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    Monday, May 17, 2010

    Apogee - Jethro Tull

    Just because I like it:

    Sailing round the true-blue sphere---
    Is it too late to bale out of here? 
    Well, there has to be some better way
    To turn back the night,
    Spin on to yesterday.

    The old man and his crew---
    After all these years,
    It's apogee.
    Pilot training and remorse---
    Spirit friends fly too,
    At apogee.
    Apogee --- solar bright.
    Apogee --- through the night.
    Apogee --- over ground.
    Don't think I'll be coming down.

    Screened for a stable mate
    With nerves of ice we flew,
    At apogee.
    No creativity allowed
    To pass through stainless veins of steel,
    At apogee.
    Apogee --- put the kettle on.
    Tight-lipped --- soldier on.
    High point --- communicate.
    Don't forget to urinate.

    So glad they put this window in.
    How to explain, how to begin? 
    See! Tennyson and Wordsworth there
    Waiting for me in the cold, thin air.

    Beware a host of unearthly daffodils
    Drifting golden, turned up loud.
    Tell the boys back home,
    I'm gonna get some.

    The wrong stuff's loose in here ---
    I'm climbing up the walls,
    At apogee.
    So hoist the skull and bones ---
    Death and glory's free,
    At apogee.

    A stranger wind, a solar breeze ---
    I'm walking out upon the starry seas.
    See pyramids, see standing stones ---
    Pink cotton undies and blue telephones.

    Goodbye, cruel world that was my home ---
    There's a cleaner space out there to roam.
    Put my feet up on the moons of mars ---
    Sit back, relax and count the stars.

    Thursday, May 6, 2010

    Patrick tells it like it is on Teabaggers

    1) The term "teabagger" was coined by teabaggers themselves. Here are some pictures demonstrating that:

    It was only when somebody tipped them off as to what the term meant that they suddenly declared the term to be a mocking epithet.

    2) If the biggest racist you know of is Al Sharpton, then I recommend you go to some of these tea parties which you are defending so ardently. Pictures of Obama as a witch doctor, Obama as a chimpanzee, signs decrying his being a Muslim (which of course is false) who should go back to Kenya (where he wasn't born). Or maybe take a trip to Arizona after you hit a tanning salon and see how friendly they are to you.

    3) The tea party movement is based around two notions, the first being that Americans are now taxed too much, most of it due to Obama. This is a lie. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, commonly called the stimulus, included $275 billion, billion with a B, in tax cuts. These cuts lowered taxes for over 90 percent of Americans.

    4) The second notion is that the tea party movement wants smaller government. This is a lie so outrageous and so patently false that it still defies belief every time a teabagger (yes, that's what I'll call them) tries to tell it with a straight face. The teabaggers said nothing when Bush wiped out the Clinton surplus without cutting spending. The teabaggers said nothing when Bush pushed through Medicare Part D and No Child Left Behind, both huge and expensive expansions of the federal government (and ineffective, but that's another conversation). The teabaggers made not a peep over indefinite detentions without trial in Guantanamo, American citizens like Jose Padilla held in jail FOR YEARS, WITHOUT OUTSIDE CONTACT, WITHOUT BEING CHARGED!!! Didn't bother them. (Well Padilla was the wrong shade, really.) The teabaggers didn't give a damn about the TOTALLY ILLEGAL Terrorist Surveillance Program wherein Bush had the NSA spy on phone calls, email, and text messages of American citizens, without warrants of any kind. Not a peep. When BushCo proposed Operation TIPS (Terrorist Information and Prevention System), to get Americans to inform on one another like something out of East fucking Germany, when BushCo supported the massively intrusive project of social engineering known as the Federal Marriage Amendment, and when it passed the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban to interfere with doctors and their patients, and when it decided to funnel taxpayer money to churches through
     the White House Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, when BushCo was found to be WATERBOARDING PEOPLE, a crime for which we HANGED German and Japanese officers after WWII...
    The teabaggers. Said. Nothing.
    When a Democratic President acts to provide government health care, something that is accepted by the governments and peoples of every other industrialized nation on Earth as a responsibility for every society to provide, something that is part and parcel of any just and humane civilization, the teabaggers, who thought that George W. Bush was just the bee's knees for the first 7.5 years of his administration (if not his whole term), suddenly, suddenly, for the first time ever, and based solely on the intellectual merits of their arguments, and not at all on Barack Obama's presence inside their White House, suddenly decided that they were for small government. Well, keep in Medicare and Social Security and everything they like. But still: small government! Small enough to keep the "wrong sort of people" out in the cold.
    They have no coherent intellectual argument other than an appeal to resentment and rage. The tea party movement is nothing more than pure and undiluted sore loserism. That's it. That's the beginning and end of their agenda: We lost. Not fair. Do over. I'm telling Mom.
    Fuck the fucking teabaggers.

    - Patrick

    We here at Elysian Visions respectfully agree with every single syllable.
    (Also we wish he would write more often.)