2004 US Election

shrill? maybe. accurate? apparently.

Poynter Online – Forums

I asked a 28-year-old engineer if he and his family would participate in the Iraqi elections since it was the first time Iraqis could to some degree elect a leadership. His response summed it all: “Go and vote and risk being blown into pieces or followed by the insurgents and murdered for cooperating with the Americans? For what? To practice democracy? Are you joking?”

The truth will out: no matter how hard the ideologues try to manage information, the facts will come out, their incompetence and hubris revealed. It’s very late, with thousands killed to save face for a few armchair warriors: I hope it’s not too late.

blows against the empire

bumper sticker of the day

Too many freaks,
not enough circuses

(seen on the back of an aging VW microbus, natch).


topical music from a local composer

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I just made two CDs from this for some teachers . . . . Hovhaness was a local artist and used local themes and elements in his work. This one just seemed apropos, written as it was in the wake the 1980 eruption and on the cusp of another (70% chance, at last report).


Springsteen on why he’s taking a stand News | The rising

I think that this particular election is, at the core, a debate about the soul of the nation. I think we can move toward greater economic justice for all of our citizens, or we cannot. I think we can move toward a sane, responsible foreign policy, or we cannot. For me, these are issues that go right to the heart of the spiritual life of the nation.

A very thoughtful look at why he’s coming out with a stand on the war(s): the war in Iraq, the war on freedom of speech, the war on core American values.