March 31, 2008 archive

Docudharma Times Monday March 31

Out in the streets inspiration comes hard

The joker in the deck keeps handin’ me his card

Smilin’ friendly he takes me in

Then breaks my back in a game I can’t win

Monday’s Headlines:McCain Faces Test in Wooing Elite Donors: Remains found of U.S. soldier captured in Iraq: Shia cleric orders followers to end Iraq clashes: Israeli play makes link with Palestinians:  Killing Fields photographer Dith Pran dies: Violence in Nepal as Tibetans protest Olympics: Turkey court mulls party ban case: Putin critic disappears in Berlin: Farc’s prize hostage is ‘ill and losing will to live’: Steep price for a free trip to Peru: Mugabe: the writing’s on the wall

Who Are We? New Dialogue on Mixed Race

Jenifer Bratter once wore a T-shirt in college that read “100 percent black woman.” Her African-American friends would not have it.

“I remember getting a lot of flak because of the fact I wasn’t 100 percent black,” said Ms. Bratter, 34, recalling her years at Penn State.

“I was very hurt by that,” said Ms. Bratter, whose mother is black and whose father is white. “I remember feeling like, Isn’t this what everybody expects me to think?”

Being accepted. Proving loyalty. Navigating the tight space between racial divides. Americans of mixed race say these are issues they have long confronted, and when Senator Barack Obama recently delivered a speech about race in Philadelphia, it rang with a special significance in their ears. They saw parallels between the path trod by Mr. Obama and their own.

Muse in the Morning

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Muse in the Morning

The muses are ancient.  The inspirations for our stories were said to be born from them.  Muses of song and dance, or poetry and prose, of comedy and tragedy, of the inward and the outward.  In one version they are Calliope, Euterpe and Terpsichore, Erato and Clio, Thalia and Melpomene, Polyhymnia and Urania.

It has also been traditional to name a tenth muse.  Plato declared Sappho to be the tenth muse, the muse of women poets.  Others have been suggested throughout the centuries.  I don’t have a name for one, but I do think there should be a muse for the graphical arts.  And maybe there should be many more.

Please join us inside to celebrate our various muses…

Tracking a Marine Lost at Home


Chip Litherland for The New York Times

Eric Hall, an Iraq war veteran, disappeared last month after having a flashback.

The following needs no commentary, Visit the article and Read the whole report, Absorb and Learn!

Who Said It Couldn’t Be Done?

Sometimes surfing the net you find all kinds of little goodies and breaths of fresh air happening in all kinds of places you never would have thought of.

Mishima does a great job here everyday of pointing a few of them out in the Docudharma Times series, but still it sometimes seems that most of the world is going to hell as fast as it can, and that the nutbars are doing their best to drag us all down with them.

Well, I have only one thing to say to them.

In the immortal words of ShakespeareInStPaul… 😉“Fuck ’em”!

They’re losers, and we’re winners. You just never read about it in the papers or hear about it on TV.

But David Swanson did a great job, in a email to his distribution list earlier tonight, of enumerating a whole long list of “Fuck ’em”! notes about things happening all over the country in all kinds of unexpected quarters, as he extracts and lists some of the best subversions in the world from a new book out called “Building the Green Economy”. You can get it at the Free Trade Online Store (which I have no connection with, btw – this is a free plug!)

I’ve quoted his email on the flip. Enjoy!

The Stars Hollow Gazette

Well, Richard Gilmore will not be so happy about this and neither am I since we’re both Formula 1 fans.

Actually me not so much, since I’ve really always been partial to American open wheel road track racing, especially during the glory years of CART when their turbocharged 8s kicked the ass of the effete normally aspirated 10 and 12 cylinder sewing machines that powered the effeminate aerodynamic computerized robo-cars of Formula 1.

Those days are gone and all that remains is turning left bumper cars to amuse the tailgating brain dead beer drinking NASCAR bozos who think professional wrestling is a real sport.

Well goodbye dinosaurs and your petroleum polluting global warming antics.

Gone the way of polar bears and penguins you no longer amuse me.

(h/t Atrios)

I’m not Dead, Yet!

Hey y’all….i’m home at last…

special thanks to everyone sending me so very many loving happy thoughts….i’m ver ver sure they were instrumental in getting me over the hump…& keeping me on this side….

i felt your warm wishes & heard the bits of healing songs you all sent me….

thank you ever so much

i’m really very, very weak & will prolly not stay up to answer….i just wanted to let you know i’m okay….. & thank you all for being such excellent friends

& now i’m going to sleeeeeep


Tears On Opening Day In Condado del Diablo

cross posted from The Dream Antilles


The beautiful game

This isn’t about America’s so-called pastime, major league baseball, which begins tonight with the Braves playing the Nats and Commander Codpiece McFlyboy throwing out the ceremonial first ball. No. This is about something smaller, more intimate, and in many ways, much more a game of the People.  It’s about futbol, soccer, and how anti-immigrant local legislation in Northern Virginia has destroyed the local leagues.

It’s an infuriating story.  I’m angered not just because I love to play this game, but because of the important role it plays in the community.  I doubt you’ve heard about this before.

Please join me in the goal box.

Pony Party: Sunday music retrospective


You Really Got Me

Load more