Who Cares?

There must be stages of caring, like there are for grieving.

Stage 1: Oh you poor thing.
Stage 2: Here, have a banana. Or would you rather have this $50.
Stage 3: I’ve got some numbers for you to call. Have you tried acupuncture?
Stage 4: (pretend you’re not home)
Stage 5: Pay me to care.

There’s been some discussion lately about the differences between Conservatives and Liberals when it comes to values such as caring. Who cares more? About what? And how? Read more about Who Cares?


Thucydides Redux

A couple of days ago, I made the claim that the ancient Greek historian, Thucydides, would be able to appear on Fareed Zakaria GPS - hell, even Charlie Rose - and be right in the swing of things in no time.

Thought I would use today to give you a sampling of quotes from :

For the love of gain would reconcile the weaker to the dominion of the stronger, and the possession of capital enabled the more powerful to reduce the smaller cities to subjection. Book I, 1.8
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Go To Meetin'

Yesterday, we saw the latest iteration of the Occupy Movement, the spring initiative in taking it to the streets. I wish they would have brought flowers and danced more (it being May Day), but overall I applaud them. If they do it right, they will have an impact for positive change that we may live to see take effect in the years to come. In the meantime, the business of the people is being done on a daily basis, the old fashioned way. And I am challenging anybody complaining about politics or politicians. "Have you ever been to a meeting?" Read more about Go To Meetin'



"Hasn't worked a day in her life."

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When Christianism Was a Good Thing

Got into a frustrating back and forth yesterday with some folks who are friends of someone I knew in college a century or two ago and who is a fan of all things right.

It began with the post of a word:


defined as:

A system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

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The Caucus Race

You might find it odd that I choose literature's most famous Caucus reference, one written to mock and not to praise, to encourage all and sundry Washington State Democrats to attend their local precinct Caucuses this coming Sunday. But I do. Because we shouldn't kid ourselves that participating in the political process is some kind of tidy exercise in which the best ideas always come out on top. Read more about The Caucus Race