Thursday, April 26, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
"No, read it to me," said Gasan.
The student opened the Bible and read from St. Matthew: "And why take ye thought for rainment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They toil not, neither do they spin, and yet I say unto you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these... Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself."
Gasan said: "Whoever uttered those words I consider an enlightened man."
The student continued reading: "Ask and it shall be given you, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone that asketh receiveth, and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened."
Gasan remarked: "That is excellent. Whoever said that is not far from Buddhahood."
Not Far from Buddhahood
libertarianism is by far the least enigmatic philosophy on the american political landscape. Almost anything that's not covered by the golden rule is handled by saying "it's not constitutional," and anything else can be dealt with through procrastination.
Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what is the sound of one hand clapping.
Monday, April 23, 2007
Does standing by wolfie constitute bush's being an accessory after the fact?
Is shaha riza a jimma carter look-alike?
Link: Wolfowitz Hires Ex-Clinton Lawyer
"we can make it work with only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where 2 to 3 could be required." -- Sheryl Crow
Too freaking much information!
I will be planting a tree tomorrow, which will offset my tp usage for the rest of my life. But here's the deal, I will plant 2 trees, if I can be spared this kind of statement for that same duration.
If CBS had sought my gratis counsel, this would have been considerably less expensive. Celebrity? In which goldfish bowl?
It seems, more and more, that both individuals and organizations are making decisions on as limited information as possible.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
William Henry Jackson -- The photographic pioneer of the West.
Ansel Adams -- just majestic.
Edward Steichen -- did you know photography is art?
Alfred Stieglitz -- from the Victorian to the Modern
Lewis Wickes Hine -- People at work
Monday, April 16, 2007
Actually it takes more than grumbling. We need a taxpayers' revolution in this country. We need to scream bloody murder every april 15, and everytime the house passes a tax bill, and everytime the senate concurs, and everytime the prez signs one of the damn things into law, and everytime the courts uphold one.
Abuse a government employee today.
Do you know of even 1 elected official who can justify even 50% of our tax burden? How many taxes can you justify to your mother (that she pays either directly or indirectly)?
- "The Eiffel Tower is the Empire State Building after taxes."–(anonymous, source unknown)
- "People often say death and taxes are the same, but this is wrong. Death is a taxable event, but taxes never die."–(anonymous, source unknown)
- "Governments last as long as the undertaxed can defend themselves from the overtaxed."–Bernard Berenson
- "The fundamental class division in any society is not between rich and poor, or between farmers and city dwellers, but between tax payers and tax consumers."–David Boaz
- "To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men."–Edmund Burke
- "We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle."–Winston Churchill
- "For every benefit you receive a tax is levied."–Ralph Waldo Emerson
- "I'm proud to pay taxes in the United States. The only thing is, I could be just as proud for half the money."–Arthur Godfrey
- "The power to tax involves the power to destroy."–John Marshall
- "The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much."–Ronald Reagan
- "We don't have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven't taxed enough. We have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much."–Ronald Reagan
- "History shows that when the taxes of a nation approach about 20% of the people's income, there begins to be a lack of respect for government... When it reaches 25%, there comes an increase in lawlessness."–Ronald Reagan
- "The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets."–Will Rogers
- "The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin."–Mark Twain
- "The people are hungry: It is because those in authority eat up too much in taxes."–Lao Tzu
- "What we should have fought for was representation without taxation."-Sam Levenson
Wikiquote.org on "taxation"
Thursday, April 12, 2007
I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone. -- Kurt Vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut is a lion in my philosophical life.
- Cat's Cradle
- Slaughterhouse Five
- The Sirens of Titan
- Player Piano
- . . . and everything else
Survivors include kilgore trout
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
I know that in real life, PIs are usually bottom feeders, but in post-expansion American myth they were the avenging angels, the greatest heroes. Then Rockford came along and became the greatest anti-hero.
Was there a longer running PI series? I don't think so.
Monday, April 9, 2007
Friday, April 6, 2007
"Not all of Iraq is like Baghdad" -- Zalmay Khalilzad
I am, as an Irishman and as a logician, not in favor of partitioning countries to cover up bad nation building or failed imperialism, but I have to wonder why the US is allowing Kurdistan to be held in to the current abortive version of iraq-oidia. Are we doing favors for our lukewarm ally, Turkey? Are we using kurds for bait in the "democratization" of iraq? Are we using kurds as a human shield until we can set up permanent bases in their confines? Have we promised their oil to some other faction? Have we promised their oil to some cronies of bushco?
Here's a link to Kurdistani news. Here's a link to blogs on Kurdistan.
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Coincidentally, I am reading The Assassin's Gate: America in Iraq by George Packer. Dubya and straight-talk are excused somewhat since apparently no one has known the answer during the period from March 2003 to the present. Dick cheney has known an answer at various times, but there seems to be no correlation to the facts on the ground.
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
- The Rockford Files
- Curb Your Enthusiasm
- The Sopranos
- Naked City
- Twin Peaks
- Harry O
- Ernie Kovacs
- Jackie Gleason
- The Steve Allen Show
- Alfred Hitchcock
- Buffalo Bill
- Get Smart
- The Daily Show
- The X-Files
- The Colbert Report
- The Bob Newhart Show
- Richard Diamond, Private Eye
- Hill Street Blues
- Boston Legal
- Star Trek
- The Larry Sanders Show
- Twilight Zone
- All in the Family
- The Late Show with David Letterman
- The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson
- The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
- The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
- Sid Caesar (Your Show of Shows, etc.)
- You Bet Your Life
- Red Skelton
- The Wide World of Sports
- The West Wing
- Dirty Jobs
- Monty Python
- Saturday Night Live
- Bakersfield PD
- The Night Stalker
- Red Buttons
- The Avengers
- The Ed Sullivan Show
- Rocky and Bullwinkle
- Tom Terrific
- Modern Marvels
This tells the story of John Harrison and his invention of a reliable way to measure longitude -- before that time navigation was pretty much a question not of if you were going to wreck but when you were going to wreck.
Michael Gambon and Brian Cox are magnificent adversaries, science against power (not unlike today in the usa).
This is the better of the 2 greatest (non-pay-TV) miniseries, Lonesome Dove being the other. Roots was good as well but has not as yet made my list. For quality, intensity, and acting Longitude is in step with The Sopranos and Deadwood.