Sunday, December 17, 2006

If you are considering whether a Blog is worth your time; if you wonder if perhaps you spend too much time researching facts and articles "on the net", just look what Time magazine has to say in their Person Of The Year Issue...see article, below:

Time magazine's Person of the Year: You By LARRY McSHANE, Associated Press Writer
Sun Dec 17, 5:10 AM ET

Congratulations! You are the Time magazine "Person of the Year."

The annual honor for 2006 went to each and every one of us, as Time cited the shift from institutions to individuals — citizens of the new digital democracy, as the magazine put it. The winners this year were anyone using or creating content on the World Wide Web.

"If you choose an individual, you have to justify how that person affected millions of people," said Richard Stengel, who took over as Time's managing editor earlier this year. "But if you choose millions of people, you don't have to justify it to anyone."

The magazine did cite 26 "People Who Mattered," from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il to Pope Benedict XVI to the troika of President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

And Stengel said if the magazine had decided to go with an individual, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was the likely choice. "It just felt to me a little off selecting him," Stengel said.

The 2006 "Person of the Year" package hits newsstands Monday. The cover shows a white keyboard with a mirror for a computer screen where buyers can see their reflection.

It was not the first time the magazine went away from naming an actual person for its "Person of the Year." In 1966, the 25-and-under generation was cited; in 1975, American women were named; and in 1982, the computer was chosen.

"I always love it when it's a person — and it is a person, not a computer or something like that," Stengel said. "We just felt there wasn't a single person who embodied this phenomenon."

Last year's winners were Bill and Melinda Gates and rock star Bono, who were cited for their charitable work and activism aimed at reducing global poverty and improving world health.

On the Net:

So if you already HAVE a Blog--keep journaling, keep writing--My Mom--Demetra says:"You never know whose life you may touch."
And if you don't have a Blog--either start writing one, or start reading some--and RESPONDING to them--read, and post a comment--it's the new world of interactive communication--like the World has never seen......

A Few Blogs, and sites--some spiritual, some political, some literary --I highly recommend:
Collin Kelley
Dustin Brookshire
Cherryl Floyd-Miller
Cecilia Woloch
Baghdad Burning
Blogs about Peace
One thing more I-- Lisa Allender, would like to share today--today, December 17th--I listened to Colin Powell on Face The Nation, and even he repeated that we must leave Iraq. He emphasized that we must leave,"Unless we plan on staying there forever....I'm not convinced adding more troops will accomplish anything."
When asked "Will we have victory in Iraq?" he replied
"It depends on how you define victory--but no, I don't see that--victory--in the cards."
Gen. Powell, who long ago escaped this disturbing Administration, and who himself is guilty of at least naivete' where George W. is concerned, stated that we(the US) should offer support in the form of political advisers, and equipment, not more troops...Imagine, a conservative-to-moderate GENERAL, saying NO....

To see what a young Iraqi girl thinks about our continued occupation in Iraq, read on....
This is the latter part of an early November entry, from the young Iraqi girl who writes Baghdad Burning:
It’s not about the man- presidents come and go, governments come and go. It’s the frustration of feeling like the whole country and every single Iraqi inside and outside of Iraq is at the mercy of American politics. It is the rage of feeling like a mere chess piece to be moved back and forth at will. It is the aggravation of having a government so blind and uncaring about their peoples needs that they don’t even feel like it’s necessary to go through the motions or put up an act. And it's the deaths. The thousands of dead and dying, with Bush sitting there smirking and lying about progress and winning in a country where every single Iraqi outside of the Green Zone is losing.

Once again… The timing of all of this is impeccable- two days before congressional elections. And if you don’t see it, then I’m sorry, you’re stupid. Let’s see how many times Bush milks this as a ‘success’ in his coming speeches.

A final note. I just read somewhere that some of the families of dead American soldiers are visiting the Iraqi north to see ‘what their sons and daughters died for’. If that’s the goal of the visit, then, “Ladies and gentlemen- to your right is the Iraqi Ministry of Oil, to your left is the Dawry refinery… Each of you get this, a gift bag containing a 3 by 3 color poster of Al Sayid Muqtada Al Sadr (Long May He Live And Prosper), an Ayatollah Sistani t-shirt and a map of Iran, to scale, redrawn with the Islamic Republic of South Iraq. Also… Hey you! You- the female in the back- is that a lock of hair I see? Cover it up or stay home.”

And that is what they died for.
This Holiday Season, all of you---please meditate, and pray--for PEACE....

More on Peace at:

I hope this has been a real CLICK-in-the-ass for all of you, to get busy reading, get busy writing, get busy responding--so, get clicking !!!


rhea_becker said...

So it really is all about me. I mean, us.
The Boomer Chronicles

Lisa Allender said...

You're funny, Rhea.I'm going to go find The Boomer Chronicles...
Thanks for the note.Come again!

Collin said...

We're all stars!