Thursday, November 27, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wisconsin's New Poet Laureate

I'm so excited!!! The State of Wisconsin has announced it's new Poet Laureate and it's none other than the delightful and talented Marilyn Taylor!!!!!

(Who, if you haven't already guessed, is a friend of mine.)

She's also one of the most talented formalist poets that I know - and I'd say that even if I didn't know her - because it's true and I'm pretty ruthless about the truth when it comes to things poetic.

Congratulations, Marilyn, you rock!!

Friday, November 07, 2008

Presidential Web Site

This is just so cool.

When was the last time your government bothered to ask you what you thought or what your story was?

When was the last time anyone asked you?

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Recognize Anyone?

Obama Win Causes Obsessive Supporters To Realize How Empty Their Lives Are

These Are the Tasks

These are the tasks the past has laid
before us. It's time. Be undismayed.
Rebuild the earth to house the weak.
Comfort the sick, protect the meek.
Give honor to the men who’ve paid

the price that war extracts. They've prayed
for this. We've seen our nation frayed
by strife. It's time. It's change we seek.
These are the tasks

that must be balanced out and weighed;
The peace restored; all debts repaid;
all fears allayed. It's time to speak
with clarity – each voice unique
yet one with hope and unafraid.
These are the tasks.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008




Florida Robo Calls - The Last of the Lies

Automated calls paid for by Republican John McCain are going out to voters in South Florida, portraying Democrat Barack Obama as an ally of Fidel Castro.

Voters hear: "This just in! I'm calling on behalf of John McCain to tell you that at 1:28 PM today, the independent news agency Reuters reported that Cuban dictator Fidel Castro endorsed Democrat Barack Obama as 'more intelligent' than John McCain. Castro said America will become a country where 'an extremist can legally acquire a sophisticated modern weapon on any street corner.' That's just why a thug like Castro would endorse Barack Obama. Don't given Castro what he wants. Get to the polls now to vote for John McCain and stop Cuban-like policies in America."

What Reuters really reported:

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban's former communist leader Fidel Castro on Tuesday praised Democrat Barack Obama as "more intelligent" than "old, bellicose" Republican John McCain, but said that he was officially neutral in the U.S. presidential election.

The ailing Castro, 82, said in a column published in state-run media that neither of the candidates running in Tuesday's election was concerned with the world's most pressing problems as they campaigned to lead what he called "a parasitic and plundering empire."

Obama, Castro wrote, is "without doubt more intelligent, cultured and calm than his Republican adversary."

McCain, he said, is "old, bellicose, uncultured, not very intelligent and not healthy."

Quoting from a letter he wrote to Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Castro said if McCain wins "the danger of war will increase."

"When this opinion (is published), no one will have time to say that I wrote something that can be used by one of the candidates in favor of his campaign," Castro wrote.

"I had to be and have been neutral in the electoral contest," said Castro,

Castro also said the U.S., which has imposed a trade embargo against Cuba for 46 years, had a long history of racism and that Obama's selection as the Democratic presidential nomination had "astonished" many because he is black.

He warned that Obama "will run growing risks in the country where an extremist can legally acquire a sophisticated modern weapon on any street corner."

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