The three of you who are left, and have not been thoroughly alienated, realise that most of these posts in this internet journal from the southern shores of Lake Erie have concerned the Catholic church about Cleveland, and the reality of politics (and yes, that means through the views of the Democracy), and have been accompanied by, often, fine photography and writing. I have taken a lot of fotos, some i still want to use to illustrate more points.
"Stop them damn pictures. I don't care what the papers write about me. My constituents can't read. But, damn it, they can see the pictures." — William Marcy Tweed
In the time span of this journal, we have suffered Richard Lennon as he has trod over many. The bishop is in clinical terms 'a sociopath'. He has done irreparable damage. Some of us, through the efforts of people whom have fought, have gotten some of our religious life back.
In government, we have seen capitalists and paranoids acting to rule us in like manner.* The federal elections saw the re-election of a legitimate president by the largest vote number yet in the popular vote, and in state wide (non-gerrymandered districts) senatorial elections 25 Democrats and allies won the 33 contests. The election of a mixed-race president, in 2008, saw the next day creation of the the so called "Tea Party Republicans". They flared into a great success in many states, won the US House, and in several states gerrymandered the map. They had the fortune of using the decade's census to sculpt territory. Much of their other desires met resistance by the public, which did not realise how extreme they were (e.g. Walker in Wisconsin, Kasich in Ohio); but wherever the Republican party held sway, they got what they wanted. They are not finished, but are greatly weakened. They, and demographics, will destroy the power of their party shortly. "Take no prisoners attitude" does not work when you are not in control of the majority. Republicans, and other economic royalists are relentless. They are still capable of great harm.
Have the people that have been gulled by them comprehend? Well no, if they still only listen to only Fox approved propaganda. I have been recently informed, Fox uses the term "NFN (Non-Fox News) information". I suspect some viewers may realise the tea has been poison, but not that many; others will want revenge.
It is no surprise to me that the Catholic bishops (Lennon's latest) have so thrown in with the Republicans. Both are manned by hypocrites who abuse power, and have little concern for people.
The foto supra is recent. I had another, similar one from the internet for the posting i was to make. Finally, i had the opportunity to snap a live foto of string musicians. They are City Music of Cleveland practicing the Bruch Violin Concerto, Saint Colman's Cleveland. I was going to use it with the departure of Lennon. It is not to be expected anytime soon, he is staying to age 75, if he lives that long. In mid-November (this year 12th-15th), the bishops meet in Baltimore. In late November there is Thanksgiving, and Advent begins either the first Sunday in December, or the last in November. In the past, i thought that late November was a good time for his going. I think, i will just have to avoid him for the next several years.
I am not a professional writer. This may be the last post. I should have taken a foto of a trumpeter.
* “The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.” — John Kenneth Galbraith. Interview with Rupert Cornwell. Toronto Globe and Mail. 6 July 2002. This was not his earliest formulation of words on the subject.
“We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals; we know now that it is bad economics.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt. Second Inaugural Address. 20 January 1937.
"You know, the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common, they don't alter their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit the views, which can be uncomfortable, if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering." — Doctor Who (fourth Doctor, played by Tom Baker) episode: The Face of Evil. January 1977.