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"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." Edgar Degas

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Garden of Eden




if you're out there in the ether somewhere listening, looking, absorbing
i want you to know that I know you have entered the garden of eden
i was there once myself
isn't it the most wonderful place?
you can't stay forever but when you're there a moment can feel like forever
i hope you get to live there and love there as long as anyone can




Friday, February 16, 2018

A Joke

I got a little dark yesterday. School shootings can do that to a person. Today I'll share a joke from a book I'm reading, The Evenings by Gerard Reve.
 
Gerard Reve, joker
        At this school they were going to take a photograph of the whole class, but the little poor boy wasn't allowed to be in it, he looked too ragged. The teacher told him: “listen, Pete, when that picture has been taken, later they will say: that's Wim, he's a bank manager these days; his father was a manager before him. And that is Klaas, he's a notary. His father was a notary too. And that is Eduard, he's a doctor now. And that one there is Joop, he is a clergyman. So, Pete, when the photographer comes in I want you to go stand over there. Do you understand?” All right, so the little poor boy does that and the picture is taken. A few days later the photographer sends them the picture. 
“Who wants to order one?” the teacher asks. Most of the children do. Pete too. The teacher is surprised. She asks him: “Pete, what do you want a picture for? You're not even in it.”
“I know, teacher,” he says.
“So why would you want to have one?” she asks.
“I’ll keep it,” he says. “Then later, when I’m grown up, I can say” this is Wim, he became a manager. And that’s Klaas, he’s a notary. And that is Eduard, he’s a doctor. And that’s our teacher, she started coughing up blood and died at an early age.”


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Gun Control



Seventeen people were killed yesterday in a school shooting in Florida. Next week there will be another school shooting, and this one will fade into the past for those of us lucky enough to not have our lives turned inside out by this all-American carnage.


We have become a nation controlled by cowards. While every other country on the planet has had the courage to and intelligence take guns away from their citizens, we watch our children run out of schools with their hands over their heads, bury the one who don’t make it out alive, and do nothing to stand up to our diseased gun culture.



For decades a noisy minority of Americans have wet their pants at the mention of gun control, terrified that the liberals were going to take all their guns away. The National Rifle Association was supposed to be an organization dedicated to responsible gun ownership, and they might once have been, but they have chosen to become a terrorist organization more successful in slaughtering innocent Americans than their Middle-Eastern brethren could ever dream of being. When the liberals regain control of our government again, and we will, we should take all their guns away. Anyone who thinks their right to bear arms is more important than the rights of children to go to school without getting their heads blown off can go straight to hell.   



As Ian Hunter said in this clip from 1981, "I don't believe that people can be anti gun control. I'm pro gun control. I think people shooting each other is an exceedingly stupid pastime and I've written a song about it and it's called Gun Control."


Gun Control 
We don't want no gun control
We don't want no gun control 
We don't want no gun control

Stick to your guns, boys, stick to your guns
We'll make a lot of money if we stick to the guns
The president's with us boys, so join in the fun
We can make a lot of money if we stick to our guns


Gun Control 
We don't want no gun control
We don't want no gun control 
We don't want no gun control
Let the bullets go


Step up the lobby, boys, down in Washington 
We can make a lot of money if you stick to your guns 
Tradition is with us boys, the constitution 
So stick to your guns, boys, the final solution
 

Gun Control 
We don't want no gun control
We don't want no gun control 
We don't want no gun control


And ain't it a shame we ain't got a war,
We'll just have to practice on the sick and the poor.

Assassinate presidents, and they ain't the only ones
We can get them all, young and old, if we stick to our guns 
So stick to your guns, boys, fight for your rights
We'll all feel special on a Saturday night


Gun Control 
We don't want no gun control
We don't want no gun control 
We don't want no gun control

Let the bullets go

Viva macho
Viva macho
Viva macho
Viva macho


Gun Control 
We don't want no gun control
We don't want no gun control 
We don't want no gun control