The Job

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The most despicable thing I’ve ever heard…

In the news right now is a civil rights leader, who made a statement recently—and rightly I believe, about the campaign rhetoric that has developed recently. A man I feel very deeply and profoundly about, and who was just interviewed by a friend of mine, whose years of service, including the metal plate in his head from his time serving this country in a way exactly as profound as McCain’s time in the Hanoi Hilton. 

What completely flummoxed me, and that the media seems rife to jump right on, is that Congressman Lewis did not say McCain was a George Wallace segregationist—as anyone with a brain in their head (and not looking to milk this for some 20 second sound bite in the 24-hour cable newscycle), but it was aimed at the angry rhetoric of the rally attendees.

So you will fucking forgive me if McCain calling these remarks “unacceptable” completely pisses me off. Continue reading

Angels Fear

There is a parable which says that when the ecological god looks down and sees the human species sinning against its ecology—by greed or by taking shortcuts or taking steps in the wrong order—he sighs and involuntarily sends the pollution and the radioactive fallout. It is of no avail to tell him that the offense was only a small one, that you are sorry and that you will not do it again. It is no use to make sacrifices and offer bribes. The ecological God is incorruptible and therefor is not mocked.

—Gregory Bateson

From Angels Fear, page 142