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Time for Peace – by James Winkler

From: Word From Winkler – Sept 8, 2006

Time for Peace

by Jim Winkler

(James Winkler writes a regular column for The United Methodist General Board of Church and Society and makes me grateful that I belong to the Methodist faith -mdw)

The United States lost this terrible war in Iraq long ago. Those of us who oppose the war have not done enough to wake up people to reason.

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Olbermann on Bush – Sept 6

‘Have you no sense of decency, sir?’

It is to our deep national shame—and ultimately it will be to the President’s deep personal regret—that he has followed his Secretary of Defense down the path of trying to tie those loyal Americans who disagree with his policies—or even question their effectiveness or execution—to the Nazis of the past, and the al Qaeda of the present.

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Charlie’s OK

My dear friend Charles was struck down by a sudden attack of blood clots – agonizingly painful and completely dibilitating. Had us all worried there for a while.

He’s doing much better now, thank heavens!

Update

Last report indicates he’s still feeling pretty bad – this was a ‘near-death’ experience. Apparently the clots went the ‘right’ way – otherwise he’d have died of a heart attack or a stroke.

Update 2

Marilyn and I visited recently and took him a home-cooked meal. He’s looking much better! WHOO HOO!!

Apple iPod ‘sweatshop’ rumor = LIE

From:

http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,71619-0.html?tw=rss.index

Apple’s investigation into claims of poor conditions at a Chinese iPod factory found no forced labor but revealed that workers were exceeding the company’s limits on hours and days to be worked per week, the company said Friday.

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Elegy for my Aunt

Echoes

So close we share blood
your sister my mother
lives intertwined
our families blurring together

In the wheel of faces
yours is brightly lit
always smiling
always kind

Echoes of you stand near
children of your heart
adoring husband – his arm bare
yet you are here

I hear your voice
speaking through your children
and they hear the echo too
your face in their mirrors

Gentle heart I wish you well
I was proud to know you
and more proud
to be family

For my Aunt Bobby
MDW 2006

Things From Hell

I think this is Stephanie Baum – such hate with such glee:

Stephanie Baum

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Stephanie Baum, Worst Person in My World

I think that last line is a reference to the ‘Darkest Days’ post and is even more repellent than the ‘Not So Bonita’ remarks* days after Marilyn’s death. Not to mention proves someone’s still stalking me. So much for cyber security cough. But every time they pull this nasty shit I’m going to publish about so that people will have a reference going forward. Eventually there will be enough dots. Note how this person always calls me out by name but hides behind a pseudonym – which the Times-Call conveniently refuses to reveal the email to. I’m certain the Longmont police could (or have?) found out but I don’t know. The law about defaming the dead that they so vigorously shook in my face expired recently – and LongmontEats.com appeared within days. Sigh. An entire site just to attack me and spit on Marilyn’s grave again. Hardly civil at all.

The ‘coniptions’ being referenced are my efforts to have personal attacks on myself, my daughter and Kimberly Gibbs removed, as well as some fairly acid quips in response to vicious hateful remarks (that remained published**). Also, pointing out that the smears on Gibbs were being coordinated with Facebook users in other states seemed to really inflame the howler monkeys since that’s one of Mile-Hi’s favorite tactics on Facebook.

This is the kind of deeply evil hatred that is the calling card of the self-proclaimed ‘first lady’ of Longmont and the Jr. Birdmen and I believe it’s still being enabled by the Times-Call.

I understand the TC building was sold recently.

What bridge will these trolls hide under when the TC is gone?


Update 5/25/15 – Gee, somebody’s pissed off… clearly I hit nerve.

Yet another sockpuppet has appeared: Not_NORML – go take a look at their comments – all 1,928. Now there’s a person with an opinion – and I suspect a mental hygiene problem. Hmm. Who in this community crows about their prolific hate? Hmm. Here’s all the comments – note how quickly they’re posted.

5/25/15 11:25 AM – “Doug – Kim lives where? Gunbarrel. Where do you live?

FRL – note, calls me by name but hiding behind a pseudonym. Want to bet money this is an Airport Committee Chairman trying desperately to preserve his public image yet vent his painfully swollen spleen?

Eight minutes later… (takes that long to read comments if you’re sounding out the words)

5/25/15 11:33 AM – “In your wildest dreams. The TC is not going under, and that would make you unhappy. You think of TC as your competition. Your head is swelled. Ownership change and reorganization could be a good thing for Free Range Longmont, but it might appear that FRL is going under. What’s really fun here is to see TC moderators remove your comments. Perhaps they understand that you can’t really be too annoyed, since that is precisely your job function at FRL – quashing free speech.

FRL – Actually, I think of the TC as a symptom of a disease that was killing this town. Happy to say it seems to be abating. My head may be swelled, but it’s with pride – because I’ve nettled cowardly little pricks like you, who skulk around behind masks and wouldn’t know a civil discussion if one bit them on the ass. Yes, it might appear FRL is going under, if you’re smoking eight or nine stogies a day and guzzling Coronas. Seriously, get help. I’m sure it’s fun watching my comments get removed – your entire life is trying to silence others, being a raging narcissist. I’m not really annoyed, more amused at the funhouse foolishness of that so-called ‘news’ site.

Eleven minutes later… (Not_NORML must have had to look some words up)

5/25/15 11:44 AM – “And we see that you’re equally unimpressed by Judge LaBuda. It’s so clear to all that LaBuda is a skydiver and clearly should not have been assigned this case. No matter, you will find something that puts the judge’s decision in doubt. I know – She doesn’t live in Longmont!

FRL – I’m unimpressed with any judge that can’t understand ‘telegraphing’ a punch. The visits to homes should have been done without announcement. Bad call.

Eleven more minutes. Someone is really pissed, they keep adding to their little rant.

5/25/15 11:55 AM – So you admit that you like taking pictures of kids, and a rather good looking woman dressed in a tight outfit turns you off. Yes, it is your right …

Duh. What grandparent doesn’t like taking pictures of kids. Not sure what you’re implying? “…rather good looking…” Really? *shrug* Some people think this is cute. To each their own. Tight? *chuckle* I think ‘ill-fitting’ is the term you’re groping for. Yes, it  IS my RIGHT and you can bet your sweet bippy I’ll keep USING IT.

Eight minutes later – clearly still pissed off. So much for the Coronas.

5/25/15 12:03 PM – A list of the folks that FRL and Doog find as important contributors. It’s a long list and only a few photos. It’s pretty likely that that Doog doesn’t have a contribution relationship with them, he just lifts their writings for his web site. Important for this issue is that most of the FRL contributors do not live in Longmont. 

Thank you for pointing out our 125 contributors who are all listed by first and last name, unlike other ‘blogs’ that are basically a tiny cabal of hatemongers who hide behind masks and do nothing to raise the dialogue. There’s not a lot of pictures because not a lot of people use the Gravatar system which adds the image. Wow, what stunning ignorance of the web. If this is Stephanie Baum she just underlined her incompetence. As for ‘lifts’ (as in stolen?) nothing on FRL has been published without written permission and the overwhelming majority are written specifically for us. I do have a relationship with most of my writers. That last line is a lie, plain and simple, the large majority of FRL contributors are Longmonters who publish with us precisely because we don’t allow these kinds of attacks.


 

* You should own up to this.

** The Times-Call is finally starting to pay some attention but it’s still clearly not a priority.

Just and True

My father was not always my best friend – he still isn’t. However, he did give me a lot of good advice and was as good a father as he could be. He never lied to me or backed away from a challenge in life. Here’s my thanks for that.
 
Just and True

When I was a young man

my father spoke to me

in words of measured wisdom

he tried to make me see

That life is hard and painful

a place to serve and work
to always do my very best

and never turn or shirk

and if I did the best I could

rewards would come to me

for nothing in this life he said

would ever come for free

As I grew up I questioned this

as young men always do

until I learned the hard way

that what he said was true

The upward path is always hard

and shortcuts mean defeat

cause no one likes a liar

and no one loves a cheat

But on that path you find the friends

that make your life worthwhile

I hear you now George Parker

I hope this makes you smile!

The only thing I really own

is what I learned from you
Always do your very best

Be always Just and True.

with love for my dear father

your son Douglas

6/97 MDW

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Thousand Suns

Thousand Suns

There is a fire that burns
with the heat of a thousand suns
I have walked through this inferno
Shadrach is my name

Like the sun in the sky it burns
silent but relentless
now the fire is within me
Meshach is my name

Honor tends this furnace
blows the coals white-hot
no impurities survive here
Abendego is my name

Every atom of my being
sings this fierce paean
I have lived to tell this tale
Douglas is my name

To my friends I beckon, come close
let the furnace protect you
To my foes I beckon, come close

The fire still burns

With the heat of a thousand suns.

MDW 1/95

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