"If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities. Let us therefore reject all superstition in order to become more human." Voltaire Dissenting opinions are welcome! Really! But they have to be informed, referenced, and respectful. I am an old geezer with a short fuse, and trolls, ditto-heads, and general idiots will probably have their comments deleted. Nope, I don't publish my email...if you have something to say, say it here (Of course, friends that know my addy can write me!) I hope to continue allowing anonymous commenting...please don't abuse it. Other than that, come on in, sit a spell...
I posted this elsewhere, but it struck home in a way I wanted to share here.
My friends (to paraphrase) “Civility is dead: to begin with. There
is no doubt whatever about that. The register of its burial was signed
by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner…
Civility is as dead as a door-nail.”
began as a tiny cough, when it became PC to NOT hold a door for a woman
with an armload of packages, even though I would do the same for a man.
Progressed to a ghastly choking as elbows surplanted “Excuse me"’s at
counters, and died a hideous death as cell-phones became more important
than the people around you and concern for others on the road, as
’self’ replaced the last vestiges of ‘we’re all in this together,’ c.
We are descending into a miasma of indifference to others.
One in which Narcissism is regarded as a virtue, at least by each
individual. We live in a society (if you can call it that) increasingly
antithetical to care for others, and blind to the idea that “If I am
quiet through this concert, not only will I be kinder to others, but I
will enjoy it more myself!”
I am a child of the 50’s, a child
(again) of the late 60’s and early 70’s. I love people, and get joy
from making them happy. I am out of sync, and out of place. I weep for
the future children. I cry for my society, and what it could have
become. And I miss Jimmy Carter, who ‘admitted’ to the nation that he
had ‘lusted in (his) heart.’ and felt shame for it.
My childhood was buccolic. Fish in the streams, penecillan still worked against just about everything, and the Red Cars ran all over LA. People were nice to each other. Even my father, who was a racist in his own way, taught me that black folk were good people, but (for a reason I never understood) we didn't socialize with them. He hired them, and treated everyone the same. I think that was what he fought for in WWII.
I think that if we don't get back to Empathy, we are going to become a nation of sociopaths. So hang up, smile at you neighbor and the poor guy on the street. Spend some of your energy on others.
Ok, I know the Israelis won't go for this, but...Whadaya think?
1) Forgive all Mexican debts to US, in exchange for Baja California. 2) Move Israel to Baja California, or Nuevo Israel. Pay to move Wailing Wall to Nuevo Israel.
Eh? What do you think? Eases Mexico/US tensions. Pulls the Jihadists excuses for terror, and they have to figure out the Palestinian problem.
Win/win? I think so. The Israelis have long known how to turn a desert into a prosperous nation. Jihadists have to come up with a new and transparent excuse for their acts. And we wind up with a prosperous, industrious, safe and secure neighbor!
"I know what the president thinks. I know what I think. And we're not looking for an exit strategy. We're looking for victory," Cheney said in an interview posted on Time magazine's Web site Thursday.
Well gideeyap! We're doing so fucking good, we're gonna keep doing it and it's gonna work! No, we're not going to do anything different, but it's gonna get better.
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein
Maybe Sci-Fi has it right, as well:
Flexibility - the ability to change your opinion or course of action, if shown clear evidence you were wrong.
Satiability - the ability to feel satisfaction if you actually get what you said you wanted, and to transfer your strivings to other goals.
Extrapolation - an ability to realistically assess the possible consequences of your actions and to empathize, or guess how another person might think or feel.
"Transparent Hand" David Brin
Paraphrsing Al Franken, when confronted by a speaker who (whimsically) reflected the Administrations position that giving a date-certain for withdrawal from Iraq would encourage the terrorists to wait, " Like then they would raise hell, and they aren't now?!?!"
OK. gang, gas is $2.53 here. Dropped 70 cents in the last two months. Wheeeee!
Just wait for November 8!!
Who wouldn't give up a couple million for billions in the future?!
What the hell is happening. Can they really count on America being that out of touch? Well...
The poll found that 75 percent of Protestants believed in the story
of creation, 79 percent in the Red Sea account and 73 percent in Noah
and the ark.
Among evangelical Protestants, those figures were 87 percent,
91 percent and 87 percent, respectively. Among Catholics, they were 51
percent, 50 percent and 44 percent.
(Can you believe it? Catholics are more in touch that the freaking evengelicals and mainstream Protestants!! ed.)
The stories still proved somewhat compelling among those who
had "no religion." A quarter said they believed in Creation, almost a
third said Moses parted the Red Sea, and 29 percent believe in Noah.
Yep! "No religion" and still believe in myths as truisms!!! No wonder they can believe Bush when he and his cronies are caught flat-footed in undeniable lies.
Get off your asses and WORK to get a Democratic congress. It's close...YOU may make the tiny differnce we need. Unless Diebold is counting the vote, of course,