So--This is Winston Salem

Yesterday afternoon I walked through our neighborhood to do an errand.

Apparently copious quantities of spores had blown through the area. Countless manicured lawns had sprouted McCain-Palin yard signs. They were all over the place.

In this neighborhood of more than a hundred homes, only one has displayed Obama signage, beginning prior to the Primary.

I finally found the opportunity to stop by and introduce myself.

I rang the bell.

A woman came to the door, simultaneously talking into a phone and attempting to restrain a friendly barking dog. She put the call on hold.

"May I help you?" "Uh, I just wanted to stop by and meet you," I stammered. "We're Obama supporters. We moved in six months ago."

She got off the phone and invited me in.

Primed for Passion

This time last week I attended a Bar Mitzvah ceremony in Chicago. I was struck by two passages read in the course of the ceremony. One attributed to Albert Einstein and another from poetry by Marge Piercy. These words found great resonance within me.

...we are here for the sake of each other...Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of others, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received and am still receiving.

Albert Einstein (adapted)

We stand in the midst of the burning world; primed to burn with compassionate love and justice, to turn inward and find holy fire at the core, to turn outward and see the world that is all of one flesh with us, see under the trash, through the smog, the furry bee in the apple blossom, the trout leaping, the candles our ancestors lit for us.

From "Interpretive Nishmat Kol Hay" by Marge Piercy.

When Their Mouth Is Moving ...

Former Nixon staffer John Dean recently wrote a piece for FindLaw.com that pretty much captures the utter corruption of the Bush administration and the Republican party. The piece is on the separation of powers and how the Dick Cheney has pretty much ignored it and become a force unto himself. He writes about Cheney's Big Lie that, according to Dean, pretty much sealed our fate with regard to Iraq. It occurred in a meeting with Dick Armey.

How can I afford this? or, How to be a wanker

Let me see if I am clear on all this...

Me and my fellow taxpayers in Raleigh are already on the hook for $724.6 million in approved spending for the war on Iraq. That money could provide 345,581 children with health care for a year. That amount could more than cover the estimated 260,000 North Carolina children who are uninsured.

The total cost for this blunder of a war is likely to exceed. $3 trillion. That's $3,000,000,000,000, once you account for restocking our military, providing lifetime benefits to veterans and surviving families, and recovering our economy.

But now fiscally responsible Republicans are coming to a tax-and-spend liberal like me to ask for more money?

Pat McCrory, George Bush & their big time money man, Tom Hicks

Pat McCrory may not be big time, but he's drawing some big time interest from some of George W. Bush's big time Pioneers and Rangers. The latest in our round up is Thomas O. Hicks, the man who paid a hyper-inflated price to George Bush for the Texas Rangers and who wound up one of the croniest of the George Bush cronies.

Thomas Hicks, another billionaire friend, is Bush's fith highest career patron. During Bush's term as governor he had Hicks in charge of a $1.7 billion university investment fund. Almost a third of the $1.7 billion was committed to funds run by Hicks' business associates or friends, including five funds run by major Republican political donors.

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