February 11th, 2009

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Good Morning!

What to make of the news?   Amazon makes Kindle sound like a necessity.   All those words in one slim container.  Hmmm!

And then there is Obama.   I think of a child on the playground.   They look at the climbing structure.  They touch it, maybe take a step and in a few weeks, they may be coming down the slide.   Could we give this guy a little time to fix the problems accumulated over years before we attack, and yes, let's remember that immigration and integration are what made this country great.

Happy Day as each of us does our part toward cheer, peace, and common sense as to intention, possibility, and hope.

Op-Ed Columnist

The Open-Door Bailout

Published: February 10, 2009

Bangalore, India

Leave it to a brainy Indian to come up with the cheapest and surest way to stimulate our economy: immigration.

“All you need to do is grant visas to two million Indians, Chinese and Koreans,” said Shekhar Gupta, editor of The Indian Express newspaper. “We will buy up all the subprime homes. We will work 18 hours a day to pay for them. We will immediately improve your savings rate — no Indian bank today has more than 2 percent nonperforming loans because not paying your mortgage is considered shameful here. And we will start new companies to create our own jobs and jobs for more Americans.”

While his tongue was slightly in cheek, Gupta and many other Indian business people I spoke to this week were trying to make a point that sometimes non-Americans can make best: “Dear America, please remember how you got to be the wealthiest country in history. It wasn’t through protectionism, or state-owned banks or fearing free trade. No, the formula was very simple: build this really flexible, really open economy, tolerate creative destruction so dead capital is quickly redeployed to better ideas and companies, pour into it the most diverse, smart and energetic immigrants from every corner of the world and then stir and repeat, stir and repeat, stir and repeat, stir and repeat.”


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For what binds us -

This is one of my favorite poems by Jane Hirshfield who had a poem in the New Yorker this week.  Quite a thrill!

For What Binds Us
There are names for what binds us:
strong forces, weak forces.
Look around, you can see them:
the skin that forms in a half-empty cup,
nails rusting into the places they join,
joints dovetailed on their own weight.
The way things stay so solidly
wherever they've been set down --
and gravity, scientists say, is weak.
And see how the flesh grows back
across a wound, with a great vehemence,
more strong
than the simple, untested surface before.
There's a name for it on horses,
when it comes back darker and raised: proud flesh,
as all flesh
is proud of its wounds, wears them
as honors given out after battle,
small triumphs pinned to the chest --

And when two people have loved each other
see how it is like a
scar between their bodies,
stronger, darker, and proud;
how the black cord makes of them a single fabric
that nothing can tear or mend.
 ~ Jane Hirschfield ~
(Of Gravity & Angels)

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One wonders -

My empathy meter is working overtime lately trying to understand the minds of those who got us into this crisis and how they don't recognize that losing money means no celebration and no party.  Duh!

Here is Jon Carroll in the SF Chronicle today.

Perhaps you saw the full-page Wells Fargo ad in the paper over the weekend. It was heartbreaking. It was all about how the evil, one-sided media had made the corporation cancel its "employee recognition event," which apparently is corporate-speak for a four-day trip to Las Vegas, specifically to the spiffy Wynn hotel and its "twin," the Encore Hotel.


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Ice Cream Flavors -

Ben & Jerry created "Yes Pecan!" ice cream flavor for Obama.
They then asked people to fill in the blank for the following:

For George W. we created "_________".

Here are some of their favorite responses:

- Grape Depression
- Abu Grape
- Cluster Fudge
- Nut'n Accomplished
- Iraqi Road
- Chock 'n Awe
- WireTapioca
- Impeach Cobbler
- Guantanmallow
- imPeachmint
- Good Riddance You Lousy Motherfucker... Swirl
- Heck of a Job, Brownie!
- Neocon Politan
- Rocky Road to Fascism
- The Reese's-cession
- Cookie D'oh!
- The Housing Crunch
- Nougalar Proliferation
- Death by Chocolate... and Torture
- Freedom Vanilla Ice Cream
- Chocolate Chip on My Shoulder
- "You're Shitting in My Mouth and Calling It A" Sundae
- Credit Crunch
Mission Pecanplished
- Country Pumpkin
- Chunky Monkey in Chief
- George Bush Doesn't Care About Dark Chocolate
- WMDelicious
- Chocolate Chimp
- Bloody Sundae
- Caramel Preemptive Stripe
- I broke the law and am responsible for the deaths of thousands...with nuts

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Trying to explain -

Because it was raining, I brought three year old Zach to my home today.  His eyes immediately zeroed in on the book Goodnight Bush, An Unauthorized Parody by Erich Origen and Gan Golan.

The cover looks just like Goodnight Moon so is naturally enchanting and Zach immediately sat in my lap wanting me to read it to him.  I will give you the words, and you can imagine trying to censor Bush for a three year old and explain the pictures of Bush hiding in bed and Abu Ghraib and a toy airplane sitting among fallen blocks.   He decided the Abu Ghraib torturer was happy because of the smile, unlike Bush and Cheney who were both a challenge to decipher.  I explained that no one taught Bush to behave well as Zach has been taught and that is why Bush has done so many "bad things."


In the situation room there was a toy world and a flight costume and a picture of -
A refinery plume
And there were war profiteers giving three cheers (Zach saw three pigs.)
A nation great
A Church and a State
A pair of towers
And a balance of powers
A Grand Old Party to war in a rush
And a quiet Dick Cheney whispering "hush"
Goodnight room
Goodnight refinery plume
Goodnight jets flying over the plume
Goodnight toy world and the flight costume
Goodnight ballot box
Goodnight FOX
Goodnight towers
And goodnight balance of powers
Goodnight constitution
And goodnight evolution
Goodnight democracy and goodnight privacy
Goodnight old growth trees
Goodnight detainees
Goodnight allies
Goodnight Abu Ghraib "Cheese!"
Goodnight contractor beheading
Goodnight innocent bloodshedding
Goodnight nation great and goodnight Church and State
Goodnight bubble bursting in air
And goodnight piggy beyond repair
Goodnight rule of law and goodnight Mardi Gras
Goodnight Grand Old Party
Goodnight war in a rush
And goodnight to Dick Cheney whispering "hush"
Goodnight earth?
Goodnight heir?
Goodnight failures everywhere

Bush has said how much he loved, as a child,  Goodnight Moon, and Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which was published one year after Bush graduated from college.

Well, we know he doesn't like to challenge himself.   What were you reading after college?  Perhaps something a wee bit more advanced.