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How Do They Fool So Many Voters?

Posted in "North Carolina", Economy, Government, Government Politics, Local Government, NC, Politics, Winston-Salem by helenofmarlowe on October 10, 2011

I’ve never known anyone over the age of 13 to be as obsessed with sex as the current NC Republican legislators. They were hired to create jobs and improve the economy, but they’ve done nothing so far except insert themselves into the private lives of citizens. They’ve cut the budget so severely that the UNC system has had to cut more than 3,000 positions. This, they think, creates jobs? They’ve cut and closed government offices, putting many thousands of public employees out of work. Do they think that moving people out of jobs and into the un-employment lines is good for the economy? Our NC – DOT has just cut 400 positions. Will putting those 400 people onto the un-employment rolls help the economy? Our NC Republican legislators have passed laws curtailing women’s reproductive rights to a degree not seen (correct me if I’m wrong, anyone) in any other state, and approximately equal to the reproductive rights of the most restrictive theocracies. Not because they care about babies — I see no evidence that they care a whit about babies — but because they want to abolish the individual right to privacy. They are now spending their (our?) time and energy and tax money working on passing a Marriage Amendment to the NC constitution. Yep, not just a law, but a Constitutional Amendment! To strengthen it, I believe, against a possible newly elected and saner legislature changing that in future.

And this is the party that claims it wants to get big government out of our private lives. It’s clear their main goals are 1) causing as much damage to the economy as possible, so as to ensure our president will not be re-elected, and 2)  control the private lives of individual citizens.  How is it that they can fool so many voters?

A harmonium, a chant, and a lesson

Posted in "North Carolina" by helenofmarlowe on October 5, 2011

We removed our shoes in the foyer and walked into the large living room of this family home in a residential part of the city.  Several people were sitting either on the floor or on chairs or sofas or couches.   I chose a seat on the floor.  There were eight plump white cushions, each with a folding Indian Rosewood  book-holder, each bookstand holding a Bhagavad gita.  A poodle gave me more of a welcome than I wanted, and then the woman whose living room floor I was sitting upon  asked if I wanted a glass of water, and I did.  She brought it.  Bob sat on the couch behind me.  She gave us each a book with the chants that we’d be hearing and participating in – Sanskrit – and said that we should  join whenever we want to.

And then the evening started.  She began by playing on a harmonium, and then in a musical voice, began a melodious chant of  lovely tones and rhythms.  By this time there were fourteen of us, and all joined in the chanting.  English interpretations were printed below each chant, but I was concentrating on the Sanskrit.  This lasted half an hour.  At the end of this, we all chanted
    Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna,
    Hare Hare,
    Hare Rama, Hare Rama,
    Rama Rama, Hare Hare
as a call and response, with about six repetitions.
I’m surprised that I found it pleasant, but I did.

For the next hour there was a lesson from the Bhagavad gita.  I listened intently.  Although there was much that I rejected intellectually, I did find the stories interesting and the ethical lessons worthwhile.

It was an evening with a congenial group. And new experiences.  And it’s the first time I’ve seen a harmonium.
And the seldom-used right side of my brain got a welcome workout.

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