GOLDEN ALLEGORY IN THAT PRAYER
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, it’s been another interesting week, has it not? In the midst of the bamboo saber rattling in North Korea, Canada learned that the United States is under no obligation to defend its northern neighbor. My hunch is that this will be corrected in short order and I’m certain that the American position will revolve around the term “obligated”, We may not be required by treaty or stated policy but in defending Canada, we do, in fact, protect our northern borders and Alaska, as well.
It was almost bitterly depressing to watch the resignation of Seattle mayor Ed Murray, in the wake of more allegations of sexual abuse. Thus far, five accusers over a four-decade span of time have come forth, including a family member. Murray also spent time in Ireland and is under investigation there now. Murray is gay but there is no taint of homophobia in any of this. His community has not turned against him and his domestic partner has not left him. And I do not believe that his personal proclivities affected his ability to serve in the state legislature before he became mayor. Yes, I voted for him.
If the charges against him are true, Ed Murray violated kids. To me, there is no greater crime on the face of this earth than hurting a child and there is no excuse for it. There is also no justification for it. Nowhere on this planet has it ever been okay to rape children, gay or otherwise. If the charges are true ~ and we will find out as due process is served ~ I want Ed Murray to be treated accordingly.
What bothers me most at this point is whether Ed Murray was vetted as thoroughly as he should have been or whether we were too sensitive to his gender-preference to do a thorough investigation that could have been misinterpreted by the LGBT community as persecution based on gender bias.
It looks like autumn is here now and I never in my life thought I’d be so glad to see rain again. This three-month drought here cost us the corn and most of the pumpkins. We also lost most of our wild spearmint and blackberry season ended early. But Dac’s box planted tomatoes survived, along with Russell’s carrots and everybody’s sunflowers and potatoes planted in two gardens, along with the mint we transplanted to protect the house against rats. We learned a lot and next year’s harvest will be richer as a result.
I truly hope there is golden allegory in that prayer.
On that note, then, gang, have a great week and thanks for the ear.
“SITTING” WITH MIKHEIL SAAKASHVILI
This week was quite interesting in terms of how personal paths sometimes intersect with the ones on close media attention. It started on the 10th of September at Przemyśl, Poland with a crowd of journalists who appeared to be interviewing Mikheil Saakashvili, who was about to sit with his supporters in the train to Ukraine. But that was only beginning of the story.
How the politician finally got into the country can be read here Former governor Mikheil Saakashvili ‘forces entry’ to Ukraine
On the opposite, the crossing the border for usual Ukrainians and guests of the country that day wasn’t easy from the other side. Foreign friends told me that they needed to stay in the queue a few hours longer then usual. Acquaintances from Ukraine who had a bus to Poland complained that their bus was stopped on the border for about 10 hours. As you know, that is a nightmare if you have kids aboard. Seems like additional delay was caused by aforementioned political events. As is quite often the case, politics following interests of elites quite often makes things more complicated for ordinary people.
In the morning 12th already in Lviv there was another gathering of journalists near the hotel Leopolis in the center of the town, where Mikheil Saakashvili stays. On that stage, some procedure was followed to legalize his stay as some representatives of border service were present and the politician signed protocol on realizing his rights and responsibilities on the territory of Ukraine. It was such a big crowd for such a sleepy little town where most of the time, all thoughts in the morning are about coffee.
Next time the place that I saw a politician was at The 24th Lviv International Book Fair and 12 International Literature Festival
While it’s a big question how further events will unfold, it is interesting that the opposition parties mirroring the situation with the western border would like to bring former Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovich from the eastern border.
That’s it for this week, Mishka. Be good and stay safe, my cousin. Olya
Olya Bereza, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian. She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management. For comments on this please go here.
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