The soul has greater need of the ideal than the real for it is by the real that we exist, it is by the ideal that we live

Monday, February 27, 2012

And another one bites the dust

Bob Green, a onetime radio DJ who married pop singer and Miss Oklahoma Anita Bryant, was found dead Jan. 26 at his home in Miami Beach. He was 80. Mr. Green managed his wife’s rise to stardom as an entertainer and Florida citrus spokeswoman, then followed her into anti-gay activism, which ultimately destroyed their careers — and marriage in 1980. For more than 30 years, Mr. Green lived quietly, alone and resentful.
I wonder if Anita will attend?


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

Matt Bomer comes out

And as with Whitney Houston's death absolutely no one reacts with any degree of surprise at all.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Whitney Houston has died

Whitney Houston Concert 2010, originally uploaded by Ployskies.

About a decade after she killed herself Whitney Houston actually died yesterday.

No one has expressed the least bit of surprise.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

America the simple

Simple-minded that is.

I suppose it's possible that America has always been filled with stupid people, in fact it's lkely now that I think about it, but I would think we would have progressed to the point that we would acknowledge the need to be able to reason, to look at our problems as a society and see them for what they are, and also to see their origins.

Yet, here we are in yet another election cycle and Rick Santorum, the heinous, egregious, simple-minded buffoon that he is, is winning primaries.  Whoda thunk it?

Yet again we're being sold a bill of goods and we're buying it as fast as the GOP candidates can dish it out. 

Yes there are likely more Americans than ever before receiving a government check each month, either from Social Security, or welfare, or food stamps or unemployment.  But why aren't we asking why? 

Instead of blaming the victims, instead of looking at neighbors as villains, why aren't we looking at true cause and effect?

The economy ceased to exist in 2007.  Whose fault was that?  Was it mine in that I held a good job, paid my taxes, and bought a new car when I was supposed to?  Was it the previous owner of my new house who had faithfully played by the rules, saved up for a down-payment and sold himself into indentured servitude to a mortgage company for 30 years, and who then, when the fake economy stopped working lost his job and saw his mortgage payments triple in less than 18 months?  Was it those who had saved all their working lives to be able to retire in relative comfort and live their golden years in peace? 

No!  It was not their fault.  It's not the fault of those who tried to hang on either.  Those who continued to attempt to keep up with their mortgages, with their lives, with their dreams of a college education for their children, by draining their life savings to honor their commitment to a mortgage, or a credit card or a car loan.  Only then to find themselves hopelessly deadlocked in mortal combat with Countrywide, or Bank of America, or Washington Mutual or any of the other companies who exploited them with far too risky bets on THEIR future. 

Yes! Our government failed us.  It failed to protect us, it failed to see to it that the American Dream we're all chasing was ours to have and to hold.  But it didn't fail us on Barack Obama's watch.

It failed us long before that. 

The George Bushes of this world would never have been possible if it weren't for the Ronald Reagans of this world.  They stole our dreams, all the while selling us theirs.  All the while telling us that what they were doing by deregulating the markets and airlines and Oil Companies and everything else they loosed on our checkbooks was to our benefit.  Pish!  It was for their benefit, theirs and those they served, who took all our money and then told us to go lay down and die because we can't afford to buy medical care that should be ours for the asking.

This is not the America i grew up in.  It's  not the country that we were taught as children that we could expect to live our lives in safety and comfort. 

It's the America of 100 years ago, of 150 years ago.  Hell, it's the Britain of the middle ages in which serfs bowed to the landed gentry because they could exile you into the countryside to starve to death because they  no longer  wished to allow you their largess and to have food and shelter. 

This is an America in which we are now forced to fight for our very right to exist. 

If we want something those in power don't want us to have, we're denied.  If we love someone they don't think we should according to their "morals," we're denied.

The pendulum swings to and fro.  It's been swinging in the wrong direction for most Americans for almost half a century, and in the last two years it began swinging in the opposite direction.  It's still swinging and we can direct its course. 

Tell those who hate, who would have us live in a "free market" society, that we  know such things no longer exist.  Tell them that YOU exist and that you have the right as a human being on this earth to love the person your heart tells you is right.  Tell them that thinking Americans exist, that preying on our fears and religious bigotry will no longer serve the world in which you want to live. Tell them that the American dream still lives in our hearts and minds and that we will fight for our right to have our piece of it.

Stand up!

And so it goes.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Monday, February 6, 2012

No joy in mudville...

Well...I really wanted the Patriots to win yesterday.  Alas, it was not to be. 

It seems the universe has determined that Tom Brady can go to the Super Bowl, he just isn't allowed to win the Super Bowl.  He's certainly good enough...maybe a different approach is in order.  Well thats between him and the universe i guess.

This weekend i did one thing...i lived in my house. Saturday afternoon i laid on the couch listening to Christopher Parkening and reading the late great Christopher Hitchens.  Then...a nap.  After that a quiet dinner and not one but two movies.

Cant ask for a better weekend than that.
and so it goes:

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Ignorance is contagious

For the second time this week I have seen the word primer misused, mispronounced,or not used when it should have been. 

Radio host; "Give us a primer (prymer)

Today on CNN:

Nevada votes: a caucus explainer

These are folks who write and voice words that the American Public hears/reads every day. If they can't pronounce them, or probably even know them in the case of "explainer"how can the American Public be expected to hve any interest in finding out?

Get a fucking dictionary.

  1. prim·er introductory text: a book that provides an introduction to a topic

and so it goes:

Friday, February 3, 2012


Committing is not my strong suit. Yet I want to. Recently I bought this:
And immediately I was besieged by byuers remorse.  Not because the house is bad it is infact pretty great.  I've entertained, I've loved, I've unpacked, I've been a good little homeowner. 

Yet, I slept too.  I slept to escape.  i slept days away, nights too.  I slept chances I'm certain. 

But starting today I intend to take the bull by the horns and wrestle my self-doubt to the ground.  I intend to lay bare the intestinal contents of my fears and doubts about my ability to be a fully functioning member of this world.

So let's look at the Super Bowl, politics, and perhaps not least important men:

Chase Whiteside is here not because i am particualrly enamored of youngsters, but because he's not only got a good mind, but he seems particularly determined in his endeavors.  A trait i always admire.  Thanks for your contributions Chase.

And so it goes.