September 21st, 2008

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from The Writer's Almanac!

It was on this day
in 1970 that the first modern op-ed page appeared in The New York Times. People sometimes think that "op-ed" stands for "opinion-editorial," but it actually stands for "opposite the editorial page." Op-eds began in the 1920s, but they were forums for newspapers' columnists, not for outside writers. The modern op-ed was created by New York Times journalist John Bertram Oakes. Oakes received a commentary letter that he thought was excellent, but it was too long to print as a letter to the editor, and it couldn't be published in the op-ed page since it wasn't by a columnist. So he got the idea for an op-ed page that would include outside opinions. Oakes spent 10 years trying to convince publishers that is was good idea. Finally the Times editors agreed, and published the first version, and it's become the model for op-ed pages worldwide.

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Silence -

I love silence, love to play with it, and run it through my ears like thread.

Here's Verlyn on two silences, on the sensitivity that allows a deeper receiving.  

Two Silences

Published: September 20, 2008

For the past week, I’ve been staying in northern Finland, just south of the Arctic Circle and a few kilometers shy of the restricted zone that marks the Russian border. This is the boreal forest, a place of almost surreal silence this time of year, when most of the birds have already migrated.

The first night I was here I stood in the middle of a bridge over a broad, slow-moving river that flows into Russia. It was dusk, a clear night, and I had come out to listen to nothing. There was no wind in the trees, not even the slightest breeze. The river below me was silent, and for the half-hour I stood there I heard not a sound.


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The media -

I continue to wonder why the media is silent on the subject of McCain and the corruption he represents.  This article is sobering and sickening, and the lies continue and are believed which is why an election that should be no contest is so close.   What is sobering is how easily McCain and Palin lie, and yet, half the people are believing the lies.  I am absolutely mind-boggled. 

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Truthiness Stages a Comeback

Published: September 20, 2008

NOT until 2004 could the 9/11 commission at last reveal the title of the intelligence briefing President Bush ignored on Aug. 6, 2001, in Crawford: “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” No wonder John McCain called for a new “9/11 commission” to “get to the bottom” of 9/14, when the collapse of Lehman Brothers set off another kind of blood bath in Lower Manhattan. Put a slo-mo Beltway panel in charge, and Election Day will be ancient history before we get to the bottom of just how little he and the president did to defend America against a devastating new threat on their watch.

For better or worse, the candidacy of Barack Obama, a senator-come-lately, must be evaluated on his judgment, ideas and potential to lead. McCain, by contrast, has been chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, where he claims to have overseen “every part of our economy.” He didn’t, thank heavens, but he does have a long and relevant economic record that begins with the Keating Five scandal of 1989 and extends to this campaign, where his fiscal policies bear the fingerprints of Phil Gramm and Carly Fiorina. It’s not the résumé that a presidential candidate wants to advertise as America faces its worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. That’s why the main thrust of the McCain campaign has been to cover up his history of economic malpractice.


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One more -

I wonder where I would be without the op-ed columnists.  They seem to be the ones who speak the truth right now.  I am astonished that the "Christians" are being led to the extent that we believe that Obama is the anti-Christ.   It is hard to fathom, but we had Bush and we have Palin and if Christ was about truth, then, I think yes, we are looking at the anti-Christ and he/she is wise in his choice of form, because clearly it is working.    The anti-Christ.   The McPain ticket with all their lies, ignorance, manipulation and corruption fit the image to a T.

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The Push to ‘Otherize’ Obama

Published: September 20, 2008

Here’s a sad monument to the sleaziness of this presidential campaign: Almost one-third of voters “know” that Barack Obama is a Muslim or believe that he could be.

In short, the political campaign to transform Mr. Obama into a Muslim is succeeding. The real loser as that happens isn’t just Mr. Obama, but our entire political process.


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I watched these two videos today showing how Carl Rove will steal this election as he has done before, and also showing that John McCain is not releasing his full medical records, which statistically would probably show he has a few more years to live which means Palin, the oil company's dream.

It is odd to start Sunday morning in such a way. At first, I thought I wasn't up for fifteen minutes of Greg Palast this early in the monring and then, I realized, yes, we need to be diligent and understand what we are up against.
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small town values -

Today I suddenly wondered where the homes that the McCain's own are located. I wondered if any of them are in small towns.

This is the first website that popped up. It seems they own more than we realize, which is really no surprise.

I also found myself thinking about Cindy McCain and Todd Palin, two innocent victims in all this. Cindy McCain in the New Yorker article this last week did not sound like she wants to live in Washington D.C. She prefers Arizona. She is comfortable there. She used to have her hair short and stylish to fit her age, until it must have been decided we would think McCain was young and virile, if they turned her into a Barbie doll, or as some say, a Stepford wife. Now her hair is long and blonde, not short and gray. And what of Todd, home with the kids. Does he want to live in the White House and host state dinners? He likes to be outdoors burning up fossil fuels
. I'm thinking he may have wished Sarah knew how to blink.

I wonder what it is to have such an ego that the world revolves totally around you and your ego and desires. I certainly don't see that is the way to heaven. The meek shall inherit the earth and something about a rich man and a needle. What I do see though is that most of us consider ourselves part of a small town, part of a community, and we work within it for peace, harmony, and compromise. We don't decide we are the whole town, country, world, and think lies will be ignored on the Judgment Day.

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Palin -

Palin will not answer the question or admit what she did. I watched the September 12, Bill Maher tonight. Her ignorance, as we know, is sobering. The conservative on the show, John Fund, a columnist for the WSJ tried to defend her saying she didn't need to know trivia, trivia such as what is the Bush Doctrine. Maher pointed out this is not American Idol. It seems the Republicans have nothing to run on, and yet if it is true, as Maher says, that 61% of Americans believe literally in the Ark, I think it is time for the rest of us to start building a boat. 42 meth labs were uncovered in Wasila last year. McCain has nine homes in three time zones, and the Republicans are the ones who have been in power, and yet they have a chance because people like Palin stand up in church and say to vote for her. What happened to separation of church and state? It is sobering.

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Autumn -

O Lord, it is time
The summer was so vast
Put your shadows on the sundials
And in the fields let the wind loose.
Order the last fruits to become ripe
Give them two more sunny days
Push them to fulfillment
And force the last sweetness into the heavy wine.
He who has no house now will not build one
He who is alone will be so for a long time to come
Will stay awake, read, write long letters
And restlessly walk in the park among the blown leaves.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~
(Translated by Charlotte Schmid)