Once our society was hysterical about Communists and gays which weren’t considered really human and which decent people couldn’t expect to begin to understand. In today’s world it is pedophiles instead.Michael Jackson convinced many that he was a warm and decent human being who had a right to be around children. But there are many other who also faced vague charges, and have been badly hurt by the pedophile witchhunt. I hope the love people fear toward Michael can be used to lessen the impact of a terrorable witchhunt. Clearly if a child learns to have a frustrating pattern of future relationships or a little girl suddenly feels intense pain between her legs as an adult is on top of her etc., then steps must be taken to see that it never gets repeated, but laws like Megan’s Law are very vengefully, and the Courier Post back then wondered why after kids through rocks at the three pedophiles, Megan Kanka’s family didn’t know who lived next door.Hopefully the Jackson memorials can lead to less paranoia against pedophillia. If you remember the Scottish School teacher who accused a camp owner of being a pedophile, making the camp go bankrupt, because the camp photos all had the boys with their shirts off, things can get pretty vague.Let’s have a campaign for a more tolerant world, instead of just remembering one person who got away with being different. If everyone who knows of someone who was badly hurt, spoke out it could make a real difference. The witch hunt as been happening for 40 years it may be a while before another apportuntiy advances to lessen the impact.See Rumblings from the Hornets Nest, and RichardKanePA.blogspot.com



I'm retired in Philadelphia. Non religious but there seems to be a life force that I see as more personal than is usually expressed.

I was raised a Quaker (common with Christian Jewish intermarriage back them) But my father was a total pacifist and during World War II, at the time that being so was difficult.

Upbringing included father trying not to get physical, yet still defend us kids from my harsh stepmother until she got her citizenship papers, after which they could get divorced. Been involved in peace issues since the anti-fallout shelter protests through Vietnam and Iraq.

I wrote "Greedy Little Squirrels and Lifeboat ethics,” 1977, when the Moonies were coming to America and got heavily harassed by them. I also think bin Laden is extremely dangerous like the leader of a barroom brawl, who has been manipulating this country into using the US to get Muslims angry enough to join his suicidal permanent war group. Before 9/11 young Muslims rebelled by wearing by covering their hair a little less than expected and at least winking at each other, now he changed rebellion into being militancy. The Northern Alliance would have been legitimately in charge long ago had he not baited the US into entering Afghanistan.

Obama is making a mistake in my mind with how to stop bin Laden’s dream of permanent war in a divided world but less of a mistake than most anyone else would. If due to currency collapses from out ever more expensive weapons the US stops fighting al Qaeda, then other counties will. If it ends up being Iran, the Sunni Shiite divide will be enormous. Al Qaeda is already convinced that the atheist China is a serious enemy,
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=al9wM3k5zjLQ and the Russians have fought for brutally and inadvertently convinced far more Muslims than the US did that they considered Islam itself to be the enemy.

I never stopped supporting Jimmy Carter when everyone turned on him and I support Obama as well, but think he will have to use a lot more persuasion and less force if they aren’t going to succeed at bankrupting us. However Obama has tried less force and al Qaeda has started to respond in kind trying to limit the victim’s in the way of their primary attacks.

Back up reference to above link, http://www.consortiumnews.com/2009/082209a.html

Richard Kane (Philadelphia)
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