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Archive for September, 2010

Save the Date – October 31st

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Okay, I know it’s Halloween and your kid’s dressed like something ironic and all your Brooklyn friends are going to have mussed their hair up extra-special so they could look like they didn’t care for their rooftop parties, but on October 31st, even if you live in Connecticut, you need to come here, around noon.

Sometimes Quiet

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Sometimes quiet wins
The battle for your thoughts.
And the bills are paid,
The dog is walked,
The grandmother called.
Everything could be worse.

Sometimes you push open the doors of the casino
With all the noise and the lights behind you
And the old ladies, crouched over the levers.
You’re ahead, even if by only a few bucks.
As your skin greets the cool of the evening,
The stars loiter above.

I run my fingers through my hair.
Still there.
Listen to the books sleeping,
Watch the cars on the highway below,
And don’t wonder for a moment
What it would be like to fall.

Tomorrow will bring bad news,
Or an ache never thought of,
A bill you couldn’t expect.
The rough world will always
Inhale deeply and cry out to you.
Though maybe not this time.

Atheists are Parasites – Open

Monday, September 6th, 2010

We all have someone we fantasize meeting in a restaurant and with whom, having argued, we are so victorious that our opponent runs of punching walls. Mine is Glenn Beck, the shock-jock who won big by yelling about 9/11. However, one of the things that bothers me the most is the way he, like many pundits (on both sides) take for granted that they can bring on a guest whose opinions are blatantly awful, nod and agree with them, and then act as though they, the hosts, are moderates on that topic. In this clip, Rabbi Daniel Lapin makes the frankly Hitler-ian comment that Atheists are parasites. His point – that atheists are benefiting from the religious culture of our country. From abortion-clinic shootings, from Muslim and Christian terrorists? Gay bashing? What exactly, are we benefiting from?