War is for the poor


— Bumper sticker of the week: I must be a dog. Every year Bush is in office feels like seven.

— Quotes of the week: ÒIf everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then thereÕd be peace.Ó John Lennon

 ÒI believe in compulsory cannibalism. If people were forced to eat what they killed, there would be no more war.Ó Abbie Hoffman

— Finally, some really nice weather. I thought I moved, but IÕm still here. Lucky you.

— I was driving down Farnham Street the other day, headed for Grand, and I have to say, an uglier site doesnÕt come to mind, with all the poles, wires, and half-trees lining the roadway. If an alien were to drive down some of our streets, theyÕd swear they had discovered some uncivilized culture who donÕt give a damn about how their town looks. ItÕs awful.

— North Seminary became no parking on either side, overnight. I donÕt recall it being discussed anywhere. Must be a new form of participatory democracy, where you get to bitch about something dumb the city does after it happens.

— Where would you live if you chose the most democratic places on Earth? The following countries score better than the U.S. on repeated surveys that attempt to score democracies: Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Canada, Finland, Netherlands, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Australia, and Austria. The U.S. was 15th on one survey, 17th on another that I looked at. We have been steadily dropping in the last six years due to the Òwar on terrorismÓ and a steady erosion of our civil liberties. So for all you folks out there who believe America is the bastion of democracy, to be emulated the world over, I got some bad news for you. We ainÕt near the best at what we proclaim to be our best attribute.

— You donÕt want to dwell on, or in, the dark side for very long: The Underworld, The Black Dog, The OwlÕs Breath, DeathÕs Door. These are places one can venture into, intentionally or unintentionally, but you better have a fairly good idea of what youÕre doing before you embark on this journey into the Òother world.Ó One of the major problems is telling reality from insanity. Sometimes itÕs hard to figure out the difference. Many people scoff at the idea of a separate reality, one where things are different, where there may be no opposites, where you can fly, or change shapes, say from a human to an animal. Where the normal, as we experience it, no longer holds true. We tend to want to call this insanity. Seeing music, smelling colors, soaring like an eagle, slithering through the terrain like a snake. In the end, I suppose it does sound crazy. But no more so than killing innocent civilians for oil, or destroying the Earth for profit, or scaring people into giving up their civil liberties. The dark side is not to be lived in, something Bush and his war mongering friends do not understand.

— ÒThere is no greater task, or one more fulfilling, than upsetting the status quo.Ó The Peever

— I still donÕt think terrorists are the most dangerous people we have to worry about.

— I continue to believe you cannot kill people in the name of anything and expect good to come of it.

— Religion, all things being equal, was not a real good idea.

— Why, in this lifetime, would someone sign up for the military at this time? Since the beginning of time, the poor have fought our wars while the rich sit on the sidelines, making more money than ever. It ought to give you a clue, when you donÕt see the rich rushing to get in on the action. When Bush sends his daughters, IÕll send my son.