Open Mike

by Richard on July 23, 2011

Whatever is on your mind — the floor is yours. Usual rules apply.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

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Pam 07.23.11 at 9:31 am

I did the last Open Mike so maybe someone else’s turn.

My topic would be: why is it important to me that Cadel Evans wins the Tour de France? :)
Or, maybe, why can’t I “understand” Kim?

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Bob Gilston 07.23.11 at 11:27 am

Pam - You can’t understand Kim because he is intellectually and theologically way above us mere mortals. However - his humour I really do understand. His post #30 regarding Glenn Beck in “Settlers are terrorising Palestians” was priceless.

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Joseph W 07.23.11 at 11:31 am

Pray for Oslo. X

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Kim 07.23.11 at 11:38 am

I refuse to be outdone by Avraham in his recent citing of Glenn Beck as an authoritative commentator on Israel. Here is some more entertaining wisdom from the woeful waspish weeper.

”The most used phrase in my administration if I were to be President would be ‘What the hell you mean we’re out of missiles?”’

”I could give a flying crap about the political process … We’re an entertainment company.”

”Fall to your knees and thank God for Fox News. Pray for Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch. Pray for them. Pray for strength and spine, and pray that everybody involved has chicken salad for lunch so it doesn’t clog anybody’s arteries. Keep them going.”

”I’m only writing a few bullet points. And I am doing that so I don’t get in the way of the spirit, in case he wants to talk … if you would just pray that I would be able to hear because sometimes — sometimes he’s screaming at me and I still can’t hear it.”

”I know the progressives are using progressive tactics. They’re not using Nazi tactics. The real answer is the Nazis were using early American progressive tactics. And that’s not my opinion, that’s historic fact.”

”God is giving a plan I think to me that is not really a plan. … The problem is that I think the plan that the Lord would have us follow is hard for people to understand…. Because of my track record with you who have been here for a long time. Because of my track record with you, I beg of you to help me get this message out, and I beg of you to pray for clarity on my part.”

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Kim 07.23.11 at 11:39 am

Amen, Joseph.

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Joseph W 07.23.11 at 12:01 pm

I wrote a piece about him which you might want to read.

He was on his own for 30 minutes in that little island, free to shoot at people. He shot those swimming away.

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Pam 07.23.11 at 9:45 pm

Bob, I cannot agree with your comment. I think Kim is only too “human” and not superior in any way to us “mere mortals”. I don’t much like his waspish humour either. And I don’t think he likes me much either. Enough is enough.

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Pam 07.23.11 at 11:04 pm

Joseph, I’m sure we’re all praying for Oslo.
On my 35th birthday, a lone gunman shot dead 35 people at Port Arthur, Tasmania.
We should also pray for dispossessed Palestinians.

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Bob Gilston 07.23.11 at 11:51 pm

Pam - Let me re-phrase. I accept Kim is mortal. He is intellectually and theologically way above me. Obviously I made an error in including you in that statement. It seems you are not a fan of his. Whilst he can be somewhat arrogant in his posts there is no doubting his knowledge and intellect but I think for an American his humour is great.

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Bob Gilston 07.23.11 at 11:53 pm

BTW Pam - Cadel Evans looks to have the Tour sewn up.

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Joseph W 07.24.11 at 1:40 am

Pam, there’s a time to talk about Israelis and Palestinians, and a time not to.

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Pam 07.24.11 at 12:15 pm

Bob,
Your support and friendship are much appreciated but we do disagree on this issue.
Yes, I’m pleased for Cadel who has worked hard in his sport to achieve this goal. And the first Aussie to do so. :)

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Kim 07.24.11 at 4:41 pm

but I think for an American his humour is great.

Paul, I am as offended at your national insult as I am chuffed by your personal compliment. ;)

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daniel imburgia 07.24.11 at 5:49 pm

‘Isn’t it a pity,’ I just heard the president say: “let’s at least avoid armageddon.” If that’s the new standard of reasonableness in America, then we are just that much closer to self-destruction.

“Isn’t it a pity
You don’t know what i’m talking about yet
But i will tell you soon
It’s a pity.” Nina Simone.

First go to youtube and start this song: “Isn’t It a Pity,” by Nina Simone, (thanks Eli) (“because of all their tears / Their eyes can’t hope to see / The beauty that surrounds them”). It’s a take on George Harrison’s “Isn’t it a Pity,” which samples Ira Gershwin’s song with the great lyrics: “Fishing for salmon, losing at backgammon… my nights were sour spent with Schopenhauer.” Of course, for Schopenhauer pity was a great virtue, but for Nietzsche it was, (well, you know pity preserves what should be destroyed and leads to ‘nothingness,’ that is god). Still, one Christian guy invades an Island in Norway and kills a hundred people (NO!, it just won’t do to say “but he’s not a *real* Christian!!!” Christians don’t get to let themselves off the hook like that, if your a “christian” than he’s your brother, he is a part of you, and if your an ‘American Christian,’ that historical crude-oil gumbo of murderous A-bomb enslaving genocidal blood soaked holy empire of consumerist self centered depravity indifferent species extinctifying beloved sons and daughters of the Most High! then our Norwegian brother is an opportunity for us to take responsibility for the the historical blood on our own hands). But Blake exclaims: “Pity would be no more, / If we did not make somebody Poor”

“Isn’t it a pity
Isn’t it a shame
Yes, how we break each other’s hearts
And cause each other pain

How we take each other’s love
Without thinking anymore
Forgetting to give back
Forgetting to remember
Just forgetting and no thank you
Isn’t it a pity

Some things take so long
But how do i explain
Why not too many people can see
That we are all just the same
We’re all guilty

Because of all the tears
Our eyes just can’t hope to see
But i don’t think it’s applicable to me
The beauty that surrounds them
Child, isn’t it a pity

How we break each other’s hearts
And cause each other pain
How we take each other’s love
The most precious thing
Without thinking anymore

Forgetting to give back
Forgetting to keep open our door
Isn’t it a pity
Isn’t it a pity

Some things take so long
But how do i explain
Isn’t it a pity
Why not too many people
Can see we’re all the same

Because we cry so much
Our eyes can’t, can’t hope to see
That’s not quite true
The beauty that surrounds them
Maybe that’s why we cry
God, isn’t it a pity

Lord knows it’s a pity
Mankind has been so programmed
That they don’t care about nothin’
That has to do with care
C-a-r-e

How we take each other’s love
The most precious thing
Without thinking anymore
Forgetting to give back
Forgetting to keep open the door

But i understand some things take so long
But how do i explain
Why not too many people
Can see we’re just the same

And because of all their tears
Their eyes can’t hope to see
The beauty that surrounds them
God, isn’t it a pity
The beauty that surrounds them
It’s a pity

We take each other’s love
Just take it for granted
Without thinking anymore
We give each other pain
And we shut every door

We take each other’s minds
And we’re capable of take each other’s souls
We do it every day
Just to reach some financial goal
Lord, isn’t it a pity, my God
Isn’t it a pity, my God
And so unnecessary

Just a little time, a little care
A little note written in the air
Just the little thank you
We just forget to give back
Cause we’re moving too fast
Moving too fast
Forgetting to give back

But some things take so long
And i cannot explain
The beauty that surrounds us
And we don’t see it
We think things are just the same
We’ve been programmed that way

Isn’t it a pity
If you want to feel sorry
Isn’t it a pity
Isn’t it a pity
The beauty sets the beauty that surrounds us
Because of all our tears
Our eyes can’t hope to see

Maybe one day at least i’ll see me
And just concentrate on givin’, givin’, givin’, givin’
And till that day
Mankind don’t stand a chance
Don’t know nothin’ about romance
Everything is plastic
Isn’t it a pity
My God.”

Sorry for the length, i just went off this morning, Obliged.

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Pam 07.25.11 at 12:24 am

Um, comment #13, it wasn’t “Paul” who said it, it was “Bob”.
Glad you’re chuffed by compliments.

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Pam 07.25.11 at 2:19 am

Like verse Daniel. Maybe you’ll like this:

Moss on plum branches…. by James K. Baxter
Moss on plum branches and
A soft rain falling - no other house
Spread out its arms around me
As this has done - I go
From here with a gap inside me where a world
Has been plucked from my entrails - fire and
Food, flowers and faces
Painted on walls - the voices of two friends
Recalling the always present paradise
We enter and cannot remain in.

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Kim 07.25.11 at 7:46 am

Thanks, Pam. Sorry, Paul. Sorry, Bob.

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daniel imburgia 07.25.11 at 3:46 pm

Thanks Pam, i am an admirer of Baxter. One reason to read poetry, because sometimes you just don’t know what to say. Obliged.

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