Sunday, October 5, 2008

#88 Sunday Sundries

In no particular order...
  • Good news for fat people and inflexible non-yoga folk: you can see Uranus with your naked eye this month, if you look for it in the right place. Because of its close conjunction with Earth (ha, Ouranos was the son/husband of Gaia = Earth ... very kinky mythology), discovered by Herschel (William, not his namesake telescope), can be found, unaided but better with binoculars, on a clear, dark night, in the Aquarius constellation. OK, so the astronomers would prefer you pronounce it with the accent on the first syllable ... but what's the fun in that?
  • Two versions of parenthood in Thursday's debate: Sarah Palin, self-styled "hockey-mom," making happy-happy political hay out of her son being deployed to Bush/Cheney murder-machine in the Middle East; OR Joe Biden choking-up at coincidentally the same prospect--his lawyer son, survivor of THE traffic accident that killed his mother and sister, will serve as judicial/governmental advisor of some sort in that dangerous land. Take your pick.
  • Polls are way up now for Obama/Biden, BUT 'tis pity, in my mind, that it took the Economy to do it. I'm sorry, but do we always have to look to our pocketbooks to make the right decision about who might inflict themselves on our very lives for the next four to eight years? Isn't it enough that fellow Americans are every single minute of the day DYING in hospital emergency-rooms across the country for want of proper health care, and DYING across the ocean in the Middle East and elsewhere for want of a proper government in this country?
But I always take comfort in another line from Steven Wright: "I got a paper cut from my suicide note today ... it's a start."

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