Thursday, February 25, 2010

TEA PARTY

A local coffee shop downtown sells Fair Trade goods in their shop. While I was there, the other day I found they had a little, blue ware, china tea set for sale. I bought it for Riley for a much later birthday present. Say, when she is seven?

I loved tea parties and had many when I was little, with my dolls. My set was pink plastic with flowers on the plates. I always had my eye on the china cabinet where my mother had a beautiful floral china little tea pot. She said that it came from her grandmother. It had a chip on the handle and only one cup and saucer left. It never came out of the china cabinet. Now, it resides in an old trunk, wrapped in a soft old men's undershirt, in my living room.

"When Alice is invited to the Tea Party to meet the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the Dormouse she manages to stir up a rather dull gathering. The Knave of Hearts gate-crashes the Tea Party looking for Alice. The Mad Hatter quickly forces Alice to drink the shrinking juice Pishalver and stuffs Alice into a teapot.
While she waits in the teapot the Hatter, Dormouse and March Hare sing silly songs to the Knave to convince him that they are really mad. "
From Alice in Wonderland the Visual Guide

"But I don't want to go among mad people, " Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat: "we're all mad here. I'm mad, You're mad."
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."

In Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy, a series of essays, one author, Ron Hirschbein compares "chasing strategists down the rabbit-hole and through the looking glass into a realm bereft of empirical, logical and moral restraint."

"A psychologist Carol Cohn ventured down the rabbit-hole and spent a year in a strategic think tank. She learned Nukespeak but remembered her native tongue: " I vowed to speak English...No matter how well informed my questions were....if I was speaking English rather than expert jargon, the men responded to me as though I were ignorant or simpleminded."

"Plain English is not spoken at the Tea Party.
Nor is it by the strategists.

"The United States didn't drop atomic bombs on Japan; it used two devices --Fat Man and Little Boy--to end the war. Sounds like hamburger combos at Big Boy and not weapons of mass destruction)
Never say "War Department"; the name has been changed to Department of Defense . In fact don't mention the word war. It sounds like somebody could get hurt. Conflicts, there that's a good one.
Civilian deaths, nope collateral damage.
Remember the MX missile? Got it's name changed to Peacekeeper. It's fitted with ten 5000,000 kt "peaceheads".
Our devices are defensive, a nuclear umbrella - comfort in an inclement international clime. Theirs are offensive.
Never forget, any strategy--no matter how provocative--is always a deterrent. Deterrence does not merely defend the homeland against aggression; it prevents aggression through unfriendly persuasion."

Underland is a dark and troubled place. So is our real world, at times.

:)Bea Create, it awakens your soul.

6 comments:

  1. This post reminds me that I saw a trailer for the new Alice in Wonderland movie.

    Yah.

    If the movie is anything, repeat, anything like that trailer, then we should all march to Hollywood, grab the moronice director wot did the film and force feed him both Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

    Sorry, went on a tangent there. I just hate when Hollywood ruins a good book by making a movie loaded with tons of FX and no plot.

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  2. Tisk, tisk, G, it's not like I haven't been telling you over the past couple of months that this movie is NOT the remake of Alice in Wonderland. This is an adult Alice who needs to save Underland from the Red Queen. She's the only one that can do it. She doesn't remember ever being in WONDERLAND.
    Now,just put on your 3-D glasses and try to enjoy, remember we're here because of Johnny Depp. BIG SMILE ON BEA'S FACE!

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  3. I love Johnny Depp...and try to remember when the world appears dark on our troubled times...you and Riley are so ready for a special tea party! Sometimes "they" give nice names to the worst situations like war...like we as a people are too stupid to see the difference. But watching the health conference I want to know what goes on in Washington,D.C. Tea parties! Tea Parties for everyone! Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

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  4. Mary Helen, sometimes I think Washington, DC is in a black hole. It's as if they have lost touch with everything outside of the hole. How the health care issue can go on and on is beyond me. It saddens me too. :)Bea

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  5. New words for old sins - murdering civilians is now "collateral damage". They use new names, because they work.

    I hope Obama's healthcare "reform" dies - there's no reform to it whatsoever - in fact, it'll make things much, much worse.

    We either have a national health plan for everyone or we leave things as they are - rotten. More rotten we don't need.

    How about "Change we can believe in" -remember that doozy?

    Maybe "Alice In Wonderland" wasn't fiction after all.

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  6. I can't wait to see Alice, having seen the trailer and the gorgeous, drool-inducing Johnny Depp stomping up and down the table!

    It makes me mad when those in power think we are so thick that we can't see through their word jumbling ploys. Grrrrrr.

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