Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Big Alaska Rally/Playing With Our Money/HL Mencken/Lew Welch




(P1) Political

Photos From Big Anchorage Rally (self-explanatory)



If McCain Had His Way, That'd Be Our Social Security Money Wall Street is Losing

- Headline from Huffington Post 9-08


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You hear that implosion reverberating through financial markets? It's the sound of decades of conservative ideology collapsing.

- Jared Bernstein

Note: Sorry to those who come to the Palin Church You Tube in a posting below. It was removed somewhere at the source, not by me!!

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(P2) Poetical

I Saw Myself

I saw myself
a ring of bone
in the clear stream
of all of it

and vowed
always to be open to it
that all of it
might flow through

and then heard
"ring of bone" where
ring is what a

bell does

- Lew Welch

(P3) Philosophical

Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man (or Ed adds woman) is always skeptical and tolerant (as Ed is with H. L. Mencken's archaic use of the word man in this otherwise bright piece).

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3 comments:

Duncan said...

Sorry, this is totally off-topic, but I saw a link on the Huffington Post and took off on it.

I have to give McCain a partial, only partial/conditioned, pass on the vehicle owned competition with Obama. The Obama's own one vehicle and get around by...what?...taxpayer paid goverment vehicles? I think so. That won't stop me from voting for him.

As for the McCains, first I only count 12. Living in the Southwest, cars are a necessity, there is virtually no public transportation to speak of.
Next, 3 of the "cars" are electric glorified golf carts. What's wrong with that?
One of the "cars" is a vintage, classic Army Jeep that is most likely never driven.
A Volkswagen convertible? What's wrong with that?
One of the cars belongs to a daughter, why does that count? It's a Prius anyway.
And what's to complain about a Honda?

So, if you discount those "cars", we're at 5 for two people.
Maybe a lot, but maybe they're not all at the same address.
Also, having a Jeep and a pickup in Arizona is almost mandatory, not really, but it is not at all uncommon for a middleclass family to have them.
The new Caddy probably gets pretty good mileage.
The old Lincoln and the SUV get bad marks.

Sorry, I don't think their vehicle count or type is all that bad. Our 2-person car count is two everyday cars and 2 pickups, one little and one big, and one or two motorcyles. We also have two "play" cars that get driven about 1000 miles per year total. We live in the open West and we are not unusual in the car respect, except we don't have an SUV. Our every day cars get around 26 mpg each.

Isn't there enough negativty about McCain to talk about?

Oregon Belle said...

It took Nixon to go to China and Bush to Nationalize the US Economy.

Jonah Raskin said...

Ed -
With a decisive election on the horizon you'd think that the campus of Sonoma State University would be alive with political debate and dialog. That's not the case. Granted there are pockets on campus where there is discussion about Obama and McCain, but they are just that -- pockets. The student body - the college undergraduates - are not fired up by the campaign. Or, if they are it isn't invisible. The faculty and the administration mostly haven't expressed their political views, wither.

Some of my colleagues have said that this is the result of 8 years of Bush and Cheney and an administration that has urged people to go shopping and that has either overtly or covertly urged people to withdraw from active involvement in political issues and causes and to leave government to the president and his cabinet.

There are some exceptions to the pattern I have described -
There are a couple of university professors who are working full time for Obama. There is a lecture series about the campaign issues on campus, too, though it has not had significant attendance.

The Star, the campus newspaper, is sponsoring a talk by Norman Solomon about Obama on October 27th, a Monday, at 7 PM in the library. So some efforts are being made to rouse the sleeping student body.

Jonah Raskin