The Lady Speaks

Wandering Words

The past couple of months, my posting has been infrequent at best. The simple fact is that blog fatigue, political fatigue, and plain ol’ “life” fatigue have left me with little time and/or little interest.

I’ve been writing about the same topics, the same outrages for two and a half years. Almost nothing has changed in that time except a few generals and the leadership of Congress. (And wow, did we get suckered on that last one! Forgive me if I can’t get worked up about “change!” and “hope!” when our Democratic Party-controlled Congress has failed to provide any of the changes we worked for, hoped for, and expected after the 2006 election.) The war – and war profiteering – continues, the illegal spying on the communications of Americans continues, Big Business continues to prosper while the poor and (diminishing) middle-class struggle to put food on the table and keep roofs over their heads. All with the complicity of the Democrats.

Also, I can’t work up any enthusiasm for our candidate. Heck, even tepid enthusiasm would be an improvement on my feelings of “Oh yay. Another idiot, only this one thinks Republicans are the “party of ideas” and made political hay during the primary by lumping the only two-term Democratic president since FDR into the same category as Bushes I & II. And the DNC wants me to vote for him?!”

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June 30, 2008 Posted by | America, Government, Politics, US Military, War, White House | 2 Comments

Language Policing

I’m petty enough to be driven nuts by this stuff and – I admit it – my estimation of a persons intelligence drops in direct proportion to their ability to spell and punctuate correctly.

I also admit that I had several fine English teachers during high school who drilled proper spelling, proper use of homonyms, and proper punctuation into me. (Although, come to think of it, I still don’t know what a past participle is.)

As I wander the blogosphere and the internet in general, I am amazed by the number of so-called educated people who can’t figure out if their they’re yet, or who are often stricken by apostrophe madnes’s.

So, here’s a quick primer on the top three – in my opinion – misuses and abuses of the English language in composition:

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June 16, 2008 Posted by | Just For Fun, Language | 4 Comments

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Saturday Poem

I Am the People, the Mob
By Carl Sandburg

I am the people–the mob–the crowd–the mass.
Do you know that all the great work of the world is done through me?
I am the workingman, the inventor, the maker of the world’s food and
clothes.
I am the audience that witnesses history. The Napoleons come from me
and the Lincolns. They die. And then I send forth more Napoleons
and Lincolns.
I am the seed ground. I am a prairie that will stand for much plowing.
Terrible storms pass over me. I forget. The best of me is sucked out
and wasted. I forget. Everything but Death comes to me and makes
me work and give up what I have. And I forget.
Sometimes I growl, shake myself and spatter a few red drops for history
to remember. Then–I forget.
When I, the People, learn to remember, when I, the People, use the
lessons of yesterday and no longer forget who robbed me last year,
who played me for a fool–then there will be no speaker in all the
world say the name: “The People,” with any fleck of a sneer in his
voice or any far-off smile of derision.
The mob–the crowd–the mass–will arrive then.

June 7, 2008 Posted by | America, Government, Just For Fun | Leave a comment

The End of the Primary Season

Today’s the day. Montanans and South Dakotans will flock to the polls, vote their choices – with much expectation and extrapolation by the news media – and the primary season will end.

Only the primary season though. Hillary intends to take this to the superdelegates, and all the way to the convention, if need be.

My candle and the teaspoon are at the ready. The fight continues.

Rise, Hillary. Rise.

June 3, 2008 Posted by | Clinton, Democrats, Election '08, Politics | 2 Comments