The Watering Hole, Wednesday, March 28, 2012: In Memoriam

Crystal Time

 Who counts the sand

Who counts the sand
Falling gently in the hourglass?
Each grain a memory,
A memory in a crystal of time.

Who counts the tears
That fall in silent rage?
Each tear an outcry,
For vengeance in due time.

As the sand and tear drops fall;
Gath’ring torrents to the sea,
Who can stop the tide?
Who can change the course?
Who can heal the pain of each crystal memory?

Who will stop the sand?
Who will stop the tears
From falling, from falling?
Who will come to stop the children
From killing,
From dying?

Who will look into every grain
Of crystal time,
And hear mothers’ voices calling,

When will the sand stop falling?
When will there be
The Counter of the Sand?



Grieve for me a little while,
then smile,
and weep no more.

To face the end of one’s mortality,
That’s the easy thing.

But life!

To go on,
Takes all the courage and strength of one’s soul.

There’s the knowing and understanding of it all,
Which we may ne’er do.
And when we do,
It won’t mean a thing.

But love!

To go on,
Living and loving,
That’s the thing,
We all must do.

© 2012 Briseadh na Faire
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129 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Wednesday, March 28, 2012: In Memoriam

  1. Now you’ve made me cry in my coffee BnF.
    Loving thoughts to Wayne and Jane.

  2. Thank you, BnF. That was very lovely.

    And thank you again, to everyone, for your kind thoughts, words and wishes.

    When our company moves out of its present location in two months (which has been in the works for several months), I won’t have to walk past my nephew’s desk anymore. But I will miss him always.

    • You’re welcome, Wayne. While both poems were written some time ago, they seemed relevant to current events.

  3. Gingrich cuts staff for lean march to convention | The Ticket – Yahoo! News

    Newt Gingrich plans to continue what he says will be a campaign that won’t end until the Republican convention in August, but he’ll be making that journey with a much leaner staff. Key aides are stepping down, Yahoo News has learned, and multiple news outlets report that only two-thirds of his staff will press on with him.

    Apparently Newt’s sugar daddy has cutting some of his losses.

    • You really don’t need as many people as Newt had on his staff if you’re just on a tour to sell books and DVDs, as Newt is. He knows he doesn’t have a chance in hell of getting the GOP nomination for president. As for the Number Two spot on the ticket (or even the VP nomination 😉 ), he might think that as a Southerner, Romney might need him to help pull the South, but the only state he did well in was his home state of Denial Georgia. Santorum did better in the South than Newt.

      If there are any reporters still following Newt around, I hope they keep track of how many times he mentions his books or DVDs. If it’s at least once per “campaign stop”, then you know the whole “running for president” thing is a sham.

    • He’s been money grubbing all along, but he’s now tripled down on the grubbery. Anyone giving him money now is a complete fuckwit (not that they weren’t before).

      • Wonder how his two sugar-daddies who were up to paying for 80% of his Super PAC feel about their ROI?

        • Let’s put it this way, If Neut sauntered into one of their casinos, security would be alerted and the bum rushed out.

  4. QOTD:

    “I can tell you one thing. If I’m the godfather of this thing, then it gives me the right to kill it,” – Mitt Romney on Obamacare.

    I can’t wait for the real campaign against Obama to begin. Mitt is just a fountain of gaffeology.

    • I would be surprised now if Santorum were to accept the VP nomination with Romney after this insult to a title of significant meaning to Catholics like Santorum.

      And Mitt should also try to get through his disconnected-with-normal-people brain that godfathers do not have any “right” to kill anyone.

  5. Part of the oral argument before SCOTUS on behalf of the government. This was not edited. Good fucking grief….

          • I did a search within FB, which is how I would start. As far as I can tell, you’re the only one from Moscow ID currently living in DB, Oregon. I did see one from Portland, however, with an interesting job title: Benevolent Goddess of Shipping at Shibui Knits

            PCC student. Maybe she can hook you up with some interesting cloth.

            • Oh yeah, that’s me too. 😉

              So all I’d have to do is remove any personal info. It’s too complicated for a good simple lie. Boo.

      • They apparently just do a google search on your name to find out all sorts of info. If there’s a facebook hit, and there’s enough info they can see to confirm it’s you, then they know it’s you.

        And of course if you get caught telling a lie to your employer during the interview, and then do get hired; it’s grounds for dismissal if they find out.

        Corporations are people, my friends. They are the feudal lords. We are the serfs.

    • Well, if your potential employer asks for your password you probably don’t want to work for them. Or, you could give it to them and then, before your interview, put all sorts of platitudes about the company on your facebook page.

      Really though, do employers ask for your house keys before hiring you?

      • Ooh if they could see my bathroom and laundry pile…… I’d never get a job

  6. The Supremes are looking into other parts of the ACA. What happens if they strike down this law? Could they also declare Medicaid, Medicare, and Workers Compensation unconstitutional? If any or all of these programs are deemed unconstitutional, then many of those people that are protesting against Obamacares will lose their health coverage. And if less people are insured, then insurance companies lose money. If premiums skyrocket, which they have been doing, then less and less people will be able to afford health care. Again, a loser for insurance companies.

    Be careful what you wish for.

    • The Supremes have their free Federally funded healthcare – be damned we little people.

      I wouldn’t have put off seeing to my health and ending up in hospital if we had ACA.
      It’s difficult trying to ‘hang on’ making the decision of health or shelter.

      • I hear you, Ebb. Yesterday, someone came to my office who lost their health insurance and is unemployed at this time. This person is on many medications and told me that they will need to choose which drugs they can continue to take because they can’t afford to purchase all these meds each month. They also told me that they would only take their drugs every other day. This is dangerous. The Supremes and the greedy bastards in Congress don’t have this problem.

  7. At bmm’s link above, I found this (though how it relates to an eel that swims up a fish’s butt escapes me). It’s juggler Michael Davis who is both talented and funny.

  8. QOTD II:

    “[If the ACA is struck down,] Republicans will need a Plan B. Unfortunately, they wasted the past three years that might have developed one. If the Supreme Court doesn’t rescue them from themselves, they’ll be heading into this election season arguing, in effect, Our plan is to take away the government-mandated insurance of millions of people under age 65, and replace it with nothing. And we’re doing this so as to better protect the government-mandated insurance of people over 65—until we begin to phase out that insurance, too, for everybody now under 55,”David Frum.

    • All the nutbags are crawling out from under the baseboard these days. And, seriously, these people are insane. How can the American Cancer Society possibly be insufficiently pro-life? WTF does that even mean? Perhaps the nutbags want the ACS to spend money pushing the “abortions cause cancer” horseshit.

      And vaguely related, Ed Kilgore had an excellent post this morning about the Far Right’s successful hijacking of the term “Christian”, with the willingness or clueless support of the mass media.

    • Perfect. I’m doing a survivors run for the ACS on June 2nd. I’ll make sure I have a sign saying UP YOURS – Americans For Prosperity’s Defending the American Dream nitfuckingwits!

      • And Bill0 will still spew that the comments at FAUX”News” are from a “few pinheads or maybe far-left plants” while insisting that the “far-left does it too”. If he offers any evidence whatsoever it will be a single comment about war crimes from back when BrushBoy was in the White House.

      • They couldn’t be less truthful. However, they can become more vile and they just might have crossed a line that even many Reichwhiners don’t want to cross. Part of it might even be their insistence that global warming isn’t happening while virtually the entire country has had June weather in March.

    • And why does the fact that ACA is based on a Republican plan make ‘Obamacare good for you’?

  9. Whew!! Pinning is done. Not my favorite activity, srsly.

    The sun has broken out temporarily, so I’m getting out for a bit. Laters!

    • from the article:

      In 2005 the industry successfully lobbied for an exemption from EPA regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act as well, in what is often referred to as the “Halliburton Loophole.”

      So people-people die while corporate-people profit.

      • People can be produced cheaply by unskilled labor. They are the asset of the 1% produced by the 99% that provide both a customer and tax base. That is God’s way.

    • Doctor to patient:

      OK, we’re going to put you on a new therapy. Stop drinking water.

    • “Friends don’t let friends use pink balls,” Santorum added.

      Only brown balls, with Santorum.

    • It makes me wonder what Sick Rantorum would have thought of one of my old model airplanes. I covered it in fluorescent pink and green for visibility. I could see that thing from five miles away! Of course, he would probably have been more concerned with the witchcraft I used to pilot it.

    • I swear, this is one man who is not secure in his manhood. My husband played “Pretty, Pretty Princess” with my daughter when she was young. He has worn pink Cowboy hats in public and he is totally cool with girlie stuff. The difference between my husband and Santorum is that my husband seems to have a sense of humor, oh, and he couldn’t care less what gay people do in their own bedrooms

  10. Scalia Says Court Can’t Be Bothered To Read Obamacare: ‘You Really Want Us To Go Through These 2,700 Pages?’

    JUSTICE SCALIA: Mr. Kneedler, what happened to the Eighth Amendment? You really want us to go through these 2,700 pages? (Laughter.) And do you really expect the Court to do that? Or do you expect us to — to give this function to our law clerks? Is this not totally unrealistic? That we are going to go through this enormous bill item by item and decide each one?

    It’s ‘cruel and unusual punishment’ to expect you to do your job, Tony? Read the damn bill, you lazy, fat, fuck!

    • I believe it was also Justice Scalia who said the 8th Amendment didn’t apply to waterboarding or other forms of “enhanced interrogation techniques” because they weren’t administered as post-conviction punishments.

    • Applause!!!
      For HouseOfRoberts.

      Clap for you Scalia. You know what I’m talkin about.

  11. My fervent wish is that this comes true…
    “Another option would be socialized insurance (like Canada has) by allowing everyone to buy into Medicare, but keeping the hospitals and doctors private. Only the insurance companies would be eliminated. “

    • Ok. Just an observation, but they never mentioned the pilot’s religion. But, if he had been a Muslim, I am almost 100% sure that they would have said he was a Muslim. Don’t you?

  12. Want to know WHY Romney is such an Asshole?

    “One of most humorous I think relates to my father. You may remember my father, George Romney, was president of an automobile company called American Motors … They had a factory in Michigan, and they had a factory in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and another one in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,” said Romney. “And as the president of the company he decided to close the factory in Michigan and move all the production to Wisconsin. Now later he decided to run for governor of Michigan and so you can imagine that having closed the factory and moved all the production to Wisconsin was a very sensitive issue to him, for his campaign.”

    Romney said he recalled a parade in which the school band marching with his father’s campaign only knew the Wisconsin fight song, not the Michigan song.

    “So every time they would start playing ‘On, Wisconsin, On, Wisconsin,’ my dad’s political people would jump up and down and try to get them to stop, because they didn’t want people in Michigan to be reminded that my dad had moved production to Wisconsin,” said Romney, laughing.

    • One small edit
      because they didn’t want people in Michigan to be reminded that my dad had moved production to Wisconsin,” said Romney, laughing cluelessly….


      That is a real knee-slapper!! Tell us another one, Mitt!! 😆


      It must be a rich jackass kind of humor…

  13. You know, sometimes misplaced modifiers can be so awkward:

    “…Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) on Wednesday recalled her own experiences of being sexually abused during a speech in favor the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act….”

    • Oops!!!

      He also doesn’t look like he weighs 250 lbs. Did the media grab that number from his prior arrest?

    • Let’s be clear here: Zimmerman was not arrested. That’s the immediate issue.

        • The other issue I have with that video is that there’s no audio, and no burned-in timecode with a date/time stamp. And we don’t even know if that IS Zimmerman.


    • Yates became religious when she was dating her husband, Rusty Yates, and he introduced her to Michael Peter Woroniecki, a nondenominational preacher who influenced them to shed their possessions and move into a bus.

      First time around wasn’t very helpful/successful.

    • I’m all confused on this “not guilty of murder by reason of insanity” defense. Is not the core of an insanity defense that the person committing the murder(s) does not know right from wrong, does not know that murder is wrong? Well, don’t we all know that taking someone else’s life for reasons other than self-defense is wrong? So isn’t anyone who kills another person for reasons other than self-defense, technically, insane, since they had to know that killing someone is wrong, and they’d have to be crazy to think there was nothing wrong with doing it? Shouldn’t all “homicidal maniacs” be found “not guilty by reason of insanity”?

      Yates said her reasons for killing her children were based on religious beliefs she had. Does that mean that the First Amendment really doesn’t allow for the free practice of one’s religion? Or does it really mean that if you truly believe your religious beliefs to the point of carrying them out, you’re legally insane?

      Like I said. I’m all confused.

    • My local library has two copies (times are difficult) with 25 holds on each return..ugh! It may take a while before I get to read “Drift”.

      Love the idea she wove a Houbara bustard into the book!!!

  14. via LGF

    George Zimmerman’s father gave an interview to a Florida TV station tonight, and said he “never foresaw so much hate coming from the President.”

    • George Zimmerman’s father is a retired magistrate. That would mean he was, at one time, a public official who took an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Why was it necessary to keep his identity hidden for that interview, and why was he allowed to tell so many obvious lies? He said that his son claimed Trayvon said certain things that, if true, would certainly have been included in the police report, especially if they wanted to make it look like self defense. Yet there is no mention of them. Why? Was that really George Zimmerman’s father being interviewed? I’m not convinced it was.

      • My father is a retired magistrate, and even though he’s a Fox-bot these days, I know he’d never pull the shit Zimmerman’s father is pulling.

        In fact, the press would only hear crickets from my dad.

        Zimmerman is a weird-assed racist putz, but he’s surrounded by users. Lucky guy.

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