Archives for September 2011

Erosion: Chardy At The End of His Life

[This is from a few years back.] It’s spring in the High Sierra, and I’m on vacation from New York. I’ve come back to walk old trails again, trails both of terrain and of memory, and I’m out doing one of my favorite things in the world – taking a dog for a hike out along Convict Creek. My dog-friends Ranger the Valiant Warrior and Tito the Mighty Hunter can’t be with me, but I do have Chardonnay along, a happy-airhead golden retriever. I stopped by to pick him up a short time before, and I was sh … [Read more...]

God-Goggles. Kinda Like Beer-Goggles, Only Whinier. (video)

New York Mayor Bloomberg successfully resisted pressure from religious groups, and held a secular remembrance for the families of 9/11 victims. Predictably, the godder reaction was outrage. Failing to invite them is the same as attacking them. According to Richard Land, who leads the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention:Nobody was turning religious leaders away from the scene 10 years ago. Why are they being banned from the 10th anniversary? The only answer, pure and simple, is … [Read more...]

1.2 Trillion. Goddam. Dollars.

On the "that malignant fool George W. Bush" theme again: Think Progress has a piece titled "The $1.2 Trillion Trap: What America Gave Up For 10 Years Of War Since 9/11. … [Read more...]

9/11 Reader: FTB’s ‘The X Blog’

Worth reading: But the scary part is what comes out of it, and by now you have probably guessed my point. The Tea Party and things like the Tea Party. Strongly held anti-social illogical destructive beliefs with no hope of critical self evaluation, in a large and organized part of the population. It is obvious why this happened in the Republican Party and not the Democratic Party, but people on both sides of the political aisle have contributed. Literalist, libertarian, paranoid, self-centered, … [Read more...]

The Bite of the Camel 2

Oh, god. I've challenged Camels With Hammers to a duel. The weapon: Philosophy. The place: The Field of Free Will. The time: Now. And I'M NOT READY! With the slap of my challenge glove still stinging on his face, lightning-quick Daniel Fincke whipped out his rapier and carved a 2,600-word attack onto my chest! The agony! … [Read more...]

Earthman’s Journey – Part 8 (of 8)

[ Part 1 — 2 — 3 — 4 — 5 — 6 – 7 — 8 ]The Final Doorway The payoff of going through the transition from the House of the Tribe to the House of Humanity is very large. If we can make it across the painful threshold from our small but formerly comfortable dwelling space into this new and grander place, we gain an entire fascinating WORLD of people. People to learn from, to visit, to photograph, to love, to sing to, to listen to, to argue with, to trade with, even to combine talents and efforts wi … [Read more...]