- 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." Frederick Douglass
"You can't pull yourself up by your bootstraps if you don't have any boots, and you can't put yourself in another's shoes -- you can't even try on their socks." Soulofhawk
"I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue." Albert Einstein
Only in silence can your hear the voice of God." Soulofhawk
"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Martin Luther King, Jr"
"Racists can hide in the closet, but the smell usually gives them away." Soulofhawk
"Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it." Mark Twain
"When we are young, Death comes as an unwelcome stranger; but as we get nearer the end of our own too-often rocky road, he comes more and more to resemble a long, lost acquaintance." Soulofhawk
“When monetary gain is involved, mans capacity for self-delusion is infinite.” Lord Byron
"Where greed is good, need is great." Soulofhawk
“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
"The history of any country, presented as the history of a family, conceals fierce conflicts of interest (sometimes exploding, most often repressed) between conquerors and conquered, masters and slaves, capitalists and workers, dominators and dominated in race and sex. And in such a world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of thinking people, as Albert Camus suggested, not to be on the side of the executioners." Howard Zinn
"The worst thing to be around a bigot is right." Soulofhawk
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road, kill him
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The road is hard, the road
And there are times I’m not that strong
When my whole world has gone all wrong
I know what keeps me going on
Momma’s hopes and momma’s fears
Momma’s dreams for her little man
And so I do the best I can
Th… Read full post »
“When I was a child, I spake as a child ... I understood as a child ... I thought as a child. But when I became a man, I put away childish things.” 1 Corinthians 13:11
You want to
talk religion, well, let's have a dialogue
You speak of wars in Heaven/… Read full post »
As I mentioned previously, this is the time of year when I begin preparing for my annual pilgrimage to Michigan come August. One of the concerts I'm working on has the working title: Through A Glass Darkly. This particular song was adapted from the Old Testament Book of Micah:
Song of… Read full post »
For some time, I have tried to convince my sister to post here. Alas, now that Open Salon isn't so open, it's too late for her to share her talents, so it is left to me to do so.
Softer gentler new book
And dangerous in its… Read full post »
The title is a quotation from Lin Chi, a Buddhist master. I began with that quote not as an incitement to murder, but as a caution, lest anyone mistake my observations and opinions as a sign I believe I have any special insight about religion, including my own. I don't.… Read full post »
In his recent post, Help Me Make It Through the Night, Stacey Youdin quoted from a column by Charles Pierce, a takedown of village idiot Bill Kristol. Pierce did not mince words, and what he said bears repeating at length:
"Blow me, you monstrous, bloodthirsty fraud, you silly, stupid chickenhawk mot… Read full post »
I've posted my first YouTube video of one of my songs. I might have gone with one of my best songs for my first; but I chose what's more or less a jingle because it was topical. And lord knows politics is no place for art.
God willing, True Blue Texan will… Read full post »
"History doesn't repeat itself; it rhymes.” Mark Twain
Talk about spitting image – these men could be twins – or at the very least, father and son. The ungodly resemblance is unsettling; it's almost enough to make one believe in reincarnation.
They share the same… Read full post »
"Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” Mark Twain
Rumors of the imminent demise of Open Salon are rampant, including in a comedic take by my friend Con Chapman. Let's hope those rumors are, like Twain's reported death, greatly exaggerated.
But if not, rather than let this place s… Read full post »
I almost pity poor Michelle Bachmann – even when she vainly attempts to be reasonable, she comes off as either ignorant or willfully blind or both. Witness her latest wing-nuttery exposed during an interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN:
"Just like we need to observe tolerance for the gay a… Read full post »
I try to
walk the right way … try not to be unkind
But it's hard to know where to draw the line
I try to be forgiving, but it's all that I can do
To swallow what I'm feeling and keep from hating you
It's hard … oh,… Read full post »
I'm the very last (1944) of the so-called Greatest Generation – a title most of that generation was a bit embarrassed to have bestowed upon them, especially by one of their own – Tom Brokaw. I confess, though, by most measures, I have much more in common with the subsequent generation,… Read full post »
Since I'm frequently accused of being a humorless, politically-obsessed, Liberal dreamer, I thought I'd try to make a political point with humor. But since I'm told I have a sick sense of humor (I prefer to think of it as a sixth sense of humor), I decided it might be… Read full post »
Okay, let's get this out of the way first – I'm a wimp. Forty years ago, I left Michigan and moved to Florida. In the words of the late great 20th Century philosopher-poet Stevie Ray Vaughan – couldn't stand the weather.
But those who imagine Florida as a land of endless… Read full post »
To the old adage "look before you leap", you can add "wait before you write". That applies whether it's an angry email you're about to compose – or a tell-all book you're about to write about your days as Secretary of Defense.
History – or at least good history – requires… Read full post »
Amazing how history repeats itself. In 1972, Richard Nixon, was an absolute lock to win re-election. Indeed, he eventually defeated George McGovern in a landslide – the Electoral count was a phenomenal 520-17. But despite having an absolute lock, Nixon's paranoia and vindictive nature led him t… Read full post »
We should not be celebrating the birth of Jesus on December 25th , since it is highly unlikely he was born on that day. Instead, we should be celebrating the rebirth of the sun – just as the ancients did.
Thanks to science and astronomy, we don't pay the Winter… Read full post »
For Americans of a certain age, there’s no need to complete the rest of that question, and that’s especially so on this day. Me? I was nineteen, working shakeout in the foundry at Sealed Power Corporation in Muskegon Heights, Michigan.
After we got the news that the President was dead,… Read full post »
plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over
the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that
authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it."
Most of us dread talking about numbers, but it’s time we got serious about simplifying our tax system and make it more equitable. It’s also long past time to provide Medicare for all – and join the rest of the civilized, industrialized world.
Herewith, a proposal for a simplified, g… Read full post »
“Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes … known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.… No… Read full post »
Like the proverbial bad penny – or herpes, I have returned. For those desperately desiring an explanation for my extended absence, it was prompted by my annual pilgrimage to Michigan. While there, I perform concerts I call History in Song – a synopsis of historical events accompanied by s… Read full post »
night, I made my usual appearance at an Open Mic at the local
watering hole here in beautiful downtown Beeffee, Tennessee.
It’s always great fun to get together with friends, drink a
few beers and play some tunes. It’s also sometimes an
education. Friday night was such a night.
… Read full post »
That our justice system failed Trayvon Martin is a tragedy, but it is hardly news; our justice system fails poor people and people of color every day. If such inequality is so commonplace, it behooves us to ask why.
I say it is a consequence of what I call the… Read full post »
that’s not a typo in the title of this post. I was listening
to some of the media commentary last night regarding the suspect
verdict in the Zimmerman trial, and a newsperson misspoke
“not guilty” as “non-guilty".
That got me thinking, maybe there’s a place in our… Read full post »