Monday, October 27, 2008

Staying true to form

The weekend's back pages yielded an article about the bush administration's Department of Home Land Security (what ever that means) refusing to obey a law requiring reporting passed by congress last year because "department lawyers decided the law would impinge on presidential powers"

We were at one time a country of laws. I hope that whatever administration replaces this absurdity will bring us back to those times.

Friday, October 24, 2008

10 Years

Ten years ago today as the organ worked through the Goldberg Variations the wedding of Ellen Ford and I began, followed by a beautiful reception, a prolonged party and ten absolutely wonderful years. Shortly after I met Ellen; Bette Rosenstein told John that I was "smitten"... I still am. I am one lucky fellow.

On a dress up note: Ellen planned to dress up as Sarah Palinney but we can't afford the costume.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

150 K well spent

The news yesterday that the Republican Party spent $150,000.00 on apparel and makeover for Sarah Palin and family was to my mind money well spent. This investment has helped bring Sarah to center stage. I for one am most grateful to all who contributed (even if they thought they were giving money to help war hero man get elected) as maybe without this attention I would not have realized that I am not "pro-america". I live in Massachusetts. I never knew that as a liberal I hate real Americans that work and accomplish and achieve and believe in God. If I had known this I would likely not be the sound sleeper that I am as I would most certainly be up all night keeping "real americans" from my door.

So maybe I should consider moving, but what if I moved and I was still a liberal?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Winning the hearts and minds

KANDAHAR AIR BASE, Oct.22 -- Nine Afghan soldiers were killed and four others injured by a U.S. airstrike on an Afghan army checkpoint Wednesday in an apparent friendly fire incident in eastern Afghanistan, according to Afghan and U.S. military officials.

Washington Post story this morning. The continuing murder of those on our side in Afghaniston will leave us alone on our side.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I've returned

On 20 June 2007 I last posted on this blog, not that anyone noticed. longer burdened by the pointless enthusiasm of youth...I have committed to once again bring my musings to this space.

Nietzsche reminds us (figuratively of course): “ we have art so that we not destroyed by the truth”

I promise not “art” but my version of the truth.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Cowardice ???

After seven children where killed in a "coalition" air-strike as reported in the 19 June 07 New York Times, U.S. Army Major Henry Belcher "blamed the 'cowardice' of Al Qaeda for the deaths". Without denying culpability on the part of the suspected terrorists this was a religious compound, it contained a school - schools often contain children - as well as a church. I would hope I am not alone to consider it "cowardly" to use an air-strike on a school and church. The repeated use of air-strikes, of overwhelming force, just because we can has accounted for enough civilian deaths to say nothing of the death of our reputation in the world community.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Making change

This one broke the "camel's back”. After all the bad news this week: Gonzales, death in Iraq, conditions in Iraq (80% of the citizens have no access to clean drinking water), the stacked Supreme Court taking away more rights, Virginia Tech, etc., etc. An article in the Boston Globe by Stephanie V. Siek brought this to my attention: If you are visually impaired and live in Bangladesh or any one of the other 171 countries who issue currency you have some way of identifying different values of paper currency...except if you happen to live in the United States. That's right folks we're the only ones.