Thursday, July 09, 2009

The Pueblo revolt of 1680 probably began at the Taos Pueblo. "Revolt" here refers to the organized and focused resistance of the non-nomadic natives of the Rio Grand area against the Hispanic colonists settling along the Rio Grand river, mostly in what is now New Mexico.
Most of the Spaniards with the resources to do so, retreated to Mexico. Others scattered. Some even marrying into nomadic tribes.

Pope was probably the most important Indian leader of that rebellion.

Spaniards returned to the Rio Grand valley of what is now New Mexico in 1692 under the leadership of Diego de Vargas.

Spain's power was beginning to decline and the upper Rio Grand was probably her most remote colony. Taos was supplied by land over a 2000 mile trail from Mexico City. So the defenders of th Colonists faced native opposition of superior numbers who were often better mounted and armed then they. The spainards fought with lance and bow as did the Pueblos.

What Do We Do About It?

Power corrupts.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

You have probably heard something very like the above more than once.
What has it to do with you and me? Where does the power of another human being touch you? What is the nature of that touch? Consider examples.

What kinds of power most interest you?
What is the corruption like?

What has mankind tried to do about the corrupting influence of power?
Who keeps an eye on it?

You know that power is 'good' in that it can be helpful and useful.
You know that power is 'bad' in that it can be damaging and enslaving.

There is power potential in fire or a hammer. What rules have we developed to potentiate the good and limit the bad in hammers and fire? How do we teach and limit their users?

There is a power potential in military and political organizations. What rules has mankind developed to potentiate the good in such organizations and limit the bad?

How do we limit the bad in us and give the good in us a better chance?

You and I deal with power every day. How have we kept as free from corruption as we have?

We give (delegate) power to others every day. What rules do we have for limiting the corrupting to which those others are exposed?

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Myanmar Connection: Nats


There were lots of nats in Myanmar long before the 37 Great Nats. A nat of the Great 37 is a bit like a saint or a martyr. such a nat was often a person highly honored and love in life, who died violently.

Other nats may be quite different and highly varied. Some may seem or be little interested in a human connection. Still the represent an energy which may exercise an important influence on a person. In thinking of a nat it may be helpful to recall hearth spirits and wood spirits. Its often best to have them not interested in you. It is very important not to have them against you.

King Alaugsithu

Perhaps later we can find time to peruse history forward and back word from the reign of the Great Nat King Alaugsithu AD 1112-1167.
He was king of Pagan. He had Malaysian connections. He followed king Kyanzittha the pious irrigation systems builder who reigned about AD 1084-1112; who was preceded by King Sawlu 1077-1084 who adopted and Arab.
I believe that Alaugsithu was fathered by Sawyun, a sun of King Sawlu.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Republicans are Responsible.

We are still a republic.
A republican is as responsible for foreign policy as for domestic policy.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

U S. Constitution

Article IX:

"The United States in congress assembled, shall have the sole and exclusive right and power of determining on peace and war,"

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