Tag Archives: 2010

Georgia Won’t Listen To Any Damn Obama Czars

Sometimes I think the state of Georgia exists in a plastic bubble, aimlessly drifting in an airless vacuum.  This is from the dumb things politicians spend their time on file:

Tuesday, the House State Planning & Community Affairs Committee reported out a resolution that says the General Assembly nor the people of Georgia “consider themselves bound to comply with the orders of any presidentially appointed czar.”

House Resolution 1146 is sponsored by two candidates for Congress; state Representatives Clay Cox and Bobby Reese.

Where the hell do I live?

Apparently, Negroes Are Making A Comeback

What?  Negro is on the 2010 census?  Who uses the word negro nowadays?  I’m not spotlighting this to make some militant stance.  I’m just amazed.  Here’s the comical rationale from a census spokesman:

“Many older African-Americans identified themselves that way, and many still do,” he said. “Those who identify themselves as Negroes need to be included.”

REALLY?  I wonder if some older negroes told him that?

Black-Eye Peas For Everyone!

THIS: 

NOT THIS: 

In welcoming in a new year and a new decade, it’s only right that I indulge in an old tradition:  Eating black-eye peas.  Since my head is throbbing from last night’s activities, I’ll spare you all my usual witty repartee (I don’t think I can come up with witty repartee anyway).  Here’s a blurb about the mighty black-eye pea from good-ole’ Wiki:

Eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day is thought to bring prosperity.

The “good luck” traditions of eating black eyed peas at Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, are recorded in the Babylonian Talmud (compiled ~500 CE), Horayot 12A: “Abaye [d. 339 CE] said, now that you have established that good-luck symbols avail, you should make it a habit to see Qara (bottle gourd), Rubiya (black-eyed peas, Arabic Lubiya), Kartei (leeks), Silka (either beets or spinach), and Tamrei (dates) on your table on the New Year.” However, the custom may have resulted from an early mistranslation of the Aramaic word rubiya (fenugreek)…

In the Southern United States,[4] the peas are typically cooked with a pork product for flavoring (such as bacon, ham bones, fatback, or hog jowl), diced onion, and served with a hot chili sauce or a pepper-flavored vinegar.

The traditional meal also features collard, turnip, or mustard greens, and ham. The peas, since they swell when cooked, symbolize prosperity; the greens symbolize money; the pork, because pigs root forward when foraging, represents positive motion.[5] Cornbread also often accompanies this meal.

These “good luck” traditions supposedly date back to the Civil War, when Union troops, especially in areas targeted by General William Tecumseh Sherman, typically stripped the countryside of all stored food, crops, and livestock, and destroyed whatever they couldn’t carry away. At that time, Northerners considered “field peas” and field corn suitable only for animal fodder, and didn’t steal or destroy these humble foods.

Mmmm… fatback.  I’ll need plenty of fatback today to cure the swelling pain.  Cheers to all of those who partake in the annual black-eye pea tradition.  My family’s done it since I can remember, and somehow it seems to set the tone for the beginning of my year.

May you all have a blessed, prosperous New Year!

We Have The Right To Be Hopeful, Even In These Tragic Times

2009

(Editor’s note:  This is the first of a three part arc on the tenets of happiness)

We will not eradicate violent conflict in our lifetimes.  There will be times when nations — acting individually or in concert — will find the use of force not only necessary but morally justified… For make no mistake:  Evil does exist in the world.  A non-violent movement could not have halted Hitler’s armies.  Negotiations cannot convince al Qaeda’s leaders to lay down their arms.  To say that force may sometimes be necessary is not a call to cynicism — it is a recognition of history; the imperfections of man and the limits of reason.? — Barack Obama

Our world is impossibly tragic.  If 2009 proved anything, it’s that terrible things happen to good people.  I don’t know how many people were laid off or foreclosed upon, but the numbers prop up my theory.  In a time of war– tragedy and hopelessness are magnified– unless we allow ourselves to believe in something.  We must allow ourselves to subscribe to hope, and make it our choice.  The President’s quite apt “audacity of hope” mantra, rings more true now than ever before.  How can one be so bold as to believe in hope, when the American dream seems to be slipping beyond our grasp?  How can we sustain hope, when our fears and insecurities bubble to the surface in the face of religious extremism and evil fanaticism?  This seems like an unachievable notion.

But it’s a notion worth believing in. Hope is the engine necessary to power our beliefs and strength.  Andrew Sullivan wrote that “Hope is a choice. As much a choice as faith and love.”  I believe that more now than ever.  It is a necessity to have hope.  It is audacious, but that is the point.  Audacity strengthens us to be what we otherwise would not.  That is how we will prevail in these tragic times.   Rienhold Niebuhr wrote:

Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; there we must be saved by hope.

Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; there we must be saved by faith.

Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we are saved by love.

No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our own standpoint.

Therefore we must be saved by the final form of love which is forgiveness.