- 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
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proving among other things
that bombs --
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Always use protection when
any type of
- “The Court's opinion in
Citizens United was a
disgrace -- let us
see if t…”
December 06, 2013 09:17PM
- “For those of us who deal
in words, an acute feeling
hopelessness comes when
December 06, 2013 09:06PM
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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
• &… Read full post »
pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office, and the spurns
That patient merit of th' unworthy takes
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
Forget to be, or not to be, the question is whether ‘tis nobler in the mind – excluding what passes for minds in… Read full post »
his post My
Best Guess, Old New Lefty
gazed into his
crystal balls and offered his predictions for the future. Not to be
outdone, herewith some bold predictions for 2012 and the decade
beyond from the all-seeing,
all-knowing Swamii Tommy.
2012 – Barack Obama is the winner… Read full post »
“Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come.” Victor Hugo
Occupy Wall Street and it's many off-shoots seem to have taken the power structure in this country completely by surprise. But like the attack on 9-11 and the housing crash, there… Read full post »
Do you have
health insurance? Do you think you’re protected? You
aren’t – take it from someone who knows. I was aware
the system in this country was bad, but I had no idea how awful it
was until I got trapped in Healthcare Hell.
(In case you missed… Read full post »
winter. I hate the dying of the light and the dying of the living.
Each December, when my father’s birthday rolls around, I am
reminded he is no longer among the living, thanks to something I
hate even more than winter.
Dad wasn’t yet… Read full post »
Editor's Note: The following excerpts are purported to be from the original draft of the memoir of former President George W. Bush. The document containing them was obtained from a former head of the CIA who wishes to remain anonymous.
Every effort was made to confirm… Read full post »
There are a lot of rumors swirling around Christine O’Donnell, but let’s squelch one right out of the box – so to speak – she is not about to star in a sequel to the movie The Forty-Year-Old Virgin. Nor is she likely to star in a remake of/… Read full post »
Meet Congressman Joe Barton, drilling tool. Joe has a long and sordid history as an energy industry lackey and apologist. Like a lot of bought-and-paid-for Texas politicians, he is a very vocal proponent of the “Drill, Baby, Drill” delusion.
But today Oilcan Barton exposed him… Read full post »
Recent posts by UmbrellaKinesis and Rob St. Amant about The Secret and the Law of Attraction have prompted me to add my own fifty cents worth – as if I didn’t blather enough already on their posts. I am compelled to continue because commentary is totally inadequate to even begin to… Read full post »
For Sale: Respectable Republican cloth coat, been in closet since 1952
In his infamous Checkers speech, Richard Nixon poor-mouthed his way to the Vice-Presidency by claiming his wife Pat didn’t own a fancy fur coat. Things have changed quite a bit for Republicans since then. … Read full post »