- 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."
"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."
"I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue." Albert Einstein
"Racists can hide in the closet, but the smell usually gives them away."
“When monetary gain is involved, mans capacity for self-delusion is infinite.” Byron
"Where greed is good, need is great."
“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
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November 22, 2013 01:04PM
- In Search of Excess
November 06, 2013 03:14PM
- Graduated Income Tax -
Medicare for All
November 01, 2013 12:57PM
- The Inverse Domino Theory
October 01, 2013 06:48PM
September 19, 2013 01:25AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “The Court's opinion in
Citizens United was a
disgrace -- let us
see if t…”
- “For those of us who deal
in words, an acute feeling
hopelessness comes when
that begin bright and shiny
into dark and gloomy
Thanks for the
laugh -- I needed that”
- “I was elected Treasurer
of my senior class in high
Had I had the
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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 »
Having suffered an embarassing number of electoral setbacks in recent federal elections because of it's anti-minority, anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-abortion, anti-education, anti-immigration, anti-union, anti-regulation, anti-alternate energy, anti-welfare, anti-healthcare, anti-social security and ant… Read full post »
incessant whining of the Lofty Left does little to promote their
cause. They come off like spoiled children who’ve had their
favorite toy taken away. They could take a lesson from the kids in
the Ally Bank ads. To wit:
Spokesman: Which is better less bad or… Read full post »
I am a
racist; indeed, in a sense, we are all racists. That is made
manifest by the fact that we make racial distinctions. Ergo, we are
Way back in the Sixties, I was taught that biologically-speaking there were only three races -- Caucasoid, Mongoloid and Negroid (in alphabetical… Read full post »
Halfway through the trial, the jury retired to deliberate. That seems to be the case with the “jurors” on the Rabid Right and Loony Left, who want to pronounce sentence on Obama and hang him halfway through his presidency.
While in this case that judgment is surely premature, it is… Read full post »
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