Saturday, December 09, 2006

One for the road

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Well, my friends, it's time to go.

It's not too hard to see that Thorn Tree's time is over. The gaps between posts grow longer just as the ideas and words in them grow colder and less inspired.

For whatever reason, I seem to have lost interest in the political world and I no longer have the fire or the courage to chronicle injustice in it's myriad forms.

I still watch and I still listen but my days of writing on these subjects seem to be done.

I'm moving on.

One of the greatest honors of my life has been the fact that the brilliant and passionate people who frequent this blog think that my words are worthy of their attention. You are my mentors, my allies, my friends.

We once huddled together as the world burned.

There is still so much to do and so many words to be said and perhaps someday I will find my voice in these matters again.

Perhaps not. Only time, as usual, will tell.

I'm concentrating now on my son and the new life I'm carving out inch by painful inch. Some days are terrible. Some just fine. Some are wondrous.

I'll be around on the web. I comment here and there and I'll continue to visit your blogs and stay in touch. You can always reach me at thornblog@yahoo.com.

I will always be there for you, my dear brothers and sisters.

I will say farewell with my favorite quote by Tennyson that just feels right at this particular time:

Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are—
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

10 Comments:

Anonymous UT said...

Just take some time off, I think you will come back.

Sat Dec 09, 05:53:00 PM  
Blogger Again said...

Robert,

It's not too hard to see that Thorn Tree's time is over.

we felt it - but it's ok, you can't force things like that, especially when your fight seems to have changed nothing (but never forget the power of the butterfly!)

For whatever reason, I seem to have lost interest in the political world and I no longer have the fire or the courage to chronicle injustice in it's myriad forms.

i guess the reason is simple: outrage can't live forever - even when fed by daily pictures of injustice, suffering and pain. People get used to the worst conditions - as long as they were not killed. That's how mother nature did program us - nothing to be ashamed of. Sometimes we just need a break

and you have an important duty to your son: it wouldn't be decent to fight an abstract fight when you have to spare your energy for your son. It's a simple truth: humans are very strong - but they can't carry the burden of the whole world

so, farewell, my friend and confidant - thank you for the time we spent together, but please: never become "normal" ;-)

Sun Dec 10, 06:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robert: I hardly know what to say. My initial reaction was "Say it ain't so, Joe!" But it's clearly your life, and your choice alone. ==== However, I'm also inclined to agree with UT. The symptoms you've described are entirely consistent with "burnout", that virtual meltdown often induced by simply "caring too much". I've experienced many a day when I *dreaded* reviewing the news, for its seeming lack of *anything* that could offer some hope. And the typical, instinctive response to that is "Tahiti Syndrome", the urge to take flight to some remote tropical isle. (Been there, seen that, done it myself ) So you may indeed just need a period of rest and introspection in order to sort things out. (Meanwhile, you could just leave the blog dormant indefinitely..) ==== But whatever you ultimately decide (or *have* decided), my thoughts and best wishes are with you. We *have* struggled, in our own limited fst year with Motorola. In June, six mobile media players and phone companies—Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic, Samsung, and Vodaphone—established to work on a universal Linux platform.
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Sun Dec 10, 01:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

Robert: I hardly know what to say. My initial reaction was "Say it ain't so, Joe!" But it's clearly your life, and your choice alone. ==== However, I'm also inclined to agree with UT. The symptoms you've described are entirely consistent with "burnout", that virtual meltdown often induced by simply "caring too much". (I've experienced many a day when I *dreaded* reviewing the news, for its seeming lack of *anything* that could offer some hope.) And the typical, instinctive response to that is "Tahiti Syndrome", the urge to take flight to some remote tropical isle. (Been there, seen that, done it myself ) So you may indeed just need a period of rest and introspection in order to sort things out. (Meanwhile, you could just leave the blog dormant indefinitely.) ==== But whatever you ultimately decide (or *have* decided), my thoughts and best wishes are with you. We *have* struggled, in our own limited fashion, to change the world for the better. And that, for me, is reward unto itself. Better to have dreamed the "Impossible Dream" than never to have dreamed at all! ==== "Some men see things as they are and ask, 'Why?'; I dream things as they never were and ask, 'Why not?' " ~ Robert F. Kennedy

Sun Dec 10, 01:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

Same old Blogger though, I see. (Unless.of course, it's the NSA "Trapper" that spawns that mush.) Sheesh! ;-)

Sun Dec 10, 01:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

SPEAKING of "One for the Road", take a gander! Outgoing Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, bless her soul, has issued a thunderous "shot across the bow" at the Bush Regime and the appeasement-minded incoming Democratic leadership. Articles of Impeachment against the "Reichsfuehrers" have finally been introduced. Bravo, Cynthia! Though it may ultimately be only a "gesture", it's a fine and *noble* gesture, nonetheless: A Closing Call for Impeachment, by John Nichols [The Nation] ==== "President George W. Bush has failed to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States; he has failed to ensure that senior members of his administration do the same; and he has betrayed the trust of the American people," Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney explained in remarks prepared to accompany her submission on Friday of articles of impeachment against Bush, Vice President Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. ==== McKinney, in her last legislative act before leaving the House at the end of her current term, represented not merely a final thrust by the Georgia Democrat against the Bush administration that she has so consistently opposed but a challenge to the new House Democratic leadership to pay more than lip service to it Constitutionally-mandated duty to check and balance the executive branch. ==== "With a heavy heart and in the deepest spirit of patriotism, I exercise my duty and responsibility to speak truthfully about what is before us," continued McKinney, according to a copy of her remarks distributed by the Atlanta Progressive News network. "To shy away from this responsibility would be easier. But I have not been one to travel the easy road. I believe in this country, and in the power of our democracy. I feel the steely conviction of one who will not let the country I love descend into shame; for the fabric of our democracy is at stake. Some will call this a partisan vendetta, others will say this is an unimportant distraction to the plans of the incoming Congress. But this is not about political gamesmanship. I am not willing to put any political party before my principles. This, instead, is about beginning the long road back to regaining the high standards of truth and democracy upon which our great country was founded." ...

Sun Dec 10, 02:25:00 PM  
Blogger politiques USA said...

I just hope that Robert will come back otherwise we are going to feel all alone in here.
I will keep updating the post in here though whenever I can.

This week-end i was supposed to write a post about "USA polonium" and I did not have the time and inspiration either. I just wrote these following lines:


his keyword was typed by an official of the Russian government (http://www.gov.ru) on my blog a week ago. Isn't that strange? While I prefer not to point out fingers on anyone (innocent until guilty) I find this behavior extremely suspicious contrary to the despicable situation portrayed by the western press and that, without drawing any conclusion. In other words it means the polonium track encompasses other global regions than Russia.

I had previously written a post in French but since I have been pretty much busy lately I prefer to delay the translation at a later time for convenience reasons.

In the meantime you can check the IP: 194.226.80.*

Administration of the President of the Russian Federation
4, Staraya sq.
Moscow
Russia
phone: +7 495 2062882
fax: +7 495 2062882

Mon Dec 11, 02:23:00 PM  
Blogger politiques USA said...

PS: I hope that Bush is going to be impeached ASAP since the Middle-East is going to be inflamed anytime soon from Turkey to Pakistan via Palestine.

Mon Dec 11, 02:25:00 PM  
Blogger politiques USA said...

I found something disturbing on a website that is into "intelligence":

When the CIA Refused French Help in Iraq

A book published by Tyler Drumheller , who was in charge of the European division at the CIA ’s Directorate of Operations between 2001-2005, reveals details of an episode between American and French intelligence on the eve of the Iraq war.


Tyler Drumheller is a national german who was naturalized US citizen; he is one of the highest ranks of the CIA.
I was aware of secret meetings in Europe and I do understand that something happened during one of these meetings but the whole media never reported the facts. It's been 3 years that I am trying to figure out the story and I can't get it straight.

Wed Dec 13, 12:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Barnita said...

I really don't know what to say. I stayed away for a week and I get back to this. Have a wonderful time with Marcus. Give him my love. :)
Though I do hope you return soon. Love and peace.

Thu Dec 14, 07:44:00 AM  

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