July 4, 2009 archive

Happy Fourth of July!

So Far Away From Home

Many’s the time we’ve been mistaken, and many times confused.

Yes, and we’ve often felt forsaken, and certainly misused.

Obama says it’s all right, it’s all right, but I’m weary to my bones.

On this Independence Day, on this 4th of July 2009,

America’s so far away from home,

So far away from home.

Our government tortured people to death, our government spies on us, our government hands trillions of tax dollars to Wall Street criminals.  As a professor, Barack Obama taught Constitutional law.  As President, he betrays the Constitution and calls it looking forward.  He consults with RePug lunatics and calls it bipartisanship.  He takes one step towards change, two steps back, and calls it progress.              

I don’t know a soul who’s not been battered,

Don’t have a friend who feels at ease,

Don’t know a dream that’s not been shattered,

Or driven to its knees.

Thought Crime Exclusive

I write this on a day in which I’m supposed to revel in the days of our nation’s birth.  

But the “bombs bursting in air” makes me think of the Predator Drone attacks on civilians in Afghanistan and my thoughts everyday are somewhere between “what dollar menu item before work will it be today?” and “what kind of statment would I be making by driving my car through the IRS building?”

Empathy and Rage.  

Love and War.  

Wanting to unleash an army of fed-up citizens on the nearest government strongholds in your neighborhood to set-up a chain of command within the city limits that cares for all the needs of the citizens within it’s jurisdiction while also wanting to set-up  a separate squad of Third-World Style kidnapping teams to bring back the heads of industry responsible for the treason and theft of more than just our nation’s economy.  Only to hold a trial via YouTube with the widely broadcasting in-court executions being watched by millions. And of course, the C-SPAN ending of the cleaning guy with a mop afterward.

We hold these truths to be self-evident that our new President is bank-loving corporate scum who I judge on the content of his character and not the color of his skin.  His words that dismiss the rights of millions and deem their love unconstitutional only to then gather them together and promise them of better treatment from him in the future.  The constant promise to the people hurting in this economy that “help is on the way” only to bail out the banks faster than passing the legislation he promised that doesn’t even put a dent in the kind of help we all need or is even near adequate in terms of the time it will take for it to reach us.  His loyal obedience to a Bush-Era military plan that smells an awful like the old boss but with the smile of a new one, fuck it.  

I held a small amount of “Hope” that maybe, just maybe, he’d be somebody to help us move forward as a country into an “Age of Reason” but now I know that we just switched trains and are still on the same route destined for Fucksville but now just with a smiling cheery conductor.  

I looked at Obama the same way one with a heavy workload looks to a promising new co-worker that seems like they could actually help.  Well, more than the last asshat who riddled your work with spelling errors and shit.  Has an actual degree from Harvard Law that wasn’t bought with his parent’s money too.  He shows up, has past experience in “community organizing”, and you figure “what a great addition to the team!”.

But then he starts asking you to buy him lunch, asks for a ride and to “pick up some friends” on the way to work, sweet talks the bosses while dumping the work on you, and when you ask him what the hell he’s actually doing he gives you a wonderful and well-thought-out speech that promises a better effort on his part that you stand in amazement was an actual pre-packaged response for an “off the cuff” question of yours.  

However, when he walks away and the amazement fades, you realize you just got stuck with another do-nothing shit head.  

This one just comes up with a better way to hide it.

Late Night Karaoke

The lady Wore Black

Random Japan

Do as I say, not as I do

The head of a nursery school in Saitama was busted for sending eight photos of naked girls to a child porn website from his cellphone.

The Chinese government criticized Japan’s newly announced greenhouse gas emissions targets, then went on to say that the world’s wealthy nations should cut emissions 40 percent by 2020.

At the same time, the environment ministers of China, Japan and South Korea pledged to work together to reduce the scourge of sandstorms.

The Tokyo-based manufacturer of an escalator whose handrail severed the pinky of a 3-year-old girl at an electronics store in Hokkaido said that the machine’s emergency shutoff system worked properly. Well, thank God for that.

A former finance director of Sanyo Electric Co. working in Vietnam was accused of embezzling a whopping ¥800 million from the company. The man, who has since disappeared, was responsible for administering an account used “for paying salaries and materials costs” in Sanyo’s Vietnam subsidiary.

Free the Gaza 21!

It’s rather interesting to read various ‘progressive’ and left blogs about the capture of the Gaza 21. Let’s face it, the response has been splotchy at best. There have been several, such as Dandelion Salad, which have made the right choice (IMHO) on the issue. They’re calling for the release of the Gaza 21. I think they also understand that if it were any other crisis which this happened in, everyone not on the right would be calling for their release.

Friday Distractions

Well it`s Friday & I`m back for your instant therapy.

Just mix images, imagination, your mind, & your worries, in an essay, & hopefully you`ll forget your troubles for a few minutes.

I may as well open with the theme of the day.

Happy fourth of July.

What does a flag mean.




with liberty and justice for all.

Saturday, July 4, 2009, the Statue of Liberty crown will be open again for the first time since 9/11.


There are 25 windows in the crown which symbolize gemstones

found on the earth and the heaven’s rays shining over the world.

The seven rays of the Statue’s crown represent the seven seas and continents of the world.

Seven in military become citizens on Liberty Island

Saturday, as the Statue of Liberty crown opens to the public for the first time since the Sept. 11 attacks, seven members of the U.S. armed forces will be sworn in as American citizens during a special naturalization ceremony on Liberty Island.

Overnight Caption Contest

Friday Night at 8: “The Forms to Which They Are Accustomed”


Title of tonight’s essay is taken from the Declaration of Independence, to-wit:

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.  But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

I imagine the revolutionaries of the 1700s were equally dismayed to see their countrymen willing to accept despotism rather than declare independence.  Human nature, and all, we’ve seen it so many times — and seen it many times in the history of the United States of America.

“The News is a Joke” — it may be Truer than you think

Breaking Non-News Announcement!!!Listen up consumers!

 Court Jesters

In societies where freedom of speech was not recognized as a right, the court jester — precisely because anything he said was by definition “a jest” and “the uttering of a fool” — could speak frankly on controversial issues in a way in which anyone else would have been severely punished for.

Monarchs understood the usefulness of having such a person at their side.

Friday Philosophy: Pride (a photo journal)

It’s been a long hard work, trying to get back into the swing of teaching.  The course we are teaching only lasts for 5 weeks and is at a very low, introductory level (Computer Literacy), but that is where these students are.  The program is part of the New Jersey Equal Opportunity Fund, an attempt to rescue students who had fewer opportunities for advancement during their time in high school.  Most are from the inner city areas of Jersey.

Last weekend Debbie and I decided to march in the New York Pride Parade for the first time since we moved to the area in 2000.  We are, generally speaking, not designed for marching.  I marched in both the Dyke March and the Pride Parade in Seattle and in the San Francisco Pride Parade once upon a time, but that was back in the 90s.  I was so much younger then;  I’m older than that now.  Debbie is from Los Angeles originally, but never marched there.

Anyway, we gave it a shot this year in The City.  We didn’t make it all the way.  Having to stand in the heat and wait for 3 hours before we could start marching took most of the starch out of us.

But I took plenty of pictures.  The point of these words is to provide some wrapping for those pictures.

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