Robert L. Peters

19 March 2013

Said to be a carpenter by trade…

Cartoon by Art Young (1866-1943)

6 March 2013

Where there is love there is life.

—Mahatma Gandhi

5 March 2013

Exporting democracy…

(image source unknown)

24 January 2013

Do small things with great love.

Any questions?

9 January 2013

Warriors are not what you think of as warriors. The warrior is not someone who fights, for no one has the right to take another life. The warrior, for us, is the one who sacrifices himself for the good of others. His task is to take care of the elderly, the defenseless, those who cannot provide for themselves, and above all, the children, the future of humanity.

Sitting Bull (1831-1890)

20 December 2012

Bushmaster target marketing…

(American advert)

As a man, I find it very sad when “masculinity” is equated with dominant force and “firepower” in such a clichéd manner… thankfully much of the “civilized” world has moved beyond equating virility with aggression and violence.

Killing scores of young children by firing hundreds of high-velocity rounds from a semiautomatic military-style Bushmaster assault rifle is “macho?” Really?

15 December 2012

People with guns kill people.

Any questions?

14 December 2012

Still relevant today… an advert from 1981.

God bless America… indeed.

8 December 2012

We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it.

—John Lennon (taken from us 32 years ago today)

1 December 2012

The trouble with normal…

Strikes across the frontier and strikes for higher wage

Planet lurches to the right as ideologies engage

Suddenly it’s repression, moratorium on rights

What did they think the politics of panic would invite?

Person in the street shrugs— “Security comes first”

But the trouble with normal is it always gets worse

Callous men in business costume speak computerese

Play pinball with the Third World trying to keep it on its knees

Their single crop starvation plans put sugar in your tea

And the local Third World’s kept on reservations you don’t see

“It’ll all go back to normal if we put our nation first”

But the trouble with normal is it always gets worse

Fashionable fascism dominates the scene

When ends don’t meet it’s easier to justify the means

Tenants get the dregs and landlords get the cream

As the grinding devolution of the democratic dream

Brings us men in gas masks dancing while the shells burst

The trouble with normal is it always gets worse

Bruce Cockburn, 30 June 1981, Toronto

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