The gloves are off now (Smile Mr. President)

Smile Mr. President
The gloves are off now
And you can dispense with
All that nice talk
Yes you were right
Don't act contrite
Smile Mr President

No quarter to Wall Street
But not because
You are a populist
Use centrist reasons only
For everything

Smile Mr. President
So the New York Times
Will need to print a
Picture of you smiling

The fascists are waiting to finish the job
The Supreme Court helped them start
Act strong
History is yours to make
Go get 'em
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The President Will Not Allow The Tea Party to Mug The Middle Class

The President will not allow the Tea Party to mug the middle class
He knew that Boehner would cave to the spoiled brats of the Tea Party
That is why he will have a short vacation if he has one at all
This is High Noon in the PM
If the Tea Party kills the extension, it will be held to account
Watch for fireworks if they vote against the Senate's pitiful compromise
That is what we call an assured result
Congress and Senate with tails between legs forced to govern

Insider traders are about about to tank

Insider traders are about about to tank 
Insider trading is the Wall Street way 
And now we know how money's made today 
Great wealth has great dishonesty to thank

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There is no value greater than Abba

There is no value greater than Abba 
The one before whom every idol falls 
The voice in every person which still calls 
For whom Jesus did die on Golgotha 

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Dylan Billy The Kid Life Goes On (Video)

The Bruce Langhorne riffs do it for me.

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Eye for eye means one eye for one eye

Eye for eye means one eye for one eye 
Lex talionis harsh equality 
Eye for eye would be a charity 
We practice prodigal impunity

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A simple but persistent mistake on the part of one of the pilots

Air France 447 Flight-Data Recorder Transcript - What Really Happened Aboard Air France 447 - Popular Mechanics: "We now understand that, indeed, AF447 passed into clouds associated with a large system of thunderstorms, its speed sensors became iced over, and the autopilot disengaged. In the ensuing confusion, the pilots lost control of the airplane because they reacted incorrectly to the loss of instrumentation and then seemed unable to comprehend the nature of the problems they had caused. Neither weather nor malfunction doomed AF447, nor a complex chain of error, but a simple but persistent mistake on the part of one of the pilots. "

Cap tip Ben

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If God's self is love, that which he loves must be defect of love.

"Philosophy, when just escaping from its golden pupa-skin, mythology, proclaimed the great evolutionary agency of the universe to be Love. Or, since this pirate-lingo, English, is poor in such-like words, let us say Eros, the exuberance-love. Afterwards, Empedocles set up passionate love and hate as the two coordinate powers of the universe. In some passages, kindness is the word. But certainly, in any sense in which it has an opposite, to be senior partner of that opposite, is the highest position that love can attain. Nevertheless, the ontological gospeller, in whose days those views were familiar topics, made the One Supreme Being, by whom all things have been made out of nothing, to be cherishing-love. What, then, can he say to hate? Never mind, at this time, what the scribe of the Apocalypse, if he were John, stung at length by persecution into a rage, unable to distinguish suggestions of evil from visions of heaven, and so become the Slanderer of God to men, may have dreamed. The question is rather what the sane John thought, or ought to have thought, in order to carry out his idea consistently. His statement that God is love seems aimed at that saying of Ecclesiastes that we cannot tell whether God bears us love or hatred. "Nay," says John, "we  can tell, and very simply! We know and have trusted the love which God hath in us. God is love." There is no logic in this, unless it means that God loves all men. In the preceding paragraph, he had said, "God is light and in him is no darkness at all." We are to understand, then, that as darkness is merely the defect of light, so hatred and evil are mere imperfect stages of agapÄ™ and agathon, love and loveliness.

"This concords with that utterance reported in John's Gospel: "God sent not the Son into the world to judge the world; but that the world should through him be saved. He that believeth on him is not judged: he that believeth not hath been judged already. . . . And this is the judgment, that the light is come into the world, and that men loved darkness rather than the light." That is to say, God visits no punishment on them; they punish themselves, by their natural affinity for the defective. Thus, the love that God is, is not a love of which hatred is the contrary; otherwise Satan would be a coordinate power; but it is a love which embraces hatred as an imperfect stage of it, an Anteros -- yea, even needs hatred and hatefulness as its object. For self-love is no love; so if God's self is love, that which he loves must be defect of love; just as a luminary can light up only that which otherwise would be dark."

From Charles Sanders Peirce, "Evolutionary Love".

Cap tip Gary R.

How often do we think of the thing in algebra?

"How often do we think of the thing in algebra? When we use the symbol of multiplication we do not even think out the conception of multiplication, we think merely of the laws of that symbol, which coincide with the laws of the conception, and what is more to the purpose coincide with the laws of multiplication in the object. Now, I ask, how is it that anything can be done with a symbol, without reflecting upon the conception, much less imagining the object that belongs to it? It is simply because the symbol has acquired a nature, which may be described thus, that when it is brought before the mind certain principles of its use -- whether reflected on or not -- by association immediately regulate the action of the mind; and these may be regarded as laws of the symbol itself which it cannot 'as a symbol' transgress."

- C.S. Peirce, 'Chronological Edition', CE 1, p. 173. Charles Sanders Peirce, "Harvard Lectures 'On the Logic of Science'", (1865), Writings of Charles S. Peirce: A Chronological Edition, Volume 1, 1857-1866', Peirce Edition Project, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN, 1982.

Cap tip Jon

I give Arianna a year at AOL tops

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As predicted.

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Putting The Earth Avoiders in Their Place

"There is no uncannier notion than that of the abandoned Earth, abandoned by human beings. People tend to think they emigrate, if for no other reason than to take along their memory of the Earth. They could never be as well off as here. Far reaching instruments would have to enable them to observe the world but without recognizing what they have lost, an inexhaustible homeland, and the false religion to which they have to ascribe this loss would already have been traded in, far too late, for another. One can assume that this new religion would be the right one; had it come in time, it would have saved the Earth for mankind."

- Elias Canetti, [early 1940s] in The Human Province

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