September 2nd, 2005

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A topical selection: a poem of Robert Burns

Man Was Made To Mourn: A Dirge

When chill November's surly blast
Made fields and forests bare,
One ev'ning, as I wander'd forth
Along the banks of Ayr,
I spied a man, whose aged step
Seem'd weary, worn with care;
His face furrow'd o'er with years,
And hoary was his hair.

"Young stranger, whither wand'rest thou?"
Began the rev'rend sage;
"Does thirst of wealth thy step constrain,
Or youthful pleasure's rage?
Or haply, prest with cares and woes,
Too soon thou hast began
To wander forth, with me to mourn
The miseries of man.

"The sun that overhangs yon moors,
Out-spreading far and wide,
Where hundreds labour to support
A haughty lordling's pride;-
I've seen yon weary winter-sun
Twice forty times return;
And ev'ry time has added proofs,
That man was made to mourn.

"O man! while in thy early years,
How prodigal of time!
Mis-spending all thy precious hours-
Thy glorious, youthful prime!
Alternate follies take the sway;
Licentious passions burn;
Which tenfold force gives Nature's law.
That man was made to mourn.

"Look not alone on youthful prime,
Or manhood's active might;
Man then is useful to his kind,
Supported in his right:
But see him on the edge of life,
With cares and sorrows worn;
Then Age and Want-oh! ill-match'd pair-
Shew man was made to mourn.

"A few seem favourites of fate,
In pleasure's lap carest;
Yet, think not all the rich and great
Are likewise truly blest:
But oh! what crowds in ev'ry land,
All wretched and forlorn,
Thro' weary life this lesson learn,
That man was made to mourn.

"Many and sharp the num'rous ills
Inwoven with our frame!
More pointed still we make ourselves,
Regret, remorse, and shame!
And man, whose heav'n-erected face
The smiles of love adorn, -
Man's inhumanity to man
Makes countless thousands mourn!

"See yonder poor, o'erlabour'd wight,
So abject, mean, and vile,
Who begs a brother of the earth
To give him leave to toil;
And see his lordly fellow-worm
The poor petition spurn,
Unmindful, tho' a weeping wife
And helpless offspring mourn.

"If I'm design'd yon lordling's slave,
By Nature's law design'd,
Why was an independent wish
E'er planted in my mind?
If not, why am I subject to
His cruelty, or scorn?
Or why has man the will and pow'r
To make his fellow mourn?

"Yet, let not this too much, my son,
Disturb thy youthful breast:
This partial view of human-kind
Is surely not the last!
The poor, oppressed, honest man
Had never, sure, been born,
Had there not been some recompense
To comfort those that mourn!

"O Death! the poor man's dearest friend,
The kindest and the best!
Welcome the hour my aged limbs
Are laid with thee at rest!
The great, the wealthy fear thy blow
- From pomp and pleasure torn;
But, oh! a blest relief for those
That weary-laden mourn!"

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Our most dangerous enemy

If they’re not driven from power, they’ll kill a lot more of us before they’re done. As history has demonstrated over and over, the greatest threat and the worst enemy is not “over there”—it’s right here at home. And we have never faced a more dangerous enemy than the one that threatens us today.

And his name is George W. Bush.
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Explosions in New Orleans?

I just heard on Air America Radio that large explosions were heard in
or near New Orleans. Whether that is true or not, it is possible that
at any time the city may catch fire. All the water may simply make
things much worse, because it is coated with combustibles (and
poisonous). You can see 'rainbows' on the water in some of the
pictures coming out of New Orleans.

The Skippy Challenge

the skippy challenge

this is not about red states v. blue states...this is not about left v. right...this is not about liberal v. conservative...

the people in louisiana, mississippi and alabama are americans. this is about america. and americans have historically always rolled up their sleeves and pitched in to help out their fellow countrymen in need.

skippy [and Barijo have] donated $100.01 to the red cross for hurricane relief. and now, skippy challenges everyone who writes a political blog, no matter what side of the spectrum they inhabit, to do the same.

but that's not all of the challenge. skippy then dares everyone on his blogroll (who will be receiving an email with this double-dog dare), after they donate, to (a) blog about it, and (b) send an email to everyone on their blog roll.

the $100 is to make a difference. if every political blog donates $100, think of the hundreds of thousands of dollars the red cross can use to buy food and supplies for the people that need it now.
and the 1 cent is to let everyone know where that the donations came from blogtopia (yes! we coined that phrase!) and know that for once, in reality, the blogs are making a difference.

if the server is busy, call 1-800 help now.

if you can't contribute $100.01, then make it $50.01 or $20.01, or at least $5.01 (the minimum the red cross requires, plus 1 cent). give up your saturday movie date this week, take your lunch to work instead of eating out, do something!

americans are starving, with no place to live, in conditions that are rapidly deteriorating. it's time we all pitched in and helped our fellow citizens! do it!
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THE BRAD BLOG: "Disconnected Presidential Video of the Moment..."


Update: I repeat that Bush has Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Do you know "The Cornfield" episode of The Twilight Zone? That's Bush, except he is a grown human being, not an undeveloped boy. He is an insane criminal -- insane not in the legal sense, insane not in the sense of schizophrenia, but self-aggrandizing and completely, completely devoid of conscience, and literally fooling himself that he is a deity's chosen military superhero. This is the sort of insanity that does the opposite of excuse you of responsibility.
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The Bushists are moving ahead with estate tax repeal

Tell me these people are Republicans and not traitorous Bushists!

BREAKING: Despite Katrina, Frist Will Call Vote on Estate Tax Repeal

Senate Finance Committee members were informed this morning that Sen. Bill Frist will move forward with a vote to permanently repeal the estate tax next week, likely on Tuesday, ThinkProgress has learned.

One stands in awe of Sen. Frist’s timing. Permanently repealing the estate tax would be a major blow to the nation’s charities. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has “found that the estate tax encourages wealthy individuals to donate considerably more to charity, since estate tax liability is reduced through donations made both during life and at death.” If there were no estate tax in 2000, for example, “charitable donations would have been between $13 billion to $25 billion lower than they actually were.”

As they did after 9/11 and during the lead-up to the Iraq war, conservatives have placed tax cuts for the most wealthy and well-off over the spirit of shared national sacrifice. What a stark contrast to the outpouring of generosity being shown by the American people in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
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Daily Kos: Priorities: Roberts Hearings Not Delayed

More scheduling fun from the Bushist Arbeiterspartei.

Priorities: Roberts Hearings Not Delayed
by Armando
Fri Sep 2nd, 2005 at 11:00:40 PDT

As of now, the GOP-controlled Senate has stated its intention to commence the John Roberts' confirmation on Tuesday, September 6.

In all decency, these hearings should be delayed at least a few days to see where we are in the Katrina Aftermath. Surely the Senate has important urgent Katrina Aftermath business that should be addressed before taking up Roberts. A delay of a couple of days should be announced now.

This would be the very least the Republicans should do to signal to the American People that they care about this unprecedented tragedy. To go forward and push the Katrina tragedy aside is akin to making a political push for the permanent elimination of the estate tax. Oh wait . . .