Sex, Politics and A Gender War!

 

Writer’s note…I was originally going to link the ABC video display of the “Crush on Obama” video, but decided that I did not want to do anything to promote it.  I refuse. I have intentionally not linked the sexy politics link because I do not want to use this statement to make it easy for clicking there either.

 

First of all, I want to extend my apologies to Barack Obama.  Clearly the “crush on Obama” video is a degrading piece of garbage that further identifies America as not being worthy to call itself a civilized society.  We already have enough “sex” associated with politics, but to use it to promote and to link the idea that only R& B, bootie shaking starlet, wanna be’s is the way to get elected is over the top.  I do not know the totality of the whole video, nor do I know too much about the liberal movement behind sexypolitics.com, but I can assure you, I do not want to read it, I do not want to know too much about the approach to use sex as a lure.  Being informed is not sexy, people, it is smart.  What is pleasing to another person aesthetically is not always, “sexy”, actually for some the constant reference to sex is offensive!

I am ready to go away from the concept that “sex” sell.  It also kills, and distorts and destroys when it is not used appropriately.  I am embarrassed to consider myself as a Democrat, an open minded thinker when it comes to education, healthcare, economics, the government’s role, etc.   At this point I am praying that if Hillary Clinton does not get in as the Presidential candidate that a republican wins strictly because I do not know if we can handle a strong liberal front right now.  (Liberal thought is not always immoral pandering!)

Furthermore, this escapade, using a video to minimize, to attract, to defile, (what was the purpose, was it suppose to be funny, is it funny to see an overweight older gentleman hanging on a robust young woman?) the political process has made me more determined to see a woman in the White house.  It is time to stop using T&A to sell. 

I found it absolutely hilarious that the sexypolitics.com actually promotes a book on Feminism, is that a joke or what?  At what point did feminism align itself with reducing women to nothing more that T&A? Or is the newest form of feminism equated to the “sex in the city” thong wearing version?

Isn’t it plausible for Obama to be elected because of experience, intellect, demeanor, conviction, character, do we have to align him so deeply with pop-culture, as in “Obamania?”  Isn’t it enough that he is worldly, a Harvard Graduate?  Do we need to display to the rest of the world Is that really and truly the only version of America that there is? 

Can anyone else see this charade, found in using Hooter-style models to promote politics in the United States is demeaning, and potentially damaging to what we should be doing to encourage, promote and make equal women in this country?

I say one way to bring a positive focus on women is to elect a woman as presidential candidate.  Every father that has a daughter should be thinking about the future of their daughter.  Every mother that has a daughter should be promoting with a firm conviction and end to the use of women as mere sex objects? 

 

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Stop the Madness!

See what your gas guzzling SUV’s, extensive square footage homes and excessive need for driving everywhere has netted for the fifth wealthiest petrochemical producing hoarder has done!  Then go fill up and say oh well, “so what’s another $4 a gallon anyway, it is all about me getting around!   By the way, when you can no longer afford to keep the lights on, remember – there is always a car that can’t be driven parked on the street for you and your family to sleep in. 

By the way, can someone tell me why in the world we think it is okay for a family of five or less to have a 5,000 square foot (or more) home?  Can someone tell me why it is necessary to build a monstrosity of a home for three people to live in (look at the newest suburban homes)?  Does anyone see how we have been manipulated into investing in the housing market, when did the debt to income ratio disappear? The person making $160,000 a year and buying homes in excess of $500,000 becomes everyone’s debt as recent history has shown us!  The auto industry encouraging after years of warnings regarding gas guzzling cars to buy “luxury” is a scam, who is the biggest investors into the production of SUV’s? Excessive consumer spending which has glorified into pop culture excessive spending which only has made a few on the top super rich? 

Does anyone understand that if we collectively gave up just one week of income, driving, spending, that we would shut down the powers that be to the point that we could literally bring areas of the economy to a screeching halt?  If small business men and women would all collectively support a job walk off, if corporations that are seriously going “green” would give up the “green” for a week that they would once again regain the control that is necessary to stop the billion dollar madness?  Take action, believe me neither, McCain, Clinton, or Obama can do anything if we do not demand it, and take control.  Let us learn from the Sons of Liberty and take action into our own hands collectively.  It was British control in 1776, now it is the Middle East that controls this, are we sadly becoming a colony of the Middle East, the East?  “Stop now what’s that sound everybody look what’s going down”…that song is a strong battle cry!

Oh, and to all of you who have the gas guzzlers, the oversized homes, the over-run credit cards…just because you make enough money to pay the bill, that does not give you the right to use more than your share!  It is called gluttony and greed!

3rd graders seek to punish their teacher!

 

3rd Graders plan an assault on a teacher? Hello, where are parents?

 

There are a few points to cover with this attempt at “soapBlogging.” It is quite possible I should call it soap-flogging, and a few parents and then the children should be in line for it, after that, all of us for being so ignorant! We have thrown out the baby with the bath water when it comes to this concept of moving forward as a human species. Seriously! We no longer care for our young. We believe that “they can walk and talk,” therefore they can care for themselves. Or rather the monitor, whether it is on a computer, a TV, etc., that is the Nanny in most homes! I am amazed at the number of functional people, hardworking people that do not understand that they are functional, successful because they had limits put on them when they were growing up, mostly in two parent homes. Most were limited as to the scope of what they were to watch, listen to, what they were allowed to experience and where they were allowed to go. Now, those children have grown up and they look at themselves in the mirror and honestly believe they can raise their children void of any intrinsic discipline like they themselves had. (Assuming these children’s parents were raised in a quality home environment) They somehow believe that if their mind and eyes can handle it, so can their 6 year olds. “Oh we watch CSI together, Johnny really likes it!” What? I have actually heard garbage like this. The number of first grade students that know more about horror flicks then I did astounded me!

So here is the point: Yesterday it was reported that children in Georgia got mad at their 3rd grade teacher for disciplining a fellow student for standing on a chair. As a classroom teacher it is essential to safe-guard your students, so the teachers response is seemingly rational. It is the irrational response of a group of 9 or so students to was to “take her out” is the big problem! They plotted, planned and were ready to deliver the punishment upon the teacher to the point of labeling it as a strong premeditated movie plot. Did you get that, a movie plot! When will we learn that children will imitate that which they are exposed and desensitized to? So they would trip her, knocking her down, hit her in the head with a glass paper weight, hand cuff her, tape her up…you get the drift. I am astounded!

Yes, there is talk of legal action. There is the possible long term suspensions, etc. How about long term counseling not only for the children, but the teacher who is going to need it? How about arresting the parents of the child that brought in the paraphernalia and failed to recognize that “Johnny” was bringing strange items into school? Doesn’t that make them an accessory to the crime? How about breaking up the little band of assaulters guaranteeing that they cannot communicate in any way with each other? Having been in the classroom that mob mentality will only grow, sad but true.

Now on to another point about all of this: It is time for the nation’s school systems to go to the same level of employment as postal workers, IRS employees, etc. Our schools are not safe, they are not equitable. Teachers work in a high stress zone, it is dangerous. Schools are more dangerous than most places of employment. They are daily in a hostile work environment. This cannot even exclude high performance suburban schools as we know with the Columbine incident. When teachers have to fear for their life by merely going to work they should be able to press the issue of hostile work environments and be protected by the laws that protect every other place of employment. But because there is such a varying degree district to district, state to state, the individual unions are in charge of protection. Because a teacher is only protected once they are tenured, they have no recourse. It is an unfair playing field, in many situations. The No Child Left Behind and its quasi-witch hunt approach has weakened the union voice, thereby weakening the teacher’s voice. The establishment of Charter Schools has limited the power of the union even more, white washing the problem. The Establishment of the Federal government to guarantee equitability not only for our children, but for our teachers is way past due. By placing our school systems under one umbrella, we have a better chance of safeguarding the delivery of education and protection for teachers and innocent students. Potentially making education fair and equitable, the time has come.

So it is time for there to be no variance in the delivery of education, or that benefit that one teacher has over another. It is time for teachers to regain their voice. It is time for parents to be parents and for children to be allowed to be children. They need to be free from those things that will distort and pervert the developing mind. We are heading down a path that will take a few generations to undo if we do not step up and demand change now!

Outsourcing the Family? The American Way!

As I was driving from Indianapolis to Cold Spring New York to spend a month long sabbatical this past weekend I was reminded of my life as a young wife and mother.  It was in that pause to remember that I realized a simple truth about what it is to be a wife and mother, a “homemaker” specifically in the 21st century.  It is daunting at best! What I learned from my experience as a “stay at home” mom is this.  No woman should ever be without her own income stream!  Why do I feel so strongly about that?  It is because of this; to have to ask a man, a spouse (in the event that you are a “homemaker” of the male persuasion) for money for anything. It is demoralizing really.  If a child asks his parent for a dollar to buy a candy bar, they run the risk of rejection.  Rejection is actually an oppressive tool.  To have to ask for money from a spouse puts them over the other spouse.  The one who makes the most money (in most cases) is the one that has the power.  That is the American way, the social model that we are set up on.  So this is how I see it.

At one time in our history a family as an organization had a purpose.  All the members of the organization worked together. They had to! No one ate unless they did.  No one kept warm, cool, hydrated, you name it.  There was a solid purpose to the familial function. Every member of the “organization” had a role and was reliant upon the other.  A man/husband relied upon woman/wife to feed him.  To prepare the food, the home, that was necessary in order to work outside the home in the field, sometimes being gone for days at a time.  Increasingly over the years as women have moved towards equality with men, self-sufficiency has been mandated.  No longer is it necessary to “make home” rather everything that a woman once provided for a man, creating an organization is easily “outsourced.”  If we look at the family as an organization which our Nation was founded, developed upon then we can see the breakdown in the family is equal to that of business. 

The American worker is no longer needed as much as before as it is more cost effective to bring work overseas to lower wage individuals.  So it is with the American family way.  We wonder why divorce is so high, adultery, internet pandering, superficial relationships, etc.  It is because all of the necessities of life are being met through outsourcing. 

The family is no longer an organization based upon need.  So with that I truly believe that it is necessary for every stay at home, “homemaker” to have an income stream so as to maintain balance in the infrastructure and keep up with the times so as to avoid, “outsourcing.”  We outsource our child raising, our house cleaning, our landscaping, gardening, laundry, sexual gratification (not cost effective at all if you look at current rates) even grocery shopping can be outsourced!  But the bigger question is this. Can we really afford the cost in the long run? In the mean time empowerment comes from the ability to walk up to the counter and pay for your own bottled water without having to ask for the money from your business partner.

What do Geraldine, a Madonna wanna be, a heiress, and a prostitute have in common?

Aside from them all being women?

What does a spoiled heiress a Madonna wanna be and a “broken home” little lady of ill repute have in common? Absolutely nothing! Yep, you got it, nothing, Except for the very thing that every woman has; the ability to sexually arouse a man. The very thing that identifies a human being as being a female is being certain biological attributes. Crudely put, T&A. Add in hormone producing organs, glands and there you have it. Please do me a favor, stop the madness. If you are over the age of 22, the age of the little, prostitute, then grow up and let it go. A inappropriately behave man sought pleasure in a woman that is the age of a girl he could have fathered. To me that is bordering on a form of pedophilia, it does makes me wonder. This little girl is going to be made rich off of paid for sex. The last I heard prostitution is a criminal act, immoral act, an act that is not looked upon in any culture as something to glorify. But as the new American way goes, do what you want today, grab the cash and tomorrow you will be held in high esteem. Whether it is a Miss America winner and her oral exploits on Penthouse, only to be elevated in a Very short time as a pop star, or a an intern to a president weeping on National television over her being victimized! WE glorify that which should be tarred and feathered and sent to a nunnery for future rehabilitation.

So now let’s really talk about women. When are we going to stand up and take what is rightfully ours? We sell out to the cheap imitation of woman-hood; we give over to 22 year olds what most of us have had to work our fingers to the bone for daily. We keep on selling out to men daily. Their lust, greed, weakness, only to weaken ourselves, we are the majority, but we act like the minority, we allow others to oppress us daily. The media is the biggest criminal in all of this. I have two more major issues to touch on to get the “soapblogging” bug out of my system.

“Former Democratic vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro stepped down on Wednesday from her finance position with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, a campaign spokesman said The decision came after Ferraro, the only woman to run on a major U.S. party’s presidential ticket, said Clinton’s rival, Barack Obama , would not be ahead in the Democratic presidential race if he was not black. Ferraro was a member of the campaign’s finance committee and raised funds for Clinton’s White House bid, the campaign spokesman said. (Reporting by Deborah Charles, editing by Lori Santos”)

Geraldine Ferraro made an inappropriate statement regarding Obama’s color, it is interesting and unfortunate. Ferraro was constantly referred to not as Senator Ferraro, or Democratic Candidate Ferraro, but segregated regularly as being a woman. Hillary Clinton is regularly being isolated as being a woman. If she were the front-runner (Senator Clinton) then the Obama camp would be weeping sad little losing tears over her being a leader because, she is a woman, and he is black and “yada, yada, yada!”

It is time, time indeed for us to stop segregated anyone based on their gender, age, ethnicity, etc. Can we honestly refer to Obama with a “race” label? Isn’t he as much Caucasian as he is African? We are all members of one race, we can interbreed, therefore we of different ethnicities, but not race. Can we please throw the race card away? I feel bad for Ferraro, I guess it is easier to perform criminal acts and get positive outcomes from the publicity then to make an ignorant comment. We must face the next 5 years of people backing down because we cannot be politically correct when we are facing a politically incorrect situation. We have candidates running, a woman and two men. Actually, we have three candidates. Who is the most qualified, the most in-tuned, the most willing to take on the next 5 years of our rapidly failing society? I am not sure, but when I know it I will reference them as President!

Geraldine, you might want to take lessons from the 3 femme fatales at the beginning of this blog, they know how to get out of all kinds of criminal offenses.

The next major issue dealing with women is the sad description of how to keep your man from cheating, by a self proclaimed dating guru was featured regarding the criticism of Spitzer’s wife not immediately dumping the dude. Now understand that part of the article was taken out of context, and does highlight what a man would do if his wife was caught with another man. (Can we please keep in mind that the Governor of New York spent on this prostitute what most New Yorkers make in a month!) http://www.Dontdatehimgirl.com suggests that a wife, please her man in the bedroom. Let him experiment, that men seek sex outside of marriage because they are not satisfied. Okay, she might be right, but how about respect? How about committing to a relationship and working through the inadequacies of each other? Women, it ain’t all about sex at home, it is about making the guy feel like he made the right choice! Security is the key, but that is another blog all together.

The truth is a man who pays $4,800! For a sexual encounter is an addict. There is little to nothing that can be done short of therapy. Let us also note the age of the little lady of ill-repute. I have daughters her age and if I knew that they were in a sexual relationship, paid or otherwise with a man of Spitzer’s age, I would hunt him down and let him know how borderline – pedophilic I thought he was. So, the truth of the matter is, what this all comes down to is further oppression and victimization of women against women, victimization of women by society, and victimization of women by men!

 

 

 

Juvenile Crime — When should age make a difference in sentencing?

 

Question:  At what point can someone hide behind the implicit innocence of being a child?  I ask this as I ponder many situations when we use the term “child” to point finger of blame, or to turn the finger of blame away from someone that has committed a societal wrong, a heinous crime.  Do we go too far in the categorizing of age and the predominance in identifying age as the acquitter or wrong, or a definer of wrong?

I will begin by focusing on an incomprehensible crime against a young boy that brought joy to my neighborhood.  My children were his playmate, and the friend of his siblings.  I was schoolmates with his mother.  Ultimately I would become deeper friends with her and her partner.  My daughters, well unfortunately and honorably they would be his pallbearers.  The young boy was Christopher Meyers, his murderer, Timothy Buss. 

I was told months prior to Christopher moving into our small neighborhood that Timothy Buss was released from prison after serving only 12 years of a 25 year sentence for the brutal murder of Tara Sue Huffman.  I was told by Tara Sue’s brother that he was out and that some of his family still lived in the neighborhood that I lived in.  A quiet small safe neighborhood only 60 miles south of Chicago along the beautiful Kankakee River might no longer be a safe haven.  I remember all too well Tara Sue’s brother warning me to keep an eye on my kids, not to let them roam freely in a neighborhood where a monster might return.  I told my neighbors about it, they told me I was paranoid…

When we discovered Christopher missing, my heart ached, I was sickened.  I told my family that the authorities needed to look for Buss, to find Buss.  I told the Sheriff the same thing as we were all looking and praying for evidence that Christopher was okay, that he was just displaced. Christopher was found on the 15th of August, brutally murdered miles from his “safe haven.”

Timothy Buss was 27 when he returned to his old neighborhood to once again perform unconscionable acts against an innocent little boy.  Christopher was raped, sexually mutilated and stabbed over 50 times and then buried in a shallow grave. Buss murdered Tara Sue Huffman when he was 13 years old and she was only 5.  He raped, sodomized and bludgeoned her to death then stuffed her into a barrel in a landfill. He only served 12 of the 25 years he was sentenced.  He was viewed as a child? I say he is a monster.

Now he is serving out his sentence, he did receive the death penalty, and additional counts added on. This time the court made sure he will not ever be released.

Now before us is another case a heinous crime against not one, but three, a husband, wife and an unborn child.  All murdered in the safety of their own home.  The crime against this family, the devastation of the woman’s sisters, parents, nieces, nephews, friends for generations to come is real, it is as alive as it was the day they received the unfortunate news. The man’s family and friends for generations to come is alive and haunting them as they are all facing the reality ~ the murderer is about to be released.

Nancy Bishop-Langert and her husband Richard Langert along with their unborn child were shot to death by a 16 year old neighbor boy.  Originally sentenced to life without parole this is now being overturned and the family is facing the release of this man, who is being released because he was a “child” at the time of the murders. The details of the crime are relevant in that it was cold-blooded and calculated.

So the question remains, at what point does age matter?  Are we delusional in our society to determine how we treat mentally ill adolescence?  On one hand we say that a child past the age of 12 is unable to receive child services in the same manner as when they were dependent children.  Then we say it is acceptable and fair that a young woman 16 year old has the right to seek an abortion.  Depending on the issue, we determine what age is appropriate.  Should age be the determining factor in the punishment assigned to a heinous criminal, a monster? Yes, they are human, but clearly we are surrounded by the potential of repeat offenders.  Timothy Buss is an example, we risk every day exposing ourselves to violent offenders when they are released from a prison sentence when there was a heinous crime against humanity.   

Please visit my dear friend’s website and see the work that she is doing.  In this election year, ask yourself “are you truly protected in your safe zone?”  Be informed!

http://www.illinoisvictims.org/   go to the juvenile LWOP and read more about it.

    

Virtual Classroom? Sign ME up!

 

Can you imagine?  A child sitting in the classroom, visibly bored, trapped in the mundane.  The clock ticks, one, two, three…Mrs. Smith announces, “Sally Smith, your mother will be picking you up at 2:05 for your orthodontist appointment, please proceed to the office…” The mind of the fidgeting 4th grader races to the game boy sitting in his book bag back in his locker.  He thinks of nothing more than beating his last score, when all of a sudden it happens… Ms. LaLuna is suddenly standing before him, looking him straight in the eyes.  He shakes his head, pinches himself, wonders, “am I imagining, is a figment of my imagination, am I in one of my gameboy games.  This is cyber-dude!”

His mind is now captivated, no longer thinking beyond the classroom, beyond the moment.  Mr. Chorak said there would be a visitor, I imagined someone to tell us about standardized testing and how important it is to “try your best, test matter!”  But this, this is unreal!”

No this is not unreal this is possible. It is plausible. It is necessary.  Imagine for just one brief moment how transforming it could be.  A virtual teacher, no a virtual specialist dropping into a classroom to take over the lesson to teach about a concept that children of all ages struggle with, whether it is fractions, the Revolutionary War, a literary device…it matters not.  What matters is that the classroom is keeping pace with the world around the child.  We must move to the point that we recognize that we do not teach math, science, reading, history, but we teach the child, the individual. 

The business world spends thousands upon thousands of dollars to initiate best practice in delivery forms that will intrigue, enhance, capture the adult student, yet we ignore what best practice in education for children, adolescence and maturing adolescence.  We are ignoring research on how the mind of a young person works.  The biorhythms of our students, how we learn must be at the forefront of education. 

Virtual teachers, it is plausible, technologically possible, and probable.  The time has come.  This will never do away with the primary educator in the classroom, but it will further the instruct ability of children around the world.  Teachers in the classroom in the “real” are necessary as facilitators, but to expect any one person to deliver day in and day out all the information and instruction that a pupil needs in the course of a school year limits the overall development of a child at any given time.  We can embrace the tendency of the human capacity to learn.  Research shows that most humans learn best through visual delivery (videos, media, etc) of information.  The engagement of this type of process is forthcoming and as an educator I am thrilled at the idea of being delivered to a classroom in Beijing on a Friday afternoon to share poetry with a group of 12 years old students!  Now that is cyber- DUDE, Scotty beam ME up!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/582475.stm

 

Beam ME up, it is all “virtually” amazing!

 

Can you imagine?  A child sitting in the classroom, visibly bored, trapped in the mundane.  The clock ticks, one, two, three…Mrs. Smith announces, “Sally Smith, your mother will be picking you up at 2:05 for your orthodontist appointment, please proceed to the office…” The mind of the fidgeting 4th grader races to the game boy sitting in his book bag back in his locker.  He thinks of nothing more than beating his last score, when all of a sudden it happens… Ms. LaLuna is suddenly standing before him, looking him straight in the eyes.  He shakes his head, pinches himself, wonders, “am I imagining, is a figment of my imagination, am I in one of my gameboy games.  This is cyber-dude!”

His mind is now captivated, no longer thinking beyond the classroom, beyond the moment.  Mr. Chorak said there would be a visitor, I imagined someone to tell us about standardized testing and how important it is to “try your best, test matter!”  But this, this is unreal!”

No this is not unreal this is possible. It is plausible. It is necessary.  Imagine for just one brief moment how transforming it could be.  A virtual teacher, no a virtual specialist dropping into a classroom to take over the lesson to teach about a concept that children of all ages struggle with, whether it is fractions, the Revolutionary War, a literary device…it matters not.  What matters is that the classroom is keeping pace with the world around the child.  We must move to the point that we recognize that we do not teach math, science, reading, history, but we teach the child, the individual. 

The business world spends thousands upon thousands of dollars to initiate best practice in delivery forms that will intrigue, enhance, capture the adult student, yet we ignore what best practice in education for children, adolescence and maturing adolescence.  We are ignoring research on how the mind of a young person works.  The biorhythms of our students, how we learn must be at the forefront of education. 

Virtual teachers, it is plausible, technologically possible, and probable.  The time has come.  This will never do away with the primary educator in the classroom, but it will further the instruct ability of children around the world.  Teachers in the classroom in the “real” are necessary as facilitators, but to expect any one person to deliver day in and day out all the information and instruction that a pupil needs in the course of a school year limits the overall development of a child at any given time.  We can embrace the tendency of the human capacity to learn.  Research shows that most humans learn best through visual delivery (videos, media, etc) of information.  The engagement of this type of process is forthcoming and as an educator I am thrilled at the idea of being delivered to a classroom in Beijing on a Friday afternoon to share poetry with a group of 12 years old students!  Now that is cyber- DUDE, Scotty beam ME up!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/582475.stm

 

The Power of Music and Finding your own Beat!

As I approached my heart quickened with the sound of drums, all sorts of drums keeping a steady 4 – 4 pattern.  Not all the patterns were the same, some of them fast, others slow, the timbre was varied but the rhythm was sustained.  I turned the corner to find children dancing with anticipation over the possibility of getting to hold stick in hand. The growing fervor of drum and beat was moving them beyond containment.  Weaving my way through little ones, no taller than my thigh, I looked past the man at the door, ahead to see a circle, and an inner-circle where adults all focused on their task, the task to blend their independent pattern to greater meaning.  Amidst the growing turbulence was a peace. Those sharing their beat were calm, peace shown on their faces.  They were one with a greater power. 

“If a man loses pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured, or far away. ” H.D. Thoreau

There was no fear of losing pace with companions.  It was a safe zone, a place where individuality was brought together in a circle, a continuum, and so the music played on.  I was asked at one point (we all were) did I experience any enlightenment?  Yes, I did, for one brief moment my dream of being a drummer was fulfilled.  For that one moment in my own continuum I was free, free to pound out “my” rhythm, my existence was real. I was free to be me and part of the band.

I set out on a path yesterday to join a friend who is giving his entire life to establishing a Music Wellness Initiative, Eric Myrzyn, Executive Director of  http://www.music-wellness.org  My commitment to him is to spread the word of MWI, to support him as a friend as I would any friend.  It is also because I believe in MWI.  I have had the privilege of being a musician with the organization.  I have seen firsthand the power of music as a healing tool.  The undeniable power of music to bring people together, to transcend hatred, pain, cruelty, brokenness and to bring about unbridled joy is evident.  Yesterday I was supposed to be an observer.  I was just someone bringing back information and hopefully a degree of clarity to a man who seeks to promote wellness.  I came away with far more.  I was inspired again.  Music is a common language.  Music is a language that holds unifying power.   The organization that sponsored the drum circle and day of music melding towards greater understanding is Music Crossroads through a Recreational Music Making Partnership, located in Indianapolis Indiana, the crossroads of the United States.  It was pointed out to me that music recreation is that of being “re-created” through music.  No matter whether a child hearing a familiar song, or a performer learning a new musical phrase, a guitarist focusing on attaining that difficult chord, a drummer with a new progression, you enter into the movement one way and exit re-created. 

My kudos go out to Matt Carter of Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association, John Fitzgerald of Remo, Inc  for leading the “marchers” and providing the percussion instruments, The Shepherd Community Center for sharing their space and the thigh high percussionist,  The Indianapolis Foundation, inspiring philanthropy and Albert Schnazi of Integrated Solutions for facilitating an afternoon of enlightened dialogue. 

It is no mistake that yesterday morning as I was reading scripture and asking the Lord what He wanted me to know that day that he brought me to 2Chronicles 34:12 “All those (Levites) who were skillful with musical instruments were in charge of those who carried burdens, and they directed all the workers in every kind of labor…” yes, we are called.  If the Lord calls musicians to lighten the load, make the burden less, then I guess that is the who in the vast puzzle of life, and I indeed was enlightened! 

Blessings!

 

 

swim suit edition, swim team and the nightly news

Okay, that does it!  I am done with watching the news at 7 here in Indiana.  It has left me pulling my hair out with frustration.  Seriously, are we insane?  I realize that much of what I am about to let loose on has been around for a long time.  But the bigger question is why?  Is it that hard to figure out why things happen?  Okay there are two issues that I wish to discuss and somehow or another in my infinite (Very tongue and cheek) wisdom I will tie them all together.

<!High School Swim coach brought up on charges for video-taping his swim team undressing!

<!This year’s cover of Sports Illustrated

Believe it or not it all goes together.  We are selling out, over and over again to this notion that there is no connection.  Is there cause and effect, maybe not but there is a connection.  Every action does in fact require a reaction, even if that action is to do nothing, it is an action!  Societal reaction is in fact as a result of an action.  What action can we find in the two aforementioned ditties?  Hello????  Tell me this, how many women coaches are there for boys swim team, boy’s sports? Why do we feel it is okay for men to coach high school girl’s sports?  Are we not inviting trouble?  Coaching at the HS level is indeed a Very intimate reality.  It should not be taken lightly.  The influence of a coach on the athlete is incredibly strong. That alone is cause for concern when it comes to mixing influence with gender difference.   It has nothing to do with equal rights, yadayadayadaYA, it is about proper protocol and the removal of risk associated with it all.  How in the world was it possible that the video tapes were made in the first place?  It does not excuse the man who victimized the young ladies, they are not to blame the system is to blame.  A society that, in the name of money allows advertisements called, “girls gone wild!”  Somewhere we are sending out confusing messages.  The line between right and wrong is skewed. Watch late night T.V., it is all prevalent.  So now we have coaches gone wild, mad, insane again inappropriate.   

Oh which brings me to the next issue, Sports Illustrated, hello???? Is anybody really there?  Is anyone really paying attention?  This year’s proclaimed dittie is so revealing that they had to smear out the top, evidently topless beadazzled beauty.  But she worked hard to come out from the inside of the magazine to finally be the featured semi-nude model, representing super-models everywhere!  The female newscaster smiling gleefully as she says, “She is pretty.”  What, lady do you understand how hard women have had to work to get to the position as newscaster, for women to be taken seriously at all? Does anyone understand or recognize how hard women are fighting to escape the identification as mere sex-symbols?  But, who is to blame, the model, the publisher, the advertiser, the one who buys the magazine?

We link sex with sports through swimsuit, super-models!  I am realizing that this year’s edition is getting my ire up more because ironically the coverage of it came right after the story of the swim team being violated by the alleged video-taping by the coach.  Evidently there are even those that link sex with high school sports. It is sad, but true. Yes, there is a correlation; sex is directly linked to sports.  Sports Illustrated makes sure of it.  But, we glorify it, encourage it.   Do any of the sprawled out, arch backed, loin strapped women that grace the pages of Sports Illustrated have the right to be ranked above women of effort, training, strength, wit, intelligence endurance, power?  Should they be representing women, the women who have fought tirelessly to be taken seriously as athletes?   We lose the right to call ourselves a “super-power” when we get more excited over a super-model’s bold display on a cover of a magazine, than we do over a woman fighting to the top to actually be a front-runner in a Presidential election.  Well, as for this woman I am more impressed with the young swimmer who looked right at the camera while being interviewed as a result of the accusation of that the coach had video-taped her team, and said, “does he (the coach) understand how badly he hurt us?”  Does anyone understand how badly women are being violated daily, in the name of arousal? 

Maybe it is time for Sports Illustrated to embrace fully the concept of what athletic endeavor is about. What it is to be a woman trying desperately to be taken seriously.  Maybe it is time for Sports Illustrated to put quality emphasis on Title 9 and completely support women and sports and leave it at that.

 June marked the 35th anniversary of Title IX.  (This marks the 40th year of the swimsuit edition) Yes, in a country where young women have only had the same rights in sports for 35 years as young men and have had the vote for less than one hundred years it does not surprise me that we are still exploited as sex objects.  It is time for sports Illustrated to step up to the plate and put an end to exploitation of women in the name of sales. Yes, Sports Illustrated supports women’s athletic endeavor and the athletic form that the super-models take on the pages of the swim-suit addition does indeed give respect and adoration to the female form.  Women everywhere, yes we can applaud the swimsuit models for fairly and completely representing the efforts of women in the United States.  They are there because they represent the American female athlete aren’t they?  It is amazing as I researched the Women’s Sports Foundation, I looked and looked and searched the pull-down menu of sports represented and sadly I could not find the super-model swimsuit event!  Well maybe next year women of all ages will actually protest this issue, and maybe boycott the advertisers as well.  Isn’t it only right to boycott that which inappropriately represents a sector of society?

Oh and Danica you couldn’t hold true to your power on the track and remain a strong voice for young women?  Do you need to rely on a swim suit to be taken seriously on the race track?  But then again, maybe I am all wrong. 

 http://www.womenssportsfoundation.org

 

 

 

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