- Beeffee, Tennessee, CSA
- June 16
- "I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and incur my own abhorrence."
"I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue." Albert Einstein
"Racists can hide in the closet, but the smell usually gives them away."
"There's only one way to win in this world and that's to like yourself."
"Misplaced martyrdom is a mortal sin."
“And let it be noted that there is no more delicate matter to take in hand, nor more doubtful in its success, than to set up as a leader in the introduction of change. For he who innovates will have as his enemies all who are well off under the existing order of things, and only lukewarm supporters in those who might be better off under the new. This lukewarm temper arises partly from the incredulity of mankind, who will never admit the merit of anything new, until they have seen it proven by the event.”
Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince, Chapter VI
"if a man falls from a pedestal, who is really to blame -- the man or those who put him up there?" Soulofhawk
MY RECENT POSTS
- How Soon We Forget
May 20, 2013 03:29PM
- Kind of Blue
May 09, 2013 12:44AM
- Take Five
May 01, 2013 02:30PM
- High Eight Us
April 28, 2013 12:51PM
- Second Inaugural Redux
November 20, 2012 02:12PM
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November 4th, 2008, 69,498,516 people cheered – and not a few of them wept openly and joyously – at the election of Barack Obama. But the cheers and tears were not simply for the election of America’s first black President – it appeared a forty-year nightmare was at long last… Read full post »
My last post paid tribute to Take Five, the unlikely hit song from the seminal jazz album Time Out by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. With this post, I’d like to pay tribute to Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, another seminal jazz album that coincidentally came out the same year – 1959.… Read full post »
Mea culpa. I apologize to Old New Lefty for a way too lengthy comment on his post, in which he asked the question what the hell is wrong with America. My first comment on his post addressed that subject with the lyrics from one of my songs Unsquare Dance, but my… Read full post »
Call me Bad
Penny – I have returned, though I fear I have been
inconspicuous by my absence. Here’s a brief explanation in
answer to the unasked question “where the hell have you
My hiatus was prompted by several factors, first and foremost the utter impossibility of n… Read full post »
President Obama were to deliver these words during his Second
“On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago, all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war … While the inaugural address was being delivered from this place, devoted a… Read full post »
Tuesday, November 6th, 2012, Southern Strategy died after a long bout with cancer. At such a time, it’s considered proper to offer condolences and to praise certain aspects of a life, particularly a life that figured so prominently in politics for over half-a-century. Indeed, Southern Strategy… Read full post »
This is the
land of the lovers
The lovers of red, white and blue
But the truth hides between the covers
And this isn't the land I once knew
This is the
land of the liars
Whose ends justify any means
And the ends to which they aspire
Leave… Read full post »
Once upon a time in a faraway land called Politica, there lived a lovely maid named Cinderjilla. She was fair and pleasant to look upon, sweet and kind and, it was said, was of a disposition most positive and progressive.
But, alas, Cinderjilla had been reduced to little more than… Read full post »
If there was
ever any doubt which of the two major party candidates for
President is up to the task, last night’s debate on foreign
policy should have removed it. Barack Obama had command of the
floor and the facts – and he didn’t need a
Mitt Romney… Read full post »
As the polls
tighten, it’s time to speak plainly to my fellow Liberals. To
put it simply and starkly, the barbarians are at the gates; this is
no time to scatter our forces.
Yet time and again I hear the refrain on this liberal outpost that “both sides are… Read full post »
I have repeatedly leveled the charge that Mitt Romney is a sociopath. That’s a serious charge, and I do not make it lightly. One symptom of sociopathy is pathological lying. Another symptom is shamelessness – and Mitt Romney is a shameless liar.
Romney lies incessantly and repeatedly wit… Read full post »
tonight's Presidential debate in its entirety. For that I deserve a
new car -- or at least a cookie. The clear loser? Jim Lehrer. The
clear winner? That’s debatable.
The pundit class compared it to Bush/Kerry I; but in many ways, it put me in mind of… Read full post »
“I’m not saying Indians never lied – they just never figured out a way to make a living at it.” Soulofhawk
My long absence on my annual pilgrimage to the North Country has likely prompted some to imagine I've abandoned this outpost of semi-sanity in an otherwise absurd world. Truth is my absence has led me to question whether writing here is worth it.
The answer to that question? Yes, so… Read full post »
In case you're wondering, I'm off to Michigan for my annual concert at the Dogwood Center. Here's a link:
If any of you are in the area, I'd love to meet up.
Walk in a good way,
“History doesn’t repeat itself, it rhymes.” Mark Twain
How is it possible that after all we've been through in the last decade – 9-11 ... two far-flung, dubious, costly wars ... overt and abject cronyism ... offshoring jobs, income and profits ... the decimatio… Read full post »
Since it's the Fourth of July, it's altogether fitting and proper to salute those who have defended our freedom, people like Brig. General Anthony McAuliffe. During World War II, a German commander sent McAuliffe a note urging him to surrender. McAuliffe's response was brief and to the point… Read full post »
Pyrrhicism – yes, I coined another word, but its time has certainly come, what with all the threats on the Chicken-Little Left to vote third-party or not vote at all come November. And to compound their perfidy, they dare to boast that makes them morally superior.… Read full post »
My recent post A Cowboy Buryin’ drew a Reader’s Pick and some wonderful comments. Thank you all. Among the comments was one from Koshersalami, who offered what could be called bullet points on Judaism. What follows is drawn from his comment and my reply.
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The shit has finally hit the spam, and never let it be said I missed out on a good food fight. Old-timers here on Open Salon may remember when management foolishly decided to introduce advertising to this site. At the time, I protested and issued a dire… Read full post »
Kindly permit me to write you my ordeal and such seek your assiststance. I am Mrs. Angelina Nya from Ukraine but presently in the hospital for my operation. I married to late Mr. Dickson Nya Desmond, who was the ambassador of Ukraine in Ivory Coast.
We… Read full post »
Congratulations are in
order – all my trials, lord, soon be over! Today I received a
fabulous job offer, and it appears at some point it will require me
to move to Canada:
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"I know from experience how much beauty Satan carried with him when he fell. Nobody ever said fallen angels were the ugly ones."
Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory
My family is filled with an all-but-endless cast of fascinating characters. Most of the… Read full post »
In response to Green Heron's open call, I give you Captain Blackheart:
*Lakota “takes the fat”
Forgive me while I vent my
But I can’t bear what I have seen
The hunter gone for harvest scene
Now there is nothing left to glean
worshipped gold and green
Looted lands once so pristine
With fisted-glove and twisted mien
They took the fat an… Read full post »