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I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.

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“Eat the rich!”

 

Welcome back Dear Reader; and Happy August to you. While I have long maintained that happiness (as in: “the pursuit of...”) is highly overrated, I do sincerely hope that you are now and have been playing it cool... all the way; and I submit this small buffet of thought.

 

A quarter of a century ago, the phrase, “eat the rich” first entered my consciousness by way of a song which was written and recorded by one of America's truest originals. Though firmly cast in the archetypical mold of 'Man with a guitar', the artist known as, Blackberri can be considered one of the last pioneers – an openly gay, black feminist man. The liner notes of, Blackberri & Friends: Finally [1981 BEA B. QUEEN RECORDS] declares that, “Blackberri is also one of the few humane human beings that realize the healing power of laughter, music & dance.”

 

Have Healing, Dear Reader. Laugh and let nothing steal your joy. The funniest part of all of this...? The Truest Joy Is In The Knowing That: “God confronts the evildoers, to destroy all memory of them from the face of the earth.” This awareness seems to only come the hard way. And it has been coming for a long, long time. It's been pointed out that we seek signs... although we've been warned against such...

 

If any of you Dear Readers would deny that the debt-ceiling debacle ultimately is not about the wealthiest of our compatriots' greed... then I prayerfully say that, you really should get out of the cave more often. I could show you the way.

 

Pay attention to Comments below. In the meantime, please do dig the ancient and prophetic voice of, Blackberri & Friends: Finally, as they regale you with the stone soul picnic of, “Eat The Rich.” I've served it up on my very own Playlist, on my Main Page.

 

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LAST LAUGH: (to keep from cryin') The latest addition to the, "Truest Words Ever Spoken" Archives,

“Now listen, this isn’t the greatest deal in the world" – John Boehner, (a name I can't help but read as, John B****.) [St. Danny help us in the struggle against the ignorance of censorship.] 

 

 

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Comment by Esquizito on August 5, 2011 at 6:48pm

 

"Seems to me, it aint the world that's so bad but what we're doin' to it.

And all I'm saying is, see, what a wonderful world it would be if only we'd give it a chance.

Love baby, love. That's the secret, yeah. If lots more of us loved each other,

we'd solve lots more problems. And man this world would be a gassuh...!"

 

Love & Gratitude to you, Pops.

Not a whole lot has changed down here, but... many of us are still working on it!

 

 

 

photo: Ted Quant

Comment by Esquizito on August 3, 2011 at 8:48am

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From The Desk of Robert Reich:

"Anyone who characterizes the deal between the President, Democratic, and Republican leaders as a victory for the American people over partisanship understands neither economics nor politics.

The deal does not raise taxes on America’s wealthy and most fortunate — who are now taking home a larger share of total income and wealth, and whose tax rates are already lower than they have been, in eighty years. Yet it puts the nation’s most important safety nets and public investments on the chopping block.

It also hobbles the capacity of the government to respond to the jobs and growth crisis. Added to the cuts already underway by state and local governments, the deal’s spending cuts increase the odds of a double-dip recession. And the deal strengthens the political hand of the radical right."

 

FESS...!!

 

He's The Real Thing. Check him out!

 

Don't cost you nothin'.

 

Peace & Pops,

E.

Comment by Esquizito on August 3, 2011 at 8:06am

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Who would have thought that, an artist such as Blackberri to be the bringer of such enlightenment to the "head bangers?" i.e. Motorhead, Krokus, and Aerosmith have all recorded songs which they entitled, "Eat The Rich."

 

Who...? Danny Barker.

 

Well, Mr. Barker was well aware that you can go a long way wearing a comic mask. This next one goes a long way, a terrifically divine comedy that only the English can bring. Sit back, relax... and, Eat The Rich.

 

Laughin' all the way...

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