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 Reagan16 comments
picture8 Jun 2004 @ 01:25
The simplest questions are the hardest to answer.

---Northrup Frye

Deep in their roots,
All flowers keep the light.

---Theodore Roethke

all the high flying birds are gone
the last cloud leaves as well
but we two aren't bored
me and Ching-t'ing Peak

---Li-Po

Cartoon by Kirk Anderson [link]
Get into some others at his site, if you don't know him.
Thanks to Quinty for turning me on!

The Death of Reagan
Bedtime for Bonzo
by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
06/06/04

Well, we all knew when Reagan died, we would get hit by an amazing tidal wave of bullshit from the right, and sure enough, we are. Mind you, the right had been trying to erect a cult of personality around the "Great Communicator" from the day he left office. Even before the meat stopped twitching, the right was promoting a scheme where every state would have a town renamed after Reagan ("Reagangrad", anyone?) and they wanted Reagan to replace FDR on the dime. They had renamed an airport after him (obsolete and often shrouded in fog, which was apt) and there is an aircraft carrier named for him. No space shuttles or Marine barracks, though.  More >

 Memorial Day13 comments
picture30 May 2004 @ 04:16
The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.

---Henry Miller

Investigate what's right under your own feet. Contemplate it, get to the bottom of it. What is the truth of it?

---Sixin Wuxin

There is no reality except the one contained within us. That is why so many people live such an unreal life. They take the images outside them for reality and never let the world within assert itself.

---Hermann Hesse

Courageous Garry Trudeau today. In case your Sunday paper refuses to carry it, see the original here~~~ [link]

July 6, 2009: The link above takes you to the current day's strip. Possibly clicking around would lead you to the archive this far back. What Trudeau listed that Sunday were all the names of soldiers killed by that time in Iraq. He was "courageous" to do so because the government was refusing to divulge casualties and numbers. "We don't do body counts," they said. The government also insinuated no one else should do it either.  More >

 Curtains For Democracy10 comments
picture12 May 2004 @ 09:43
Freedom of Speech
by Norman Rockwell

It's not autumn's cold that keeps me awake,
but what I feel before the grasses and trees in my courtyard.
My banana tree has lost its leaves; my parasol tree is old;
and night after night---the sound of wind, the sound of rain.

---Chujo Joshin

The assumption behind democracy is that there is such a thing as community---men and women living a social life in associations of all kinds: that in such a community men can develop and express their personalities. Government, with all the power of organization it involves, is regarded by men in a democratic state as an instrument of this community, to protect it and preserve it from disharmonies of various kinds.

---A.D.Lindsay
The Modern Democratic State, 1943

12 May 2004 @ 02:56: hahahahahahaha...
Ever hear of "The School Of The Americas?" How about "Wounded Knee?" or, this beats them all, the project for ''The New American Century?'' All the while our ''elected'' president, har har, hides under his cloak of gooseberry down.

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As a result of the manipulations of this “Consortium,” the majority of Americans are inculcated into the fiction of a representative government - a democracy - and that our scientists and representatives are “taking care of business” for us, and even if they are sometimes corrupt, they aren’t as bad as a totalitarian regime. It has become most definitely obvious in the past couple of years that this is not the case - and probably never was. We don’t even really elect our representatives. It’s all a sham. But the fiction propagated by the media has clouded the ability of the American people to see their society and government for what it really is: an oligarchy that pretends to be a democracy to placate and deceive the public.

To those who suggest that it doesn’t really matter since it is an efficient way to organize and manage millions of people, let us suggest that it is suicidal to think that an oligarchy is not primarily interested in maintaining its own position to the exclusion of all other considerations. When we consider the evidence, we see that the groups in question have never acted in the best interests of the public. If you doubt this, spend some time reading about nonconsensual human experimentation. And so, logically speaking, there is no reason to even suggest that the secrecy surrounding the “alien reality” is any different.

---Vaxen Var  More >

 My Recent Silence21 comments
picture18 Feb 2004 @ 21:08
There is no wealth but life.

---John Ruskin

The master, Hseuh-Feng, asked a newly arrived monk where he had come from. The monk answered: "From the Monastery of Spiritual Light."
The master said, "In the daytime we have sunlight; in the evening, lamplight. What is spiritual light?"
The monk had no answer.
The master said, "Sunlight. Lamplight."

---Zen mondo

The sun shines not on us, but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us, thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing.

---John Muir

As I may have told you, two weeks ago I submitted to a biopsy of my prostate gland. Such a procedure is not altogether uncommon for men my age. It involves removal by a kind of slicing needle of six tissue samples from the gland, and was performed in my urologist's office without sedation and I drove home.  More >



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