After the Garden is Gone

  • I have been listening more and more lately to Neil Young’s “Living with War.” It is an unbelievable collection of music, not just the best protest music in 20 years, but some of the best music in 20 years. These are not just recordings, they are performances, and they are touching, outraged, and beautiful. If you don’t have it now, you should git it.
  • From this day forward, “to poorly plan and execute in pursuit of a monumental challenge so severely that your fantastic decline and monumental failure make Joey Buttafuoco seem functional and successful” is the new definition of the verb “giuliani.” Mmmmmmm, schadenfreude. Actually, Rudy’s spectacular failure makes me sad. I think watching Rudy actually run for national office with the New York firefighters poised to eat him up like Alien would have been so much more satisfying.
  • John Edwards is awesome. He got in at the right time. He said the right things. His candidacy forced all of them to address issues they might have found it easier to just skirt otherwise. And now, he’s gotten out just in time not to be a spoiler on Fat Super Tuesday. Even better, he’s chosen to withhold an endorsement, probably until after Feb. 5. Smart smart smart smart smart smart smart. Salon has good coverage on this. »
  • “What do our opponents mean when they apply to us the label ‘Liberal?’ If by ‘Liberal’ they mean, as they want people to believe, someone who is soft in his policies abroad, who is against local government, and who is unconcerned with the taxpayer’s dollar, then the record of this party and its members demonstrate that we are not that kind of ‘Liberal.’ But if by a ‘Liberal’ they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people—their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties—someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a ‘Liberal,’ then I’m proud to say I’m a ‘Liberal.’” ( John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Acceptance Speech of the New York
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  • One thing seems for sure. If you’re a Democrat, you’re either an Obama person or a Clinton person. Here’s to hoping this condition doesn’t survive through the summer into fall.
  • Tonight: Keith WITH a Special Comment, followed by a Democratic debate? Who needs Grey’s Anatomy?

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