Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Marie Antoinette, Rasputin and Bush

Accidents of Fate - all three have changed the course of history.

The Millennium was the peak, but then dirty tricks robbed Al Gore of his justly achieved presidency, and gave us the Bush Crime Family. I truly believe they are driving America to its destruction and dissolution. Blow by blow America is being gutted of all that made her unique and wonderful. From the loss of the 900 year-old habeus corpus to the withdrawal from the Geneva Conventions, from the elimination of the Middle Class, to the race to "the Rapture", history will call George W. Bush the instrument of our ruin.

José, the UPS Guy

What a loyal guy. José has delivered packages to our brownstone for years. Strong, willing, handsome, friendly, helpful, a neighborhood fixture. He's been hefting boxes for this upscale Greenwich Village neighborhood for nearly 20 years. My house alone must have been a big burden - regular deliveries of 50-lb bags of bird seed - all sorts of things from catalogues and stores. Oh, we recycle the boxes, and I pay the hefty freight for the privilege of home delivery. But José isn't doing too well these days. He has a really bad limp, and he's in a lot of pain. Lately someone else rings our bell for deliveries. I am left with the terrible thought that this wonderful man may have lost his health in service to us. I miss him.

Shakespeare created our language

I found this on the website of the Shakespeare Fellowship:
Imagine the extent to which 'Shakespeare' enriched the English language - to the extent that even those people who have never read a word he wrote, are happy to quote him at any given turn:

"If you cannot understand my argument, and declare 'It's Greek to me', you are quoting Shakespeare; if you claim to be more sinned against than sinning, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you recall your salad days, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you act more in sorrow than in anger; if your wish is the father to the thought; if your lost property has vanished into thin air, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you have ever refused to budge an inch or suffered from green-eyed jealousy, if you have played fast and loose, if you have been tongue-tied, a tower of strength, hoodwinked or in a pickle, if you have knitted your brows, made a virtue of necessity, insisted on fair play, slept not one wink, stood on ceremony, danced attendance (on your lord and master), laughed yourself into stitches, had short shrift, cold comfort or too much of a good thing, if you have seen better days or lived in a fool's paradise - why, be that as it may, the more fool you, for it is a foregone conclusion that you are (as good luck would have it) quoting Shakespeare; if you think it is early days and clear out bag and baggage, if you think it is high time and that that is the long and short of it, if you believe that the game is up and that truth will out even if it involves your own flesh and blood, if you lie low till the crack of doom because you suspect foul play, if you have your teeth set on edge (at one fell swoop) without rhyme or reason, then - to give the devil his due - if the truth were known (for surely you have a tongue in your head) you are quoting Shakespeare; even if you bid me good riddance and send me packing, if you wish I was dead as a door-nail, if you think I am an eyesore, a laughing stock, the devil incarnate, a stony-hearted villain, bloody-minded or a blinking idiot, then - by Jove! O Lord! Tut tut! For goodness' sake! What the dickens! But me no buts! - it is all one to me, for you are quoting Shakespeare." From The Story of English, 1986

You KNOW that farmer from Stratford didn't do it ("Who Was that Masked Man?" Ted Story CRANE'S CLARION Vol XXII, Dec 2006 P-3