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Forum Post: Poem by Unknown Author

Posted 7 years ago on Nov. 18, 2012, 9:22 p.m. EST by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL
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Found this in an empty building we were working on, I always like reading inspirational stuff...

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, When the road you're trudging seems all uphill, When the funds are low and the debts are high, And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, When care is pressing you down a bit, Rest, if you must, but don't you quit.

Life is strange with its twists and turns, As every one of us sometimes learns, And many a failure turns about, When he might have won had he stuck it out; Don't give up though the pace seems slow-- You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than, It seems to a faint and faltering man, Often the struggler has given up, When he might have captured the victor's cup, And he learned too late when the night slipped down, How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out-- The silver tint of the clouds of doubt, And you never can tell how close you are, It may be near when it seems so far, So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit-- It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.

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[-] 3 points by beautifulworld (23286) 7 years ago

Nice, hchc. Thanks. Far too many people in the world are struggling against unfairness but, of course, they should never quit.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 7 years ago

The Don't Quit Poem. It is quite lovely.

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (19985) 7 years ago

It sure is a lovely poem and I just can't help wondering how it would go down in Gaza right now. Further :

minima maxima sunt ...

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 7 years ago

Bet they wouldn't have that problem if they stopped shooting rockets into Israel, hey?

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 7 years ago

Re. Gaza, glib and simplistic platitudes serve little use but perhaps some voices for peace deserve a little exposure :

ad iudicium ...

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 7 years ago

It isn't glib and simplistic. You wanna shoot rockets into Israel? You will get spanked.

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 7 years ago

"Bibi Unmasked : Caught On Tape: What The Israelis Really Think Of Us", by Justin Raimondo :

From the article : "This democracy we claim to practice is the fatal chink in our armor, the means by which a much weaker enemy can easily manipulate and even fatally undermine us from afar, without any show of force except political strength. And this strength need not be derived from the support of the American majority. Since most could care less about foreign policy matters, this indifference allows a weird coalition of pro-Israel neocons, Democratic party “liberals” in debt to pro-Israel donors, and fanatical Christian “Zionists” to dominate the debate, capture elite opinion, and set US policy on a course Bibi admits is “absurd.”

Now the question is GF - have you got the balls to engage with this link or are you going to go for "glib and simplistic" again ?!

multum in parvo ...

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 7 years ago

You want me to engage? How about I beat you with a few history books? Will that be engagement enough?

Again. Shoot rockets into Israel and you will get a deserved ass whippin'.

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (19985) 7 years ago

"Beat" away but 'glib and simplistic' just doesn't cut it really, does it ? You surprise me more than a little but nevertheless, I append for your further reflection :

"Gershon Baskin, who helped mediate between Israel and Hamas in the deal to release Gilad Shalit, says Israel made a mistake that will cost the lives of 'innocent people on both sides.'"

Btw GF - that wasn't very fair of me before, so I don't really begrudge you your lack of testicles ;-)

e tenebris lux ...

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 7 years ago

GERSHON BASKIN: Well, I don’t want it to be misinterpreted. Ahmed Jabari was not a man of peace. He was not an angel in any way. He was a warrior. He was a fighter. He was the person responsible for the Hamas coup d’état, which was conducted in June of 2007 when they brutally executed some of the Palestinian Authority security personnel. He was a strong military man who refused to speak to Israelis directly. I never had direct contact with him; it was always through third parties, other people in Hamas or other people. He never talked about peace. The truce that we were talking about was not a peace agreement. So it has to be clear: Jabari was a deeply religious Muslim who believed in the cause of Hamas and the ideology of Hamas, which includes the destruction of Israel.

Excellent assassination. I applaud.

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 7 years ago

Well of course you applaud, probably like you applauded Ahmed Yassin and Rantissi's assassinations I presume. So I think that I should ask now if you've heard of The Hashomer, The Palmach, The Haganah, The Irgun, The Stern Gang / Lehi Underground, etc. ? Do you know or care what their objectives, modus operandi & 'raison d'etre' were ? Any idea what I mean 'GF' ? Ever heard of The King David Hotel bomb ?

"As Israeli peace activist Uri Avnery says, “The real remedy is peace. Peace with the Palestinian people.” Avnery recognizes that the rocket attacks from Hamas had become intolerable. But he notes that Hamas has already agreed to peace if there’s a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders that is approved in a Palestinian referendum. But Israel and the U.S. Congress don’t seem to want to give peace a chance. They vote time after time for war."

veritas vos liberabit ...

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (8708) 7 years ago

Could anything be more maddening and ambiguous than this eternal Middle Eastern battle? I'll tell you what - both sides are right and both sides are wrong, and I can prove it! The whole thing is the result of nothing but irrational hatred that just goes on and on and on.

I'll tell you what I think we should do, we should rope off the least populated quarter of Oklahoma into a boxing ring (God knows it isn't good for much anyway), and build a boxing glove factory in New Jersey to provide high paid jobs to hurricane victims, then give every Isreali who wants to fight the Moslems a pair, and give a pair to a matching number of Moslems who want to fight the Jews.

Then we also equip them with water guns and nerf-bats, and sell tickets. There would be so many who would pay to see this, that we could pay off a good percentage of the national debt.

To top it off we borrow all the kangaroos from Austraila, give them gloves, and throw them into the mele! Sounds fun doesn't it, and it would be a lot more dignified than these tirsome grown-up babies who are all adicted to hatred, a worn-out, tedious old dogma, and to their own damned overblown sense of self-importance!

Damn . . .! Can't we, can't we? I'd pay a lot to see it, and so would every other damned sane person on this planet!

There, I got it off my chest!

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 7 years ago

The only way to address it is to recognize that there is a game played at the top: China, Russia and the US are the major players and then various European countries coming in.

Regional conflict versus national conflicts which becomes inherently important because these are all rather new countries by our definition.

Local sell outs.

Once you have these players lined up it is real easy to see.

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (8708) 7 years ago

What is real easy to see, hatred, irrationality? You switch the players and you still have the same thing, hatred and irrationality - and of course beneath that, fear.

And so although we can hash out policy, even in such complicated manners as this, and there's certainly a place for that, we cannot escape that the fuel that drives the fire is in all of us, and increasingly it seems, in you.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 7 years ago

Hahaha. I stepped out of the first thread for the most part. Shadz came for me here.

If you think that I will make any pretense to support what people are calling a "resistance" as an excuse to fire rockets into Israel simply to appease, then you have me dead wrong. I will not.

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (8708) 7 years ago

There is a fine line between riteous indignation and something more insidious and self-destructive. None of us know where that line is, but I have too much respect for you to not say something when I think you may be in danger of crossing it.

Now, it feels like it's time to go again for awhile. I just can't seem to put a governor on my mouth, and so I have to sense when it's time to shut it.

All the best:)