I rewatched the cult classic Billy Jack (1971) about a month ago and it’s been on my mind ever since. Billy Jack, a former Vietnam Vet Green Beret and half Cherokee, returns to the Indian reservation for some quiet. Unfortunately, he finds the opposite.
In the first scene, he stops the illegal rounding up and shooting of a band of beautiful wild horses. I fall in love with him right there. The roundup of horses continues today. Here we’ve got these iconic creatures, the only truly wild and free things without a master left in our country, and we destroy them to put in dog food. They’re also being rounded up because they’re in the way of the various gas and oil pipelines scarring the wild, wild west. (more…)
The idea for this article came from one of my regular commenters, J.D. Meier at Sources of Insight. He always writes something short but status quo challenging. Recently, he said on my blog, “I think one of the greatest challenges more folks will have to face is finding their intrinsic happiness and what makes their souls sing.”
His words mesh nicely with the Thoreau quote on the front of my direct mail piece, “Most people live lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” (more…)
Billy Jack post needs to wait another week. After I perused my latest copy of Newsweek and the local paper, I felt compelled to write about the state of the United States.
46.2 million Americans now live in poverty. (15.1%, same as 1993, which I find fascinating. Was that a bad time then? Don’t think so.)
59 million do not have health insurance. (more…)
Hey fun readers,
This week’s post is a guest gig at the wonderful Angie Mizzell’s. Am working on a post about the movie Bill Jack and its theme for next week! So, stayed tuned for that. In the meantime, please check out my post and consider leaving a comment over there. Thanks, G.
You Must Do The Things You Think You Cannot Do.