Uh-oh, I'm accused of hosting a bleg with "legit comment box discourse." Time to lower the discourse (and publish this to get it out of my feedback loops):
I've admitted I'm a bigot. I wish I could dispassionately observe as a historical phenomenon the embittered and angry crackers pledging allegiance to an America circa Father Knows Best* that never was - that's the honor they want to restore, yo - but I can't. I'm intolerant, etc and yadda, and by the way, here's their imaginary friend, White Jesus, who tells them they're acting in his name. I'm small this way, etc and yadda.
I'm a tool, I'm a fool, etc and yadda, but please do not tell me these motherfucking crackers are honorable libertarians when they daydream of using the full weight of federal and state governments to roll back civil liberties and minority rights and women's rights and immigrants' rights and workers' rights and consumer rights, who cheer the expansion of all wars against brown and (coming soon!) yellow people, and who pray for Sharia law as long as it's White Jesus' instead of Mohammed's.
Just because they are tools and fools etc and yadda too doesn't mean I should dismiss as irrelevant how they would rule if our overlords decide Crackers will lead the puppet government.
- Cartoon by Mr Fish.
- *There's a reason that's been a BDR avatar for years.
- Ryan is a nicer guy than me, though I respectfully think the ratio of tribalism: economics is higher than he does.
- Glenn Beck is a... liar?
- Hankering for a daddy.
- Missing the dead bodies.
- What does Obama want?
- Made for Obama.
- They do hate Obama.
- Democrats are fucking lame.
- Paypal is the worst company in the world.
- Turning Trinidad around. I've a friend who lives near Gallaudet, says things are getting better.
- Flying into National? The name of the airport is "National."
- The neighborhood I grew up in.
- Fuck Fobin Ricker.
- Ehrlich in MOCO.
- Don't buy me dinner in Redland:
- Reviewed here: This is gloriously vicious, bitter, sad and bleak, even by Richard Thompson's standards.
- Hear a new song here. I've eased off seeing him solo, but he's going on tour with the band. Tuesday 10/19 @ 930. I'm buying tickets Friday. Who's in?
- Chuck Prophet and Alejandro Escovedo!
- Want to download the new Sufjan Stevens for $5?
(ETYMOLOGICALLY) "WORK WORK"
Albert Goldbarth4 Easy Enough
In his book explaining quantum physics John Gribbin
writes, "It is easy enough for me to say 'Anderson measured
the curvature of the particle trails and found positrons':
it was much harder for him to do the work." All week
that mundane phrase has hummed itself inside my head
like an abracadabra, conjuring up my father, alive
again, and in the makeshift basement workroom
each night totaling those colossal rows of figures in his war
against an enemy alliance: Rent and Food and Clothes.
It's easy enough for me to wring the sweet rag of nostalgia,
now that he's cold dark particle trails himself.
It's easy enough to ennoble him down there: adding,
juggling, adding, with the same bit lip
his granddaughter later inherited. To do the work.
There was a time in my life, twenty-five, thirty years ago, when, after the windowpane lifted-off, after the blurs and pops and peaks at parties, I was finally by myself for my favorite gliding home of the trip, I'd sit in my room and read poetry and listen to Van Morrison.