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  • Pink captures President Bush's callous disregard with heart-rending accuracy. This song makes me cry every time I hear it.
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  • An Arlo Guthrie classic! You'd be amazed at how it fits our modern war ethics.
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  • By Phil Ochs. Not what you'd think. He wrote it following the murder of three civil rights workers in the mid '60's. Still pertinent today, I fear.
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December 31, 2008


Ron Horvath

I have to admit that the future seems more unknowable on this New Year's than most. Perhaps it's a tribute to the depths of the Bush administration's destructive effectiveness that as the darkness falls away and all their sins lie exposed to the new light that I can still not bring myself to envision, in any detail, a better future. Though I have never lowered my gaze still, I have been hunkered down for too long. I can no longer straighten up, my bones frozen in this defensive posture. My shoulder still leans expectantly into the cold wind of conservative criminality exemplified by W's blind stare and the perpetual sneer of Cheney.

Well, it's nothing that a good coat of tar and feathers, freely applied to the entire cadre of W's inner circle couldn't cure. It's nothing that the present political humiliation of the Republican party doesn't go a long way toward relieving.

I only hope the nation can survive the damage. I only hope that, come spring, Obama will have begun to earn the faith we have in him. Only then will I have gotten the "crouch" out of my bones and be able to stand up straight again, or have reason to.

Only when bush is merely a bad memory will I be able to think of a better future for us all.


So many of the good ones gone... and the older I get the more of my "old favourites" will be added to the list too, sadly.

Happy 2009 honey, you KNOW what I am wishing for you!


I never have "spare" change, but I was looking through my change, and found I have a 1947 nickel. I was excited! Happy New Year, TFLS. I hope it will be a good one.

The Fat Lady Sings

Hey OWL - how ya doing? Good to hear from you. And a happy 2009 to you too, Jude. We all could do with a red letter year! Nice to hear from you as well, Ron. And yes - the future does indeed seem to hang upon a very slender thread. Amazing how many personal salvations seem tied to our national one? My new insurance cards arrived over the weekend. I have even less coverage than before (quell surprise). How in hell I'm going to navigate these new waters escapes me. Obama had better get on improving health care forthwith - or I may not be around to take advantage of the change.

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