I have been smitten by a Brit blues singer who reminds me of Janice Joplin with a better back up band*. Amy Winehouse. Crude and tatooed, she can really belt 'em out. Others who write of her compare her to the great Motown girl singers, but I'm not so shure. Here's a U Tube video of "Rehab" that shows off some of her stuff.
Friday afternoon I was driving home from work, listening to the Seattle’s Limbaugh outlet where Tom Delay was busy flogging his new book. The ExTerminator was getting on a roll about how there must be real consequences for the opponents of W. Bush. Delay was repeatedly skirting right up to the edge of calling for the arrest and rendition of Move On Dot Org Democrats. while the program host would interrupt and pull him back. Delay had a head of steam built up and the host was having to be a bit rude to keep Tommy from flying off the track and into the swamp of full blown concentration camp fascism. I don’t know if it was just a dog and pony show, but if it was an act, then it sure was convincing. Who knows with AM radio? I think I’ll stick to NPR from now on.
Atheist. Rat bastards The very word violates the i before e rule. The official belief system of The Godless Commies. Banned from employment in several states (old laws). Turn to any televangilist and he will be telling the audience that you are persecuting the followers of said televangilist’s god product. The most distrusted and unpopular philosophy in the USA. Why in god’s name would anyone in their right mind let anyone know that he or she was such a monster? Most atheists don’t. You can have a much easier life when you pretend to believe in the local god/gods. Usually some change in a collection plate and memorization of some basics does the job. In areas with more homogeneous believers and aggressive gods things are a bit trickier. In small communities everyone knows everything about you. Don’t show up at the local god’s temple on a regular basis and it may well cost you.
Okay. That’s the downside. To the good: fewer Amway thugs hitting on you at church. More interesting friends. Ability to appreciate the micro to macro intricate wonder of nature without short circuiting the whole experience by thinking “Gawd did it”. You’re not going to make your Momma sad by flying a plane into a building for Gawd, Allah etc. None of those ill fitting suicide bomb vests. You get to sleep, and don’t have to get up in the middle of the night to torch women’s clinics.
If you were, like me, weren’t born with that bit of wiring in your brain that understands gods and the personal need for them then you are one lucky SOB to be here in the twenty first century. You can walk the walk and talk the talk without legal repercussions. No inquisition, no burning at the stake. The historically ignorant will demand that you apologize for Mao and Stalin, but that's easy to blow off.
Warning : If you live in any of the states that make up the Old Slave South the last paragraph may not apply!