Word over all, beautiful as the sky,
Beautiful that war and all its deeds of carnage must in time be utterly lost,
That the hands of the sister Death and Night incessantly
softly wash again, and ever again, this soil'd world.
— from Reconciliation by Walt Whitman
To live in this world in which madness daily passes for sanity is a kind of madness in itself. Yet where else can we go? — Jonathan Baumbach
Hurricane blew the covers off poverty, racism and crony politics.
It is an object lesson in how the administration sells its policies:
by misrepresenting its goals, lying about the facts
and abusing its control of government agencies.
These were the same tactics used to sell tax cuts,
the Iraq war and privatization of social security.
Nature! We are surrounded and embraced by her:
powerless to separate ourselves from her,
and powerless to penetrate beyond her.
Without asking, or warning,
she snatches us up into her circling dance,
and whirls us on until we are tired,
and drop from her arms. — Goethe
Month of Sorrows
There is a way out of every dark mist, over a rainbow trail.
— Navajo Song
A globe besieged by merciless ants
a cloudburst of open resistance... Fallujah.
— Maureen Holm
Quick! More judges!
Tragic words of the month: Iraq - Gitmo - Neocon - CAFTA - Base - Al Qaeda - Bolton - Abu Ghraib - Cheney - Rove - Rush - Rumsfeld - Wolfowitz - WMD - GAO Accounting Practices - Abramoff - Big Oil - Katrina - Rita - FEMA - Allbaugh - Brownie - Greta - Geraldo - Category 5 - Storm surge - Refineries - Pipeline - Rigs - Price at the pump - Second term - Agenda - Cronyism - Lobbyists - K-Street - Benedict's Gay Bar - Misery by Design - Privatize - HHS & Scully - FDA nixes Plan B - No-bid Contracts - Enterprise Zones - Fluor, Bechtel, and Halliburton - Covert - TRMPAC - Hughes travels - Sheahan arrested - Darfur - DeLay - Red Tape - Bennett - Scooter
We beg you, Great God,
give us the vision as a people
to know where global leadership truly lies,
to pursue it diligently,
to require it to protect human rights
for everyone everywhere.
— Joan Chittister, OSB
Prayer for Leadership