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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

May 31, 2015 Vol. 8 No. 36

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor



Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  As I reviewed the news of the past week, I somehow felt compelled to share this with you.  It is about how discrimination against immigrants is not just about those lost at sea.  It is about how it can infect the highest levels of any and all governments.  This is also about why such bigotry profits no one.

Yes, I will respond to my esteemed colleague, since I understand this issue has been raised in committee.

He is right.  I was not born in this country.  He is also correct in noting that my parents were not citizens of the nation in which I was born.

And as I am sure this esteemed body is aware, this and information like it could be used to support the contention that the immigrant population is not a stable one. 

Despite his being as powerful as I am small, I still do not think that is going to work for the senator.  And I will tell you why.

From the streets of my neighborhood to the hallowed halls we are in now, I see many people like me and mine.  America continues to be a melting pot.

As I look around this room at the faces of my fellow senators, I see lots of people who were not born here or who are first generation here.  Despite my esteemed colleague and his anti-immigration legislation, America continues to be a melting pot.

I do not define people by traditional lines but I do respect those other cultures who respect mine.  I am the sum of two people, and all those who came before them.  They were good people.  I am good people.

Now, the senator can make a career out of hating people like me.  He can get downright creative about it and he probably will.  He can call me anything he wants.  He can start another Holocaust. 

And if the members of this august body allow him, he might possibly get away with it.  It certainly would not be unprecedented and America is no more invulnerable to that than any other nation has been, despite our conceits to the contrary.

I am an American now and still from where I was born.  I am also a member of the world community and that voice, too, will be heard.

In the end, if he persists, all the senator is going to do is hurt a lot of people, including his own family.  He will most certainly lose his constituency because people where he lives do not put up with this.  That is what his hate is going to buy him. 

And in the end, he will have accomplished nothing, for there is one thing my esteemed colleague and all his hate cannot change, about me or any others like me and mine.  He cannot change who we are.  Even I could not do that and I will admit there are times when I have wished I could.

I do not begrudge the senator his feelings.  Where I am from, you do not kick a man when he is down.  And you do not judge a man’s soul because that is not up to you, it is up to God. 

If this august body does not want me here, it better tell me real soon.  If it does, then please protect me from esteemed colleagues like this one.

Thank you, Gentlemen.  I now call for the vote

Thanks for the ear, then, gang.  Have a good week.  And remember this magazine is ~ in large part ~ supported by small contributions from folks like you.  To drop a dollar in the sugar can, please go here


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With respect to demographics and the web of life, something tells me this is not getting the attention it deserves.  Saigas, an Endangered Antelope, Dying of Mystery Disease



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Peacekeepers Highlight Obstacles In Addressing Abuse

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Russian Warplanes Ward Off US Warship Acting ‘Aggressively’


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Amnesty Wants Ottawa To Reveal Details Of $15-Billion Saudi Arms Deal


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LA Imports Nearly 85 Percent Of Its Water—Can It Change That By Gathering Rain?

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Honduras: Ex-President’s Son Arrested

Colombia Rebels End Truce After A Government Attack

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U.S. And Cuba Extend Talks On Reopening Embassies

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Hello Mishka:

Recently Vitaliy Klitchko, mayor of Kiev, appealed to foreigners and investors with a letter Welcome Back to Kiev 

Few days ago young women travelers from the project Inside-Of-Living stepped into to this beautiful city, capital of Ukraine, after walking for a month from the eastern border (Kharkov region).for  Maybe there is no direct link between these two events, especially if we were to compare two gentle young women to an ex-boxing champion and now politician.  But what is important is that both represent a positive attitude throughout the nation and a benevolent attitude for newcomers.

And not the least, Kiev is a comfortable city not only for Ukrainians but for people from other countries too. A growing number of expats (expatriates) are choosing this city for living or for working.  The number of new businesses is proof enough that Kiev is indeed a commerce and cultural center both.

While the European Union is still debating liberalizing the visa process with Ukraine, the country is surely becoming open for international opportunities and not waiting for bureaucratic machine to follow.  And Kiev has definitely become a networking community for cosmopolitan professionals.

Stay warm, Mishka.

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor


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It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond its own borders.  A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.

This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew.  Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple.

Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient.  Deliver the survivors to the Bellingham Re-Education Center.

A simple operational order and one which has served America well.  Until Testament

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About minstrel312

MERRITT SCOTT MILLER Bio Wrath of the Testament Author and Northstar Journal editor Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller is a former newspaper reporter who has published extensively in the Pacific Northwest and several times nationally. A U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, he began his career in the alternative media of the mid-Seventies. His own Sacramento-based monthly ~ Rapline ~ drew praise from Sacramento BEE metro columnist Herb Michelson in a column published that that newspaper; and from Berkeley Film Quarterly editor and author of the bestsellers Ecotopia and Ecotopia Emerging, Ernest Callenbach. A Northern California native with roots in British Columbia, Mr. Miller has written for several Northwest community newspapers, United Press International, the daily Portland Oregonian and for such Seattle publications as the Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Press and the University Herald. As an investigative reporter for the McMinnville, Oregon News-Register ~ and in conjunction with CBS News in New York, Washington, DC and Flagstaff, Arizona ~ Mr. Miller localized a story of alleged Contra gun-running by an international air freight company headquartered in that Willamette Valley community. During the 1987 Angel Complex Fire in southern Oregon, Mr. Miller worked as the lead dispatcher for the U.S. Forest Service and covered the disaster for National Public Radio and as a special writer for the Portland, Oregonian. His 1988 series on child abuse for a rural weekly earned him praise from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. In his career as a journalist, Mr. Miller has interviewed a Nobel peace laureate; an internationally renowned abstract artist; a popular folksinger and various Pacific Northwest elected officials, include a state treasurer and governor. An accomplished travel book writer, Mr. Miller has penned demographic and feature copy for the “Best Choices” series on Eastern Washington, British Columbia, Virginia, South Carolina and Atlanta. As either a contract or staff publicist, he has served a host of clients including the Olympia Music Festival, Umpqua Valley Community Hospital, the City of Canyonville, the Tiller Ranger District, The English School, the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners, Yamhill County Assessor Kim Worrell and Workers of Oregon Development. His freelance publications include: United Press International, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Portland Oregonian, Forest World, American Trucking, Trucks, Oregon Adventures, Oregon Education, Old Oregon, The Entertainer, the Seattle Press, the San Juan Island Sounder, Northwest Passage, Northwest Connection, Seattle Source, Seattle Forum, the University of Colorado’s Writers Forum, Clouds, The long Beach Literary Journal and the Pacific Media Group. He has worked since the age of 13 and has been a hop harvester, professional musician, civil servant, forester, convenience market clerk, lumber mill worker, temporary word processor, technical writer and editor. He has also led a social services research and development team and has six years of radio and telephone communications experience. His interests include astronomy, aviation, camping, Canada, communications, conversation, cooking, dancing, economic development, education, environmentalism, exploration, film/DVDs, fine dining, government, green technology, health. History, human rights, International community, Internet media, law, literature, marine engineering & design, medicine, music, nature, networking, outdoors, pets, photography, romance, science, sexuality, technology, travel, water, wildlife His honors and awards include: Letter of Appreciation - Amnesty International; US Senator Patti Murray Letter of Appreciation for The Northstar Journal Blog; Editors Choice, International Library of Poetry; Congressman Edward Murray Letter of Appreciation; Congressman Frank Chopp Letter of Appreciation; Hersch Best Read on the Net Award for The Northstar Journal; President Bill Clinton Letter of Appreciation; Workers Of Oregon Development Certificate of Appreciation; City of Canyonville Police Department Certificate of Appreciation; City of Canyonville Mayor’s Office Certificate of Appreciation; California Supreme Court Justice Rose Bird Letter of Appreciation; Northwest Magazine Editorial Board Letter of Appreciation for Rain; Editorial Award, Society of Professional Journalists; Sacramento Bee Metro Column; Honor Roll: California State University Long Beach; Deans List: Long Beach City; Mr. Miller currently resides in Seattle, Washington, where he continues to edit and publish The Northstar Journal. He is working on two novels concurrently and a sequel to Wrath of the Testament.
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