Thursday, January 28, 2010
JD Salinger is dead.
Catcher In The Rye, ah, youth, it's so alienating. You can buy the book here. In fact, you can buy all of Salinger's books there. Quotes from the book:
What I was really hanging around for, I was trying to feel some kind of a good-by. I mean I've left schools and places I didn't even know I was leaving them. I hate that. I don't care if it's a sad good-by or a bad good-by, but when I leave a place I like to know I'm leaving it. If you don't, you feel even worse. ~J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Chapter 1
All morons hate it when you call them a moron. ~J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Chapter 6
Sex is something I really don't understand too hot. You never know where the hell you are. I keep making up these sex rules for myself, and then I break them right away. Last year I made a rule that I was going to quit horsing around with girls that, deep down, gave me a pain in the ass. I broke it, though, the same week I made it - the same night, as a matter of fact. ~J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Chapter 9
Too bad, this was one historian who actually made contributions to the people, contributions that could be put to concrete, constructive action.
Elizabeth NiNovella has more.
Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive, wrote a Thank You, to Howard Zinn.“I think some progressives have forgotten the history of the Democratic Party, to which people have turned again and again in desperate search for saviors, later to be disappointed. Our political history shows us that only great popular movements, carrying out bold actions that awakened the nation and threatened the Establishment, as in the Thirties and the Sixties, have been able to shake that pyramid of corporate and military power and at least temporarily changed course.”
He will be missed.Thank you, Howard Zinn, for this amazing, inspiring paragraph, which I’ve had on my wall for years now:
“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacriﬁce, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magniﬁcently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an inﬁnite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in deﬁance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Screw the Cowboys, they've been a bunch of whiners since the Ice Bowl. Today, 34-3. Four more TD passes for Favre, no interceptions. Such on that Ted Thompson & Mike McCarthy. Oh, to the most loyal of my loyal four readers, I am presently preparing the ultimate explanation of Brett Favre's name that has "never been made in such detail or with such care." & if you click on the last link you will be rewarded by a gratuitous photo of Jeri Ryan, who's not as good looking as many think, but she's still, uhm, OK.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Not with a budget request like this. It just keeps piling up & I feel stupid for not understanding it better.
The Who were certainly correct....an additional $33 billion to fight unpopular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq on top of a record $708 billion for the Defense Department next year,....
Wont Get Fooled Again
Monday, January 11, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
I often think about why this country seems so fouled up when it comes to guns & sex, among other things. This popped up on my homepage today & it sure explains a lot. This ad is from 1918 & it promotes Erector (heh, heh) plus other "toys" by the same company. A nurse's outfit, now that really creeps me out, given the other toys advertised.
Full disclosure, I did receive an Erector set one xmas. My family was visiting my mother's youngest brother in Waterloo, IA. I remember building something. Clearly, however, engineering was not in my future. I never, ever, got a nurse's outfit. I mean it. I did marry a nurse, but she never, ever wore a nurse's outfit, anywhere, especially in our house. I mean it.
Friday, January 08, 2010
Good. Now, Sen. Reid, get your party in order & confirm Judge Butler. Given that Butler lost to a lying, no-good, cheating, snake (just speculating, of course, ed.), it serves the ReThugs well that Judge Butler be appointed. Time for some change I can believe in Pres. Obama.
No surprise here. No change to believe in either. Oh, & the first understatement of the new year:
“The report is certainly a disappointment...."