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  • Reply to: Why Huckabee's Beyoncé-Shaming Matters   1 day 15 hours ago
    Wow awesome! Exactly what I've been thinking about this whole issue. Could never have said it as great as you though. Good job!
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  • Reply to: State of the Union: Are We Kidding Ourselves?   2 days 24 min ago
    Obama is now starting to sound like a progressive.Now he needs to control the drone warfare and the NSA.
  • Reply to: State of the Union: Are We Kidding Ourselves?   3 days 22 hours ago
    Yes, the Liar In Chief makes good speeches. We have heard them before, especially when he was trying to get elected the first time. He made many false promises. Now he is paying attention to his "legacy" and again misrepresenting himself as a progressive. Now that we have the Nutcase Party in charge of Congress Obama can make all the speeches he wants and be assured that the Nutcase Party (assisted, of course, by the corporatized Democratic Party) will not allow anything helpful to the people get passed. Unless we have a revolution that changes our corrupt political system neither of the existing political parties are going to do anything but represent the 1%. Also remember that the two leading "progressive" Senators voted to enthusiastically support Israel's continuing genocide of the Palestinians and theft of their land. So much for the "liberal" and "progressive" Democrats and Independents.
  • Reply to: The GOP’s new ploy to destroy Social Security   1 week 3 hours ago
    As Americans get healthier and live longer, and workplaces become safer, with fewer accidents and fewer people performing manual labor, and more stringent safety oversight at every level, we have an ever-increasing percentage of people on disability. Seniors are right to be wary of shifting money from the pensioners trust to the growing disability ranks.
  • Reply to: The GOP’s new ploy to destroy Social Security   1 week 2 days ago
    ...and the mainstream media enables the fact less rhetoric.
  • Reply to: FAQ   1 week 3 days ago
    How do I download a pdf version? Am having trouble reading the small print.
  • Reply to: Charlie Hebdo Killings Should Not Make Us Rush to Judgment   1 week 4 days ago
    Yes, I agree. They should have known that they would be gunned down by fanatics for drawing a cartoon.
  • Reply to: Walker vs. Christie in 2016?   1 week 4 days ago
    Audio is herky-jerky and unlistenable.
  • Reply to: Charlie Hebdo Killings Should Not Make Us Rush to Judgment   1 week 5 days ago
    Actually I don't think there's been any rush. We've had a lot of years and a monotonous barrage of violent, misogynist, homophobic, intolerant demonstrations of what distinguishes Islam today. They're hardly isolated events, as the shrieking crowds waving "Kill those who insult Islam" signs and the regular death fatwas from Islam's learned Imams make clear. I think we've accumulated plenty of evidence to make a few judgments.

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Every generation has its moment where an older politician brings the fire and brimstone and plays cultural Moses....

By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.


Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).


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