Some Listen, Some Don’t

As is often the case, The Onion captured the bitter zeitgeist with a dead-on headline that read: Protestors Criticized For Looting Businesses Without Forming Private Equity Firm First. Very few people are in favor of random violence for its own sake. But what we've seen the past few nights in Minneapolis, Atlanta, Los Angeles and elsewhere is far from "random violence." A Riot Is The Language of...

RIP, Pete Seeger

(update, 1/30: Greg Mitchell has a first-person account of Pete's last night from Peter Yarrow) Today, I have no words. If you need words, do yourself a favor and let them be his, not mine or anyone else's. Here are my three favorites (last one at the bottom): I am not going to answer any questions as to my association, my philosophical or religious beliefs or my political beliefs, or how I...

Connecting the Dots

The future of a civilization depends on our overcoming the meaninglessness and hopelessness which characterizes the thought of men today. ~ Albert Schweitzer This Saturday, the Occupy Wall Street protests will be two weeks old. Several days ago, I had written the start of a post I'd tentatively titled "Protesting: Ur Doin' It Wrong," centering on my frustration with the response of numerous...

Call To Action Day(s)

We've been told that the final version of the Senate finance committee version of the health care reform bill will be out of committee by tomorrow (Tuesday, 9/29). So if there were ever a time for you to write, call, tweet, email, and send carrier pigeons to your congresscritters, now is it. Tell them you want a full and robust public option, and that you'll be paying attention to which Democrats...