Archives for: January 2011
By Randle Loeb on Jan 29, 2011 | In Caring and Surviving, Citizenship and Stewards By Randle Loeb
Colorado - Bike MS: Great-West Life Bike MS, Colorado's Ride 2011
Randle has raised $1,035 toward their goal of $10,000 for Colorado - Bike MS: Great-West Life Bike MS, Colorado's Ride 2011. Please support Randle with a donation and join the movement toward a world free of MS!
60 support the MS RIDE FRIENDS SUPPORT OUR TEAM. WE'VE REVISED THE TEAM PAGE. OUR PASSWORD IS "HOME."
JOIN US JUNE 25 and 26 as we raise money to stamp out MS and support the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless Team. We have raised 3% of the $100,000.00. WE'RE SEEKING RIDERS and SUPPORTERS, SPONSORS and FANS.
COME OUT to FRONT RANGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE in WHEATRIDGE as we get under way at 6 a.m. on Saturday June 25 and ride 75 miles over the Horse Tooth Reservoir into Fort Collins. Then we will have a birthday celebration. COME OUT AND CHEER US ON.
We need you to sign up and participate, sponsor us with a matching donation of a dollar a mile.
Make a match for riders who are homeless to share the experience and ride with us. We need to cover the ground with a strong team and registration is in high gear already.
February 21 I will have the right knee replaced. There is no cartilage in either knee. When I get back from the ride, they'll replace the left knee.
Many of you ride and know riders spread the word and come celebrate with us two great causes.
By Randle Loeb on Jan 28, 2011 | In Caring and Surviving, Citizenship and Stewards By Randle Loeb
He is close to death as all of the people in the world pause to grieve over the passing of such a person that makes everyone more than what we are or we each dare to be. Nelson Mandela walked in the world in which we are walking. Nelson Mandela breathed the air that we breathe. Nelson Mandela looked up into the sky in the same universe as we do. He gave us pause to reflect on our humanity and our fragility. As we sit and wait for the news we must also be immeasurably blessed that we stood on the same ground that this everyday hero walked, knelt, slept curled in his cell and grieved over his mother's, and his son's death. Now it has come to be his turn and we all curl in a ball in a cell of our own fashion. But we will not forget the gift that was given to all humanity by this humble warrior of the spirit. His reconciliation trials was a path for us all to revel in and his craft of a coalition for all to share, his lifting of the spirit of the people and helping them to resist the temptation of slaughter made us all weep with the milk of loving kindness.
Welcome home Nelson Mandela. You, who wore your heart openly for all to know, we will never breathe without your breath sustaining us in the furnace of the forge of human compassion.
By Randle Loeb on Jan 24, 2011 | In Caring and Surviving, Citizenship and Stewards By Randle Loeb
reading back over this and reflecting over the years that seem to have passed it is a watershed. I recognize the genre, the structure of the writing, which I never had a chance to read .................. all the air escaped from my balloon. Ways to ends, means to numb the spirit, spinning off course, resolutely stepping into the dim foggy bottom of distant dreams and the drone of the horn calling, come home safely.
By helen on Jan 20, 2011 | In The Black Perspective of Views of America By Helen Burleson
RESPECT AND FAIR PLAY DESERVE A SINGLE STANDARD
By Helen L. Burleson, Doctor of Public Administration
The right-wing is crying foul because President Obama did not “scold” his guest, President Hu Jintao of China for the country not allowing Lui Xiaobo, the Chinese Nobel Laureate, to go to Norway to receive his prize. How quickly they forget the hue and cry and outrage advanced by the right that President Obama did not deserve the Nobel Peace Prize bestowed upon him during the first year of his presidency because “they” did not feel that he had done enough. This is disingenuous. We have no right to castigate or criticize China for anything when we don’t respect the current President of the United States of America.
How would they like it if China pointed a finger at the United States when Arizona State University invited President Obama to be the commencement speaker and did not feel that he had done enough to be awarded an honorary degree? Previously that same university awarded honorary degrees to entertainers with checkered pasts and others of lesser standing and accomplishments? How would “they” like it if President Hu Jintao asked them why they demeaned American health care reform by calling it “Obamacare” when it is an attempt to be in step with the rest of the industrialized world by providing affordable, quality health care for all of its citizens? How would they like it if President Hu Jintao asked why a member of Congress rudely called out “You lie” while the President of the United States of America was giving his first State of the Union Address?
During the press briefing with both President Obama and President Hu Jintao, an American reporter had the audacity to ask why Majority Leader Boehner turned down an invitation to attend the State Dinner given in honor of President Hu Jintao. Didn’t they realize that that was not an embarrassment to President Obama or President Hu Jintao, but a very demonstrable image of the ignorance of Speaker Boehner? Lacking in leadership and statesmanship, Boehner proved to be an embarrassment to himself and to the Republican Party. Intelligence and leadership makes one rise above the fray of petty politics. What gripe or grievance could Speaker Boehner have with President Hu Jintao of China to cause him to refuse an invitation to attend a State Dinner given in honor of the president of a country upon which we rely so heavily for financial and other reasons? When Boehner is not crying he is shouting, “Hell no.” He is always disrespectful of the President of the United States. If Boehner were in China, he would be severely punished for showing disrespect for the president and the presidency.
When we don’t give or guarantee equal rights for all our citizens, how can we justify being so inflamed over human rights violations in China? Do we ever step back and take a look at our own culture of crudity, violence, disdain, disrespect and exclusion of our own citizens? Where do we have the right to criticize that which we are guilty of ourselves? Shouldn’t there be one standard for behavior and conduct? Why are there more Blacks in prison than whites? Why is the penalty for using crack cocaine and powdered cocaine different for Blacks and whites? Blacks using crack cocaine are given a longer prison sentence than whites are given for using powdered cocaine. Why is unemployment doubled or tripled in the Black community as opposed to employment in the white community? Why do we deny equal rights to the LGBT community? Why, until President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Bill for equal pay for women for equal work, did we pay men more for the same work? Why are inner-city schools less well funded and less well equipped than the schools in the white neighborhoods? Chinese students excel in education and outperform ALL American students which is an indication that China is doing something right. Why do we have to borrow so much money from China when we used to be the highest producers of goods and services in the world? China is not responsible for our outsourcing of jobs! China is the beneficiary of the greed and corruption of American millionaire and billionaire owners of companies that have sent their work overseas to exploit the American worker by denying them jobs; and, simultaneously exploiting the Chinese workers by not paying them the union wages that American workers are paid.
In short, all these nut cases who are so hypercritical of China should remedy the inequities right here at home. There should be one universal standard for respect and fair play.
By Randle Loeb on Jan 18, 2011 | In Caring and Surviving, Citizenship and Stewards By Randle Loeb
A Civil, Civic Minded Citizen
Someone who cares about being born in the United States and in the world, and who lives on the earth with awakened responsibility to being born and living in a social context, having a social contract to live peacefully and pragmatically to live as simply as possible for the purpose of preserving to the seventh generation our land and our privilieges as stewards of the earth.
Personally, one must decide not to follow the message of violence and retribution toward any other sentient being, but to live with loving compassion and an indomitable spirit.
What we are called upon is to listen and react less, especially to divergent views.
By Randle Loeb on Jan 17, 2011 | In Caring and Surviving, Citizenship and Stewards By Randle Loeb
Ride MS Colorado
My 60th birthday is January 29, 2011 Celebrate with us RIDE MS COLORADO JUNE 25 and 26
National MS Society, Colorado-Wyoming Chapter
Bike MS - Accept the Challenge
Dear Colleagues, Neighbors and Friends,
For information about my ride and fund raising efforts, or to make a donation, visit my personal page.
It is faster and easier than ever to support this great cause by making your tax-deductible donation online using the link below. If you would prefer, you can send your contribution to the address listed below. Whatever you can give will help - it all adds up! I greatly appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress.
I'm the team co-captain of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. You support two great causes by joining us on the ride as either a donor or a rider, or come out and cheer Saturday and Sunday June 25 and 26, 2011. Our goal is $1,000.00 a rider. We are seeking hundred people to join the team.
To send a donation, mail to:
1400 Lafayette St Denver, CO80218-2312
Make all checks payable to: National MS Society
We've registered the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless team. Sign up and spread the word.
The password to join is "home".
For information about my ride and fund raising efforts, or to make a donation, please visit my personal page.
It is faster and easier than ever to support this great cause by making your tax-deductible donation online using the link below. If you would prefer, you can send your contribution to the address listed
below. Whatever you can give will help - it all adds up! I greatly appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress.
Randle Loeb and Jonathan Phillips, Co-captains
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MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. We are a collective of passionate individuals, moving together to create a world free of MS.Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at www.nationalmssociety.org or 1-800-344-4867. National Multiple Sclerosis Society | 733 Third Avenue | New York, NY | 10017
Randle Loeb: Randleloeb@gmail.com
Let’s create a place that is safe for everyone. Give to the team and to find a cure for MS.
By helen on Jan 8, 2011 | In The Black Perspective of Views of America By Helen Burleson
LOOK WHAT SECOND AMENDMENT REMEDIES AND RELOADING HATH WROUGHT
By Helen L. Burleson, Doctor of Public Administration
All those candidates and public figures who have advocated resorting to Second Amendment remedies and reloading should be charged and executed for treason, high crimes and misdemeanors.
Never in my lifetime have I heard of legislators and their staff being shot and slaughtered like pigs before the advent of the Tea Party, extreme right wing Republicans, Russ Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Pastor James David Manning, Alan Keyes, Rep. Darrell Issa, Rep. Jim DeMint, Bill O’Reilly, Rep. Allen West, Sarah Palin, Rep. Mitch McConnell and most especially Sharon Angle.
Angle is quoted in an article by ABC’s Z. Byron Wolf
ABC's Z. Byron Wolf reports:
Sharron Angle, the Republican candidate for Senate trying to unseat Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid is an avowed supporter of gun rights, but she sees the 2nd Amendment as going much further than ensuring a right to bear arms.
Angle has said the Bill of Rights also authorizes “remedies” for Americans to defend themselves “when our government becomes tyrannical.”
A victory by Democrat Harry Reid, she suggested, could justify those “2nd Amendment remedies.”
Huffington Post has posted an edited clip of Angle speaking to conservative Nevada talk show host Bill Manders – it is not clear from Huffington Post or from Manders’ website when the interview occurred, where Angle says she hopes that the vote in November will be the cure for Reid and 2nd amendment remedies won’t be necessary.
Angle: I feel that the Second Amendment is the right to keep and bear arms for our citizenry. This not for someone who's in the military. This not for law enforcement. This is for us. And in fact when you read that Constitution and the founding fathers, they intended this to stop tyranny. This is for us when our government becomes tyrannical...
No let’s look at the bulls-eye targets put on 20 Congressional districts by Sarah Palin including the district of Rep. Giffords, this is also a significant part of what happened today in Arizona.
Anyone who tries to downplay, minimize and deny the very direct correlation of this vitriolic and inciteful language that led to this mass attempt to assassinate a crowd of people, which also caught in his web a nine year old child, is either ignorant of what learning and knowledge is all about or they are just plain ignorant. If words did not have consequences then we would not need schools. The reason we teach language in addition to the fact that language is how we communicate, language also shapes our thinking and our thought patterns. Fed constantly with a steady stream of covert and overt signals of violent behavior, then this is the desired outcome. Those of you who say you did not mean for your words to be interpreted are lying or else you would not say them. You know exactly what you are saying and why you are saying it. No amount of backtracking of pretending that you "misspoke" will alter the fact of your intent. When Rep. Issa says the President of the United States, Barack Obama is the most corrupt person in America, then this invites disrespect for the President as well as the office of the presidency. When we denigrate the highest office in the land, then we have become a lawless, insensitive herd of barbarians. We have been led to this just as sheep being led to the slaughter, following blindly as lemmings following the leader to the destruction of decency, dignity and eventually our democracratic republic.
Our greatest fear is not Al-Qaida from without, but from you, the lunatic fringe that is grooming and nurturing terrorists right here in the United States; and some of you doing the grooming are seated in Congress.
The blood is on your hands and there is no denying or escaping that. Just as a teacher teaches the time tables which we memorize and retain for life; just as the teacher teaches the conjugation of verbs so that we can use the right tense; just as we are given spelling lessons and definitions of words which we retain forever; and just as we are taught the Pledge of Allegiance and the Star Spangled Banner long before we know what the words mean, we never forget those things that are introduced, repeated and reinforced. That, all you neo-cons, tea baggers, mama grizzles, birthers and defamers is what learning is all about; and, you know it! You are stupid, but you are not dumb. You have sown the seeds of hatred and violence. Now some 18 or 19 innocent people are reaping what you have sown.
I have named a few, but there are many and you know who you are. Your conscience should let you know exactly what you have wrought!
By helen on Jan 4, 2011 | In The Black Perspective of Views of America By Helen Burleson
December 30, 2010
Haley Barbour, Governor
State of Mississippi
400 High Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39201
You have made a Lincolnesque maneuver. Just as Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves in order to preserve the Union for financial reasons, I see you have released the Scott sisters from prison for State financial reasons. It is noted that you were alleged to state that the medical care was becoming too expensive, so to free the sisters, federal government Medicare would then be responsible for their health care needs.
A clever move, yet lacking in clemency, compassion and humanity. For so many years Americans of African descent were brainwashed to believe they should vote Republican because ole Abe had freed them.
Of course, you have stated that you were not aware of violence in Yazoo City, MS. You must have gone through your childhood years asleep because MS is the State where a 14 year old Chicago lad, Emett Till, was disfigured and brutally lynched. The smoke and mirrors won’t work this time because now we are legally allowed to learn to read; and, you know reading makes one literate and able to think analytically and critically.
Mr. Barbour, I noted that you have talked cessation from the United States, the Union, because you apparently believe there is too much government interference and government control. Your act overreaches and makes government have too much control; and, it is both repugnant and repressive.
Please write to tell me which Founding Document gives you the authority to mandate that a citizen MUST have a transplant as a condition of being released from prison. Is it The Bill of Rights, The Preamble or The Constitution itself that gives you this horrific, dictatorial power? This action caused me to scour and devour the three documents mentioned above and no where do I find that a governor has absolute power and authority to require, force, mandate or otherwise use a leverage of freedom based on invasive surgery.
In addition to this being overtly hypocritical on your part, this act defies all standards of efficacy, decency, ethics and morality. What on earth were you thinking? How on earth did you feel your political ambitions would be enhanced by placating a group of people who hold you not only in contempt, but hold you in total disdain. You have only served to make yourself more despicable and diabolical.
When Jack Kervorkian, M. D. assisted dying people in making their transition, at their request, the intention was humanitarian, though illegal. Compassion to alleviate the suffering of the dying was a remedy though not medically acceptable, was an act of empathy and caring for one’s fellow man. Your behavior puts in the category of committing one of man’s greatest acts of inhumanity to mankind.
I prevail upon you, for your own sake and salvation to grant a full pardon and remove the ugly stigma that surrounds your illegal, immoral, illogical and unscientific act. Remove the maniacal condition that the Scott sisters be mandated to have transplant surgery.
Written with a Heavy Heart to Know There are Political Leaders So Lacking in Values and Morality,
Helen L. Burleson, Doctor Of Public Administration