I post this link to a blog in honor of the bloggers here, Pamela and Ron, and all of the posters, and our pets, and embroidery, and etc.
Damn it KJ, they’re giving away our secrets:
“They behave like fun-loving slackers, but they’re secretly staging a coup.”
We love TGIF Here’s a picture I just got from my sister.
Now we just need a computer simulated picture of the starved beast drowning in the New Orleans bathtub 🙂
Yes, anyone finds that bathtub pic post immediately.
Fun slice, as I’m compulsively avoiding work I don’t want to do at a job I don’t want but need.
So true. We have something to say, but do we really want to listen and learn from others? Be self critical? Grow up?
Hey, who’s slacking… I’m still working!
Ginny, email me the picture I will upload it and post it.
We are human, however I think we are at least noticeably better at listening to others and reconsidering our views, Grow up? I am one of those people who was practically born grown up. From an early age, my pictures are very serious – not the smiley kinds… Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventories at about 19 and 49 showed I have an overly high sense of responsibility. I have been told I “think too much”!
I think some of us need to grow down! Be a little LESS serious and take some of this stuff with more confidence in the human race, We are too good at worrying and need a little more unwinding over appletine recipes, etc 🙂
And I apologize for the gaps in my computer skills. Apparently the Bush vacation picture link won’t work. Immagine this:
Poppy Bush very large in the lower left hand corner with a fishing pole in his hand, next to sonny W (in sunglasses) holding a good sized fish, a boat rail in front of them on a backdrop of a flooded New Orleans street with people up to their waists in water.
At least “Lake George” is receding.
The Bush Boys’ vacation is now up as a separate post.
Marjorie, have gained 20 pounds since I saw you last… the last thing I want to do is look in the mirror! LOL
Ron, I thought you might need to read the link… in case you were already wishing you were back on vacation !
speaking though Marj of looking in the mirror: nice article for a Libertarian to read, imo.
Government and Floods
A quarter-century of libertarianism is washed away in New Orleans
by HAROLD MEYERSON
Government begins with disaster — in fact, in response to floods. The earliest civilizations were riverbank cultures along the Nile, the Tigris, the Euphrates. And the first truly large-scale collective human endeavor was to build levees to prevent those rivers from overflowing their banks and destroying humankind’s first crops.
Which means that if the kinds of economic libertarians who have dominated public policy in the United States for the past quarter-century had been around in ancient Egypt and ancient Iraq, we’d still be hunter-gatherers. Conversation would not stray far from “Pass that acorn.”
Governments arise in the first instance to fend off catastrophe — either before or after the fact — which by definition is something that people cannot do by themselves, or in small groups, or as points of light, or even as armies of compassion. A genuine catastrophe cannot be dealt with by anything less than an entity capable of wielding authority and recognized as such. In a word, by a government.
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I always wish I was back at the Grand Hotel during those 50 weeks of the year when I’m not there (excluding the week at Disney World when I’m also happy.)
But Ron, we’re happy to have you back “here” with us. 🙂
Ah, the Grand Hotel. The last (and only) time I was there was in the late 1950s. Just barely remember the porch. I can imagine you did not want to leave.
Normally I’m “here” with you when I’m there (although not as much). Unfortunately the WiFi was really bad during part of the Labor Day trip and I couldn’t get on line very often. Next time I’ll be better prepared to pick up such weak signals.
Ginny, our moons are aligned. An only child born serious, responsible, and after loosening up for a few short years, I’m manic again. The Dems not taking care of business, and the Bushes only taking care of business.
So unsound, KJ, I am 50 lbs heavier, and look so much older. Ratio of less pepper to the salt.
If I work extra hard, send a better advisory, all this nightmare will begin to turn around, and the Dems will think big tent. I’m frantic and we’ve just begun. I need to pace myself.
How does everyone cope?
I think a lot of it is auto pilot. Kind of like the Katrina victims.
Prioritize and focus on the next thing that seems reasonable. And go for a walk, swim or ride to unload the stress, reduce some weight and feel stronger physically and emotionally.
Now, if I could just follow my own advice….my dog would be thrilled!
What Ginny said. Auto pilot. Just got to keep on doing what we can when and where we can. There is no other way. Life for me all changed so dramatically with the Kerry campaign. I’m not the same person anymore. Priorities are all different and even on the best days I never get everything done. I can not fathom how people can not care about what is going on around them.
You all help to keep me grounded, and the Dem Daily too. Knowing that we’re doing something good here that helps make a difference… it’s a small blessing in a very ugly time in our world.
Cope? Good question, Majorie. I tune out what I can… that is, skim articles, instead of reading in detail, all in an effort to see if I can find the bigger picture, which I can emotionally handle better than I can the details. When I think I can see the bigger picture, I can relate it to myth and history, and then I know I’m not alone, fighting this battle, with nothing more than a couple of tiny fingers on a keyboard. That this is epic, a long tide, every ripple is needed.
Are we all driven and manic? I think so. I know I couldn’t handle working for who I worked for anymore. Couldn’t handle the blindness on a day-to-day basis. And I can’t handle being around people who say one thing and do another. No time for smallness.
Feel very stripped down, which is good, but also scary, because there is still so much “stuff,” literal and physical, to deal with. Part of me wants to live in a trailer or a tent and live on catfish. Anyone relate to that?
NEED the folks here. Need to read about stress and its effects, need to be reminded that art heals, need to communicate with people who are as angry as I am and as hopeful as I am, and understand that holding those two emotions is like hugging dynamite.