December 12th, 2011


This Ad Running in Iowa, New Hampshire

This ad makes light of gigantic changes--but presents them as something that CAN be done, which is why it will really shake things up. Because the bottom line is that the rest of them won't even TALK about such tremendous change. It's too frightening. By making an ad that is cartoonish and humorous, the RP campaign is re-introducing ideas that have been taboo up to now, and still are taboo to a large segment of the population. But that segment is embattled, and it takes outrageousness to cause a sea change. I remain fascinated and impressed with the man, in spite of his age and the media's disrespect. This will be his last presidential attempt, I believe.

Debris Left after Occupy Settlement Rousted in LA

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Of course the point can be made that the devastation caused by Wall Street is just as ugly...but two wrongs does not make a right. Those of us who wish to limit the power of corporations to run our government can do better than to trash our inner cities. I don't know how it went in other cities, but here in Portland the settlements were predictably infiltrated with all those who had nothing better to do, ie: the homeless. And because this town is as soft and generous as it is to all who are down on their luck, the free food, medicine and all things good just flowed into the area. But the downside of letting the homeless, drug-addicted and mentally ill occupy your occupation is large, and contributes to messes like this. I'm not passing judgment. Just hoping for more classy activism from the grassroots who are not represented by the tea party.
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QotD: Never Give Up

Never give up on something you can't go a single day without thinking about.

(I am suspicious of the word "never". It goes right in with "always" and "should". And I notice that after a while, the thought occurrences of a person who is gone do decrease. Maybe never completely gone, but at least not so torturous. I do however think that this quote, as a mantra, is destructive by encouraging obsessive thought, and will impede the process of letting go, and hence I apologize for posting it. I just had to.)