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nov 4 – peace blogging

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the other side

You can’t peruse YouTube  without tripping over one of the countless videos of surprise reunions of returning men and women from recent tours of duty.  Of course they are moving, especially the ones where kids welcome mommy or daddy home.

But what about the people who will never get a reunion?  And what do their kids feel like?  We never see and videos about that do we?  What about the families ripped apart because a son or daughter is not coming home. We just send young men and women to die on foreign soil so companies like Halliburton can make billions “democratizing” these nations.  So we never get to see the man or woman, father, mother, husband, wife left alone because their son,daughter or spouse is not coming home.  Do we just say “I’m sorry” and hope it all goes away? Where is their joy going to come from?

It’s the morning
Soon, he’ll rise
Finds the glasses for his eyes
Aren’t what they used to be
Picks up the clothes
He’s worn so long
On the bureau sits
The picture of a lady
And the mural of a man
Whose been gone for many years

Listening to the children play
Reminds him of the days
Many years ago
Thoughts of a child
That he helped grow
And memory of a letter
Saying, dear Sir
We regret to inform you
Your son will not be coming home

Old man, tell me are there fears
Do you measure life in years
Or is one day all you’ll ever know

The old man walks in Echo Park
From bench to bench he moves
From morning til dark
For the ducks
Some bread he brings
Wonder if he’ll feed them
This time next spring

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Martin Luther King, Jr.
(January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)


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thanx to mad tante for posting this….happy 4th….


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friRev – wildest dreams

Go see GirlOnTheContrary for more….

In 1982, music producer Mike Stone turned a supergroup wet-dream into reality when he banded Steve Howe (Yes), Carl Palmer (ELP), John Wetton (King Crimson) and Geoff Downes (Yes, Buggles) together and dubbed them Asia.  Prog fans were salivating in anticipation of this release, but were let down when the result was closer to pop rock than prog rock.  In any case, Asia had a string of top 40 hits, rode the MTV wave during it’s infancy, and have reunited several times under different line-ups over the years.  From the first self-titled album, one song in particular, although not one of the top 40 hits, stands out because of its heartfelt anti-war lyrics, which are more than viable almost 30 years later,  and some very tasty fills by Steve Howe and Carl Palmer (one of my drumming heroes in my formative years).  There are several versions of this on YouTube but I picked the live reunited version because it faithfully captures the feel of the song, includes the Palmer chops, and presents Steve Howe as a Back To The Future professor/doc-looking deer-caught in the headlights zombie.  Dunno what happened there….

Wildest Dreams – John Wetton/Geoff Downes

They decorated all the generals
Who fought the war behind the lines
They had forgotten all the soldiers
The brandy puts them way behind the times

Insanity has found its way to TV screens
Vision seems impossible to me
They fight for king and country
I never would have thought this in my

Wildest dreams

The evening comes, we sit and watch the VJs
Clips and rushes come from, who knows where
From Washington across to California
With fighting breaking out in Leicester Square

We see the soldiers moving on to victory
And children trampled under marching feet
They fight for king and country
How many millions will they put to sleep?

Wildest dreams
Fly away

No, not in this world
No, not in the next
No, not in my wildest dreams

They recommended euthanasia
For non-conformers anywhere
Some men’s dreams for others turn to nightmares
This never would have happened in their

Wildest dreams
Fly away

No, not in this world
No, not in the next
No, not in the wildest dreams


I just heard this song from Metric for the first time a couple of days ago and didn’t want to wait until next week.  The song is excellent and the video shows some creativity and technical wizardry…as long as you pay attention


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