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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Down the Rabbit Hole Once Again

In one of my morning words with friends games, I had a collection of letters that were utterly brill AND, as long as they overlaid neatly with another word, I could score 210 points (!!!) too. Yeehaw!  Nope, no-can-do. Apparently "gg" is not a word.

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            1959: So, boys, when those hot licks play over your balls and prick and dart up your ass like an invisible blue blow torch of orgones, in the words of T. J. Watson, Think. Stop panting and start palpating
~ William Burroughs, Naked Lunch
Between games (I've way too many going on), an ad plays. Usually, it seems, it’s for an insurance company. This morning’s ad was for Liberty “University”  though. You know, this is one of those christianist joints which cater to the “right” wing, low to no critical thinking set, the knee jerk bigotry crowd—the American Talban.

Naturally all the women in the commercial are white, generally blond, usually wearing pink and playing with small children (presumably their own). At the end there’s a shot of a graduation ceremony with a young Mitt Romney clone in cap and gown, carrying a toddler with three more small children and wife following, respectfully, three steps behind. I guess their advice to young folk is marry young and start pumping out the future Republican voting christianists.

FYI, marrying young and starting a BIG family when you're fresh out of adolecence, studying for a degree and attempting to begin a career, is not often a winning combo. Ya know, just in case you were wondering.

 If I’d had a kiddle who actually wanted to go to this college manqué, I’d need to get them deprogrammed. STAT! This could possibly be accomplished by sending them to Amsterdam (specifically the Leidesplein neighborhood) for a month with Gloria Steinem, Patti Smith and Kathleen Hanna. After that they’d have to spend a year with the Dalai Lama and the ghost of Maya Angelou so they can learn about real compassion versus the 1984 doublethink horseshit that’s peddled by the “right.”

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.
~Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.
~Albert Einstein

Compassion is the basis of morality.
~Arthur Schopenhauer

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.
~John Bunyan

The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful then a thousand heads bowing in prayer.
~Mahatma Gandhi

Compassion is a verb.
~Thích Nhất Hạnh

Because the Night—Patti Smith Group

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