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
February 08, 2016 - 11:16 a.m.
I'm considering making this entire entry on idiocy, yes that means there's an idiot story coming. Of course there are other directions I might go. What do I know? I'm an idiot.
I'm not the only idiot though. I can't say what it is but a friend wrote one of the stupidest things I ever saw on Facebook. It was a parable that made no sense. It would be like a fable whose moral was, if you hop around on one foot you'll get rich.
One of the stupidest things I ever heard anyone say about diet was said by a doctor friend of mine. He never used the word but he was a vegan. He once said to me that I shouldn’t eat meat because it had "foreign proteins" in it. I pointed out that unless I took up cannibalism everything I ate had foreign proteins and the ones in meat are far closer to human proteins than ones in plants. Now he had to know that, didn't he? He's a very intelligent person and a doctor. Did he think I wouldn't know it? He knows that I'm not just smart but know science. I have never figured out what motivated him to say that.
Now for music. I was thinking about writing this and WUMB just convinced me I should; they played a Tom Rush song because today's his birthday. Yesterday John Platt played a set for Tom Rush's birthday and that's when I wrote in my blog notes "Tom Rush on John Platt, Jackson Browne, etc." Tom Rush is one of those guys that I know I'm "supposed" to like but I don't. It's not that I dislike him. It's that he could never make an impression on me. Hell for a while I'd have to make an effort to remember if he's the "Tom Sawyer" band. Yeah the band didn't make an impression on me either but I never felt I was supposed to like them, more like I was supposed to mock them. But back to Tom Rush. I couldn't name a song that he did. Because John Platt played him last night I know he covered some Joni songs, the Circle Game and Urge for Going. I love Joni, love those songs. I don't love his versions of them. My reaction is, "Why not just play Joni?" He also covered Jackson Browne and James Taylor. You might have picked up that I don't like either of them. They are "Sensitive New Age Guys;" A great song by Christine Lavin and exactly what I don't for the most part want to hear songs by. I love John and he has very similar taste to me … for the most part. I have to part ways on his affection for Sensitive New Age Guys. He followed the set with Sweet Honey on the Rock whom I love but as their name says, they are sweet. They are not the cure for SNAGs. Fortunately he followed it with Mya Byrne's The Power of the Lord. Townes Van Zandt said; "There are two kinds of music, blues and Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah. That's not quite right, I actually like Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah but I did need the blues there.
Let's see if I can get through a day without being an idiot. The WFUV pledge drive starts tomorrow so updating might be sporadic. I have a ridiculous day planned, all day at the drive then John Platt's On Your Radar. At least I'm not going in at 6 AM on Wednesday.
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