Poems Sunday, Jul 28 2013 

There once was a delightful and tasty sugar cookie who got caught up
in a vile and crooked manipulation,
one that was bred from hatred around
and that chewed her to shreds in front of an entire recipe nation.

The red food coloring thieves created some story to justify their greed,
so they could continue to make life come at the wrong cookie’s expense,
but the cookie wasn’t the one who did the wrong they claimed,
their story is backward and inside out and it doesn’t make sense.

When sugar cookie had had enough red food color abuse she decided to walk away,
but from the cookie jar the red food coloring thieves continued to take,
so sugar cookie decided to hold them accountable
and let them pay for what was from the beginning their own mistake.

So now red food coloring won’t get put in the cupboards,
which was where it was trying to be,
cookie’s gonna open the lid on the cookie jar
and then all the little sugar cookies will finally be free.

There won’t be any need for red food coloring,
nor blue, nor green nor orange or yellow in the batter,
you see, that cookie was very smart because she knew something they didn’t,
and her knowledge of the story’s truth is why that cookie mattered.

And the red food coloring will be banned from the kitchen,
it burned too many good cookies yesterday,
it picked on the wrong sugar cookie,
the food coloring will be banned and sent away.

The swing arm on the mixer will be repaired,
so that the dough ball starts spinning back in the right direction,
the truly damaged sugar cookie will set things straight,
who knew something so wonderful could come from such a small confection!

So right now the sugar cookie waits very quietly,
as the red food coloring thieves continue with their passive-aggressive attack,
justice will come with a royal icing but not for the sugar cookie as they plan,
for when you mix the colors together in the cupboards all those colors become an unsightly shade of black.

So the dark spider with the ants in the kitchen corner better beware,
the food coloring thieves lurking in the shadows will be removed from his lair,
and then the little cookies will be free for that is sugar cookie’s view of democracy,
and the delicate little confections will no longer be in despair.

Stephanie K. Dow

Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

Retreived from:

http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/invictus/

A Response to a News Article about Racial Stereotyping Thursday, Jul 25 2013 

There is another article about racial stereotyping out regarding two little boys in separate incidences taking the family car for a joy ride both getting caught by police while behind the wheel.

One boy is caucasian, the other is African-American. The issue is whether they were treated the same or whether there was racial prejudice.

I think the police handled the situations similarly and very well. Surveillance worked and people’s lives were saved including the lives of the children.

I do not think that the writers of this article have a strong case about racial stereotyping here as they try to present. The first boy’s intent was he wanted to see what it was like to drive, the second boy’s intent was more retaliatory against the adults with the intent of doing something “bad” and knowing it in an attempt to show he could do harm and then leave the adults to pay for it as retaliation. The psychology behind the intent is what led to the different end result, not an issue of race.

Truthfully, I thought the first family of the caucasian family didn’t punish him enough, he doesn’t seem to understand that he could have been killed or have killed someone else and four days without video games doesn’t really teach him that concept.

The second family of the African-American boy, the grandmother, had a better understanding of the gravity of what was done. Although many frown upon spanking these days, I believe her punishment, whatever she decided, would have been a better lesson learned and would have resulted in more than just a loss of video games, it would have been enough to make him realize accountability and feel remorse. That is probably why we see the different outcome of the case.

I do not believe that the article successfully presents racial stereotyping.

To see the article, please click on the link below.

Reference:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/22/media-kids-racial-stereotypes_n_3624740.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl16%7Csec1_lnk1%26pLid%3D348976

Response to President Obama’s new comments Friday, Jul 19 2013 

President Obama:

If I could write you a letter that would actually reach you, here is what I’d say:

Mr. President, stop hashing the Martin case into the ground about race, you are wrong. This attack on Trayvon Martin was NOT motivated by race!!!!!

If it had been James Holmes from Aurora bashing Mr. Zimmerman’s head into the ground, Mr. Zimmerman would still have taken the shot and been considered a hero for saving the people in the movie theater!!!

If it had been one of the Tsarnaev brothers on the day of the Boston bombing, Mr. Zimmerman would still have taken the shot and been a hero!!!

If it had been Adam Lanza and Mr. Zimmerman would have been at Sandy Hook Elementary School that day, he would have taken the shot and been a hero and saved a lot of innocent lives, black or white, or hispanic!!!

Why are you being a backwards racist to those who voted you into office to back a bunch of thugs? You are attempting to sway the public’s perception away from the truth. Your personal opinions, which negatively have impacted people, have generated a lot of rioting, are you accepting some sort of gratuity or money on the side for your view? Are gun control supporters feeding your personal coffers? Is the witness that spoke for Trayvon Martin getting any kind of financial gratuity for what she said in her testimony?

Do you always side with the gangsters and criminals? No wonder we are having problems in this country. Racial relations are NOT better in this country and if you say that you are wrong. They are worse, and your attitude is part of the cause. I have friends of all colors, shapes and sizes and I don’t discriminate like you do.

Trayvon Martin was the attacker, he was armed with a block of cement as a weapon and beating someone’s head against the ground. If your surveillance had been better to catch criminals in the area in the first place, he might not be dead right now, he would be held accountable just like James Holmes, the Tsarnaev brothers, and the man who held his mother hostage for hours and dragged her into a WalMart last weekend threatening to kill her. You have no one to blame but YOURSELF as respondeat superior of law enforcement that FAILED the neighborhood that day.

Why don’t you focus your efforts on your own homefront since you are Commander-in-Chief and right now your navy onion software is allowing sex offenders and perpetrators committ crimes for themselves under your administration without accountability. Some of us are victims of THAT and we aren’t getting the justice we deserve either.

Stop turning this into gun control issues to bolster a political position that prevents us from defending ourselves. I am completely disgusted with you right now as a taxpayer.

At least Stevie Wonder isn’t racist. He’s going to bar ALL races from his concerts in Florida, black, white AND hispanic so he can go have a personal temper tantrum!!! Rev. Sharpton, and Rev. Jackson, with all due respect to all you do, I hope you will come to my aid if I am ever in need, because I am being set up in my life wrongfully as well; do I have to be black to qualify for your intervention if I am being personally targeted?

Why don’t you ask why the African-American community, under your administration Mr. President, who are publicizing graphic representations of Martin Luther King and putting them out to the public (by one who is a former member of your administration) why they are being racist? You are creating the negative animosity with the release of that photo that denotes stalking and racial problems with which you grew up. Martin Luther King’s family member agreed publicly today that that photo and the message it sends was NOT how Rev. King would want to be represented. You should have your colleague retract it along with the darkside skittles pop-up commercial ads.

Why not put James Holmes in a hoodie, he hooded himself with red hair, didn’t he? Didn’t Adam Lanza wear a hoodie? I think he did!!!!! Why are your associates only putting Trayvon Martin in a hoodie online? Are you racist? Is he getting special treatment?

By singling out Trayvon Martin for special consideration, you are making this a race case and making YOURSELF a racist, Mr. President. Your attitude is also causing race-relation problems.

To the Martin parents–I do feel sorrow and understand why they can’t be objective. Right or wrong, they have to stand by their son’s actions, because he is their son. I understand. It is a terrible loss for them. I sincerely grieve.

Apparently however, because the attacker was black and 17, we have to embrace him as the gangster and not hold him accountable like we do the white attackers who are gangsters as well and then we have to blame swap the entire situation onto the responsible older man who had done everything lawfully and who just happens to have lighter-colored skin so he can be set up out of convenience (and who also notified the proper people while it was all happening)……just because we have a black president.

Now THAT is the face of RACISM.

Response to article:
http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/19/19563211-obama-trayvon-martin-could-have-been-me-35-years-ago?lite

A Bleeding Heart Flower in Memoriam for the Children in India Friday, Jul 19 2013 

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Image courtesy of qualitystockphotos.com

I am left speechless today and bereft over the loss of innocent children in India. May the sick monster be brought to justice.

Thoughts for today…….. Wednesday, Jul 17 2013 

If I could write a letter to Stevie Wonder, here is what I would say:

Dear Mr. Wonder:

Regarding your boycott of Florida and other state venues, I would tell you that if I were still your fan (which I no longer am), I would take any of your music I owned and mail it back to you express mail, particularly if I were a fan and I lived in Florida. It takes a very small man to take his anger out on his fans, and punish them by refusing to play where they are located, simply because he doesn’t agree with an outcome of a case that has NOTHING to do with his fans, who he is going to make LOSE so his rage can be channeled and displaced. It is actually quite immature for someone who is supposed to be an icon of the music establishment and for whom we are supposed to look up to and regard.

If I were still your fan (which I haven’t been for over 30 years), I would boycott YOU right back. Don’t bother coming to my state, you will have at least one empty seat who won’t bother spending the money for the ticket.

Sincerely,

A former fan

P.S. If you could tell your friends on AOL.com to please stop stalking people who simply want the news, by ceasing the Darkside Skittles ads popping up and pictures defiling Rev. Martin Luther King’s photo as a hooded gangster, America really doesn’t need the message and tone it’s delivering, Rev. King would never have wanted it. It’s just going to cause more damage to this country and some of us have had enough of the antics and intent. We get your messages as Americans, we are choosing to stand our ground rather than cater to criminals who have a need for power and control. Thank you.

More thoughts on the Zimmerman case……. Tuesday, Jul 16 2013 

Now there is new speculation that the Federal Government might launch yet another case against George Zimmerman.  At this point, it becomes harrassment for Mr. Zimmerman.

Eric Holder should have some common sense.  If he were getting his head pounded to the pavement that could cause a serious head injury and having his nose broken, what would he do?  He would do exactly what Mr. Zimmerman did, he would have fired the weapon to get the attacker off him.  So would I.  If Mr. Zimmerman were African-American, this case would not have been so publicized.  If Mr. Martin were white, we would have never heard about it.

What is unfortunate is where is the satellite imagery of the attack?  Knowing that there were break-ins, why was surveillance conveniently shut down or non-existent in the neighborhood to begin with?  The lead coroner on this very high profile case mysteriously can’t even recall doing the autopsy?   Where is the technology to match voice recognition to see whose voice was screaming for help?  Where were the police in the seven minutes after the initial call?

The break-ins and robberies in the neighborhood were coincidentally done by a group of African-American males and you have someone fitting the description dressing like a gangster who suddenly launches an attack on the neighborhood watch leader, breaks his nose and pounds his head to the pavement, yet the government wants to find ANY reason it can to lay blame on the ONE guy protecting his neighborhood simply because ALL of the government personnel and agencies who SHOULD have been there with both surveillance and cars FAILED the neighborhood.

Sounds like a set up to me……a spider bite that bit the spider back instead…….don’t look too deep Mr. Holder you just may find what you are looking for…….hang in there Mr. Zimmerman.

Response to the Zimmerman case Sunday, Jul 14 2013 

With regards to the Zimmerman case I believe that the truth has been upheld.  There has been racial profiling and discrimination on both sides of the case, so the “race card” needs to be thrown out.  The fact that this was made into a case of “race” is just hysteria being created to try to cause litigation and deter and cloud people from the truth.

The fact that President Obama has made this his personal “race case” in his description of Mr. Martin to try to sway American opinion before the trial happens lowers my opinion of him greatly.  He has shown a great lack of integrity here……..

Personally, my opinion is this, if you don’t want to be profiled, then don’t dress like a gangster.  It is THAT simple.  If you are going to dress in gangster fashion, and emulate gangster persona in an area that has seen crimes and break-ins already,  you bring it on to yourself and create the problem in the first place.

Mr. President–To prove your point—— if you think this is about race, why don’t you show up to work next week with a gold tooth, gold chains, excessive “bling”, tattoos, and a hoodie and meet with the foreign leaders this way and see how you are received and how far you get?  In fact, why didn’t you run for President of the United States this way?

Why don’t we see ANY pictures of you dressed in this manner speaking to the mass media or going out in public?  If you believe that Mr. Martin could’ve been your son, then why don’t we see you dressed in the same manner as an example?

And in the days where you have teenagers walking into schools with guns killing people, blindly taking aim on college campuses and in public gathering areas, and where bombs are getting set off, these issues are GOING to happen and it is a much bigger issue than Mr. Zimmerman. The President of the United States SHOULD have been silent, waited for the evidence, and been the bigger man and the example.

When you come to the defense of ALL kids at the expense of the complete TRUTH of all parties involved, you create and invite crime to flourish because truth gets shoved under the carpet and let’s face it……….. not all kids are good kids…….just like not all people who the court claims dress like gangsters, are actually gangsters.

I believe that his neighborhood was what Mr. Zimmerman was trying to PROTECT in this instance. I definitely would call him to handle a few of my neighbors on the street.

I would have supported  Mr. Martin just as readily IF the evidence had been different.  It wasn’t about race—-they are both minorities, it was about upholding the truth. Rev. Sharpton and his constituents should actually choose to only defend cases that are truly about race, and learn not the play the “race card” when it suits them because they lose some credibility that way on cases that truly beg for their intervention.

I do not believe there was any injustice done and race was certainly not a motivator.  As much as I grieve for the Martin family at the loss of their son, Mr. Zimmerman was clearly acting in self-defense in this case and made the proper calls to authorities to alert them that something was wrong.   He might not be a perfect person, but if he had any intent to hurt this young man or was a vigilante, he never would have alerted police that something suspicious was going on in the neighborhood beforehand.

It is apparent that Mr. Zimmerman had no intention of hurting Mr. Martin at the onset of the altercation , otherwise he would not have contacted the police just prior.  Mr. Zimmerman was the one who was being attacked from the wounds seen at his arrest.  Mr. Martin did not have any wounds other than the gunshot.

By making this a “race case” you make it difficult for us to protect ourselves from true perpetrators and assaults in the future, and let’s face it, some of them are African-American as well as white, and some of the perpetrators over the last few years have been young.  It isn’t racial profiling…….it is fact.

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/13/19441838-jury-finds-george-zimmerman-not-guilty?lite

Poem Friday, Jul 5 2013 

If I could make a difference to the world I would know just where to start,
I would teach people kindness again and restore the hope in their heart.
I would work to make the world a safe place, for those who chose to walk in the light,
and for those who chose the dark side of life, I would put up one hell of a fight.

I might sound cliché with my thoughts on this topic, and sadly almost redundant,
but I would work to restore prosperity and happiness to people,
and make opportunities for all people abundant.

I haven’t always done everything perfectly, but my good heart is in the right place.
I’m not the entity trying to manipulate and control the minds of the whole human race.
If I could change the world in some way I wouldn’t hold people hostage to fears,
I would work to ensure care and concern for all people that would last for years and years.

I would never stoop to do what I could to humiliate and publicly degrade them,
I wouldn’t disrespect other’s religious beliefs and I wouldn’t target people and then violently raid them.
It is a sad, sad state of our nation and world when good people are attacked and left without aid,
who then are brushed under the carpet as strategic handshakes and dirty deals are made.

We need to value and cherish our whole human race, and reach for a much grander vision,
one that doesn’t hurt and abuse us and leave us weeping in vain upon a decision,
If I had the power to make change in the world, I would disempower sadistic forces,
I would only employ police and military men whose honesty and integrity itself endorses.

I would make sure money and power are controlled only by people who care,
and when I brought down the drug and trafficking trade, well, people just didn’t think I’d dare…….
I would embrace my countrymen who come forward with great ideas for the land,
and if I needed to bring us back from the brink of war I would extend my hand.

I would work day and night to not let humanity down,
and just think I was able to accomplish these feats, coming from such a small hometown.
My vision for the world is not what you may have seen of me, goodness knows I seem free to degrade, but I always believed that when the world gave you lemons, you simply take them and make good lemonade.

If I could make a difference in the world today, I would try to set injustices right,
because people who wear certain colors like red, blue, green, and orange seem only to act out of hatred and spite.

My vision for the world is not one of hatred, or people who simply act out of rage,
but one of peacefulness and global disarming, and freedom for people of every age.
Instead of mass graves, we would only need to plant flowers and nurture the world back to health,
and we would live side by side peacefully with other countries and there would be plenty of wealth.

If I could make a difference in the world I see today, for actions I would hold people accountable,
because right now there are so many people trying to damage to good people
that the task seems almost insurmountable.

When you live your life in an assaulting situation it is difficult to have hope,
each day just seems to be what it seems to take to survive and to allow you somehow to cope.
If my voice ever made a difference to the thousands of children for whom I thoughtfully taught,
is that you hold your ground against adversity, and sooner or later the real bad guys would get caught.

My vision for the world is accountability for crimes and not in teaching children how dishonest they can be, because that will lead to global destruction of us, integrity is the key.
I taught my students how to work together for a concert, how to reach for the standing ovation, 
it would be my solemn dream to be able to do that for an entire nation.

We have very important decisions to make ahead globally
about what types of power structures we want to lead us,
whether it is based on instituting an initiative of peace and freedom for all men,
or if we are just simply their playthings and they don’t even need us.

If I were to create change in the world
I would celebrate the intellectual minds of people,
create opportunities to thrive, keep people independent and alive,
and show respect to each person, spire, and steeple.

If I could make a change in the world, I would strive to put an end to corruption,
so that all countries could thrive and live peacefully without unnecessary chaos and interruption.
My dream for the world would truly be that there would be a way to live hand in hand,
with no more hatred or war, unnecessary deaths or violent attacks, and that peace would rule the land.

But I am only one person against these problems being strategically set up so that my voice will never matter, and the fact that my ideas and visions for the world don’t count just keep making me ever more sadder.
Maybe someday there will be someone I meet who shares my same grand visions, 
who isn’t bogged down by politics and would make the same global decisions.

Then there would be someone who might make a difference where I couldn’t,
and stop the bad guys who learned to cheat to win by doing things that they shouldn’t.
Then there would be a hope that the world could be a better place, 
letting the visionaries win for once and save the whole human race.

If I could make a difference in the world, I would tell you this today,
it’s the good deed you pass forward, in some small insignificant way.
It’s the smile that might escape another that you so graciously give,
it’s picking up the phone and letting someone know that it matters to you that they live.

It’s the helping hand that you lend another, when the chips have all gone down,
it’s the hug that you give someone, when sad news gives them a frown.
You don’t need to have a lot of money to make a difference in the world you just need to persevere,
and let the people around you know that you hold them dear.

If I could take a moment to end my thoughts below the glass,
I would say don’t stoop to the level of your oppressors and choose to live life with more class.
If I could reach my former students, here is what I would say……….
you always left me proud of you………. each and every day.

Now go and make a difference and make the world a better place, 
and stand tall and fight with courage against adversity with dignity and grace.  
When the world has left you lemons then go make some lemonade,
and let them know how strong you are and that you will make the grade.

When the bad guys have done the worst to you just be the bigger man,
and face your fears head on and be the difference if you can.
Fix the wrongs in the world and try to set things right,
and those who have been victimized will appreciate your fight.

For when your life is over and you gone to another land………

………you want to leave a better world behind for a child that once held your hand.

Stephanie K. Dow

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