Thursday, January 3, 2008

do be do be do

I ran across this postcard yesterday while I was on a straightening blitz. I thought I'd get the studio in order (lettuce, I know, I should have taken before and after pictures!), it's quite lovely to start a new year with a little less clutter and chaos about. now don't get me wrong this activity is NOT part of any new year resolution. I don't do new year resolutions, although I admit I do do daily resolutions - they seem much more manageable!

the unfortunate thing about this postcard by berman is the fact that charlie king's observation it is even more applicable today than when he made it during those dark days of the reagan administration. in retrospect the shenanigans and unethical (and illegal) behavior of james watt, earl butz, john negroponte, iran contra, and the u.s interventions in latin america (to name just a few of the scandalous people and activities of that era) seem almost like child's play compared to what is going on today.

one of the things that weighs heavily on my mind is how the u.s. continues to fuel the war machine. on march 20th, approximately 2 1/2 months away, it will be the 5th anniversary of the u.s. invasion of iraq. now there is a dark day! an invasion based on lies and greed. despite public outcry and opinion against the war, it still wages on. politicians who state that they are against the war can't stand up to the scum that's floating on top of today's melting pot. and despite how and why they got into office (people can you hear me?) they continue handing out blank checks. for the last seven years, the political dance is to back down instead of step up.

today iowa holds the first presidential caucus. from now until november we can probably expect to see a lot of scum (now don't get me wrong not everyone in politics is scum; I have found that some folks who enter politics are able to hold on to their integrity and continue working hard on behalf of the people - but they are few and far between and generally fair very, very poorly if they actually ascend to the top of the pot). I also expect that the country will not making any real progress on addressing the problems that we face. the months leading up to a presidential election are marked with promises and redirects but little true action fixing the problems that are present - and there are plenty of problems - 2007 was the deadliest year for both u.s. troops and iraqi civilians; the number of americans without health insurance is at an all time high with 47 million (or 1 out of 7) ; global climate change is threatening the very fabric of life on earth, but overall it is 'business as usual' - global consumption is up, up, up. oh my, this post has entered dark and troubled waters. I really do have to stop. I have ranted on enough for this morning - I've been so restrained - I haven't really had a good rant on the mouse for quite a while!

let's see can I end this on a positive note?
To do is to be - Voltaire
To be is to do - Descartes
Do be do be do - Sinatra


Anonymous said...

You go Kim! A good rant and a good tidying up is what we need today!

LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Of course, a fourth possible quote:

Aba dabba doo! - Flintstone

Colette Amelia said...

Well what the hell, good to clear out the mind and get it all out...and then maybe by getting it out someone will hear and listen and dooby dooby doo.

I enjoyed the ride! rant on sista

mouse (aka kimy) said...

tommy can you hear me?

ah, excellent additions of fred and scooby!

lettuce said...

yes, daily resoluions, far better idea