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The Eyes have It! March 29, 2009

Posted by judylobo in Animal Stories, Links, Photography, Politics, Videos, wildlife, Zoos.
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blueyedlemurThere has been much ado about blue-eyed white men being the cause of the world’s financial crisis.  Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva pledged to make next week’s G20 summit “spicy” as he accused the rich of forcing the poor into greater hardship. Brazil’s president, known as Lula said, “This crisis was caused by the irrational behavior of white people with blue eyes, who before the crisis appeared to know everything and now demonstrate that they know nothing,” charged the brown-eyed, bearded socialist president. While this fellow may not have the most tact around – there is something to be said about his accusation. This upcoming G20 conference should be great fodder for more sound bites.

–  I have blue eyes and while my brown eyed sister was thought I got the ‘gift’ of blue eyes, I never thought much about it. Does the old proverb, “The eyes are the windows of the soul,” contain a powerful truth? I don’t know about that but we all look at someone while speaking and try to find the truth of what they are saying by peeking into their eyes.  That is one of the reasons it bothers me that Obama almost never looks into the camera while speaking except on his weekly youtube address. “Our eyes reveal whether our souls are spacious or cramped, hospitable or critical, compassionate or judgmental.  The way we see other people is usually the way we see ourselves.  If we have made peace with our flawed humanity and embraced our ragamuffin identity, we are able to tolerate in others what was previously unacceptable in ourselves“. – Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel

Maureen Dowd addresses this issue in a fine column today called, Blue-Eyed Greed?

–  In further news about ‘eyes’: A Madrid court eyes ex-Bush officials. A Spanish court has agreed to consider opening a criminal case against six former Bush administration officials, including former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, over allegations that they gave legal cover for torture at Guantanamo Bay, a lawyer in the case said yesterday. Human rights lawyers brought the case before leading antiterror judge Baltasar Garzon, who agreed to send it on to prosecutors to decide whether it had merit, said Gonzalo Boye, one of the lawyers who brought the charges. The former officials are Gonzales; former undersecretary of defense for policy Douglas Feith; former Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, David Addington; Justice Department officials John Yoo and Jay S. Bybee; and Pentagon lawyer William Haynes. Spanish law allows courts to reach beyond national borders in cases of torture or war crimes under a doctrine of universal justice. – AP – stay tuned to this juicy story.

–  Crystal Gayle – Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue (1977)

–  News of a six week old baby giraffe at the Bronx Zoo was just too tempting not to see. Meet Margaret Abigail in today’s montage. She is a six foot tall bundle of joy. We were also pleasantly surprised to find a Collared Lemur baby, clinging to its mother’s belly in the always wonderful Madagascar habitat. Feast your eyes on these cute ones.

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1. Renee Branch-Wagner - March 29, 2009

Your comments regarding President Obama: What is he waiting for?
You are worried about his soul? My comment: Smart people can say
Dumb things. Reminds me of Bill Mahr during Bush–Gore, saying it didn’t matter who got elected, it was all the same. Love your movie reviews, great system.


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