plowshares into swords

And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: because they beat their plowshares into swords, and their pruning hooks into spears: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Storytelling Images

Think about all the money America is getting ready to spend at home and abroad.

Consider the visuals of the first acts of this American President…

…taking away aid for Americans who need our help.

Think about those images…

…still thinking?

Close your eyes for a moment now…

…are those pictures firmly in your mind?

Let those images and their stories flood your thoughts this morning.

Helping poor Americans First is wrong.




My apologies to and thanks for the inspiration this morning go out to


American demand for Stolichnaya Vodka is skyrocketing. US orders are outstripping on-hand inventory on the east coast to meet demand for the “Stoli-tini” (Stolichnaya and Tony Chachere’s Famous Creole Cuisine Bloody Mary, one to three on the rocks).

#Stolichnaya #AP

prosecutor who got Cohn disbarred

He considered Cohn a mentor.

– Mike Gentile –

Roy Cohn’s longtime secretary

Something Cohn had, Donald liked.

– Susan Bell –

Wanna bet?

I bet there are more sinners in Heaven than there are sinners in Hell.

like it or not the global market is the big ocean you cannot escape from

Are we looking at another Treasure Fleet moment right now, and failing to see the danger of elite-driven rentier mercantilism?


Der Donald

Civil liberties end when an attack on our safety begins.

Donald Trump, 1989

Tyranny Arises

Tyranny arises on some favorable emergency.

– James Madison –

What good are you?

What will matter is the good we did, not the good we expected others to do.

– Elizabeth Lesser –


Fear Everyone

Expel the Stranger

Blame the Poor

Ignore the Sick

Feed the Rich

Love Only Thyself

Trust Only Caesar

Throw Lots of Stones


From Marc Calvert courtesy of Dances With Squirrels on Stronger Together (Google+)

“Not My President” series, Leslie Hall Brown

In her “Not My President” series, Leslie Hall Brown creates collages mixing photography and illustration.

via Leslie Hall Brown — Discover

Don’t wait

via Don’t Wait For Mardi Gras to Visit New Orleans

don’t take the name of the Lord in vain

“You don’t take the name of the Lord in vain with your lips. You take it in vain with your life. It isn’t the people outside the church who take God’s name in vain. They’ve never taken it so they can’t take it in vain. It’s the people on the inside, the nice people who would not dare let one little cuss word fall over their lips—they’re the ones many time whose lives are totally unchanged by the grace of God. They’re the ones who take the name in vain.”

Clarence Jordan
-‘Persisting Threats to Authentic Faith,’ “The Substance of Faith.”

==> Follow Clarence Jordan on Facebook for more quotes and excerpts.


official deception, secret surveillance, manipulation of the past by a totalitarian or authoritarian state



Trump aide calls immigration order a ‘massive success story’


“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.”


 “War is peace. Freedom is slavery.  Ignorance is strength.”


“Big Brother is Watching You.”


“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”


“Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”


“The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.”


“The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power.”


“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”


“Orthodoxy means not thinking–not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”


“For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?”


“Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power”


George Orwell 

happiness schmappiness

There are lots of ways of being miserable, but there’s only one way of being comfortable, and that is to stop running round after happiness. If you make up your mind not to be happy there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have a fairly good time.


Edith Wharton

laugh…when you can

Always laugh when you can, it is cheap medicine.


George Gordon Byron 

Who are you?

Two things define you: Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.


Ron Beaubien 

Do you believe?

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

– Eleanor Roosevelt –

Fight the right war.

The war against hunger is truly mankind’s war of liberation.

– John F. Kennedy –

Cristian Mihai: Anxiety

Originally posted on Karma Is A Funny Thing: Anxiety. It overwhelms me. Last night was the worst in a long time. I lost three hours of sleep because of it. Alone with my thoughts and not sure what to do with myself… My husband took our kids to his Mother’s for a overnight. It…

via Anxiety. — Cristian Mihai

the most delicious soup ever created

The history of the greatest soup in the world, Billi Bi Soup, involves American millionaires, Greek princesses, racing boats and, of course, legendary chefs.

via The Greatest Soup In The World — We Are Chefs

Ray Laskowitz, STORYTELLER

The little cat. You liked him. I really liked him. So, I made a bunch of pictures. These are some of them. They are about getting ready before the second line. And, the first few minutes after the club hits the streets. Here’s how it goes. The clubs and supporting krews meet somewhere to finish […]

via That Little Cat — STORYTELLER

Ray Laskowitz, STORYTELLER

This picture says it all. About getting your hair cut. About getting photographed. About being forced to do anything. I’m not exactly sure about the interaction between the barber and his customer, but the man with the shears has a pretty good grip on the kid’s head. While the barber was cool with my work, his customer […]

via It Ain’t Easy — STORYTELLER

Robert Mann: Amazing Grace

By Robert Mann Among dozens of moments that define the historic, consequential presidency of Barack Obama was his moving eulogy of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., in June 2015. Pinckney and eight of his parishioners had died days earlier, victims of a young man’s violent racism. It […]

via Barack Obama’s amazing grace —

Thank God For Friends

The capacity for friendship is God’s way of apologizing for our families.


Jay McInerney 

On dreaming

All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.


―from SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM: A Triumph by T. E. Lawrence 

Robert Mann

By Robert Mann During almost 20 years working in the U.S. Senate, I learned how simple acts — a phone call, a letter, a face-to-face conversation — can influence a member of Congress. When I worked in Sen. John Breaux’s Baton Rouge office, we sometimes took 100-plus phone calls a day on an issue. That was […]

via Indivisible: Protecting progressivism in the Trump era — Something Like the Truth

Magic 8-balling in a post-fact world

it’s hard to lift one’s boat when the tide is going out


Yogi Berra, the future ain’t what it used to be!

How can we possibly navigate in this chaotic world for the next four years? Oh some use a Magic 8 ball, while others turn to Ouija boards . 



Slow growth and widening inequality continue to spur populist uprisings around the world

inequality increases

U.S. economy into a recession 

defense industry booms

permafrost melts releasing plague

emerging global middle class

Saudi Arabia teeters on the edge of instability as Mohammed bin Salman attempts to wean the kingdom off oil

Mass consolidation takes place in the cyber security market

economic growth persistently anemic 

Capital leaves South Africa

Currency wars intensify

Latin America rebounds on the back of a boom in agricultural commodities

Technological innovation accelerates

China’s economy continues to decelerate

Consumers begin demanding livestock be raised without the use of antibiotics

Rapidly rising populations in Africa and India

OPEC agrees to again cut oil production

Passive investing begins losing its appeal as active managers take advantage of these distortions to outperform indices


 “There are two types of forecasters: those who don’t know and those who don’t know they don’t know.” John Kenneth Galbraith:




Where is the resistance?

By Robert Mann As I write in my Times-Picayune | column this week, “preventing a racist plutocrat from reversing years of hard-won social and economic progress — or, worse, bumbling us into a war — won’t be easy, but the Tea Party’s success in 2009 provides a roadmap worth following. “At the very least,” […]

via Let them hear your voices: How to contact your Louisiana U.S. senators & representatives — Something Like the Truth

I’m a fan! (of what?)

I am against ‘Intelligence’ when in fact I am a big fan!


der Donald

Does the universe rotate around your ….

You can have no greater or lesser dominion than the one over yourself. The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.

– Leonardo da Vinci –

Do you see what I am saying?

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.


Stephen Covey


Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

William James

Real Freedom

Real freedom begins with obedience to a higher influence — a higher, finer energy within oneself.

Jacob Needleman

Hitler’s Religion | Frontpage Mag

Hitler’s God was a Darwin-inspired, non-personal, pantheistic deity exacting a pitiless survival-of-the-fittest-through-struggle morality. Neither Hitler nor Nazism were Christian, and the elimination of Christianity was certainly one of the long-term goals of Nazism.




via Hitler’s Religion | Frontpage Mag

Charity Hospital

Abandoned Southeast

Charity Hospital was once considered the safety net of New Orleans. It was a place where anyone could go and receive the best healthcare available. Established in 1736, by a French shipbuilder, whose dying wish was to fund a hospital for the poor. The first hospital building opened a year after New Orleans was founded in a small cottage located in the French Quarter. Charity Hospital quickly outgrew that facility and a handful of temporary hospitals sprung up around New Orleans. The administration was taken over by the Sisters of Charity, a group of Catholic nurses who would run the hospitals along with the Medical College of the University of Louisiana. By the 20th Century, New Orleans was rapidly growing and indigent care again exceeded Charity’s capacity.

Lelands Iphone 255.JPG From the rooftop the sunrise peaks out from behind Charity Hospital.

Charity HospitalCharity Hospital

Lelands Iphone 321 Today the hallways of Charity Hospital remain dark and empty.

In 1939, the Governor commissioned a new Art Deco-style 2,680 bed hospital tower on Tulane Ave in the…

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Happy 70th Birthday Pamela!

Today would have been Pam’s 70th Birthday! Happy birthday Pamela! I decided to change my website’s layout in honor of Pam’s birthday today. I leave my followers with this beautiful drawing made by Kokalina on Pinterest. I will also leave this beautiful dedication of Pam for her birthday by Jim Cherry

via Happy 70th Birthday Pamela! — .

la vie

Life is a comedy to those who think,

a tragedy to those who feel.


Jean Racine


Leftists. What is this the 1930’s?

Who really talks like that?

One leftist in the State Department is one too many?

Bring back black lists?

Suspend the writ of habeas corpus? Count leftists as three fifths of a person. “Leftists” was that a word they used a lot back when America was great?

we are asked to love

Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.

Thomas Merton


The reason. The reason why. If you like the way my images look, why is probably more important than how I come up with my ideas. Remember ideas are pretty personal. The most important thing to know is that I don’t do things just to do them. I may experiment, but I do it with […]

via The Reason — STORYTELLER

Actions are the ground on which I stand.

I’m of the nature to grow old. There is no way to escape growing old.


I am of the nature to have ill health. There is no way to escape having ill health.


I am of the nature to die. There is no way to escape death.


All that is dear to me and everything I have and everything I love are of the nature to change. There is no way to escape from losing them.


My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground on which I stand.


Upajjhatthana Sutra of the Buddha:

What are you making?

I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.

– Maya Angelou –

New rare Themis photos 1969 — Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson Morrison

New unseen rare photos (and some not so rare) from the Themis photo shoot by Raeanne Rubenstein, 1999

via New rare Themis photos 1969 — Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson Morrison

unheard are sweeter

Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.


John Keats

of the earth and of the stars

Be humble for you are made of earth. Be noble for you are made of stars.

– Serbian Proverb –

What do you think?

It’s ridiculous to think Russians interfered in our election but plausible to believe millions of American committed voter fraud.

Lafayette No. 2 — STORYTELLER

This is inspired. By this year. 2016. Soon to come to an end. I’m not even going to list the things that happened this year. Most of them were bad. You know what they were. It seems like the bad news never let up. One thing after another. One person after another. One musician after […]

via Lafayette No. 2 — STORYTELLER


The way. Forward. A friend of mine mentioned in an email that we are getting close to Mardi Gras. Well. Yeah. Sort of. Advent right now. Then, Christmas. Followed by the Twelfth Night. Carnival Season. Parade Season. And, Mardi Gras Day. Then, Ash Wednesday. Lent. Easter. Jazzfest. I suppose the cycle has started. Even though that seems […]


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