Not One More: Bring Them Home!
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
The Hurt Locker
Nothing but bullets and pain
and the bled out slumping
and all the fucks and goddamns
and Jesus Christs of the wounded.
Nothing left here but the hurt.
Believe it when you see it.
Believe it when a 12-year-old
rolls a grenade into the room.
Or when a sniper punches a hole
deep into someone’s skull.
Believe it when four men
step from a taxicab in
to shower the street in brass
and fire. Open the hurt locker
and see what there is of knives
and teeth. Open the hurt locker and learn
how rough men come hunting for souls.
The Hurt Locker was first published in Crab Orchard Review, Documenting the Decade Issue.
The Mayor refuses to step down in the wake of multiple scandals that have destroyed the people's confidence in his ability to manage Detroit's business.
Obama was the right person for this moment of greatness foretold by our founding fathers. Working families with mortgaged homes living side-by-side with the world's hopeful, without the fear of medical costs foreclosing the family home. I weep for what America could have been with faith in our abilities to make things right again.
O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.
Langston Hughes - Let America Be America Again
You dread telling someone their services are no longer needed. Excuses to put off the inevitable arise with every replay of the dreaded moment to come. Fifteen years of honest work repaid with a last request to clear out your desk. Embarrassed moments of tears in the company restroom. A momentary splash of cold water to minimize the red eye. A few deep breaths to quell the sobs dying in the throat. Coworkers avoiding direct eye contact. In the abnormally quite office you can almost hear the refrain, "Dead man walking." You don't terminate a worker - you terminate a family.
Republican Congressman King: Terrorists Will "Dance In the Streets" With Obama Victory
ABC News, March 08, 2008 11:19 AM
Politicians like Rep. King illustrate just how shallow the congressional talent pool has become. There was a time when a public outburst like King's would have resulted in his being quietly asked to resign. Today, our professional politicians routinely transgress ethical, legal, or sexual boundaries with little or no reprimand from their fellow members. Our professional political class believe there's some inalienable birthright that secures their legislative careers. Gone is the time when just the hint of scandal was sufficient to cause one to step down for the good of the country. Our fallen politicians now have to be shamelessly dragged kicking and screaming from the halls of government.
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, speaking to a local Iowa radio station, said that terrorists would dance in the streets if Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, is elected president -- precisely because of not only Obama's position on withdrawing US troops from Iraq, but because Obama's middle name is "Hussein," his father's Muslim roots, and his appearance -- or "optics," as King put it."It does matter, his middle name does matter. It matters because they read a meaning into that in the rest of the world, it has a special meaning to them. They will be dancing in the streets because of his middle name. They will be dancing in the streets because of who his father was and because of his posture that says: Pull out of the Middle East and pull out of this conflict. More ...
The Brad Blog (Brad Friedman)
So this is a three-pronged scandal. First, there is the scandal of the “voter fraud” fraud which the Republicans have been trying to use to help promote restrictive, disenfranchising voter i.d. legislation. Second, there is the scandal of the Republicans attempting to enlist the US Atty’s office in their voter fraud fraud by getting him, at taxpayer expense and contrary to the most elemental ethics, to use his office to generate headlines about “voter fraud” when none was occurring, for the sole purpose of shaving Democratic party margins. Third, there is the scandal of firing Iglesias for refusing to go along with this fraudulent manipulation. In other words, it’s not BETTER because the Republicans have been “disappointed” in Iglesias for some time. It’s WORSE.
John Boyd, Albuquerque, New Mexico, elections attorney.
"There is no Rove philosophy, doctrine, strategy. The man is the sum of his ugly tactics, a college dropout who spent a working lifetime winning, buying or stealing votes by all possible means--a porcine rooter in the garbage of American politics." Robert Stein
Our deepest quarrel with fundamentalists in this country, then, is not about
Nick Bromell, Scooter and Me. The American Scholar
CNN, April 19, 2007
WASHINGTON -- At a town hall meeting in South Carolina Wednesday, Arizona Sen. John McCain was asked if there is a plan to attack Iran. McCain began his answer by changing the words to a classic Beach Boys' song.
"You know that old Beach Boys song, Bomb Iran?" the Republican presidential candidate said. Then, he sang (caution: graphic images) "Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran."
] will always be sucker bait for the next war until the system that sustains ignorance-as-patriotism and militant religiosity ends. America
Joe Bageant, Deer Hunting with Jesus