Thanks to my friend and collaborator Jeff Shattuck (more on our collaboration coming soon) for posting this and drawing my attention to it. As I said in a comment on his blog, I think this actually explains what happened with Wall Street. The bankers let the profit motive take over completely from purpose. The only purpose bankers offer up is to make money, which is profit not purpose. The ultimate vicious circle. This will all make sense, I hope, when you watch this:
T. S. Eliot wrote about when memory mixes with desire. Politicians get in trouble when desire nixes memory.
They know they are misrepresenting an experience, but can’t help themselves. Their desire to be the person they describe is too overpowering.
Politicians are actors trapped in the same part, and some occasionally feel the need to punch up the script.
She goes on, of course, to discuss the Blumenthal claims of service in Vietnam when in truth he never left home. But her description of this case extends far beyond the specifics to look at a problem that I think afflicts much of America today - the comfort many people have with telling lies.
Yes, it was a good day for two reasons.
Not many things in advertising piss me off any more. I don't take it that seriously. But two things are out there right now that do!
I have never had (or wanted) children and I have never had to fight a war. But for some reason I got to thinking about the relationship between a man who was called to fight, came back and started a family only to see his son go off to fight in the war of his day. My father seldom spoke of his experiences in World War II - and I think he was extremely happy that my turn never came. So, asking the understanding of men everywhere who know far more than I do of both fatherhood and war, here is THE JOURNEY.
The first time the weather is nice enough to eat outdoors is an annual turning point. Doesn't matter if you're in the desert or the big city. In New York, when the sidewalk tables start appearing the mood lifts and life seems simply better.
But now we got weapons
Of chemical dust
If fire them we're forced to
Then fire them we must
One push of the button
And a shot the world wide
And you never ask questions
When God's on your side.
"Nearly two-thirds of Americans — 64 percent — approved of the law in an released Wednesday. The measure commanded a strong majority even though roughly the same percentage of respondents said they expected it to lead to discrimination against legal Latino immigrants."
Today I wrote what is possibly the simplest, most traditional blues song I have ever created. Musically, that is (which you will have to wait to hear). Lyrically it is an odd mixture of looking backwards and forwards all at the same time - which, I guess, makes it like everything else I write.