The Watering Hole, Friday September 13 2013; “Why Do We Never Get An Answer . . . About Hate And Death And War”

Today is Friday. The thirteenth. Explains a lot, most of which isn’t all that pleasant to spend time recalling. Oh well.

Long day, the twelfth. Yesterday. So this post will be brief.

Anyone else remember the Moody Blues? Here’s one of their “ancient” lyrics, written circa 1970 when I was . . . ummm . . . age 28 ?? (holy shit!)

Today I have to wonder just what it was, way back then, that enabled anyone to write a lyric that so perfectly defines THIS DAY, some 43 (??) years down the road? Check it out: here’s a sort-of transcription of the lyric, followed by the encore performance of same by an “aging” Moody Blues at London’s Royal Albert Hall a mere decade or two ago.

The Moody Blues
A Question of Balance
(Justin Hayward, 1970)

Why do we never get an answer
When we’re knocking at the door
With a thousand million questions
About hate and death and war?
‘Cause when we stop and look around us
There is nothing that we need
In a world of persecution that is burning in its greed.

Why do we never get an answer
When we’re knocking at the door
Because the truth is hard to swallow
That’s what the war of love is for

It’s not the way that you say it
When you do those things to me
It’s more the way that you mean it
When you tell me what will be
And when you stop and think about it
You won’t believe it’s true
That all the love you’ve been giving
Has all been meant for you

I’m looking for someone to change my life
I’m looking for a miracle in my life
And if you could see what it’s done to me
To lose the love I knew
Could safely lead me through

Between the silence of the mountains
And the crashing of the sea
There lies a land I once lived in
And she’s waiting there for me
But in the grey of the morning
My mind becomes confused
Between the dead and the sleeping
And the road that I must choose

I’m looking for someone to change my life
I’m looking for a miracle in my life
And if you could see what it’s done to me
To lose the love I knew
Could safely lead me to
The land that I once knew
To learn as we grow old
The secrets of your soul
It’s not the way that you say it when you do those things to me
It’s more the way you really mean it when you tell me what will be

Why do we never get an answer
When we’re knocking at the door

” . . . ‘Cause when we stop and look around us
There is nothing that we need
In a world of persecution that is burning in its greed . . . “

Some things never change, I guess. How sad.

OPEN THREAD:
“Why Do We Never Get An Answer . . .
About Hate And Death And War?”
ANYONE??

49 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Friday September 13 2013; “Why Do We Never Get An Answer . . . About Hate And Death And War”

  1. I remember the Moody Blues.
    “Listen to the tide slowly turning
    Wash all our heartaches away
    We’re part of the fire that is burning
    And from the ashes we can build another day”
    I’m kind of old, and I’ll be a year older tomorrow, so I don’t know how much building I can still do, but I meet a lot of splendid young people. I don’t think hate will ever disappear, but at least in my little corner of the world I think hate is slowly dying.

  2. I’m still unhappy about the sale of Smithfield to a Chinese firm, a sale which cleared federal hurdles this week and is now awaiting the vote of Smithfield’s shareholders. I had not considered the fact that much of what is being sold is our own intellectual property, while I personally do not see modern hog genetics and factory farm mass production as good things, much of the technology that enables this mass production of pork was developed with taxpayer money. Daniel Slane, commissioner of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, warned that Shuanghui Holdings International would “import a radically different system” into America’s food chain. “China wants control over the price of pork. They want technology in hog genetics and industrial-scale production – things that U.S. taxpayers funded through USDA grants,” Slane said. Smithfield is selling something they really did not build by themselves.

  3. “a world of persecution that is burning in its greed ”

    Isn’t that the human condition, in perpetuity?

    “Dear diary, what a day it’s been…”

    • Speaking of assaults on ‘our’ freedoms AND the second amendment, just received this from the Center For Biological Diversity:

      California lawmakers this week took a historic step toward finally stopping the needless poisoning of the state’s wildlife by toxic lead: On Monday the state Senate passed Assembly Bill 711, which requires the use of nonlead ammunition for hunting throughout the state.

      If the bill’s signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, California will become the first U.S. state to mandate a switch to safer, nontoxic hunting ammunition to protect wildlife and people from lead poisoning. The Center for Biological Diversity has been fighting for years to get lead out of ammunition around the country where it poisons and kills millions of animals annually, including condors, eagles and swans.

      Finally! There’s hope for the California Condor (and numerous other species as well, of course) . . . now, if only Arizona would do the same, the Cal Condor reintro project in the Grand Canyon would also have a chance at prospering. Won’t hold my breath on that one, though.

  4. Unfortunately the band has been consigned to the “corny bullshit” section of the musical dustbin; you almost never hear them played or referenced. They were hugely influential at my age and I always found them hopeful and jaded at the same time. Hard to match them for their ability to take poetic jabs at humanity. Smart lyrics, sophisticated music. My best years were still ahead of me and it could only get better if we worked together. Fuck me in the heart. What happened?

    • Reagan happened. Nov. 1980 signaled the beginning of the end of American potential, of ‘American exceptionalism’, and it’s been downhill ever since — “hate and death and war” now define us, in never-ending fashion.

          • That’s very true. Nixon pretty much converted the South from Dixiecrat to Republlcan, and in so doing got most of their electoral college votes AND converted the GOP from the “Party of Lincoln” into the new racist/fascist party. Reagan seconded the notion, and pushed it over the edge and into the arms of the 1%.

  5. California licenses have now been OKd for drivers in state illegally. LOTS of ramifications for this move and I don’t know if the good outweighs the bad.

    But one aspect of this which is good AND bad is that our jury pools are pulled from the Motor Vehicle lists which means now there will be a much larger pool of people eligible for jury duty. The GOOD: My name won’t come up virtually every freaking year. The BAD: Umm, what if they don’t speak English or know very limited English?

  6. Because when you’re deciding to invade a sovereign nation, the clear concern on American’s minds is how this affects an election 3 years from now.

    Syria casts shadows on 2016 Dems | Fox News

    SYRIA CASTS SHADOWS ON 2016 DEMS – As Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton crisscross the nation and the globe raising their public profiles (and padding their donor lists) ahead of potential 2016 presidential bids, the Obama administration’s stumbles on Syria are posing serious problems. The Democratic base is in an uproar over the proposed strikes, but neither Biden nor Clinton can politely distance themselves from the president’s policies. They own them. But they can begin a long, slow march away from their president.

    • Seems to me I recall hearing or reading someplace not too long ago that we, the USA, currently piss away some $55 billion annually on nukes. Why is that? Why don’t we get rid of all 5000 ? 7500 ? (whatever) of the damn things once and for all and for good? What level of insanity does it take to maintain an arsenal that could, all by itself, destroy each and every gram of every form of life on the whole planet? Stated another way, “Why do we never get an answer . . . About hate and death and war?”

  7. Hi, gang. I just have a couple minutes between flying and drinking but I was wondering if any or our resident race fans could perhaps give me a quick-n-dirty rundown on the cheating scandal in Nascar. Will the cheating owners face the same kind of repercussions that cheating athletes face?

    • Two different teams, Michael Waltrip Racing and Penske, may have manipulated the results of the Richmond race last Saturday night, to enable a contending car from each team to make ‘The Chase’, a kind of playoffs within the last ten races of the year. The Waltrip team had two non-contending drivers deliberately commit acts detrimental to the integrity of the sport. First, Clint Bowyer spun his car, to bring out a caution, and Brian Vickers slowed down in order to allow Penske driver, Joey Logano, to pass him. This set up contending Waltrip driver, Martin Truex, to get enough points to be qualified for ‘The Chase’. These allegations were based on a review of the team’s radio instructions to their drivers. Penske also asked another non-contending team to let their car pass for position, which further helped Logano, points-wise.

      At least, that’s as much as I know from reports. Nascar’s penalties at least put Ryan Newman into ‘The Chase’, which is where he was likely to be without the machinations. Ryan is Danica’s teammate at Stewart-Haas Racing.

  8. “Why Do We Never Get An Answer . . .
    About Hate And Death And War?”

    We do get an answer, we’re just not listening.

    The answer is blowing in the wind.

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