Saturday, May 29, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
In a long-forgotten Dream
Eagle soared effortlessly across a sky
Clean and blue
Chuckling streams capered along
Cold and clear
The hooves of buffalo
Tickled the earth with their dance
And People were free
To live as they pleased
To stay or go
Give tongue to their thoughts
Give action to their heart
And ask no man’s leave
And ponies raced with the wind.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
My much-beloved brother sent me the link to this tune.
I'll tell you like told him...
This hits me lots of different wayse
Musically, it's very well done. Got that Irish reel/jig feel that gets you going; can hardly sit still, much less keep your toe quiet.
Lyrically, pretty good. Nice repeating line; great sing-along potential.
Gets stuck in your head.
I remember when I was young and stupid.
Just my kind of song.
If I had to choose, hell, yes, the cavalry.
But that was before I saw my first stiff.
Before my first real close call.
Before my "That could have been me" epiphany.
Since then I've learned that death isn't gallant or heroic or chivalrous.
It's just fucking permanent.
And yet....if I HAD to choose today, right this second -- hell, yes, cavalry.
The ending moment is a nice touch.
The drummer dropping his sticks.
So I love this tune and I hate it.
Love it for the lure of gallantry.
Hate it for all the sad young men who have died in the vain pursuit of that gallantry.
And for all those who will.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Man is said to have domesticated the horse around 6000 years ago.
Give or take.
Opinions vary, but apparently it was on a week-end.
That’s a long time to keep company.
I had a teacher, who's no longer in this world, who told me that the Creator realized he’d inadvertently made human beings sort of puny and stupid. The Creator then made the horse to help us out, to be our teacher, our helper and our companion.
Humans took “teacher, helper and companion” and turned it into “slave, weapon and toy.”
Insert a long sigh right about here.
One thing for sure.
Horses have learned a whole lot more about the nature of human beings, than human beings have learned about the nature of horses.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Do the same crime, do the same time.
It does not matter if you think his opponents in the factional infighting to control a blood-soaked empire and its war machine are "worse" than he is in some measure. When you support him, when you defend him, when you excuse him, it is arbitrary murder that you are supporting. It is the absolute negation of every single principle of enlightenment and human rights professed by liberals, progressives -- indeed, by honorable people of every political stripe -- for centuries.
Monday, May 10, 2010
President Oh-Bummer does it again.
Read it and weep.
Obama's Natural Choice of Kagan
It's anything but surprising that President Obama has chosen Elena Kagan to replace John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court. Nothing is a better fit for this White House than a blank slate, institution-loyal, seemingly principle-free careerist who spent the last 15 months as the Obama administration's lawyer vigorously defending every one of his assertions of extremely broad executive authority. The Obama administration is filled to the brim with exactly such individuals -- as is reflected by its actions and policies -- and this is just one more to add to the pile. The fact that she'll be replacing someone like John Paul Stevens and likely sitting on the Supreme Court for the next three decades or so makes it much more consequential than most, but it is not a departure from the standard Obama approach...
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Sunday, May 9, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
May 4, 1970.
The Ohio National Guard shot and killed 4 unarmed students and wounded 9 more.
The students were protesting Nixon's escalation of the war in Vietnam and the presence of the National Guard on campus.
They had a constitutionally guaranteed right to speak out, to petition the government for redress of grievances, to peacefully assemble.
The National Guard shot them anyway.
None of the killers was ever prosecuted.
Killing unarmed protesters was nothing new in the Land of the Free.
But previously, this practice hd only been used against the poor and non-white.
This time, it was middle-class white kids who got shot.
America was officially devouring its young.
40 years later, we have another illegal, immoral war-for-profit.
And now we have "free speech zones," and rampant wire-tapping, and indefinite detention and "extra-judicial assassination" (otherwise known as "murder") of American citizens by Presidential fiat.
Bye-bye, Miss Ameican pie, the day that Liberty died.