OLD NOTEBOOKS: In the midst of my contemplation of this Chinese Buddha, along comes an image that becomes a memory; it’s all these objects of reverence and holy things that seem to clutter this central object of focus, the continous chanting by Buddhists from all countries and dressed in different kinds of costumes with bells and accessories, and accouterments… and my own sense of reverence.
When I was a young guy I stayed with an Anglican priest in a Victorian vicarage until I could find my own place. It was my first job, supply teacher in a rough high school in East London, just before Christmas and I hadn’t really thought about it, coming from the far North East, a heritage of strong whisky, fishing boats in the North Sea and gales. Christmas wasn’t meaningful there.
By comparison, everything in London seemed soft and gentle, small wrapped gifts from everyone…
Ina, this is such a good article. I have to say I can’t figure out why anyone would want Communism back. But they seem to. May your words keep people thinking about Democracy and not take Croatia back into the past. Hugs, Barbara
Government of Croatia 2016 Photo: http://www.vlada.hr Prime Minister: Tihomir Oreskovic First Deputy Prime Minister: Tomislav Karamarko Deputy Prime Minister: Bozo Petrov Minister Internal Affairs: Vlaho Orepic Minister Foreign and European Affairs: Miro Kovac Minister of Finances: Zdravko Maric Minister of Defense: Josip Buljevic Minister of Justice: Ante Sprlje Minister of Administration: Dubravka Jurlina-Alibegovic Minister of Agriculture: Davor Romic Minister of Environment Protection: Slaven Dobrovic Minister of Economy: Tomislav Panenic Minister Veterans’ Affairs: Mijo Crnoja Minister of Construction/Building: Lovro Kuscevic Minister of Business: Darko Horvat Minister of Maritime, Traffic and Infrastructure: Oleg Butkovic Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds: Tomislav Tolusic Minister for Social Politics and Youth: Bernardica Juretic Minister for Tourism: Anton Kliman Minister for Employment and Retirement Funds: Nada Sikic Minister for Health: Dario Nakic Minister for Science, Education and Sport: Predrag Sustar Minister for Culture: Zlatko Hasanbegovic
BIOGRAPHIES/CVs of Croatia’s new Government officials can be found HERE
Grand Jury Investigates Planned Parenthood, Indicts Anti-Abortion Activists Instead
By Christina Cauterucci
After months of investigation, a Houston, Texas grand jury has cleared Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast of wrongdoing—instead indicting the two anti-abortion activists who orchestrated last summer’s undercover videos that purported to show evidence of illegal fetal tissue donation practices.
On Monday, ABC13 reports, the Harris County grand jury indicted the Center for Medical Progress’s David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt for tampering with a governmental record, which is a felony. Daleiden earned a further charge of violating a ban on the purchase and sale of human organs—the exact law he was trying to prove that Planned Parenthood broke.
Texas lieutenant governor Dan Patrick initiated the probe in August 2015, commending the Center for Medical Progress’s alleged exposure of “the gruesome and barbaric work of Planned Parenthood and what appears to be its profiteering from selling body parts from aborted babies.” After watching the undercover videos, he asked Harris County district attorney Devon Anderson to launch a criminal investigation against Planned Parenthood.
“We were called upon to investigate allegations of criminal conduct by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast,” Anderson said in a statement. “As I stated at the outset of this investigation, we must go where the evidence leads us. All the evidence uncovered in the course of this investigation was presented to the grand jury. I respect their decision on this difficult case.”
This is a promising development for Planned Parenthood, which filed a lengthy lawsuit against Daleiden, Merritt, and their cohorts earlier this month, alleging that they secretly filmed Planned Parenthood staff, obtained fake I.D.s and credit cards, registered a fake tissue procurement company, and stole the identity of one of Daleiden’s high school classmates to carry out their sting operations.
“I want to assure everyone in Houston that I will use every resource allocated to this office to conduct a thorough investigation,” Anderson said at the start of the Harris County probe. “Should we find that laws were broken, we will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.” Thanks to the publicity Daleiden and his acolytes have earned, there are a lot of reproductive-rights supporters out there popping popcorn right now, rooting for Anderson to keep her promise.
Hilary Clinton gives her support to woman and Planned Parenthood.