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This blog is my online peace journal with information and reflection on a variety of peace topics -- personal, local, global -- as well as peace and justice related links that I find helpful and/or inspiring. For more formal information on peace, justice and nonviolence, I urge you to explore the webpages of The Fellowship of Reconciliation USA (see FOR), of which I am a member and join our New York Fellowship of Reconciliation (see NYFOR) listserv. Also, check out my alternate Peace Hugs blog as well as my links page.


"The God of Peace is never glorified by human violence."
-- Thomas Merton

"While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart."
-- St. Francis of Assisi

"There is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence - there is only a choice between nonviolence and nonexistence."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

War is Costly, Peace is Priceless !!!
Spend money to help, not hurt, humankind

Cost of the War in Iraq
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Saturday, March 25, 2006

911 Truth -- Loose Change of Real Value?

After hearing about the 911 Loose Change video one more time, this on Randi Rhodes' Air America Radio show, I went in search of it at Google's video area. I didn't even know Google had a video area but I found it and the Loose Change video on 9-11 and the various doubts. It really does make one wonder some more. The fall of Building #7 is reason enough to question what really happened on September 11, 2001. 911 Loose Change certainly has some value. Maybe it is time to start going to the St. Mark's church 911 Truth meetings. Yes, we need to concentrate on the 2006 election (egads -- it is almost upon us!) but we must also seek out truth. Just because there are conspiracy theories doesn't mean that some of these conspiracies aren't legitimate. Email me what YOU think. Or leave a message at my blogspot Peace Hugs blog, http://kateannenyc.blogspot.com. MORE

Peace hugs,
Kate Anne
10:07 am est

Saturday, March 11, 2006

State of Belief - Diverse and Liberal

Blessed be! Air America Radio has added The Interfaith Alliance's very articulate president C. Welton Gaddy to their line-up: a very good move. It is important to hear from people of faith on progressive radio. And as we know, there is no one way to God. God speaks to people differently and people speak to God in many ways. We should treasure that diversity and allow and respect people's individual spiritual paths. I remember a great sermon where the priest [Fr. Joel Harvey, Diocese of Long Island] said about people interacting (and not so well) with people of non-Christian religions, they should stop and think: "If you are the only Bible these people ever see, what will they 'read'?" It makes you think twice about your actions, yes?

Check out C. Welton Gaddy on Air America Radio's State of Belief Sundays, 5 PM to 6 PM EST (AM 1190 in NYC) -- you can listen to some of the earlier shows, too, fyi -- at http://shows.airamericaradio.com/stateofbelief/ (They are archived at http://airamericaplace.com -- direct link and helpful info on shows contents: here )

"God bless us, everyone" -- AND....

Peace hugs,
Kate Anne

PS And for humor and liberal content, check out Marc Maron -- see my Peace Hugs blog for more on that.
10:08 am est

Saturday, March 4, 2006

Bush and his nuclear proliferating vs PEACE

I'm sitting here at my computer listening to Laura Flanders on Air America Radio report on Dubya's crazy plan to further screw up the Middle East. He speaks with new-speak about bringing India into the non-proliferating fold by giving them nukes for energy (?), but folks, nuclear power doesn't work. It is not safe, it is not profitable (it takes years before it generates a profit -- listen to Thom Hartmann and learn about THIS, but hey, Indian Point is 35 miles from New York City and it is aging and there is no way we could evacuate in case of meltdown). Is Bush trying to bring on the End Times? No, he really isn't a Christian, nor a compassionate conservative -- he's a cheerleader for corporate America. (I've been listening to podcasts this afternoon and I suggest people seek out Media Matters at iTunes podcasting site as well as biting the bullet and joining Air America Radio's Premium service. -- And don't forget Amy Goodman at DemocracyNow.org.) My God is a God of peace and this is CRAZY. Bush must go -- see my Peace Hugs's blog for my more political stuff, including my seeing Rep. John Conyer's at Town Hall the other night, but I leave you with a peace quote, which is really a prayer:

“Lead me from death to life, from falsehood to truth; Lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust; Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace; Let peace fill our heart, our world, our universe.”
--Satish Kumar

God help us help ourselves, and as the Mahatma said, "We must be the change we wish to see in the world."

Tomorrow is the Queen's inclusive St. Patrick's parade and I am grateful that the sun will be shining, as cold as it may be. I plan to be there, together with Malachy McCourt and his family. This world needs inclusivity, Celtic music, LOVE and lots of....

Peace hugs,
Kate Anne
8:38 pm est

Friday, March 3, 2006

Yet more on the stolen 2004 Election

The story that won't die, thank God and some good activists, grows: "Did 308,000 Cancelled Ohio Voter Registrations Put Bush Back In the White House?" Read the story by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman at their FreePress.org site or at CommonDreams.org, that link http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0302-20.htm. It begins:

While life goes on during the Bush2 nightmare, so does the research on what really happened here in 2004 to give George W. Bush a second term.

Pundits throughout the state and nation---many of them alleged Democrats---continue to tell those of us who question Bush's second coming that we should "get over it," that the election is old news.

But things get curiouser and curiouser.

In our 2005 compendium How the GOP Stole Ohio's 2004 Election & Is Rigging 2008, we list more than a hundred different ways the Republican Party denied the democratic process in the Buckeye State. For a book of documents to be published September 11 by the New Press entitled What Happened In Ohio?, we are continuing to dig.

It turns out, we missed more than a few of the dirty tricks Karl Rove, Ken Blackwell, and their GOP used to get themselves four more years. In an election won with death by a thousand cuts, some that are still hidden go very deep. Over the next few weeks we will list them as they are verified.

One of them has just surfaced to the staggering tune of 175,000 purged voters in Cuyahoga County (Cleveland), the traditional stronghold of the Ohio Democratic Party. An additional 10,000 that registered to vote there for the 2004 election were lost due to "clerical error."....

Check out the link above for the rest of the story, and I have other Elections 2004 links on my links page.

Peace hugs,
Kate Anne
8:13 am est

Thursday, March 2, 2006

Lives in the Balance

On his show Tuesday, Thom Hartmann played and excerpt from one of my favorite -- and so apt for today's America -- Jackson Browne songs, Lives in the Balance. Thom then pointed me and his other radio listeners to http://jacksonbrowne.com/ to play a great and telling video of the song. Today, I made time to visit Jackson's site and I urge everyone to do similarly, then call Congress and tell them not one more penny for this obscene Iraq occupation, based on lies from a lying liar, our chickenhawk commander-in- thief, George W. Bush. 888-355-3588 is toll free as I write this, but the regular Congressional switchboard number is 202-224-3121.

There's so much more to life than war and killing that fuels the military industrial complex and fills the coffers of Bush's and his political croneys and supporters. There are, indeed, lives in the balance. Money should be for peace and live-preserving and assisting programs, not for killing and destruction. That's not what I pay my taxes for.

Thom yesterday read a quote from 19th century statesman, Charles Sumner. I googled and found it:

Give me the money that has been spent in war and I will clothe every man, woman, and child in an attire of which kings and queens will be proud. I will build a schoolhouse in every valley over the whole earth. I will crown every hillside with a place of worship consecrated to peace.

-- Charles Sumner

Tonight, weather permitting, I go to the Town Hall to hear Rep. John Conyers and others address the issue of impeachment. I love snow, but America has been snowed under by the corrupt Bush administration long enough. It is time for impeachment and peace, before it is "rest in peace" for all America. Please, God, give us true peace -- show us the way -- with real justice for everyone, not just a few. Amen.

Peace hugs,
Kate Anne
9:43 am est

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