I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity.
Edgar Allen Poe
The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.
- H. L. Mencken
Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so
What I have been telling you, from alpha to omega, what is the one great thing the sigil taught me — that everything in life is miraculous. For the sigil taught me that it rests within the power of each of us to awaken at will from a dragging nightmare of life made up of unimportant tasks and tedious useless little habits, to see life as it really is, and to rejoice in its exquisite wonderfulness. If the sigil were proved to be the top of a tomato-can, it would not alter that big fact, nor my fixed faith. No Harrowby, the common names we call things by do not matter — except to show how very dull we are ...
-James Branch Cabell
March 18, 2012 - 2:15 p.m.
I mixed things up this morning. I ate breakfast as soon as I woke up instead of after doing everything else. Today it was my simplest and most frequent fare, poached eggs. I have them every other day. It's simple to cook and the cleanup is a breeze. Who knows how I serve them? On a slice of bread with a thin slice of Taylor ham or an occasional patty sausage. I was just reading an article on how hard it is to make a poached egg. It isn't. It's pretty much trivial. Heat water till it's almost boiling. Crack the eggs into it and turn off the burner; cover and wait four minutes. Then remove it the eggs with a slotted spoon. It will come out perfect every time. Use a shallow broad pot not a deep narrow one, it will heat faster but make no difference in how it comes out.
Yesterday was a not-cross-my-threshold day. I never got dressed and wasn't even that tempted. Yes it was St. Patrick's Day but I listened to my Irish music at home. A nice relaxing day at home is well, nice and relaxing. It's one of the great luxuries and is to be appreciated.
Since I wrote that I read much of the Sunday Times. I'm trying to mix things up and not do things the ways I usually do. No particular reason for that but curiosity to see if it makes any difference.
I've been thinking about my proneness to addictive/obsessive behavior. You'll notice it here when I write about food. I went from never cooking with garlic to always cooking with garlic and now have started having garlic cheese bread almost every night. Last night I had it with blackened chicken. I went from never eating soup to having it at least three nights a week. In case you haven't noticed I listen to quite a bit of live music too. I can resist anything but temptation. It really is a good thing that I scrupulously avoid drugs and alcohol. Yes I have an occasional drink but I don't actually like it that much and I don't drink enough to feel it. There's a pretty good chance that if I ever started on these things I wouldn't be able to stop.
Now if only I could get a proper night's sleep. This is getting bad. I have a list of things that to do, that involve thinking, that I don't feel up to doing. I took three naps yesterday and I need one right now. Instead I'll take a shower and see if I get inspired to write there.
I didn't take a; shower, I took a nap and ate lunch and I'm not drinking two more mugs of coffee. I now have enough caffeine in me to kill a horse, well horsefly. Did you know that the caffeine is an insecticide? That's what it does for the coffee plant.
So now I feel up to writing about the oldest thing in the ol' ideas bin.
There is an organization bent on the destruction of the American government. Moreover it isn't a foreign based and it isn't small and impotent. The stated goal of one of their leaders "I'm not in favor of abolishing the government. I just want to shrink it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub." Who is this nefarious organization? The Republican Party. The quote is from Grover Norquist. How great is his influence in the Republicans? 238 of 242 House Republicans and 41 out of 47 Senate Republicans had signed ATR's "Taxpayer Protection Pledge." They feel no shame giving their written pledge to his program. They feel wanting to be able to drown the government is a good thing, or at least reasonable. Imagine the howl if Democrats signed pledged the support for someone that said anything that a tenth as inflammatory? Of course I don't think they actually want to destroy the government, What they want to do is end the social contract. What makes civilization civilization is people working together to do what they can't do as individuals. Early civilizations created irrigation systems. This could not be done as individuals and could not be done totally on a voluntary basis as everyone benefits even those that didn't contribute. This is what they are denying. They act as if having a educated public, transportation systems such as the highways, railroads, and airports, public sanitation and health, scientific research supported by public money, made no contribution to the creation of wealth. They believe that every man is an island. Here's a question, if you or Warren Buffet were born in a Rwandan village do you think you'd be as wealthy as you are today? No? Then you have benefited from the government so you owe the rest of the country some of your wealth. Taxes are not theft, yet that is how it is described. It isn't taking your money. In fact the money itself would not exist with the government. These facts are conveniently forgotten. The idea that every individual is totally autonomous is a cult.
It isn't even a consistent cult? Why do they always exclude defense? If the individual can do everything on his own why not defend himself? There are private armies and mercenaries.
There are two big advantages of believing in the canard. One is that it justifies selfishness. The other is that it avoids having to think. If government can never provide a solution then you don't have to figure out when it does. There is of course the flip side that thinks that the government is always the solution. There are those that believe that too though always in smaller numbers in the United States. Some communists and socialists have professed such goals but when they have the power they don't implement them any more than the Republicans and Libertarians do here as they are fantasies. That doesn't make them not a danger though as they distort the decision making process. It becomes a matter of staying closer to orthodoxy rather than finding the best solution to a problem.
So can I write about politics with veins filled with caffeine? Probably not but at least I wrote something.
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