Forget everything you’ve ever heard by these guys, this is my favorite album of them all (by Rush). They’re all good, but I believe this record captured them at their best. Nothing over played here. Just simple yet intricate songs, played by three men as comfortable with their instruments as they are competent; full of emotion most people only casually acquainted with the group wouldn’t associate with them.
I can’t decide if the first tune, “Animate” is a love song or a hymn. Either way, it threatens to move me to tears every time I hear it.
The rest of the album ain’t too shabby either; not a dog in the bunch.
I haven’t posted here in ages. Don’t really have anything new or enlightening to say these days, and honestly, it wouldn’t do any good if I did. We’re screwed folks, as is our nation and our climate. If my children live out their natural lifespans they’ll be lucky, or incredibly inventive.
There, I said it. Didn’t want to, but I had to. We’ve been duped into sowing the seeds of our own destruction by a political process that was co-opted several generations ago. Our national religion, capitalism, and it’s holy sacrament, the profit motive have been our undoing, though to be honest, they were wrapped in a flag and carrying a Bible, touting the screwing of the laboring masses as if the words came directly from the mouth of Jesus or Mohammed himself.
Anyway, none of that has anything to do with the following video, produced and presented by my friend Dr. Woody, but I thought he made a good point, as he usually does. Woody’s a good dude, even if he is a bit rough around the edges (so am I), and his heart’s in the right place (slightly left of center between his lungs, and, oh, he’s not quite safe for work or tender ears, so be careful where you listen, but please, do listen.
My friend James recently decided to step up and offer himself for sacrifice at the alter of the NC electoral politics, as a candidate for governor, and I believe he’s serious. I’ve known James, through his work at BlueNC and other writing, for several years now and I believe we could do far worse than to elect this citizen to our state’s highest office. In fact, I believe we are doing far worse right now, with Art Pope and Duke Energy’s puppet Pat McCrory occupying the Governor’s Mansion while a cabal of Neanderthalian Tea Partiers hold our General Assembly hostage.
Candidate Protzman posted a few thoughts on taxation earlier today, and I have to say his ideas are a breath of fresh air compared to the stale ideology spewing forth from Raleigh the last few years.
Any responsible approach to tax reform must address the following principles:
Each of us should pay taxes to fund our government in proportion to the value we gain as citizens living in this state. Personal income is a more effective measure of value gained than personal spending. A progressive, graduated income tax is the most effective approach for addressing this principle.
North Carolina’s current tax rate structure does not reflect the enormous value gained by our state’s highest income earners. An additional new high-income bracket with a proportionally higher rate is needed.
All personal income should be treated equally for taxing purposes. Dividends, capital gains, inheritance, gifts, etc., should be taxed at the same rate as income derived from working.
Campaign contributions, gifts, and other contributions to political candidates should be taxed as ordinary income to those candidates.
The practice of itemized deductions should be phased out and eliminated.
Corporations are not people, and as such, should not be taxed. As noted above, corporate shareholders and employees should be taxed for the salaries, bonuses, dividends, and other payments they receive. This change would eliminate the practice of bribing companies with tax incentives to come to North Carolina.
Local governments (cities, towns and counties) in North Carolina should be free to adopt whatever tax policies they want without interference from legislators in Raleigh.
I know that many progressives disagree with me on the issue of corporate taxation, so let me explain a bit more.
The elimination of corporate income tax should be accompanied by the elimination of other rights and privileges of corporations. For example, many companies today operate as LLC. On one hand, that model passes through the tax liability to owners. That’s a good thing. But on the other hand, it also shields owners from a host of other liabilities – and that is not a good thing.
Until owners, executives and shareholders are held personally accountable for the actions of their companies, we will continue to have an out-of-control oligarchy.
Do yourself and your neighbors a favor and get to know a bit more about the man who would be our next governor by visiting his blog over at BlueNC.
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
"The reality is not that I lack respect for the law; it’s that I have greater respect for justice. Where there is a conflict between the law and the higher moral code that we all share, my loyalty is to that higher moral code."
“This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”