Re: Egypt: What were you thinking by sealing the wall at Camp Gaza, so the prisoners in that concentration camp couldn’t escape? Think about what you did. You put your own people back in a concentration camp and threw away the key. It doesn’t matter whose people they are. They’re their own people anyway. Nobody deserves to be in concentration camps. If Israel refuses to set the Palestinians free, then it’s your obligation to do it, through the back door.
I love fabric, the feel of it, the design of it, the colors, the textures, the smell of it as it glides from the rollers onto the bolts at the mills. I love that smell. Double knits. I especially love the smell of double knits. I love them all.
Re: Tehran Times: Once a reporter at the Tehran Times inquired, ‘how can you say you’re against war, but talk so proudly about your father and brothers who served in the military?’ I thought it was a Fed intercepting my email and pretending to be this reporter. I replied as if he was the person he claimed to be. I said to the reporter, ‘I love my family unconditionally. Just because someone goes to war isn’t going to change my love, or my opinions of them. Had my father, a World War II Veteran, not known war he would have known a better life. Had my brother, a Vietnam Veteran, not known war he would have known a better life. Had both of them not known war, we all would have known a better life. War affects everybody.’
Re: vegetarians and vegans: The animals want you back. It’s easy to deviate, to sway from our belief system when nobody believes what we believe. First it’s the milk in the bread, then the cheese and egg hidden in the vinaigrette salad dressing, then the parmesan cheese sprinkled on your pasta that you told the waiter to leave off the dish. Then it’s the gravy, the chicken broth in a soup, that’s touted as vegetarian because there are no meat solids in it. Next it’s the shrimp, then the chicken wing, back to veggie burgers, but oops they contain egg whites. Next, you’re at a barbecue having a few drinks, and somebody gives you a rib knowing you’re a vegetarian. “Oh, man you gotta taste this; it’s great! Ah, come on, just one, what’s it going to hurt?” The next thing you know you’re ordering a steak, so everybody else can know you’re having as much fun as they are. They’re all happy because you’re one of them.
Prejudices against vegetarians and vegans abound. I don’t know why everybody cares so much about what we vegetarians eat. They just can’t stand it. Every time Paula Deen (TV Chef) cooks a vegetarian meal, it’s like the worst thing in the world and she lets everyone know it. Such a bother and don’t worry, tomorrow we’ll get back to the good stuff: the meat, the butter, the cream, everything bad for us. So, I blame it on the media supported by the slaughter industries who want you to feel odd for eating a healthy diet. Even the doctors will not exclude the chicken or the low fat meats, dairy and eggs. Your arteries are ninety-five cent occluded and they’ll still tell you to eat a steak once a week. People with celiac disease are told they’ll die if they don’t eat meat, because they can’t eat grains. Not so, what about all the other foods? You won’t get enough protein? That’s ridiculous.
Even after years of being a strict vegetarian, my protein levels in my blood were normal. Even when not eating dairy, my calcium levels were normal. Even when not taking B12 supplements, my B12 levels were normal. We don’t need all the protein the government and the body builders of the world say we need. Since when does the government do what’s in our best interest?
It’s time to stop letting our families, friends and everybody else tell us how to eat, when we already know what’s best, when we already know the right way. Get back into the saddle on yourself and ride the animal you know as you, into the sunrise and sunset of your life without eating the remnants of slaughter. You can do it, I know you can. How do I know? Because you’ve done it before. The animals need you. You’re the only ones who can stop the slaughter.
For people thinking about decreasing their animal product intake and for those who find the transition difficult, animal-free products that mimic animal products make it so much easier. Soy milk, cream cheese, sour cream, whipped topping, coffee creamers, ice-cream, parmesan topping, hot dogs, burgers of every kind, luncheon meats, chicken strips and chicken burgers, barbecued riblets, Italian sausage, bratwurst, link sausages, yogurt, and so much more. They all taste great. When you eat an animal-free cream cheese, you’ll know you’ve experienced a miracle. How could somebody create such a beautiful product without the cruelty? It tastes just like cream cheese. Somebody’s God did that, working with that somebody to create that miracle. Support miracle makers. Shop around. Try different brands to find the brand that suits you, just like you do with animal products. Tell your grocer what you want. Look up the products on the internet. Use your key to open the door to a whole new world that’s been there waiting for you to walk into. Celebrate!
LAYING DOWN THE LAW
This is what my God says, at least for now. See if it conforms to your God, then ask why or why not.
God says yes to a Department of Peace in all nations, and in the United Nations.
God says no to any person, group, nation or religion claiming to have been chosen by God as superior to all others.
God says no to Israel for sending suicide bombers into Iraq. God says no to all suicide bombers. God says no to all bombers.
God says no to the biological engineering of foods.
God says no to using animal enzymes to grow plants.
God says no to exclusion and yes to inclusion.
God says no to having absolute control over any being. Control yourself.
God says no to committing a holocaust against another people because one was committed against you.
The plant comes from the seed and the seed from the plant.
If symptoms are similar, then may causes be similar?
The only way to solve a problem with a lasting solution is to omit the five flaws: prejudice, discrimination, enslavement, torture and slaughter. When you do that, there are no enemies, only discrepancies in approaches needing to be worked out.
God says no to all peoples, groups and nations who contribute to crimes against all beings.
God says no to the slaughter industries. To all nations: begin converting your economic bases to plants and animal-free goods before your foundations crumble (which they will), so you’ll have a head start on staving off economic disaster.
Don’t underestimate the strength of a peasant.
You can’t get any place worthwhile in life without consideration for others, which equals good manners. Proper etiquette is not nearly as important as good manners.
What suits the individual and the group is the blueprint for the perfect plan. Is it possible? It’s necessary, thus possible.
Not more but different is the key to progressive change.
There’s a new God in town and that God is you.
God says yes to making peace. Show the world, your neighbor, friends and family how it’s done. You don’t have to say you’re doing it, just do it by incorporating the five principles into your life.
God says yes to the ‘right of return’ of all peoples to their homeland (if they want).
God says no to all people who get rich by squeezing the poor.
God says yes to healthcare, food, shelter, clothing, transportation and education for all the world’s inhabitants.
God says no to preferential treatment.
God says no to extortion and blackmail.
God says no to prejudice, discrimination, enslavement, torture and slaughter.
God says yes to life. No child should be aborted who has an arrangement for caretakers until adulthood. Pregnancies are meant to happen. Extended families and/or the community will care for any children born out of wedlock, without shunning the mother. It will be a celebration not a burden. When the health of the mother is at risk, the health of the baby is also at risk, therefore the host will be saved and the spirit of the child will return through another birth.
God says agreeing to disagree is lazy thinking.
God says no to humiliation and vengeance.
God says no to crimes against all animals.
God says no to assaults against the planet, including but not limited to nuclear testing.
God says no to space exploration while there is still war and suffering on earth.
God says prepare yourself to live–not die. When you’re dying, prepare to live in the afterlife.
God says no to those who stigmatize those challenged by handicap, prejudice and discrimination.
God says no to rubber stamping–a by-product of a dictatorship turned democracy, to keep the dictatorship in place.
God says yes to equal pay for equal work. God says yes to equal rights.
God says yes to death with dignity.
God says no to capital punishment.
God says yes to marriages between any two consenting adults.
God says no to arranged marriages by families or governments.
God says yes to interracial marriage (genetic defects may be eliminated through this process).
God says no to all assassinations (and attempts).
God says yes to drug rehabilitation to anyone who wants and/or needs it. Addiction is not a crime; it’s a disease. Putting an addicted person in jail without benefit of rehab is torture.
God says yes to treatment for child molesters. Breaking the cycle of molestation is the same as breaking the cycle of violence. The person who resorts to violence still has to manage the normal emotion of anger. The molester still has to manage the normal sexual urges. The food addict still has to eat. Find the thread that runs through all addictions and treat that.
God says get ready for a major global correction.
God says help your family, friends and neighbors.
God says welcome.
God says no to violent and demeaning entertainment, including prostitution.
God says honor the living.
God says no to those who take credit for the work of others.
God says no to all African war lords. Your time is near, very near. God says no to tribal governments that discriminate.
God says no to mutilations.
God says no to all individuals and organizations who make false claims of prejudice and discrimination.
God says no to people who commit hate crimes against their own people then blame others in order to gain sympathy and justification for their agendas.
God says no to all rape.
God says yes to open trade with all peoples who conform to the five principles of no prejudice, no discrimination, no enslavement, no torture and no slaughter.
God says no to all religions and governments that don’t give equal status to women and children.
God says no to exploiting the prejudices of others for any reason.
God says yes to those who refuse to fight through violence.
God says no to all individuals, groups and countries engaged in the sex slave industries.
God says no to prisons and yes to rehabilitation facilities.