laurence turner

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Requiem for a Bantam Weight (a dirge)

Read them and weep – Obama, Year One. After Massachusetts: His Hopes Did Him In.

Guess we saw this coming, eh? The man shoulda listened to his “base” and to all the progressive fools like you and me who gave him our precious time and energy. There were fights to be fought, noble deeds to be done. Instead, he wanted to heal things, to be a bridge. If that was what he wanted he should have gone to medical school or become an architectural engineer instead of a lawyer, because this a lawyer’s country now, and we needed (and still need) a lawyer to stand up for what’s right and fight the good fight.

What’s Obama’s fighting? 30 years of entrenched conservative-whacko groupthink: greed is good; government is bad; and the only way the dems can win is if they stuff their pockets with cash from the same people that the GOP does. It’s all screwed up. People wanted him to change that and instead he slipped into the Beltway pattern like a chameleon.

He now looks so weak some asshole has planned to open an all-white basketball league. If that isn’t a broadside against what could have been, I don’t know what is. For every step forward, we’ve taken two steps back.

Maybe having to claw his way back from desperation will define the man and his legacy, and our hopes and our best qualities will once again emerge and save this stinkhole. Or maybe, 3 short years from now, Sarah Palin, Dick Cheney and Michelle Bachman will be high-fiving on a podium in Washington D.C. while I paddle a small boat to some God-foresaken island in the Caribbean, unsure of the future, but happy to be free of the place I thought was my home.

The Age of Myths has passed us by as we watched American Idol in our living rooms. What comes next is anybody’s guess.

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Filed under: politics, stupidity

regarding Haiti…

The tragedy that has befallen Haiti in the wake of the earthquake there requires us to focus our minds as well as dig into our wallets to offer help. We can leave Pat Robertson and his ilk behind, and get closer to the truth about Haiti’s desperate poverty by looking at a few more cogent renditions of the story…

We’ll start with a post from boingboing.net by Maggie Koerth-Baker, Haiti’s real deal with the devil, wherein we learn that Haiti’s troubles are not all of its own making, countering the assertions of the 700 Club. Today, we can turn to Harper’s and Ken Silverstein for a brisk dashing of cold water with Haiti: Media provides sanitized history for American audiences, which further expands upon the notion of colonialist buggery, which Silverstein began yesterday with Haiti: A trip down memory lane. Also today, BoingBoing continues its coverage of the tragedy by collecting links to press our understanding even further.

Of course, if you would like to witness the horror of it all, boston.com’s collection of photograph’s are as good a place to start as any.

If you would like to help the victims in Haiti, the SUPPORT HAITI page at tumblr.com is a good way to do so.

If you would like to prevent things of this nature happening in the future, then please vote for people who will not foster colonialism around the globe, nor buy products from companies which exploit people and the environment. It would also be helpful if you could press for changes in building codes so as to prevent the construction of inadequate and unsafe buildings in zones subject to seismic activity.

We cannot undo what has been done to the people of Haiti in the past. However, we can use this tragedy to help the people of Haiti now and in the future, and to learn of the reasons for the horrible conditions which bedevil so much of the world.

Now would be a good time to look in the mirror.

UPDATE: Here’s a depressing post from The Economist, The End of Haiti?, and a thoughtful plea for help from Caroline Saunders in The Guardian, Haiti needs our help.

Filed under: environment, politics, stupidity

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