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Monday, October 25, 2010

What Would These "Baby Eyes" have to say, Mr. Shaw?

"A miracle is an event which creates faith," observed George Bernard Shaw, "That is the purpose and nature of miracles.  Frauds deceive.  An event which creates faith does not deceive:  Therefore it is not a fraud but a miracle."

Just imagine the prose this phenomenal writer might have produced witnessing today's astonishing of fetal photography or even the ultrasound images that came along in 1957, just seven years after he died.

Would the brilliant but quirky Shaw have reacted with mixed feelings?  He reportedly had a pronounced aversion to the modern medicine of his day, calling it "quackery" and condemning the smallpox vaccine as a "particularly filthy piece of witchcraft."

On the other hand, this legendary poet was quite the photography buff and it's probably safe to say he watched (maybe enjoyed, too) cartoons in his senior years.  That's why this mind-boggling six minute animation is all the more intriguing.

What kind of poem would Shaw have created had he lived to witness "Genesis"?


Maybe something even more endearing than his "Baby Eyes" ballad:

"Large Baby eyes smiling joyfully at me,
Baby eyes as brown as can be.
Two deep pools most innocent and bright,
To me are symbols of sheer delight.
May I greet you every single day?
For you are sunshine on my way.
Other people see you smile so sweet,
All are happier when you they meet.
Eyes are the window to the soul,
No difficulties for you reaching your goal.
So sweet baby go on life's way,
Those Baby eyes have much to say."

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Will Our Public Really Surrender Congress Again To The Reactionary RiffRaff?

In just a little more than two weeks, a beleaguered country will go to the polls to decide whether the Grand Old Party Of The Plutocrats should be handed back control of Congress.

Because people are hurting so badly and the Democrats haven't been able yet to ease the pain created by Wall Street's robber barons, it's a good bet desperate, angry voters will do a throw-out-the-bums boogie.

And then we'll watch how things will be "so much better" when the legislative branch is delivered into the jaws of the Republicans.

Frying pan leap right into the fire -- THAT the idea?  

How about a nice cheery review of the official "Things Republicans Believe" litany, posted anonymously on the world web -- sometime in the not too distant past?  It sheds some light on the darkness that descends whenever the GOP seizes power:

 "Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime,
unless you're a
conservative radio host. Then it's an illness and
you need our prayers for
your recovery.

The United States should get out of the United
Nations, and our highest
national priority is enforcing U.N. resolutions
against Iraq.

Government should relax regulation of Big Business
and Big Money but crack
down on individuals who use marijuana to relieve the
pain of illness. 
 "Standing Tall for America" means firing your
workers and moving their jobs
to India.

A woman can't be trusted with decisions about her
own body, but
multi-national corporations can make decisions
affecting all mankind without

Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of
homosexuals and Hillary Clinton.

The best way to improve military morale is to praise
the troops in speeches
while slashing veterans' benefits and combat pay. 
 Group sex and drug use are degenerate sins unless
you someday run for
governor of California as a Republican.

If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents
won't have sex.

A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle our
long-time allies, then
demand their cooperation and money.

HMOs and insurance companies have the interest of
the public at heart. 
 Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy.
Providing health care
to all Americans is socialism. 
Global warming and tobacco's link to cancer are junk
science, but
creationism should be taught in schools.

Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad
guy when Bush's daddy
made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business
with him and a bad guy
when Bush needed a "we can't find Bin Laden"

A president lying about an extramarital affair is an
impeachable offense. A
president lying to enlist support for a war in which
thousands die is solid
defense policy.

Government should limit itself to the powers named
in the Constitution,
which include banning gay marriages and censoring
the Internet.

The public has a right to know about Hillary's
cattle trades, but George
Bush's driving record is none of our business.

You support states' rights, which means Attorney
General John Ashcroft can
tell states what local voter initiatives they have a
right to adopt. 
What Bill Clinton did in the 1960s is of vital
national interest, but what
Bush did in the '80s is irrelevant.

Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is
communist, but trade with
China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of
international harmony." 
Adorning all this are the breath-taking
pearls of wisdom from those Republican Blathering
Heads.  One of our very favorites, of course,
is Presidential wanna-be Mama Grizzly Palin's
declaration of foreign policy expertise.

Please, dear angry voters, try to remember all these deeds and voices before you decide pulling that Republican lever on election day.

Unless, of course,  you seriously think we have nothin' to lose with this greater of the two evils.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Happy Birthday, John

He would have turned 70 today.  Despite having lost him well before his time, his music, and the dream, endures.  But the departure of this great friend is never forgotten.

Or always remembered. 

"There are places I'll remember
All my life, though some have changed
Some forever, not for better
Some have gone and some remain......."

Anti-Israeli Bias In Our American Media?? Think Again......

The journalism professor's opening remarks in the video report are not only true but extremely compelling.

Think about it.  How many mainstream U.S. media groups really present a Palestinian as a suffering human being, rather than just a "unit" or some terrorist thug with face covered in Hamas green, holding AK-47 & RPG weapons?

And just how many images, streaming videos or simple pictures, do we see of the other terrorist thugs at work--those noble fellows  garbed in Israeli military green, using U.S.-funded automatic weapons and chemical WMD's to deliberately slaughter civilians at will??

Not a whole lot, as it turns out.  And there's a very significant reason for that.

Amazing things happen when one party in a conflict has a well-engineered stranglehold over the hearts & minds of the key targeted audience (which the U.S. military-industrial complex tried and failed miserably in Vietnam.)  They get away with murder.

Quite literally.  War crimes pulled off on a grand scale, in fact.

It doesn't have to be this way.

Does it?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

"American Dream" Continues Going Up In Smoke.....Cup Of Tea, Anyone?

It's beyond shocking.

How about disgraceful, appalling, and unreal too.

But this little story should well serve as the flaming symbol of what ails us.

A official moment of silence, please, for all the right-wing Teabag cretins that screamed their reactionary heads off at last summer's hearings for universal public health care.  That's that "diabolical socialism" our fellow industrialized nations have--Canada, Great Britain, Australia--because they give a damn enough to really protect the lives of their citizens.

Not here, it seems.  And now that "compassionate conservatism" rears another of its compassionate hydra heads into another realm, the traditional socialism we've had for protection from fiery destruction.

Seems a county in Tennessee saw fit to demand a special fee to keep your house intact.  And as The Mob might say, "You don't pay for pay."

The next thing will be monthly law enforcement insurance premiums.  And if ya can't afford those, well, looks like your local police will just have to kick back in their patrol cars enjoying coffee and doughnuts while you're being robbed, raped, stabbed or shot by some violent criminal.

Is this where our "gloriously free enterprise" nation is sinking?

In that case, lets have the Teabaggers and the rest of the laissez faire imbeciles forever pay extra big fat monthly premiums on not just the health care they need but EVERY service, including fire, police, schools, libraries, roads, etc.  The Republican Congressional dirt bags and their lobbyist masters will have five or ten times the monthly premiums, as a reward for their rabid opposition to all this Bogeyman Socialism.

And when their homes burn down to the ground, let 'em head to the nearest town hall and vent to their hearts' content.

Should be an especially cathartic moment.....