"A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war: wide-awake, with fear, with respect and with absolute assurance. Going to knowledge or going to war in any other manner is a mistake, and whoever makes it might never live to regret it. When a man has fulfilled all four of these requisites - to be wide-awake, to have fear, respect, and absolute assurance - there are no mistakes for which he will have to account; under such conditions his actions lose the blundering quality of the acts of a fool. if such a man fails, or suffers a defeat, he will have lost only a battle, and there will be no pitiful regrets over that." From The Teachings of Don Juan by Carlos Castaneda as found in The Wheel of Time on page 15.
So I just thought to update my twitter profile tag this morning a bit... Then I was thinking about the transition from one to the other..... My recent profile tagline that I have had for a long while now was: I&I am a Oregon Man who hand makes tie dyes w/ the wife for: Made By Hippies Tie Dyes! Peaceful Patriot ☮ Take a Stand & Fight the Man #TFB Then this morning I changed it to: I&I am Oregon Man. Handmakes Tie Dyes w/ Wife for: Made By Hippies Tie Dyes! Peaceful Patriot ☮ Waging Heavy Peace: Cell Door Clicks Open, I come Alive. #TFB So basically I updated the last part a bit... Kind of my Revolutionary Ethos if you will. What I am saying is that I Am a Peaceful Patriot. I did Take a Stand. I did Fight The Man (With my Voice and Willpower only, Not Physically). One dark nite in March I was in the North Country. After a nite of festivities we were on the way home and were fallen upon. I battled with my brothers against the drunken attackers. I was blooded in combat. The fight was broken up quickly. Then after all was over, the Man (Peace Officers) arrived and decided after 3 seconds to attack me with a Taser Gun... Then when I was on the ground with some Pepper Spray to my face and my brothers it only gets worse from there. The whole story will come out in time... You can trust me though when I say "This Aggression Will Not Stand, Man!" Amerika is Not Free my Brothers... But the People do hold the Power. We Outnumber Them... Alas, For now I leave you with lyrics from The NightWatchman's "It Begins Tonight!"
"I'm red, I'm black, I'm city born Mau Mau scarecrow, far from home I'm faceless, nameless, right or wrong I'm fearless, hopeless, sing my song Out go the lights It begins tonight On stage with borrowed angel's sword And a crossword puzzle of stolen chords I'm alive but those I love are gone Let's move tonight and take the throne Out go the lights It begins tonight Oh lord, it begins tonight Oh lord, oh lord, it begins tonight Oh lord, oh lord, it begins tonight Cell door clicks open I come alive Oh lord, it begins tonight I followed the rules What did that bring? Looked just where you told me I never found a thing Yeah, I see all the jewels Gold and diamonds glistenin' I see your mouth movin' But man I ain't listenin' Sun and moon and stone and mud A bottle of whiskey and a pint of blood I'll burn my way to the sea 'Til all are dead or all are free Out go the lights It begins tonight Oh lord, it begins tonight Oh lord, oh lord, it begins tonight Oh lord, oh lord, it begins tonight Cell door clicks open I come alive Oh lord, it begins tonight."
This is an interesting movie that gives a glimpse of the Vietnam War. But maybe not from the traditional viewpoint of action and battles, more it gives a glimpse into what life is like for a young man both before he joins the war effort and then of course what happens to him after he gets wounded in battle and sent home to live out the rest of his days. This movie tells the story of Ron Kovic who wrote an autobiography of the same name about his experiences in Vietnam. This movie is pretty hardcore in showing some of the unpleasant realities of the Veteran Hospital and the ways that American's treated their returning soldiers. The central theme of the movie is the transformation that takes place within Mr. Kovic himself as he realizes more about the personal impact that war has on a human. In the end Mr. Kovic becomes an outspoken anti-war activist himself. I only wish they would have depicted the final speech of Mr. Kovic's which was being lead up to at the end of the movie.
Born on the Fourth Of July gets a thumbs up from Erik and a sideways thumb from Amanda.
This is a funny movie that shows what could happen when the 1% fall into the hands of the 99% in a small coastal Oregon town. Lots of laughs throughout and an ending that shows that the characters actually learned something. That life is Love and not Money. So yeah Overboard gets two thumbs up from Erik and Amanda.
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