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June 22, 2005

straight rows of weeds

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 4:47 pm

On the smudge
left by the window cleaner
sunset lingers




Closed army base:
the parade ground with straight rows
of weeds







After the last set
the piano keys glow–
solo moon


rain flower neg  George Swede from Simply Haiku (Sept. 2003, I:3) 




  • by dagosan                                               

too much tongue

the taste

of the popsicle stick








gully washer —

the car’s still dirty



                               [June 22, 2005]  



tiny check Evan Schaeffer recently asked Christopher King, Esq., to start his own honest flip

weblog (we concurred).  King did, and Evan had a follow-up post today

after being rather surprised to learn, via King’s 1st Am. weblog, that King

has been indicted by a New Hampshire grand jury for attempted

extortion.  The Nashua Telegraph says that Mr. King (who lost his bar

license in Ohio and is not a member of any bar) “was indicted for

trying to extort the town of Jaffrey by falsely claiming he represented

the NAACP and demanding $65,000 restitution for the arrest of a

black man [Willie Toney].” (June 22, 2005) King allegedly wanted

15% of Toney’s award.   Wow.  Mr. King went from a Comment-

Spamming annoyance to an indicted ex-lawyer in a little over a week.

Talk about instant eenfamy.

  • Let me suggest one line of defense for Chris King:  No card-carrying

    lawyer worth his ATLA membership fee would ever charge a mere 15%. 

    Thus, (allegedly) asking far less than 1/3rd is prima facie proof King was 

    not holding himself out to be a lawyer.


tiny check  The next time your local weather forecaster uses obscure jargon,

head over to The Weather Channel’s Weather Glossary. (I used

it today to make sure my understanding of “gully washer” was



honest  If you haven’t seen David Weinberger‘s apologia for why he’s “not

keeping up with your blog,” check it out.  You will surely relate. There are

just too many weblogs for anyone with a life (much less a job and family) to

stay abreast.  And, I think RSS aggregator subscriptions makes the task harder. 

Of course, that means we can’t count on other webloggers to stay on top of the

blawgosphere either.  Yes, easy access to information quickly becomes too much




tiny check Bob Ambrogi does a very good job today, analyzing the debate between the

cheerleaders of weblog-marketing by law firms and “blogging’s contrarians.”  Caution

and restraint are called for.



political maturation after age 30

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 2:01 am

Here’s my 21st Century version of the old saw incorrectly attributed to Winston Churchill:

20 – 30 – 50 Political Maturation Chart

20-something + heartG = liberal

over 30 + brainG = conservative [arguendo]

over 50 + heartG + brainG + eyesGL approx blue thoughtful* liberal

The adage about being a liberal at 20 and a conservative at 30 was never very convincing to me. (Viz., Jesus of Nazareth proved you can be an excellent liberal at 33 — and for an eternity thereafter.) Even if we assume for argument’s sake, that a person using his or her brain might turn to conservatism by age 30 (and still have a heart), I refuse to believe that personal or political maturation ends at 30.

the past tugs at the heart–
the Old Man’s
wooden bowl

translated by David G. Lanoue

brainG French historian and statesman Francois Guizot is said to have uttered the first
version of the 20/30 maxim (see Unquote #1). Societal upheavals in Guizot’s 19th-Century
Europe might have frozen the attitudes of many men in early adulthood — especially those
with a deep, vested interest in the established order. (Women weren’t allowed on the political stage at the time; but, I doubt that women outside the upper classes would have been susceptible to the sway of staunch conservatism). Whatever the conditions in other times and societies, our stable, affluent and open society permits — and responsible citizenship demands — that each individual continue to learn and grow through successive decades, letting experience and wisdom remove the blinders of ideology and radicalism.

heartG Somewhere between 50 and 60 years of age, I believe, the majority of people whose hearts and brains and eyes are still in good working order will become noticeably more “liberal” than “conserative” in political and personal philosophy. Freed from macho individualism, they will no longer have to insist they are “self-made.” With their financial fate largely sealed, they will be able to acknowledge the role of luck in creating their economic and social status, as well as the role of government in creating the framework and infrastructure upon which individual efforts and security can be sustained. They will also see that “we’re all in this together” as a society and nation — so that access to good education, health care and opportunity will be understood as both a right for all citizens and a key to maintaining the strength of our economy and vitality of our society. Doing good for each other is good for all of us. [Pope Benedict XVI appears to concur.]

  • Merrill Lynch declared in Feb. 2005, that Baby Boomers are
    going from the Me Generation to the We Generation — “with
    deep concerns for the well-being of their children, their parents
    and their communities.”
  • As Matt Miller recently wrote for the NYT: “What we’re led to is the public agenda missing today, built around passionate commitments – by both liberals and conservatives – to (1) equal opportunity and (2) a minimally decent life, achieved in ways that harness market forces for public purposes.”

eyesG No matter what you might want to call the resulting political perspective or philosophy, it is not full-bore classical or modern conservatism; and it certainly will not lean toward the “me-first” (and government-as-evil) philosophy of kneejerk libertarianism. Even those who cling to the label of conservatism will be seeking ways to put “compassion” into their politics — perhaps by calling on religious ideals (such as those in the Sermon of the Mount).

nothing at all
but a calm heart
and cool air

translated by David G. Lanoue

tiny check Your thoughtful, courteous Comments and suggestions are encouraged.

update (Jan. 18, 2006): See Robert Kuttner’s article Ingrate Judges: Conservative
Justices have a tendency of moving leftward” (American Prospect Online, Jan. 17,

“Interestingly enough, if you look at the history of the Supreme
Court, far more justices who began as relative conservatives
became more liberal the longer they served. Freed of political
constraints, they evidently acquired more sympathy for underdogs,
more compassion for those whom Justice Brandeis called ”despised
minorities.” They came to see the Constitution as protector of the
powerless against the powerful. ….

“As the right does its best to make the courts ideological captives,
it gives this unreconstructed liberal some comfort to appreciate
that more judges, given this privilege to rely just on conscience and
intellect to interpret the law, evolve into liberal ingrates. It suggests
the enduring tug of liberal ideals.”

closing her eyes
to scattering blossoms…
the doll

window open–
a butterfly pulls my eyes
across the field

ISSA, translated by David G. Lanoue


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