You know, according to Pope Sextus the Fifth (or by his Borg name, Pope 6 the 5) or, Yogi Berra (I can’t remember which), the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
I have been watching seemingly every sane body in America throwing the Reverend Jeremiah Wright to the jackals, including — at April 29’s press conference — Senator Barack Obama.
And while I appreciate the inevitability of the press conference — a chess move he’s been trapped into by the “rules” of the game as played — I understand that unless and until we stop allowing this cycle of demonization, denunciation and distraction to continue in all its satanic, bullying glory, Continue reading
And call me Cassandra ….
Long time readers are familiar with my concern over the whole Neoconfederate/Old South direction of national (and especially GOP) politics. Continue reading
You need to recall something important in the whole “Reverend Jeremiah Wright” “controversy”: ABC’s Brian Ross and his Burka Babes* launched this INTENTIONALLY. They purchased all available sermon tapes and found the sound bite heard ’round the world.
[* BRIAN ROSS, AVNI PATEL and REHAB EL-BURI, see "Barack Obama as Nat Turner" from March 19.]
And when has any preacher to any candidate been accorded this level of scrutiny?
Did Mitt Romney’s entire CHURCH receive this sort of attention? (The MSM and the blogosphere, you might recall, were still very ginger about attacking Mormonism, “magic underwear” notwithstanding).
No: This was an intentional attack on someone ASSOCIATED with a political candidate for reasons that, increasingly, appear to be purely motivated by racial antipathy. And what the HELL is this? If we’re supposed to pay attention to religious “weirdness” in all of this, what is Rehab El-Buri’s part in this, and WHY did Brian Ross draw a Muslim reporter in, specifically to dig dirt on a Christian minister?
Rehab El-Buri (at left) click for flash movie
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[Note: back from spring cleaning, sort of. Mostly done. More to do this weekend. But the blog is back from hiatus -- HW]
Why didn’t they walk out? On September 17, 2007, less than one week after the 9-11 anniversary, America was damned in front of the GOP candidates — and they sat there and never said word ONE.
Why Should God Bless America? (their title)
When the “Values Voters” coalition had a choir sing a song insulting America as a godless country, why did Continue reading
Today’s the big day.
The world will look different tomorrow.
(Unless, sadly, it manages to look the same.)
OK. Major spring cleaning underway. This means maintenance of hard drives, defragging, archiving, etc. Installation of a new CD burner. Major renovation of office. Moving two computers. Restoring network. Major house issues. Etcetera. Most services off line: minimal email, etc.
So, there will be a hiatus of approximately a week. Sorry for the inconvenience, but nothing big is happening right now, anyway.
Thanks for your forebearance.
This is the podcast version of Monday’s “Why Add My One-Liner to the Humoral Pyre?“
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NOTE: Right click and “save as” works best.
VITAL STATISTICS: 4.35 megs; 9 min 30 sec
Currently there will be one podcast per week. More as it becomes easier (e.g. I don’t spend as much time producing the podcast as it took to write the original piece).
Greggie P suggested this a long time ago. I hope he’s happy now. Are you, Greg?
I am, of late, astonished and deeply ashamed for my nation that, just as the “constitutional democracy” that we’d spent the last 230 years in trying to form a “more perfect union,” of was catching on as THE form of government around the planet, and, just as everybody was taking it up, George W. Thug and his band of Evil Torture Monkeys from Hell showed every pipsqueak dictator and secret police thug who ever tapped a wire just how easy it was to give the APPEARANCE of democracy, as long as you controlled how the votes turned out.
Not that this was exactly a NEW development in American political history.
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Now that tax season is over, it can finally be accomplished.
Today, we begin podcasting. There are RSS and XML issues to be dealt with, but this is the trial run of the “guts” of it, uploading and making files available. In future, there ought to be a snazzy logo that you click on to hear that day’s blog. (The first one is already in the ‘can’).
This, however is the overture. The first piece is a piano bit of something that I composed the other day. The second bit is a synthesized interpolation of a Public Domain piece by Someone Else. (I leave it to you to figure out who that might be.)
Click on the guy falling down the stairs to download.
STATS: mp3. 64 kbps. 3 minutes 20 seconds. 1.6 megabytes. Stereo.
Recorded using the amazing Roland Edirol R-09.
All right. They’re dimming the house lights.
Just knocked off my last night shift.
(Tax preparers have a somewhat twisted sense of humor.)
Now for a well-deserved nap.
“Friends and neighbors complain that taxes are indeed very heavy, and if those laid on by the government were the only ones we had to pay, we might the more easily discharge them; but we have many others, and much more grievous to some of us. We are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride, and four times as much by our folly.”
– Benjamin Franklin
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I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
— Winston Churchill
If, just to piss off Christopher Hitchens, there really IS a God, then He’s laughing His ass off right now.
After all, if he couldn’t laugh at the folly of the Human Race, then he’d cry such a river that it would drown the World. And, if there were a God, just to piss off Bill Maher and Janeine Garofolo, then She would a Sense of Humor, even for Satan’s little riffs.
Because, my children, this one is oh, sooooo special. Continue reading
I don’t know about you, but I don’t consider taxes to be theft. I like to go around and see what I’ve bought with my tax dollars. All of my tax dollars go to the Hubble Space Telescope, of course, and the pictures that they continue to bring back is a source of ongoing joy to me. I wish I had more money, of course, but it’s not the taxes keeping me in a lower tax bracket than I’d like to live in.
So, for me, who has prepared taxes for nine seasons now, it is a profound mystery why I do it. I have all the facility with high finance and mutual funds, farm income and investment strategies as a fish has with an ATV. In REAL life, that is. But I can do the taxes. Continue reading