Working in Bare Feet
If I could live again - I will travel light, If I could live again - I'll try to work bare feet at the beginning of spring till the end of autumn. Jorge Luis Borges, Instants
Friday, July 10, 2015
Monday, July 06, 2015
Pathway to Hate
Robert Jeffress, pastor of the First Baptist Megachurch of Dallas Texas, commenting on the SCOTUS Marriage Equality decision.
What happened Friday was nothing short of an affront in the face of Almighty God. And how did our president respond? President Obama responded Friday night by bathing the White House, the people’s house, in colors that represent what the Bible calls degradation, depravity and sexual perversion.”
Jeffress also stated that he is “not going to be silenced by the liberal left, Barack Obama or the United States Supreme Court.”Jeffress and his fellow Christian extremists who claim to have direct access to God's ear on all matters follow a brand of Christianity far removed from Christ's message of love and forgiveness. Jeffress believes that any recognition of equality for people other than heterosexual, white Baptists like himself is just another sign that the End Times are at hand. Behind his broad smile lies a soul poisoned by prejudice.
[P]opular powers must be placed as a guard, a control, a balance, to the powers of the monarch and the priest, in every government, or else it would soon become.... a great and detestable system of fraud, violence, and usurpation.John Adams, A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Is Political Equality Possible?
Citizenship is waning. There are the obvious, brutal signs of this: the police apparently have a free hand to kill and cage certain citizens, more or less as they see fit; the fiscal state is crippled by the ability and willingness of its wealthier subjects to refuse taxation; voters must now share political space with corporations, their new legal equivalents in significant elements of democratic life. In many places, especially poorer places like Greece and Detroit, unelected bureaucracies now explicitly overrule the will of electorates.Crooked Timber, To Carry the Past Around with You
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Bread and Circuses: Round II
That a superficial media whore like Trump is taken seriously in his bid for the presidency clearly shows the extent of amorality circulating through the political cesspool we know as Washington DC.
Assisting in this fiasco are the ignorant millions who believe that the value of the examined life is based solely on media exposure. This cult of the celebrity has foisted onto national prominence low-brow icons like Sarah Palin, Herman Cain, Trump, the Kardashian family, Honey Boo Boo, and the Duck Dynasty.
Friday, May 29, 2015
Beauty and the Beast
Ms. Coulter is laughing all the way to the bank. She employs her ivy-league education and great personal charm to give credibility to a multitude of racist memes circulating through a growing population of under-educated white males struggling to avoid redundancy. Devoid of any thoughtful content, her books are nothing but literary methamphetamine fueling a resurgent fascism. To paraphrase Nietzsche, "He who sides with monsters should take care lest he become a monster."
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Notable Texas Politicians: Rep. Louis Gohmert
“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
― Isaac Asimov
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
NRA: We're Racists with Guns
NRA spokesperson Wayne Lapierre tells his membership that, "Yeah, I have to tell you eight years of one demographically symbolic president is enough." And I thought the NRA was just about protecting the 2nd amendment. This is a man whose ethics are shaped by simple economics. Lapierre will say or believe anything for the right price.
Inmates Running the Asylum
Former US Representative Michele Bachmann says that President Obama's actions will initiate the Apocalypse. To quote Ms. Bachmann, "Jesus Christ is coming back. We, in our lifetimes potentially, could see Jesus Christ returning to Earth, the Rapture of the Church."
Unfortunately, crazies like Bachmann are found in great numbers in both the Senate and Congress. There must be some flaw in our election process that allows these intellectually challenged characters to rise up through the cultural backwaters in which they were formed. Their growing numbers don't bode well for our future.