Politics https://cvining.com/ en "To be" is not the question https://cvining.com/be-not-question <article role="article" class="node node--type-article node--promoted node--sticky node--view-mode-teaser"> <h2> <a href="/be-not-question" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">&quot;To be&quot; is not the question </span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="submitted"> Submitted by <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> on <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 04/09/2022 - 16:15</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>How red are my hands? I descend from slave owners. My biological father developed weapons of mass destruction, chemical, biological, radiological, and advocated for them as somehow superior to nuclear weapons options. As a youth, American men and boys, not much older than me, were sent to Vietnam to burn women and children and villages, with napalm. Under 43 America murdered hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, tortured many more. I can, of course, go on.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/commentary/politics" hreflang="en">Politics</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/be-not-question" rel="tag" title="&quot;To be&quot; is not the question " hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about &quot;To be&quot; is not the question </span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </article> Sat, 09 Apr 2022 23:15:17 +0000 cvining 2014 at https://cvining.com A call for calm and mercy: no death penalty for the January 6 coup https://cvining.com/call-calm-and-mercy-no-death-penalty-january-6-coup <article role="article" class="node node--type-article node--promoted node--sticky node--view-mode-teaser"> <h2> <a href="/call-calm-and-mercy-no-death-penalty-january-6-coup" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">A call for calm and mercy: no death penalty for the January 6 coup</span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="submitted"> Submitted by <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> on <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 01/22/2021 - 02:40</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>I wish to join the call for calm. To those who feel insurrection is treason, punishable by death, I council calm and mercy. We are bigger than those insurgents of January 6, 2021 who sought to topple our government, our constitution, our core belief in rule by law.</p> <div dir="auto"><span>Ten years in prison, as called for in the US code (below) for rebellion and insurrection. Fine them, bar them from ever holding office. The death penalty for treason? I understand, but in the name of calm and unity, let's be merciful. Throw them in prison and we'll move on.</span></div> <div dir="auto"><span> </span></div> <div dir="auto"><span><span>Many other laws were broken too, but thes</span>e are the ones that threaten the core of our nation. And I don't give a damn why they did it. When they stormed the Capitol, they threw </span><span>any possible merit to their perceived grievances out the freaking window.</span><strong><br /></strong></div> <div dir="auto"><span> </span></div> <div dir="auto"><span>If you, dear reader, dear friend, disagree. If you feel any sympathy for the insurrectionists, I'll try to listen to you, hear you out, publicly or privately. Don't expect to change my mind, as I don't expect to change yours. But I will listen. Even as I cheer on efforts to hunt down and hold accountable every single  participant. </span></div> <div dir="auto"><span> </span></div> <div dir="auto"><strong> </strong></div> <div dir="auto"><strong>For reference, here are selected Sections from the US Code  </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/commentary/politics" hreflang="en">Politics</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/call-calm-and-mercy-no-death-penalty-january-6-coup" rel="tag" title="A call for calm and mercy: no death penalty for the January 6 coup" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about A call for calm and mercy: no death penalty for the January 6 coup</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </article> Fri, 22 Jan 2021 10:40:18 +0000 cvining 1989 at https://cvining.com Sheep, Wolves and Sheep Dogs https://cvining.com/sheep-wolves-and-sheep-dogs <article role="article" class="node node--type-article node--promoted node--view-mode-teaser"> <h2> <a href="/sheep-wolves-and-sheep-dogs" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Sheep, Wolves and Sheep Dogs</span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="submitted"> Submitted by <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> on <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 06/04/2022 - 14:03</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>"There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves and sheep dogs."</p> <p>As spoken by Chris Kyle's father in the Clint Eastwood directed film "<a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2179136/">American</a> Sniper" (2014), said to be "loosely based" on the real live story of Christopher Scott Kyle 1974-2013. The real Kyle was a highly decorated Navy SEAL sniper who served four tours in Iraq with over 150 confirmed kills. A hero in any sense of the word. </p></div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above clearfix"> <span class="field_label"><strong>Tags:</strong></span> <ul class="links inline field_items"> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/265" hreflang="en">Guns</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/commentary/politics" hreflang="en">Politics</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/sheep-wolves-and-sheep-dogs" rel="tag" title="Sheep, Wolves and Sheep Dogs" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Sheep, Wolves and Sheep Dogs</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </article> Sat, 04 Jun 2022 21:03:49 +0000 cvining 2021 at https://cvining.com FLM: Fox Lies Matter https://cvining.com/flm-fox-lies-matter <article role="article" class="node node--type-article node--promoted node--view-mode-teaser"> <h2> <a href="/flm-fox-lies-matter" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FLM: Fox Lies Matter</span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="submitted"> Submitted by <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> on <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 02/06/2021 - 09:04</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>FLM: Fox Lies Matter</p> <p><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/media/2021/02/05/lou-dobbs-canceled-fox/">https://www.washingtonpost.com/media/2021/02/05/lou-dobbs-canceled-fox/</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/commentary/politics" hreflang="en">Politics</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/flm-fox-lies-matter" rel="tag" title="FLM: Fox Lies Matter" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about FLM: Fox Lies Matter</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </article> Sat, 06 Feb 2021 17:04:59 +0000 cvining 1990 at https://cvining.com Antigonish https://cvining.com/antigonish <article role="article" class="node node--type-article node--promoted node--view-mode-teaser"> <h2> <a href="/antigonish" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Antigonish</span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="submitted"> Submitted by <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> on <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 01/19/2021 - 21:47</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Yesterday, upon the stair,<br />I met a man who wasn't there.<br />He wasn't there again today,<br />I wish, I wish he'd go away...</p> <p>When I came home last night at three,<br />The man was waiting there for me<br />But when I looked around the hall,<br />I couldn't see him there at all!<br />Go away, go away, don't you come back any more!<br />Go away, go away, and please don't slam the door...</p> <p>Last night I saw upon the stair,<br />A little man who wasn't there,<br />He wasn't there again today<br />Oh, how I wish he'd go away...</p> <p>-- William Hughes Mearns 1899</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/commentary/politics" hreflang="en">Politics</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/antigonish" rel="tag" title="Antigonish" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Antigonish</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </article> Wed, 20 Jan 2021 05:47:42 +0000 cvining 1988 at https://cvining.com Revolution Redux (mangled from the awesome original by Lenon and McCartney) https://cvining.com/revolution-redux-mangled-awesome-original-lenon-and-mccartney <article role="article" class="node node--type-article node--promoted node--view-mode-teaser"> <h2> <a href="/revolution-redux-mangled-awesome-original-lenon-and-mccartney" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Revolution Redux (mangled from the awesome original by Lenon and McCartney)</span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="submitted"> Submitted by <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> on <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 11/30/2020 - 15:15</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><div dir="auto"><span>Revolution Redux</span></div> <div dir="auto">(mangled from the awesome original by Lenon and McCartney)</div> <div dir="auto"> </div> <div dir="auto"><span>You say you won the revolution</span><br /> <span>Well, you know</span><br /> <span>We all want to see the votes</span><br /> <span>You tell me that it's mass collusion</span><br /> <span>Well, you know</span><br /> <span>We all want to see the votes</span></div> <div dir="auto"> </div> <div dir="auto"><span>But when you talk about voter fraud</span><br /> <span>Don't you know the courts have thrown you out</span><br /> <span>Don't you know it's gonna be</span><br /> <span>All right, all right, all right</span></div> <div dir="auto"> </div> <div dir="auto"><span>You say you got an affidavit </span><br /> <span>Well, you know</span><br /> <span>We'd all love to see the facts</span><br /> <span>You warn about a retribution </span><br /> <span>Well, you know</span><br /> <span>We'll stop you if </span>we can</div> <div dir="auto"> </div> <div dir="auto"><span>But if you want money for people with minds that hate</span><br /> <span>All I can tell is brother you have to wait</span><br /> <span>Don't you know it's gonna be</span><br /> <span>All right, all right, all right</span></div> <div dir="auto"> </div> <div dir="auto"><span>You say you'll change the constitution</span><br /> <span>Well, you know</span><br /> <span>We all want to change your head</span><br /> <span>You tell me it's the institution</span><br /> <span>Well, you know</span><br /> <span>You better free you mind instead</span></div> <div dir="auto"> </div> <div dir="auto"><span>But if you go carrying torches for Donald Trump</span><br /> <span>You ain't going to make it with anyone anyhow</span><br /> <span>Don't you know it's gonna be</span><br /> <span>All right, all right, all right</span><br /> <span>All right, all right, all right</span><br /> <span>All right, all right, all right</span><br /> <span>All right, all right</span></div> <div dir="auto"><span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/commentary/politics" hreflang="en">Politics</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/revolution-redux-mangled-awesome-original-lenon-and-mccartney" rel="tag" title="Revolution Redux (mangled from the awesome original by Lenon and McCartney)" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Revolution Redux (mangled from the awesome original by Lenon and McCartney)</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </article> Mon, 30 Nov 2020 23:15:42 +0000 cvining 1983 at https://cvining.com GNP measures everything, except that which makes life worthwhile -- RFK https://cvining.com/gnp-measures-everything-except-which-makes-life-worthwhile-rfk <article role="article" class="node node--type-article node--view-mode-teaser"> <h2> <a href="/index.php/gnp-measures-everything-except-which-makes-life-worthwhile-rfk" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">GNP measures everything, except that which makes life worthwhile -- RFK</span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="submitted"> Submitted by <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> on <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 04/25/2019 - 18:51</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>"Even if we act to erase material poverty, there is another greater task, it is to confront the poverty of satisfaction - purpose and dignity - that afflicts us all. </p></div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/index.php/category/commentary/politics" hreflang="en">Politics</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/index.php/gnp-measures-everything-except-which-makes-life-worthwhile-rfk" rel="tag" title="GNP measures everything, except that which makes life worthwhile -- RFK" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about GNP measures everything, except that which makes life worthwhile -- RFK</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </article> Fri, 26 Apr 2019 01:51:57 +0000 cvining 1880 at https://cvining.com I had a dream https://cvining.com/i-had-dream <article role="article" class="node node--type-article node--promoted node--view-mode-teaser"> <h2> <a href="/i-had-dream" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">I had a dream</span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="submitted"> Submitted by <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> on <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 04/25/2019 - 10:36</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>I dreamt I was in a reception line at a formal event. At the head of the line was the President of the United States, shaking hands one by one.</p> <p>He took my hand firmly as I stepped forward for my turn. I leaned slightly toward him and said "We have something in common, you and I."</p> <p>"Really? What's that?"</p> <p>I let his strong grip pull me closer, and spoke in a hushed tone so only he could hear: "Neither of us belongs here."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/commentary/politics" hreflang="en">Politics</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/i-had-dream" rel="tag" title="I had a dream" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about I had a dream</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </article> Thu, 25 Apr 2019 17:36:02 +0000 cvining 1879 at https://cvining.com Martin Luther King Jr's constructive use time https://cvining.com/martin-luther-king-jrs-constructive-use-time <article role="article" class="node node--type-article node--promoted node--view-mode-teaser"> <h2> <a href="/martin-luther-king-jrs-constructive-use-time" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Martin Luther King Jr&#039;s constructive use time</span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="submitted"> Submitted by <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> on <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 11/18/2018 - 05:42</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p dir="ltr">Can't find it right now, but one of my friends posted an old video, an interview with Martin Luther King, Jr, one of America's greatest leaders of all time. That post reminded me of MLKs "Letter from Birmingham Jail."</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html">https://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html</a></p></div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/commentary/politics" hreflang="en">Politics</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/martin-luther-king-jrs-constructive-use-time" rel="tag" title="Martin Luther King Jr&#039;s constructive use time" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Martin Luther King Jr&#039;s constructive use time</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </article> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 13:42:45 +0000 cvining 1850 at https://cvining.com Jack and Jill https://cvining.com/jack-and-jill <article role="article" class="node node--type-article node--promoted node--view-mode-teaser"> <h2> <a href="/jack-and-jill" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Jack and Jill</span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="submitted"> Submitted by <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> on <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 03/03/2018 - 19:34</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Jack and Jill<br />Went up the Hill<br />To beg for something safer<br />Jack fell down<br />Blood all around <br />And Jill died crawling after</p> <p>Up Jack got<br />He, badly shot,<br />Remembered in the paper<br />Empty stares<br />Thoughts and prayers <br />We mourn the dead tenth grader</p> <p>They call B.S.<br />Children address<br />This homegrown bloody terror<br />Endured in school<br />Just so you'll<br />From tyrants slightly safer</p> <p>Stop the guns<br />The deadly ones<br />That leave our children slaughtered <br />The tyranny<br />You fear is thee<br />Killing our sons and daughters</p> <p><br />Stop killing our sons and daughters.<br />Stop. Killing. Our. Sons and Daughters.</p> <p>(Placed in public domain. No rights reserved.) </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/commentary/politics" hreflang="en">Politics</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/jack-and-jill" rel="tag" title="Jack and Jill" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Jack and Jill</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </article> Sun, 04 Mar 2018 03:34:38 +0000 cvining 1845 at https://cvining.com