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This Is Probably Not Gonna Be A Popular Post…

Ah… now it all becomes clear… The chief executive of Hong Kong says that it’s “… unacceptable to allow his successors to be chosen in open elections, in part because doing so would risk giving poorer residents a dominant voice in politics.” What a disaster that would be – to allow the poor to gain control, simply because they happen to outnumber the rich. Why, they might actually try to do something about poverty… Horrors… Advertisements

A sign of change…

There’s a change in the way things will be done from now on… At least in New York state… A few nights ago, just before midnight, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that will, among other things, allow the Gay community to enter into marriage, much as the rest of mankind has enjoyed since time immemorial… There are, of course, detractors and nay-sayers galore, with (I’m sure) the inevitable legal challenges yet to come. Yet they were partying into the wee hours that night outside the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, the acknowledged birthplace of the gay movement all those years ago. A thing so many people had hoped for and waited for and worked towards for all those years has finally come to pass. Equal treatment under the law is to be strived for, insisted upon and, finally, applauded when it eventually happens. The only question that really needs addressing is why it took so long to happen… I do not here propose to entertain the excuses proffered by these naysayers, nor …

Originally posted on July 3, 2008

I’ve decided to re-post some entries from another site, so as to have all posts in one spot… If the three of you who have ever read my various blogs are seeing this again, feel free to ignore… Thursday – 7/3/08 “I’m asking you to believe. Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington… I’m asking you to believe in yours.” Masthead of the index page to BarackObama.com I want to believe… I really do… I was SO excited, to be living in a time when other people were just so gosh darn excited about the political process. Excited to have a voice, and to be those agents of change Senator Obama so often talks about… I saw, in the Senator’s campaign, an almost nostalgic longing for a time when people actually believed, in their rights as American citizens, in their ability to make their voices heard and to make the course of this nation a matter of public discourse… I foresaw a time, not yet here but coming, when we …

Wait for the answer…

Is it just me, or are we losing any pretext at the ability to communicate? I ask merely for clarification… It seems to me that we no longer know just exactly what it is we’re saying to one another. For example… You’re in the store, on the street, finding your seat on an airplane. Someone comes up to you and, if you’re lucky, asks if they may get by. They usually just muscle on by, without a single word, as if you didn’t exist. Of course, that’s where any pretext of courtesy on my part ends…

Let’s get rolling…

I’m currently sitting in a hotel in London… Ah, London… Home of bitters, ale and all things British… Pity about the food, though… I had always thought of the British as, well, if not a shining example, at least a slightly less tarnished example of what a society could be if people would just try and get along… That, of course, was quite a few years ago… Since then I have had the blinders lifted, to some extent… I have always despaired of America, of our inability to put aside our own un-enlightened self-interest in order to work for the common good… It just seems so much worse lately… I have come to believe that there are some very real problems with America’s system of government… Voter intimidation/theft/fraud (pick your favorite) to rival any third world nation… Policy decisions based upon what’s best for the corporation, not what’s best for the people… Politicians who only care about remaining in power, who care more about winning than they do about being right… The constant and quite …