Wednesday, August 27, 2008

HBO: Alive Day

I've had first-hand experience of what a soldier can go through coming home with a purple heart and no legs.

Honor the warrior, not the war.

Look at this man. Really look at him. How have you served your country? When given the opportunity, don't let a veteran go by without thanking him for his service. Don't let this man and others like him be forgotten. We owe a responsibility to these men and women. Are they being cared for? Don't wait until they are on a street corner with a cardboard sign to help. We can serve our country by serving these warriors. But what about their brothers and sisters who gave their last full measure of devotion only to return in a flag-draped casket? What of their surviving families?

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Sharing War's Burden

We need modern rituals to heal our wounded warriors

From the page: "Our troops do not enlist because they want to destroy or kill. No matter the political climate, most troops seek to serve traditional warrior values: to protect the country they love, its ideals, and especially their families, communities, and each other. In my work counseling veterans of several wars, I've seen that PTSD is, in part, the tortured conscience of good people who did their best under conditions that would dehumanize anyone."

A comment from Dave:

" Brothers and sisters,

I relate to this article and the perspective it illuminates; very strongly
and so I beg your indulgence as I offer a personal observation.

A few years ago I was at a classical music festival. One evening is
reserved for music other than that of "old, dead white guys" (unfair, I
know) and is held outdoors in a beautiful setting in NE Oklahoma. That year
performance by a group of men from several of the local First Nations was
featured. They
performed a series of traditional songs from their various traditions:
Delaware, Cherokee, Choctaw among them. Then the sing leader called for all
veterans in the audience to come forward.

Slowly, very slowly, men stood and walked down to the performance area. We
were invited to join the circle, standing behind the performers. They then
performed a song in tribute to the warrior; the drum beat close to a 70 per
minute pulse rate.

Among strangers I felt, for the first time since returning from Viet Nam in
1970, a sincere "welcome home" - made real by obvious understanding. They
were no longer strangers to me,
though I never learned the names of but a couple of the singers. Writing
these words and remembering the experience brings tears and a feeling hard
to describe, but one I cherish among my most precious.

The book, "Ceremony" (
explores this theme through the experiences of a survivor of the Bataan
Death March. The man was Dine, from the Four Corners region and he overcame
his PTSD and estrangement from the world by finding his healing path, or
way. For those interested in this topic, I urge you to read this
extraordinary book.

James Bradley explores the corruption of a traditional warrior society and
catastrophic results in "Flyboy". In my review of that book in The Veteran,
I touched on that aspect of this surprising book

I have come to believe the erosion of the traditional warrior role in
society was a prerequisite for industrialized warfare and all that has meant
in the last 200 years.

Honor the warrior, not the war.

Dave Collins
Texas Hill Country contact

Friday, August 15, 2008

Large Hadron Rap

Now THERE'S something you don't see everyday Mildred!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Paris Hilton Responds to McCain Ad

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

T. Boone Pickens on The Pickens Plan

How can we reduce our dependence on foreign oil? T. Boone Pickens explains his plan for alternative, domestic energy in a 60-second TV commercial.

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Sunday, August 3, 2008

Drill Up, Not Down

"We need to pull this off before America's alternative energy, oil, coal and money to construct a space solar power infrastructure runs out."