves.

So, I ask you. Would you want to be discriminated against? Would you want to lose your job, housing or benefits because of something over which you had no control? Better yet, would you like it if society told you that you couldn't visit your lifelong partner in the hospital or file a claim on his behalf if he were murdered?

The suffering that gay and lesbian people have endured at the hands of religion is incalculable, but they can look expectantly to the future for vindication. Scientific facts, after all, are a stubborn thing. Even our religious beliefs must finally yield to them as the church in its battle with Galileo ultimately realized. But for religion, the future might be ominous. Watching the growing conflict between medical science and religion over homosexuality is like watching a train wreck from a distance. You can see it coming for miles and sense the inevitable conclusion, but you're powerless to stop it. The more church leaders dig in their heels, the worse it's likely to be.

Oliver "Buzz" Thomas is a Baptist minister and author of an upcoming book, 10 Things Your Minister Wants to Tell You (But Can't Because He Needs the Job).

Copyright © 2006 USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Co. Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Yahoo! Inc. All rights reserved.
Questions or Comments
Privacy Policy -Terms of Service - Copyright/IP Policy - Ad Feedback
Visibility: Everyone
Tags: , , , , , , , ,
Posted: Nov 20, 2006 10:08pm
Nov 15, 2006
ALL:
 
 . . . found this article (see the link) and thought it worthy to be shared~ Have a blessed and peaceful day!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061115/wl_nm/africa_gay_dc
Visibility: Everyone
Tags: , , , , ,
Posted: Nov 15, 2006 8:43pm

 

 Next >
 
Content and comments expressed here are the opinions of Care2 users and not necessarily that of Care2.com or its affiliates.

Author

Emm Dee W.
, 3
Huntsville, AL, USA
Shares by Type:
All (13) | Blog (11) | Alert (1) | Tribute (1)
SHARES FROM EMM DEE'S NETWORK
Dec
15
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\\nHave a merry Christmas and a wonderful 2013\\r\\n\\r\\n\\r\\n\\r \\n\\r\\n\\r\\n\\r\\n\\r\ \nAnd keep up the good work.\\r\\n\\r\\n\\r\\n\\ r\\n\\r\\n\\r\\n\\r\\n\\r \\nNaomi\\r\\n\\r\\n\\r\\ n\\n
Sep
8
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\\nPoverty in America — It\\\'s not what you think.Go to thelinemovie.com for more information and a free DVD copy of The Line.  Please share this with your friendshttp://youtu.be/RG kqh5x6scw\\r\\n\\n
Sep
1
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\\n \\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\ \n\\n\\n\\nWhen\\nthe textbooks are written for future media studies and political science\\nstudents I hope that a full chapter is dedicated to what happens when racism\\nand religious fundamentalism is allowed to dominate the conversatio...
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\\nWe Are Writing the Epilogue to the World We Knew | Common Dreams \\\"Arctic sea ice hits lowest extent ever measured (and it’s still melting) – check.\\nHottest winter, spring, summer, year, decade ever me...
Aug
26
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\\nEnjoy \\n\\n\\n \\n\\n[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n \\n\\n\\n
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\\nGoing to the kitchen to check out the pig. It should be here ... on Twitpic Going to the kitchen to check out the pig. It should be here by now. #Slumberparty Have a Volcano http://t.co/TeKuhzHi tags: ...
Aug
23
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\\nSometimes it seems like it was a century ago that Rodney King uttered the words \\\"Can\\\'t we all get along?\\\"  Since that day there have probably been a thousand references to, articles written about, and jokes made about that statement.  U...
Aug
22
(1 comments  |  discussions )
\\nAs I wrote in a June, 2008 blog post, it\\\'s time to get very serious about water.  Questions about the US water supply were MIA during the 2008 US presidential primary debates and almost non-existent during the general election debates.  A...
Aug
16
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\\nI learned about Miessence shortly after they introduced their product line to North America. I was so impressed with the company\\\'s mission that I enrolled as a sales representative. Unfortunately due to other demands I never invested the time and...
Aug
14
(0 comments  |  0 discussions )
\\nHow to Start a Non-Profit Organization - Step 3: Legal Necessities How to Start a #NonProfit Organization – Step 3: Legal Necessities. Learn more here: http://t.co/qKXvPeyF tags: ...