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Terry Gilliam's "Brazil"

I like Harry Tuttle's quote in the movie: "I got into this game for the action, the excitement. Go anywhere, travel light, get in, get out, wherever there's trouble, a man alone. Now they got the whole country sectioned off. This whole system of yours could be on fire, and I couldn't even turn on a kitchen tap without filing a 27b-6."

I'm with you on this one. But I paid attention to Bob's dad, the gov.

So my expectations weren't as high. Remember the 'Have a Heart, Governor Casey' campaign? I was on-board that one, as a Dem progressive attacking the Gov's repuglican leanings on health-care cuts.

Locally, we win elections, then we have to spend our time and energy to lobby the conservative Dems we can get in to office. Lobbying a repug like Toomey or Corbett (or Santorum or Gingrich) is like beating your head against the wall. Still, wouldn't it be nice if our Dems would deliver to us, the base constituents, on what they know to be our 'red meat' issues? The repugs always do so for their base.

A savvy moderator would move this discussion to the 'old school ties' forum.

Father LeBran had a lot of sufi influence in him. One of my buddies said he was like Yoda. I used to go to the Sunday midnight mass in his suite, and he got me into the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ig Loyola over in Rh Island, one Thanksgiving break. If he didn't remember a student's name, he would smile, joyously yell 'Bummer!", and grab their neck and head to hug them. He was the Holy Cross version of an Oxford Don. A good rank-and-file clergyman, though the Jesuits can act a bit byzantine at the command and control levels.

So you brainy youngsters really didn't think that the establishment would be watching the dorms after co-education came to H.C.? Har har. Too many visits to the Hanselman(n) and Carlin bars for you.

'Slappy' is Clarence Thomas's nickname, and I think it probably came from our old alma-mater. Speaking of old school ties, I actually had a tie with the Fenwick Tower on it. I used to wear it at my work-study job guarding the door at the 1843 room, working under Chip O'C.

The tune is 'Oh Christmas Tree' for the anthem. I had Prof. Esposito's "Mystics and Zen Masters" comparative religion class. He had a good curriculum, though he was a little stuck on himself. He was more intellectual and anthropological than religious, but the flip side of Esposito would be a Santorum-style 'Opus Dei \ P-2 101' introductory course, where the main themes would be 'Adam and Eve Rode Dinosaurs', 'The Unicorn Couldn't Get on Noah's Ark", 'Stone the Heretic', 'Wicked Woman', 'Methodology Of Threading a Camel Named Lazarus Through the Eye of a Needle', 'Lot Should Blame Himself', etc.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane, O&ItW.

The West PA and West VA Dems are almost repug-level stupid.

I used to be repped in the US Congress by Bill Coyne, before western PA 'lost population' and consolidated Coyne's district with Doyle's. Now Doyle reps me. Coyne was a pro-choice Dem Congressperson, and was re-elected for decades.

Less than 20 years ago, while the rest of the nation had a pro-choice Dem running for office versus an anti-choice Repug, our region had a pro-choice Repug (Specter) vs. 'pro-life' Dems. Our region's Dems proudly jumped on board the sinking ship or losing side of the culture wars. It may be due to the Santorum - Opus Dei factor, though the Catholic church is the whore of babylon and the popes are the 'anti-christ', according to nazi repug prod rednecks.

I back Doyle against the repug challengers, and he is largely unchallenged. But Doyle has lived with the fundy-Christian 'Family' at C-Street, unlike every other Dem but one in congress. I've also campaigned, on behalf of the Dems, for Casey vs. Santorum, and Altmire vs. Hart, successfully, for decades.

Look at the geo-political area around the Mon and Ohio Valleys. Murtha was a very conservative Dem, but Rep. Critz is having him roll over in his grave. The conservative machine Dem Robert Byrd is replaced by Joe Manchin, who goes target-practicing on Democratic legislation as a campaign photo-op. Altmire is far better than Melissa Hart, but so is a cockroach. And Bob Casey is better than Santorum, but he ought to quit kow-towing to the insane repug Catholic Bishops, who have become fascists in the last 15 years, probably because they're following the money, like all good whores. Honestly, I say this with all due respect as a practicing Dem Catholic, (who isn't worried about receiving the Communion cracker).

It's amazing to see how our side can drop the ball around here on pro-life vs. pro-choice Womans' issues. How did Specter keep getting elected around here, over and over, as a pro-choice Jewish repug? I call triple bullshit on my region's Democratic and Catholic gender politics. Women and labor are on the same side here, screw Ratzinger and Zubic.



The vaunted 'job creation' from fracking, in action.

Maybe a lot of PA blue collars aren't smart enough to reject the lying promises of job creation, neen. It seems like these companies bring their people into our state instead of hiring us, as a matter of course. I've seen a lot of out of state plates on company work vehicles in Pgh. The execs aren't driving those vehicles, out of state blue collar workers are. Still, I'm sorry for their troubles.

It's great that repug gov Corbett has given us the best of both worlds here. We get the poisoned water and environment, and we get no tax dollars OR jobs from the fracking endeavor.

On edit, quote deposit:

11/29/16 - 12/14
"I wonder where the gang got to, Unk", said Boaz. Most of the gang was hanging, at that moment, from lamp posts in the business district of Boca Raton.

12/14 - 12/28
America has proven what I learned in Russia: the people most skeptical and conspiracy minded are the most easily duped. - J. Ioffe, 12/13

12/28 - 1/25/17
His job is not to wield power but to draw attention away from it...Zaphod...has already spent two of his ten presidential years in prison for fraud.

1/25 - 3/14
A Paphlagonian tanner, an arrogant rogue, the incarnation of calumny, a domineering and dishonest slave who has rendered life intolerable for others and had to be gotten rid of, a brutal master, a perfect glutton..., bad-tempered, a fawning cur, a robber..., detested, a yawning gulf of plunder, a villain a thousand times a day, an imposter, a dull varlet, a thief, a cheat who flutters from one extortion to another, and helps himself with both hands from the public funds, an Inspector of Arses, with a pigs education, and a man whose death would be a happy day for the rest of the Athenians and their children -- Aristophanes (about Cleon), via Heller

3/14 - 4/14
Sharkey says 'Hey, kemosabe! Long time no see.' He says 'Hey sport. YOU connect the dots, YOU pick up the pieces.' He says 'You know, I can see two tiny pictures of myself and there's one in each of your eyes. And they're doin' everything I do. Every time I light a cigarette, they light up theirs. I take a drink and I look in and they're drinkin' theirs. It's drivin' me crazy. It's drivin' me nuts.' And Sharkey says 'Deep in the heart of darkest America, Home of the Brave.' He says 'Listen to my heart beat.' - Anderson, Burroughs

4/14 -
Never believe that anti-Semites are completely unaware of the absurdity of their replies. They know that their remarks are frivolous, open to challenge. But they are amusing themselves, for it is their adversary who is obliged to use words responsibly, since he believes in words. The anti-Semites have the right to play. They even like to play with discourse for, by giving ridiculous reasons, they discredit the seriousness of their interlocutors. They delight in acting in bad faith, since they seek not to persuade by sound argument but to intimidate and disconcert. If you press them too closely, they will abruptly fall silent, loftily indicating by some phrase that the time for argument is past. It is not that they are afraid of being convinced... - Sartre, (Mike Brooks)
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