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"... One of the accidental themes of this road trip [across America from Los Angeles CA to Cape Cod MA] was my encounters with New Americans -- the Iranian at the rental agency in Los Angeles, the Chinese gamblers in Las Vegas and my Ethiopian taxi drivers; the Somalis -- robed, veiled, moving in a group of nine -- I encountered in a Kinko's in Arizona; the man from Eritrea in Memphis, and here in Lexington [KY], Mohamed from Egypt, in his convenience store.... My two days in and round Gettysburg [PA] were perhaps the most vivid of the trip for the depth of history and the reminder that, as a nation, we are warriors as well as peacemakers. No history book can equal the experience of walking those battlefields, where, in the paradox of warfare, a whole country was at stake because of the distance of a meadow or the length of a ridge or the capture of a little hilltop. On my last day, I drove east through Pennsylvania on a maddening choice of roads that led home to Cape Cod. I was heartened by the sight of an Amish farmer plowing a field in shirt-sleeves, shaded by a straw hat, his daughter hurrying toward him with a bucket, like an eternal image in the tenacity of settlement.... In the 3,380 miles I'd driven, in all that wonder, there wasn't a moment when I felt I didn't belong; not a day when I didn't rejoice in the knowledge that I was part of this beauty; not a moment of alienation or danger, no roadblocks, no sign of officialdom, never a second of feeling I was somewhere distant -- but always the reassurance that I was home, where I belonged, in the most beautiful country I'd ever seen." -- globally-experienced journalist Paul Theroux in The Long Way Home, The Smithsonian Magazine, 9/09

"When we woke up at the end of our long national nightmare, we had two questions: What the f*&! happened to our 401(k)? And is Katy Perry an actual human being -- or some kind of animatronic entertainment device?...." -- Rolling Stone Magazine, 12/25-1/8-09

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"In the next month or so, you'll be reading a lot about 'The Lost Decade,' and it doesn't have anything to do with your career as lead guitarist for Deth Bongo. The Lost Decade refers to the past 10 years of stock returns, which have been wretched.... The Standard & Poor's 500-stock index has fallen an average of 5.57% a year, even with dividends reinvested. Barring a record-shattering rally, the index is on track for its worst decade in 90 years.... The index eked out a 10% gain in the 1930s, thanks in part to an average 5% dividend yield...." -- John Waggoner, Today, 12/4/09

Enterprize and The Waste Basket

"It's all about Joe The Plunger, who's a tax cheat and never created, owned or grown a business but is sure it'd be easy and he'd make more than $250,000 (net, which will be explained to him later) annually real quick. If all those other jerks out there can do it, and a lot earn more than that, he knows he can, no sweat. He goes. Ain't nobody better than Joe, once he sets his mind and body to it. 'Course he ain't even gonna start if the evil government's gonna take nearly all of what would rightfully be his hard-earned and well-deserved money. Why do all that just to give it to them? It ain't about doin' it really. It's about the gold. Otherwise, why try? Might as well just drink another suds and let it all slide. They ain't gonna git him. No, sir. Joe's quite a guy." -- jH

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"... President Obama's plan [calls for] an enormous tax hike, under which, starting in 2011, persons with incomes in excess of a quarter-million dollars could see their top marginal rate go from thirty-five per cent to 39.6. This means that a fellow making, for example, three hundred grand could see his tax bill go up $34.62 per week. (In a typical liberal trick, most people making under a quarter mil, which is to say ninety-seven per cent of us, are getting a reduction). Lifting the burden of taxation from the backs of the comfortable is no longer the exciting new panacea it was back in the nineteen-eighties.... Secession has been in questionable odor ever since Fort Sumter, but there are big differences between then and now. The cause of the Civil War was slavery, and the white South's determination, in Lincoln's phrase, 'to strengthen, perpetuate, and extend' it. That was something worth fighting against, if not worth fighting for.... only a minority of Southern whites owned slaves.... Although Texas itself has been a net contributor to the Treasury -- it gets back ninety-four cents for each dollar it sends to Washington -- nearly all the other [former Confederate States of America], especially the ones whose politicians complain most loudly about the federal jackboot, are on the dole. (South Carolina, for example, receives $1.35 on the dollar, as compared with Illinois's seventy-five cents.)...." -- Hendrik Hertzberg in So Long, Pardner, The New Yorker, 5/4/09

"... I was talking to my friend Gatewood Gailbraith the other day, and I asked him what he felt about Obama. He goes, 'It's like a turtle on a post. You see it, and you think, How'd that get there?'..." -- Vanessa Grigoriadis in Willie Nelson: The Soft Path, Rolling Stone Magazine, 12/25/08-1/8/09

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from Pictures Of The Gone World
by Dr. Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 1955

he sed
You think yer pretty snappy
don't you now
with your sunnyside layer up
and your bloomin big tits like flowers
and your way of always looking so inno
holding a flower between your teeth and
laughing with your
maybe we cud go somewheres
(he sed)
after th'show
funny fantasies are never so real as oldstyle romances
where the hero has a heroine who has
long black braids and lets
kiss her ever
and everybody's trying all the time to
run away with her
and the hero is always drawing his
(sic) sword and
tilting at ginmills and
forever telling her he
loves her and has only honorable intentions and
honorable mentions
and no one ever beats him at
but then finally one day
she who has always been so timid
offs with her glove and says
(though not in so many big words)
Let's lie down somewheres

"Lawrence Ferlinghetti (born March 24, 1919) is an American poet, painter, liberal activist, and the co-founder of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. Author of poetry, translations, fiction, theatre, art criticism, and film narration, he is best known for A Coney Island of the Mind (New York: New Directions, 1958), a collection of poems that has been translated into nine languages, with sales of over 1 million copies.... After attending various schools,... he went to the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where he earned a B.A. in journalism in 1941. Lawrence Ferlinghetti is an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. His sports journalism was published in The Daily Tar Heel, and he published his first short stories in Carolina Magazine, for which Thomas Wolfe had written.... In the summer of 1941, he lived with two college mates on Little Whale Boat Island in Casco Bay, Maine, lobster fishing, and raking moss from rocks to be sold in Portland, Maine, for pharmaceutical use. This experience gave him a love of the sea, a theme that runs through much of his poetry. After the December 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Ferlinghetti enrolled in Midshipmen’s school in Chicago, and in 1942 shipped out as junior officer on J. P. Morgan III's yacht, which had been refitted to patrol for submarines off the East Coast. Ferlinghetti was next assigned to the Ambrose Lightship outside New York harbor, to identify all incoming ships. In 1943 and 1944 he served as an officer on three U.S. Navy subchasers used as convoy escorts. As commander of the subchaser USS SC1308, he was at the Normandy invasion as part of the anti-submarine screen around the beaches. After VE Day, the Navy transferred him to the Pacific Theater, where he served as navigator of the troop ship USS Selinur. Six weeks after the atomic bomb fell on Nagasaki, he visited the ruins of the city, an experience that turned him into a life-long pacifist.... The G.I. Bill then enabled him to enroll in the Columbia University graduate school.... He earned a master’s degree in English literature in 1947 with a thesis on John Ruskin and the British painter J. M. W. Turner. From Columbia, he went to Paris to continue his studies, and lived in the city between 1947 and 1951, earning a Doctorat de l’Université de Paris, with a 'mention très honorable.' His two theses were on the city as a symbol in modern poetry and on the nature of Gothic. After marrying Selden Kirby-Smith in 1951 in Duval County, Florida, he settled in San Francisco in 1953, where he taught French in an adult education program, painted, and wrote art criticism. His first translations, of poems by the French surrealist Jacques Prévert, were published by Peter D. Martin in his popular culture magazine City Lights. In 1953, Ferlinghetti and Martin founded City Lights Bookstore, the first all-paperbound bookshop in the country. The following year, after the departure of Martin, he launched the publishing wing of City Lights with his own first book of poems, Pictures of the Gone World, the first number in the Pocket Poets Series...." -- Wikipedia

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