Thursday, December 09, 2010

The Symbolic Act Of Destroying Symbols Is A Childish Act By Childish Minds

Directed at Christians or society?

'Vandals have hacked at the heart of Christianity': 2,000-year-old Holy Thorn Tree of Glastonbury is cut down

I feel sad for those that are profoundly affected by this. People such as me.

I feel more sad for the empty person or people that did this.


Christian legend dictates that Jesus's great uncle, Joseph of Arimathea, came to Britain after the crucifixion 2,000 years ago bearing the Holy Grail - the cup used by Christ at the Last Supper.

He visited Glastonbury and thrust his staff into Wearyall Hill, just below the Tor, planting a seed for the original thorn tree.

Roundheads felled the tree during the English Civil War, when forces led by Oliver Cromwell (pictured) waged a vicious battle against the Crown.

However, locals salvaged the roots of the original tree, hiding it in secret locations around Glastonbury.

It was then replanted on the hill in 1951. Other cuttings were also grown and placed around the town - including its famous Glastonbury Abbey.

Experts had verified that the tree - known as the Crategus Monogyna Bi Flora - originated from the Middle East.

A sprig of holy thorns was taken from the Thorn tree by Glastonbury's St Johns Church on Wednesday and sent to the Queen.

The 100-year-old tradition will see the thorns sit on Her Majesty's dinner table on Christmas Day

I find it ironic that modern day vandals think they might justify an act such as this. An older vandal, Oliver Cromwell, believed he had reason too. I have a reason to find this interesting on many levels.

Many of my ancestors were thrown from England, exiled, by Cromwell and his Roundheads. Many lost all they owned and were sent to Barbados. From there they came to the colonies and family remaining in England that owned large parts of the Virginia Company fought a losing battle against Cromwell and other companies and lost their charter and much of their fortune.

They had the last laugh though as they prospered both financially and as individuals here in America. Cromwell's life became a caricature as he wore purple robes with ermine linings emulating those he had fought, killed and executed. After death things got worse for Ollie.

There has long been a family story about an ancestor who traveled to England in January of 1661 for business and witnessed Cromwell's body disinterred and symbolically executed. Many, including me, have a birthday of January 30 which is the anniversary of his symbolic execution.

I pray the tree is born anew.

House Passes Dream Act Debacle By 18 Votes, 8 Repubs Yes, 11 Repubs Didn't Bother To Vote

The 216-198 roll call Wednesday by which the House passed the so-called Dream Act to give hundreds of thousands of foreign-born youngsters brought to the U.S. illegally a shot at legal status.

A "yes" vote is a vote to pass the bill.
Voting yes were 208 Democrats and 8 Republicans.
Voting no were 38 Democrats and 160 Republicans.
X denotes those not voting.
There is 1 vacancy in the 435-member House.

8 'Republicans' voted to make illegal legal.
Ehlers MI (retiring)
Cao LA (defeated - Gen)
Djou HI 9defeated - Gen)
Diaz-Balart, L FL (retiring)
Diaz-Balart, M FL
Ros Lehtinen FL
Castle DE (defeated - Prim)
Inglis SC (defeated - Prim)

11 Republicans did NOT vote
Griffith AL (defeated - Sen Prim)
Bilbray CA
Radanovich CA (retiring)
Gingrey GA
Buyer IN (retiring)
Stutzman IN
Blunt MO (elected to Sen)
Fallin OK (elected Gov)
Granger TX
Marchant TX
McMorris Rodgers WA

That is 19 Republicans. The Dream Act passed by 18 votes.

Berkeley Still Keepin' Nukes Out And Traitor Spies In.

Bob's button & baubles
Bob Meola. Bob's quite a guy. He thinks Bradley Manning is a hero and should get a medal. Bob's been pitching crap since the 60s. Bob has been at the forefront to ban Marine recruitment in Berkeley because he doesn't like Marines, he thinks that they kill too much. Bob was at the forefront wanting to investigate and sideline John Yoo for war crimes (Yoo worked in the Bush Administration Department of Justice which offered the wrong type of justice to people such as Meola) who was teaching at Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley.

Berkeley may pass resolution honoring Army private who gave classified docs to Wikileaks

Bob, who like to wear a lot of peace symbols and buttons, now want to honor Bradley Manning who has stated he leaked secret documents to WeakiLeaks. That Bob, what a worn out boring old hippie guy.

Bob Meola is Chairperson of the Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission and a registered Green. He is also a member of the Courage to Resist Organizing Collective, a member of the War Resisters League National Committee, and the Movement for a Democratic Society Organizing Committee.

With responsibilities ranging from recommending City positions on global justice issues to reviewing proposed Sister City relationships to helping enforce the city’s Nuclear Free Berkeley Act, the Commission helps Berkeley stand as a model of thinking Green globally and acting Green locally.”

The Commission’s main function has been to advise the Berkeley City Council and the Berkeley Unified School District on matters of Peace and Justice. The enabling ordinance states that, “‘peace and social justice’ shall refer to the goal of creating a world community in which the relations between people are based on equality, respect for human rights, and the abhorrence of exploitation and all forms of oppression.”

The legislation recognizes that “Individual citizens, unless organized, are virtually powerless in confronting and influencing larger government bodies” and “It is the responsibility of one and all to labor hard for peace and justice within forums of appropriate scale.”

Somewhere in N Korea a frustrated general is once again rerouting nuclear missiles because Bob and friends made Berkeley a nuclear free zone. But Berkeley will have another hero in Bradley Manning who because he had a snit with his boyfriend leaked documents that will hurt the military. That makes Bob very happy.

See Bob run. See Bob play. See Bob helping peaceful Bradley get 1,000s killed in the name of brotherhood!