Good news is still around

We have been getting a little bad news of late, and I and many others responded by warning that far worse might be yet to come.

However, there is also a lot of good news. Think of how much both the image of this country and how it really behaves improved since Obama has become President. It wasn’t more than a year or two ago when the homeless were despised by some and subject to arrest just because they had nowhere to go.

Think of all the either desire or fear many Americans felt about the possibility of a war with Iran.

Here in Philadelphia, Sister Mary Scullion of Project Home has just been appointed to the Independent Ethics Board. I remember back when Governor Rendell was Mayor of Philadelphia, when he had License and Inspection harass church kitchens if the church members were handing out sandwiches on the street. Sandwiches had to be made in suburban church kitchens and trucked into Philadelphia.

We are suddenly, thanks to Obama, a lot more tolerance between blacks and whites and when it comes to Hispanics just a few years ago some communities were trying to zone immigrants away. So I think, maybe, there is even less prejudice on that issue as well.

I posted several places of impending doom as the wing nuts seize the Republican Party then the country as well, even managed to compare today’s events with events in Germany in the 30’s. But I think the good news is a lot more present, and even more so if we start celebrating it again.

Let’s spread and post the following links and information all over the internet, and in our face to face encounters as well.

Think of how much more tolerant of the homeless we are today than last year. The following link is from bad news in the past an AP report in the Beaver County Times Page 6 center right about then Mayor Rendell pressuring people to not give out sandwiches to the homeless. Sometimes when you click on the link one gets the entire page and sometimes just the article excerpt.,316986

Richard Kane



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, 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,

Richard Kane (Philadelphia)
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