Saturday, July 05, 2014

Student Loans/Jonah Raskin Poem/Ray Swaney and Ed Coletti Art/Religious Makeup of the Supreme Court/


(P1) Political






















(P2) Poetical


Happy to Husband You


If you would only exhaust me
I would be happy to husband you,
wife me, child us, go back down to
where we both belong: the adult crib,
without the adult carnage.
Windows crying, stars barking,
beyond the bicycle of brute serenity,
dogs all around us, monkeys
feasting in olive trees,
your milk, my milky semen,
our sticky thighs,
your shopping lists, my tools,
our broken down TV,
the unlocked doors, the crickets
waiting for us to finally retire
for the night,
close our eyes, forget the laundry,
sink into snow drifts melting furiously,
all around the rounded hills.

 - Jonah Raskin, May 2014

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(P3) Paintastical

From friend Ray Swaney who used to do my Poetry Azul and SoCoCo posters.  Ray now lives in Michigan and can be reached here


















...and one by Ed Coletti

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(P4) Philosophical (Okay, also a bit "Political")


Religions of Supreme Court Justices

The following letter appeared in the Santa Rosa (CA) Press Democrat during the first week of July 2014 under the title "Just Wondering"

  "Editor: The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, in another 5-4 ruling, exempted certain non-publicly traded corporations from having to provide birth control coverage for their employees as specified in the Affordable Care Act, given the corporation's religious beliefs.
  "The five justices in the majority ruling were all male.  The three women justices were all among the four justices in the minority.  Further, all five of the majority justices are Catholic, as is one of the female minority justices.  The other three minority justices are Jewish.
  "Surprisingly, not a single member of the Supreme Court is a Protestant.  What do you think?  Might the sex and the religious preference of a Supreme Court justice have some influence on the way he or she may rule?"

Gordon Jackson
Petaluma, CA


And here are a few things  from Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes:


We are all tattooed in our cradles with the beliefs of our tribe; the record may seem superficial, but it is indelible.  You cannot educate a man wholly out of the superstitious fears which were implanted in his imagination, no matter how utterly his reason may reject them.

Men are idolaters, and want something to look at and kiss, or throw themselves down before; they always did, they always will; and if you don't make it of wood, you must make it of words.

The truth is that the whole system of beliefs which comes in with the story of the fall of man...is gently falling out of enlightened human intelligence.   (Ed:  I would note that Holmes had not the displeasure of knowing our current court majority.)


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3 comments:

Jannie Dresser said...

Thanks for posting the letter regarding the Supreme's decision concerning Hobby Lobby opting out of health care for women. I read recently in Forbes that Hobby Lobby's retirement investment plan invests heavily in the very contraceptives they took issue with in their complaint to the court. That a corporation can now also have a "religious conscience" goes along with its having free speech. Pretty soon, the corporations will be fully protected under the Bill of Rights and individuals will be locked out of the democratic system entirely!

Duncan said...

Scary, isn't it, Jannie. Many years ago, I came to the realization that religion has been the root cause of many wars. It's easiest to count the wars not caused by religious differences. Contemplating this affront to logic, I eventually came to a further realization that one's religion is determined in large part by family history. As the justice said, your religion is tattoed on in your crib. Some people are able to question this human phenomenon and many change their way of thinking about spirituality. But the fact is undeniable, a human being is a muslim, jew, christian, hindu, buddist, etc. because his/her parents told him/her so. Sunnis and Shiites are killing each other because some parents said, "You are a Sunni and others said "You are a Shiite." All I can say is "Beam me up, Scotty." The Supreme Court of Five is leading this country to the precipice and I think I can see the edge of it now.

http://edcolettip3.blogspot.com/os said...

Love the poem Jonah!

Rick Posner here.