Mirrors and Madness


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As Sign o’ the Times, I’d guess, the national conversation continues to spiral downward toward its lowest common denominator — right v. left … fear v. tolerance … “closed” v. “open.” Actually, this is a productive period in some ways — we get a good look at the rips and tears in the cloth of civilized thought; my weekly piece speaks to that, it’s posted last. The GOP candidates show us all we no longer think important — but they buzz like flies at a picnic, we can’t shut them up.

Our topic today is the visit of the Iranian President, and resident wingnut, Bush-style, Ahmadinejad. As with all psychic mirrors, when Dubby looks at this guy he flinches in a kind of involuntary goose-step — evil, evil, evil … and nothing, no NOTHING like me!! The flap over whether Mr. A should visit the 9/11 site with a wreath has become another of those grand moments of elucidation that defines our adolescence in this country; the cry came immediately, with GOP prez-wannabe’s leading the pack — sacrilege! treason! disrespect!

How so? Didn’t the Iranians take to the streets in solidarity with the US after 9/11? Ahhhh … but they’re part of the Axis of Evil, Bush has told us … we ALWAYS believe what Bush tells us, don’t we? All Iranian’s are killers — he shouldn’t be allowed here — he shouldn’t breathe the air of “freedom” — he mustn’t be helped to “infect us.”

Mr. A, Mr. Bush and Mr. Hussein … each extremists, each delusional. All speaking with forked-tongues. Mr. A, the Holocaust denier, wants Israel and the US dead and the repressive rule of Islamic law to sweep the world, but talks rationally on the topic of American politics — Mr. B, the Constitution denier, wants Iran dead and Israel prepared for the second coming, and talks in bumbling clouds of toxic smoke — Mr. H, the WMD denier [he was right but he didn't know it] lost himself in delusions of might and royalty, preoccupied with writing long romance novels and propaganda tracts while allowing his children to rape and murder as part of their birthright, and trusting his disciplined repressive machine to keep the population in check.

These boyz have a lot in common, don’t they? Mirror, mirror on the wall – who’s the most deluded of them all?

So, while Ann Coulter tells the world that war with Iran would be “fun” — and the Guardian asks if the mysterious Israeli attack on Syria was a “dry run” for bombing Iran; as we hear that Condi has told Dub she’d resign if he took out Iran without “meaningful” consultation with Congressional leaders — and while the hopeful news that cooler heads seem to be holding sway for the moment [see here and here] lull us, the ultimate fate of a US/Iranian clash falls by default into Dick Cheney’s hands as he creates the probabilities of “accidents” that will stand as casus belli for Armageddon.

And despite these matter of life and death … as we ponder, like cruel Gods, whether or not to bomb the hell out of Iran with nuclear bunker busters … our national panties are in a twist trying to decide if Mr. A gets to lay his wreath or not; time will tell if he’ll be found “worthy” to tred on America’s iconic “hallowed ground.” CNN seems to think not, as I write.

Below, the “to and fro” of the wreath issue, first — next, excellent reads on the skewed psychology driving this flap; sticks and stones, America! If we deny a sign of respect that might lead to a renewed dialogue — if we’re afraid of words — we really ARE the threatened, adolescent wimps the bully-boyz pretend not to be!

There’s an article here about General Abizade’s declaration that we could live with a nuclear Iran … we could, and likely will. DO open the article from Canada’s premier magazine, MacClain’s, entitled How George Bush became the new Saddam. And I’ve included a Rick Perlstein read that I consider touch-stone for this topic of “immature pretense” v. “mature reality” — it’s an excellent article about a recent mysterious spill at the Vietnam Memorial and the fall-out from the ProWarrista’s.

What are we “saving” and what are we “protecting against?” That’s the Gordian Knot of our times. And I echo the final statement of Perlsteins piece as my own:

How I tire of conservatives working out their psychopathologies in the public square.

Jude

New York rejects Iran president’s request to tour Ground Zero
AFP
Wed Sep 19

NEW YORK – New York City authorities on Wednesday rejected Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s request to tour Ground Zero, the site of the September 11, 2001 attacks, next week.

Ahmadinejad’s request was rejected on security grounds as well as because construction is taking place at the site, where the World Trade Center’s twin towers stood until they crumbled after being struck by hijacked airplanes.

Ahmadinejad wanted to visit Ground Zero during his trip to the UN General Assembly next week, a request that outraged critics refusing to let the leader of a regime considered a state sponsor of terrorism visit “hallowed” ground…
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U.S. May Escort Ahmadinejad to Ground Zero
Talks Underway After Iranian Requests a Visit
SARAH GARLAND, New York Sun
9/20/07

In a move that has stunned New York, the Bloomberg administration is in discussions to escort the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to ground zero during his visit to New York next week, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said today…
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Ahmadinejad’s a Wizard, Don’t Let Him Speak!
Chuck Dupree, Smirking Chimp
Sep 22 2007

In a recent post, Josh Marshall mentions discussions with his readers about reactions to the President of Iran’s request to visit Ground Zero.

Apparently most readers felt that we shouldn’t allow him the propaganda victory. Josh asks if he’s alone in supporting the idea that we should ignore him, that we’re bigger than that. “Why should we care what he says?” is Josh’s view, and I think there’s a lot to that.

In fact, I’d go beyond that to say that we should escort him there, and give him access to the press. Make sure he gets a good view of our gaping national wound.

If we were strong and proud and sure of ourselves, that’s what we’d do. In fact, we’re a nation scared stiff, not unlike our Congressional representatives, strutting and puffing ourselves up but secretly afraid that we’re about to lose it all. We’ve got an incurious faith-based windshield cowboy at our head, our general’s an ass-kissing little chickenshit, and most of the rest of us watch the soap opera on TV, seemingly unaffected except that our economy is ruined as our liberties disappear and our representatives cower.

Ironically, here’s where the argument against letting Ahmadinejad make a propaganda point holds up best. If we allow him to see our national wound, for which some of us seem to bear him ill will, what’s to keep him from pointing to one of Iran’s most grievous wounds, the destruction of the elected government of Mossadeq and its replacement with the brutal Shah and his secret police? And where did Savak learn its “interrogation” techniques?

A case can be made that the United States has wounded Iran more than Iran has wounded us. And we don’t want to think about that. That’s the propaganda victory that would hurt, because it would break the spell of American exceptionalism, which we’ve tried so hard to re-weave after the revelations of Abu Ghraib.

We used to be brave because we were sure we were good. Lots of times we weren’t, but we were sure we were anyway. Now we know we’re not, and we’re frightened. ++

Ahmadinejad Thinks More of the American People Than CBS Does
Manila Ryce, J. Wharrison blog
Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

In a supposedly “objective” interview, Iranian President Ahmadinejad told Scott Pelley of 60 Minutes that the American public is smarter than to believe the propaganda the media puts out. Pelley essentially reiterated the warmongering spin about Ahmadinjad’s visit to Ground Zero, saying it would be an insult to the American people. Not only did the President of Iran inform Pelley that he doesn’t speak for all Americans, but he told him to do a better job as a journalist. Now what does that say about the press when a supposed “terrorist” has more respect for us than our own media?

If CBS actually asked similar questions of our leaders, then they might have a leg to stand on by saying this interview was objective. Pelley sure is brave asking our next victim about his mind state and the actions of his government, but has he asked the same questions of Bush or Cheney? Would Pelley bring up the fact that our own country basically created the Taliban and al-Qaeda? These are the groups we claim attacked us on 9/11, not Hamas or Hezbollah. Would Pelley also point out that Bush has direct ties to the Bin Laden family? What ties to 9/11 does Ahmadinejad have?

I do encourage the media to finally start asking hard questions, but the following excerpt is not journalism – it’s a hit job designed to demonize Iran’s leadership. Criticizing the leader of another country does little but rally the American public against another common enemy.

Ehy get the American public in an uproar over a country they don’t live in when our own nation is currently engaged in an illegal occupation? If journalists want to be tough, then let’s start at home with the actual criminals.

    Asked if he intends to press his request to visit the World Trade Center site, Ahmadinejad tells 60 Minutes Scott Pelley, “Well, it was included in my program. If we have the time and the conditions are conducive, I will try to do that.”

    “But the New York Police Department and others do not appear to want you there. Do you intend to go there anyway?” Pelley asks.

    “Well, over there, local officials need to make the necessary coordinations. If they can’t do that, I won’t insist,” the president replies.

    “Sir, what were you thinking? The World Trade Center site is the most sensitive place in the American heart, and you must have known that visiting there would be insulting to many, many Americans,” Pelley says.

    “Why should it be insulting?” Ahmadinejad asks.

    “Well, sir, you’re the head of government of an Islamist state that the United States government says is a major exporter of terrorism around the world,” Pelley says.

    “Well, I wouldn’t say that what American government says is is the prerequisite here. Something happened there which led to other events. Many innocent people were killed there. Some of those people were American citizens obviously. We obviously are very much against any terrorist action and any killing. And also we are very much against any plots to sow the seeds of discord among nations,” Ahmadinejad replies. “Usually you go to these sites to pay your respects. And also to perhaps to air your views about the root causes of such incidents. I think that when I do that, I will be paying, as I said earlier, my respect to the American nation.”

    “But the American people, sir, believe that your country is a terrorist nation, exporting terrorism in the world,” Pelley says. “You must have known that visiting the World Trade Center site would infuriate many Americans.”

    “Well, I’m amazed. How can you speak for the whole of the American nation?” Ahmadinejad says. “You are representing a media and you’re a reporter. The American nation is made up of 300 million people. There are different points of view over there.”

One big hat tip to The Raw Story for this one. ++

Bad Guys at Ground Zero
This oily business of dealing with evil foreign leaders
Harkavy, Village Voice
September 21, 2007

New York’s tabloids and assorted pols came unglued yesterday about the very idea of Iran’s crackpot hardliner Mahmoud Ahmedinejad wanting to visit Ground Zero.

Where were they when Uzbek dictator Islam Karimov, whose regime boils people to death, was courted by George W. Bush and Mayor Mike Bloomberg?

Don’t let your own blood boil at the thought of a bad guy visiting our sacralized 9/11 site. Condemn it, if you want, but Ahmedinejad was just trying to score political points, as our own pols do all the time at Ground Zero. He got what he wanted: The angry U.S. reaction will play well back home in Tehran, especially with the radical mullahs who really run Iran and like to stir up hatred for the “Great Satan.”

Do we even have to say that in international politics, enemies today are pals tomorrow, and vice versa, and that the reasons almost always have to do with greed for money and natural resources?

On the other hand, it would be nice if our press at least reported these events. The Uzbek despot Karimov laid a wreath at Ground Zero in 2002, and there was literally not one word in the U.S. press about it at the time — I’m not talking about criticism or praise but any words at all. Nothing.

So Karimov is not a bad enough guy to get you worked up? Saddam Hussein was brown-nosed by Don Rumsfeld in December 1983. There’s no reason to condemn Rumsfeld for that; it was just oil politics — just like the oil politics that Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney played when they seized upon the 9/11 attacks to justify invading Iraq.

After all, when Texas oil execs questioned Cheney in 1998, when he was still at Halliburton, about the physical dangers of pursuing oil in turbulent parts of Asia, the future vice president and de facto commander in chief told them:

    “You’ve got to go where the oil is. I don’t worry about it a lot.”

Saddam is gone, but we still don’t really have Iraq’s oil. We do, however, have such evil people as the Taliban to deal with, right? Well, the Taliban were hailed as Afghan freedom fighters by Ronald Reagan during their triumphant visit to the White House on March 21, 1983. Reagan said at the time:

    “To watch the courageous Afghan freedom fighters battle modern arsenals with simple hand-held weapons is an inspiration to those who love freedom. Their courage teaches us a great lesson – that there are things in this world worth defending.

    “To the Afghan people, I say on behalf of all Americans that we admire your heroism, your devotion to freedom, and your relentless struggle against your oppressors.”

That’s ancient history, huh? In fact, they were still our pals 14 years later. In late 1997, the Taliban were wined and dined at the homes of Bush’s pals, the Houston oil execs, during Dubya’s reign as the hangingest governor in U.S. history.

The oil schnooks were buttering up the Taliban for pipelines and other bidness, of course. See Wayne Madsen’s “Afghanistan, the Taliban, and the Bush Oil Team” for details.

At least that courting of the Taliban less than 10 years ago was reported at the time. Of the many words in the mainstream press, my favorites are from a December 14, 1997, story by Caroline Lees in the Telegraph ( U.K.), in which she describes the Taliban officials’ visit to Unocal vice president Martin Miller’s palatial Houston home:

    After a meal of specially prepared halal meat, rice and Coca-Cola, the hardline fundamentalists — who have banned women from working and girls from going to school — asked Mr Miller about his Christmas tree. ++

How George Bush became the new Saddam
Its strategies shattered, a desperate Washington is reaching out to the late dictator’s henchmen
Patrick Graham, COVER STORY: MacCleans mag
Sep 20, 2007

Abizaid: World could abide nuclear Iran
ROBERT BURNS, AP
Mon Sep 17

WASHINGTON – Every effort should be made to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, but failing that, the world could live with a nuclear-armed regime in Tehran, a recently retired commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East said Monday.

John Abizaid, the retired Army general who headed Central Command for nearly four years, said he was confident that if Iran gained nuclear arms, the United States could deter it from using them.

“Iran is not a suicide nation,” he said. “I mean, they may have some people in charge that don’t appear to be rational, but I doubt that the Iranians intend to attack us with a nuclear weapon.”

The Iranians are aware, he said, that the United States has a far superior military capability.

“I believe that we have the power to deter Iran, should it become nuclear,” he said, referring to the theory that Iran would not risk a catastrophic retaliatory strike by using a nuclear weapon against the United States.

“There are ways to live with a nuclear Iran,” Abizaid said in remarks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank. “Let’s face it, we lived with a nuclear Soviet Union, we’ve lived with a nuclear China, and we’re living with (other) nuclear powers as well.”

He stressed that he was expressing his personal opinion and that none of his remarks were based on his previous experience with U.S. contingency plans for potential military action against Iran.

Abizaid stressed the dangers of allowing more and more nations to build a nuclear arsenal. And while he said it is likely that Iran will make a technological breakthrough to obtain a nuclear bomb, “it’s not inevitable.”

Iran says its nuclear program is strictly for energy resources, not to build weapons.

Abizaid suggested military action to pre-empt Iran’s nuclear ambitions might not be the wisest course.

“War, in the state-to-state sense, in that part of the region would be devastating for everybody, and we should avoid it — in my mind — to every extent that we can,” he said. “On the other hand, we can’t allow the Iranians to continue to push in ways that are injurious to our vital interests.”

He suggested that many in Iran — perhaps even some in the Tehran government — are open to cooperating with the West. The thrust of his remarks was a call for patience in dealing with Iran, which President Bush early in his first term labeled one of the “axis of evil” nations, along with North Korea and Iraq.

He said there is a basis for hope that Iran, over time, will move away from its current anti-Western stance.

Abizaid’s comments appeared to represent a more accommodating and hopeful stance toward Iran than prevails in the White House, which speaks frequently of the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The administration says it seeks a diplomatic solution to complaints about Iran’s alleged support for terrorism and its nuclear program, amid persistent rumors of preparations for a U.S. military strike.

Abizaid expressed confidence that the United States and the world community can manage the Iran problem.

“I believe the United States, with our great military power, can contain Iran — that the United States can deliver clear messages to the Iranians that makes it clear to them that while they may develop one or two nuclear weapons they’ll never be able to compete with us in our true military might and power,” he said.

He described Iran’s government as reckless, with ambitions to dominate the Middle East.

“We need to press the international community as hard as we possibly can, and the Iranians, to cease and desist on the development of a nuclear weapon and we should not preclude any option that we may have to deal with it,” he said. He then added his remark about finding ways to live with a nuclear-armed Iran.

Abizaid made his remarks in response to questions from his audience after delivering remarks about the major strategic challenges in the Middle East and Central Asia — the region in which he commanded U.S. forces from July 2003 until February 2007, when he was replaced by Adm. William Fallon.

The U.S. cut diplomatic relations with Iran shortly after the 1979 storming of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Although both nations have made public and private attempts to improve relations, the Bush administration labeled Iran part of an “axis of evil,” and Iranian leaders still refer to the United States as the Great Satan. ++

“He needed a rescue”
Rick Perlstein, TomPaine
September 20, 2007

Last week I wondered whether an oily substance found on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and reported by wingnuts as anti-war vandalism might have actually been a false-flag operation intended to stir violent outrage at the anti-war activists coming to Washington for a September 15 march.

If so: mission accomplished. The pro-war fascists of Gathering of Eagles found a father of a fallen Marine to beat up along the route: Carlos Arredondo, who marches in anti-war demonstrations pulling a flag-draped coffin adorned with a picture of his son. Here’s one account:

    As Carlos passed counter protesters, one man ripped a picture of Alex from the memorial. Carlos leaped on the man to retrieve the picture. It was at that point that approximately five others all began to attack Carlos by kicking him in the head, legs, stomach and back.

    The Capitol police bicycle patrol then appeared to break up the fight. Several officers including a female officer were engaged in breaking up the fight and were able to stop any further injuries from occurring. Hannah Jones who was walking with Carlos was also assaulted.

    A bystander named Ramesh witnessed the whole encounter and also retrieved the picture of Alex for Carlos. He was quite distressed at how he watched the men follow Carlos as he pulled the memorial, purposefully yelling epiphets and eventually taking Alex’s photograph. Soon, an ambulance showed up as well as many concerned activists. The paramedics provided first aid to Carlos but he did not seek further medical attention. Carlos sustained bloody cuts on his shins. He also reported bruises all over his torso and head where he was kicked.

And here’s what one of the perpetrators has to say about it. He clearly believes himself a hero: the fallen Marine, after all, was “being held hostage in company not of his own choosing.” Well, yes, none of us get to choose our own parents. But these parents “immediately and obviously intended” to “disrespect his Corps,” and had to be wailed upon. Their son would have only wanted it that way:

    My teams broke up at the Capitol, mission accomplished, and I was walking alone back to the Mall when I saw the photo-image of a proud young Marine in dress blues being held hostage in company not of his own choosing and affixed to a coffin not his own.

    The insult to his honor and disrespect to his Corps and cause by his captors was immediately obvious and intended. These same peddlers of provocation are paid to push their coffin-prop all over the country they revile. They subvert a common will and undermine the cause and country for which this hostage-Marine had sacrificed his very life.

    The captive Marine was not among his own. He was surrounded and outnumbered by those who shamelessly exploit his image and memory, disgrace his uniform, his brothers in arms, and his willing sacrifice. He would never choose such company. He needed a rescue…

“He needed a rescue.” This remarkable discourse reminds me of the Terry Schiavo case, one of the signal conservative failures of our era, and a crucial window into the deep psychology of the far-right. The lesson is: no family attachment matters when it falls afoul of the cleansing perfections of right-wing ideology. In the Schiavo case wingnut ideology provided a weird psychological defense against the disappointments of our children who fly away and disappoint us; recall that it turned upon an argument that it was really the parents who get to decide everything about their adult children, not the spouses who steal our children away from us. In this case the Freudian issue is rage at the parent. We see a damaged soul beating up someone else’s father for “disrespecting the Corps”: sorry you never got a chance to wail on your own dad for doing you wrong, dude, but it must be fun to get to do it symbolically, and with such self-exculpatory glee to boot.

How I tire of conservatives working out their psychopathologies in the public square. ++

You, Me, the GC and Mr. T.
Judith Gayle | Political Waves

THE GOOD news, as I write, is that Uranus has left the building — at least as regards the Sun (conjunct Moon, today) forming the T square with Mars in Gemini and Pluto in its final visit with its old pal, the Galactic Core.

This bunker buster of an aspect has been plaguing us for over a week, and if you follow the news, you’ve seen the uptick in violence, posturing and argument it’s produced.

First, a caution about running with scissors — don’t. This kind of energy produces accidents, cuts, stabs and head injuries, not to mention fires and explosions. This week I managed to snip an entire portion of my knuckle right off, attempting to trim some frayed edges on a towel. Two of my mutable buddies poked holes in their hands (ruled by Gemini) as well, with one reporting she was also attacked by the dreaded scissors-turned-enemy. So, my advice? Wait a few days before you begin that origami project.

Pluto went direct a while back, giving us a forward thrust into the dark energies of extremism and power plays, propelling itself toward the finish line of its grand experiment in Sagittarius. I had a laugh when I turned on my television the other day and saw the face of O.J. Simpson — in my mind, O.J. is the poster boy for Pluto in Sag. Fancy that; he’s resurfaced for Pluto’s finale.

Way back in the early ’90s, Simpson’s long and theatrical trial for the murder of his wife was the first example of the new Sagittarian fascination with the legal system (religious, philosophical, educational, and international systems as well) combined with the dark underbelly of secrets, power and dark emotions that is Pluto’s signature — this was our first taste of Pluto’s newest form of obsession. This was also, in my memory, the first genuine “media swarm” phenomenon, with “all news, all Simpson” for many months, dividing opinion into heated arguments that turned the average citizen snippy and obnoxious (little did we know how THAT would escalate).

Mr. Simpson, it appears, did not heed the potent lessons Pluto tattoos on the arm of egomaniacs it catches in its embrace; a man with legal baggage should think twice about being in the same room with a personal posse and a gun. Because he’s a slow learner, I suppose, O.J. was there at the opening gate of this energy, and now here he is again, as Pluto races to the finish.

There are examples of this T square energy everywhere you look, with its hot rhetoric and unwillingness to compromise. Gemini, of course, communicates and Mars confronts. For instance, in the last few days MoveOn.org put out its now infamous “General Betray Us” advertisement in advance of David Petraeus testifying to Congress. There’s more than a hint of the Sagittarian “blurt” in that message, along with its penchant for “speaking truth to power.”

The president, it was reported, was angered by this ad; I have no doubt. The Republicans went into attack mode, with presidential hopeful Rudolph Giuliani buying a full-page ad to attack Hillary Clinton’s comment that the Petraeus report required “a willing suspension of disbelief.” The Republicans insist that Hillary is the person to beat; you’d think they were on her payroll, given the amount of Hillary-talk they generate. Rudy accused Clinton of “spewing political venom” and “defending MoveOn.org.”

In a counterattack, FOX News suggested that MoveOn and its membership were “Jane Fonda Trotskyite hooligans” and “ban the bomb, nuclear freeze” types. That commentary says more about “fair and balanced” FOX as a “news provider,” methinks, than about MoveOn. A recent study found FOX viewers among the least well-informed about national and international affairs (and Comedy Central’s Daily Show/Colbert viewers most.)

This week we were treated to video snippets of a disgruntled and highly emotional young journalism student being Tasered by University of Florida campus police. The young man just wouldn’t quit talking — he was fired up, probably understood that this was his “moment” and decided to grill the speaker, John Kerry, on a variety of controversial topics, among them why John hadn’t pursued the voting irregularities in Ohio that cost him the election, and why impeachment of the president had been taken off the table. Kerry, in his defense, was taking all this in stride even though the questioner had “used up” his time, but it didn’t sit well with the campus authorities, who wrestled the resisting offender away, finally stunning him with a Taser.

The film made its way into the media, causing the public to question issues of police brutality and freedom of speech; it also made its way into international media as another example of the current brutishness America employs toward those it seeks to control. Sadly, they probably heard the young man’s paranoia at being arrested for “inciting a riot” and his cries to onlookers that the government was trying to kill him; I expect some believed it might.

The T square is bringing up egregious examples of what A Course in Miracles calls attack/defend behavior, identifying it as the “language” spoken by ego, our “false” self. The ego, as Course defines it, is unwilling to take responsibility for its own desires and activity, so it projects its guilt out on others, maneuvering to make itself “righteous.” It is not capable of having a civil discussion based on evidence, having already decided the outcome it demands as more important than truth. Frankly, that sounds to me like the entire last seven years with Bu$hCo. as standard-bearer for America — and sadly appropriate to Pluto’s “love-in” with the GC. We’re being asked by the Universe to put away duplicity and become authentic; this is the kind of behavior we must leave behind if we are to become the people we want to be.

There’s an upside to this potent period of conflict, of course — the whole “poster principle.” The young man in Florida is now a poster child for freedom of speech and the use of excessive force; the MoveOn flap has illuminated the issues of military compliance with the Bush administration and the emotional argument for “supporting the troops,” while MoveOn itself has earned its poster for political, if somewhat less than graceful, candor. Posters are like spotlights, shining on what needs review, giving us a point of truth to ponder in the gloomy halls of our misdirection and confusion.

As you read this, the Mars/Pluto opposition will be exact. The energetic signal of the Galactic Core will be washing down upon us, bringing in more fresh energy to impact us in unknowable ways, and toward an unpredictable future. The transformational energy of Pluto is giving us the most potent picture of the mysterious and primal GC imaginable, making these final days of input more vital than ever. Don’t shrink from it, embrace it — it leads the way into our liberation from ego-demand and false voices. It informs us with posters and outrages and long-awaited clarity and takes us onward into our evolution. We will walk away from these brief celestial moments forever changed.

It would be good form at this point to remind you that, according to the old saying, truth will set you free but first it will piss you off. If you find yourself unreasonably angry, count it all good — you’re dismayed, you’re awakened, you’re informed — hooray, you’re ALIVE! But be careful you don’t fall into a Mars trap and impale yourself on words or deeds that will require your vital energies to diverge from the more direct path of enlightenment; mopping up a mess you’ve created carries a price tag. Better to count to 10, breathe and get a massage — or write a thoughtful letter to the editor of your local paper — or join a grassroots movement or a volunteer organization. Anger is energy, drawn from what, if you are like me, feels like a less-than-adequate amount these days; better to use it in helpful, productive ways than to shotgun it out at whatever has goaded you. (Attack, defend, ego…yadda.)

We will soon welcome in the soothing energies of the equinox and come to a new collective agreement — let’s be clear about what we want next, personally, nationally and globally. Let’s take the hard-earned lessons of the spring and summer and renew our dedication to becoming peaceful, creative, collaborative people. Yes, we’re surrounded by bullies but fewer than we think — there have always been a few who lead the parade and those who follow mindlessly. Thanks to our guru George Bush and the daily posters that have turned our eyes toward truth, many more of us have become mindful in the last years. The parade is less impressive than you might imagine, and the moment is at hand to decide on a new direction, a new parade route, a new creative endeavor.

Let the remaining marchers march — you go your own way, stepping high, keeping your vision, listening to the higher angels that lead you along the path of renewed reverence for life, for peace, and the delightful possibilities of a world that practices love and compassion in all things. Oh, and remember, for a while yet — scissors, running? Don’t. ++

“So keep fightin’ for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don’t you forget to have fun doin’ it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin’ ass and celebratin’ the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was.”
~ Molly Ivins, 1944 – 2007

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