Monday, September 25, 2006

The Weight of Reality

This weekend I kept the posts here light and airy. I felt I had to do that for you and for me. Sometimes the news and world events seem just too difficult to deal with on a daily basis.

Between the multitudes of deaths in Iraq, the attempt by Fox News to make President Clinton appear to be a crazy man and the news confirming that the war in Iraq has been a recruiting tool for terrorism, there isn’t much to feel good about.

I awoke early this morning and my mental processes wouldn’t let me go back to sleep. My brain wanted to make me think about the things I mentioned above. Sometimes my brain and its mental processes are not my best friend. It demands that I deal with reality even when I don't want to and think that I can't.

I know I'll deal with these realities as I always do, but damn, it sure would be nice to get a break and have some good news to think about, just for a change.


Anonymous JollyRoger said...

Check out Reconstitution for a look at what's going to happen after November.

Those poor Guardsmen and Reserves need us now more than ever. We all need to vote.

September 25, 2006 2:22 AM  
Blogger spadoman said...

I'm up early as well. Same kinds of things keep me awake as I attempt to figure out what I can do, right now, today, this minute, to make it all stop.

I guess I have been successful in finding good in my own life, closer to home and family, than there is in the world situation. Look in your heart my friend. Good is there. Spread that part around to all arround you. It's one small way we can change the world, one heart at a time.

It's good to be back. Peace to you.

September 25, 2006 4:17 AM  
Blogger Walt said...

Here's some good news:

The world didn't end while you were asleep.
You still enjoy the love, affection and respect of your family, friends and acquaintances.
It looks like it'll be a nice day today.
Birds still sing.
Baby pandas are still dangerously cute.

September 25, 2006 4:23 AM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

This mess of our government is definitely anxiety producing. I swing between anger and disgust, would that be angust? There is a glimmer of hope here and there and I sure hope it grows. Just because the country is nuts, doesn't mean we have to be. Peace.

September 25, 2006 4:48 AM  
Blogger Pogo said...

Itis hard to feel great if you focus on the mess we're in. I got a great lift this morning listening to Bill Press' sow Beyond the Beltway when they were discussing how well Clinton jammed Chris Wallace over his attempted bushwhacking. Apparently Clinton told himto wipe that stupid smirk off his face and called Fox down for giving Bushco a pass while they went after Clinton over terrorism. That''s enough to lif the spirit (of course, I don't require a lot)

September 25, 2006 5:27 AM  
Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

I understand what you are saying POP. I woke up early today for some of the same reasons. Well that and the hangover from hanging out with the buddies last night! I haven't done that in quite a while, and I am paying the price today. So no Martini today for me, just black coffee and lots of it.

September 25, 2006 6:17 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Good Morning PoP

All we can do is keep the parnoia in check until November and hope we can take back this government before the current resident of 1600 Pennsyvania Ave. destroys the country.

September 25, 2006 6:18 AM  
Blogger colorado bob said...

Let's go back to pictures of cats .

September 25, 2006 6:20 AM  
Blogger PaxRomano said...

I think there comes a time when, for the sake of one's sanity, one must let go for a bit and back away from world events (I do this often). Brush your self off, take care of yourself and then when you are ready, you go back into fighting mode.

Life's is too damn short to do it any other way.

September 25, 2006 6:20 AM  
Blogger bluegrrrrl said...

I enjoyed your light posts this weekend (stella has too--she likes it when we humans don't let the big stuff get to us)! And I've done the same thing the past few days. I find the breaks energizing. So this evening, having stored up lots of energy, I'm heading downtown for a rally complete with puppet theater. Protests energize me too.

We have a lot of work to do in the next couple of years if we're going to change the direction of our country. I have to keep reminding myself I can't do it all at once. Or all alone.

September 25, 2006 6:38 AM  
Anonymous Dolphingirl said...

The good news is that each morning I check in for my martini and POP is there tending bar with a smile on her face. Thank you for running a good joint.

September 25, 2006 6:42 AM  
Blogger PoliShifter said...

Well, gas prices keep dropping...

September 25, 2006 7:13 AM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

Maybe that's why the W hangs out in a world of his imagination... rather than the one that we all have to live in.

September 25, 2006 7:21 AM  
Blogger JM said...

I've got to agree with Pogo, that the backbone that Clinton demonstrated seemed like good news. The spin that the Faux News Channel does really doesn't matter, since most of the Kool-Aid drinking fans of that channel really aren't looking for "fair & balanced" anyway.

September 25, 2006 7:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sullivan's observations on our officially becoming a torturing nation......

- oddjob

September 25, 2006 7:28 AM  
Blogger MichaelBains said...

I still have no idea as to what everyone's referring with Fox 'n' Clinton. Considering how little I think of the opinion of anyone at Fox, I'm not worryin' 'bout it either.

Slick Willie was ACES in his conversation with Tim Russert yesterday. The man may be weasel-like, but he sure is intelligent and sincere on the most relevant topics IMO.

September 25, 2006 7:58 AM  
Anonymous Lily said...

OH I hear you, POP... I certainly hear you. I have many of those mornings.

I think SB Gypsy said it well about Dubya.

September 25, 2006 8:58 AM  
Blogger colorado bob said...

Larry Johnson at no Quarter .... tap dances on the Wallace / Clinton thing quit nicely this morning . I'm too lazy to give the link.

September 25, 2006 9:31 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

John Brown said, "the sin of slavery can only be pruged in blood." He was right as it turned out. Another way of saying the same thing with a little more emphasis on cause comes from a historical fact.

No movement has ever been successful without an attack on the children. The Nazis knew that and came with the Hitler youth that tattoed Nazism on the minds of the children to stay there for life. That sin was purged in heaps of rubble.

That which kept you awake has it's roots in the children, the lies they were taught, forced to memorize and as adults accept as absolute facts. So if it's understanding you seek simply examine what you were taught as a child. Is there any FAITH involved like the children of Nazi Germany had FAITH in the Fuehr? may help. Of course, is a good place to start. But then you can take it from the top at

I personally found a great deal of peace of mind when I identified the lies I was forced to accept as truths while I was growing up. Maybe you too can gain a little peace of mind in this very troubled world. At least you can identify the cause of why you have to be shot when they get around to you.

September 25, 2006 9:41 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

i, for one, enjoyed finding a little island of light and airy. it's something i end up doing myself when it all gets too much. that's when i write about recipes and music and nicer stuff. there's enough trouble to touch, sometimes "when the going gets tough, the tough can peaches."

September 25, 2006 11:05 AM  
Blogger Chancelucky said...

there's plenty of good news out there, it's just that almost none of it is political.

September 25, 2006 12:12 PM  
Blogger andante said...

I feel your pain, and it's partially the explanation for my absences from the blogosphere. Sometimes it's just too depressing.

Thank goodness for Cat Blogging.

September 25, 2006 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Glenda said...

On days like that, I just turn off the tv, although I thought Clinton gave as good as he got.

September 25, 2006 1:18 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

It sounds like your brain and my brain could be friends! I wake up like this at 2am... it's maddening. It's why I don't watch the news as much as I should, I'm sorry to say.

September 25, 2006 1:34 PM  
Blogger dusty said...

Damn, I know what you mean..I had to post some good music on my site or I was going to go postal this weekend.

Hang in there kiddo :)

September 25, 2006 3:38 PM  
Blogger beachblogger said...

Dear POP, sometimes i think about the sign over the cafeteria line at summer camp: "This too shall pass." peace, peter

September 25, 2006 3:55 PM  
Blogger BrotherCurmudgeon said...

At this point in time.....I think.....You know what I mean?....As a matter of fact....You know?.....For better or worse.....Just chillin' man!!!

September 25, 2006 4:48 PM  
Blogger BBC said...

The way I see it, they are yapping about Clinton to take your focus off of Bush. So stay pointed at Bush and what he is doing. I don't trust that 'Christian"

Religion, the root of all evil.

September 25, 2006 5:20 PM  
Blogger azgoddess said...

visualize world

it's the best i can do at this i'm soul searching for the same thing...

September 25, 2006 8:27 PM  
Blogger L>T said...

Good News? What a novel idea. But it doesn't sell...

September 25, 2006 8:34 PM  
Blogger Turtle Guy said...

I didn't realize Martinis came in "Light"... I thought that was reserved for beer.

The light side is de"light"ful, and it's so very good to see the balance of intellect, sarcasm, witt and humour here at your page.

September 25, 2006 9:05 PM  
Blogger The Pagan Temple said...

That's one reason I try to balance my own blog, to contain more than just poltiical stuff, though I do that too. Still, if that was all there is, what's the point? We certainly don't come into this world with the intention of living, eating, and breathing politics. It's the things that makes life worthwhile that makes politics worthwhile, otherwise what would be the use? Everybody needs at least a little break from it.

September 25, 2006 9:42 PM  
Blogger BBC said...

Politics was invented by monkeys that call themselves Christians. The Romans just moved and we have to live with them.

September 25, 2006 10:16 PM  
Blogger sumo said...

What bbc said above...I'll add...religion is the opiate of the masses. And the masses loves them some religion.

September 25, 2006 11:58 PM  

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