Wednesday, May 27, 2009

call it democracy

Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism.
Hubert H. Humphrey (b. 27 may 1911 -1978) 38th VP(65-69), Senator from MN (1949-64; 71-78)

now that the weather has gotten so lovely and the days are so full, I have a sneaking feeling that unless I fall back on one my tried and true blogging tricks, the mouse might go to sleep for the summer (a different twist on seasonal hibernation!). with that in mind, the mouse is returning to birthdays as a source of inspiration! today two greats in the fight for human rights are being honored - hubert h. humphrey and singer-songwriter bruce cockburn.

speaking of the fight for human rights, I don't know about you, but I'm very disappointed about yesterday's ruling by the california supreme court which upheld the anti-human rights and homophobic proposition 8, banning marriage for same-sex couples in that state. however, the court ruling has not ended the fight, if anything it has only strengthened the resolve among activists everywhere to work toward increasing efforts to guarantee marriage equality for all people everywhere. support full human rights and let love prevail - go here and find out how you can plug into supporting this righteous cause! if you live in the greater cleveland area, contact ask cleveland and see what you can do.

today is also bruce cockburn's birthday - bruce was born in ottawa in 1945. bruce has a rich musical career spanning many decades and fusing folk, jazz, and rock (before going solo he was a member of groups that played woodstock and opened for jimi hendrix and the cream). he is an ardent activist and committed to human rights and environmentalism, many of his songs reflect this, as does this one entitled call it democracy which is perhaps the only song ever written about the international monetary fund (imf). the song takes the imf to task for encouraging out-of-control debt in the developing world.


note about photo: last month I was in fort worth, one of the nicknames for fort worth is panther city, I didn't remember why fort worth had this nickname until I ran into this statue of a sleeping panther which was erected in 2002 in hyde park; hyde park was established in 1873 and is fort worth's first public urban park.

the origin of why fort worth (aka cowtown) is also known as panther city:
DALLAS DAILY HERALD

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1875.

FORT WORTH IN A COLD SWEAT.

Mass Meeting of Citizens--A ''Panter'' Loose In Her Streets.

Last week our suburban village of Fort Worth was the scene of the wildest excitement. Nothing like it has been seen since the report that the railway was coming.

The high water in the Trinity overflowed the bottom and drove out a panther, who wandered at his own sweet will during the night through the streets. Next morning his tracks were seen by the terror stricken natives, and a scene ensued which beggars description. The whole village turned out to examine the tracks of the monster, and a public meeting was immediately called--Fort Worth never does anything without a meeting.

Parson Fitzgerald drove down a stake ''whar the panter had laid down.''

On motion, Captain Eph. Daggett was overwhelmingly called to the ''cheer,'' and Frank Boaz was elected secretary.

Parson Fitzgerald, in a few appropriate remarks, explained the objects of the meeting, by stating that it would never do for it to get out that a ''panter'' had walked those streets, for the Dallas people and their confounded papers would nevr let up on Fort Worth, and that it would deter people from investing, and ruin the prospects of their city as a railway centre. He then offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That the people, en masse, of Fort Worth, be requested and cautioned to say nothing about the fact that a ''panter'' had been in their street, and that the press is requested to keep it out of their paper.

On motion of Captain Paddock, a committee of three prominent citizens, Dr. Burks, Captain Hanna, and Hyde Jennings Esquire, was appointed to wait upon General Peers, and to earnestly request him for the sake of the future prosperity of the city, to keep his d--d mouth shut.

These resolutions were very eloquently supported in telling speeches by Dr. Sam. Field, Hon. Edward Terrell, Woolear Fraser, and Colonel William Terry, jun.

The mayor was instructed, on motion of Hon. Junius W. Smith, to double the police force, and put a strong guard around town, and to search the mails to prevent any ''panter'' information going abroad. Captain Eph. Daggett introduced a resolution that the star of empire be requested to take its way westward by the first train.

The exercises were closed with prayer, by that ''son of thunder,'' as he is familiarly known, Parson Fitzgerald, after which that prince of liberal nature's noblemen, Captain J.Y. Hogsett, stood the champaigne for the crowd. Adjourned.

8 comments:

mum said...

Well, if this was a sampling of your 'light summer blogging', mum says you are now excused and you can go out to play, kimy :-)
Riches galore: so that's who said 'compassion isn't weakness' - thanks for the info.
I'm referencing the Human Rights link right away - thanks for that too.
I hadn't heard or seen Bruce Cockburn in a long time - good to see 'old' lefties of my generation still at work doing their gig.

As for the Dallas Daily Herald story, I just plain lifted it. Ex-cellent. Just loved the part about the Parson driving a stake through the spot where the panther walked. The whole report is a hoot. You can bet I'd have stuck around for the champaigne (but didn't that loosen a couple of tongues? After all the story DID get into the Dallas Daily Herald. Confounded likker!)

Tchüss from the Old Countries where the panthers don't roam any more than the deer and the antelope do. We iz civilized sorts, nowadays (I think. Sort of.)

Colette Amelia said...

Well thanks Kimy for the great song, it sat well with my mood this morning and thanks for all the effort, courage, wisdom that you have in all you do. Your strength of Character and all your knowledge are a source of awe for me.

It is because of people like you that there just might be help for this blue planet afterall.

ArtSparker said...

That statue is splendid.

My understanding from the Andrew Sullivan blog is that so much progress was made (in the qualifying of non-reversal Prop 8) that it could actually be judged progress towards gay equality.

Posts here:
http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2009/05/reading-the-decision.html

and here:

http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2009/05/reading-the-decision-ii.html

The Courage Campaign (as you probably know) is pushing for a new vote in 2010. Marriage equality is coming.

K. said...

Every girl I ever dated called me a "panter".

Roy said...
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Roy said...

That Panther sculpture is great. I have a friend who lives in the Ft. Worth area; I'll have to ask her if she's seen it.

Ronda Laveen said...

I live in California and was also disappointed to hear the upheld the ban. We already voted to accept them and that should be that. I was just a Christina's Outlet blog. She does computer art. Recently she designed a cake topper and just yester day, she posted a wine label that matched the topper. They are for two women who are friends of hers and are getting married in Sept. I just asked her if the marriages are recognized in Canada. Will go back later and check for answer.

Watch out Mourse, that's an awfully big cat!

Merle Sneed said...

I with you on the ruling. It sucks.