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gayrebel83 Donating Member (94 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 03:47 AM
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The Pledge of Non-Allegiance
This is a little number I cooked up yesterday:

I do not pledge of allegiance, to the flag, of the colonizers who all but wiped out the indigenous population, nor to the oppressive, corrupt republic for which it stands, one nation, under the corporate thumb, with liberty and justice only for straight, white, middle- to upper-class, conservative, Christian men.

Disclaimer: I respect and am very much in favor of the United-States-in-theory; freedoms of speech, religion, assembly, etc. are invaluable. What I very much dislike is the United-States-in-practice, which has perpetrated countless injustices against women, minorities, and pretty much the rest of the world population.
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  - A thanksgiving greeting  shockingelk   Apr-18-04 03:52 AM   #1 
  - That is priceless  gayrebel83   Apr-18-04 04:04 AM   #2 
  - bump!  shockingelk   Apr-18-04 05:41 AM   #3 
  - speaking of american indians  clonebot   Apr-18-04 06:08 AM   #4 
     - My smiley says it all  gayrebel83   Apr-18-04 06:30 AM   #5 
  - bump  gayrebel83   Apr-18-04 05:36 PM   #6 
shockingelk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 03:52 AM
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1. A thanksgiving greeting
A client posted this Thanksgiving message from her nephew to her weblog:

I cant think of a better way to celebrate the Indians teaching us how to survive the winter so we can kill them in the spring, than by stuffing our faces and taking naps.

God Bless America! Its the only country you can be whatever you want to be and be whoever you are and be equal. Well, thats unless you are female, gay, lesbian, Hispanic, Black, Asian, disabled, atheist,overweight, old, poor, middle class, Native American, undereducated, Jewish, unattractive, live in certain zip codes, have ethnic sounding surnames, fall into lower tax brackets, middle eastern, unhealthy, a veteran, convicted of any crime, an HMO member, of non-christian religion, not owed something by someone in power, not sponsored by a corporation, not unionized, have opinions contrary to popular opinion, or honest.

Because lets face it, we dont really want integrity. Thats complicated. We want to watch the floats go by and be thankful for what we have. We want to help in the kitchen and compliment the mothers on their meals. We want to complain to our friends about family we cant wait to see. We want to eat and smile and laugh and get drowsy from the tryptophan. We want to drive with the cousin we never really got to know to try and find an open store because there isnt any butter for the rolls. We want to argue and debate and play with our nieces and nephews and wonder when well have our own children. We want to look across the candles lit at the table to our friends and family and forget about the petty things and just love each other. We want, more than anything, to believe thats what its all about. The love.

We forget about the trouble at work, the economy, the drive home, politics, money, religion, foreign affairs, civil rights, poverty, celebrities, movies, television, summer, ex-boyfriends, gas prices, discrimination, bigotry, hate crimes, the death penalty, automobile safety ratings, consumerism, history repeating itself, ozone gasses, the spirit bear of the Canadian Rockies, evolution, forest fires, the population, privacy rights, copyright infringement, urban legends, strikes, the squeaking noise when you make left turns, homelessness, epidemics, freedom, faith, and fear. Because in that moment, the only thing reflecting the light of the candles is the love at that table. And that love is the strongest thing we are aware of. The only thing that can catapult us so in that one loving moment, it feels like we are being thrust out of it.

And just that fast, the moment has passed. But we will carry that moment forever, somewhere in us wherever and whenever we are, that moment is there.

And who isnt thankful for that?

Happy Thanksgiving
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gayrebel83 Donating Member (94 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 04:04 AM
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2. That is priceless
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shockingelk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 05:41 AM
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3. bump!
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clonebot Donating Member (268 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 06:08 AM
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4. speaking of american indians
here is the joke :


When NASA was preparing for the Apollo project, they did some astronaut training on a Navajo Indian reservation. One day, a Navajo elder and his son were herding sheep and came across the space crew. The old man, who only spoke Navajo, asked a question, which the son translated: "What are the guys in the big suits doing?" A member of the crew said they were practicing for their trip to the moon.

The old man got really excited and asked if he could send a message to the moon with the astronauts. Recognizing a promotional opportunity for the spin-doctors, the NASA folks found a tape recorder. After the old man recorded his message, they asked the son to translate. He refused. So the NASA reps brought the tape to the reservation, where the rest of the tribe listened and laughed, but refused to translate the elder's message to the moon.

Finally, NASA called a official government translator. He reported that the moon message said: "Watch out for these guys; they've come to steal your land."
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gayrebel83 Donating Member (94 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 06:30 AM
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5. My smiley says it all
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gayrebel83 Donating Member (94 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 05:36 PM
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6. bump
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