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  • hardie karges 2:24 pm on June 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Price of Freedom, Long Story Short… 

    xx-fretbONCE UPON A TIME, back in my high-test high-stress days, sturm und drang, stormy and stressful, not infrequently the case in Flagstaff, Arizona, weather-wise but pound-foolish, I had a vehicle without a speedometer, so I never really knew how fast I was going, just whatever felt right no small consideration in an old cargo van where nothing ever feels exactly right, it most at home when hauling firewood not ass…

    So back in those stormy days of trying to start-up a bizniz from scratch 1987-92 if I remember correctly I got speeding tickets regularly like once a year approximately and every time I was clipping along at exactly 78mph/126kph, once that even in a 55mph zone in California, 65 the norm on Interstates then, so quite pricey the final settlement cop seemed surprised that I wasn’t drunk driving like a maniac in his opinion in his home state but I guess he never tried to get home to Flagstaff after leaving San Fran at 15:00 without the advantage of fancy wheels or hindsight…

    Long story short after five years of that something had to change of course not a sustainable bizniz plan getting speeding tickets every year so the last time I got stopped for speeding going up I-17 from Phoenix to Flagstaff, the Native American policeman noticed my ‘Free Tibet’ bumper sticker (remember them?) and asked if I was Tibetan so I thought about it then said ‘no’ of course but he didn’t give me a ticket and I never got stopped again for speeding I’m better now no not really THE END.

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  • hardie karges 8:00 am on June 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , conservative, liberal, , same sex   

    Religio-Politics 101: Symbolism, Love and Law–and an Extra Letter… 

    Image result for rainbowFor an entire segment of the population to be granted equal rights in one fell swoop is a glorious thing, whether it be people of color, immigrants or LGBT (sounds like a sandwich; I’m hungry). The love between two people is probably the most beautiful thing in the world, whether male or female in tandem or in unison, or universal agape, mouth wide open. But religious groups have a point, too, in their feeling that they have been dealt a blow. They have, in many cases. No major religion ever envisioned this in their view of the ‘sanctity of marriage’. Culture wars continue.

    Proponents of same-sex marriage have never been satisfied with the concept of ‘civil unions’, whatever the exact terminology, and there’s logic in their rejection of any ‘separate-but-equal’ solution. But we also have a strong tradition of the separation of church and state, and to force a preacher, pastor or priest to perform the rite of marriage on a LGBT(Q?) couple may be going too far, if that is indeed ever the case. I certainly agree that same-sexers deserve all the rights, but maybe not all the rites. (More …)

     
    • Ron Hendricks 8:36 pm on June 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Have been following your posts via email for some time now. Just thought I would let you know I enjoy reading what you have to say. (Perhaps it is because I usually am in agreement with your opinion). Keep up the good work!

  • hardie karges 4:32 pm on June 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: English language, word porn   

    Body English and Word Porn 

    The English language is deteriorating rapidly. Just this week I’ve had to stomach (of course, that’s a verb) such wannabe-verbs as ‘magic’ and ‘Gandalf’, forcing me to spend more time on Google than it’s worth, frankly. I mean: who do these Johnny-come-lately scribes think they are, anyway? Isn’t the object of writing, ultimately, uh—communication? And no, the author is not the subject; he’s the worker bee.

    Do I have to read Tolkien to be able to communicate? ‘Game of Thrones’? What if I don’t like such fairy tales? ‘To Google’ is different. That comes direct from the Latin: googleare, as in Caesar’s ‘Vini googli vici’ or Descartes’ famous dictum, “Googlio ergo sum.” (More …)

     
    • Kc 6:48 pm on June 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      whoa the mule, as an old woman said to me as we were (a bunch of us) painting on a piece of fabric as it swayed…as i recall, you fancied yourself a poet….remember the poem, to kathy in september? alas, have decided i am completely literally minded and it took me years to understand what someone meant when they said so and so was a douche. then i remembered a giant poster in my old friends office, a midwife, who gave me yearly exams for free and it read “ladies, put away your douche bags.” So, if someone is a ‘douche’ they are esentially worthless. yes, always fun with words.

    • hardie karges 6:51 pm on June 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I have actually published a few poems, don’t know if you knew that… “Kathy in September”? Sounds familiar… trying to get back into ‘poetry mode’ right now for first time in several years, every mid-decade, it seems…

  • hardie karges 2:19 pm on June 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: marketing,   

    Crowdfunding, Piracy, and Aboriginality: From each according to ability, to each according to buzzfeed… 

    Modern American self-described ‘technorati’ take pleasure in pirating intellectual property as much as they take pleasure in kickstarting similar material. So why don’t they just buy the book, rather than one person kick-starting it on one hand, then one hundred stealing it on the other? Mahketing, dahling, mahketing… novelty sells… I prefer ‘digerati’, mouths sucking long and hard on digeridoos…

     
    • Kc 5:48 pm on June 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      digerati, culturati, glitteratti, fun w words, again. think of you often, as rob gently weeps. thirty odd years, tomorrow. for us, r and me. got a job, outside of the house, no pay, but it is in the country, someday i’ll be a farmer, for now, i pick blueberries and work his raised beds. am totally fascinated by his religion, JW, next my research about that group of peeps will be concerned w why the women are sick, the men work, handle the money, etc. still, an avowed atheist. no religion or person can help save my soul. I am here to tell you that while religion fascinates me, it is disgusting the way people have learned to NOT EMOTE.

      smile, baby, smile, tomorrow will never come.

  • hardie karges 7:56 pm on June 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Alphabet Soup… 

    I’m starting to think that MILF no longer stands for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front…

     
  • hardie karges 10:19 am on June 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: electricity, light, magnetism, spirit   

    Religio-Physics 101: Preparing for The Next Dimension–Light 

    Image result for heavenly light shining downIt’s hard to speculate on other dimensions of reality besides our own, because if those other dimensions were analyzable, then they wouldn’t be ‘dimensions’ in the sense used here. They’d be a natural part of our physical existence. By ‘dimensions’ I am talking about more than a unit of measurement such as length, width or depth. For lack of a better word, I am talking about something like parallel universes, one higher than the other, or perhaps ‘including’ the lower one.  How many dimensions does the latest ‘string theory’ postulate? 10? 28? (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 2:10 pm on June 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Civil War, Emancipation, Juneteenth,   

    Happy Juneteenth Y’all: now more than ever… 

    Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day is a holiday in the United States that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas in June 1865, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South. Celebrated on June 19, the term is a portmanteau of June and nineteenth, and is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in most states–Wikipedia

     
    • Kc 3:04 pm on June 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      every day is juneteenth here.

  • hardie karges 12:10 pm on June 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cars, , ,   

    R.I.P. Amerika… “of wounds self-inflicted” 

    Image result for gun picPro-gun lobbyists in the USA like to say: If guns are illegal, then only the criminals will have them.  I say: If guns are legal, then everyone will have to have one.  Who’s right?  Blame it on the fences, or lack thereof.  Why bother when you can just buy a gun, and use it like a laser-pointing fence? We’re victims of our rural British-Irish background beyond the Pale, beyond the gates of civilized society…

    Likewise if cars are the norm, then ditto…  If everyone has one, then so do you—have to have one, that is.  In an automobile society, everyone has to have one, and the rest is history, global warming and Lindbergh barn-storming… God forgive us; we are a simple people…

     
  • hardie karges 3:56 pm on June 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , movies   

    European Films: Good, Bad, and Ugly 

    I’m happy to report that Europe is full of lousy films. I feel like this is a real breakthrough, considering all the really good films they used to make, back in the day of Truffaut, Godard, Bunuel, Bergman, Antonioni, and of course Fellini.  Where would Woody Allen be today without them?  Don’t answer that. 

    This new mediocrity might not have been obvious from the generally favorable reviews of the European films I review here. That comes from my major flaw as a critic: I don’t like to criticize. I could be wrong, after all. So I tend to review movies that I like. I’ve noticed that most film reviewers like to trash the films they review, while most music reviewers tend to be supportive. Hmmm, I wonder what that means, when most films are corporate-sponsored mega-budget monsters, while many musicians struggle to eat; but I digress… (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 4:01 pm on June 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    What Sells? What’s New? Sex and Violence… 

    Remember back in the 60’s and 70’s when good citizens used to rail against sex and violence on American TV? Fast forward fifty years and the only thing that’s changed is that the TV must share turf with Internet, while the sex and violence have increased many-fold to the point that we’re inured to it. Remember when we used to rail against police brutality? Unfortunately liberalism is pretty much dead, and that’s not such a good thing…

     
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