- Beeffee, Tennessee, CSA
- June 16
- "Only in silence can your hear the voice of God." Soulofhawk
"Greater love hath no man than to attend the Episcopal Church with his wife." Lyndon Johnson
"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."
"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.” 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
"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
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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 »
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 »