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JUNE 16th, 2004

 

You Tink God Owe You Guys Money Fo Dat?

"War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today."
John F. Kennedy

 

Hi folks,

I like that little known quote by JFK. In my recent song, The Matriot, one of the verses goes:

"Old Jesse Winchester, he had to go
In exile up to Canada.
'Fight in Vietnam, Jesse', well, he told them 'No,'
They called him a traitor, an ex-patriot.

Vietnam was wrong, now, everyone knows that,
but who's said they're sorry to him?"

We still have not apologised to the Vietnamese people for waging war on them, nor have we recognised the courage and patriotism of the hundreds of thousands of people who stood up against that war, marched in the streets, refused to fight, left it rather than loved it, sang the anti-war songs, rallied, went to jail, and generally raised the internal Loud Noise that helped force the US to finally get out from where they never really belonged. Everyone who had the sheer guts to stand against Vietnam is as much a hero and deserving of honour, medals and tribute, as any soldier on a battlefield - by helping to save tens of thousands of additional soldiers' lives, not to mention many times that amount in innocent civilians' lives - yet, to this day, there is still only silence on that issue. Hardly a wonder we keep walking into the same door once again.

I'm back home in Melbourne now after a couple of weeks Stateside visiting my folks in 'Painful', Ohio, as my daughter refers to my hometown of Painesville. There is a large Mexican-American community there now and I had fun turning my father and brother onto classic Mexican mole, refried black beans, tamales, tomatillos, and the fabulous Mexican-American grocery store that was right in the centre of town but they had never visited. (People tend keep to themselves in 'Painful'.)

I visited the old Catholic Church where on many a Saturday afternoon as a child I had to 'confess' to the priest about the sin of 'touching myself.' (Priests seem to enjoy the details of that part the most in a confession - almost like the sex component in a movie!) I tried to explain that I thought I was being possessed by the future unborn spirit of Chrissie Amphlett, but the priest assured me it was merely Satan guiding my hand. (boom boom.) But as I opened those large towering church doors of St Mary's and expected to feel the stale air of repression, fear and incense blow over me once again, there up on the altar was a young priest in a flowing cassock jumping up and down on a blinkin' trampoline! He was demonstrating something to a congregation filled mostly with young children. My father later told me that they have some wacky priests in there at the moment - one brings some baseballs and a bat and hits balls over the heads of the parishioners occasionally to illustrate things! (Wonder if he knows 'Drop Kick Me Jesus Through the Goalposts of Life?')

I actually had a great time, visiting my mother, attending the high school graduation of my cousin, walking the streets of my childhood memories, playing music with my brother - and at the tail end of the trip spent a couple of days in Hawaii, playing some more music with one of my newsletter friends, fellow Star Mountain commune survivor, author and musician, Alicia Bay Laurel. In the Hilo airport, I discovered a fantastic Hawaiian 'pidgin' language translation of the New Testament, called 'Da Jesus Book.' Pidgin is kind o' like native Hawaiian broken English and it sure beats the heck out of Mel Gibson's film for an enlightening way to look at the Christian story. (Kind o' like 'The Passion of Brer Rabbit'.) Here's a couple of excerpts:

Da Jesus Book

Da Devil Try Make Jesus Do Bad Kine Stuff (Luke 4)

" Afta John wen baptise Jesus, Jesus wen go way from da Jordan River. God's Spesho Spirit stay in charge a him, an God's Spirit wen take him to da boonies. Fo forty days da Devil wen try presha Jesus fo do bad kine stuff. Jesus neva eat notting dat time, an afta dat he hungry. Da Devil tell him, "So wat? You God's Boy fo real kine? Den tell dis rock fo come bread." Jesus wen say, 'Da Bible say, 'No mo nobody dat can live ony on bread.'" Den da Devil take him up on top one high place, an show him all da diffren countries all ova da world in one second. An da Devil tell him, "All dis power an awesome stuff, dass mines, an I can give um to anybody I like. I give you all dis, if you go down on yoa knees an give me plenny respeck." Jesus tell him, 'Da Bible say: 'Gotta go down on yoa knees An give plenny respeck to God yoa Boss, An live an work ony fo him.'" Den da Devil take Jesus to Jerusalem an make him stand on top da high part a da tower on top da temple. Da Devil say, "So wat? You God's Boy fo real kine? Kay den, go jump down dea. Cuz da Bible say: 'God goin tell his angel messenja guys Fo take care you real good. Dey goin bring you down wit dea hands, So yoa feet no hit da rocks." But Jesus tell him, " Da Bible say, 'God, he yoa Boss. So no try presha him fo make him prove dat he God." Wen da Devil was pau trying fo make him do all kine bad stuff, he go away from him till next time.'

Love Da Guys Dat Hate You (Matthew 5)

"You guys wen hear wat God wen say: 'Show love an aloha fo da people dat all around you.' An da peopo say: 'Hate da guys dat hate you.' But eh! I telling you guys dis: Show love an aloha fo da guys dat hate you! An aks God fo help da guys dat make you suffa! Wen you do dat, you goin show fo real dat you da kine kids dat come from yoa Fadda dat stay in da sky. He make da sun come up fo da bad guys an da good guys. An he send rain fo da guys dat do da right tings, an fo da guys dat no do da right tings. So if you guys ony get love and aloha fo da guys dat get love an aloha fo you, you tink God owe you guys money fo dat? Nah! Even da tax peopo dat collect money fo tax fo da governmen, dey get love and aloha fo da guys dat get love and aloha fo dem. If you guys say 'Howzit' ony to yoa bruddas, you tink you spesho, o wat? Even all da diffren peopos all ova da world dat donno God, dey say 'Howzit' to dea bruddas too. All da time you gotta be good hundred percent, jalike yoa Fadda in da sky, he everytime stay good hundred percent."
Da Jesus Book Website

Before I leave the well-worn hamster track of Christianity, the Number One best-selling book in the US at the moment is 'The Da Vinci Code' and for anyone who hasn't read it, I do recommend it. It's a crackin' yarn. Director Ron Howard has the rights to the film. One of it's central themes is that Jesus may have entrusted the stewardship of his 'church' (and other things!) to Mary Magdalene! One hundred years later, was history rewritten to make a women invisible? Was stuff left out? Has that ever happened before? Sound preposterous? Hmmmmm . . . . Well, have a look at Da Vinci's famous painting, 'The Last Supper'. The person sitting immediately to Jesus' right . . . is a woman. Who is it? And why is she there at the head of the table, amongst all those men?
The Last Supper
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Bushbabblin' 1

"The ambassador and the general were briefing me on the - the vast majority of Iraqis want to live in a peaceful, free world. And we will find these people and we will bring them to justice." - George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Oct. 27, 2003

 

More Books I Read on the Airplane

'The Demon in the Freezer,' by Richard Preston. (Author of 'The Hot Zone,' which Stephen King described as the scariest book he has ever read.) A factual account - that reads like a thriller - about the potential for that long forgotten curse of humanity, Smallpox, to be reactivated as a possible biological weapon. For instance, did you know that the smallpox immunisation (the little circular scar on your arm that you got in school) has worn off and no longer protects you? Stuff you might like to be aware of in case you're going out.

Another novel worth a look is, 'The Day After Tomorrow.' Although the book is written from the screenplay of the film (which normally I don't touch with a barge pole), I happened to notice that this particular novelization was authored by Whitely Strieber, who wrote 'Wolfen' and the brilliant 'Communion'. 'The Day After Tomorrow', is a fictional story about global warming leading to ice-age catastrophe and is loaded with little known facts that you probably didn't know and certainly won't forget. Like how air temperature can drop from 30 degrees Celsius to minus 150 degrees instantly, snap freezing human blood in three seconds. Stuff you might like to be aware of in case you're staying in.
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Favourite Reader Comments

"I've been in shock ever since I looked at Joe Dolce's website without my sunglasses on." Kath Tait, New Zealand singer-songwriter. Kath Tait Website

 

"Hi Joe,
I used a lot of your titles - thank you so much. However I'm having some trouble finding information that might prove or disprove the effects of Ghandi's movement on future generations who strove for advancement of women's' rights and equality. Which I feel so far could be true because women became so involved in so many aspects and in cases suffered right along with the men from British abuse. Anyway, any opinions or ideas of where to look would be appreciated. Thanks so much, Jenny."

(My reply:)

"Jenny,
I think the two best sources for what you are looking for are:
1. We Are All Part of One Another: A Barbara Deming Reader, edited by Jane Meyerding,
(Philadelphia: New Society,1984).
Barbara Deming was the most articulate exponent of the relationship between non-violence and the women's struggle. For instance:
" If our self-assertion does not require violence (my faith is that it doesn't), it does, I am afraid,
require anger. To burst us out of the training that tells us we need no space for our-selves- need only to help men feel their space.. our present society allows (white) men to be angry, but not women...I do more and more think that it will be at the very point at which we can feel at ease with our anger, experience it not as madness but as sanity, that we will be able to
become healers-..."
Barbara Deming

2. Reweaving The Web Of Life: Feminism and Non-violence, (Philadelphia: New Society, 1982).
This is a collection of essays written by women activists. Excerpt:
' Since women are dealing with demonic power relationships, that is, with structured evil, rage is
required as a positive creative force.... it is quite clear that women's liberation is essentially linked with full human liberation. Women can generally see very well that the movement will self-destruct if we settle for vengeance.'
Mary Daly

The above excerpts are in the Essay section of my website. Regards, Joe."
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Bushbabblin' 2

"I recently met with the finance minister of the Palestinian Authority, was very impressed by his grasp of finances." - George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 29, 2003
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Humour

(You might like to try this yourselves if the opportunity presents itself!)
 
I went to the store the other day, and I was in there for only about 5 minutes. When I came out there was a damn cop writing out a parking ticket.  So I went up to him and said, "Come on, buddy, how about giving a  guy a break?" He ignored me and continued writing the ticket.  So I called him a pencil- necked nazi. He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having worn tires! 
  So I called him a piece of horse shit. He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first.  Then he started writing a third ticket! This went on for about 20 minutes... the more I abused him, the more tickets he wrote.

I didn't give a shit. My car was parked around the corner. 
(thanks to Jim Testa)
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Retired Officials Say Bush Must Go
By Ronald Brownstein
Los Angeles Times

The 26 ex-diplomats and military leaders say his foreign policy has harmed national security. Several served under Republicans.

Washington - A group of 26 former senior diplomats and military officials, several appointed to key positions by Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, plans to issue a joint statement this week arguing that President George W. Bush has damaged America's national security and should be defeated in November. (article)
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Bushbabblin' 3

"Just remember it's the birds that's supposed to suffer, not the hunter." - George W. Bush, advising quail hunter and New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici, Roswell, N.M., Jan. 22, 2004

 

Torture

(1) "torture" means an act committed by a person acting under the color of law specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering (other than pain or suffering incidental to lawful sanctions) upon another person within his custody or physical control;
(2) "severe mental pain or suffering" means the prolonged mental harm caused by or resulting from -
(a) the intentional infliction or threatened infliction of severe physical pain or suffering;
(b) the administration or application, or threatened administration or application, of mind-altering substances or other procedures calculated to disrupt profoundly the senses or the personality;
(c) the threat of imminent death; or
(d) the threat that another person will imminently be subjected to death, severe physical pain or suffering, or the administration or application of mind-altering substances or other procedures calculated to disrupt profoundly the senses or personality.

The Convention against Torture, given the force of American law in 1996, states: "No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture."

Simply put, there is no rationale available to George W. Bush or any of his people that removes them from the need to obey the law. (article)
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Kerry Surges Ahead in 12 Crucial Swing States as Bush Poll Ratings Plummet
By Andrew Buncombe
Independent U.K.

George Bush has had a warning shot from the crucial battleground states likely to decide the outcome of the presidential election where his rival John Kerry is surging ahead. Less than six months from election day, polls suggest that Mr. Kerry is leading the President in 12 of the 16 so-called swing states. In some states the lead is slight, but in places such as New Hampshire, which Mr. Bush won in 2000, Mr. Kerry has a lead of almost 10 per cent. Though polls offer only a snapshot in time, pollster John Zogby, who made the latest survey, said if the present leads in these 16 states hold true - and Democrats and Republicans hold on to the states each party won easily in 2000 - Mr. Kerry will win with a margin of 102 electoral college votes. In 2000, Mr. Bush beat Al Gore by 271 to 267. (article)
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Bushbabblin' 4

"The march to war affected the people's confidence. It's hard to make investment. See, if you're a small business owner or a large business owner and you're thinking about investing, you've got to be optimistic when you invest. Except when you're marching to war, it's not a very optimistic thought, is it? In other words, it's the opposite of optimistic when you're thinking you're going to war." -George W. Bush, Springfield, Mo., Feb. 9, 2004
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EISNER IN MOORE TROUBLE OVER FILM
By TIM ARANGO

Michael Moore's documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" could wind up costing Disney more than $100 million and go down as another Michael Eisner blunder. The movie is poised to set a new record for highest-grossing documentary after its release in six weeks' time. (article)
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Zen Thought of the Day

Women are like apples on trees: the best ones are at the top of the tree. Most men don't want to reach for the good ones because they are afraid of falling and getting hurt. Instead, they just pick up the bruised, rotten apples from the ground that are easy but not as good. So ... the apples at the top think something is wrong with them when, in reality, they're amazing. They just have to wait for the right man to come along - the one who's brave enough to climb all the way to the top of the tree. Share this with other women who are good apples - even those who have already been picked!

And remember: Men are like fine wine. They start out as grapes and it's up to women to stomp the shit out of them until they turn into something acceptable to have dinner with.
(thanks to Sahyma)
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This Is What War Looks Like


Interview with Thich Nhat Hanh

The abuse at Abu Ghraib prison is what happens when we abandon compassion and allow our animal nature to take over.

Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh (pronounced Tick-Not-Han) has been a spokesperson for peace and human rights since the 1960s, when his activism to end the Vietnam War inspired Martin Luther King Jr. to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize. He has been living in exile from his native Vietnam since 1966, and calls Plum Village, a meditation retreat center he founded in the south of France, his home. He conducts retreats throughout the world on "engaged Buddhism," non-violence, and mindfulness, and has written more than 100 books. In an email interview with Beliefnet, he offered his thoughts on the prison abuse scandal.

What is the Buddhist perspective on the abuse of prisoners of war in Iraq?
Recent news about the abuse of prisoners of war provides us with the opportunity to look deeply into the nature of war. . . (interview)
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Bushbabblin' 5

"One of the most meaningful things that's happened to me since I've been the governor - the president - governor - president. Oops. Ex-governor. I went to Bethesda Naval Hospital to give a fellow a Purple Heart, and at the same moment I watched him-get a Purple Heart for action in Iraq - and at that same - right after I gave him the Purple Heart, he was sworn in as a citizen of the United States - a Mexican citizen, now a United States citizen." - George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Jan. 9, 2004

 

Food

On my recent trip, my brother asked me to bring him over some Australian Hot Sauces. I couldn't think of any so I looked around and I found this bobby-dazzler which has now become my current favourite:

Disaster Bay Smoked Jalapeno Chipotle Sauce

Made in Eden, New South Wales, Australia, from a blend of garlic and smoked jalapeno peppers, the wood smoked flavour is awesome and unique. Website

Other great international hot sauces:

Widow - No Survivors
You Can't Handle this Sauce
After Death Sauce
Crazy Jerry's Brain Damage
Screaming Rasta - Lost in Boiling Lake
Last Rites
Mean Mama Jamma's Zombie Juice
Screaming Teen - Hot & Mean
Smack My Ass & Call Me Sally
(Hot Sauce Website)

 

DAD'S FISH FILLETS IN CRACKER CRUMBS

My dad was making this simple dish when I went over to visit. Simply crumb up some dry crackers or biscuits in a mortar and pestle, or food processor, and mix with some finely chopped parsley, salt and pepper. Dip fish fillets in plain flour, then some beaten egg, then in the cracker crumbs and fry in a little olive oil in a skillet for a couple of minutes. Serve with any of the hot sauces above.

 

I live my life in widening circles
that reach out across the world.
I may not complete this last one
but I give myself to it.
 
I circle around God, around the primordial tower.
I've been circling for thousands of years
and I still don't know: am I a falcon,
a storm, or a great song?
 
~ Ranier Maria Rilke ~

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