Thursday, January 10, 2013

I simply love brave women. There ain't nothin' like them.

One Million Moms for Gun Control (click here) announced today that it would sponsor and co-sponsor several major events in January to demand action on common-sense gun control laws. In addition, the organization will kick off another social media campaign that will allow moms to connect across the country....

The Republic | azcentral.comTue Jan 8, 2013 7:52 AM
When Roxanna Green’s car (click here) crossed into Newtown, Conn., a pretty little town of about 27,000, she felt a too-familiar fear crawl up her back and over the top of her head. She tried to rub away the goose bumps on her upper arms.
It was Monday, Dec. 17. Green could feel grief hanging in the air of the town where, three days before, a gunman had shot and killed 27 people, including 20 first-graders in their schoolrooms, and then himself.
“It was just so heartbreaking. It was really, really sad,” she said.
From the car window, she could look down quiet streets where yellow ribbons had been tied to lamp posts and stop signs in honor of those killed.
There were too many yellow ribbons....

Christina Taylor Green Memorial Foundation (click here)

Our efforts cannot bring back the 20 innocent children murdered in Newtown, CT -- or the 33 people murdered with guns every day in America. But we can prevent future tragedies by passing common sense legislation that will:
  1. Require a criminal background check for every gun sold in America
  2. Ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines
  3. Make gun trafficking a federal crime, with real penalties for “straw purchasers”
Demand that your members of Congress and the president support these legislative priorities.

Who leads this mess? The NRA. They do it for financial upticks. NRA doesn't care about the country.

This is exactly what will happen because the NRA has lead a radical gun agenda that has translated into liberal gun laws.

People like this are prime examples of how a violent gun culture has developed into a financial reason for it to continue. This guy has a video website (the link is at the title to this entry). He probably gives lessons and endorsements, etc. He even likes Katana swords for whatever reason he does. They are romanticized weapons. Face to face blood thirsty combat for one's life. Hypermasculinity.  Guns can't make that claim. In the methods this man advocates, guns are removed from the sincere death of an opponent. He is arming himself and others for the purpose of defeating an imaginary enemy that will come in mass numbers to turn the USA into Saloth Sar who lead the Khmer Rouge.

Interesting thing about the people of Southeast Asia. They have driven out the West with all its defoliant, jets, bombs, tanks and guns, they are gone now. 

Interesting thought, isn't it?

There is this story of hundreds of people in Cambodia enslaved to remove trees from a forested hill for sale and the wealth of the nation. Tropical hardwoods are valuable. Today in 2013 they are more valuable alive than harvested, but, in those days conservation was not an issue, certainly not in the Third World. 

The story goes like this. The people of the village who worked to harvest the trees passed a plan to defeat their overlords among themselves. They decided they would cut down enough trees to lay across the hillside and at a time designated they would roll the trees down the hill to kill the men with the guns. They did that and in full expectations to be killed themselves they rolled themselves by the hundreds down the hill following the trees. The men with the guns were dead and the village was rid of their maniacal oppressors. 

People always find a way to stop oppression. They prefer methods they can life through. Mass murder is not allowed in the world we live in. The Hague and its proceedings are still testament to that. People are subject to their governments to a certain degree, but, in time it stops.

I know the argument; "I don't want to be among the people remembered, I want to be alive." Not a bad strategy, except, when it becomes toxic to a country desiring to stay alive rather than propagate the culture killing them.

The United States is NOT a country that will commit mass murder of its people. We are especially not that country because we rein in extremism. We especially rein in extremism we cannot control and can ultimately destroy our democracy and destroy domestic tranquility.

Today, the USA is under siege. All one has to do is realize how many people are dying everyday in this country at the business end of a gun. We have far too many guns in circulation in the USA. We have a porous border with Mexico that is feeding a drug economy powered by guns from the USA. No one can accuse the Mexican drug cartels of being armed by Russia or Iran.

We need gun control in the USA. At this point I don't care how it happens and men like this will bring about Marshall Law if he continues to enforce the idea he has the right to dominate the cultural content of this country causing deaths in double digit numbers everyday.

This man is his own worst enemy and by damn it he is determined to prove it.

Beasts Of The Southern Wild - Official Trailer (2012) [HD] (click title to entry for official site)

This is a magnificent picture and screams the entrapment of enforced impoverishment. It portrays how culture grows within poverty. The culture is valued and becomes a barrier itself to changing the quality of life.

The genius of "Beasts of the Southern Wild" is the impacts of this reality in the USA as seen through the eyes of a child. A very intelligent child who uses imagination to incorporate her reality to her identity.

Every peoples living in a third world dynamic has a lifestyle, has values and has cultural understandings about life. The length the 'value / belief system' exists in the community, the depth in which it provides solace, coping and accepting of reality out of their control; the more difficult it becomes for those people to move outside of the demands of their culture.

"Beasts of the Southern Wild" is nominated for Best Picture this year and I sincerely hope it wins. It deserves the award. It would be a new reality for the USA to examine in realizing how children of poverty use their imaginations more than books to secure their lives in love by the people and circumstances around them.

There are two wonderful women who would serve as inspirations at the Inaugural.

Meet Reverend Detherage. She works diligently within the doctrine of AME. She focuses on justice, the legal standing of women and seeks solice in ministry with prison populations.

Rev. Kimberly L. Detherage is an itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the Pastor of St. Mark A.M.E. Church, Jackson Heights, New York.   

Prior to being appointed to St. Mark she served as Pastor of Bright Temple A.M.E. Church, Bronx, New York and Bethel A.M.E. Church , Arverne, New York.   Before being appointed to Pastor Bethel Rev. Kim served as the Minister to young Adults and Minister to Youth at  Bridge Street, A.W.M.E. church, Brooklyn, New York.  For 15 years. Rev. Kim owned her own law firm and has been engaged in the practice of law for over 20 years.  Rev. Kim serves as a Board member on the First Episcopal District Self Help Board, an Instructor for the Ministerial Institute, and also serves on the New York Conference Board of Trustees, Board of Examiners and previously served on the Ministerial Efficiency Committee. She co-authored the legislation on clergy and lay sexual misconduct which can be found in the Book of Discipline of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, has provided extensive training on the Church’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and conducted workshops on a variety of issues. Rev. Kim received her BA in Speech Communications and her Juris Doctor degree from Boston College in 1982 and 1985 respectively.  In 1996, she received her Master of Divinity Degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University with certificates in Black Church Studies and Women’s Studies.  In 1997, she completed a program of studies in Clinical Pastoral Education with Emory University Health System.  

Rev. Kim is excited about the future direction of AME/WIM and looks forward to the strengthening  the internal and external structure of the organization.  With the support of the Executive Board, District Presidents, Coordinators and all women in ministry we can make a difference, and set a standard for the church at large.   Our mission this quadrennium is to honor the legacy of Jarena Lee and trailblazing women past and present by defining, supporting and expanding the presence of women in ministry and the AME church.


    - 1st Black Female Supervisor of Criminal Defense Division, of The Legal Aid Society, BrooklynNY
    - Developed female Rites of Passage program
    - Set up Women's Literacy Program with curriculum, Ghana,West Africa
    - Implemented Mechanisms for identifying police brutality in court system
    - Co-author, Clergy Sexual Misconduct Policy, Doctrine and Discipline of AMEC.
    - Organized Women Be Well, Inc.
    - Collect and document the stories of women in ministry in the New York Annual Conference
   - Legal Advisor to women in ministry

Both are incredible women. Perhaps, there is room for two at the Inaugural. I sincerely wish the faith community would find a way to resolve to be a comfort to President Obama on his inauguration day. While the nation looks on as a witness to their President's inauguration, it is his inauguration after all.

A dedication to God no one can contest, Mary Glasspool is first openly lesbian Anglican consecrated as Bishop.

William Crawley
11:07 UK time, Friday, 14 May 2010

After her episcopal consecration (click here) in California tomorrow, Canon Mary Glasspool will become the second openly gay and partnered bishop, and the first openly lesbian bishop, within the Anglican Communion. She also becomes the 17th female bishop with The Episcopal Church. Predictably, her election proved controversial both within the United States and internationally....

The Rev. Canon Mary Douglas Glasspool 
Canon to the Bishops

An ordained priest since 1981, Canon Mary Glasspool served in parishes in Philadelphia, 
Boston and Annapolis (St. Margaret’s) before becoming Canon to the Bishops in 2001. 

She has served on Diocese of Maryland’s Standing Committee, the board of Episcopal Community Services of Maryland, and has been a Deputy to General Convention four times, each time having been elected the head of the deputation.  

Canon Glasspool’s responsibilities are varied and range from pastoral care to development. She serves as pastor to clergy and their families, provides counseling to congregations in crises, oversees parish and mission retreats, and attends Sunday visitations with congregations. Her development responsibilities include leadership development and training, performing demographic studies, assisting parish Wardens and the Wardens’ Conference, serving on the Diocesan Council Planning Team, and overseeing parish, mission, vestry and advisory board retreats.

EDUCATION AND ORDINATION (click here for her story and vitae)

Fall 2006 Merrill Fellow, Harvard Divinity School
Coursework and Faculty
     The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, The Rev. Dr. Ian T. Douglas
     World Religions in Boston, Dr. Diana L. Eck
     Religious Dimensions in Human Experience, Dr. David Carrasco
     Merrill Fellows’ Colloquium, Dr. Emily Click
Fall 1998 Certificate Program, St. George’s College, Jerusalem
The Bible and the Holy Land, Past and Present 
In-depth (eight weeks) experience of the Bible in its geographical, historical, and theological contexts through travel, study, and dialogue. Travel throughout Israel, Jordan, Egypt, and Turkey. Introduction to contemporary issues of peace and justice and Islamic Studies
March 1982: Ordained Priest by Bishop Lyman Ogilby (Pennsylvania)
June 1981: Ordained Deacon by Bishop Paul Moore, Jr. (New York)
May 1981: Master of Divinity, Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
May 1976: Bachelor of Arts, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Magna Cum Laude; Honors in Music; Hufstader Prize – Outstanding Senior Woman

They are wonderful women who would bring honor to the inauguration of President Obama.

Not Even Close: 2012 Was Hottest Ever in U.S. (click here)

2012 Was the Hottest Year on Record (click here)

January 10, 2013, 4:40 am

WHAT were some of the most extreme climate events in the United States in 2012?

WHAT was the average temperature in the United States last year?
HOW did the numbers represent a change from previous years’ average temperatures?

By HOW much did 2012’s average temperature beat the previous record?

HOW did 2012 rank for the United States in terms of the Climate Extremes Index?
WHEN was the previous record for highest average temperature set?
WHY did scientists say average temperatures most likely rose so significantly last year?
WHO is Jake Crouch?
WHERE did temperatures reach 112 degrees in 2012, setting a record?

Chuck Hagel Unplugged. It is why Republicans are scared of him.

Michael Savage Agrees w/ Justice Scalia on Gun Restriction - 7/30/12

Joe, we need gun control not more of the same.

I realize a democracy demands a record and detail to circumstances for legislation, but, the testimony for gun control is reasonable, the testimony for otherwise is extreme. We need to stop this ever growing danger in our country.

There is going to be weather problems in the USA today.

The temperatures are drastically different in minor changes in longitude across the country.

UNISYS Enhanced Infrared Satellite of United States (click here for 12 hour loop - thank you)
January 10, 2013

The systems are high velocity and moving very quickly if one observes the 12 hour loop.

Just as a point of interest, the Intertropical Convergence Zone is gaining some water vapor simply because there is now a tropical storm off the northwest shoreline of Australia. The storm will drive the heat into the ocean to cool the troposphere. What is alarming about this storm is the fact water vapor from the tropics was required to bring about development of the vorticity. That is new and it is still more proof of the ever growing dangers of the Climate Crisis. Earth is headed in the wrong direction and its residents has to stop polluting the air mass surrounding this planet.

January 10, 2013
1013:18 z
UNISYS North and West Hemisphere Water Vapor Satellite (click here for 12 hour loop - thank you)

The first clue that lead to an investigation of Australia yesterday was the severe border of the air mass in the lower left corner of the satellite picture on the 9th. The border was too defined and demanded attention to detail. The water vapor content was off. Honest, it is what brought my attention to the southern hemisphere.

January 9, 2013
UNISYS North and West Hemisphere Water Vapor Satellite

The vorticity at the southern border of Greenland is gone in the January 10 satellite above. That has translated into higher energy to the system closer to the Equator as the water vapor begins to be re-established. The rapid transport of energy into the equatorial region with the return of water vapor is driving the severe weather in the USA today. The system was established yesterday, but, it lacked the heat containing water vapor to drive higher energy into the system.

January 10, 2013 
1115 gmt
The Weather Channel US Temperature Map 

The most severe example of radical temperature differences in minor changes in longitude is noted in... 

10 F near Grand Junction, Colorado 
(Longitude 108° 33' 0" W ),

56 F near Dallas, Texas 

(Longitude 96°48′W). 

That dynamic is going to cause problems today. The systems are moving and changing quickly.

There is approximately 1000 miles between those two cities, but, on a planetary scale with a fast moving troposphere, 1000 miles is nothing.

January 9, 2013
1315 gmt
The Weather Channel Australian Satellite

The added water vapor near the Australian continent moved the Cyclone system to a higher vorticity and provided for a storm that will move heat to the ocean.

January 10, 2013
1118 gmt
The Weather Channel Australia Satellite

Besides the cyclone in the northwest, there is higher water vapor over the southeast and near Brisbane. That water vapor now present in the southeast comes from the Antarctica system and is contributing to the velocity of the cyclone now that wasn't occurring yesterday. The dynamics of the water vapor supply to the cyclone is different and removes the need for equatorial water vapor. There was a change in temperature over Antarctica yesterday as this was occurring.

The Intertropical Convergence Zone will recover, but, the water vapor lent to Australia will not simply return to the Equator. The ICZ needs to 'rebuild' the water vapor from available resources there. During the time there is a drier troposphere there is damage to the carbon sinks and capacity for CO2 absorption of these areas will be reduced. 

All this loss of carbon sink capacity adds up and increases to the heat within Earth's troposphere. The changes are incremental, but, it is on a path of increase and not a RETURN to a normal biotic and flourishing troposphere.

The loss of biotic content of Earth is exponential occurring at every corner of the globe. These are highly complicated systems and the unwinding of their complexity to cause a homogeneous and hot global desert takes time. Governments are playing with a timeline set to continue to limit the ability of Earth to support life at 98.6. Get over it, already!