Good to see at least some of the Freshmen Congressional Representatives are taking their new jobs seriously. When will the President and GOP Congressional leadership start doing likewise? There seems to be little or no empathy between them and the Federal Government employees who are either furloughed or working without pay – let alone their dependents and others sorely in need of their services. – rjc
To our absentee government:
Do your jobs. End the shutdown. Negotiate a solution to the immigration laws and policies so desperately in need of reform. Stop treating good, hard-working government workers like hostages and pawns in your never-ending quest to concentrate wealth and political power in the hands of fewer and fewer elites regardless of how that agenda affects the vast majority of Americans and even those living abroad.
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In a world where idiots have megaphones, it’s nice to smart men still can have a blog. If something happens this year and Trump’s gallup flies high, signifying the New (Authoritarian) World Order, I’m sure this site will be deleted for obvious reasons. The unbridled and unapologetic posts of our president are everything our press wishes they could say, but can’t. Partly due to pure intellectual prowess and just sheer talent, and partly bc the censors. Then still, part is just the ability to truly disrespect the office, which I cannot yet do, but will be completely capable of the by the end of this presidency. It’s been a treasure trove for me, Wesley, and never fails to exhilarate with each new issue. When I first discover another addition has been posted, it feels just like receiving a paper I know I aced. Merry Christmas my friend! To 2019!
Click fiend that I am, I’ve decided to once again do a round-up, a sort of greatest hits [insert ironic cough] of the pieces I posted this year, significantly fewer than in years of yore (67 to be exact, as opposed to 141 in 2016 and 142 last year).
So hold onto your hats or toupees or do rags; here we go.
Miles Davis at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, 1986
For whatever reason, in January I wrote mostly about music, an appreciation of a Miles Davis/John Coltrane videoof “So What?” and a profile of two contemporary artists I admire, John Hiattand Lucinda Williams. My favorite, however, is this meditationon the distinction between verse and poetry.
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Idky I took this photo of Tillman, but he is a frightening looking man… especially since appears so large in the statue. It only fits that he is the figure we welcome others with as they walk into the Statehouse. via Birthday Murmurs