Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
God is in every face we meet - and not just in every face - in every plank of cedar that's tacked to the outside of our houses, in the rosemary that grows in the yard. The question then becomes: how can I learn not to turn away? - Sam BakerLearning not to turn away... How much might I learn if I stopped turning away from what's difficult in this world? I'm betting it's possible mercy lingers there. Peace.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Only two things money can't buy... That's true love And homegrown tomatoesAnd one more thing, Guy- friends like these... Peace.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
A careful reading of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will not reveal any intrinsic right to health care, food or shelter. That's because there isn't any. This "right" has never existed in America. -Mackey, Wall Street JournalWhich of course is true, unless you have a left-leaning liberal slant on: "promote the general welfare"...which is right there in the preamble to the Constitution. And there's always the left-leaning liberal take on this line from the Declaration of Independence:
...laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.We might as well get over John Mackey. He's certainly not going to change his politics because we decide we won't shop at his store. He doesn't have to. He's made his zillions. Besides, our energies would be better spent trying to discover what kinds of alternatives our elected representatives are heading back to Washington, DC with at the end of the August congressional recess. These are the people making adjustments to our foundations and principles. Write, call, or show up in their offices. Don't take waffley politician talk for an answer. Ask for specifics. Tell them John Mackey laid out a point-by-point plan...why can't they? Then promise to boycott them at the polls next election if they aren't thinking clearly. Then, if you're still in the mood for a boycott, the sponsors of Glenn Beck's FOX network show are a more powerful place to start. I'll hazard a wild guess that Beck's audience is much bigger than John Mackey's Wall Street Journal reading crowd. Make the most of your right to be part of our processes. Peace.
Monday, August 17, 2009
... provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending.It's the stated purpose of House Resolution 3200 - the bill Congress is pondering and Americans are shouting about from town hall to shining town hall meeting. Read it before you jump into a chest-pounding debate over it. If you don't have time for 1,017 pages of legislative-lawyer-speak, there's a reliable summary, posted at congress.org. If you'd rather hit the high points of contention, at least get the facts right. You could start with factcheck.org's Seven Falsehoods About Health Care. I also believe this is a wise and very democracy-grounded American opinion:
I don’t believe anyone should be in charge of your health care decisions but you and your doctor — not government bureaucrats, not insurance companies.Barack Obama said it. Read his op-ed piece from the New York Times yesterday. I'm also a fan of the public option piece of health care reform. How in the world could this be un-American?
The public option would be a government-backed plan available to consumers through a health exchange where people could buy insurance, public or private, that best fits their needs. While a public plan might require some government financing to start up, the idea is for it to be financially self-sustaining and require no subsidies. (Some) argue that a public plan would invariably drive private insurers out of business and prompt employers to drop private coverage, pushing people who are already insured onto a plan run by the government.If you're still confused about what I believe... Follow the money, my friends. Corporate America is not egalitarian. Peace.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. - the yet-to-be adopted Equal Rights Amendment to the US ConstitutionI had a martini last night in the upscale bar of an historic downtown Austin hotel. It's a great spot for a good drink and for watching the basically upscale people of my town parade and preen through a Friday night. I left after one drink feeling more than a little grumpy over the clear evidence of inequality in the standing of women in America: We are not allowed to grow old and fat like men are. Couple after couple walked through the upstairs bar at the Driskill hotel last night, and I am not exaggerating when I tell you my scientific survey of the bar population showed 2 of 3 couples were mismatched in this significant way: Men were generally overweight and under dressed and the women on their arms were fit, fashionably dressed, and eye-catchingly accessorized. What's up with that? Why do we women feel the need/obligation to keep looking like the pick of any litter, while men are allowed to eat and age? One might argue that women prefer men who are not preeners. But, come on my sisters - you know you're looking at the 1/3 of the male population that's staying in shape and thinking, "I remember when my husband looked like that." And, you also know that you're staying beautiful just so he won't look around and think that. Here's a news flash, girls. He's looking around anyway. Do your own survey. The matter of equality comes to two questions: Do we women want our men to stay gorgeous like we are, or do we want to be allowed to abandon the compulsion to look like Barbie until the day we die? My husband tried to put the questions to rest by pointing out the extended life bonus women statistically own in the United States. Women, on average, outlast men by about 5 years. I suppose his implication was - women who stay in shape outlive men who don't. All I could hear in his logic was the promise of a chance that I might have 5 years at the end of my life to get as out of shape and out of fashion as I like. Forgive my idle Saturday pondering...but if you have time to squander over such trivia - think for a moment about the cultural icons of couplehood below. How would life be different for women if Wilma Flintstone or Marge Simpson or Alice Cramden or Lois Griffin had been the chubby ones? Peace.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
So we have our place in the world. But we have no pictures of Willie, John, and Bob - even if we're only 50 yards away from the stage. Here's all I got last night: I actually had to pirate this photo from the daily newspaper, so I won't be posting it on facebook - even though I'd like to. There are copyright laws, you know... So if you have a friend with a picture from last night's concert in Round Rock, Texas - I'm betting he/she is not an oldest child. Please ask him/her to send me a copy of their best shot. It will help me make peace with my inner oldest.
Of the first 23 astronauts to blast off into space, 21 were first born children. The other two were only children.
In the last election, of the 11 people who wanted to be President of the United States, eight of the 11 were first-born sons or first-born daughters in their family or only children.
First borns tend to rule a little bit. They’re the movers and shakers of life and they lead everything from the PTA to the U.S. Presidency.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
President Obama is having lunch with the entire Senate Democratic Caucus this afternoon. “Chuck E. Cheese was booked,” Press Secretary Robert Gibbs joked.Peace.
Monday, August 3, 2009
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