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Tubing in the Mopan River in Bullet Tree Village, Belize

May what I do flow from me like a river,

no forcing and no holding back,

the way it is with children.”

— poet Rainer Maria Rilke

Life is water.

Water is life.

Our bodies are something like 75 percent water.

In Christianity, water is a connection to God. By water, we baptize, we bless, we cleanse.

But water is symbolic in every religion. On one of their pilgrimages, Tibetan Buddhists go to 108 different springs, praying at each one.

Who doesn’t love the ocean, where you can literally tune your heart to ocean waves. Your happy heart. Your broken heart.

Philosopher Simon Critchley, who loves all sources of water, wonderfully describes a still lake as “a decaffeinated sea.”

Still, Critchley seems to prefer the sea to lakes and rivers:

    “The never-ending drone of the surf, sitting by the sea in fair weather or foul and feeling time disappear into tide, into the endless pendulum of the tidal range.

    “At moments like this, one can sink into deep reverie, a motionlessness that is not sleep, but where one is somehow held by the sound of the surf, lulled by the tidal movement.”

Me, I do love the beach: It’s one big reason I moved to Belize after all. (See here for the story on why I moved to Belize.)

But just as I relish the sound of an ocean’s music, I love the tune of a river when I sit quietly on its banks.

Down by the river: A “Mercy Seat,” fashioned from the hard wood of a Bullet Tree.

In the jungles of Belize, especially near sources of water, you’ll see wooden benches built low to the ground (Mayan bloods are extremely short people with short little legs) under blessedly shady trees, perfect for escaping the heat.

One day I was hiking along the riverside in the beautiful village called Bullet Tree, a mere three miles from my home.

I saw a toothless old Mayan man sitting on one of the benches, watching the river go by. His English was not great and neither is my Spanish always very fluent.

But we struck up a good conversation. I told him I saw benches like the one we were sitting on all over Belize. I noted that they are all are exactly alike, although some seat as many as three or four people, like the one we were on, and others only two.

“Yes,” he said, grinning and patting his hand on the hard bench cut from a Bullet Tree. “Mercy seat. Mercy seat.”

Turns out that’s what the old Mayans call the benches: mercy seats.

The mercy seats are, more often than not, close to a water source, usually a river or lake.

And where there is a source of water there is a merciful God.

Welcome to the jungle.

Listen to the music.

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Putting “God back in the White House” has created a hellacious national crisis.

So here’s my best guess on the New York Times “anonymous” mystery, which is scary but oh-so-politically-intriguing.

I’m convinced it was former Sen. Dan Coats, who demonstrated in his now famous and historic interview with Andrea Mitchell that he doesn’t give a spit at this point what Trump says or does to him.

Or … it could have been Secretary of State and former Congressman Mike Pompeo.

Or … there is a good chance it was Coats and Pompeo with a third insider, like one of the generals who is at Trump’s side every day.

At any rate, it certainly comports with everything we’ve been able to read in Bob Woodward’s latest bombshell book.

I think it’s one or two or all three — Coats, Pompeo and a third insider — who had a hand in writing what the Times dared to publish.

If for no other reason than the fact that Coats was especially close to John McCain, who is lifted up in the Times piece.

But then, so was our Secretary of Defense Mattis, who was literally keeping Mrs. McCain proposed up all those days and nights during McCain’s funeral in D.C. just last week …

Some have suggested Coats or such a cabal outlined it and gave it to somebody like a close family member to actually write. Even having a speech writer do it would involve one too many insiders and enhance the risks.

A cabal gives two or three people “plausible deniability.” The ability to say, “I didn’t write that, I swear!”

All kinds of plausible speculation is out there, which, again, makes it intriguing for those of us who are lifelong, incurable, opinionated political junkies.

Some of us are born with that curse.

At any rate, it’s scary that people in the White House that NOBODY voted for are having to go to such extreme, blatantly dishonest measures to prevent Trump from doing something catastrophic for the nation an-or the world.

It’s scary that there has been this so-called “soft coup” in Washington. I, like most Americans, hate the whole god-awful mess.

I much prefer such political intrigue in great novels or movies.

But herein lies the root of the problem: If Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan and other GOP leaders would grow some rugby balls and put the country ahead of their jobs and desire for stacking the almighty Supreme Court and passing tax cuts to benefit the already rich on the backs of the poor and working poor, we wouldn’t be here.

But then, the authors of the anonymous letter trashing their boss wanted those same extreme tax cuts and stacked Supreme Court and that’s why they hired on.

Nobody forced Coats or Pompeo or any other “resistors” in the White House to work for a sick, corrupt president who demonstrated his sickness and corruption in the most bizarre political campaign in history.

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CORRECTION: In the original post of what follows, I incorrectly referred to Yemen as an African nation.

Yemen is located in Asia (which has 48 countries!) and is bordered by Saudi Arabia and Oman. I have no excuse for the error. I believe that with nations around the world so interconnected, for better or for worse, it’s vital to get geography right.

Go here for more at Wiki.

Please go here to learn more about the war in Yemen.

We made a great weapons deal with the blood-thirsty, de facto Saudi dictator Salman last year, and now we’re complicit in the intentional bombing of civilians in Yemen.

Here’s a national news story that got precious little attention last week with all the funeral news and the usual Mueller-Sessions bashing.

In the Asian nation of Yemen, a 500-ton American-made bomb was dropped on Yemen children by our friends the Saudis and a Saudi-led coalition.

This kind of intentional bombing of innocents is becoming all too routine by our Saudi “friends.”

You’ll recall that back in May of last year, Trump was in Saudi Arabia bragging in a speech about the massive $110 billion arms deal that he and his Saudi dictator friend Mohammed bin “Woo Woo” Salman signed.

Trump promised that he would help Salman and the Saudis get a “good deal” from our American weapons makers.

That’s one promise he actually followed through with.

For America, Trump said in the speech, “This means, jobs, jobs, jobs.”

At the time, the human rights division of the American Bar Association came out with legal guns blazing because the weapons were likely to be used for war crimes in Yemen.

The ABA warned that the deal would no doubt violate U.S. law.

And what do you know.

That massive, $110 billion deal for weapons, which created new American jobs, has America exporting Saudi terrorism to Yemen while.

We’ve known for months, by the way, that Arabia’s Salman and the boys are in cahoots with al Qaeada militants, who the Saudis used to kill for us, in the terrorism in Yemen.

So much for international law and order and a more peaceful world and all that bloody rot.

Meanwhile, our American military leaders including Defense Secretary Mattis — who in his public time was funeralizing with the McCain family last week — are working overtime to reign in the Saudi terrorism!

Somebody needs to put up one of those billboards outside the White House to say:

Your Terrorism: Not good, America.” — God

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CORRECTION: In the original post of this, I incorrectly referred to Yemen as an African nation.

Yemen is located in Asia (which has 48 countries!) and is bordered by Saudi Arabia and Oman. I have no excuse for the error. I believe that with nations around the world so interconnected, for better or for worse, it’s vital to get geography right.

Go here for more at Wiki.

Please go here to learn more about the war in Yemen.

We made a great weapons deal with the blood-thirsty, de facto Saudi dictator Salman last year, and now we’re complicit in the intentional bombing of civilians in Yemen.

Here’s a national news story that got precious little attention last week with all the funeral news and the usual Mueller-Sessions bashing.

In the Asian nation of Yemen, a 500-ton American-made bomb was dropped on Yemen children by our friends the Saudis and a Saudi-led coalition.

This kind of intentional bombing of innocents is becoming all too routine by our Saudi “friends.”

You’ll recall that back in May of last year, Trump was in Saudi Arabia bragging in a speech about the massive $110 billion arms deal that he and his Saudi dictator friend Mohammed bin “Woo Woo” Salman signed.

Trump promised that he would help Salman and the Saudis get a “good deal” from our American weapons makers.

That’s one promise he actually followed through with.

For America, Trump said in the speech, “This means, jobs, jobs, jobs.”

At the time, the human rights division of the American Bar Association came out with legal guns blazing because the weapons were likely to be used for war crimes in Yemen.

The ABA warned that the deal would no doubt violate U.S. law.

And what do you know.

That massive, $110 billion deal for weapons, which created new American jobs, has America exporting Saudi terrorism to Yemen while.

We’ve known for months, by the way, that Arabia’s Salman and the boys are in cahoots with al Qaeada militants, who the Saudis used to kill for us, in the terrorism in Yemen.

So much for international law and order and a more peaceful world and all that bloody rot.

Meanwhile, our American military leaders including Defense Secretary Mattis — who in his public time was funeralizing with the McCain family last week — are working overtime to reign in the Saudi terrorism!

Somebody needs to put up one of those billboards outside the White House to say:

Your Terrorism: Not good, America.” — God

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