This afternoon my mother left for Chicago via the City of New Orleans, the famous train running from New Orleans to Chicago. I sang the song all day afterwards. Riding on the City of New Orleans Illinois Central – Monday Morning Rail. Fifteen cars and fifteen restless riders Three conductors and twenty-five sacks of mail. [...]
Monthly Archives: March 2009
Live oak in Carville, Louisiana.
I know that anger is not all that useful and that my own personal contempt for the malefactors of great wealth is not news to anyone, but since the bonuses paid to AIG executives are being discussed now, let me note that the rich are really storing up wrath for themselves, if not in heaven [...]
When I heard that many in New Orleans (especially blacks) believed that the Army Corps of Engineers had dynamited the levees protecting the city’s black neighborhoods just after Hurricane Katrina hit, I dismissed the notion as yet another conspiracy theory. These seem to proliferate wherever the powers of the human mind languish unfertilized by action [...]
A quotation from Matt Walsh which appeared on this blog: This whole national debate [on gay marriage] is overwrought. If the state sanctions marriages (check) and confers benefits to the parties involved (check check) then anyone should be able to marry anyone. Whatever church or cult you belong to doesn’t have to recognize it. This [...]
Michael Jackson for Congress poster in Carville, Louisiana.
If you want to know why Andrew Sullivan has such a huge readership, look no further than this lovely bit of confession that surfaced on his blog yesterday: http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2009/03/believing-throu.html#more Despite being a generation older than most of his readers, he expresses precisely the feeling so many of us share, of being a living soul in [...]
“My life on the farm during the Great Depression more nearly resembled farm life fully two thousand years ago than farm life today.” – Jimmy Carter We know that social change occurs glacially, and that the victories discussed in textbooks represent rallying-points rather than real social conversions. American schools were “desegregated” in 1955, and yet [...]