A Sunny Place for Shady PeoplePithy, contrarian, politically incorrect and curmudgeonly rants on sex, money, power and politics and religion and philosophy. In short: Nothing matters, everything changes and there are no guarantees. The rest is rationalization and bribery. (c) Tom Milner 2002-2003. DIRECTORY of offensive POSTS at Archives: 07/09/03. RECOMMENDED BLOGS: Archives: 07/29/03. email: theoldbuzzard AT sunnyplaceforshadypeople DOT com.
Saturday, January 18, 2003
Monday, January 20, 2003
Leave the ladies be: let them continue to practice birth control by abortion on demand -- any demand, any time, and at any age.
(Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision on first and second trimester aborticide: January 22, 1973.)
Their bodies (their own) are at risk here, and abortion is a medically safer course (not to mention financially more satisfying) than child bearing.
Why this relatively simple procedure remains so controversial is bewildering, as well as the opposition even to the "morning-after abortion pill," RU-486.
Any civil society respects a woman's choice in these delicate matters.
No one, under any circumstances, should be compelled to birth.
Religion, our ever Constant Antagonist, like government, has much to answer for in this troubled arena.
For religion, again like government, needs to police itself before it intrudes into private lives, private decisions, private morals.
The only parties who matter are the woman and her physician -- and not her husband, boyfriend, parents, church, children or state.
It is really that simple.
Except the religiously moronic, never content to leave one in peace, or in unmissionaried primitive states, insist on minding everyone's business but their own. (Start with your pedophiliac priests, for example.)
How many of these pious zealots would bid for the privilege of adopting a brown or black or yellow or whatever hued infant, who otherwise would have been aborted?
Next to none.
You and they know it.
Herewith, a short list of the more enlightened venues where abortions have increased (against the trend nationwide) from 1992 to 1996: (The World Almanac, 2003): D.C., Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada and N.J.
We commend these polities on achieving more, not less, civility.
Ladies should keep a copy of these kept.
Thursday, January 16, 2003
Friday, January 17, 2003
The cost of doing business as a human being is bribery, plain and simple.
We barter for affection, love, money, toys, advancement, education and pleasures of all hues.
We pay in whatever currency -- sentimental or monetary -- that is appropriate for the particularity.
All human intercourse depends on a form of exchange mutually acceptable to the traders -- all sop -- all granting one thing for another, disguised or undisguised.
Not that there's anything wrong with this. It simply is.
So: bribe boldly and fearlessly.
Some indeed are more openly honest about these emotional and fiscal swaps, but this is extraordinary.
We support candid, forthright, on-the-table bribery whenever possible. (Our love lives might suffer, however, from too much frank discussion.)
Like most unpleasantness (e.g., calling death a "passing") it's conveniently layered in euphemism and deceit.
Our politics would be more vigorous and certainly more vastly entertaining if we knew who paid whom for what when -- and if things were called by their true names. (It's a bit easier with the Bush administration's transparent alliances than it was with Clinton, but both are inevitably culpable.)
Bribery -- like excrement -- is just a natural function of the human condition.
So embrace your payola, boodle, graft and swag enthusiastically and often.
Tuesday, January 14, 2003
Wednesday, January 15, 2003
Any day now the Senate or the House, in collusion with the President, will assure the demise of the national passenger railroad corporation, Amtrak, long denounced and derided by Republicans, People in a Hurry, freight railroads and airlines.
The only shock is that Amtrak has survived, however fitfully, even this long.
Its birth was traumatic.
(Amtrak dates from the early 1970's, when it was jerry built from the discarded and often unreliable passenger fleets of the old major railroads. It was a bold political payoff to the remaining railway freight operators, who could not believe their blatant bribery had at long last rewarded them so handsomely.)
The U.S. never had the commitment, the culture or the inclination to finance the kind of passenger service now common in Europe and Asia, which is routinely economical, efficient and timely.
We are sad at its imminent passing.
It speaks to a different age, where slower clocks strike happier hours.
Back in our day, always so superior to the present, one dressed for the club and dining cars, after the on board shower, shave and haircut, these venues strictly and properly segregated by class: first and second.
(Yes, there was yet another class -- that of Jim Crow and its vile racism.)
The dining car fare was comparable to food served in the better salesmens' hotels of the day.
Service was routinely impeccable, and briskly and smartly executed by friendly staff.
The riff raff was confined to the day coaches and adequately contained.
As for sex in pulsating Pullman sleeping car drawing rooms and double bedrooms -- it was simply superb.
Perhaps that's what we'll miss most when Amtrak finally departs, probably late as usual.