Saturday, October 01, 2005

the higher gas prices go...

...the more I think, if I could choose just one thing to say to Bush, it'd be this:

" This, then, is held to be the duty of the man of wealth: to set an example of modest, unostentatious living, shunning display or extravagance; to provide moderately for the legitimate wants of those dependent upon him; and, after doing so, to consider all surplus revenues which come to him simply as trust funds, which he is called upon to administer, and strictly bound as a matter of duty to administer in the manner which...is best calculated to to produce the most beneficial results for the community- the man of wealth thus becoming the mere trustee and agent for his poorer breathren..."

--"The Gospel of Wealth," Andrew Carnegie, 1889

10 Comments:

Blogger Mark said...

sweetheart...you are wasting poetry on the menace that is sure to destroy all that might be good and pure left in the world. You are far too literate, kind, and innocent and I fear for you and long to protect you. Your loving, Mark

Sunday, October 02, 2005 1:20:00 AM  
Blogger elizabeth said...

Hey, that's me, the light in the dark when all other lights go out ; )) And a shameless thief from everyone from Tolkien to Carnegie! But seriously, there is something so grossly fucked up about fighting the Beast with poetry that I am crazy enough to prefer to believe it will work. Just don't ever let the little men with white jackets put you inside.

Sunday, October 02, 2005 9:53:00 AM  
Blogger Brook said...

remember humanities senior seminar?

john and i were in the grocery store yeterday, checking out. as the checker-girl passed things to the bagger-girl, bagger-girl was asking me questions. she picks up an acorn squash, "you eat this?"

"yes, they're delicious and keep for a long time."

next it was bittersweet bakers' chocolate, "and you COOK with this?"

"well, yes -- it's nice to have pure chocolate for baking. you wouldn't want to eat it raw."

almost everything in our order was looked at as if they'd never seen such things before -- right down to raw dog bones (which Trouble and Astra and equally perplexed about right now -- where's the kibble?)

i think we are losing our "institutional knowledge" of how to do the most simple thing in taking care of ourselves -- cooking. imagine that. perfect slavery. food must be processed by a big corporation in order to be RECOGNIZED as food. talk about dependence.
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Carnegie was an angel. the Kennedys were angels. They took pains to make sure their wealth wasn't a means to slavery for themselves or others.

we all have to learn how to cook for ourselves.

Sunday, October 02, 2005 11:24:00 AM  
Blogger elizabeth said...

and so totally if you don't control your wealth it controls you.

Sunday, October 02, 2005 4:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look, let's quit pussyfooting around and postponing the inevitable and just put Cheney into the full Darth Vader life-support suit right now.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005 10:57:00 PM  
Blogger elizabeth said...

And that has to do with what we are saying exactly what?

Tuesday, October 04, 2005 11:17:00 PM  
Blogger Brook said...

doesn't matter -- it's a good idea any day of the week. :)

Tuesday, October 04, 2005 11:23:00 PM  
Blogger elizabeth said...

Hmmm...no, didn't what'shisname get MORE powerful after he got the suit? How 'bout we put Cheney in a BOX and put some DIRT on top of it? THEN you'll be talking my language.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005 6:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Bill said...

Dosen't Cheney already sleep in a box every day surrounded with dirt from his home land? I thought if he didn't he lost his power much like if he was exposed to garlic...

Wednesday, October 05, 2005 7:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unrelated: JC ARTSHOW/PARTY: Perhaps someone can copy this into a new post. I stumbled across it this morning and here is an abreviated version: technobohemia.com is sponsoring a one-night only "Art" Show October 28, 2005! called "FreakShow 2005: Night of the Starving Artist"

There will be a costume party and the walls and floor will be covered with original works. Featuring some of the best lowbrow and underground artists in JC (and beyond) have been asked to bring by some of their favorite pieces by for an evening of entertainment and art. I know that some folks are debuting original pieces created just for the FreakShow! See technobohemia.com for details, I gess.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005 9:21:00 AM  

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