Archive | July 22, 2012

“Nobody’s Right If Everybody’s Wrong”

There is a  song from a group of days gone by  that speaks very much of my day as a young rabble-rouser kind of rebel. I was an activist when that was a dirty word. I had so much hope, so many dreams as a community member of my this world. That was some 40 plus years ago when first. as a teen I found my political voice during the Viet Nam War. To say that I stood on just one side of the fence would be a great understatement since I both had friends that served multiple tours some never to return, and yet I also had strong convictions about where  we were as a country, and why. And I also do not still today understand all the pertinent details concerning the war and will not pretend to.

There were many musical artist’s of my time and their songs that would speak to my feelings and emotions concerning what our country was up to  back then. There is a reason I liked and to this day still find solace in folk music. I also find kindred thoughts with people who have a lot of similar beliefs. It was my music, it’s still very much part of who I am. If you were to peek into my music library you are going to find. Tom McLoughlin, Peter Paul & Mary, Artie and Arlo Guthrie, The Byrds, Crosby Stills & Nash, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot,  just to name a very few. I listened to and am  just as big  a fan of classic rock n roll too, but for different reasons I listened to and sang Folk Music

This song by Buffalo Springfield (no not Bruce Springfield!) “Something Is Happening Here was released in January 1967. I can remember where I was the first time I heard it on AM radio. Riding in the car with my older brother. We both looked at each other and just said; Farout!!  (fot those who are maybe too young to know this word = something like, “That’s Rad, or Oh Snap!”)

The lyrics which still today touch me and speak to my brain as well as my heart were written in 1966 by an incredible artist we know as Stephen Stills, who you may know as part of the Crosby Stills and Nash Trio.The song was first performed by the band Buffalo Springfield in 1966, then released as a single in ’67. and peaked number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

The timely message of Mr Still’s lyrics rang true then as they still do today which is may be why the song is currently ranked #63 on Rolling Stone‘s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

I had this song in my head all day today. I cannot recall the last time I heard it but it played itself over and over again today on my brains Bose’. I finally dug the old vinyl out and played it on an old, ancient, vintage, kid record player. The kind that looks like a small square suitcase. Between the album, the needle, the record player their combined melodies  caused the music to be arranged a bit differently. But the words were still there. That’s what I wanted to hear again and I did. I heard them and I cried. I cried for my lost generation, I cried for the next, and today I cried some more for today’s generations.

I am crying  once again… pleading in my life,…. or maybe I never stopped pleading…

Please Children, We’ve got to beware!

There’s Something Happening Here

~ written by Stephen Stills,  ~ Performed by Buffalo Springfield.

There’s something happening here

What it is ain’t exactly clear

There’s a man with a gun over there

Telling me I got to beware

 

I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound

Everybody look what’s going down

 

There’s battle lines being drawn

Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong

Young people speaking their minds

Getting so much resistance from behind

 

I think it’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound

Everybody look what’s going down

 

What a field-day for the heat

A thousand people in the street

Singing songs and carrying signs

Mostly say, hooray for our side

 

It’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound

Everybody look what’s going down

 

Paranoia strikes deep

Into your life it will creep

It starts when you’re always afraid

You step out of line, the man come and take you away

 

We better stop, hey, what’s that sound

Everybody look what’s going down

Stop, hey, what’s that sound

Everybody look what’s going down

Stop, now, what’s that sound

Everybody look what’s going down

Stop, children, what’s that sound

Everybody look what’s going around.

 

©tjhelser2012

 

 

 

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Update On Missing Iowa Cousins

Authorities searching for two missing Iowa cousins have information that leads them to believe both girls are still alive, an FBI spokeswoman said Saturday.

FBI spokeswoman Sandy Breault said authorities “feel strongly” that 10-year-old Lyric Cook-Morrissey and 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins have not been killed. She refused to say what led authorities to that conclusion, but urged anyone with information about their disappearance to contact law enforcement.

“We believe these girls are alive, and we are not discouraged by the passage of time since their disappearance,” Breault said. “We are urging anyone with information to come forward. Any information, as insignificant as it may seem, could be vital to this investigation.”

The announcement came a day after authorities finished searching Meyers Lake in the northeast Iowa town of Evansdale, which is near a path where the girls’ bikes were found. The girls vanished July 13.

They now say they believe the girls were abducted, but that searching and draining part of lake was part of a thorough investigation. “We have to cover everything,” Breault told The Associated Press after Saturday’s news conference. “If there’s even a chance (the girls were in the lake), we have to make sure.”

The lake is close to Interstate 380, just outside of Waterloo, which is about 120 miles northeast of Des Moines.

Breault said investigators are interviewing multiple “persons of interest” in the case, whom she declined to identify. She said authorities are still receiving tips on the case, mostly from within the area.

Authorities have said they are watching Lyric’s father, Daniel Morrisey, although they have not named him as a suspect.

Morrisey, 36, has a long criminal history and has stopped cooperating with police. Breault said the lack of cooperation from some family members has hindered the investigation.

“Unfortunately, in this case, law enforcement has not received total cooperation from all families and close friends,” Breault said. “It’s important to note that a majority of the family has cooperated 100 percent. We feel there’s someone out there that has pertinent information about the girls’ whereabouts, and we’d like to take this opportunity to ask them to come forward.”

A judge on Thursday granted a prosecution request to place Morrissey in a pretrial supervision program of the Iowa Department of Corrections while he faces September trials in two separate drug cases that could land him in prison for decades.

The change means Morrissey, who has been free on bond, will be supervised by parole officers who will make sure he shows up in court and does not violate the terms of his release.

Morrissey’s wife, Misty Cook-Morrissey, 34, pleaded guilty in 2003 in federal court to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine, court documents show. She also has theft and alcohol violations in state court and is on supervised release after her probation was revoked in September because of drug and excessive alcohol use and failure to comply with drug tests.

In nearby Waterloo on Saturday, about 165 people participated in a 3-mile run/walk to benefit the girls’ families, the Waterloo Courier reported. The Collinses, who have kept a low profile during the last week, were in attendance.

Contributed from Huff Post CRIME [Huffington Post] July 22, 2012

Footnote by the Baroness: I am a solid watcher of missing children news, getting update,s and Amber Alerts. The fact that the authorities also believe that these girls are still alive and are stating so is the most hopeful bit of news I’ve yet to see in cases such as these. Please do not dismiss their little faces from your eyes, and please DO burn their images into your mind so that every other child does not look-alike. Be come aware for these little girl’s sakes. ~ Please keep them and their families in your thoughts, prayers and positive energy. We can move mountains with our faith>  ~ BB