PHOEBE SINGS 

Below is a photos of Granddaughter Phobe and here are summaries of some of our discussions with her:


Phoebe Can I be a fireman?

YES IN YOUR IMAGINATION. IMAGINATION IS GOOD FOR YOU, IT EXORCISES YOUR BRAIN.

Do you have a favorite boy?
YES. HIS NAME IS BENJAMIN. I THINK WE WILL BE MARRIED.

Will you have children?

YES. WE WILL HAVE TWO. I WANT THE FIRST ONE TO BE A BOY. I THINK MY BROTHER AIDAN WILL HAVE HARD TIME FINDING A WIFE. HE DOES NOT LIKE TO HEAR GIRLS SINGING.

When you grow up do you still want to be a fireman?

MAYBE. I MAY BECOME A LIFE GUARD. MY MOTHER WAS A LIFE GUARD.
MAYBE I WILL BE IN COMPUTERS LIKE MY DAD.

Aliceann takes her to MACDONALDS. She orders two servings of Chicken Nuggets and is asked how many Nuggets she ate?.

I ATE TEN. MY FIRST ORDER WAS SIX (She holds up six fingers). MY SECOND ORDER WAS FOUR. (She adds four fingers) SEE THAT ADDS TO TEN.

We are driving guided by our Global Positioning System (GPS). she is in the back seat carefully listening to our male guide. We call him Richard. Finally she observes

WHEN YOU COME TO A CROSS ROAD AND RICHARD DOES NOT TELL YOU TO TURN YOU SHOULD GO STRAIHT AHEAD.






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PHOEBE SINGS 

Granddaughter Phoebe Ann Fritschler will be five years old on September 25, 2009. She is seen here singing one of her many favorits "PUFF THE MAJIC DRAGON". Aliceann and I record some recent comments she shared on a range of subjects. BFH
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WEDNESDAY CLERGY FELLOWSHIP 

WEDNESDAY CLERGY FELLOWSHIP

AND RACEISM

For many years I have been a member of the Wednesday Clergy Fellowship a group of largely African-American pastors with active church ministries in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Its major purpose is spiritual. Each weekly meeting begins in the sanctuary of various hosting Congregations. There are prayers, hymn singing and testimonies in support of our Christian ministries. After an ample breakfast the conference session begins with a spiritual presentation by our Facilitator. This is usually followed by often passionate discussion. The public policy portion usually involves a presentation by one or more spokesman for an affinity group. They support community action in areas like housing, employment, and a great array of social concerns particularly with emphasis upon the plight of the poor. The meeting ends in about two hours with a spiritual message delivered to one of the members.

On September 16 at the first summer post-vacation session the major concern expressed by the Facilitator and the members was a very distressing demonstration of hatred and animosity dramatized in the series of public meetings on medical reform. There is deep concern about this substitution of ugliness for informed public debate. There is also a strong suspicion that a major part of this ugliness is based on racism and sponsored by Republican Right wingers like talk show haters like Rush Limbaugh.

One of the summers triggering incidences was an outburst by South Carolina Congressman Wilson during Pres. Barrack Obama's Joint Congressional session on medical reform. He shouted “You Lie” before the entire leadership of the federal government and televised to the entire world.

The president through his spokesman Ron Emanuel immediately accepted Wilson's prompt apology. The president noted that all of us make mistakes. The House of Representatives however voted principally along party lines to reprimand the Congressman. Again the president in keeping with his almost 2 year long campaign absolutely refuse to get into any race baiting. At this writing he gives every indication of letting the matter rest.

It should be noted that the photograph above was taken in the parking area of the 19th St., Baptist Church size of our meeting. The question of what church the Obamas will attend while in Washington is still not known. The President and his family have attended this church which is a former synagogue now operated as a Baptist church.

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Church Meeting 

My friend Alphonso Harrod seen at church reunion.
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STOP THE WARS 

Quaker Anti War Lawn Poster



The Quakers have it right! Their poster pictured on our Oliver Street lawn is clear. WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER. During most of my adult life we have been at war. Since the end of the Cold War we have not been able to win a single one of these wars. We lost the war in Vietnam; the incursions in Somalia and Lebanon. We continue to lose the on going twin wars are in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Unfortunately our newly elected President Obama took ownership of the war in Afghanistan on February 2009 when he ordered 17,000 new soldiers to the 36,000 U.S. soldiers already in Afghanistan. He has vowed to exit Iraq after 6 1/2 years of combat and 35,810 American casualties plus hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraq citizens. The later incidentally are listed as Collateral Damage. The casualties continue to accumulate with no firm exit date.

Critics of America are correct when they note that when it comes to history we are ignorant. When we do not understand the past is very difficult to deal with the future. For example the Vietnamese defeated and humbled the French Colonialists Army. Mindlessly we jumped right in and took their place for almost another bloody decade.

In Afghanistan with massive American assistance and the help of terrorist Osama bin Laden the Afghanistan’s forced the invading Russians out. This defeat was a major factor in the collapse of communism and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
The Russians paid a terrible price for their blunders. They officially reported the loss of 13,833 soldiers killed. The propaganda free estimate of losses is several times higher. They paid a huge price with the loss of 118 jets; 333 helicopters; 147 tanks and massive amounts of other material. We ignores the Russian esperienc and jumped into Afghanistan anyway.

We are not even that good at war anymore. We are the most powerful military force ever assembled and yet after all these years our military has not conquered Iraq or Afghanistan small counties with no air force, navy, missiles or even much of an army..
It is my personal belief that we are fortunate to have elected Barrack Obama with the potential of being a truly great President in a time of desperate financial downdraft. This inherited crisis is correctly at center stage in the minds and hearts of all Americans. First things first! Let's first get Americans back to work and the economy out of the clutches of obscenely greedy Wall Street manipulators. At the same times it is vital to bring our military home.

I hope this happens in my lifetime but at my age in all candor odds are against it. However it turns out I think the Quakers have it right and I'm going to bequeath my Quaker lawn signs to my children and grandchildren.






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